MLB DFS: Power Index – 8/18/23 – DraftKings & FanDuel Main Slates

The Friday night MLB DFS main slate features 13 games on both DraftKings and FanDuel with a traditional 7:05 ET start time and a board loaded with options on both sides. The slate includes a strong range of premium pitchers at a variety of price points, such that we should not have to dive too far into dumpsters for SP2 options on the two-starter site. The slate includes a Coors Field game and several strong opportunities for outbursts of runs with a few lousy or developing starters taking the mound. We should also see the debut of two exciting prospects, with the Cardinals calling up top bat Masyn Wynn and the Angels making Nolan Schanuel the first player from this year’s MLB draft, the one from just a few weeks ago, to reach the Show. The White Sox lead the power index in their Coors Field game, but their collective projections are only middling overall, the Angels, Padres, and Brewers are all in excellent home run matchups, though Milwaukee will have to find out if they are facing good or bad Heaney first. The Orioles have a prime spot on the board in their matchup against scuffling and non-hustling Luis Medina, and the Red Sox should do major damage to minor-league Yankees starter Jhony Brito.

Main Slate Power Index – 8/18/23

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.

* note the board was mistakenly put together without the second game of the doubleheader between the Tigers and Guardians, both teams would rank low for collective fantasy points with the Tigers showing a bit of power potential particularly for Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson, and Kerry Carpenter, the Guardians are bad against lefties, even bad ones.

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