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August 26 MLB DFS: LOST Without Smoak Monster

August 26 MLB DFS: LOST Without Smoak Monster
DAILY FANTASY RUNDOWN
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – August 26 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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Catcher

Cash game targets (in order of preference, salary aside):

1) Kyle Schwarber (CHC) – The catcher position is a good one to fill out last today, as there are several similar per dollar values and it makes sense to simply hone in on the one that fits best after filling out the rest of your roster. Salary aside, Schwarber is the top target. His power (.296 IS) is supported by a whopping 42.7 hard hit rate and a solid fly ball tilt (.81 GB/FB ratio). While the park factor is terrible for him today, it’s also leading to a reduced price tag on sites that take that into account (DraftKings). He’ll gave the platoon edge on Jake Peavy, who has always been fly ball oriented, and that’s becoming more of a problem now that he’s missing less bats as he ages (career low 17.6 K percentage, 7.4 SwStr rate and 89.8 average fastball velocity).

2) Russell Martin/Dioner Navarro (TOR) – If unable to afford Schwarber, I like targeting the Toronto catching situation. It’s a great way to get exposure to a Blue Jays lineup that has a healthy team total approaching five as they take on Colby Lewis (4.46 xFIP) and a bad Rangers bullpen (third highest ERA, seventh highest xFIP) in Texas. Martin has been dealing with a nagging leg injury, so that’s something to be aware of, but both are low cost exposures to this offense with one of them likely hitting top six in the order.

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