DFS – August 30 – $unday Funday

DFS Baseball LogoPaul previews today’s game action and shares his top Draft Kings plays for August 30th

Today we have a full slate of games on the MLB schedule starting at 1:05 p.m.

As always, make sure to check your lineup before game time for any last-minute scratches and keep an eye on the weather forecast as there may be issues with the following game: Los Angeles (AL) at Cleveland.

Every Sunday we run a  $1 contest much to the fanfare and excitement of our loyal readers. With just 50 spots, it fills in quickly, so hurry up and join us!! The payouts will be as follows: 1st place $13.50; 2nd place $11.25; 3rd place $9.00; 4th place $6.75; 5th place $4.50.

Congratulations to last week’s winners:

1. Ghost2ThePost
2. youdacao
3. jswag9
4. tfa0820
5. barbspix

Our fantasy assembly team got shut out of the top 5, with my finishing in 21st place, Will in 30th and Neil in 31st. This week we’re out for vengence. Please join in by clicking the magic hat and set your lineup. I’ll list my recommendations below as well as my full lineup on twitter @fantasyassembly. This is your chance to play with some of the Fantasy Assembly team and maybe win some ca$h.
So play, and have yourself a $unday FUNday!


Because it’s a Sunday Funday, I’m going to try something different today with the format. I’ve added my personal reviews to each of the players listed, and may continue with this format for upcoming Sundays. Any suggestions, feel free to let me know. Now let’s go make some money!

POS Player Opponent Price Rank
 SP Stephen Strasburg  Marlins $10,000  ★★★★★
Dream match up for top ace today against struggling Marlins offense. Vegas has Nats as -250 favorites.
 SP  Jake Arrieta
Dodgers  $12,400  ★★★★
 Dodgers are scuffling, hitting .214 over past 2 weeks. Arrieta working on 13 straight QS.
 SP  Noah Syndergaard
Red Sox $10,600  ★★★
 Red Sox offense clicking, but at home Syndergaard is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA.
 SP  Charlie Morton
Rockies $7,200  ★★★
 Morton has been excellent at home, while the Rockies have just a .290 wOBA on the road.
 SP Nathan Eovaldi Braves  $7,400 ★★★
 Opponents are hitting just .223 against Eovaldi in the 2nd half. Braves striking out 22% over last 2 weeks.
 SP Alex Wood Cubs $7,000 ★★
 Wood has allowed more than 3 runs just once in past 7 starts. Should get pts with big Ks vs Cubs
 SP  Jose Quintana, Derek Holland, Jaime Garcia    $6,700-11,000  
 3 lefties I’m grouping together all without the best match ups. More risk here but intriguing options.
 C  Josh Phegley Brad Hand $3,300  ★★★★
 Phegley is hitting .297 vs LHP this year, including 4 HR in 101 AB. RHH hit well against Hand.
 C  Jonathan Lucroy Jake Lamb  $4,000 ★★★★ 
 Lucroy has an OPS of 1.150 over the past 10 days, while Lamb has given up a .940 OPS to date.
 C  Geovany Soto Mike Montgomery  $2,900  ★★★
 Soto is hitting .351/.429/.622 against LHP this year and has a 1.087 OPS in the 2nd half.
 1B  Edwin Encarnacion Alfredo Simon $4,800  ★★★★
Encarnacion belted 3 HR yesterday and gets to tee off against Simon and his 4.89 ERA.
 1B  Carlos Santana Jered Weaver $3,700  ★★★★
 Santana has a .522/.593/.826 mark against Weaver over 27 career plate appearances.
1B Mitch Moreland Miguel Gonzalez $3,600 ★★★★
Moreland should feast on Gonzalez who allows a ton of HR, especially to LHH.
1B Joey Votto Wily Peralta $5,300 ★★★★
Votto is hitting .376/.567/.696 in the second half. Lefties crush Peralta with a .539 SLG.
2B  Anthony Rendon Brad Hand  $3,700   ★★★
It’s been a lost year for Rendon, but he’s hit his first 3 HR this month and is hitting .333 vs LHP
2B Rougned Odor Miguel Gonzalez  $3,600   ★★★
Still waiting for his return to the lineup. Would be a steal at this price if he plays.
2B Danny Espinosa Brad Hand   $3,200   ★★★
Espinosa is 5-11 lifetime against Hand with 2 doubles, a triple and a stolen base. Value play.
3B Lonnie Chisenhall Jered Weaver $2,900  ★★★★
Chisenhall is batting .397 in the second half and has owned Weaver, hitting .412 with 2 HR in 17 AB.
3B Ryan Zimmerman Brad Hand $4,000  ★★★★
Zimmerman is 6-8 lifetime against Hand with 4 doubles and a pair of walks.
3B Nick Castellanos Mark Buehrle $3,700  ★★★
 Castellanos is hitting .354 against LHP this year and has hit 9 HR already in the second half.
3B Evan Longoria Danny Duffy $3,300 ★★★★ 
 I don’t know Longo is priced so cheaply hitting .354 against LHP with a 1.061 OPS at home against LHP
3B David Wright Wade Miley $4,100 ★★★ 
Wright has 3 multi-hit games since his return this week and is clubbing .438 against LHP this year.
SS  Troy Tulowitzki Alfredo Simon $4,700 ★★★ 
Hard to argue against Tulo vs Simon, but he’s hitting just .216 in the second half.
SS Ian Desmond Brad Hand  $3,800 ★★★ 
9 home runs in the second half with a .280 average for Desmond. SLG 125 pts better against LHP.
SS  Jose Iglesias Mark Buehrle $3,300 ★★★  
Iglesias is hitting .351 for the year against LHP. Buehrle has a 5.82 ERA over his past 3 starts.
SS Wilmer Flores Wade Miley $3,700 ★★★★ 
Flores is hitting lefties to a .901 OPS this year and is hot right now, hitting .329 this month.
OF  Jose Bautista
Alfredo Simon $5,800 ★★★   
Bautista has 10 HR in August, and 27 against RHP this year. He’s 3-8 lifetime against Simon with 1 HR
OF  J.D. Martinez
Mark Buehrle $5,000 ★★★  
JD has just 6 HR this month (ha), but slugs .900 vs LHP and is 3-5 with 2 doubles against Simon.
OF  Nelson Cruz
Jose Quintana $5.200 ★★★★  
 The real reason I’m not starting Quintana today. Cruz has a 1.127 OPS vs LHP and 1.136 in 2nd half .
OF  Juan Lagares
Wade Miley $2,800 ★★★   
They can’t all be studs; Lagares is hitting .327 in August and .297 vs LHP this year.
OF Kole Calhoun Josh Tomlin $3,800 ★★★  
 Calhoun hit his 20th HR last night, 14th against RHP. He’s also 3-3 lifetime against Tomlin.
OF  David DeJesus
Josh Tomlin $2,400 ★★
A total wildcard play, but he’s 3-6 with 2 HR against Tomlin. Just make sure he’s in lineup.
OF Andrew McCutchen Jorge de la Rosa $4,800 ★★★★ 
A bargain price really for McCutchen who crushes LHP and has an OPS over 1.100 this month.
OF Franking Gutierrez Jose Quintana  $4,200 ★★★★ 
Gutierrez is on fire, hitting .377 with 7 HR this month. Against LHP, he’s hitting .364/.405/.714.
OF Carlos Gonzalez Charlie Morton $4,200 ★★★   
Gonzalez has a .983 OPS vs RHP this year and a 1.113 OPS in the second half. 5-15 vs Morton with a HR.
OF Ryan Braun John Lamb $4,900 ★★★   
Braun is hitting .326 this year against LHP and has a .325 average this month. Lamb getting hit hard.
OF Shin-soo Choo Miguel Gonzalez $3,800 ★★★★ 
Choo is hitting .319 in the second half and has 13 HR against RHP this year, including 1 against Gonzalez.
OF Adam Jones  Derek Holland $4,300 ★★★   
Jones is quietly having another .280/30HR season, with a .909 OPS vs LHP. Has 10 HR in 2nd half.

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Paul Hartman

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Fantasy Baseball player since 1987. Creator of Fantasy Assembly, yet just fortunate enough to be a part of it.