Thursdays can be tricky in fantasy baseball, particularly because so many teams tend to have the day off. This Thursday happens to be one of those days, but enough squads are still playing that it could make daily fantasy worth your while. Thus, who should you pick?
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 21, 2017
Not many true aces take the mound today, but that just means there are plenty of good arms to have at a discount, and that’s excluding Dallas Keuchel ($11,500 DraftKings, 18 FPPG) against the lowly Chicago White Sox.
Carlos Martinez @ Cincinnati Reds: $11,500 DraftKings, FPPG- 18.9
Yes, Martinez is more expensive than Keuchel, but the Astros have already clinched a playoff berth and may limit Keuchel’s innings in this latter stage of the season, especially against a last-place squad in Chicago.
Martinez’s St. Louis Cardinals, on the other hand, are in the odd position of being 2.5 games out of the second NL Wild Card spot while also potentially playing spoiler. St. Louis is going up against the last-place Reds tonight in a game that should easily increase their standing in the playoff race. Martinez has posted a 7.15 ERA against Cincy this year, but look for him to be better now that the stakes are raised.
Jake Arrieta @ Milwaukee Brewers: $8,100 DraftKings, FPPG- 15.7
This is probably the game of the day as the first-place Chicago Cubs battle the feisty Milwaukee Brewers as the latter continues to fight for a playoff spot. Arrieta will face off against Zach Davies (17-9, 3.89 ERA) at Miller Park in a game the Brewers would love to steal from the defending champions. Davies is a bit cheaper at $7,700, but I have to go with the experienced former Cy Young winner in this one on experience alone.
James Paxton vs. Texas Rangers: $7,400 DraftKings, FPPG- 20.6
James Paxton has very quietly had a fine season for the Seattle Mariners, going 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA. He takes the mound at Safeco Field against Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers and given how Seattle has been all but eliminated from playoff contention, look for him to be the ultimate spoiler to the Rangers’ slim hopes.
Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 20, 2017
Now that we’ve covered the best pitching options on a light day, which hitters should you trust? Not anyone on a last place team, for sure.
Freddie Freeman vs. Washington Nationals: $5,300 DraftKings, FPPG- 10.5
Freeman is probably one of the more underrated bats in baseball and his Atlanta Braves are going up against a Nationals team playing for nothing but playoff seeding at this point. Atlanta is the surefire underdog in this game, but Freeman is batting .340 with five home runs and 14 RBI against Washington this season. Throw in his batting .324 this month, and that makes him an even more desirable pick for today.
Nolan Arenado @ San Diego Padres: $5,200 DraftKings, FPPG- 9.7
Arenado is in the midst of another dream season and though his Rockies are in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park tonight, I’m liking his odds. That is because the star third baseman has hit an astounding .396 with six home runs and 17 RBI against the Padres this year and is also batting .302 for the month. Look for his hot hitting to continue tonight.
Dexter Fowler @ Cincinnati Reds: $4,900 DraftKings, FPPG- 8.3
Fowler has been white-hot as of late. He hit .328 in August and is batting .355 this month, bumping his average for the season up to .265. Against the underachieving Reds, I’m anticipating him to have a great game tonight.
Best stack option
And speaking of the Reds…
St. Louis Cardinals @ Homer Bailey
Poor Homer Bailey. He used to be so good, but constant elbow problems have him at 5-6 with a 6.86 ERA and 1.73 WHIP on the season. If you’re going to stack, I suggest Tommy Pham ($4,700), Jose Martinez ($4,500), Paul DeJong ($4,500), Yadier Molina ($3,700) and, of course, Fowler.
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