MLB DFS: Power Index – 8/15/23 – DraftKings & FanDuel Main Slates

The MLB DFS main slate on Tuesday pops up with 13 games on both DraftKings and FanDuel with a fairly significant dearth of pitching on the board. Outside of Zack Wheeler, Bailey Ober in a premium matchup, and, arguably, options like Nick Pivetta, Michael Wacha, and Lucas Giolito, there is very little in terms of truly reliable quality with the ability to reach a significant ceiling. Yusei Kikuchi has that potential from the middle of the pitching board but also gives up loads of home runs, and Jordan Montgomery is a good mid-range option against a heavily right-handed hard-hitting Angels team that ranks out well in all categories. Beyond those starters, the board is truly thin and favors power and run creation both in and out of Coors Field. The top of the power index is dominated by Atlanta and Boston once again, the Braves also lead the way by average fantasy point projections in a top-notch matchup against broken Yankees starter Luis Severino. The Red Sox are flashing power with Josiah Gray on the mound, the Coors game has plenty of available potential, and good DFS teams like the Mets, Cubs, Orioles, Rangers, Rays, and Mariners are all showing quality for home run potential with at 7.5 or better average for the full lineup in the Power Index. Getting a broad spread of options on both the mound and at the plate is the approach to a slate of this nature.

Main Slate Power Index – 8/15/23

The power index represents a team’s opportunity for home run upside in the matchup against the scheduled starting pitcher. This is not a direct guideline for stacking, but it can be utilized to determine the most likely sources of power-based contact, hitters who are not homering are frequently hitting doubles and driving in runs, and providing valuable MLB DFS scoring. The “Full” column averages our home run opportunity score for each player in the lineup from 1-9, while the “Top 6” column averages only hitters 1-6, where teams typically place their most significant bats.

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