Daily Fantasy Rundown – June 18th 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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Buster Posey (SFG) (Posey is usually our top ranked catcher when he faces a below average LHP due to his elite skill set; the lack of offense surrounding him and the bad hitting environment keeps him from being a core value in cash games despite his fair price tag)
Next in line:
Brian McCann (NYY) – After reading some velocity reports, it looks like Mat Latos regained his fastball velocity (up from 90 MPH to 93 MPH in his last start) and his breaking pitches gained some velocity again. Latos has been hampered by injuries in the last few seasons but when he’s healthy, he’s a solid pitcher. He hasn’t been very good this season (just got back from a stint on the DL) but his expected ERAs all point towards him being a 3.5 run pitcher. The Yankees have a team total of 4.5 implied runs and they’re playing at home (short porch for those LHBs) but Latos potentially being fully healthy once again keeps me away from loading up on this offense. McCann is a good option because he’s a catcher (scarce position), he can hit for power (.202 ISO this season, back in line with his career ISO after posting a .174 ISO last season) and this ballpark helps pull hitters (Yankee Stadium increases LH power by approximately 17 percent above the league average). Another factor going for McCann is that the surrounding offense is better than Buster Posey‘s (a lineup full of LHBs against a RHP) and he has been hitting third as of late (best lineup spot for DFS production). This helps diminish the gap in skill between these two hitters and they’re both ranked inside our top 40 hitters this evening.