MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 10/01/15

Bryce Harper looks to add to his MVP resume tonight against the Braves.

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Top Pitchers

High-Cost Pitcher

Stephen Strasburg -- After a rough start to the season and a trip to the disabled list, Strasburg has looked spectacular as of late. Since the All-Star break, the Nationals' ace has posted a minuscule 2.18 FIP and 1.97 xFIP while striking out a whopping 12.68 batters per nine innings. While Strasburg has looked incredible over the second half of the season, the team he is taking the mound against tonight -- the Atlanta Braves -- have been the worst hitting team in baseball over that span, ranking dead last in the majors in wOBA (.288), wRC+ (79) and ISO (.101). Strasburg is our number one overall projected player on the board tonight.

Alternative Options: Jose Fernandez

Cost-Effective Pitcher

Jake Odorizzi -- Although he had a bit of an up-and-down season, Odorizzi finished the season with a very respectable 3.69 FIP and 3.93 SIERA while striking out 7.93 batters per nine innings. That said, what I really like about the Rays' starter tonight is his matchup with a Miami Marlins squad who ranks 29th in the league in both wOBA (.297) and wRC+ (84) against right-handed pitching this season. Although Miami is a slight favorite in this matchup, this game features the lowest over/under on the slate at 6.5, which makes Odorizzi a viable tournament play and a decent number two pitching option on two-pitcher sites.

Alternative Options: Patrick Corbin

Top Hitters

High-Cost Hitters

Bryce Harper -- The Nationals' controversial star finally lived up to the hype and put together a MVP-caliber performance this season. Harper leads the league in wOBA (.462), wRC+ (197), ISO (.318) and OPS (1.112) and his numbers look even better when facing right-handed pitching, amassing a ridiculous .479 wOBA, .353 ISO and 1.163 OPS when facing righties this season. Tonight, Harper draws a spectacular matchup against Braves' rookie right-hander Ryan Weber who has looked less-than-stellar through the first four starts of his career. The National League MVP frontrunner makes an excellent play in all formats tonight. 

Lorenzo Cain -- Cain is in play any time he faces off against a left-handed pitcher and tonight is no different. The Royals' outfielder has smashed southpaws to the tune of a .396 wOBA, .224 ISO and .934 OPS this season and gets the pleasure of facing off against White Sox' lefty John Danks and his 4.72 xFIP against right-handed batters tonight. Cain is definitely in play at $4,900 on DraftKings but is an absolute steal at the low price of just $3,800 on FanDuel.

Alternative Options: Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt

Cost-Effective Hitters

Trayce Thompson -- Although I usually like to recommend Thompson as a value against left-handed pitching, he has faired very well against righties as well this season. The White Sox' rookie has accumulated a .372 wOBA, .207 ISO and .856 OPS against right-handed pitching and gets the pleasure of facing off against Royals' starter Kris Medlen tonight. Medlen has allowed batters from both sides of the plate to hit for more than a .305 wOBA and has posted a 4.24 FIP against right-handed bats on the year. Thompson makes a strong value play at just $3,000 on FanDuel and $3,400 on DraftKings.

Clint Robinson -- Much like his teammate Harper, Robinson has faired very well against right-handed pitching this season. He's earned a .326 wOBA and .148 ISO and is in a great spot tonight against the aforementioned Weber. Weber has allowed lefties to knock him around for a .351 wOBA while posting a 5.57 FIP and 4.88 xFIP against them. All Nationals' lefties are in play tonight and Robinson is one of my favorites at just $2,200 on FanDuel and $2,500 on DraftKings.

Alternative Options: John Jaso, Alcides Escobar

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