FantasyDraft MLB Lineup Advice: Wednesday (8/28)
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The 11-game MLB DFS slate on FantasyDraft for Wednesday night provides a nice mix of pitching options along with some prime hitting spots. You can either pay up for pitching with guys like Gerrit Cole or Max Scherzer or settle into the mid-range where there are a few hurlers with favorable matchups. I’m looking to play the mid-range game on the mound which opens up tons of money for bats, along with one dirt cheap hitting option who opens up the whole slate.
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.
Jake Odorizzi (MIN): $17,800 @ CWS
While I am okay with using Max Scherzer in this spot even with his back and pitch count concerns, I feel better about my roster construction on FantasyDraft when I slot in the salary savings that Odorizzi provides. Odorizzi has pitched very well against White Sox hitters over his career allowing a mere .239 wOBA while producing a 30.4% strikeout rate in 125 plate appearances. The Twins are a sizeable road favorite against a White Sox team that ranks 28th in wOBA (.281) and wRC+ (73) versus righties over the last 30 days while posting a 27.5% strikeout rate (5th) during that timeframe.
Kenta Maeda (LAD): $15,500 @ SD
I have been touting Dodgers pitchers all week in their matchup against the Padres in San Diego. I will roll with another one on Wednesday night but using a reasonably priced Maeda. I prefer Maeda when he pitches at home, but he is a sizeable road favorite and the Padres have a league-leading 29.0% strikeout rate versus righties over the last 30 days. Meanwhile, Maeda has found his strikeout touch over his last two starts with nine punchouts in each outing.
- Gerrit Cole (HOU): $24,000 vs. TB
- Max Scherzer (WAS): $21,600 vs BAL
- Anthony DeSclafani (CIN): $15,300 @ MIA
Nelson Cruz (OF – MIN): $10,200 @ CWS
Cruz is a priority for me on Wednesday’s slate. He even takes precedence over the high-priced Red Sox bats, although you should be able to fit in one or two of them as well if you pivot off Scherzer for Odorizzi. Cruz has been pounding White Sox pitching recently with nine hits over his last four games against them this past week. He has a .451 wOBA and .489 ISO versus lefties this season and will face White Sox southpaw Ross Detwiler, who Cruz has gone 5-for-7 off with a double, triple, and three homers during his career.
Justin Smoak (IF – TOR): $7,700 vs. ATL
Smoak went deep against the Braves on Tuesday and draws another favorable matchup on Wednesday with home run prone righty Mike Foltynewicz on the hill. Foltynewicz has allowed a .344 wOBA and 2.35 HR/9 to left-handed hitters this season. Meanwhile, Smoak has posted a .378 wOBA and .294 ISO at home versus righties this season and has taken Foltynewicz deep twice in five career at-bats.
Ian Desmond (OF – COL): $7,600 vs. BOS
I had to write about at least one hitter from the Red Sox/Rockies tilt at Coors Field on Wednesday night. Desmond provides solid value for a hitter with a favorable matchup in a great hitting environment. Desmond has posted a .418 wOBA and .314 ISO at home versus lefties this season and will face Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez has given up a .333 wOBA and 1.11 HR/9 to righties on the road this season. There are also warm temperatures expected which could increase the already hitter-friendly environment.
Seth Brown (IF – OAK): $3,900 @ KC
Brown is the cheap hitter to target on Wednesday’s slate on FantasyDraft. He is near the minimum price at just $3,900 but should crack the starting lineup for the Athletics against righty Jakob Junis. The recently called up left-handed hitter smacked 37 homers in 112 games at Triple-A this season. Junis has allowed a .348 wOBA and 1.47 HR/9 to lefties this season. Brown is the key to unlock the slate.
- Rafael Devers (IF – BOS): $10,100 @ COL
- Mookie Betts (OF – BOS): $10,000 @ COL
- Nolan Arenado (IF – COL): $9,800 vs. BOS
- Trevor Story (IF – COL): $9,700 vs. BOS
- Francisco Lindor (IF – CLE): $8,900 @ DET
- C.J. Cron (IF – MIN): $8,000 @ CWS
- Justin Upton (OF – LAA): $7,300 vs. TEX
- Jason Kipnis (IF – CLE): $7,600 @ DET
- Khris Davis (OF – OAK): $6,500 @ KC