DraftKings MLB Daily Fantasy Picks 8/4/20

There are ten games on tonight’s slate as I find myself double-checking to make sure there are not any more games postponed. Not a bad night for selecting pitchers, and we also have a Coors game on our hands as well. Vegas isn’t a believer in many offenses tonight as the Astros, Angels, and Braves are the only teams with an implied total over five outside of Coors. There are some weather concerns as the game in Washington has a chance at some rain, and Washington isn’t the greatest at handling weather issues. Baltimore is going through the same issues. Wind at Wrigley is blowing in a bit, which helps out the pitchers.

Pitchers

Kyle Hendricks – SP – $7,700

Vs. Kansas City Royals

The Cubs are a -191 favorite tonight and the Royals have an implied total of 3.4 runs. Kyle Hendricks posted an Opening Day gem and then a negative fantasy outing in his second start. He gets a more favorable matchup here against the Royals. This lineup has a collective .310 wOBA and 22.9% strikeout rate against right-handed pitching dating back to last season.

Max Fried – SP – $8,500

Vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Max Fried was a name to watch as he has a 3.33 xFIP and 24.9% strikeout rate dating back to last season. He has also sported a high .334 BABIP in that time period. Fried has a great strikeout and groundball rate. While this Toronto lineup has a lot of power against left-handed pitching, they also have struck out 25% of the time. Fried has done an excellent job limiting power and has a solid slider and curve to work with as well.

Hitters

Daniel Murphy – 1B – $4,500

Vs. Kevin Gausman

Normally I do not write up Coors but on a slate with limited offenses, I will work in the two best Colorado bats tonight in terms of the matchup. Daniel Murphy also comes in at a slight bargain and looks fully healthy again after battling injuries last season. He gets Kevin Gausman who has allowed a .215 ISO and .348 wOBA to left-handed batters since last season.

Brian Anderson – 3B/OF – $4,400

Vs. John Means

Brian Anderson has been a bit unlucky against left-handed pitching. He has a .204 ISO but deserves better than a .317 wOBA against southpaws given the hard-contact rate and xwOBA. John Means has some decent stuff but isn’t the most consistent and struggled in his first game. Anderson is a nice GPP play as this game will go overlooked despite the nice park factors and mediocre arms.

Shohei Ohtani – 1B/OF – $4,500

Vs. Justin Dunn

While we won’t be seeing Ohtani on the mound for the year, we do get him as the DH and that is just fine with me. Ohtani faces Justin Dunn who doesn’t have much big league experience and Ohtani should crush granted he is in the lineup. If not, Cody Bellinger is just a few hundred more.

Charlie Blackmon – OF – $5,800

Vs. Kevin Gausman

Yes, Charlie Blackmon is expensive but is a name I don’t mind jamming in against Gausman. As mentioned above with Murphy, Gausman has struggled against both sides of the plate but has given up more power to lefties. Blackmon has a .388 wOBA and .249 ISO off right-handed pitching since last season.

Values

Matt Adams – 1B – $3,800

Vs. Matt Shoemaker

Matt Adams is a cheap power option projected to hit fifth tonight. He has a high strikeout rate but a .217 ISO against right-handed pitching dating back to last season. Matt Shoemaker has been a name to struggle with home runs in his career and Adams mashes a sinker that shoemaker throws 30% of the time to lefties.

Rio Ruiz – 3B – $3,400

Vs. Pablo Lopez

Rio Ruiz is expected to be back in the lineup tonight and he has had a power surge so far this season. Hitting cleanup at $3,400 in a power-friendly park for lefties is not a bad move tonight. Pablo Lopez has also struggled against left-handed hitters with a .368 wOBA and .211 ISO allowed

Jason Heyward – OF – $3,200

Vs. Brady Singer

If you are looking for cheap exposure, Jason Heyward is very cheap and gets an inexperienced right-hander on the hill. Heyward has been great against right-handed pitching dating back to last season with a .352 wOBA and .193 ISO.

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Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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