MLB DFS: The FC Insights team shares their top home-run candidates for the day’s slate
Every day this season, our team will share who we believe has the best chance to leave the yard. We’re calling it the “Dinger of the Day”. From one-off plays to core parts of daily stacks, we hope this fun article will help you build winning lineups along the way.
James: Corey Seager – “I love to target hitters against Kyle Hendricks especially right now as he is struggling. Hendricks has allowed nine home runs in his past three games and ten in his 22.2 innings of action. Hendricks has especially struggled against left-handed hitting this season allowing lefties to slash .485/553/.939 with a .406 wOBA and a 36.0% hard-hit rate. Hendricks Statcast numbers as you might imagine are also bad with a 15.6% barrel rate and an average exit velocity of 89.7. The only thing that really is going to stop the Dodgers tonight is the weather as there are some major weather concerns in Chicago tonight.”
Edit: This game has been PPD and I am shifting my pick to Fernando Tatis Jr.
Zach: Jordan Luplow – “I was tempted to go back to Alex Kirilloff today after he went deep for me yesterday but Dane Dunning does a great job in keeping the ball in the park. With that being said I am going to go with another off-the-wall pick in Luplow against Daniel Lynch who is making his first start. Lynch has impressive numbers in the minors for the Royals but he has never pitched above High-A ball and the difference between major league hitting and High-A hitting is night and day. I have a feeling no matter how talented Lynch might be that he is likely to struggle in his first start. Lynch is also left-handed which gives a huge boost to Luplow. Luplow is a lefty killer and for his career, he has an ISO of .326 against them.”
Jared: Jose Ramirez – “I’m right there with Zach today, looking to pick on Daniel Lynch in his first start at the major league level. Ramirez is a special breed, being just as proficient vs LHP as he is against RHP for a switch hitter. Usually guys that hit from both sides have a pretty heavy lean one way or the other – but he’s elite in both situations. Lynch is a tall 6’6″ lefty, but for some reason (even with a powerful arsenal), he doesn’t miss many bats. That should allow Ramirez to welcome him to the big leagues in a big way, making good on his great start to 2021. He has 8 bombs on the year already, and an elite .404 wOBA. Even better? The fact that his statcast metrics (11 barrels, 15.7 degree launch angle) and xwOBA (.451) leave even more room for growth. Investing in Luplow, Reyes (if he’s back from paternity leave) and Ramirez as a core group today is certainly a great way to go. Here’s to hoping that both Zach and I hit on our picks to go deep tonight!”