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MLB Daily Fantasy Primer: Friday (8/13)

Aug 13, 2021
Bryce Harper

We’re changing things up with a special edition of the MLB Daily Fantasy Primer for Friday’s slate. Usually, our writers break down the MLB DFS slate and provide their top plays in a comprehensive offering available to our premium subscribers. Check out yesterday’s primer, which has been made available to all users, for an example of the content.

In addition to this premium offering, we also have our daily podcast, Leading Off, featuring Dan Harris and Joe Pisapia. During the show, they touch on the day’s DFS slate along with their general season-long fantasy baseball outlook.

Today, Joe is going to walk you through his MLB DFS advice for Friday’s slate. We’ll resume with the typical MLB Daily Fantasy Primer tomorrow, Saturday, August 14. Enjoy!

Check out today’s MLB Grand Slam contest at FanDuel >>

Tonight in MLB DFS, there are some big offenses in play. Philadelphia will be into the Reds’ bullpen quickly against Tyler Mahle. Circle the red-hot Bryce Harper and pay the premium. The Braves will face whoever the Nats can find on short notice to start and should provide a strong offensive run total. The Red Sox run total screams stack. Hunter Renfroe ($3.3k on FD) and Xander Bogaerts ($3.6k on FD) both offer excellent value to get a piece of Boston’s offense. A heavily right-handed Cardinal lineup should fare well versus Royals lefty Mike Minor. And the good chalk tonight is that potent Blue Jays’ lineup with Robbie Roy on the hill versus the Mariners in Seattle.

Charlie Morton’s price variance ($9k on FD, $8.3k on DK) makes him more appealing on DK tonight as a secondary arm, but he has stand-alone FanDuel appeal as well. This will be Jack Flaherty’s first start in months, so limitations could temper his win equity. Shane McClanahan of the Rays is a nice secondary arm on DK tonight at just $7.8k against a skeleton Twins squad. If you’re looking for the ultimate risk/reward, Blake Snell ($9k FD, $8.4k DK) against the Diamondbacks is your guy. Snell has been insanely erratic, but Arizona as a team has been striking out at an alarming clip since the break. It’s not a single-entry play, but a dart worth throwing in multi-entry GPPs.

Jo Adell, Austin Slater, and Lourdes Gurriel are cost-efficient on both major sites as lineup builders.

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