Ben’s 8/12/23 MLB Early Slate Breakdown

Ben's MLB Daily DraftKings Plays

What’s up, 4Deep!? Another good night over for us in the MLB streets, even though some chalky Royals stopped us from going full gape! But, we are back on the grind this morning with a little five-gamer.  It’s not the sexiest slate, so as of right now, I’m only making two teams, but there’s still money to be won!

PITCHERS

  1. Sandy Alcantara DK $8,600 – Alcantara is slowly getting back into the same form and has had seven Ks in three of his last five games.  I’m not as excited to pick on this Yankees lineup now that Judge is back, but our options are limited.
  2. Brayan Bello DK $8,300 – I would be shocked if Bello wasn’t the stone cold chalk this afternoon, which makes me not nearly as excited to play him.  But, like is mentioned above, our options are super limited on this slate. He’s fine and a safe option with a good price tag.  
  3. Gavin Williams DK $6,400 – This is a misprice and we have been targeting this Rays team with good righties almost all season over here at 4DEEP.  That’s not going to change today.  I honestly wish he was priced up here with Bello/Alcantara to make the decision a little tougher.  But, he is my top pitcher on the slate, point-per-dollar. 

STACKS

  1. Braves – Nothing new here.  Braves are head and shoulders the top stack on this slate. They will be chalky, so don’t just stack 1-5, be sure to include guys like Rosario, Lopez, Harris, or Ozuna.
  2. Cubs – Bassitt struggles big time against lefties, so we want to include Tauchman, Bellinger, Happ, and Candelario for sure in our stack.  Followed by one of the power righty bats.  My favorite is Hoerner or Swanson.
  3. Red Sox – The Sox will be the next chalkiest stack behind the Braves.  I think Manning is a decent enough pitcher to take me off of them personally, but if you go this route, I like Yoshida, Casas, Devers, and JT.
  4. Marlins – My sneaky stack of the day against Brito, who was decent to start the year, but has really fallen off since. 1-6 Is who we want here with Arraez, Jazz, Soler, De La Cruz, and Bell being my favortes. 

HITTERS
The player highlighted in BOLD GREEN is my top play at each position.

  • C: Murphy, Alvarez, Naylor
  • 1B: Olson, Pete, Casas, Bell
  • 2B: Albies, Hoerner, Arraez, Giminez
  • 3B: Riley, Jose, Candelario, Berti
  • SS: Swanson, Baez, Dejon, Lopez
  • OF$$$: Acuna, Bellinger, Jazz, Soler
  • OF$$: Merrifield, Ozuna, Harris, De La Cruz
  • OF$: Happ, Tauchman, Sanchez, Straw

BOLD PREDICTIONS

  • Double Dong: Bellinger
  • 4-Hit Game: Arraez
  • Favorite 1-Off Player Stud: Ramirez
  • Favorite 1-Off Player Value: Lopez
  • Slate Edge: Bellinger
  • Top Pitcher: Williams

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