MLB Grind Down: Friday, August 23rd - TOR @ SEA

Toronto at Seattle – 10:10 PM ET

The final game of the night could be a sneaky shootout. I don’t expect anyone in this game to be highly owned, although the masses might have interest in these cheap pitchers. Personally, I have more interest in the offenses. This game is basically set as a pick ‘em with a total of 9.5 runs. Thornton has a mediocre strikeout rate (21%) and a below-average SIERA (5.04). The Mariners are a nice matchup, but there are better options in tonight’s main slate.

Quick Breakdown: Avoid Thornton in all formats.

Sheffield is a top prospect that has put together some nice numbers at the Double-A level this season. Unfortunately, he seems to struggle every time he sees a step up in competition. At the Triple-A level this year, he has a 7.19 FIP with a strikeout rate of 18% and a walk rate of 16%. I know he’s cheap and facing a young offense that likes to chase, but I have more interest in the Blue Jays.

Quick Breakdown: Avoid Sheffield in all formats.

Batter Grind Down

If you want to spend up at pitching tonight and are having a difficult time finding an affordable stack, let me introduce you to the Blue Jays. Their lineup is loaded with young talent and they are facing a young pitcher that has struggled at both the Triple-A and the major league levels. Bo Bichette (.430 xwOBA), Cavan Biggio (.335 xwOBA), Vladimir Guerrero (.345 xwOBA), Randal Grichuk (.203 ISO), and Teoscar Hernandez (.330 xwOBA) are all intriguing tournament plays.

Elite PlaysBo Bichette (GPP), Vladimir Guerrero (GPP), Randal Grichuk (GPP), Teoscar Hernandez (GPP)

Secondary PlaysBo Bichette (Cash), Vladimir Guerrero (Cash), Randal Grichuk (Cash), Teoscar Hernandez (Cash), Cavan Biggio (GPP), Danny Jansen (DK)


The Mariners’ offense has been better over the last couple of weeks and they draw an exploitable matchup against Trent Thornton, who has allowed a .325+ xwOBA to both left and right-handed hitters. The problem is that Seattle is extremely expensive on DraftKings, which takes them out of my player pool. On FanDuel, Mallex Smith, J.P. Crawford, and Austin Nola are all priced below $3,000.

Elite PlaysMallex Smith (FD)

Secondary PlaysJ.P. Crawford (FD), Austin Nola (FD), Kyle Seager (GPP)


About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.

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