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The Deep Dive: MLB DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel | Thursday, 9/16

Adam Scherer

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The MLB DFS Deep Dive is back! This article is intended to give you an in-depth look at the top MLB DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel on the day’s fantasy baseball slate. It is recommended that you use this article in conjunction with Awesemo’s MLB projections, ownership projections and the Top Stack tool.

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MLB DFS Deep Dive: DraftKings + FanDuel Picks | Sept. 16

Top Pitchers

Framber Valdez ($10,200 DraftKings/$10,100 FanDuel) is the clear top pitching option tonight by a wide margin. Valdez has an excellent matchup against the Rangers, who have a 3.5 implied run total. Valdez has only struck out 22% of hitters this season, but he has an elite 69.2% ground-ball rate. While Valdez’s pedestrian strikeout rate keeps him from being a priority on many slates, there is virtually no opportunity cost at pitcher tonight.

Dietrich Enns ($6,200 DraftKings/$6,000 FanDuel) is expected to be the bulk reliever for the Rays tonight against Detroit. Enns has pitched 16 innings in six relief appearances for the Rays this season, striking out 28.4% of hitters. He also struck out 31.9% in 67.2 innings in Triple-A. Enns threw 59 pitches in his last appearance, and he should go to four innings tonight against Detroit.

Adonis Medina ($5,400 DraftKings/$5,500 FanDuel) is expected to be the Phillies’ primary reliever behind Cam Bedrosian. Medina only struck out 18.5% of hitters in 67.2 innings pitched at Triple-A this season, but he did pitch 5.1 innings in his most recent start, and he averaged about four innings per start overall. With the lack of pitching on this slate, Medina offers some value against a Cubs team that leads the league in strikeout rate.

Top Hitters

J.T. Realmuto ($4,500 DraftKings/$3,100 FanDuel)

Frank Schwindel ($3,700 DraftKings/$3,500 FanDuel)

Jose Altuve ($5,100 DraftKings/$4,400 FanDuel)

Alex Bregman ($4,500 DraftKings/$4,200 FanDuel)

Didi Gregorius ($3,500 DraftKings/$2,500 FanDuel)

Yordan Alvarez ($5,100 DraftKings/$3,700 FanDuel)

Kyle Tucker ($4,900 DraftKings/$3,400 FanDuel)

Randy Arozarena ($4,400 DraftKings/$3,600 FanDuel)

Top Stacks

Note: Be sure to check out the Top Stacks Tool to compare a team’s chances of success to their aggregate ownership.

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Philadelphia Phillies
  3. Tampa Bay Rays

Top Under-owned Stacks: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers


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Adam "ShipMyMoney" Scherer has been playing and analyzing DFS full-time since quitting law school in 2016. He has qualified for the 2016 FanDuel MLB Playboy Championship, the 2016 DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship (3x) and the 2019 DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship. You can find him on Twitter at @ShipMyMoneyDFS or by emailing [email protected].

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