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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) picks for Thursday, August 27: both early and late: Madison Bumgarner, Gerrit Cole, Adrian Gonzalez, more

I list a stack and a pitcher, both from the early and late games, that a fantasy owner can consider using today on FanDuel.

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Reminder: Always double check the lineup card before rosters lock to make sure that a player you've chosen to roster is playing that day, and check the weather to make sure your players won't get rained out of their game.


Dodgers LHB vs Anthony DeScalfani

Dodgers lefties get a huge park upgrade in Great American Ballpark and many of them are priced at very appealing costs. DeScalfani is running a FIP over 5 against left handed batters this year, which includes an 11% walk rate, and his LHB opp. OPS is just about .800. Adrian Gonzalez ($3,100) has a 142 wRC+/.240 ISO in 382 PA vs RHP this year. Andre Ethier ($2,400), one of my personal favorite plays based on his usual price, has hit RHP to a 148 wRC+/.206 ISO in 322 PA and is priced just $200 above the minimum. Joc Pederson ($2,500) has hit RHP to a 134 wRC+/.249 ISO (don't be fooled by his .217 batting average vs RHP; his OBP is .370 and he's hit for power against righties, giving him plenty of value). Even 2B Chase Utley ($2,300) could be a sneaky, low owned punt play; Mike Petriello noted that Utley's exit velocity has significantly gone up since coming off the DL and presumably healing his ankle injury, which has bothered him all season.

Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner ($12,600) vs Cubs

I like Madison Bumgarner's matchup with the Cubs for a few reasons. The Cubs have the highest K% vs LHP at 24.4%; it comes with a bottom third wRC+ at 92; rookie sensation and clobberer of baseballs Kyle Schwarber is a lefty who will likely be mitigated by Bumgarner (Schwarber has a 45% K% and 75 wRC+ vs LHP, although the small sample rules apply); the matchup takes place in pitcher friendly San Francisco; the Cubs toss RHP Dan Haren, who is hittable and has been stranding an unusually high % of baserunners this year, which is probably a big reason why his ERA is much lower than his peripherals would indicate. Bumgarner looks to be a good bet to get a lot of strikeouts, prevent runs and be in position for the win.


Pitcher: Gerrit Cole ($10,000) vs Miami Marlins

Cole faces a rotten Marlins offense that is without Giancarlo Stanton; the Marlins have the lowest wRC+ vs RHP in baseball on the year at a miserable 81, and that includes the 300 or so PA from Stanton earlier in the year. Cole's opposition is rookie Justin Nicolino, who the projection systems peg at significantly below average for the rest of the season. Cole will be a strong bet to get deep into the game without allowing many (or any) runs and get the win.

Cardinals LHB vs Rubby de la Rosa

The Cardinals get a park upgrade in Chase Field and face Rubby de la Rosa, who has allowed a .310/.370/.567 slash to 331 LHB this year with a 6.04 FIP. Kolten Wong ($2,300) stands out as a strong punt play; he's priced just above the minimum and has hit RHP to a 114 wRC+ and .161 ISO in 352 PA this year. Matt Carpenter ($3,500) is priced reasonably and has hit RHP to a 135 wRC+ and .212 ISO in 351 PA this year.

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