The Daily MLB Rundown – FantasyDraft MLB DFS Picks – August 2, 2020 (8/2/20)

Welcome to the Daily MLB Rundown for FantasyDraft contests on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Pitchers to Target

My favorite pitchers are ranked below in order that I want to roster them.

Clayton Kershaw ($17.800)- I am a lot worried about Kershaw today as this is his first start of the season after a back injury forced him on to the IL before the season opener. We just don’t really know how Kershaw’s back is going to affect him or how long the Dodgers are going to let him pitch today. With that being said though pitching is ugly on this slate and Kershaw is the best pitcher on it by a mile.

Jon Lester ($18,100)- Pitching is so ugly on this slate that Lester seems like the safest pitcher on the slate and that is saying a lot as Lester is one of the biggest fraud pitchers out there. The Pirates lineup has just been that bad this season though they have been pretty solid against lefties this season.

Josh James ($17,100)- James struggled in his first start of the season but has elite arm talent and the ability to rack up strikeouts. I think that James arm talent wins out today as the Angels lineup without Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani who is starting on the mound for the Angels today is ugly with Anthony Rendon being the only hitter that he truly has to worry about.

Hitters to Target

My favorite stacks are ranked below in order that I want to roster them.

Rockies/Padres- I prefer the Padres side of things if only stacking one team from Coors today but I am going to have plenty of exposure to both teams as we are going to see lots of runs scored in this game.

Giants- The Giants might seem like an off the wall team to stack as we normally target pitchers against them but I like them a lot today. Kolby Allard just has not shown much talent in his short career with a career ERA of 6.08, an HR/9 rate over one, and a WHIP of 1.76. The Giants have also been solid against left-handed pitching this season ranking 11th in team OPS against them.

Astros- Simply put Ohtani looked awful in his first start back from Tommy John Surgery. In his start, last Sunday Ohtani didn’t get a single of his six batters faced out and allowed five runs. Today I don’t see Ohtani fairing much better against the Stros who are one of the best if not best lineup in baseball. Since the start of last season, Houston ranks first in team OPS and fourth in team ISO against right-handed pitching.

Cheat Sheets

My favorite hitters on this slate that is chock-full of great hitters can be found in today’s Cheat Sheets.

Fernando Tatis Jr.
(11.1k / 20.20)
Charlie Blackmon
(10.3k / 17.14)
Cody Bellinger
(9.8k / 14.85)
Trent Grisham
(9.8k / 17.00)
Chris Bassitt
(15.9k / 11.63)
Wilmer Flores
(8.4k / 8.92)
Max Kepler
(8.1k / 10.08)
Michael Brantley
(7.7k / 10.54)
Luis Robert
(7.7k / 10.33)
J.P. Crawford
(7.4k / 7.61)
Steven Souza Jr.
(5.5k / 6.16)

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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