FantasyDraft MLB Lineup Advice: Wednesday (8/21)
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On Wednesday night’s 11-game MLB slate on FantasyDraft, you have the flexibility to go from using two value pitching options and loading up on bats to rostering an ace or two and finding value at the plate. Or you can go somewhere in between, which is what I recommend, at least in cash games. Finding strong mid-range value in the infield is difficult on this slate, so get your value in the outfield so you have some salary left to pay up for a couple of infield spots.
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.
Justin Verlander (HOU): $23,100 vs. DET
Verlander will face his former club, the Tigers, as a mammoth Vegas favorite at home. He has registered double-digit strikeouts in six straight starts while allowing two or fewer runs in five of those outings. Meanwhile, the Tigers have the third-highest strikeout rate (27.9%) versus righties over the last 30 days while posting a .290 wOBA (27th) and 78 wRC+ (26th) during that stretch. Verlander could threaten his season-high 15 strikeout performance against the Tigers on Wednesday night. Lock him in!
Julio Teheran (ATL): $15,400 vs. MIA
There is a wide range of options to use as your SP2 on this slate. I am okay with using any pitcher in this second slot from Patrick Corbin all the way down to Mike Montgomery, even in cash games. That said, I think there is enough solid value on the hitting side that you should use Teheran in cash and the cheaper options in GPPs. Teheran has already faced the Marlins four times this season and has only allowed one run over 25 innings while recording 22 strikeouts. I see no reason why the Marlins hitters will suddenly figure him out on Wednesday night in Atlanta as a sizeable Vegas favorite.
- Patrick Corbin (WAS): $21,500 @ PIT
- Adrian Houser (MIL): $9,900 @ STL
- Mike Montgomery (KC): $8,400 @ BAL
George Springer (OF – HOU): $8,700 vs. DET
Springer offers the most value of all the Astros hitters on Wednesday night in a favorable home matchup against lefty Daniel Norris. Norris has allowed a .349 wOBA and 1.65 HR/9 rate to right-handed hitters this season. Meanwhile, Springer has collected at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games and went deep on Tuesday night while hitting out of his usual leadoff spot. He has a .446 wOBA and .231 ISO at home versus lefties. Don’t be afraid to stack up Springer with an Astros infielder or two.
Aaron Judge (OF – NYY): $7,600 @ OAK
Judge is priced down but appears to be heating up at the plate with five hits over his last three games including two doubles and a home run. Judge has a .356 wOBA and .266 ISO on the road versus righties this year and will face A’s right-hander Mike Fiers. Fiers surrendered four homers in his last outing (Astros) and Judge has taken him deep once in his 11 career at-bats.
Ryan O’Hearn (IF – KC): $5,600 @ BAL
You are going to want a piece of the Royals hitters on Wednesday in their matchup with Aaron Brooks and the Orioles. Brooks has allowed five or more runs in four of his last five starts including seven homers during that stretch. Meanwhile, the Orioles bullpen has allowed a 5.43 xFIP (2nd) and 2.5 HR/9 (2nd) over the last 30 days. I wanted to sneak in at least one value infielder to consider on this slate and O’Hearn is that guy. Be sure to also consider other Royals bats as I listed a bunch of them below.
Trent Grisham (OF – MIL): $5,100 @ STL
If you are looking for deep value in the outfield then give Grisham a look, assuming he is plugged back into the leadoff spot in the Brewers lineup on Wednesday. He’ll draw a favorable matchup against Adam Wainwright who has allowed a .368 wOBA and 1.59 HR/9 to lefties this season. Watch the Brewers lineup closely on this one as Grisham didn’t start against another righty on Tuesday.
- Jorge Soler (OF – KC): $9,600 @ BAL
- Jose Altuve (IF – HOU): $9,600 vs. DET
- Cody Bellinger (IF/OF – LAD): $9,500 vs. TOR
- Alex Bregman (IF – HOU): $9,500 vs. DET
- Anthony Rizzo (IF – CHC): $9,200 vs. SF
- Michael Conforto (OF – NYM): $9,200 vs. CLE
- Max Muncy (IF – LAD): $9,100 vs. TOR
- Ozzie Albies (IF- ATL): $9,000 vs. MIA
- Hunter Dozier (IF – KC): $8,700 @ BAL
- Marcus Semien (IF – OAK): $8,000 vs. NYY
- Alex Gordon (OF – KC): $7,200 @ BAL