Top DFS Plays for 08/17/14

*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:

Curtis Granderson vs. Jake Arrieta – hitting .409 (9/22) with a 2B, a 3B, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs & a BB
Just what the Doctor ordered for Granderson’s slump, a great matchup.

Joe Mauer vs. Jeremy Guthrie – hitting .333 (8/24) with 2 HRs, 3 RBIs & 4 BBs
Mauer is hot since coming off the DL and I like this matchup for him today.

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Kyle Lohse – hitting .385 (10/26) with 5 2Bs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs & 3 BBs

Adrian Beltre vs. Hector Santiago – hitting .400 (4/10) with a 2B, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs & 2 BBs

Michael Morse vs. David Buchanan – no previous history
Morse has had nice success against RHP this season.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Curtis Granderson

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Adam Wainwright vs. San Diego Padres – In Wainwright’s last 4 starts against the Padres he is 3-1 with 1.48 ERA.

Collin McHugh vs. Boston Red Sox – McHugh is 2-3 with a 1.86 ERA on the road this season. This is a cheap pitching option that could really turn out to have a some fantastic value.

Movie of the day – Insomnia – Another fantastic Robin Williams film to add the theme for the week. Honestly watching him act is beyond amazing, he was classic funny guy and he could play a super serious role as well.

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