FantasyDraft DFS Plays for August 31

Try stacking Astros bats tonight against Jaime Barria

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With a full 15 games on deck, we’ve got three slates on FantasyDraft tonight – the main slate starts at 7pm eastern and covers every game, and there are also late slates at 8:05 and 10:05.

Must Play SP: Corey Kluber, CLE ($19,900) vs TB

At this price, there’s really no choice but to grab Kluber and look for a bounce-back start. Kluber is still having another fantastic season, posting a 2.77 Deserved Run Average and a 3.28 FIP. The Rays are not a tough matchup, and while he just got blown up by the Royals, I wouldn’t think of it as anything other than a random poor start. There is a ton of profit to be made with Kluber at this price, and it’s possible that he’s at a low ownership rate as well.

Honorable Mention: Nathan Eovaldi, BOS ($17,100) at CWS

Value SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD ($15,800) vs ARI

Ryu has looked awesome since returning from the disabled list – he struck out eight batters in 5 2/3 innings with just one walk and one earned run allowed. While he’s only made nine starts this year, it’s still surprising to see Ryu at such a low price with the way he’s performed. Ryu has a dominant 29.7% K-rate and a 3.07 FIP this season.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Suarez, SF ($15,300) vs NYM

IF Jonathan Villar, BAL ($8,000) at KC (RHP Brad Keller)

Villar has been a savage atop the Orioles lineup, as he now has a steal in his last four games. Villar’s got four homers and eight steals in the last month, a power/speed combo ideal for GPP contests. While Royals starter Brad Keller has a good ERA, his 4.57 SIERA, 5.36 DRA, and 16.4% K-rate suggest that he’s got regression on the way. Villar can score some runs at the top of the Orioles order and has a chance for a big night.

Honorable Mention: IF Salvador Perez, KC ($7,800) vs BAL (Cashner)

OF Corey Dickerson, PIT ($7,800) at ATL (RHP Anibal Sanchez)

Dickerson is a nice buy-low candidate as he and the Pirates enter SunTrust Park, an extremely hitter-friendly park in late August. Even with a recent slump, Dickerson still has a solid .341 wOBA against right-handed pitching with just a 12.6% K-rate. While Braves starter Anibal Sanchez has had a strong season, he’s being aided by a .246 BABIP. You can likely get Dickerson at a very low ownership rate in a favorable hitting environment.

Honorable Mention: OF Mitch Haniger, SEA ($8,000) at OAK (Fiers)

Value: OF Ender Inciarte, ATL ($7,200) vs PIT (RHP Jameson Taillon)

Inciarte has re-gained lots of his value now that he’s batting second in the Braves order, and he’s batting .318 over the last 15 days. His price still hasn’t adjusted to his new spot in the batting order or his recent success, which gives him the value tag tonight. Inciarte also gets to enjoy the ballpark in Atlanta, and it won’t be hard for him to produce batting between Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Freddie Freeman.

Honorable Mention: IF Logan Forsythe, MIN ($5,600) at TEX (Hutchison)

Top Stack: Astros vs Angels (RHP Jaime Barria)

There are a ton of affordable Astros bats against Jaime Barria, who has a 4.58 FIP on the year. Jose Altuve ($9,200), George Springer ($8,900), and Carlos Correa ($8,500) are all elite hitters who won’t cost you a ton. You can also grab cheaper hitters in Tyler White ($8,200) and Josh Reddick ($7,800).

Honorable Mention: Nationals vs Brewers (Chacin)

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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.

One response to “FantasyDraft DFS Plays for August 31”

  1. adam says:

    You must not have watched the stros play since June. Yikes.

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