Welcome to the Daily MLB Rundown for FanDuel MLB DFS contests on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
In this column, we’ll be walking you through the top pitchers and hitters (including stacks) to target for the day’s slate (8/1/2020).
Core Pitchers to Target
Tyler Glasnow vs BAL – $9,800 – Glasnow was downright dirty in his first start against Atlanta when he struck out nine over just four innings allowing just one hit. Dating back to 2019, Glasnow has an ERA under 2 in his 13 healthy starts and is averaging a K/9 of 11.3. We are always going to target high strikeout upside pitchers to meet our fantasy ceiling and Glasnow against a Baltimore team hitting just .220 as a team fits the mold perfectly.
Tyler Chatwood vs PIT, $8,000 – Until the Pirates prove they can hit right-handed pitching I am going to be owning and writing about whoever is facing them every night. It may be annoying to read, but as long as you are also following the play you haven’t been let down yet. Darvish owned the Cubs on Friday night and Chatwood had dominant control in his first start against Milwaukee when he struck out eight over six innings. Honestly, It could be a no-named pitcher in his first career start and as long as he threw right-handed I would probably take a shot at them against Pittsburgh right now.
GPP Pitcher to Target
Jordan Lyles vs SF, $6,700 – This will be Lyles first start of the season after getting two innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. In his short two-inning appearance, Lyles struck out two and did not allow a hit. Lyles pitched 2019 as a member of the Pirates and Brewers. During his 11 starts with Milwaukee, Lyles had an ERA of just 2.45 and averaged a strikeout per inning. San Francisco is a team getting healthier with Belt and Longoria back, but they still rank near the basement in hitting. We will take the ballpark advantage here as an extra benefit.
Core Stacks to Target
The Mets and Braves both are going to be a core stack for me on Saturday due to both offenses consistently finding a way to put up runs to start the season. This will weigh heavily on what the lineups look like upon release, but the pitching matchup of Wacha and Toussaint is not one that looks to intimidating from either side. Wacha did have a nice debut against Boston, going five and only allowing one run on five hits. Toussaint joins the rotation on the spot left open by the Mike Foltynewicz DFA. Toussaint has seen the hill once this season, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing five hits and six earned – though he did strike out six. I probably will fall heavier on the Mets side here, as the Braves bullpen was worked pretty hard on Friday night, but then again, so was the Mets. Left-handed hitters are hitting .294 off of Touissaint in their careers, so Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo are guys I will all have interest in here.
Oakland bats are bats I target often as they always seem to come in under-owned and have huge run upside as they finished fifth in the MLB in 2019 in home runs and eight for runs scored. The A’s will face the Mariners and Yusei Kikuchi who got knocked around in his first start of the year, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over three and a third. Kikuchi doesn’t limit either side of the plate, though RHH are hitting .305 against him, and luckily for us, a majority of the guys from Oakland we would want hit right-handed. Marcus Seimen, Matt Chapman, Khris Davis, Mark Canha all offer elite home upside as Kikuchi allows a home run to a RHH every 19 at-bats.[Without spending time on either, yes, both San Diego and Colorado are in play at Coors]
GPP Stack to Target
Gio Gonzalez looked less than average in his first appearance in 2020 when he gave up seven hits and six runs in just three and a third. The Royals aren’t a team we target a ton *intentionally* but whether and DFS player wants to admit it or not, they are a team we get exposure to naturally as they end up so cheap and they often round out our more expensive stacks. We usually don’t expect more than five runs out of this team but they did put up 14 on Monday against Detroit. The hesitance here is the White Sox bullpen has looked very strong to start the year. But if the Royals can knock around Gio early and we get into the bullpen early, we don’t need to worry about it much. Of course, Gio could come out and look completely different against a weaker opponent, but we can get a 2-5 stack here pretty easily and guys like Merrifield and Soler will always have a ceiling comparable to the rest of the field. This isn’t my favorite stack on the board, but it will be a good one for tournaments.
Check out our cheatsheet below for the full list of players in our player pool today
$ Tier P C1B 2B 3B SS OF High Tyler Glasnow (9.8k / 30.36) Freddie Freeman (3.8k / 18.90) DJ LeMahieu (3.7k / 17.52) Nolan Arenado (4.1k / 22.71) Trevor Story (4.3k / 24.13) Charlie Blackmon (3.9k / 22.71) Max Muncy (3.8k / 17.65) Ozzie Albies (3.5k / 17.70) Manny Machado (3.8k / 21.84) Fernando Tatis Jr. (4.1k / 24.76) Ronald Acuna (3.8k / 18.70) Peter Alonso (3.7k / 17.88) Ryan McMahon (3.4k / 14.57) Matt Chapman (3.6k / 16.43) Tommy Pham (3.8k / 21.60) Matt Olson (3.5k / 15.70) Medium Tyler Chatwood (8k / 20.38) Jeff McNeil (2.9k / 15.26) Marcus Semien (3.4k / 17.04) Michael Brantley (3.4k / 1.32) Dansby Swanson (3.2k / 12.55) Michael Conforto (3k / 15.87) Hunter Renfroe (2.9k / 12.27) Low Jordan Lyles (6.7k / 21.15) Robinson Cano (2.4k / 10.67) Adalberto Mondesi (2.6k / 9.46) Mark Canha (2.8k / 15.21)