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Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: September 2, 2016 – DraftKings & FanDuel Analysis

Below we’ve got player rankings with commentary, suggested lineups and a projection/research chart for Friday’s 14-game evening slate on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Player Rankings

**Players are listed according to their FD positional eligibility


  1. Jason Castro
  2. Brian McCann
  3. Welington Castillo
  4. Evan Gattis

First Base

  1. Paul Goldschmidt
  2. Chris Davis
  3. Freddie Freeman
  4. Brandon Moss

Behind the paywall you’ll find the remainder of the player rankings and commentary, suggested lineups and my projections/research chart.

**Today’s post is free due to the author not having time to write up commentary to go along with the rankings.

Second Base

  1. Brian Dozier
  2. Matt Carpenter
  3. Jose Altuve
  4. D.J. Lemahieu

Third Base

  1. Nolan Arenado
  2. Danny Valencia
  3. Manny Machado
  4. Jefry Marte


  1. Eduardo Escobar
  2. Marcus Semien
  3. Carlos Correa
  4. Francisco Lindor


  1. Mike Trout
  2. J.D. Martinez
  3. Stephen Cardullo
  4. Colby Rasmus
  5. Yasmany Tomas
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury
  7. Franklin Gutierrez
  8. Michael Saunders

Starting Pitcher

  1. Marcus Stroman
  2. Jameson Taillon
  3. David Price
  4. Noah Syndergaard
  5. Carlos Rodon
  6. Junior Guerra

Suggested Lineups

Below you’ll find a suggested cash and GPP lineup for both DK and FD. These lineups were posted early in the morning and will not be updated later in the day on account of the author not being able to get home from work in time to do so. So be aware that these lineups were made and posted without knowing the weather for the day and who would and would not be in their team’s lineup today. The lineups are merely suggestions to give you and idea about roster construction.

9-2 DK

9-2 FD

Research Chart

Download today’s research chart from this Google Sheet. Projections are derived from Fangraphs Depth Chart projections, which are cut down to a per-game basis and then adjusted for ball park and matchup. A glossary for the columns in the ‘hitter research’ tab is included below the chart.

SP Adj. – Multiplier based on projected FIP (based on ZiPS) of opposing pitcher against hitters of that handedness

BP Adj. – Multiplier based on 2015 Fangraphs HR park factor for LHH or RHH

Pen Adj. – Multiplier based on xFIP of opposing bullpen against hitters of that handedness

Last 7 – Hitter’s wRC+ in last seven days

Last 14 – Hitter’s wRC+ in last 14 days

L/R – Hitter’s 2015-2016 wRC+ against LHP or RHP

Projections and values are then included for each site.

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