FantasyDraft MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (8/30)
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We have a 14-game MLB slate all lined up for Friday night. The pitching options all seem very similar with some fairly tight pricing for the slate on FantasyDraft. It might be wise to get at least one mid-priced option so you can get some exposure to Coors Field which saw 19 runs put on the board on Thursday night.
As always, be sure to pay close attention to the lineups when they are released and monitor the weather leading up to game time. For reference throughout the season, be sure to bookmark our overview of MLB Park Factors and how to Use Weather to Your Advantage in MLB DFS.
Trevor Bauer (CIN): $20,600 @ STL
My “ace” on the slate taking into account salary will be either Bauer or Madison Bumgarner. I don’t recommend using them both, however, since there are limited value options on the hitting side. I’ll give Bauer the edge over Bumgarner due to his higher strikeout potential against a team, the Cardinals, who haven’t seen his stuff very often (18 career plate appearances). Bauer has been hit-or-miss since joining the Reds, but when he is on double-digit strikeouts are well within his range of outcomes.
Max Fried (ATL): $15,000 vs. CWS
Your “pay down” pitching options are Fried or Anibal Sanchez who is facing the Marlins. I’ll side with Fried at a cheaper price tag who has some strikeout upside facing the White Sox minus the DH at home in Atlanta. Fried has pitched well at home this season with a 3.67 ERA and .322 wOBA allowed. The White Sox have a 24.0% strikeout rate (ninth) versus lefties this season.
Josh Bell (IF – PIT): $10,200 @ COL
We are saving some money on the mound so that we can get exposure to Coors Field, so we might as well start at the top with Bell against righty Antonio Senzatela. Bell is my highest-rated bat on the slate with his .408 wOBA and .339 ISO versus righties this season. On the other side, Senzatela has served up a .404 wOBA and 1.51 HR/9 to left-handed hitters this year. Bell isn’t the only high-priced bat you can fit into your lineup, so pick out a couple more high-priced hitters from the list below.
Gleyber Torres (IF – NYY): $8,700 vs. OAK
The Yankees’ lineup can do some damage against lefties, especially at home, which is where they will be when lefty Brett Anderson takes the mound on Friday night. Anderson has allowed a .324 wOBA and 1.22 HR/9 to righties this season. Meanwhile, Torres is at his best at home against a southpaw with a .391 wOBA and .270 ISO this season. He is also just coming off a hot road trip where he hit .351 with four homers over nine games.
Sam Hilliard (OF – COL): $7,300 vs. PIT
I didn’t forget about the Rockies who will be at home against the Pirates young righty Dario Agrazal. Agrazal allows a lot of contact with just an 11.9% strikeout rate while also giving up 1.84 HR/9 through 10 outings. Hilliard has already been taking advantage of hitting at Coors Field with a homer in each of his first two starts, both off righties. He is very affordable and gets another crack at a righty at Coors. Lock him in.
Abraham Toro (IF – HOU): $4,600 @ TOR
If you are looking for a deep value on the hitting side, Toro should be your guy. He hit his first big league homer on Thursday and should continue to start on Friday at Toronto against righty Trent Thornton. Thornton has allowed a .397 wOBA and 2.91 HR/9 to lefties at home this season, while the switch-hitting youngster has been better from the left side of the plate in the early stages of his career.
- Charlie Blackmon (OF – COL): $10,400 vs. PIT
- Anthony Rendon (IF – WAS): $10,200 vs. MIA
- Aaron Judge (OF – NYY): $9,900 vs. OAK
- Daniel Murphy (IF – COL): $9,400 vs. PIT
- Eddie Rosario (OF – MIN): $9,000 @ DET
- Michael Brantley (IF/OF – HOU): $8,800 @ TOR
- Matt Adams (IF – WAS): $8,600 vs. MIA
- Hunter Renfroe (OF – SD): $7,400 @ SF
- Randal Grichuk (OF – TOR): $6,800 vs. HOU
- Sam Travis (IF/OF – BOS): $6,600 @ LAA