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Today’s MLB DFS Playbook: Lineup picks, tips for FridaySP Aaron Nola, Phillies (@ Padres). Nola has been great this season and has a lot of upside. He has had outings of 37.2, 31, and 31 DK points, respectively, in his past five starts. For the season, he has a 3.11 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 99 strikeouts across 89.2 innings. Moreover, he has been far better on the road this year with a 2.25 ERA compared to a 4.10 ERA at home. The Padres are a below-average matchup, but they’re not scary enough to take me off Nola.
SP Merrill Kelly, Diamondbacks (vs. Tigers). Kelly is coming off a strong game in which he scored 24.8 DK points, which was his second game with at least that many points in his past three outings. He has a 3.06 ERA at home this season compared to a 4.07 ERA on the road. The Tigers are dead last in scoring this season, as they’re the only team in the league averaging fewer than three runs per game (2.87). They also have the sixth-highest strikeout rate in the league.C Gabriel Moreno, Blue Jays (@ Brewers). Moreno continues to be the no-brainer punt play behind the plate, as he is still just $2600 on DK despite hitting .393 with four RBIs and three runs scored through his first eight games (seven starts).
1B Seth Brown, A’s (@ Royals). Brown is hitting just .211 on the year, but he does have nine home runs and seven stolen bases, which gives us the upside we are looking for. Zack Greinke has been bad and Brown has only faced him three times, but one of those resulted in a home run.
2B Jonathan India, Reds (@ Giants). India has been a disappointment thus far this season, but he still has upside and will probably be low-owned tonight against Alex Cobb. He has surprisingly been much better on the road so far, slashing .324/.378/.353 compared to .163/.200/.279 at home.
3B Nolan Arenado, Cardinals (vs. Cubs). Arenado has logged three straight multi-hit games, scoring 12, 23, and 10 DK points, respectively, in that span. He is hitting .281 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs on the year and is 10-for-37 (.270) with three home runs against Kyle Hendricks in his career.
SS Corey Seager, Rangers (vs. Nationals). Seager is swinging a hot bat in his own right, slashing .306/.419/.639 over his past 10 games with three home runs and 13 combined runs and RBIs. He now has 15 home runs on the year, and Paolo Espino is not the type of guy to slow down a hot bat.
OF Yordan Alvarez, Astros (@ Yankees). Alvarez has a tough matchup against Luis Severino, but this guy is on another planet right now with four games of at least 20 DK points in his past five games (five home runs, nine RBIs, and seven runs scored in that span).
MORE PICKS: SP Michael Kopech, White Sox (vs. Orioles); C Francisco Mejia, Rays (vs. Pirates); 1B Christian Walker, Diamondbacks (vs. Tigers); 2B Marcus Semien, Rangers (vs. Nationals); 3B Patrick Wisdom, Cubs (@ Cardinals); SS Lenyn Sosa, White Sox (vs. Orioles); OF Mike Trout, Angels (vs. Mariners)
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