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FanDuel MLB Plays: Thursday

by Dave Potts
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

We have a seven-game slate in MLB tonight to look at for your FanDuel MLB lineups. With quite a few questionable pitchers on the mound, we should see plenty of scoring tonight. The later we get in the season, the more you will see players rested unexpectedly, so be sure to double check the starting lineups. Best of luck tonight!




Corey Kluber – CLE vs KC - $11,000 – It is a tough night for pitching, as Kluber is the only ace-level starter on the mound. I would consider Kluber more of a tournament option tonight than a must-play cash game starter, as he is making his first start in three weeks coming off a hamstring injury. In addition to that he faces a Royals team that has the lowest strikeout rate in the league. Kluber has elite upside against any competition, but carries more risk than normal in this start.



Marco Estrada – TOR at ATL - $8,700 – After Kluber, there is a large group of pitchers that are all extremely closely bunched. The tiebreaker for me is that Marco Estrada is the biggest favorite on the MLB odds board facing a weak Braves offense. I’m not expecting huge nights out of any of the pitchers going, so I’ll look to lock up those four points for a win. Estrada is a high fly ball pitcher whose biggest problem is allowing home runs. The Braves, who are last in the league in scoring and last in home runs, don’t have a lot of guys who can hurt him in that category.



Other Pitcher Options – John Lackey, Lance McCullers, Yordano Ventura





John Jaso – TB vs BAL - $2,200 – Jaso has had strong on-base skills against right-handed pitching throughout his career. He hits at the top of the order against righties and at minimum salary is a great value for your cash game lineups. This season he comes in with a .363 OBP.



Other Catcher Options – Evan Gattis, Russell Martin





Edwin Encarnacion – TOR at ATL - $5,000 – The Blue Jays are the top offense to target tonight against the Braves’ Matt Wisler. Wisler has a 5.10 SIERA with a low 14.8% strikeout rate and a 9.3% walk rate, and he allows a lot of line drives and fly balls. It is very hard to imagine him getting past this Toronto offense. Encarnacion collected three more hits last night and has a .519 wOBA over the past month.



Other First Base Options – Chris Davis, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder





Brian Dozier – MIN vs CWS - $2,900 – The Twins are a high risk/high reward offense against the Angels’ Hector Santiago. Santiago is an extreme fly ball pitcher, allowing a 54.6% fly ball rate to right-handed batters, leading to 1.60 HR/9. Meanwhile, Dozier leads all second baseman in home runs, RBI and runs scored.



Other Second Base Options – Jose Altuve, Anthony Rendon, Kolten Wong





Matt Carpenter – STL at MIL - $3,100 – Carpenter continues to add to his career high power numbers, hitting his 22nd home run last night. He has always been an elite cash game option against right-handed pitching, with strong plate discipline leading to a high on-base percentage, and adding power to his game has improved his upside. The Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson struggles with left-handed batters, allowing a .374 wOBA and .379 OBP.



Other Third Base Options – Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano, Manny Machado, Evan Longoria





Carlos Correa – HOU at TEX - $3,700 – Similar to the Twins, the Astros are a high upside team facing a fly ball pitcher. The Rangers’ Colby Lewis is allowing a 47.8% fly ball rate and 1.45 HR/9 to right-handed batters. Correa is far ahead of the rest of the pack at shortstop tonight, as his power/speed combo and middle of the order spot in a high powered offense gives him unlimited upside.



Other Shortstop Options – Francisco Lindor, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ian Desmond





Mike Trout – LAA at MIN - $4,000 – Trout’s price has simply fallen too low for an elite hitter. He comes in with a .400 wOBA and .264 ISO against left-handed pitching, and he has not been in as much of a slump as it may seem, with a .380 wOBA over the past month and two home runs in the last four days.



Colby Rasmus – HOU at TEX - $2,900 – Rasmus is the big left-handed bat in the heart of the Astros lineup against a pitcher who in not good against lefties. Colby Lewis has a 20.3% strikeout rate against right-handed batters that drops to 13.8% against lefties. Rasmus swings for the fences with a 55% fly ball rate and .232 ISO against right-handed pitching.



Adam Jones – BAL at TB - $2,800 – The Orioles face Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore and his 5.33 SIERA. Moore has not pitched more than five innings in any start all year and has allowed at least four runs in six of his eight outings. He is striking out just 12.8% of right-handed batters with a .446 wOBA allowed. Adam Jones comes at a very nice price point for a middle of the order hitter with a platoon advantage against a struggling pitcher.



Other Outfield Options – Bryce Harper, Jose Bautista, Jason Heyward, George Springer, Ben Revere

Dave Potts
Dave "CheeseIsGood" Potts is one of the most successful season-long fantasy baseball players around, having won the Main Event Overall Championship and Ultimate Auction in the NFBC (National Fantasy Baseball Championship). He has dabbled in DFS since 2008 and jumped in full-time in 2014. He won $1 Million by winning the FanDuel DFBC in August 2014. He can be found on Twitter @davepotts2.