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DFS MLB Baseball Picks for July 31, 2021

Bryce Harper
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 01: Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) hits the ball during the Major League Baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves on April 1, 2021 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

We have nine games tonight with the first pitch at 7:05 PM EST. Today’s slate of games is highlighted by Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on Bryan Reynolds and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The highest implied run totals tonight sit with the Los Angeles Dodgers (5.2) Chicago White Sox (5.0)  and the St. Louis Cardinals (4.7).

The weather looks good across the board today so we shouldn’t expect any games to be delayed or postponed. We don’t have a single game where the change of rain exceeds 20 percent.

Here is a selection of today’s Core Players 50-50 MLB DFS lineup for 7/31/21 (using DraftKings Values)

 PitcherAaron Nola $9,700
 CatcherDalton Varsho $3,800
 First BaseMiguel Sanó $4,600
 Second Base   
 Third BaseAbraham Toro $3,200
 Short Stop   
 OutfieldBryce Harper $6,200

Aaron Nola – P ($9,700) – Nola is coming off a performance against Atlanta where he gave up just four hits and one run while striking out nine. He will have a Pirates team today has a team SLG of 0.384 over the last two weeks (fifth-worst in MLB).

Miguel Sanó – 1B  ($4,600) – While it would have been easy to go back to the well with Votto today after he hit a home run in his seventh straight game, we are going to go in a different direction today with Sanó. Sano has six hits in his last four games, with two home runs and a double. He will be facing a Jon Lester, who is making his Cardinals debut today and owns an ERA over 5 and a WHIP over 1.5.

Abraham Toro – 3B ($3,200) – Toro has hits in five straight games with four home runs, a double, and a steal in that stretch. You’re getting him in at a great price, and he is likely to continue to move up in the Mariners order.

Bryce Harper – OF ($6,200) – While Harper was hitless in his last six, this is still a great matchup going against the Pirates, and he does still have hits in the six previous games.

Daulton Varsho – C/OF ($3,800) Varsho continues to provide value at his price and at the catcher position. He has a double and a home run in his last two games, and hopefully, the Diamondbacks will start to move him up in the order to get him more at-bats.


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The Pitchers

Brandon Woodruff ($9,800 DK) I wouldn’t try to be too cute with pitching tonight. There isn’t a lot of depth here today, so taking the known quantities makes a lot of sense, especially in cash games. Woodruff has only given up three runs or more in two of his last six starts.

Kyle Hendricks ($8,500) – Hendricks will be facing a Nationals team that is now very young and suddenly in a rebuild. The Cubs aren’t necessarily in a different position, but I expect Hendricks should be able to take advantage of Washington who really just as Juan Soto as far as threats go.

Germán Márquez  ($8,800) – Marquez will be facing a Padres team that runs hot and cold, and they are on the colder side right now as they are in the bottom third of the league in SLG over the last two weeks. Marquez held the Padres to just three hits while striking out nine batters in his last start in San Diego, so let’s hope he can give us something similar again today.

The Value Players

Josh VanMeter – 2B ($2,900) – VanMeter has been hitting at the top of Arizona’s batting order, had over the last two games has provided four hits, all of which have been doubles, and a steal. His stop in the lineup alone is almost worth his price tag..

Kyle Farmer – SS  ($3,500) – Farmer now has hits in eight straight games, and a double in three straight games. He has moved up to batting third in the Reds lineup, so he should be in a good place to start adding more runs and rbi to go along with his hit totals.

Harrison Bader – OF ($2,700) – It’s a surprise that with Bader’s recent production that he is still priced under 3k. He has hits in four of his last five games and he has three doubles and three home runs in that time.

The Stacks

Chicago White Sox – If Jimenez is in the lineup, I would start with him. He is priced reasonably and has shown power since coming off the IL. We you can add in Adam Engel, Andrew Vaughn or Gavin Sheets to make a very reasonably priced stack for the White Sox.

Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers are typically a tough team to stack, but I would be looking to A.J. Pollock, Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger.

St.Louis Cardinals – We talked about Bader, and he is a great place to start when you factor in his price. I would be looking to add Tommy Edman, and Nolan Arenado/Paul Goldschmidt to them to build your stack.

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