DFS Plays of the Day – August 20

Troy Klauder previews the DFS slate for Thursday, August 20.

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Top SP: Dinelson Lamet ($8,500 DK, $9,400 FD) vs MIL


Lamet has been outstanding through his first five starts, with a 32.1% K-rate and a 1.59 ERA. He has yet to allow more than one earned run in a start and should have another strong performance against the Rangers, who are the fourth-weakest lineup against righties with a poor .285 wOBA. Lamet is at home in a pitcher’s park and ranked as tonight’s top starter in Fade The Noise projections.

Honorable Mentions: Shane Bieber, CLE ($10,600 DK, $12,000 FD) at PIT;  Lucas Giolito, CWS ($9,400 DK, $9,100 FD) vs DET.


Value SP: Jose Suarez ($5,500 DK, $5,500 FD) at SF


There aren’t many value options to choose from at starting pitcher, so it’s not a crazy idea to consider going with one of the cheapest options possible in Suarez. This isn’t a complete punt play, as Suarez does have a good matchup in a pitcher-friendly environment in San Francisco. However, Suarez does come with lots of risk, and it’s tough to know what to expect in his first start back from the injured list. Playing Suarez as your second starting pitcher on DK allows you to save a lot of payroll and pair him with a top starter, while rolling with him on FD is a contrarian GPP strategy that you can use to load up on high-end bats.


3B Rafael Devers ($5,400 DK, $2,800 FD) at BAL


Devers has found his groove over the last two games, with six hits and a home run. While he started the season cold, it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers never looks back from here, as a three week sample isn’t very concerning for a guy who posted a .916 OPS at age 22. He gets a strong matchup against Asher Wojciechowski, owner of a 5.93 FIP, in a hitter’s park in Baltimore. Devers is priced correctly on DK, but he is an incredible discount on FD.

Honorable Mentions: Garrett Hampson, 2B ($4,500 DK, $3,200 FD) vs HOU; Gleyber Torres, 2B ($4,300 DK, $2,700 FD) vs TB.


OF Ramon Laureano ($4,500 DK, $3,100 FD) vs ARI


Laureano has a 131 wRC+ this season and is in a great spot batting second for the A’s, where he can rack up both runs and RBI. Laureano’s got a .385 OBP thanks to a 13.2% walk-rate, which is a career high for Laureano and more than twice the amount he walked last year. This is an encouraging sign for him moving forward, and gives him a high floor that’s worth chasing in cash games.

Honorable Mentions: Max Kepler, OF ($4,800 DK, $3,700 FD) vs MIL; Franmil Reyes, OF ($4,200 DK, $2,800 FD) vs MIL.


Value Batter: OF AJ Pollock ($3,900 DK, $2,900 FD) at SEA


Pollock is a hitter we can take advantage of when he faces left-handed pitching, as he’ll be batting cleanup for the Dodgers. Opposing starter Yusei Kikuchi has a 5.44 ERA since joining the Mariners last year, so Pollock should see plenty of RBI chances in the loaded Dodgers offense. Pollock is seeing a resurgence of his own this season, with five homers and an .872 OPS.

Honorable Mentions: Alex Verdugo, OF ($4,400 DK, $2,700 FD) at BAL; Mark Canha, 2B ($3,700 DK, $2,700 FD) vs ARI;


Lineup Stack: Brewers at Twins (RHP Jose Berrios)


Berrios has been getting shelled this year, with a 5.92 ERA in five starts. His issues have been home runs and walks, both of which he’s allowing at a much higher rate than last season. This suggests that Berrios isn’t just getting unlucky, and that we should look to stack against him in a hitter’s park in Minnesota. Christian Yelich is one of today’s top projected hitters if you can afford him, while Keston Hiura is more of a mid-range play. Avisail Garcia is a terrific value bat.

Honorable Mentions: Red Sox vs Orioles (Wojciechowski); Indians at Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams).


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Troy Klauder

Troy Klauder is a contributor at Pitcher List, Razzball, and Rotoballer. Follow him @TroyKlauder on Twitter for more fantasy analysis.

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