MLB DFS Plays 8/12

Written by: Luke Barnett

These are my 3 Daily DFS picks for August 12th, 2018

Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers OF – Owned 68% – Salary $4,600

This afternoon Yasiel Puig faces Chad Bettis and the Rockies, at Coors Field. This is a great matchup for Puig in many ways. First off, Puig is on fire in August, as he has posted a .345/.367/.690 slash line along with 3 homers, 6 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Puig also has crushed the Rockies this season to the tune of a 1.205 OPS, 3 homers, 7 RBI, and a stolen bag. Lastly, Puig has hit much better vs RHP this season and holds a .876 OPS and 12 homers against them. He also boasts a .250 ISO, and a 138 wRC+. On the other hand, Bettis has been crushed by righties this season, allowing a 7.18 ERA, .305 BAA, 1.65 WHIP, and a 39% hard-hit rate. Bettis has also struggled a ton at Coors this season, with a 9.74 ERA, .344 BAA, and 10 homers allowed. On the whole, Puig is has a great matchup, is hitting great right now, and is a must play today.

Tyler Austin – Minnesota Twins 1B – Owned 2% – Salary $3,600

Facing Matt Boyd and the Tigers this afternoon in only his 2nd game back from Triple-A, I expect a great game from Tyler Austin. Austin, not only this year but for his career, has been a lefty crusher. He has posted an insane .361/.432/.722 slash line with 9 homers and 25 homers against them for his career. He also blasted a homer off of lefty Francisco Liriano yesterday. Lastly, Austin boasts a ridiculous .330 ISO, 165 wRC+, and 45% hard-hit rate vs lefties for his career. Boyd, however, struggled in his only start in August and has fallen off a cliff since his amazing start to the season. He also allowed a 2 run double to Austin in his only appearance vs him. Overall, Tyler Austin offers great power upside against a left-handed pitcher and should be a sneaky amazing value pick in DFS today. Make sure to get him in your lineups.

Top 3 Players Today

  1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Martin Perez
  2. Jose Ramirez vs Dylan Covey
  3. JD Martinez/Mookie Betts/Andrew Benintendi vs Alex Cobb


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