FantasyDraft MLB Lineup Advice: Wednesday (8/14)
FantasyDraft, the only site offering 100% rake-free contests, allows for a lot more freedom when it comes to MLB lineup construction. Two pitchers, three infielders, three outfielders, and two utility players makes building your lineups a lot of fun.
The route to success on Wednesday night’s six-game MLB slate on FantasyDraft seems pretty straight forward. Lock in two high-priced pitching options and then stack up a team that provides good value hitters playing in a favorable matchup.
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.
Clayton Kershaw (LAD): $23,300 @ MIA
Kershaw got pushed back a day, but he still gets the same great matchup pitching against the Marlins as a huge Vegas favorite on the road Wednesday night. The Marlins have hit lefties a little bit better over the last 30 days then they have for the season but not enough to scare me off of Kershaw on this slate. Kershaw has allowed two or fewer runs in six straight starts while striking out at least nine hitters in four of those outings. In 112 career plate appearances by the Marlins current collection of hitters, Kershaw has allowed a minuscule .162 wOBA with a 25.0% strikeout rate. Push the lock button on Kershaw in your cash game lineups.
Cole Hamels (CHC): $18,100 @ PHI
On other sites fitting in both Kershaw and Hamels is difficult, however, on FantasyDraft it is quite feasible and my preferred route in constructing my lineup for Wednesday night. Hamels will be facing one of his former clubs, the Phillies, in Philadelphia. He has fared pretty well against Phillies hitters allowing a .329 wOBA with no home runs and a 23.3% strikeout in 116 career plate appearances. Over the last 30 days, the Phillies have only managed a .301 wOBA (25th) and an 84 wRC+ (26th) with a 26.8% strikeout rate (fourth) versus southpaws. Roll with Cole!
- Dillon Peters (LAA): $12,700 vs. PIT
Mariners Hitters (SEA) @ DET
I probably could have just written, “play all the Mariners” in the hitter’s section and been done with the article. The Mariners will face right-hander Edwin Jackson and the Tigers on Wednesday night. They have the highest Vegas implied run total on the slate, and the price tags on their hitters are very reasonable. Jackson has allowed a .527 wOBA to righties and a .378 wOBA to lefties this season. Fit in as many of these hitters as possible:
Shohei Ohtani (OF – LAA): $8,600 vs. PIT
I prefer Ohtani over Mallex Smith if you can squeeze an extra couple hundred bucks out of your budget. He is in the middle of a mini hot streak with eight hits over his last four games including three extra-base knocks. Ohtani has put up a .371 wOBA and .245 ISO versus right-handed pitching this season and will face Pirates righty Chris Archer on Wednesday night. Archer has struggled on the road this season with a devilish 6.66 ERA. He has allowed a .359 wOBA and 2.78 HR/9 to lefties on the road this year. Look for Ohtani to stay hot.
Victor Reyes (OF – DET): $6,300 vs. SEA
I’ll round out the list with a couple of deep value options. Reyes should be batting atop the Tigers’ lineup on Wednesday with lefty Marco Gonzales on the bump for the Mariners. He has collected five hits over his last three starts when batting leadoff.
Ryan O’Hearn (IF – KC): $5,700 vs. STL
O’Hearn hasn’t done much at the plate recently, but he has been starting and he does have enough power to pay off his cheap salary with just one swing of the bat. He has hit six of his seven homers this season against righties and will face Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson on Wednesday night. Hudson has given up a .388 wOBA and 1.81 HR/9 to lefties this year.
- Josh Donaldson (IF – ATL): $8,900 vs. NYM
- Anthony Rizzo (IF- CHC): $8,100 @ PHI
- Matt Carpenter (IF – STL): $7,400 @ KC
- Dexter Fowler (OF – STL): $7,200 @ KC
- Alex Gordon (OF – KC): $7,200 vs. STL