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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Pitchers & Top Stacks for Saturday, Sept. 25

Eric MacPherson



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Saturday, Sept. 25, brings us wall-to-wall baseball culminating in a nine-game main slate. Let’s get into the top MLB DFS picks for pitchers and stacks for Yahoo, DraftKings and FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups.

MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Pitchers and Top Stacks, Saturday, Sept. 25

Yahoo Stack of the Day: Texas Rangers at RHP Chris Ellis — 4.5 implied runs

It is incredibly rare that we look to the Rangers as a stacking option in this article, however, the matchup and ballpark along with the discounted Yahoo salaries have them as the perfect complement to Coors Field stacks. Today, Chris Ellis will be taking the mound for the Orioles and though he has been serviceable, we need to remember that Baltimore clamed him off waivers after he was released by the Royals last month. In his last 14.2 innings, he has 11 walks with only nine strikeouts. While he has ceded only one longball in this stretch, crooked numbers are coming and coming soon.

Adolis Garcia ($12), D.J. Peters ($13) and Nate Lowe ($17) are the trio to target with their power potential. Lowe is a little spendy and will cost us our first base slot on a loaded slate, so Nick Solak ($11) and Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($12) are acceptable substitutions.

Early Slate

Philadelphia Phillies vs. RHP Wil Crowe — 5.4 implied runs

The wheels have fully come off the wagon for Wil Crowe with an 8.25 ERA in his three September starts. These have come against the Marlins, Nationals and Cubs so it is not like he has been running the gauntlet of top-shelf offenses. Across his 27 career outings, Crowe has an absurd 11.3% walk rate while allowing a .240+ ISO to batters from both sides of the plate.

Speaking of absurd, in his last 546 lefty/righty matchups, Bryce Harper has tallied a .452 wOBA and a .354 ISO with an 18.1% walk rate. Brad Miller provides much-needed salary relief on DraftKings $3,800 and FanDuel $2,300. On Yahoo, look to Didi Gregorius who checks in at $9 as the best discount dandy in this stack. J.T. Realmuto takes care of that pesky catcher requirement and, of course, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and Odubel Herrera are veteran options who can round out full stacks based on salary and positional needs.

Late Slate

Seattle Mariners at RHP Jaime Barria — 4.6 implied runs

Jaime Barria and Jose Suarez are literal mirror images of each other. Both are control pitchers who limit walks but are below average strikeout pitchers. Each allows just enough power that when the control is not there, they give up big innings. Tonight we get Barria, who is the right-handed member of this tandem. On the late slate, we will, of course, want to focus on Coors Field and the Dodgers in Arizona, however, the Mariners can provide us with selective differentiation. There is no need for a full stack, however, looking for duos and even trios who are adjacent in the order will provide off-the-radar synergy. Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager, of course, are the core options and then we can fan out by looking at lefty J.P. Crawford leading off or switch-hitter Abraham Toro, who will be hitting fifth.

Spotlight Pitchers

Top MLB DFS Picks Target: RHP Corbin Burnes vs. New York Mets — 3.0 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $54 | FanDuel $11,100 | DraftKings $10,600

This is an apex salary for Corbin Burnes tonight, however, he is battling Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler for the National League Cy Young Award so seeing him with a normal workload approaching 100 pitches is likely. Even though the New York hitters are mostly healthy, they are in full on #LOLMets mode and self-destructing yet again. There are enough discounted batters that is should not be an issue working in Burnes as our ace on Saturday night.

Secondary MLB DFS Picks Target: RHP Sandy Alcantara at Tampa Bay — 4.1 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $45 | FanDuel $10,200 | DraftKings $10,000

Though he will be facing a designated hitter and Tampa Bay is one of the better offenses in the league, Tropicana still is a pitching-friendly venue. Alcantara is looking to finish the season strong and he should see close to 100 pitches tonight. It is unlikely he will garner any win points, however, a quality start with 7-8 strikeouts is very much in play. Pittsburgh is a bottom-two offense against lefties from a run-creation and power perspective.

Early MLB DFS Picks Target: LHP Ranger Suarez vs. Pittsburgh Pirates — 3.0 implied runs

  • DFS Salary: Yahoo $39 | FanDuel $8,800 | DraftKings $6,600

This is a terrific matchup for Ranger Suarez, who has been excellent since moving into the starting lineup. In his last six outings since being fully stretched out the southpaw has logged an impressive 1.80 ERA, 2.05 FHIP with 38 strikeouts in 36 innings. Even more impressive is that he has allowed only one home run in his last 53 innings. Of course, that will come back to earth.

Final Thoughts for the Saturday, Sept. 25 MLB DFS Picks Slate

Saturday should be a lot of fun with a multiple slates we can target. Keep in mind that all eyes will be on the NFL Sunday so be sure to sign up for those contests early as they tend to run smaller this time of year.

Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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