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 Zobrist — Leury 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 Goldschmidt — Joey 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
|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
|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.