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Draft Kings daily fantasy baseball plays for Friday, Aug. 7: Value-adjusted hitter and pitcher rankings

Hopefully you’ve been riding this success train along with me. I think it’s four days of profits in a row for me.

Congrats if you’re winning. If not, I hope your fortunes turn around today.

There’s not a ton of time but there are a lot of potential games on the slate, including all-day contests which kickoff at 4 p.m. and some high-payout, low-cost contests as well.

OK Enough with the intro. Let’s get to the plays.

Here are three players — two hitters and one pitcher — from each of the game types we can still enter.

All-day (4 p.m.)

P Jon Lester — Lester presents the second-best value today based on our rankings. The only way to start him is to get an all-day lineup.

OF/SS Hanley Ramirez — Ramirez is our No. 5 value-adjusted hitter overall. His game doesn’t start at 4 p.m., but I still have him in every one of the all-day contests and all of my 7 p.m. contests as an outfielder or shortstop.

1B Anthony Rizzo — I don’t have Rizzo in any lineups because I’m using my 7 p.m. guy in all of them. However, Rizzo comes in as our No. 6 overall hitter so he is a good option.

7 p.m. games

P Clayton Kershaw — Kershaw is almost too expensive to own, but he is almost a virtual lock to lead all starting pitchers every time he takes the mound. Considering the kinds of points pitchers can rack up, it’s easy to see why a lot of people pay for him. Check out my 10 p.m. talk if you want the pitchers I’ll have more of today.

1B David Ortiz — Ortiz is our top value-adjusted hitter and he’s available in the 7 p.m. and all-day slates. I have him starting in all of my all-day and 7 p.m. contests.

3B Derek Dietrich — Dietrich comes in at second on our value-adjusted hitter chart. Like Ortiz, I have Dietrich in every lineup I can today.

Turbo (8 p.m.)

SP Lance Lynn — The pitching selection here is atrocious. I say lock in Lynn, our No. 8 value-adjusted pitcher overall and the best in this slate by a wide margin and flip a coin on the other guy.

OF Lorenzo Cain — The hitters are also pretty sparse on our top-100 as well, but Cain is No. 17 overall regardless of slate, so he’s a must start.

2B Ben ZobristLeury Garcia (2B/SS) is our best value at this position based on our chart, but when you’re done making your lineup your going to have cash. I chose to upgrade here. Zobrist averages more than seven fantasy points a game. Garcia averages less than one and hasn’t scored in four straight contests since returning from triple-A.

Late (9:40 p.m.)

P James Shields — Shields represents the best value pitcher on the board today. I’ve got him paired with Cole Hamels in a couple lineups. They are both among the top-4 today and I feel like I must pair them in the late contests.

1B Paul GoldschmidtJoey Votto is $500 cheaper and both should produce about the same number of points. Goldschmidt feels a little safer to me. He’s also Fantasy Pros’ No. 2 overall hitter.

3B Manny Machado — You have to make a choice here between Machado and Todd Frazier. Both are fantasy stars expected to score well today. However, Machado is $500 cheaper, which allows you more leeway for the rest of your lineup. That’s why I went with him instead.

Top-15 value-adjusted pitchers

Rk Player   Opp Salary
1 Clayton Kershaw (LAD – P) 7:05 PM @PIT $15,000
2 James Shields (SD – P) 10:10 PM PHI $8,600
3 Jon Lester (CHC – P) 4:05 PM SF $10,200
4 Cole Hamels (TEX – P) 10:10 PM @SEA $10,300
5 Jose Fernandez (MIA – P) 7:35 PM @ATL $13,000
6 Jake Odorizzi (TB – P) 7:10 PM NYM $9,000
7 J. Zimmermann (WSH – P) 7:05 PM COL $7,500
8 Lance Lynn (STL – P) 8:10 PM @MIL $9,600
9 Jacob DeGrom (NYM – P) 7:10 PM @TB $12,100
10 Julio Teheran (ATL – P) 7:35 PM MIA $7,200
11 Aaron Nola (PHI – P) 10:10 PM @SD $6,000
12 Raisel Iglesias (CIN – P) 9:40 PM @ARI $5,800
13 Gerrit Cole (PIT – P) 7:05 PM LAD $10,800
14 Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA – P) 10:10 PM TEX $7,800
15 Sonny Gray (OAK – P) 10:05 PM HOU $11,200

Top 100 value-adjusted hitters

Rk Player B Time OPP P/T Salary
1 David Ortiz (BOS – 1B) L 7:08 PM @DET L $4,500
2 Derek Dietrich (MIA – 3B) L 7:35 PM @ATL R $2,700
3 Mark Teixeira (NYY – 1B) B 7:05 PM TOR R $4,900
4 Brian McCann (NYY – C) L 7:05 PM TOR R $3,800
5 Hanley Ramirez (BOS – OF/SS) R 7:08 PM @DET L $4,100
6 Anthony Rizzo (CHC – 1B) L 4:05 PM SF R $5,000
7 Mike Trout (LAA – OF) R 10:05 PM BAL R $4,900
8 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI – 1B) R 9:40 PM CIN R $5,600
9 Jose Bautista (TOR – OF) R 7:05 PM @NYY R $4,800
10 David Peralta (ARI – OF) L 9:40 PM CIN R $3,400
11 Kyle Schwarber (CHC – C) L 4:05 PM SF R $3,800
12 Ryan Raburn (CLE – OF) R 7:10 PM MIN R $2,400
13 Joey Votto (CIN – 1B) L 9:40 PM @ARI R $5,100
14 Manny Machado (BAL – 3B) R 10:05 PM @LAA L $4,400
15 Ender Inciarte (ARI – OF) L 9:40 PM CIN R $3,500
16 Todd Frazier (CIN – 1B/3B) R 9:40 PM @ARI R $4,900
17 Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF) R 8:10 PM CWS L $4,700
18 Anthony Gose (DET – OF) L 7:08 PM BOS R $3,000
19 Aaron Hicks (MIN – OF) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $3,500
20 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF) L 7:05 PM TOR R $4,100
21 Brian Dozier (MIN – 2B) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $4,400
22 Garrett Jones (NYY – 1B/OF) L 7:05 PM TOR R $2,300
23 Dee Gordon (MIA – 2B) L 7:35 PM @ATL R $4,100
24 Brett Gardner (NYY – OF) L 7:05 PM TOR R $4,600
25 Francisco Lindor (CLE – SS) B 7:10 PM MIN R $3,600
26 Rougned Odor (TEX – 2B) L 10:10 PM @SEA R $3,100
27 Franklin Gutierrez (SEA – OF) R 10:10 PM TEX L $2,500
28 Rajai Davis (DET – OF) R 7:08 PM BOS R $3,700
29 Charlie Blackmon (COL – OF) L 7:05 PM @WSH R $4,300
30 Troy Tulowitzki (TOR – SS) R 7:05 PM @NYY R $4,300
31 Adrian Gonzalez (LAD – 1B) L 7:05 PM @PIT R $3,600
32 Justin Bour (MIA – 1B) L 7:35 PM @ATL R $2,500
33 Nelson Cruz (SEA – OF) R 10:10 PM TEX L $4,700
34 Carlos Beltran (NYY – OF) B 7:05 PM TOR R $3,600
35 Christian Yelich (MIA – OF) L 7:35 PM @ATL R $3,300
36 Chris Davis (BAL – 1B) L 10:05 PM @LAA L $4,400
37 Victor Martinez (DET – 1B) B 7:08 PM BOS R $3,500
38 Matt Carpenter (STL – 3B) L 8:10 PM @MIL R $4,900
39 Carlos Santana (CLE – 1B/3B) B 7:10 PM MIN R $4,000
40 Prince Fielder (TEX – 1B) L 10:10 PM @SEA R $3,900
41 Mike Napoli (BOS – 1B) R 7:08 PM @DET L $3,500
42 Chris Coghlan (CHC – OF) L 4:05 PM SF R $3,100
43 Tyler Moore (WSH – 1B/OF) R 7:05 PM COL L $2,000
44 David DeJesus (LAA – OF) L 10:05 PM BAL R $2,200
45 Leury Garcia (CWS – 2B/SS) B 8:10 PM @KC R $2,400
46 Josh Donaldson (TOR – 3B) R 7:05 PM @NYY R $5,500
47 Bryce Harper (WSH – OF) L 7:05 PM COL L $5,400
48 Torii Hunter (MIN – OF) R 7:10 PM @CLE R $3,800
49 Adam LaRoche (CWS – 1B) L 8:10 PM @KC R $2,600
50 Marlon Byrd (CIN – OF) R 9:40 PM @ARI R $4,000
51 Matt Kemp (SD – OF) R 10:10 PM PHI R $3,800
52 Jason Heyward (STL – OF) L 8:10 PM @MIL R $4,300
53 A. Rendon (WSH – 2B/3B) R 7:05 PM COL L $3,200
54 Rusney Castillo (BOS – OF) R 7:08 PM @DET L $3,000
55 J.D. Martinez (DET – OF) R 7:08 PM BOS R $5,200
56 Edwin Encarnacion (TOR – 1B) R 7:05 PM @NYY R $4,500
57 Jose Ramirez (CLE – 2B/SS) B 7:10 PM MIN R $2,800
58 Dexter Fowler (CHC – OF) B 4:05 PM SF R $4,300
59 Ian Kinsler (DET – 2B) R 7:08 PM BOS R $4,300
60 Skip Schumaker (CIN – 2B/OF) L 9:40 PM @ARI R $2,000
61 Coco Crisp (OAK – OF) B 10:05 PM HOU L $2,000
62 Kyle Seager (SEA – 3B) L 10:10 PM TEX L $3,600
63 Jose Reyes (COL – SS) B 7:05 PM @WSH R $3,800
64 Brandon Moss (STL – 1B/OF) L 8:10 PM @MIL R $3,400
65 Adam Lind (MIL – 1B) L 8:10 PM STL R $3,700
66 Salvador Perez (KC – C) R 8:10 PM CWS L $3,200
67 Delino DeShields (TEX – OF) R 10:10 PM @SEA R $3,600
68 Justin Smoak (TOR – 1B) B 7:05 PM @NYY R $2,500
69 Alcides Escobar (KC – SS) R 8:10 PM CWS L $3,400
70 Alex Rodriguez (NYY – 3B) R 7:05 PM TOR R $4,700
71 Jay Bruce (CIN – OF) L 9:40 PM @ARI R $4,700
72 Yunel Escobar (WSH – 3B/SS) R 7:05 PM COL L $3,500
73 Jhonny Peralta (STL – SS) R 8:10 PM @MIL R $4,100
74 Kolten Wong (STL – 2B) L 8:10 PM @MIL R $4,100
75 Cliff Pennington (ARI – 2B/SS) B 9:40 PM CIN R $2,000
76 John Jaso (TB – C) L 7:10 PM NYM R $2,800
77 Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF) L 10:05 PM BAL R $3,500
78 Randal Grichuk (STL – OF) R 8:10 PM @MIL R $4,500
79 Brett Wallace (SD – 1B/3B) L 10:10 PM PHI R $2,000
80 Tyler Collins (DET – OF) L 7:08 PM BOS R $2,700
81 Mitch Moreland (TEX – 1B) L 10:10 PM @SEA R $3,300
82 Carlos Gonzalez (COL – OF) L 7:05 PM @WSH R $4,000
83 Welington Castillo (ARI – C) R 9:40 PM CIN R $3,900
84 Michael Brantley (CLE – OF) L 7:10 PM MIN R $4,700
85 Justin Upton (SD – OF) R 10:10 PM PHI R $4,200
86 Aaron Hill (ARI – 2B/3B) R 9:40 PM CIN R $2,500
87 Jose Iglesias (DET – 3B/SS) R 7:08 PM BOS R $3,200
88 Roberto Perez (CLE – C) R 7:10 PM MIN R $2,700
89 Yan Gomes (CLE – C) R 7:10 PM MIN R $3,000
90 Cheslor Cuthbert (KC – 3B) R 8:10 PM CWS L $2,000
91 Ian Desmond (WSH – SS) R 7:05 PM COL L $3,100
92 A.J. Pollock (ARI – OF) R 9:40 PM CIN R $5,100
93 Clint Robinson (WSH – OF) L 7:05 PM COL L $2,400
94 Dan Uggla (WSH – 2B) R 7:05 PM COL L $2,000
95 Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B) R 10:05 PM BAL R $3,800
96 Colby Rasmus (HOU – OF) L 10:05 PM @OAK R $2,900
97 Andre Ethier (LAD – OF) L 7:05 PM @PIT R $2,700
98 Joe Mauer (MIN – 1B) L 7:10 PM @CLE R $3,400
99 R. Zimmerman (WSH – 1B/3B) R 7:05 PM COL L $3,400
100 Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF) L 7:10 PM @TB R $4,000

May variance be in your favor today and every day.

If you win big using this information, come back and tell us about it in the comments.





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