Leading Off – 7.12 – First Look GPP Core Plays – MLB DFS


Hey Playmakers!!! We’ve got you on a first look Core-5 of MLB DFS Picks to get your lineups started, as well as a few additional plays to consider. These picks work for both DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll be researching and digging for the best plays throughout the day, so be sure to keep an eye out for our Stack Report, and Premium Core plays closer to lock. Without any further ado, here is the July 12th edition of DPA’s ‘Leading Off’ Core 5:

P | Caleb Smith | Miami Marlins | $8,000 FanDuel | $8,600 DraftKings

Opponent: New York Mets

1. Smith has a 31.1% K Rate this season.
2. Reasonably priced on both sites.
3. The Mets have a measly a 3.9 implied run total.
4. Will be pitching in Miami’s pitcher friendly ballpark.
5. Carries good K and point upside across both sites for the discounted price. Also a good pivot off of Vargas and Chirinos.

Also consider: Mike Clevinger (CLE), Domingo German (NYY), Yonny Chirinos (TBR), and Sonny Gray (COL).

C/1B | Gary Sanchez | New York Yankees | $3,900 FanDuel | $4,800 DraftKings

Opponent: Aaron Sanchez (Toronto Blue Jays)

1. Gary Sanchez has excellent numbers vs. RHP this season with a .315 ISO and .370 wOBA.
2.  Aaron Sanchez is giving up hard contact to RHB’s with a .153 ISO.
3. Gary Sanchez is a part of one of the top stacks tonight with a slate high 6.9 implied runs. He is projected to bat 3rd in the Yankees power heavy lineup.
4. G. Sanchez has 24 HRs on the year, and carries double HR upside in this matchup.

2B/3B | Mike Brosseau | Tampa Bay Rays | $2,800 FanDuel | $2,500 DraftKings

Opponent: Dylan Bundy (Baltimore Orioles)

1. Tampa Bay has a 5.2 implied run total tonight vs Dylan Bundy.
2. Brosseau presents great value to allow for better pitching and bigger bats in your lineups on both sites.
3. Bundy is allowing a miserable .301 ISO and .371 wOBA to RHB this season.
4. Brosseau has a very nice .273 ISO and .501 wOBA vs. RHP this season in a limited sample size. 
5. Batting 6th should allow runners to be get on base in order for Brosseau to tally some RBIs tonight.

Also consider: E. Encarnacion (NYY), D. Gregorius (NYY), G. Torres (NYY), Y. Diaz (TBR), C. Walker (ARI), J. Bour (LAA), P. Goldschmidt (STL), T. White (HOU), E. Thames (MIL), R. Odor (TEX), K. Hiura (MIL), J. Altuve (HOU), J. Kipnis (CLE), Y. Gurriel (HOU), J. Donaldson (ATL), R. Devers (BOS), M. Chapman (OAK), T. Story (COL), F. Tatis (SDP), X. Bogaerts (BOS). 

OF | Khris Davis | Oakland A’s | $3,200  FanDuel | $3,700 DraftKings

Opponent: Ivan Nova (Chicago White Sox)

1. Nova is giving up a .199 ISO and .377 wOBA to Righties this season.
2. Davis is a threat to homer any time he steps up to the plate. 
3. Batting clean up for the A’s who boast a 5.4 implied team total.
4. The White Sox struggle vs RHBs – ranking 26th in the league against them.
5. Presents a value bat on both sites with tremendous upside.

OF | Aaron Hicks | New York Yankees | $3,700 FanDuel | $4,200 DraftKings

Opponent: Aaron Sanchez (Toronto Blue Jays)

1. Batting leadoff for a team with one of the highest implied totals on the slate with 6.9 implied runs.
2. Hicks has a .274 ISO and .359 wOBA on the year vs. RHP.
3. The wind is blowing out to right at 8 MPH which gives a slight bump to the power bats in a hitters park.
4. Sanchez struggles more with LHB giving up a .170 ISO, and Hicks is a switch hitter.
5. Hitting .429/.500/.857 against Aaron Sanchez in his last 8 plate appearances. 

Also consider:  B. Gardner (NYY), C. Blackmon (COL), A. Meadows (TBR), T. Pham (TBR), K. Kiermaier (TBR), H. Renfroe (SDP), Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS), M. Betts (BOS), J.D. Martinez (BOS), C. Yelich (MIL), G. Springer (HOU), Y. Alvarez (HOU), S. Ohtani (LAA), M. Trout (LAA), E. Jimenez (CHW), R. Laureano (OAK).

Joey Zanette is a DailyPlayAction MLB expert, and shares his player research/projections for MLB on DraftKings and FanDuel. Joey plays on both sites himself, and although he expresses his opinions, he may implement other plays and strategies at his own discretion.

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