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MLB DFS Picks: Spotlight Hitters & Stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel & Yahoo: September 14th (FREE)

Eric MacPherson

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MLB Picks: Saturday, September 14th gives us an early three game set and an eleven game main slate on Yahoo, DraftKings, FanDuel and FantasyDraft. Before you lock in your baseball DFS lineups and MLB DFS picks, make sure to check out check out Awesemo’s DFS baseball MLB rankings and projections. Not a member? Sign up HERE and use Promo Code: MLBSTACKS for 50% off any one month subscription.  

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Greetings Gamers! We have wall-to-wall baseball for Saturday, so let’s dive in!

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Early Slate

New York Yankees at RHP Jacob Waguespack – 6.0 implied runs

If the “chalk” is too heavy on the Yankees, we have easy pivots to Atlanta, Washington and the Cubbies.  On the season, RHP Jacob Waguespack has faced 147 same-handed hitters and it has been a mess.  He has been crushed with a .373 wOBA, .246 ISO and a substandard 16.3 K%.

Despite their many injuries, the current iteration of the Bronx Bombers is loaded with righty power.  Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, Clint Frazier and D.J. LeMahieu are all prime targets.

Main Slate

Houston Astros at LHP Mike Montgomery – 6.4 implied runs

Despite what the DraftKings pricing algorithm things, LHP Mike Montomery is not a horrible pitcher.  He does have an incredibly difficult matchup against the Astros in weather conducive to batters.  By most metrics Houston is one of the best teams in the league against southpaws.

By now we should all know that Alex Bregman, George Springer, Jose Altuve and the much improved Yuli Gurriel are very much in play.  Rookie Yordan Alvarez has simply been amazing in lefty/lefty matchups so far and Aledmys Diaz is a differentiation play.

Evening Slate

Texas Rangers vs RHP Mike Fiers – 5.2 implied runs

Over his last two starts, RHP Mike Fiers has allowed seven home runs in just six innings.  Do you remember that on May 7th he had a no-hitter against Cincinnati?  Did you know that was also his SECOND NO HITTER of his career?  It is funny outcomes like this that have us loving and hating fantasy baseball at the same time.

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With his pedestrian strikeout rate and low walk rate, Fiers allows a lot of balls in play.  This is not always to his advantage as he has a 40 GB% and 40 FB% over the last two seasons which are both sub-par. Additionally, same-handed hitters have compiled a .203 ISO with a 1.88 HR/9 in the same time-frame.

Focus on Shin-Soo Choo, Willie Calhoun, Nick Solak, Danny Santana and Rougned OdorFor differentiation we can roll with Ronald Guzman and whomever is behind the plate.

With the way pricing is working out and with a Coors Field Extravaganza on tap we may see some gamers on Fiers.  This is a viable strategy if you are cognizant of the risks.

Late Slate

Tampa Bay Rays at RHP Jaime Barria – 5.24 implied runs

There is a decent chance we see an opener from one or both of these teams Saturday night.  Regardless, it will be RHP Jaime Barria pitching around 4-5 innings for the Halos.  Barria has some wicked reverse splits with a .400 wOBA, .362 ISO across 165 righties this season.  Somehow this is even worse than his .197 ISO over 272 same-handed matchups last season.  Things are pretty bleak in 2019 against lefties with a .192 ISO and a 9.7 BB%.

The Rays are pretty good with attacking pitchers at their weak points and will not necessarily stick to the conventional lefty/righty matchups. Look for righties Tommy Pham, Travis D’Arnaud, Jesus Aguilar and Avasail Garcia as the core four.  Austin Meadows and Ji-Man Choi are the lefties we will target for a full stack.

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Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac


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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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