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5/9 MLB DFS: All you need is Ryan’s Braun on Saturday

5/9 MLB DFS: All you need is Ryan’s Braun on Saturday
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – May 9th MLB DFS Picks

Welcome to Saturday’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: Major weather problems in Denver, lesser problems in Pittsburgh. The forecast for the LAD-COL game is so bad that I’m not even going to bother covering it in today’s content. Should the forecast shift dramatically, we will provide an extensive alert on how that would change the day’s landscape.

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.

SCHEDULING NOTE: It looks like DraftKings accidentally included the first game of the CIN-CHW double header in their night slate. As a result, you won’t get credit for any of those players so don’t use them. On most other sites, including FanDuel, it appears that the second game of the CIN-CHW double header is included.

Catcher

Top Play:

Devin Mesoraco (CIN) – With Mesoraco sitting the first game of today’s double header, there’s a strong probability he starts the nightcap as the team’s DH against a LHP. Last night he was originally slated to DH and hit clean up. If that’s the case tonight, he’s not only the top catcher on FanDuel but an incredible value at just $2,400. Mesoraco has a career .97 EYE, .171 ISO and .374 wOBA against LHP and is hitting in one of the few parks that really isn’t a downgrade offensively from his home park. Opposing pitcher Carlos Rodon brings in a ton of upside but it’s his first ever MLB start and he struggles with control.

Value Play:

Miguel Montero (CHC) – Montero isn’t an amazing play individually but when you look at his price and matchup on DraftKings relative to other catchers, it quickly becomes apparent that he’s the best cash game option. Montero is just $3,300 on DraftKings. He’s been hitting cleanup against RHP for the Cubs and will have the platoon edge in a favorable hitting environment against Kyle Lohse today. Lohse has allowed 1.19 HRs/9 to LHBs since 2012 and perhaps more importantly has really struggled this season. He has an ERA of over 5 in five of six starts as he’s allowing a high LD rate to opposing hitters, all at the expense of ground balls. The Cubs, Reds and White Sox all look like they’ll settle in with the highest team totals on the day at somewhere between 4 and 4.5.

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