Daily Fantasy Rundown – September 25 MLB DFS Picks and Analysis
Welcome to Friday’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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Yasmani Grandal (LAD) – With an affordable core play at starting pitcher (Jordan Zimmermann, see pitching section), we’re going to be heavy on Coors Field in our recommendations as it’s easy to fit multiple Dodgers in on most sites. The Dodgers have the highest team total on the day, hovering somewhere between 5.5 and 6. They’ll face off against David Hale (COL), a contact oriented RHP with very pessimistic ERA projections from both ZiPS (5.47) and Steamer (4.93). Hale is backed up by a Rockies bullpen that has the highest ERA in MLB. Grandal has much more power from the left side of the plate. He’s the clear cut top option for cash games, especially if given a top five lineup spot.
Next in line: Travis d’Arnaud (NYM) (lacks the platoon edge but brings great power peripherals into a matchup against an average pitcher (Anthony DeSclafani of CIN) in a great hitter’s park, making him a nice tournament pivot off of Grandal)
John Jaso (TB) – If you’re on a tighter pricing site and can’t seem to fit Grandal in your lineup (especially if he isn’t top five in the order), it’s reasonable to drop down to ol’ reliable John Jaso at catcher. Jaso’s low price tag is a bit of a mystery to us since he’s been productive (.362 wOBA, .172 ISO) and hits in a great lineup spot (usually leads off against RHP). Jaso’s career splits are strong (.352 wOBA, .155 ISO against RHP – power his higher last two seasons), and he’s in a favorable matchup today, receiving a large park shift playing in the Rogers Centre against RA Dickey (TOR).