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August 4 MLB DFS: Need some Bats? On Sale?

August 4 MLB DFS: Need some Bats? On Sale?
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – August 4 MLB DFS Picks and Analysis

Welcome to Tuesday’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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Weather:  Minor concerns to watch in the Northeast games (3 of them) and in Colorado. Probably not even delays but something to watch

Please see Meteorologist Mark Paquette’s game by game weather forecasts below the Analysis.

If any weather situations shift drastically, we will keep you updated with lineup alerts so make sure to check your email inbox up until roster lock.

Content Note: 

I mistakenly referred to Henry Owens as a RHP in the content today and he’s a LHP. I was caught reminiscing about a former Marlins prospect.

This is a big change to values for the Yankees individual players but not much change for their profile as a team. ARod and Teixeira are still tournament plays due to elevated price points at deep positions. Ellsbury and Gardner are better tournament plays given the lack of platoon advantage and McCann slides down to a tournament play as well.

Chris Young is the big beneficiary as he’s a value play as a lefty masher. He falls behind the Coors field options and behind the Dodgers in our model, so think of him as an upper end secondary value play.

My apologies for the confusion. 


Value Plays:

Yasmani Grandal (LAD) – Grandal is the known quantity among the catchers. He’s facing an established pitcher that is below average (Jerome Williams – .353 wOBA allowed to LHBs since 2013) and he gets him in a park upgrade. Grandal has been dominant from the left side (.362 wOBA, .197 ISO since 2012) as a big leaguer and he’s been especially great this season (.399 wOBA, .255 ISO). He typically gets a premier lineup spot and the Phillies bullpen behind Williams is ravaged after the losses of Papelbon and Diekman. Of all the options in this group of catchers, I believe Grandal’s projection is the most stable.

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