Daily Expert MLB Picks: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, Opening Line Report

Once again, I have to look to the White Sox. They just scored 17 runs and have scored 37 runs over the last four games. These tend to be teams that are off everyone's radar, but if they come through for you, they end up being very valuable. In order to win a GPP, you need all of your players to score. You must be logged in to post a comment. Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice: Pitchers

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice: Hitters

There are a few other important elements to think about. For instance, the more power a batter has, the higher his ceiling will be. Home runs fetch you the most points of any type of hit, so of course you would like to have guys in your lineup that have over-the-fence ability. Handedness splits are also crucial to look into when considering which hitters to choose.

While you should always check the weather to ensure your hitters won't be playing in storm-like conditions or, worse, not playing at all , weather conditions are less of a concern when it comes to your hitters than with your pitchers.

The ball flies further on days with higher temperatures and more humidity, so you might want to target guys playing in warm, sunny locales, even if they're normally "pitcher parks". Consider a place like Pittsburgh that tends to be pitcher friendly. Even there, the ball is likely to travel further when it's hot out, and knowing that could give you a slight advantage. Similar to the pitchers, there are some Vegas stats that could help you make an informed decision with your hitters.

A team's expected runs for that night will help you when looking for stacking opportunities see below. Finally, similar to pitcher selection, you should look at player prop bets to see how hitters are expected to perform that night. In the final section of this article, we are going to look at the crucial stats to look at before constructing your lineup. First up is salary distribution.

In tournaments, while you still want to be targeting good pitchers, you should spend less on them than you would in cash games. In order to win a GPP, you need all of your players to score. A chalk player is an "obvious" favorite who is highly owned and likely to perform well. Think about what the chances are for this chalk player to be the best play at his position. Make sure the projected odds of someone being the top play at his position are higher than his projected ownership.

Chalk pitchers are more consistent than chalk hitters, so if you are going to target some chalk players, do it on the mound. Lastly, while it is definitely fine to start some chalk players, you don't want your whole lineup filled with them, especially in tournaments.

There are several elements that help you predict whether a player will have a high or low ownership percentage. The first is recent performance. If a player is coming off a couple multi-hit games or hit a home run the game before, then that player is going to have a higher ownership percentage.

DFS users tend to ride the coattails of a player's success, and when they see a great performance the day before, they hope to repeat that success again the following day. A favorable matchup will also lead to a higher ownership percentage. The same goes for good hitters facing below-average pitchers. If a player is priced below his talent level -- or even below "perceived value" because he's been hot lately or has a good matchup -- then more owners are going to select that player for their lineups.

The over is in Porcello's previous seven at home. Arguably the series of the year. Of course, the last time Houston played at the Dodgers, it won the franchise's first World Series title with a victory in Game 7 last year. Most sportsbooks have the Astros and Dodgers as pennant favorites to meet again. It's Justin Verlander , 2.

He has cooled off a bit of late and lasted only five Saturday in a loss to Texas. New Dodger Brian Dozier is 6-for off him with eight Ks. No Astros batter has more than four regular-season at-bats against him. The Astros are in Verlander's past six on the road. The Dodgers have won 17 of their past 21 series openers. The under is in Verlander's past nine vs. Absolutely stunned that lefty Francisco Liriano and closer Shane Greene are still with the Tigers - seriously, there's just no logical explanation for keeping either.

It benefits Detroit to lose as much as possible, and Liriano is a free agent this winter. Would the Tigers have gotten much of anything? No, but take a flier on some low-level guy and save a few dollars. Liriano was originally scheduled here but has been pushed back waiver trade in works? He had been in the bullpen off and on but makes a third straight start and 10 th overall of He has a 4.

It's oft-injured A's lefty Brett Anderson , 5. He lost in Colorado last time out, allowing four runs over six innings. At least he has completed six innings in back-to-back starts after throwing five or fewer in each of his previous five. Detroit's Victor Martinez is 4-for-8 off him. The Tigers are in their past seven after an off day. The Betting Consensus from the Sportsbooks shows what percentage of bets are on each side of the pointspread, total or moneyline.

The information can be especially valuable in high profile games. Opening Line - The very first set of odds or lines that is listed for a particular game or event. The opening line is essentially the first chance for the betting public to see what the linemakers think of a game. Can the total on a baseball game tell us anything about which team will win? The daily grind of the Major League Baseball season has started and there are few things players look forward to during the season than a day off.

While off days used to be reserved for travel, most teams have their own planes or charter planes and leave for the next destination right after their game, making an off day pretty much that, a day to relax and unwind. The matchup will begin at 7: Toronto Blue Jays vs. The game gets underway 9: The total stands at 7. The first pitch is scheduled for 7: Atlanta Braves Odds St.