Top DFS Plays for 08/09/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Jose Bautista vs. Max Scherzer – hitting .571 (8/14) with 4 2Bs, a HR, 3 RBIs & 3 BBs

I fully support a O’s stack today. They have destroyed Lackey this year. He is 1-2 with a 7.02 ERA in 3 games against them this season.

Manny Machado vs. John Lackey – hitting .389 (7/18) with a 2B, 2 HRs & 4 RBIs
Nelson Cruz – hitting .333 (12/36) with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs & 2 BBs
Nick Markakis – hitting .328 (21/64) with 6 2Bs, a 3B, 5 RBIs & 6 BBs

Ryan Howard vs. Dillon Gee – hitting .450 (9/20) with a 2B, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs & a BB
6 HRS in 20 At-Bats, I really like those odds.

Daniel Murphy vs. Cole Hamels – hitting .354 (17/48) with 4 2Bs, a HR, 6 RBIs & a BB
Murphy is red-hot at the plate over the last week and has a fantastic history against Hamels. Must start today.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Ryan Howard or Nelson Cruz

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Francisco Liriano vs. San Diego Padres – Liriano in his last 4 starts has been insane good. Padres aren’t exactly a offensive powerhouse and Liriano should have no problem making you some money today.

Trailer of the Day – Interstellar – Christopher Nolan and Mattew McConaughey together? Count me in. The trailers look fantastic and I really can’t wait for this movie.

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