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MLB DFS Plays: 8/1

by Louis Cangiano
Updated On: August 1, 2020, 5:42 pm ET

Pitchers

Griffin Canning - Los Angeles Angels (vs. Hou) - DK: $7,100 FD: $6,400 Yahoo: $35

Canning is a fine GPP or Cash game play tonight. The Angels are -170 underdogs with a 9.5 under/over. Houston has tons of talented right-handed batters but guess what? In 2019, canning allowed a mere .263 BA to opposing righties with 51 strikeouts over 171 at-bats. Canning comes into this game in solid form as he totaled seven strikeouts against Oakland in his first start of the season. Contrarian call here but Canning holds down the Houston Astros tonight.

Other Pitching Options: Michael Wacha - New York Mets (@ Mil) - DK: $7,800 FD: $7,700 Yahoo: $28

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Catcher

Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees (vs. Bos) - DK: $4,700 FD: $3,000 Yahoo: $14

This one’s easy. We like the Yankees. We like the Yankees righties. It’s a homerun park and right-handed Godley is on the mound. How could we not like Sanchez? Godley allowed only four hits in his relief appearance over five innings to the Mets, three of which to opposing righties. The under/over is way too high considering whose on the mound and their current successes. It’s hot in New York and the ball will fly! I expect somewhat of a home run derby tonight at Yankee Stadium.

Other Catcher Options: Francisco Mejia - San Diego Padres - (@ Col) - DK: $4,600 FD: $29800 Yahoo: $11

 

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First Base

Mitch Moreland - Boston Red Sox (@ NYY) - DK: $3,600 FD: $2,700 Yahoo: $17

Coming back from injury, Moreland draws the perfect matchup against Masahiro Tanaka. Moreland has a .296 batting average with three doubles and two home runs in 30 at-b ats against Tanaka. The Red Sox show great team numbers so a Boston stack is in 100 % in play for me.

Other First Basemen: Freddie Freeman (vs. NYM) - DK: $5,600 FD: $3,800 Yahoo: $21 

Second Base

Ryan McMahon - Colorado Rockies - (vs. SD) - DK: $4,400 FD: $3,400 Yahoo: $16

Right-handed batting Rockies are going to be a theme in this write up. Joey Lucchesi doesn't have a chance maintaining these right-handed batters from Colorado. Not to mention, this game is in Coors Field - one of the most hitter friendly parks in the MLB. In 2019, Coors Field allowed the third most home runs in the majors averaging 1.226 home runs per game. I am stacking the Rockies and not looking back.

Other Second Basemen: Jurickson Profar (@ Col) - DK: $4,900 FD: $3,200 Yahoo: $18

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Shortstop

Gleber Torres - New York Yankees (vs. Bos) - DK: $4,400 FD: $3,400 Yahoo: $21

The Yankees are facing Boston’s SP Zack Godley. Godley killed lefties in his first game against the Mets but got hit hard by righties. Okay, small sample size but let’s check out last season. In 2019, Godley allowed a .259 BA to opposing righties letting up seven home runs. We all know Yankee Stadium is a hitters park. Look for both the Yankees and the Red Sox to produce some fantasy goodness tonight. The Yankees are favored at -180 with a 10.5 under/over.

Other Shortstop Options: Trevor Story (vs. SD) - DK: $5,900 FD: $4,300 Yahoo: $18

Third Base

Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies (vs. SD) - DK: $5,500 FD: $4,100 Yahoo: $21

Arenado is batting 3 for 6 against lefties this season and batted .315 with a 1.027 OPS against lefties last season. Arenado faces San Diego’s Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi is a left-handed pitcher who has allowed a .417 BA to opposing righties so far this season (12 at-bats). In 2019, Lucchesi faced Colorado four times, letting up a 5.73 ERA and five home runs. Lock in Nolan Arenado and all other Colorado righties, if you have the salary!

Other Third Base Option: Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox - DK: $4,800 FD: $3,400 Yahoo: $17

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Outfield

Matt Kemp - Colorado Rockies (vs. SD) - DK: $3,400 FD: $2,700 Yahoo: $11

Kemp’s salaries around the industry are criminally low! Could very well be batting clean up tonight in a game with a 12.5 under/over. Kemp has yet to have his big game but two RBI in his last game, a big game is coming! Kemp is viable in cash or GPP tonight.

Other Outfield Option: Mike Tauchman (vs. Bos) - DK: $2,800 FD: $2,200 Yahoo: $10

 

Louis Cangiano

Louis Cangiano has been an avid DFS player since his freshman year of college at the University of Rhode Island. Now a 3x live finalist, Louis is currently a full-time Daily Fantasy Player, having previously provided content at: DFSArmy, TheQuantEdge, EliteFantasy and SiriusXM Radio, specializing in MLB and NBA GPP plays. You can find Louis on Twitter @JaguarDFS.