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Daily Fantasy Rundown – August 12 MLB DFS Picks and Analysis

Welcome to Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem”, “dinkpiece” and “thenumbersguy”. Each day throughout the MLB season our daily MLB scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. The goal of our analysis is to help you improve consistency and become a better player long-term.

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Top Play:

Russell Martin (TOR) – If Martin hits fifth, he’d be the clear cut top catcher option as he has an affordable price tag and in a great RBI spot at home with the best 1-4 hitter combination in all of baseball in front of him. The shift in home ballparks (from PNC the previous two seasons to the Rogers Centre) has certainly done wonders for Martin’s power as his ISO is up to .204, a career best. Opposing pitcher Aaron Brooks has been successful in two starts and two relief appearances. He’s a good K/BB ratio guy, but he’s not overly dominant. That’s going to cause him problems against this team in this ballpark given that he’s fly ball oriented, something that hasn’t bitten him yet (3.8 HR/FB rate). Teammate Dioner Navarro (TOR) is a viable cheap option, and whether or not he’s cash playable to just someone to use in tournaments hinges on his lineup spot.

Value Plays:

Yan Gomes (CLE) – Gomes and Jaso are our top two value plays. Gomes is a guy I’ve been on recently as the combination of a dropping price, moving up in the order and a scarce position has given him value. His plate discipline is atrocious this season, but quite frankly, that’s just who he is. It’s going to lead to inconsistent production, but there’s enough pop in that bat (.180 career ISO) to risk him when the tag is low and matchup is good. This is certainly a friendly matchup; the declining CC Sabathia has been absolutely smoked by opposing RHBs the last few seasons. His .368 wOBA split is the worst of any pitcher in action (Brooks’ is technically higher but just 46 batters faced), and it comes with a whopping 1.63 HR/9 allowed. Look for Gomes to continue to hit fifth for Cleveland.

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