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August 13 MLB DFS: Raise the Jolly Roger with Liriano

August 13 MLB DFS: Raise the Jolly Roger with Liriano
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – August 13 MLB DFS Picks and Analysis

Welcome to Thursday’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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Catcher

The Play:

Yasmani Grandal (LAD) – Grandal ranks inside our top five hitters on this short slate (only catcher in the top 30). He’s a good hitter vs. RHP (.359 wOBA, .193 ISO against RHP since 2012) and a matchup against Keyvius Sampson (has been solid at the major league level but he had close to a 13 percent BB rate at the minor league level and his run prevention was awful) should help. Sampson has struck out a batter per inning in three major league starts but that looks fluky (all of his K peripherals are well below average). At $3,200 on FanDuel, Grandal stands out as the strongest play at the catcher position relative to his skills, matchup and price.

Additional catcher notes: Brian McCann (NYY) is the other catcher that I would consider across all formats. He’s a skilled hitter vs. RHP and his biggest strength as a hitter is the power tool (.191 ISO vs. RHP in the last three seasons), which could shine in this matchup against Trevor Bauer (.321 wOBA, 1.28 HR/9 allowed to LHBs since 2012). I view McCann as a nice cash game option on a site like DraftKings where he’s discounted ($3,600) and cheaper than Yasmani Grandal. The catcher position doesn’t have much depth tonight so I would keep my exposure to Grandal and McCann across all formats. Secondary targets include Yan Gomes (CLE) and Yadier Moline (STL) (both should only be considered for tournaments).

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