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Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) on episode 317. The guys will go over 30+ first and second-year players. They will discuss their current ADP's in the 2 Early Mocks, what to expect of the players in 2021, and much more. They also go over some listener questions, compare Juan Soto to Mike Trout, and much more.

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Bubba and Bat Flip 54: 2 Early Mocks APD Player Debates - Benched with Bubba (Episode 316)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to take a deeper look at the 2 Early Mocks ADP. They go over some of the positions and look at players with similar ADPs and debate. Going around the diamond discussing some players people are high on and some they are down on with a twist on 2021.

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NFL DFS Value Picks for DraftKings, FanDuel - Week 6 DFS Cash Games

We have made it to Week 6 of the NFL season, and for now, all 11 games on the main slate are still on track to play this week. There has been a covid scare with the Falcons, so keep an eye on the Falcons and Vikings game, which would take a couple of major plays off the board if it is canceled or postponed.

When looking at the Week 6 slate, there is a lot of value; if you have any questions, do not hesitate to chat it up with me on Twitter @bdentrek. The quarterback position is pretty straightforward if not paying for the top options (and you don't need to this week), which is always nice. There are a few cheaper running back options that are in play for cash, but at this time, as we wait for more news, the wide receiver "cheap" plays are not as obvious as usual. The tight end position has been extremely top-heavy, so pay up in cash for a Jonnu Smith or Mark Andrews, or go down to the value discussed below. This week's cash lineups can be pretty balanced, which will start Sunday with a solid floor and some upside.

This article will take a look at some of the value plays for each week of the NFL. However, when you look at value plays for GPP, you are swinging for the fences somewhat. Here I will be focusing on cash games and the necessity for slightly more safety as you are just looking to finish in the top half or so of the competition. Therefore, we are looking for cheaper players who should see a decent workload, pass attempts, targets, or carriers. Let's take a look at the cash value plays for Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season.

 

Week 6 Quarterback Cash Game Value Plays

Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs NYJ | DK: $5,900, FD: $7,400

Just another week of cash game values and another week to play FitzmagiThis season, he has been a beacon scoring 25+ DK points 23 or more FD points in four straight games. It goes back even deeper than that for Fitzpatrick, who has been a top-12 scorer in 11 of his last 16 starts for the Dolphins. This week he gets the privilege of facing the Jets at home in Miami. The Jets currently rank 19 in the NFL versus the quarterback over 20 points per game. Fitzpatrick should be one of the top targets at quarterback this week when playing cash games.

Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs HOU | DK: $5,900, FD: $7,300

Tannehill is coming off a solid Tuesday night performance versus the Bills. He heads into Sunday's matchup with the division-rival Texans ready to continue crushing. He has scored at least 16 points in each game this season but has played much better at home as a Titans member. Over his last five home games, he is averaging nearly 28 fantasy points per game, and in his career versus Houston, he is averaging over 21 fantasy points per game. The Texans have played well versus the pass this season, but like most teams facing the Titans, they will likely be more focused on Derrick Henry and the running game. That will open things open for Tannehill in a close game where they have an implied team total of 28.5. It is that simple in cash this week at the quarterback position, play either Fitzmagic or Tannehill.

 

Week 6 Running Back Cash Game Value Plays

David Montgomery, CHI at CAR | DK: $5,800, FD: $5,900

This week it will not get much better when it comes to matchups for Montgomery than facing the Panthers. The Panthers are last in the NFL versus the run allowing over 35 fantasy points per game to the running back position. The Panthers Defense is allowing 112 rushing yards per game and over eight receptions per game. That fits right into Montgomery's wheelhouse as he has had at least 10 carries in every game this season and has had at least six targets in the last two games. The workload will be there for Montgomery as three-point underdogs, and you just can't beat the matchup for your cash lineups this Sunday.

Myles Gaskin, MIA vs NYJ | DK: $5,400 FD: $5,700

Gaskin heads into Sunday's matchup versus the Jets coming off his best game as a professional versus the 49ers. He now has touched the ball 20+ times in two of the last three games, and the game he did not, he still had 13 touches. He has actually had at least 13 touches in all five games this season. That is quite a consistent workload, a workload we look for in cash. He has a matchup versus the Jets where the Dolphins are 9.5 point favorites with a 28.5 point implied team total, meaning he should have plenty of chances to make his presence known. The Jets Defense should help as well, as they are ranked 27 versus running backs this season, allowing 110+ rushing yards per game, six receptions a game, and 30+ fantasy points per game to running backs. Gaskin is a strong play in his own right and is a great pivot off a popular Montgomery in tournaments.

Devonta Freeman, NYG vs WAS | DK: $4,900, FD: $5,600

We were on Freeman as a nice value last week, and there is no reason to look in his direction again this week. Last week we saw the second week where Freeman was the lead back for the Giants as he had 17 carries and caught two passes on three targets, putting up 16+ fantasy points. He now heads into a matchup versus a Washington Football Team that is middle of the pack versus running backs this season. They allow over 103 rushing yards, four receptions, and over 23 fantasy points per week to the running back position. The Giants are 2.5 point home favorites this week, and with a close game in the works, Freeman could see another 15+ carry day and potentially 20+ touches.

 

Week 6 Wide Receiver Cash Game Value Plays

Terry McLaurin, WAS at NYG | DK: $5,700, FD: $6,900

Volume, volume, volume that is what McLaurin brings to the table for your cash game lineups. He brings the kind of volume that should be into the $6K range on DK but is priced a little more appropriately on FD. According to McLaurin's standards, he had a down week, but a lot can be blamed on his quarterback situation as Alex Smith looked very off. He had good chemistry with Kyle Allen before he left with an injury, but he has been practicing this week and will start on Sunday. That's great news for McLaurin, who has been targeted at least seven times in each game this season and goes up against a Giants Defense ranked 21 versus wide receivers this season. Look for McLaurin to return to form, put up a double-digit fantasy week, and bring a strong floor to your cash lineup.

Jamison Crowder, NYJ at MIA | DK: $6,100, FD: $6,600

There are not many that bring more consistent volume every week than McLaurin, but Crowder just may. He has had at least 10 targets in all three games he has played this season, with at least eight catches and 20+ points in each game. He is the main receiving weapon, mainly the only receiving weapon in the Jets offense. He faces a Miami Defense ranked 18 in the NFL versus the pass, and in a game where they are 9.5 point underdogs, Crowder should expect plenty of volumes yet again on his way to another double-digit fantasy point game.

Kenny Golladay, DET at JAX | DK: $6,200, FD: $7,200

Golladay missed the first few weeks of the season, but he has been the wide receiving stud we all expected since he returned. He has been targeted at least seven times in each game and has scored at least 15 fantasy points in each game. That is some serious cash game stability. This week he gets a nice matchup versus the Jaguars Defense, ranked 20 versus wide receivers this season. The Lions are 3.5 point favorites this week and have a massive 29 point implied team total. Expect Golladay to be a factor in that team total and, in doing so, make for a great cash game value.

 

Week 6 Tight End Cash Game Value Plays

Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs ATL | DK: $2,500, FD: $4,300

Going into the season, many analysts were preaching the value of Smith in drafts. Well, it took a couple of weeks, but Irv had a big game on Sunday, bringing in four of his five targets for 64 yards. Those are great numbers for a min-priced tight end. This week he gets one of the best matchups we can ask for when it comes to tight ends. He will be facing the Falcons Defense that is ranked 31 versus the tight end position in 2020. They allow nearly seven catches per game, 1.4 touchdowns per game, and over 18 fantasy points per game to the tight end position. Smith will free up a ton of cash this week and brings some really nice upside to your lineups at the same time.



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/15/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 2 game slate featuring a potential elimination game in ALSC Game 5, and then we get NLCS Game 4. It appears Clayton Kershaw will be returning to the mound after missing Game 2 with back spasms, so how healthy is he really? Blake Snell will make a start for the Rays while Bryse Wilson will make a start for the Braves. It appears the Astros are going with a bullpen game, and the way we know Dusty Baker can use a bullpen, that should be fun.

Kershaw will be very popular when looking at the slate, and it is hard not to play Kershaw even with the back health questions. He is the top option, and it is not even that close. Snell will be starting on three days rest, so we are not sure just how effective or just how long he will be throwing before Kevin Cash utilizes that strong bullpen. Wilson is making a start for a Braves team that was beaten down in Game 3 does not look good and will make the Dodgers bats very popular again today. For now, when looking at the slate, it appears to be a combo of Kershaw and Snell, and that should be very chalky. I am ok with that chalk; differentiate with the bats. If there is more clarity, not the Astros bullpen situation, the option to punt with one of their long relievers is also in play.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/15/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - P, LAD vs ATL ($9,400)

Kershaw is in line for the start today after missing Game 2 with back spasms. We know back injuries can always pop back up, but we have to rely on that on this short slate if he is good to go. Just remember when something similar happened to Max Scherzer last season, he still came back and dealt. Kershaw will be the chalk tonight and rightfully so as he has been nothing short of great this season and this postseason. He has allowed three runs in his 14 postseason innings where he has struck out 19 batters. He faces a Braves team who struck out 27.8% of the time versus LHP this season, and barring the back acting up; he should be in line for another strong start of 6+ innings.

Blake Snell - P, TB at HOU ($8,300)

Snell will be taking the Rays ball as he tries to help win the World Series clinching game. This will be the first time Snell has pitched on 3-days rest, and it will be fascinating to see how many innings he pitches tonight. He has not made it through five innings in any start this season or the postseason. He allowed four runs in his last start versus the Yankees on three home runs but was flawless in his previous start versus the Jays. Snell's price tag is very steep as he takes on an Astros offense hitting it well and does not strike out often. He will likely throw four innings and then give the ball to the bullpen. He has the highest ceiling out of the options, not named Kershaw, but the upside tonight is quite risky for his price tag. It's Snell or rolling with one of the Astro's long relievers for cheap tonight.

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Max Muncy- 1B, LAD vs Bryse Wilson  ($4,900)

It has not been the best of seasons for Muncy, but the postseason has changed things for Muncy. He has hit safely in four of five games for the Dodgers, hitting .333 (6-18) with four extra-base hits (two home runs) and has scored nine or more DK points in four of five games. He went deep twice in Game 3 and now faces Wilson tonight. Wilson does not have a massive sample size, but he has been walloped by LHH in his career allowing a .437 wOBA this season and a .456 wOBA last season to LHH. Last season he also allowed 2.7 HR/9 to LHH. It could be a long game for Wilson or maybe a short one and a long game for the Braves bullpen. Either way riding the hot bay of Muncy seems like a great idea.

Jose Altuve - 2B, HOU vs Blake Snell  ($4,600)

Altuve failed in the Wild Card round, but since then, he has hit safely in six of the last seven postseason games for a .407 average and four home runs. He has scored 14 or more DK points in five of seven games and should be in line for another strong night tonight. He will face Snell for one or two at-bats and then the Rays pen. He was also moved to the third spot in the batting order for Game 3, allowing for even more RBI situations. Altuve is a great target tonight and is definitely in play even if you are starting Snell.

Other Options: Ozzie Albies (ATL vs LAD) $4,200

Edwin Rios - 3B, LAD at Bryse Wilson ($2,800)

Rios was held off the NLDS roster for the Dodgers, but when his name was on the NLCS roster, I became giddy. When I saw him in the Game 3 lineup, I was ecstatic. When he went deep in his first at-bat, I was over the moon. Rios is a bat that is all or nothing most of the time, but it is mighty when he makes contact. In his short MLB career, he has a 17.6% barrel rate to go with a 51.8% hard-hit rate and a .521 xwOBAcon. He is a great value tonight facing Wilson, and no one would be shocked if he found the seats again tonight.

Corey Seager - SS, LAD at Bryse Wilson ($5,000)

Seager's magical 2020 continued last night as he went 3-4 with a home run and a double and then was rested for the second half of the game. He has now hit safely in his last four games, going 9-12 with four doubles, two home runs, and has scored 26+ DK points in three of the last four. Seager is on fire right now and has a great matchup tonight. He will be worth the price tag tonight, so do not hesitate unless you are getting frisky with a Dodgers fade or using Swanson against Kershaw.

Other Options: Dansby Swanson (ATL vs LAD) $3,900

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Cody Bellinger - OF, LAD at Bryse Wilson ($4,900)

It has not been the season that Bellinger wanted, but he is sure finishing it with a bang. He has now hit safely in all seven postseason games with four extra-base hits and has 10+ DK points in three of the last four games. He has been hitting sixth for the Dodgers, making Bellinger an interesting piece of a back end of the lineup Dodges stack. If you are not into Bellinger, then Betts is obviously in play; just another $800 to get there.

Cristian Pache- OF, ATL at Clayton Kershaw ($2,000)

I wrote up Pache as a value play yesterday, and he goes deep to make that one pay off in a big way. He will be making a start again tonight, given a tougher matchup versus Kershaw, but still a great value if needed. He has extra-base hits in each of his last two games, scoring nine or more points. Pache is not a must-play, but if looking for savings, he is a solid play. He has also been batting ninth, and he makes for a great piece of a wrap-around stack with Acuna, Freeman, and Ozuna.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB at HOU Bullpen ($4,700)

The Postseason of Arozarena marched on last night as he went deep yet again, giving him five home runs and nine extra-base hits in this postseason. He has hit safely in nine of 11 games and has been a fantasy scoring machine. There is no reason outside of potential chalk to not play him tonight in a game that will showcase a very sketchy Astros bullpen. Load up on Arozarena and the Rays as they look to wrap the series up tonight.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves (Bryse Wilson, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros (HOU Bullepn, RHP)
  • Contrarian Stacks: Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/13/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 2 game slate featuring Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 3 of the ALCS. The NLCS features the veteran Kershaw versus the youngster Ian Anderson, where the ALCS features a couple of arms we may target. As mentioned yesterday, lineup construction is much different on these 2-game postseason slates, so get weird with your building.

Kershaw will be very popular when looking at the slate, while the second-best option (or maybe top option) is Anderson. I see no flaw in taking both arms in the NLCS and loading up on the bats in the ALCS. As you will see in the write-up, the Astros are a heavy target today, followed closely by the Rays. This does not mean the Dodgers and Braves are not in play, as they both make for strong contrarian plays, and if you are starting Kershaw and/or Anderson, do not feel like you can't use a bat against your pitcher.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/13/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - P, LAD vs ATL ($8,800)

Kershaw will take the bump tonight, trying to tie up the NLCS. He has had a solid season and has carried that into the postseason. He has put up 20 or more DK points in each start, even though he allowed three runs, including two home runs in his last start versus the Padres. He faces a Braves team with a lot of swings and misses in their lineup, which was showcased this season as they struck out 27.8% of the time versus LHP. They also hit .248 with a .176 ISO. Kershaw is the top target today and should be able to rack up the strikeouts over 6+ innings.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL at LAD ($8,300)

Anderson finished the season on a strong note, and that continued into the postseason. He has thrown at least five innings in both postseasons starts allowing a total of five hits, ZERO runs, and has struck out eight or more in each start. He has scored over 30 DK points in each game and has looked absolutely outstanding. He will take on a very talented Dodgers lineup tonight who struck out 20.2% of the time versus RHP this season and will look to put the Braves up 2-0. Anderson makes for a strong SP2 or a sneaky SP1 if fading Kershaw.

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Martin Maldonado - C, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($3,800)

Maldonado has grabbed the starting nod in the first two games and has gone 1-5 with a double for the Astros. Like most of his teammates, he has struggled versus the talented Rays pitching. Well, tonight may be different as he faces the lefty Yarbrough, and Maldonado loves himself an LHP. On the season, he is hitting .279 with a .380 wOBA. Maldonado brings some savings at the catcher's position in a matchup he can exploit.

Yuli Gurriel- 1B, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough  ($3,100)

It has been a really quiet postseason for Gurriel, but he woke up a bit in Game 2, going 2-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch. He has hit lefties very well in his career, and that did not change in 2020 as he hit .290 with a .274 ISO. The season ended in a bit of a slump, showcased in his extremely cheap price tag for this slate. It also does not hurt that Gurriel has already taken Yarbrough deep once in his career in a tiny sample. The Astros will be very popular tonight, and taking the savings on Gurriel could be an interesting way to get a little different.

Ozzie Albies - 2B, ATL at Clayton Kershaw  ($4,400)

We saw it last night when Albies hit the big home run off Jake McGee, but Albies loves facing LHP. In his career, he is hitting .345 with a .399 wOBA versus LHP. He will be facing Kershaw tonight, who has been a beast but has given up one HR/9 versus RHH this season. The Braves will be the uber contrarian play tonight, and Albies would make for a great leverage GPP play. He is one of the Braves I have circled if I want to use a Braves bat in my Kershaw lineups.

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($4,800)

Bregman may be one of the hottest hitters and the most unlucky hitters over the last couple of days. He managed to go 2-4 in ALCS Game 1 but was robbed often in Game 2. He managed to go 0-5 and left six Astros on base, but the Rays defense robbed him often. When looking at his Statcast page, all five at-bats had balls in play with an exit velocity of over 98.4 MPH with a high of 106.8 MPH. All five plate appearances also had an xBA of .330 or better, with one having an xBA of .670. Bregman is seeing and hitting everything right now and is a must today versus Yarbrough as the Astros are about to break out in a big way.

Other Options: Joey Wendle (TB at HOU) $4,100

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($4,100)

Correa may be the hottest hitter in the postseason, and that should continue on Tuesday night. Correa has hit safely in six of eight games, including five home runs. He goes up against the lefty Yarbrough tonight, and on the season, Correa hit .279 with a .330 wOBA versus LHP. He is in line for another strong game in a game the Astros should get going in. As you can tell, I am all in on the Astros tonight after watching all the hard-hit balls and runners left on base in the first two games. If I want small exposure, I would stack Bregman and Correa and load up on the Rays and Braves.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs ATL) $4,900, Dansby Swanson (ATL at LAD) $4,000

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kevin Kiermaier/Manuel Margot - OF, TB vs Jose Urquidy ($3,100/$3,200)

The outfield is a great spot to get some savings and some Rays exposure. The value in both Kiermaier and Margot cannot be ignored. Margot hit another home run in Game 2 and continues to be a major piece of the Rays lineup this postseason. Kiermaier, who I have written up a lot this postseason, continues to be a very tough out for the Astros. They will be facing Urquidy, who gave up four solo home runs in his start versus the A's, and that could easily continue tonight. Both are great values tonight.

Marcell Ozuna- OF, ATL at Clayton Kershaw ($4,300)

Similar to Albies above, Ozuna is a major target if fading Kershaw. Ozuna has hit safely in four of six postseason games, including three multi-hit games. To saw Ozuna hit lefties well may be an understatement as he hit .356 with a .527 wOBA and a .511 ISO!!!! Straight mashing LHP. He also had a 50% hard-hit rate and a 43.8% HR/FB rate. When he makes contact is loud and with authority. An Ozuna/Albies stack in the middle of the Braves order is quite appealing in your contrarian builds.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs Jose Urquidy ($4,700)

I could not write a DK picks article and not mention the Man of the Postseason, Randy Arozarena. DK has paid attention, and his price tag has climbed in a big way, but that has not stopped Randy from raking. He has now hit safely in seven of nine games and has hit safely in both ALCS games versus the Astros. He will face Urquidy tonight and will look to exploit his reverse splits. On the season, Urquidy allowed RHH to hit .292 with a .368 wOBA and 2.2 HR/9. Randy should be popular tonight and for excellent reasons.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays (Ryan Yarbrough, LHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros (Jose Urquidy, RHP)



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NFL DFS Value Picks for DraftKings, FanDuel - Week 5 DFS Cash Games

We have made it to Week 5 of the NFL season, and it is another bumpy week. We are still waiting on a lot of news. Some games may be postponed, injury news, and more. Stay tuned to RotoBaller as they will update you with all the news you need, but we will get this cash game party started for now. We have 12 games for now, and we only have seven-game lines set from the oddsmakers due to so many question marks. We will attack this slate with the information we know and be prepared to pivot when needed.

When looking at the Week 5 slate, there is a lot of value, but the question is, "is it the good value?" Some of the names discussed below will make you plug your nose, but they fall in the value line from a cash game perspective. They have the floor they bring to the lineup, and they allow one to spend up a lot on major players for the week. More value plays than just the ones below, so make sure to ask all the questions you have this week. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to chat it up with me on Twitter @bdentrek.

This article will take a look at some of the value plays for each week of the NFL. However, when you look at value plays for GPP, you are swinging for the fences somewhat. Here I will be focusing on cash games and the necessity for slightly more safety as you are just looking to finish in the top half or so of the competition. Therefore, we are looking for cheaper players who should see a decent workload, pass attempts, targets, or carriers. Let's take a look at the cash value plays for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.

 

Week 5 Quarterback Cash Game Value Plays

Teddy Bridgewater, CAR at ATL | DK: $5,900, FD: $7,100

Teddy B is coming off a monster Week 4 game where he had three touchdowns and put up over 27 fantasy points. This week he has an even better matchup versus the Falcons. The Falcons rank last in the NFL versus quarterbacks, allowing nearly 354 passing yards per game, over three passing touchdowns, for over 35 fantasy points per game. Teddy brings a strong floor into the game and averaging around 17.5 fantasy points per game and now has this matchup vs the Falcons with an implied team total of 26. It should be a back and forth game in the dome, and Teddy should get his along the way, making for strong cash value if not paying up for the "big boys" this week.

Kyle Allen, WAS vs LAR | DK: $4,100, FD: $6,000

Most will think I am crazy for recommending Allen, but this is strictly a price-point play. Do we not remember when Allen played last year in the same price range? He was a cash game lock and flourished. We discuss floor in cash and a starting quarterback who will be playing from behind and throwing a lot brings that floor you are looking for at an insanely low price for a quarterback. The Rams are middle of the pack versus quarterbacks and are allowing nearly 20 fantasy points per game. Even in the Football Teams losses, Haskins has been throwing a ton; he has just been very inaccurate. Look for Allen to check down a lot to Antonio Gibson, make better passes to Logan Thomas, and continue to feed Terry McLaurin. It is not a sexy play, but the volume will be there, and 15+ points are very attainable at a nearly free price point for cash.

 

Week 5 Running Back Cash Game Value Plays

Mike Davis, CAR at ATL | DK: $6,400, FD: $6,800

Davis continues to eat in the Panthers offense as the new "CMC." He has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games and should flourish again this week versus the Falcons. The Falcons offense is ranked 22 on the season versus running backs and allows 8.5 receptions per game on the season. That screams Davis production. He has received six or more targets in all three of his starts and has brought in at least five. Last week was his lowest week as he had eight catches in each of his previous two games. He has 21 touches in back-to-back games as well, and that should not change this week. The volume and game flow will be largely in Davis's favor, and he should be a major cash play this week.

Antonio Gibson, WAS vs LAR | DK: $5,000 FD: $5,800

We have seen Gibson's workload increase over the last couple of weeks, and it appears the time is now for Gibson to explode. He has put up double-digit fantasy points in three straight weeks, including 20+ points last week. He had 17 touches last week, and there is no reason he should not be inline for 15+ touches again this week. The Football Team will be playing from behind, and Allen loves checking down to his running backs. Last week Gibson had five targets, and he should surpass that against a Rams team that allows over five receptions per game to the opposing running backs. This could be the Gibson breakout game, especially in PPR formats, so enjoy the $5000 price tag.

Devonta Freeman, NYG at DAL | DK: $4,600, FD: $5,500

After Freeman's first full week of practice, we saw him insert himself as the lead back in the Giants offense. His snap count increased from 15 in Week 3 to 37 in Week 4. He saw 15 total touches, which could definitely increase going into a potentially high scoring affair on Sunday. The idea of a strong cash game floor is volume or touches, and if you can get a running back at Freeman's price with 15+ touches, it's hard to ignore that. The Cowboys are allowing over 130 rushing yards a game and over 24 fantasy points per game on the season. The Giants are nine-point underdogs with a team total near 23, so they should be playing a lot of catchups, leading to more dump-offs. Freeman had four catches on four targets last week, and an increase there could lead to cash game gold.

 

Week 5 Wide Receiver Cash Game Value Plays

Tee Higgins, CIN at BAL | DK: $4,900, FD: $5,400

The Bengals head into a very tough matchup with the Ravens on Sunday, and many will think targeting players in this game is a bad idea. Well, they are incorrect. The Bengals' beauty is they are throwing well over 40 times a game and now will be in a game as 13 point underdogs and will be throwing a ton to try and keep up. Higgins has been a benefactor to the Bengals' game flow model in recent weeks, yet his price tag still brings great value. He has been targeted at least six times in the three games he has played in this season. He is averaging four catches and 50 yards receiving on the season and has scored double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He has surpassed AJ Green as Joe Burrow's second wide receiving option and should be in for a heavy workload again this weekend.

Zach Pascal, IND at CLE | DK: $4,600, FD: $5,300

Pascal has slowly seen his workload increase in recent weeks, and with Paris Campbell out of the way, he should continue to be more productive. Last week he saw eight targets, only three resulting in catches, but was that close to a big game. Now he heads into a matchup versus the very suspect passing defense of the Browns. The Cowboys, Ravens, Bengals have torched the rank 30th in the NFL in pass defense and, and even Dwayne Haskins did not look horrible. The Colts have a team total near 24, and they should be able to score relatively easy on Sunday; Pascal will have a major impact on their success.

Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs CAR | DK: $3,000, FD: $4,800

Zaccheaus is strictly in play IF Julio Jones is out on Sunday. Two weeks ago, with a banged-up receiving core, we saw Zaccheaus collect four catches on six targets, but last week with Julio out, he really was productive with eight catches on nine targets. The Falcons will be hosting the Panthers on Sunday in a game that should be a shootout. Jones and Ridley are both banged up, and if one misses Sunday's game, Zaccheaus becomes a free square for all your cash game and even GPP lineups.

 

Week 5 Tight End Cash Game Value Plays

Evan Engram, NYG at DAL | DK: $4,600, FD: $5,500

In recent weeks, we have seen that going bargain hunting for a tight end is not as fruitful as it used to be. For that reason, we will spend up a little more than usual and grab the tight end in a game with one of the highest team totals on the slate. Engram has five or more targets in all four games this season, including seven or more in three of four. He is coming off a 10 target game where he caught six for only 35 yards. If he busts one or finds the end zone, we are groovy. He faces a Cowboys Defense this weekend that has been atrocious versus the passing game and ranks 26 versus tight ends. They allow six and a half catches a game to tight ends and over 18 fantasy points per game. Daniel Jones should be looking Engram's way a lot, making for strong cash gameplay.

Eric Ebron, PIT vs PHI | DK: $4,000, FD: $5,100

If you would like to save a little from Engram, then Ebron is your man. He is coming off back to back games where he saw at least five targets. He will be facing a Philadelphia Defense that has been torched by opposing tight ends this season. The Eagles D is ranked 30 versus the tight end allowing six and a half catches, over one touchdown, and over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Ebron will get some nice red-zone chances and could be in line for a strong Sunday in a game the Steelers should dominate.



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/8/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 4 game slate featuring potential elimination games in all four games. There is not a ton of elite pitching targets, which means we will have bats for days. This is a slate to make sure you get the proper players in your lineups, and if that means leaving money on the table, then so be it.

When looking at the slate, it comes down to which stacks to build around. The Astros and A's have been home run derbies, which is likely not changing on Thursday. The Rays and Marlins bring some nice value options to the slate as well. There can be arguments made for nearly every offense today, and finding the right pieces of stacks will be clutch. I likely would not go all-in on stacks either. A few 2-3 man stacks with one-offs could be the trick, or even a 3-3-2 stack works great.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/8/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Julio Urias - P, LAD at SD ($9,100)

Urias will take the bump as he tries to set up the Dodgers to win and advance to the NLCS. Urias has been outstanding for the Dodgers this season. Through 11 starts, he allowed two earned runs or less in nine of those starts. He finished the season with a 3.72 FIP, a 20% strikeout rate, and a strong 28.6% hard-hit rate. He faced the Padres earlier this season and threw 6.1 innings allowing two runs and struck out three. He is not a major strikeout as he did not strike out more than six in any game this season. He will go up against the powerful Padres lineup, a lineup that struck out over 23% of the time vs LHP with a .250 average and a .187 ISO. It will not be easy, but Urias brings a strong floor with some upside on a slate that does not have many great pitching options.

Sixto Sanchez - P, MIA vs ATL ($8,100)

Sixto was absolutely dominant in his first five starts of the season but struggled down the stretch in his last two starts. The last two starts left many questions going into the postseason, but he erased all doubts against the Cubs. He threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts for 18.5 DK points. Now he faces a powerful Braves lineup, a lineup teammates Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez have had success against Games 1 and 2. He has faced Atlanta twice this year, the first time he threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts, but in his last start, he only lasted three innings and allowed four runs. His command was his key early in the season and will be the key to his success on Thursday. I will take my chances on Sixto getting the job done vs the Braves.

Other Options: Frankie Montas (OAK at HOU) $8,600

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK at Christian Javier ($3,800)

Murphy has been quiet the last couple of postseason games, but I will keep rolling with the slugger in a series that has turned into a home run derby. Murphy had success vs RHP in 2020, walking 19.6% of the time with a .232 ISO. He will face Javier, who has allowed 1.5 HR/9 to RHH this season, and then a beat-up Astros bullpen. The catching position overall is a mess, and Murphy brings some major upside to your lineups.

Other Options: Mike Zunino (TB at NYY) $3,300

Garrett Cooper- 1B, MIA vs Kyle Wright  ($3,400)

Before yesterday's 0'fer, Cooper had hit safely in nine straight games. Over that stretch, Cooper had four extra-base hits and was averaging over seven DK points per game. He gets a strong matchup vs Wright today. Wright has not been great this season, and since his recall, on September 8, he made four starts where he had a 5.50 FIP and allowed 11 runs and five home runs over 23 innings pitched. The Marlins faced Wright twice this year and have scored eight runs in seven innings with three home runs. One of those homers came from Cooper.

Other Options: Matt Olson (OAK at HOU) $4,700

Joey Wendle - 2B/3B, TB at Jordan Montgomery  ($3,700)

I've been promoting Wendle for quite some time now, and that is not stopping today. He had another big night on Wednesday, going 3-5, and put up his second straight double-digit DK night. He has hits in each of the three games vs the Yankees. Some may get concerned since there is a lefty starting, but I am not as Wendle hit .294 vs lefties this season. Montgomery likely won't be long for the game either, so Wendle should still get his as the Rays look to finish off the Yankees.

Other Options: Jon Berti (MIA vs ATL) $2,500, DJ LeMahieu (NYY vs TB) $4,900

Brian Anderson - 3B, MIA vs Kyle Wright ($3,800)

If you can't tell, I like the Marlins vs Wright. They have major upside and allow for some very nice salary relief; if I have to pick one team for salary relief, it is the Rays, but the Marlins are a close second. Anderson has hit safely in both games vs the Braves, putting up nine or more points in both games. He is coming off a strong September where he hit .287 with a .218 ISO and a 133 wRC+. When looking to stack the Marlins, Anderson hitting in the middle of the order becomes a strong piece of that stack.

Other Options: Justin Turner (LAD at SD) $4,500, Alex Bregman (HOU vs OAK) $4,400

Marcus Semien - SS, OAK at Christian Javier ($4,100)

As stated earlier, the A's and Astros series has turned into an offensive explosion, and Semien has been a major part of that. Semien has now hit safely in his last five postseason games, including four straight multi-hit games. He has scored eight or more DK points in the last five games. He went deep yesterday and has three extra-base hits over the last five games. He has a great matchup vs Javier today and is usually overlooked on these slates with some of the other shortstops in play. Do not forget about Semien when building your lineups.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD at SD) $5,000, Miguel Rojas (MIA vs ATL) $3,700

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Giancarlo Stanton - OF, NYY vs Ryan Thompson ($4,300)

When you think of players on a heater, Stanton's name is near the top of that list (we'll talk about Arozarena shortly). Stanton has hit safely in all five postseason games, with home runs in all five games. He has gone 7-19 with six home runs, 13 RBI, and at least 14 DK points in each game with 19 or more in four straight. He will face a bullpen game for the Rays tonight, which is not always easy, but his power has been undeniable, and the price tag is still way too low for his production. Sometimes it is just as simple as ride the heater in the postseason.

Tommy Pham- OF, SD vs Julio Urias ($3,200)

I have discussed Pham in almost every postseason article I have written, and it will not stop as DK continues to misprice him. He has hit safely in three of five postseason games but has reached base in all five games and put up at least five DK points in each game. Over the five-game stretch, he is hitting .400 with two extra-base hits and three stolen bases. He is hitting in the middle of the Padres lineup and gets a matchup vs the lefty Urias. Enjoy the continued value with Pham.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB at Jordan Montgomery ($3,800)

Lastly, we once again talk about Arozarena. I should insert the man on fire walking gif and stop there, but some may frown upon that. He went 3-4 last night and homered once again. He has now hit safely in all five postseason games with four straight multi-hit games. Over the five games, he is hitting .600 with six extra-base hits (three straight games with home runs) and has scored at least 10 DK points in each game, including 17+ in the last four. He joins a major Rays attack tonight vs Montgomery.

Other Options: George Springer (HOU vs OAK) $4,800, Manuel Margot (TB vs NYY) $3,600, Khris Davis (OAK at HOU) $3,400

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (Christian Javier, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, LHP)
  • Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves (Kyle Wright, RHP)



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2 Early Mocks Early ADP with Mike Kurland - Benched with Bubba (Episode 314)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) on episode 314. The guys will go over some of the early 2 Early Mocks ADP. Going over some players that moved up, down, and some debates on certain spots in the draft. After going over the first 60-70 picks they guys talk about a starting pitching player debate Mike posted on Twitter and then go over some listener questions.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/6/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday with 4 game slate featuring Game 2 of the ALDS matchups and the start of the two NLDS matchups. There are some interesting pitching options, and that should allow for some nice offensive spots to attack. Probably can not get much more offensive than last night, but we can try and get the right spots that pop off enough for us to cash.

When looking at the slate, it comes down to which stacks to build around. The Astros and Dodgers should be the top stacks of the night and for an excellent reason. They are not stacks I am looking to avoid fully. To eat some of that chalk, it is all about finding some of the lower-priced options. Those options that I am interested in would be the Yankees, Rays, and Marlins. Using a few from those three teams, you will be able to eat some chalk and still have a successful night.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/6/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Framber Valdez - P, HOU at OAK ($8,900)

Valdez gets the ball in Game 2 as he tries to get the Astros the 2-0 series lead over the A's. Valdez had an outstanding season with a 3.57 ERA but an even better 2.85 FIP and 2.94 xFIP. He struck out 26.4% of the batters he faced while only walking 6.6%. More importantly, was his consistency down the stretch scoring 20+ DK points in eight of his final 10 outings. He pitched out of the bullpen in the Wild Card Series and was strong there, throwing five shutout innings with five strikeouts for 22.9 DK points. He faces an A's team that struck out 24.2% of the time vs LHP in 2020 with a .220 average and a .152 ISO. He faced Oakland once this season, throwing seven strong innings allowing one earned run and striking out nine. Please give me all the Framber today.

Sandy Alcantara - P, MIA at ATL ($7,300)

Alcantara takes the bump for Game 1 vs the Braves and will likely be quite overlooked today. He is the ace of the Marlins staff for a reason, and he has shown why this season. After the COVID break, the Marlins had he had a really rough start getting back into the group. After that, it was business as usual. He made five starts, allowing no more than three earned runs in any starts and two earned runs or less in four of five starts. He had a 2.30 ERA over that stretch with a 3.75 xFIP. He also had a 23.8% strikeout rate, 4.7% barrel rate, 35.3% hard-hit rate, and only one home run. Including his one postseason start vs the Cubs, Alcantara has scored at least 17.9 or more DK points in all by two starts this season. The Braves offense has many thumps, but Alcantara will be up to the task and makes for a nice SP2.

Other Options: Deivi Garcia (NYY at TB) $7,200

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK vs Framber Valdez ($3,900)

Previously we discussed the strong September for Murphy, where he hit .277 with a .362 ISO, an impressive 20.3% BB rate, 17.6% barrel rate, and 41.2% hard-hit rate. Murphy was one of the hottest hitters in baseball, especially catchers that no one was really talking about. Well, they should be after his start to the postseason. Murphy has hit safely in all four postseason games, including home runs in back to back games. He faces the lefty Valdez today, dominant this season, but Murphy may be up to the task. Murphy had a .206 ISO, 441 SLG, 33.3% HR/FB, and a 42.9% hard-hit rate on the season. He is likely the cheapest starting catcher and may have as much upside as the rest.

Garrett Cooper- 1B, MIA at Max Fried  ($3,500)

Many will flock to Freeman, and I get it, but let's save some money and play the first baseman in the same game as Freeman. Cooper comes into Game 1, riding an eight-game hitting streak. He finished the season on a six-game hitting streak where he hit .280 with a 41.2% hard-hit rate. The hot bat continued vs the Cubs, where he even went deep in the clinching Game 2. He has a tough matchup vs Fried, but Cooper has to be looking forward to it as he mashed LHP this season. He hit .350 with a .425 ISO and a 30.8% HR/FB. Cooper brings major salary relief with a lot of upsides. His teammate Jesus Aguilar is also in play, but Cooper is my guy tonight.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL vs MIA) $5,400

Jake Cronenworth - 2B, SD at Walker Buehler  ($4,400)

Rake Cronenworth was limping a bit heading into the postseason, but that did not stop the Padres from rolling out their rookie second baseman, and he has not disappointed. Cronenworth has hit safely in all three postseason games for the Padres, going 5-9 with a home run and a triple. He has scored at least 11 DK points in all three games. He has a tough matchup vs Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen tonight but makes for a nice pivot of the likely popular Altuve at second base.

Other Options: Jon Berti (MIA at ATL) $3,300, Jose Altuve (HOU at OAK) $4,300

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU at Sean Manaea ($4,500)

The Astros are going to be a popular stack and rightfully so vs Manaea tonight. Similar to many of the Astros, Bregman struggled this season. After his stint on the IL, he hit .226 with a .208 ISO and a 14.1% BB rate. He started to showcase some of his power and extra-base hit ability, which has carried over to the playoffs. He has hit safely in the last two playoff games, a big home run in Game 1 vs the A's. Bregman has always hit LHP well, including a .319 average, .255 ISO, and .408 wOBA this season. Look for Bregman and his teammates to have a big night vs Manaea.

Other Options: Edwin Rios (LAD vs SD) $2,700

Corey Seager - SS, LAD vs Zach Davies ($5,200)

The summer of Seager continues into October and is in line for another nice night tonight vs Davies. Seager hit .307 with a .278 ISO, a 15.8% barrel rate, and a 55.4% hard-hit rate on the season. He was even better vs RHP with a .322 average and a .301 ISO. He is pricey tonight but has a solid matchup vs Davies, who has allowed three earned runs or more in four of his last five starts and has allowed at least one home run in each of those four starts. Seager is pricey, and the Dodgers will be popular, but he is a piece of chalk I do not mind rostering tonight.

Other Options: Carlos Correa (HOU at OAK) $4,500, Marcus Semien (OAK vs HOU) $3,900

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Tommy Pham - OF, SD at Walker Buehler ($3,300)

There are many expensive options in the outfield, but you should not need my help there, so I will highlight some values that stand out. Pham continues to be mispriced this postseason. He finished the season hitting safely in six of eight games once returning from the IL. Then he comes into the postseason and goes 6-13 with two doubles and scoring at least five DK points in each game. He is also running as he stole two bases. He has a tough matchup vs Buehler, but his price point makes for strong salary relief with major upside.

Khris Davis- OF, OAK at Framber Valdez ($3,000)

Krush Davis did not have a great season, we all know that, but he has shown up when the A's need him most. He finished the season hitting safely in two of his final three games and now has hits in all three of the playoff games he has played in with two home runs. On the season, he hit .303 vs LHP and will look to stay hot this postseason vs Valdez at major savings tonight.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs Deivi Garcia ($3,600)

Last night it appeared everyone finally realized just how good Arozarena had been this season....well, we already knew. We have been playing the way to cheap Rays outfielder for some time, and we should be inline to roster him again tonight. He went 3-4 last night with a home run and now is 7-12 with four extra-base hits in his three playoff games, scoring at least 10 points in each game. Garcia is a strong, young arm, but also has shown flaws. The Rays are one of my lower owned stacks I want to target, and the value of Arozarena is near the top of my Rays targets.

Other Options: Mookie Betts (LAD vs SD) $5,700, George Springer (HOU at OAK) $5,100, Brett Gardner (NYY at TB) $3,400, Manuel Margot (TB vs NYY) $3,200

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Houston Astros at Oakland A's (Sean Manaea, LHP)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres (Zach Davies, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees (Deivi Garcia, RHP)



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Bubba and Bat Flip 52: 2 Early Mocks Early Thoughts - Benched with Bubba (Episode 313)

Bubba (@bdentrek) is joined by Bat Flip Crazy (@BatFlipCrazy) to look back at some players they got right and discuss the start of the 2 Early Mocks. They go over the early ADP, the interesting picks in their league, and more regarding the 2021 mock drafts. Lastly, they go over some solid listener questions.

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NFL DFS Value Plays (Cash Games) for Week 4 on FanDuel and DraftKings

We have made it to Week 4 of the NFL season, and we have a 12-game slate on tap. The Titans/Steelers game has been postponed due to COVID, so do not play that game. There are not as many clear cut values at some positions like week's past, but that can obviously change as more injury news is released, so be ready to adjust accordingly. For now, cash games look to be quite balanced, and there is a ton of value for that type of build.

When looking at the running backs and wide receivers on the slate, there are many ways to go. There are some really strong plays to pay up for as usual, but in cash games, there are some strong values in the mid-price ranges that can lead to a strong, balanced cash lineup. We have many high totals to target, and the people in the desert have figured out, we have a lot of scoring this year. There are a few most target games in those high total situations and then some to break down more. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to chat it up with me on Twitter @bdentrek.

This article will take a look at some of the value plays for each week of the NFL. However, when you look at value plays for GPP, you are swinging for the fences somewhat. Here I will be focusing on cash games and the necessity for slightly more safety as you are just looking to finish in the top half or so of the competition. Therefore, we are looking for cheaper players who should see a decent workload, pass attempts, targets, or carriers. Let's take a look at the cash value plays for Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season.

 

Week 4 Quarterback Cash Game Value Plays

Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs SEA | DK: $5,400, FD: $7,100

Fitzmagic, in a cash lineup, let's go!!!!! The Dolphins head into their Week 4 matchup vs the Seahawks as seven-point underdogs and a game total of nearly 55. There should be points aplenty, and the Dolphins should have to play catchup. In the last two weeks, Fitzpatrick has been the QB5 and QB12, and that would be excellent again this week. He will be facing a Seahawks Defense that is not the Legio of Boom anymore. They have been quite bad. On average this season, they are allowing nearly 440 passing yards per game, two touchdown passes, and over 33 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Coming off back to back 25+ point weeks should not be difficult to duplicate for Fitzpatrick in this great matchup. He should be a cash lock this week.

Joe Burrow, CIN vs JAX | DK: $6,300, FD: $7,400

I guess I will keep writing up Burrow as a cash value as long as he is priced appropriately and throws the ball as much as he has this season. He has brought a great floor into each matchup and has backed that up by scoring at least 17 fantasy points in all three games and 20+ in each of his last two. He will be facing a Jaguars team that has allowed an average of 2.3 passing touchdowns per game this season and 23 fantasy points per game to the opposing quarterback. Burrow is averaging 47 pass attempts per game and is also not afraid to run the ball when he has too. The Bengals are three-point favorites and have an implied team total of 26, so expect Burrow to be quite active yet again.

 

Week 4 Running Back Cash Game Value Plays

James Robinson, JAX at CIN | DK: $6,500, FD: $6,600

Robinson was handed the starting running back reins after Week 1 and has run wild with them. In his two games as the full-time starter, Robinson has put up over 20 fantasy points and is in line for another strong week versus the Bengals. The Bengals Defense allows over 155 rushing yards, over a touchdown per game, and over 28 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. They rank 25th in the NFL against running backs, and that will not likely change this week. Robinson has the ability to run with the rock but also is a solid pass-catching back. He will be inline for 15+ touches and likely will receive over 20 touches if this game is the back and forth game many expect it to be.

Kenyan Drake, AZ at CAR | DK: $6,000 FD: $7,000

Drake let many down last week in a great spot, but it will be hard to stay away in a matchup vs the Panthers this week. The Panthers allow 115 rushing yards per game this season but, more impressively, are allowing nearly 11 receptions and over two touchdowns per game to runnings backs. They rank 31st in the NFL to start the season vs the running back position allowing over 40 fantasy points per game. It goes back even farther as the Panthers ranked last in the NFL over their last nine games, allowing 2.1 rushing touchdowns per game and 144.1 rushing yards per game. Drake has at least 16 carries in each game and at least 18 touches in each game this season, making for a  hard fade this week vs the Panthers.

Mike Davis, CAR vs AZ | DK: $5,700, FD: $6,300

Davis jumped into the Christian McCaffrey roll last week and did not disappoint, putting up 20+ fantasy points. Now, he heads into his Week 4 matchup vs the Cardinals looking to smash again. He is facing a Cardinals team that ranks 20th to start the season vs running backs allowing 25+ fantasy points per game. Davis has been targeted out of the backfield at least eight times in the last two games and also has five red-zone targets in his last three games. He brings massive upside and a strong floor in a matchup the Panthers should be behind in most of the game.

 

Week 4 Wide Receiver Cash Game Value Plays

Tyler Boyd, CIN vs JAX | DK: $6,100, FD: $6,000

Tyler Boyd rolls into Sunday's shootout flying high as one of Burrow's major receiving targets. Boyd has been targeted at least five times in all three games this season and eight times in the last two games. He has hauled in at least seven catches and scored at least 20 fantasy points in the last two games. The Bengals should be throwing a lot again this week in their matchup vs the Jaguars, and Boyd appears to be the new WR1 for Burrow. Enjoy the strong floor and GPP upside.

DeVante Parker, MIA vs SEA | DK: $5,700, FD: $6,500

Parker will look to eat on Sunday vs the Seahawks. He has five catches in back to back games and has managed double-digit fantasy production in both games. He goes up against a Seahawks defense that ranks last in the NFL to start the season vs the wide receiver position. They were just torched by the Cowboys and could be in line for another tough game Sunday. The Dolphins are not the Cowboys, but Fitzpatrick has no problem slinging it around. The Dolphins are touchdown dogs with a team total of 24. They will be playing catchup most of the game, and Parker should find his way to a ton of targets on Sunday.

Brandin Cooks, HOU vs MIN | DK: $4,500, FD: $5,300

It has been a very up and down start to the season for Cooks, but this may be the week he breaks out. The Texans have had a heck of a start to the season taking on the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers. Now they get a much better matchup, at home vs the Vikings. A Vikings Defense that ranks 29th on the season vs wide receivers, allowing nearly two touchdowns per game to opposing wide receivers. Even with the slow start, Cooks is receiving almost six targets per game and put up over 14 points in his home matchup vs the Ravens. Cooks and the Texans have a 29 point implied team total and should be in line for many targets and a really strong game at a great value on Sunday.

 

Week 4 Tight End Cash Game Value Plays

Dalton Schultz, DAL vs CLE | DK: $4,300, FD: $4,900

Schultz heads into Sunday's matchup vs the Browns with an extremely strong floor, a strong cash game floor. Since taking over as the Cowboys starter, he has at least six targets in each game with four or more catches in both. He will be facing a Cleveland defense that has been torched by the tight end position and is ranked 29th in the NFL vs the tight end position. Heck, they were torched by Drew Sample. The Bengals are allowing over seven targets and one touchdown per game to the tight end position. The Cowboys have an implied team total nearing 31 and will be scoring aplenty, meaning red-zone targets and many targets in general coming Schultz way on Sunday.

Logan Thomas, WAS vs BAL | DK: $3,500, FD: $4,900

Rinse and repeat. Thomas is a cash game tight end value yet again this week. Sure he has not had the results we would have hoped for, but he is 12th at the TE position in fantasy points, and if you believe in implied stats, he is 5th in implied points at the tight end position. It's a nice way saying he is running bad and/or his quarterback is not helping him at all. He has had the chance with at least seven targets in each game, and that is all we can ask for. He is facing a Ravens Defense tied with the Browns ranking 29th vs the tight end position. They are allowing seven catches and close to a touchdown per game to tight ends this season. The Washington Football Team is a 15 point underdog and will be throwing from behind all game, meaning more and more targets for Thomas. The floor is strong, and he is just one touchdown catch away from being massive cash game value.



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/1/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 5 game slate. We have a Game 3 matchup between the White Sox and A's, then four more NL Wild Card matchups to round out the slate. Some elite arms take the hill but some nice spots to attack with bats are in play as well. Not getting too cute with pitching would be my approach, always get different with the bats.

When looking at the slate it comes down to paying up for the obvious pitching target in Yu Darvish and then deciding which pitcher in the Reds/Braves game to pair him with. After making that decision I want to attack the games on the west coast for bats. The White Sox/A's and Cardinals/Padres look like the top spots to attack while the Brewers/Dodgers are also intriguing.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/1/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Yu Darvish - P, CHC at MIA ($9,700)

Darvish has been a man amongst boys in the majority of his starts this season. He finished the 2020 campaign with seven shutout innings vs the CWS. He has pitched at least six innings in 11 straight starts and struck out at least seven in nine of those 11 starts. That type of consistency can allow a hiccup or two and still put together a very strong outing. He will face an RHH heavy Marlins lineup and on the season Darvish has allowed RHH to hit .211 with a .230 wOBA and a 39.8% strikeout rate. Give me all the Darvish today.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL vs CIN ($7,500)

Overall it has been a strong debut season for Anderson. He has thrown at least five innings in four of his six starts while striking out six or more in five of six starts. He has 15.7 or more DK points in five of six starts and 20 or more in four of six. He brings a strong floor to today's action vs the Reds. He will be facing a Reds team that in the month of September struck out almost 28% of the time vs RHP with a .214 average and .328 wOBA. The Reds have a little pop, but Anderson has not allowed a home run since his first start of the season. Many will look to Castillo in this matchup, but Anderson for $1100 less is the arm I will be targeting.

Other Options: Luis Castillo (CIN at ATL) $8,600, Sixto Sanchez (MIA at CHC) $7,100

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Yasmani Grandal - C/1B, CWS at Mike Fiers ($4,200)

Grandal can be quite a streaky hitter and right now he is streaking. He has hit safely in both postseason games and his last three games overall. He has put up 14 or more DK points in each of his last three games with home runs in each game. He will have a nice matchup vs Fiers today who has allowed LHH to hit .244 and hit 1.5 HR/9 this season. Grandal is an affordable piece of a strong White Sox matchup.

Paul Goldschmidt- 1B, STL at Zach Davies  ($5,100)

Goldy may be a bit pricey for some, but he has been consistently hitting all season. On the season he hit .304 while also walking 16% of the time. The power was definitely down for Goldy, but overall he kept stuffing the stat sheet. He hit a nice 2-run home run in Game 1 and has now hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. He faces the righty Davies today and on the season Goldy has hit .307 with a .377 wOBA vs RHP.

Mike Moustakas - 2B, CIN at Ian Anderson  ($4,000)

If you are not using Anderson than Moustakas is a strong value at the second base position. He finished the season hitting safely in eight of his last nine games with a .452 ISO and eight extra-base hits. He barreled the ball 14.3% of the time with a 46.4% hard-hit rate over that stretch. On the season he had a .278 ISO and a .360 wOBA vs RHP and could be in for some damage today if Anderson is off.

Other Options: Kolten Wong (STL at SD) $3,800

Tommy La Stella - 2B/3B, OAK vs Dane Dunning ($4,800)

La Stella is a steady Eddy type bat in your lineup. Including the two playoff games, he has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. In Septemeber, he hit .298 with a .356 wOBA, an 11.1% walk rate, and a very impressive 4.6% strikeout rate. He continuously puts the ball in play, giving your fantasy rosters a chance for some points. He will be facing Dunning today who has allowed four runs in back to back starts and has allowed at least one home run in two straight starts. If Dunning gets chased early then La Stella will also face a shaky White Sox bullpen.

Other Options: Edwin Rios (LAD vs MIL) $2,700, Yoan Moncada (CWS at OAK) $4,500

Paul DeJong - SS, STL at Zach Davies ($4,300)

DeJong had himself a Game 1, reaching base four times and racking up 18 DK points. He has now hit safely in five of six games and will look to stay hot today vs Davies. DeJong has had success vs RHP in his career and that did not change this year where he hit .273 with a 40% hard-hit rate. In facing Davies today he also faces a pitcher who has allowed nearly 2 HR/9 to RHH this season and has shown some reverse splits in recent seasons.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs MIL) $5,400, Tim Anderson (CWS at OAK) $4,900

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Tommy Pham - OF, SD vs Adam Wainwright ($3,800)

Pham was in the values article yesterday and managed to put up a nice game, racking up 12 DK points. He has now hit safely in seven of nine games since returning from the IL and is still being priced at a discount for his talent level. Most Padres are priced up today vs Wainwright, so enjoy the mispriced Pham.

Dylan Carlson- OF, STL at Zach Davies ($2,900)

I was all over Carlson yesterday at only $2800, so how would I not go back to the well at $2900. Carlson hit cleanup yesterday and finished up the season hitting in the middle of the Cardinals order, another big plus vs the lefty. He now has double-digit DK production in four of his last eight games and will look to smash again today. Do not forget, since his recall on September 18, Carlson has a .333 ISO with a 16% barrel rate and a 60% hard-hit rate. Jump right back on the train today.

Luis Robert - OF, CWS at Mike Fiers ($3,100)

I wrote up Lou Bob on Tuesday and I have to go back to the well today in a great matchup with a ridiculous price tag. Sure his second half was not the greatest, but the hit tool cannot be denied. He has hit safely in five straight games, including hits in both playoff games. He has a great matchup vs Fiers today in a game the White Sox should see some offensive success. If looking for savings today then look to the outfield and look at the major upside of Lou Bob.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago White Sox at Oakland A's (Mike Fiers, RHP)
  • St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres (Zach Davies, RHP)
  • San Diego Padres vs St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright, LHP)



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Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 4 game AL Wild Card slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/29/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday with 4 game slate featuring the American League Wild Card Day 1 action. We have an awesome pitcher's duel between Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole, some young and fun teams in the White Sox and Jays on the road, and a sneaky pitching matchup between Kenta Maeda and Zack Greinke. There are going to be a lot of plays that will turn into the "obvious" chalk plays and some extra contrarian ways to attack this slate.

When looking at the slate it comes down to paying up for the obvious pitching targets or taking some risk with some of the cheaper options in maybe tougher matchups. How much risk are you willing to take on this slate? If you build a lineup against Bieber or Cole, even if it is just a couple of bats, you will be quite unique. Playing Blake Snell or Zack Greinke could give you major leverage against what should be the popular stacks. Lots of ways to go today and this article will highlight some of the stronger plays but also listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full slate rundown with some strategy as well.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/29/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole - P, NYY at CLE ($8,600)

Cole had a bit of a hiccup in the middle of the season but has bounced back in a big way in his last four starts. He has thrown at least six innings, including seven innings in three straight starts. He has struck out at least seven in all four starts but that is not the concern as he has struck out at least seven in all but two starts this season. The more important aspect over his last four starts is the fact Cole has only allowed a home run in two of those four starts and only one in his last three. That's a big deal because he had given up at least one home run in each of his first nine starts. He has allowed only a 6.6% barrel rate and a 37.7% hard-hit rate over the last four games. He will face an Indians offense that has been ice cold outside of Jose Ramirez. In the month of September, the Indians are striking out 23.4% of the time vs RHP with a .233 average and .144 ISO. Cole will be facing Bieber and will be the arm I want to use in this Cy Young pitcher's duel.

Kenta Maeda - P, MIN vs HOU ($8,000)

Maeda is as consistent as they come this season. He has thrown at least six innings in eight of his 11 starts while allowing no more than three runs in any of his 11 starts. He finished the season with a 2.70 ERA, his FIP of 3.00 and xFIP of 2.63 say it was not a fluke either. He was just that good. He had a 32.3% K-rate to go with an awesome 4% BB-rate as he dominated the Central Divisions. He will take on the Astros today, an Astros team that is a shell of its former self. Houston does not strike out a lot, only 18.4% of the time in September vs RHP, but they also only hit .253 with a .175 ISO. Between Maeda's consistency, his ability to limit weak contact with a 7% barrel rate and 24.7% hard-hit rate, and the Astros struggles, Maeda makes for a solid play tonight between cash and GPP lineups.

Other Options: Blake Snell (TB vs TOR) $7,800

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK vs Lucas Giolito ($3,600)

The catcher's position is a bit pricey today and with the tough pitching matchups, the idea of saving cash at the position makes the most sense. Murphy is the top option when it comes to savings and upside before seeing lineups. Murphy has hit safely in 10 of his 16 games played in September for a strong .277 average. He also has five home runs with a .362 ISO and a very impressive 20.3% BB-rate over those 16 games. He is also barreling the ball 17.6% of the time with a 41.2% hard-hit rate. He has a very tough matchup vs Giolito today, but he will look to use his .232 ISO and .369 wOBA vs RHP to some success.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 1B, TOR at Blake Snell  ($4,200)

Vladito had an up and down season but really finished strong over the last 14 games. He hit safely in nine of 14 games with a .333 average. He had eight extra-base hits, a .294 ISO, and a very impressive 5.7% strikeout rate. He also had a 56.3% hard-hit rate over the 14 game stretch and will look to continue that versus Snell tonight. On the season Vlad had a .345 ISO with a .363 wOBA and a 35.7% HR/FB rate vs LHP this season. On the season Snell has allowed 1.7 HR/9 to RHH with a 29.2% HR/FB. The Jays powerful RHH are in play tonight and that starts with some 1B value in Valdito.

Brandon Lowe - 2B, TOR vs Matt Shoemaker/Robbie Ray  ($4,900)

Lowe is having one heck of a season for the Rays and will look to keep things rolling in the playoffs. He finished the season strong hitting .321 over his last 16 games with four home runs and three stolen bases, doing a little bit of everything for the fantasy players everywhere. He had a .264 ISO, 12.7% BB-rate, 13.2% barrel rate and a 50% hard-hit rate. He will face Shoemaker to start the night, but Shoemaker only threw three innings in his last appearance on September 21 and that was his first appearance since August 21. After Shoemaker, it appears to be Robbie Ray, but we shall see. Lowe hit .259 vs RHP this season and .300 vs LHP, so it does not matter who the Jays throw as Lowe will be a strong play at a shallow 2B position today.

Other Options: Joey Wendle (TB vs TOR) $3,900

Jose Ramirez - 3B, CLE at Gerrit Cole ($5,300)

I am not looking to fully target Cole today, but if one would, they better start with Jose Ramirez. JRam was probably the hottest hitter in baseball to finish the season. He hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games for a .417 average with 17 extra-base hits. He only struck out 10.3% of the time over that stretch with a .550 ISO and a 20.8% barrel rate. To say JRam was locked in would be an understatement. He will face Cole tonight who allowed LHH to hit 2.7 HR/9 with a 40% hard-hit rate this season.

Other Options: Cavan Biggio (TOR at TB) $5,000, Mike Brosseau (TB vs TOR) $4,500

Willy Adames - SS, TB vs Matt Shoemaker/Robbie Ray ($4,100)

Adames finished the season on a four-game hitting streak where he had two extra-base hits and a stolen base. He had a .313 average with a .250 ISO as well over that stretch. He scored double-digit DK points in four of his last eight games and had five or more points in six of his final eight games. He brings cash game appeal with tournament upside in a strong matchup vs the Jays today.

Other Options: Jonathan Villar (TOR at TB) $3,800

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Eddie Rosario - OF, MIN vs Zack Greinke ($4,200)

Rosario comes into today's matchup hitting safely in eight of his last 10 games with a .289 average. He has three home runs to go with a .263 ISO and a 43.8% hard-hit rate. He faces the righty Greinke today and on the season he hit .265 with a .284 ISO on the season vs righties. Of late Greinke has not been the Greinke most fear allowing three or more runs in seven straight starts while throwing no more than six innings in any of those starts. Over those seven games, he has a 5.73 ERA, has allowed six home runs with a 10.5% barrel rate and 37.7% hard-hit rate. The BOMB SQUAD is very live today and Rosario is an affordable piece of the action.

Randy Arozarena- OF, TB vs Michael Shoemaker/Robbie Ray ($3,800)

Arozarena has been quite the surprise this season and for our sake will hopefully be ignored today. He has been hitting near the top of the Rays lineup and flourishing, In his last eight games he is hitting .320 with a .400 ISO, three home runs, and three stolen bases. The power and speed combo he brings the player is perfect for DFS. He comes in quite affordable today and should be a staple in your lineups, especially when stacking the Rays.

Luis Robert - OF, CWS at Jesus Luzardo ($3,300)

This is primarily an upside versus price tag play today. When looking at small slates like today, with elite pitching, finding values with major upside should be a priority. Lou Bob fits that mold. He did not have the best of second halves but did finish on a three-game hitting streak that could maybe carry over to the postseason. On the season he hit .273 and a .347 wOBA vs LHP this season. He could easily go 0'FER, but could also hit a couple of home runs while stealing a bag and put up 20+ points. Lou Bob is a GPP only play and could make for strong value today.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays (Michael Shoemaker, RHP/Robbie Ray, LHP)
  • Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros (Zack Greinke, RHP)
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell, LHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics (Jesus Luzardo, LHP)



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NFL DFS Value Plays (Cash Games) for Week 3 on FanDuel and DraftKings

We are two weeks into the season and oh what a Week 2 it was around the NFL. Injuries galore were the name of the game and that means there will be a lot of backups having to step up this week. Many will run to those "new starters" as value plays, but not all will be as great as most will hope. Sometimes the old saying of the stick with what was working holds true, even in DFS. We will look to target some of the "new starters", but I will be looking for the discounts of players we know and can trust while sprinkling in some of the "new starters".

When looking at the running backs and wide receivers on the slate, there are a lot of ways to go. There are some really strong plays to pay up for as usual, but in cash games, there are some strong values in the mid-price ranges that can lead to a strong, balanced cash lineup. There are a few games that really stand out to target once again while sprinkling in some other values. This article will point you in the direction of some of the values that will allow you to pay up for some of the better commodities. If you have any questions do not hesitate to chat it up with me on Twitter @bdentrek.

This article will take a look at some of the value plays for each week of the NFL. However, usually when you look at value plays for GPP you are swinging for the fences somewhat. Here I will be focusing on cash games and the necessity for slightly more safety as you are just looking to finish in the top half or so of the competition. Therefore, we are looking for cheaper players who should see a decent workload, be that pass attempts, targets, or carries. Let's take a look at the cash value plays for Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season.

 

Week 3 Quarterback Cash Game Value Plays

Joe Burrow, CIN at PHI | DK: $6,200, FD: $7,400

Burrow rolls into Philadelphia in Week 3 coming off of two monster performances to start his NFL career. The Bengals are 4.5 point underdogs with a game total of 46.5. There should be points aplenty and Burrow should be a major part of the scoring. He is averaging 48.5 pass attempts per game in his first two games while also averaging 7.5 rush attempts per game. He will be facing an Eagles Defense that has allowed two passing touchdowns per game so far this season and close to 19 points per game on average. Burrow will walk into Sunday with a strong workload which should lead to a solid floor with more upside if he can sneak in an extra touchdown pass or two.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI @ ATL | DK: $5,700, FD: $7,500

Trubisky has been doing Trubisky things to start the season. He had a really strong Week 1 and then let most down in Week 2. You never really know what Trubisky we will get from week to week. What we do know is Trubisky faces one of the best offensive matchups in football this week in facing the Falcons in Atlanta. On the season the Falcons are allowing 386 passing yards per game, 2.5 touchdown passes per game, and nearly 40 fantasy points per game to the opposing quarterbacks. Over their last nine games, they are allowing nearly 275 passing yards per game as well. Mitchell will be able to run at times, dump off to the running backs and find some wide-open receivers on his way to a big fantasy week. Some may say he is risky for cash, but his price point and floor tell a different story.

 

Week 3 Running Back Cash Game Value Plays

Chris Carson, SEA vs DAL | DK: $6,600, FD: $7,700

There are some cheaper running backs this week that many will run to, but Carson and Sanders are two in the mid-priced range that makes for extremely strong cash plays. Carson heads into Week 3 coming off back to back 20+ point fantasy performances and takes on a Cowboys team who is allowing well over 20 fantasy points per game to running backs this season. The SEA/DAL game has the highest total of the week at 56.5 and in Carson's last 6 high scoring games he is averaging 22 fantasy points per game. Carson is more valuable in the DK PPR format but still brings a major upside to FD. Lock him into your cash games this week.

Miles Sanders, PHI vs CIN | DK: $6,400 FD: $7,400

After missing Week 1, Sanders returned in Week 2 and re-established himself as the lead back in Philadelphia. He carried the ball 20 times while catching three passes on seven targets. He will bring another strong floor of 20+ touches into Sunday's matchup vs the Bengals. So far on the season, the Bengals are allowing nearly 180 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns per game to running backs. Sanders will be the focal point of the Eagles offense once again and is everything you want in a cash game running back.

Mike Davis, CAR at LAC | DK: $5,100, FD: $6,000

Davis will be a very popular target this week and rightfully so as the Panthers should be playing from behind all game as they are 6.5 point underdogs to the Chargers. Davis stepped in for the injured Christian McCaffrey last weekend and caught eight passes on his way to over 15 fantasy points. The dump-offs should be there all Sunday for the Panthers so Davis should be in line for another solid Sunday. He is mainly in play on DK for the PPR upside, but still a strong price on FD to stay in consideration. He will be popular and I may find myself taking the Sanders and Carson value above and the taking cheaper wide receivers and tight ends.

 

Week 3 Wide Receiver Cash Game Value Plays

Russell Gage, ATL vs CHI | DK: $5,100, FD: $5,600

The Falcons head into Sunday's game as 3.5 point home favorites with a team total over 25. That already bodes well for a third straight productive game for Gage. The other factor in Gage's favor is the fact Julio Jones is battling a hamstring and is questionable to play. The Falcons offense has been all air attack this season and Gage has benefitted greatly with targets of 12 and nine in his first two games. He has averaged at least five targets in each of his last five games including eight red-zone targets over the last three games. He is facing a decent Bears Defense, but a defense that did let Matt Stafford and the Lions have some success in Week 1 without Kenny Golladay. Look for the volume to be there for Gage and that makes him a nice cash game value.

Adam Humphries, TEN at MIN | DK: $3,900, FD: $4,600

The Titans head to Minnesota for a very promising offensive matchup on Sunday. It has become even more promising for Humphries as AJ Brown has been ruled out for Sunday, making Humphries the potential WR2 opposite a banged-up Corey Davis. Humphries has already received six or more targets in each of his first two games and has received five or more targets in his last three games. He will be going up against a Vikings Defense that has allowed five receiving touchdowns already this season and is the 31st ranked pass defense in the NFL thru two weeks. Humphries is the ultimate cash game value on both sites this week.

Diontae Johnson, PIT vs HOU | DK: $5,400, FD: $6,300

Somehow Johnson is still priced way too cheap this week. He has received at least 10 targets in the first two games and is coming off a monster 8-92-1 game vs the Broncos. Going back to last season he has been targeted at least seven times in a game. Johnson has gained the trust of Big Ben and will face a Houston defense coming off games versus the Chiefs and Ravens. They are beaten down to start the season and should be chasing Johnson around all game. The targets will be there for Johnson again on Sunday and he will be in line for another double-digit scoring game leading to cash game goodness.

 

Week 3 Tight End Cash Game Value Plays

Drew Sample, CIN at PHI | DK: $3,500, FD: $4,800

Last week Sample arose as the Bengals main tight end target after C.J. Uzomah left with a season-ending injury. After Uzomah's departure, Sample was targeted nine times, hauling in seven for 45 yards. NINE TARGETS!!!! We already mentioned above that his quarterback Joe Burrow has been throwing it and throwing it and throwing it a ton to start the season and that should not change this Sunday. They will be facing the Eagles who 28th in the NFL this season versus the tight end allowing 4.5 catches and two touchdowns a game to the tight end position. Sample should see a large number of targets this week on his way to cash game value once again.

Logan Thomas, WAS @ CLE | DK: $3,700, FD: $4,900

Some may say Thomas let us down last week versus Arizona, and yes it was not great, but at the same time, he still saw nine targets but only made four catches. That was the second straight week Thomas saw at least eight targets and there is a good chance he sees eight or more again this week. The Browns are the 31st ranked defense versus the tight end this season, allowing 9-74-1.5 per game to the tight end position. Those are beastly numbers and would shatter Thomas' price. The Washington Football Team is once again a heavy underdog and that should lead to the team playing from behind and bringing on all the targets for Thomas. Do not be afraid to go back to Thomas this Sunday.



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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/25/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 10 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/24/20

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/24/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a 6 game slate on tap. It is a pretty straight forward slate as there are many high-priced pitchers to target. There are the lock and load play of Corbin Burns and then looking for an SP2. The bats, on the other hand, they are aplenty. They are also expensive. Saving on pitching and finding some value bats will make stacking the big dogs very easy.

When looking at the slate it comes down to which SP2 are we using. Lance Lynn is a strong candidate and so is Ian Anderson, but if you want to save money and pay for more bats then punting with the likes of Kris Bubic or even Mike Fiers because apart of the discussion. The stacks are pretty simple tonight as you can roll with the Red Sox, Braves, Dodgers, and a few other high priced targets. There should be plenty of offense tonight so full stacks may not be as strong as 2-3 man stacks to get exposure to multiple strong offenses.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/24/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Corbin Burnes - P, MIL at STL ($8,400)

Burnes may be the hottest pitcher in all of baseball and DK decides to price him at only $8400 tonight. He should be the chalk of the chalk and he will be what they call good chalk. I will take the risk of a Burnes blow up and eat the chalk. If multi-entering having a non-Burnes lineup or a Cardinals stack is a solid game theory play. Over his last five starts, he has allowed one run over 29.2 innings for a 0,30 ERA and a 1.75 xFIP. He has seven or more strikeouts in every start and has a 36.6 K-BB%. He has been absolutely dominant and faces a Cardinals team that is striking out over 26% of the time with a .129 ISO vs RHP in the month of September. I will be eating all the Burnes chalk tonight.

Kris Bubic - P, KC vs DET ($6,600)

Bubic does not jump off the screen as a top-notch arm, but his price tag tonight is quite the gift as an SP2. In his nine starts, he has allowed more than two earned runs only twice. In his last four starts, he has struck out at least six with a 1.99 ERA and a 26.3% strikeout rate. He is allowing a 9.8% barrel rate and a 37.7% hard-hit rate over that stretch on his way to 17 or more DK points in each of the four starts. He faces the Tigers tonight who in the month of September is striking out nearly 28% of the time to LHP with a .155 ISO. Bubic paired with Burnes gives a nice 1-2 pitching combo with plenty of money for some high-end bats.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Jacob Nottingham - C, MIL at Kwang Hyun Kim ($2,00)

When I look at small slates with some expensive stacks I want to attack, I look to punt catcher. Nottingham fits the mold perfectly. Usually, a $2K catcher can barely make contact with the ball, looking at you Jeff Mathis. That is not the case with Nottingham. He will not hit for a high average but does bring power to the plate. In the month of September, he has .303 ISO, a 14.3% barrel rate, and a 42.9% hard-hit rate. When he makes contact it is very loud. On the season, in a short sample, he is three for nine vs LHP with three home runs. It is an all or nothing type play, but one with a ton of upside. If you would like something safer like playing the pricier options mentioned below.

Other Options: Salvador Perez (KC vs DET) $5,300, Christian Vazquez (BOS vs BAL) $4,500

Bobby Dalbec - 1B, BOS vs Alex Cobb  ($3,800)

For a player that we did not expect to hit for average, but rather just flex his muscle, Bobby D has been quite the surprise. Over his last 14 games, he has hit safely in 11 of 14 games for a .320 average. The power is definitely there with six home runs and a .420 ISO, 29.6% barrel rate, and a 48.1% hard-hit rate. There is some concern as he is still striking out 41.1% of the time and has a .476 BABIP. The bright side is when he does make contact the result is usually really strong. He has a strong matchup vs Cobb tonight and will look to stay hot with the rest of the Red Sox team.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL vs MIA) $5,500

Rougned Odor - 2B, TEX vs Christian Javier  ($4,100)

Obviously Odor is GPP only, he is always GPP only as he is a boom or bust type play. Over his last 10 games, he is only hitting .216, but has hit safely in seven of the 10 games and has five home runs. He is averaging 10.1 DK points per game over those 10 games. More importantly, Odor faces Javier tonight who has allowed 2.1 HR/9 to LHH, making Odor a strong home run candidate tonight as he looks to add another bomb to his nice run.

Other Options: Ozzie Albies (ATL vs MIA) $5,500

Rafael Devers - 3B, BOS vs Alex Cobb ($5,500)

Devers had a very slow start to the season, but the month of September has been much better, hitting .317 for the month. He also has eight extra-base hits with a .407 wOBA over the month. One thing Devers has always done well when he's feeling it is making the consistent very strong quality of contact and that is not different in September with a 16.7% barrel rate and a 50% hard-hit rate. On the season he has hit .298 with a .309 ISO vs LHP and is in a great spot vs Cobb tonight.

Other Options: Max Muncy (LAD vs OAK) $5,400, Jedd Gyorko (MIL at STL) $3,700

Adalberto Mondesi - SS, KC vs Michael Fulmer ($5,000)

Remember the good ole days when Mondesi was a bargain night after night? Yeah, that was nice, but at least he has earned the price bump. He rolls into Thursday night on a three-game hitting streak and has hit safely in five of his last seven games. He is hitting .286 with three extra-base hits and four stolen bases. He is setting the table for a streaky offense, an offense that went off on Wednesday night, and an offense that has a great matchup vs Fulmer tonight.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs OAK) $5,800, 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Alex Verdugo - OF, BOS vs Alex Cobb ($4,000)

Verdugo rolls into tonight's cushy matchup vs Cobb with a 10 game hitting streak. He has been raking all month, hitting safely in all but two games, good for a .368 average. He has been as steady as they come, especially for cash game builds. He has not showcased a ton of power, but gets on base for the big boys and scores runs, racking up DK points. If stacking the Red Sox or just looking for a strong cash game floor, look at the nice price on Verdugo.

Austin Hays- OF, BAL at Martin Perez ($2,500)

Hays returned from the IL on the 14th and has been feeling it at the plate. He has hit safely in seven of the 10 games, good for a .371 average. He has 13 total hits and a .424 wOBA over that stretch. He rolls into tonight's game with a five-game hitting streak where he has scored five or more points in each game, including 20 points last night. He has been hitting near the top of the order and brings some major value upside vs Perez tonight.

Marcell Ozuna - OF, ATL vs Pablo Lopez ($5,000)

Freddie Freeman may be the NL MVP, but Ozuna is having an equally strong season. In the month of September alone he has hit safely in all but three games for a .378 average. He has obviously been flexing his muscle with a .367 ISO, .496 wOBA, and nine home runs. He has driven in 30 runs as well, just stuffing the stat sheet all over the place. His quality of contact is just insane over a stretch like this with a 19.1% barrel rate and a 57.4% hard-hit rate. The Braves are in another smash spot tonight and they are pricey but do not forget Ozuna in your stacks tonight.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles (Alex Cobb, RHP)
  • Atlanta Braves vs Miami Marlins (Pablo Lopez, RHP)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs Oakland Athletics (Bryce Mike Fiers, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers (Michael Fulmer, RHP)



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MLB DFS Advice and Analysis for FanDuel and DraftKings: Quick Hits for 9/23/20

Welcome back to another edition of MLB DFS Quick Hits. Today we have a 14 game slate to preview. Bubba (@bdentrek) will go over weather, totals, plays, and more to get your MLB DFS lineups ready.

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