MLB DFS Picks - FanDuel & DraftKings Expert Survey: Friday, August 12th

Curious to know the top tournament target? Want to know our analysts’ favorite stacks? Below we answer lineup-building questions to help you prepare for the upcoming slate. NOTE: Expert Surveys are only posted for main slates.

MLB Expert Survey: Friday, August 12

Who is your favorite hitter for optimal lineups?

CheeseIsGood: Daulton Varsho
STLCardinals84: Christian Walker
eys819: Juan Soto
fathalpert: Christian Walker
boggslite: Daulton Varsho

Who is your favorite hitter for large-field contests?

CheeseIsGood: Yordan Alvarez
STLCardinals84: Yordan Alvarez
eys819: Yordan Alvarez
fathalpert: Juan Soto
boggslite: Juan Soto

Who is your favorite pitcher for optimal lineups?

CheeseIsGood: Carlos Rodon
STLCardinals84: Carlos Rodon
eys819: Max Scherzer
fathalpert: Carlos Rodon
boggslite: Max Scherzer

Who is your favorite pitcher for large-field contests?

CheeseIsGood: Max Scherzer (FD) / Tyler Mahle (DK)
STLCardinals84: Mike Clevinger
eys819: Tyler Mahle
fathalpert: Luis Garcia (FD) / Mike Clevinger (DK)
boggslite: Carlos Rodon

Who is your favorite salary saver for optimal lineups?

CheeseIsGood: Elehuris Montero
STLCardinals84: Elehuris Montero
eys819: Elehuris Montero
fathalpert: Elehuris Montero
boggslite: Elehuris Montero

Who is your favorite salary saver for large-field contests?

CheeseIsGood: Joc Pederson (FD) / Brandon Belt (DK)
STLCardinals84: LaMonte Wade
eys819: Trent Grisham
fathalpert: LaMonte Wade
boggslite: LaMonte Wade

Which player are you most afraid of being underweight on compared to the field?

CheeseIsGood: Mookie Betts
STLCardinals84: Max Scherzer
eys819: Carlos Rodon
fathalpert: Michael Kopech
boggslite: Shohei Ohtani

What’s your under-the-radar home run call of the day?

CheeseIsGood: Jose Miranda
STLCardinals84: Brandon Belt
eys819: Andrew Vaughn
fathalpert: Jeremy Pena
boggslite: Chris Taylor

What is the top stack on the board for leverage in low-dollar GPPs?

CheeseIsGood: MIN
STLCardinals84: SFG
eys819: HOU
fathalpert: HOU
boggslite: LAD

Who are your five favorite stacks for large-field contests, ranked in order? (rank below in drop-down)

CheeseIsGood: 1) SDP 2) HOU 3) ARI 4) COL 5) LAD
STLCardinals84: 1) COL 2) ARI 3) HOU 4) SFG 5) LAD
eys819: 1) HOU 2) SDP 3) COL 4) ARI 5) LAD
fathalpert: 1) SDP 2) HOU 3) ARI 4) COL 5) SFG
boggslite: 1) COL 2) ARI 3) SDP 4) HOU 5) LAD

Expert Survey Tournament Stack Rankings based on analyst responses above

1. ARI
2. HOU
3. SDP
4. COL
5. SFG

How do you plan to beat the field of opponents? What tactic or strategy will set you apart?

CheeseIsGood: There are enough teams in the top tier that I don’t see ownership being a deciding factor tonight. The Padres, Astros, Dodgers, Rockies and Diamondbacks should all be fairly close to even, which makes it easy to go over the field on whichever of those top tier teams you prefer. For me that will be the Astros and Padres. I like the Twins and Giants as further off the board stacks, and then I am going power hunting. If salary allows to just play Rodon/Scherzer in every lineup, I’ll gladly take it, but we have a big enough mid-tier to make for a lot of viable builds. My preferences are with Luis Garcia and Mike Clevinger on FD, and Clevinger, Tyler Mahle and Michael Kopech on DK.

STLCardinals84: We have Zach Davies and Antonio Senzatela pitching in Coors Field tonight. Davies has an 18% strikeout rate this season. Senzatela has a 13% strikeout rate this season. This is a “don’t overthink it” spot to where I may go all in with Coors bats in GPP builds. The game has a 12 1/2 total, and we can find plenty of ways to differentiate GPP lineups by spreading out to a wider pool of pitching options.

eys819: Scherzer and Rodon are excellent options at the top of the pitching board. My current lean is to go overweight on Scherzer and underweight on Rodon, but I will be keeping an eye on projected ownership to make that final decision. There are several elite offenses in great spots today, with HOU, SDP, and LAD having every bit as much upside as Coors. I will definitely be overweight on HOU and SDP, and SFG offers some nice value as well.

fathalpert: Go underweight on Max Scherzer / Carlos Rodon in tournaments. It’s not a comfortable feeling because I like both of them a lot, but in tournaments I want access to some of these more expensive stacks that should go lower owned as ownership flows to Coors Field and Scherzer/Rodon. If I need to take some chances Mike Clevinger, Tyler Mahle, or Luis Garcia in tournaments so I can get up to stacks like the Padres, Yankees, Dodgers, or Astros, I’m willing to do it. The one value stack I do like is the Giants, as Bryse Wilson is allowing a 1.036 OPS to lefties this season and San Francisco has a ton of cheap lefties. Working in the Giants as one-offs or a mini-stack is one way to find some salary relief without sacrificing too much ceiling.

boggslite: Pay up for pitching. Both Scherzer and Rodon have solid matchups against high strikeout opponents with the ability to break the slate. It may be tempting to save some salary with some cheaper options in great matchups, but I’ll look to take a flyer on some cheap bats in order to pay up for the consistency and potential of Scherzer/Rodon.

Who is your top overall pitcher (when considering price, matchup, projected ownership, etc.) on the board and why?

CheeseIsGood: Carlos Rodon – Scherzer is the more consistent ace, but the upside is the same for both of them and unmatched by the rest of the field. The matchup against Pittsburgh is enough to push me to Rodon over Scherzer as the SP1. The low strikeout game in his last start was almost certainly an outlier, as he had back-to-back 10-K games prior to that and at least 7+ strikeouts in six straight.

STLCardinals84: Carlos Rodon – When you factor in matchups, I like Rodon quite a bit better than Max Scherzer at the top tonight. While Scherzer is a bit more consistent, I’ll side with the upside of Rodon. That is especially true in a home matchup against the Pirates. The saving grace for the woeful Pirates offense used to be that they didn’t strike out a lot. That’s not the case any more, as they have the 4th highest strikeout rate in baseball over the last 30 days. That plays right into Rodon’s skill set.

eys819: Max Scherzer – I will side with the consistency of Scherzer in a matchup against Philadelphia without their two best hitters. Harper remains out and Schawrber is expected to be out for the series with a calf injury. The Phillies also get one of the biggest ballpark downgrades in the league traveling from Citzens Bank Park into Citi Field. Rodon has seen his stuff disappear at times this season as he has 5 starts with less than 5 strikeouts, including last time out when he had 3 strikeouts against a terrible Oakland team.

fathalpert: Carlos Rodon – Rodon is coming off a disappointing outing against the A’s where he fanned just three batters over 5.1 innings, but he still owns a 31.2 K% on the season and now gets to face a Pirates team that has the second highest K% in the Majors this season against lefties. If Max Scherzer was cheaper I’d likely lean Scherzer, but the Phillies possess more power than the Pirates so Rodon gets the slight nod for me. I will note that Kyle Schwarber is expected to miss tonight’s game, so if you want to lean Scherzer as the SP1 on tonight’s slate, there’s no argument from me.

boggslite: Max Scherzer – Rodon may have a slightly better matchup, but Scherzer has been slightly more consistent this season and has plenty of potential in his own right against a watered down PHI lineup that lacks the left-handed power to cause him damage. I expect Scherzer to be worth every penny of his steep price tag tonight as the Mets look to pad their lead in the NL East standings.

Who is your top overall hitter (when considering price, matchup, projected ownership, etc.) on the board and why?

CheeseIsGood: Christian Walker / Daulton Varsho – I will be going underweight, if not completely fading full Arizona stacks tonight, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be heavily invested in these two middle of the lineup power bats in Coors Field. With the low strikeouts and ground ball lean of Antonio Senzatela, you need bats who hit the ball hard and in the air. Walker and Varsho lead the Arizona lineup in fly balls and hard hits with a big edge in ISO over their teammates.

STLCardinals84: Christian Walker – You have to get Coors Field exposure tonight with two underwhelming pitchers that don’t strike anyone out. I will target any and all power bats in this game, and it starts with Walker. His power profile plays extremely well against a pitcher like Senzatela, and he doesn’t really break the bank from a salary perspective.

eys819: Juan Soto – One of the best hitters in baseball returns to Washington for the first time and gets a great matchup with a RHP who cannot get lefties out. Stretching back to last season, Abbott has allowed a .473 wOBA and a .446 ISO to LHB. Soto has destroyed righties for a .286 ISO and .428 wOBA.

fathalpert: Christian Walker – Walker checks a lot of boxes for me. He’s likely batting cleanup in Coors Field, and only costs $4,100 on DK / $3,800 on FD so he’s not overly expensive. The righty-on-righty matchup doesn’t scare me at all, as Walker has mashed 20 of his 26 homers off righties this season. Antonio Senzatela is also allowing right-handed batters to hit .365 with a .938 OPS against him this season.

boggslite: Daulton Varsho – His ability to create lift on the ball plays well in this matchup against Senzatela’s groundball tendencies and his price is very attractive on both FD and DK. In a game that should feature plenty of scoring between two hittable pitchers and bad bullpens, Varsho should get plenty of opportunities to have a big game.

What is your hot take of the day?

CheeseIsGood: The Twins and Giants are the top two offenses on the slate.

STLCardinals84: Carlos Rodon records 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings.

eys819: Tyler Mahle strikes out 10 and outscores all pitchers not named Scherzer.

fathalpert: Michael Kopech doesn’t make it through five innings against the Tigers.

boggslite: Juan Soto hits at least one HR and reaches base safely in every at bat in his first game back in WAS.

Curious to know the top tournament target? Want to know our analysts’ favorite stacks? Below we answer lineup-building questions to help you prepare for the upcoming slate. NOTE: Expert Surveys are only posted for main slates.

MLB Expert Survey: Friday, August 12

Who is your favorite hitter for optimal lineups?

CheeseIsGood: Daulton Varsho
STLCardinals84: Christian Walker
eys819: Juan Soto
fathalpert: Christian Walker
boggslite: Daulton Varsho

Who is your favorite hitter for large-field contests?

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