The MLB Daily Three Pack

Welcome to the Daily Three Pack where we share three core players and one bonus play on FantasyDraft that you are going to want to target for MLB DFS contests on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

If you are new to this article or forgot the format in this article I will give you a pitcher, infielder, and outfielder I am going to building my lineups around regardless of salary. I will end the article with my utility player to target. The utility player to target is my favorite hitter on this slate and the player I am going to have the most exposure to tonight.

Pitcher to Target

Doug Fister-$17,100-BOS

Fister has a reputation for being a bad pitcher but the reality is Fister is actually a really good pitcher. I really should say Fister has been a really good pitcher as of late as his past four starts have been amazing. In those starts, Fister has an ERA of 1.50, a K/9 rate of 8.10 and a WHIP of just 0.73. Fister is not only pitching well but he is pitching deep into games as he has pitched at least seven innings in each of those starts. Those kinds of performances have allowed Fister to produce at least 21 fantasy points in each start and to go over 30 fantasy points two times. The match-up also works in Fister’s favor as the A’s are a team I love to pick on. While the A’s do hit right-handed pitching well and have a ton of power against them they are also one of the most strike out happy teams in the majors. This season the A’s have the fourth highest team K rate in the majors against right-handed pitching at 24.6%. While there is some risk with Fister tonight at his salary I am having a hard time passing him over as he allows me to grab an ace as my SP1 and still afford some of the bigger hitters I want.

Infielder to Target

Wilmer Difo-$6,600-WAS

I love the Nationals as a team to stack tonight against the left-hander Luiz Gohara who did not look good in his major league debut. In that game against the Rangers, Gohara allowed six runs on four hits and four walks in just four innings of work. The Nationals are also a team that has crushed left-handed pitching this season as they rank in the top ten in team wOBA, team batting average, team ISO and team wRC+ against them. When looking over which of the Nats I wanted to stack tonight one player jumped out to me and that player was Difo. Difo is not a player I would think of as a must play in a stack but when you look at his numbers against left-handed pitching especially at home that is exactly what he is. Difo has an OPS of 1.223, an ISO of .242 and a wOBA of .508 at Nationals Park against left-handed pitching this season. Difo is also dirt cheap at under $7,000 in salary and projected to bat second for the Nationals. With those numbers at his salary, Difo should be in your lineups tonight even if you are not stacking the Nationals like I am.

Outfielder to Target

Kyle Schwarber-$7,600-CHC

Matt Harvey sucks. It really is that plain and simple. Harvey is not the pitcher he once was and is a pitcher I want to target hitters against, especially left-handed hitters. Harvey has really struggled against left-handed hitting this season as he is allowing them to slug .560 with a .391 wOBA. Those struggles should get him into a ton of trouble tonight against a Cubs team that is lefty heavy. Schwarber is one of my favorite Cubs lefties tonight for several reasons. The first reason is the fact that Schwarber crushes right-handed pitching. Schwarber in what has been a down year for him still has an ISO of .266 against right-handed pitching. At home, his numbers against righties are even better as he has an OPS of .966, an ISO of .33 and a wOBA of .401. Those numbers are important as you may have guessed by now the Cubs are playing at Wrigley tonight. Another reason why I want to play Schwarber tonight is due to the fact he is hot. Schwarber has back-to-back games with a home run and in the month of September, Schwarber has an OPS of 1.139, an ISO of .316 and a wOBA of .473. The final reason why I want to play Schwarber tonight is his salary. Schwarber is very affordable at only $7,600 in salary.

Utility Player to Target

Nolan Arenado-$10,200-COL

Arenado is a player I don’t fade when he faces a left-handed pitcher. Arendao has destroyed left-handed pitching all season long and comes into tonight’s game with an OPS of 1.328, an ISO of .448 and a wOBA of .538 against them. The left-hander that Arenado is facing is also not a good pitcher in Patrick Corbin. Corbin struggles the most against right-handed hitting and this season he is allowing them to slash 296/.349/.483 with a .350 wOBA. Arenado is going to cost you a hefty portion of your allotted salary tonight but he should be well worth every dollar.

Zach Qualtieri

Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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