MLB DFS: The Daily Diamond - 8/25


*All pricing references are based on DraftKings unless otherwise noted

This article is designed to give you a head start/a brief look at the top pitchers and hitters on the slate from a cash game and single-entry contest point of view. Obviously, you’re not going to put together a full lineup from the players listed below but that’s not the idea. The idea is to give you an early look and to point you in the right direction. Combined with all of the other articles and resources we have here at FullTime DFS, collectively we’ll have you in a great spot to cash!

Top Pitchers

Aaron Nola (PHI)

Nola should be one of, if not the most popular arm today and with the way he's pitched of late and the matchup in front of him, it makes sense. Nola has gone seven innings in each of his last two starts with seven strikeouts in each outing against the Red Sox and Cubs. The Marlins are still not good, even though they had a good showing against Vinnie Velasquez on Friday, they were shut down last night by Zach Eflin. Nola will dominate today.

Trevor Bauer (CIN)

Bauer is coming off of a great start and faces the Pirates a day after they exploded on the scoreboard. Considering how poor the Pirates offense is overall and the upside that Bauer brings, it's hard not to look at him as a top option.

Shane Bieber (CLE)

Bieber faces the Royals for the third time this season and will be looking to bounce back from a poor outing against them the last time he faced them. This is a home matchup for Bieber and he's been great over his past six starts, including two complete-game efforts over that span.

Martin Perez (MIN)

After two good days offensively, the Tigers are due to regress back to being terrible on Sunday. Perez has a less-than-stellar month of August, but faced the Tigers earlier this season and pitched well against them over five innings striking out seven. Perez will serve as a solid SP2 option today.

Michael Wacha (STL)

At $5,300, Wacha brings a ton of value to the mound tonight as an SP2 play. While it has not been a good year for Wacha, the Rockies have been miserable offensively racking up strikeouts at a high clip. If Wacha can give us five solid innings, and I think he will, he'll pay off his salary.

Favorite Stacks

Tampa Bay Rays

Meadows, Pham, Garcia

Bundy was killed in his last start against the Rays but is coming off a very good start against the Royals. In any event, I'll lean with the Rays here and consider adding a fourth Ray - ideally, a value guy against this very bad Orioles pitching staff.

Houston Astros

Brantley, Bregman, Springer

While they'll cost a pretty penny, the Astros are the best offense in the best matchup on the board. It shouldn't take them long to get to Barria and the Angels staff.

Cleveland Indians

Lindor, Santana, Puig

The Indians should have a field day against Erik Skoglund and the poor Royals bullpen. Lindor and Santana have beaten up on the Royals all season and Puig is simply underpriced here in the middle of the order. Also, consider Franmil Reyes as a fourth member of the Tribe at $3,800.

Top One-Off Position Plays


J.T. Realmuto (PHI)

Wilson Ramos (NYM)

Yadier Molina (STL)

First Base

Pete Alonso (NYM)

Rhys Hoskins (PHI)

Jose Abreu (CWS)

Second Base

Cesar Hernandez (PHI)

Eduardo Escobar (ARI)

Rougned Odor (TEX)

Third Base

Miguel Sano (MIN)

Jake Lamb (ARI)

Eugenio Suarez (CIN)


Jorge Polanco (MIN)

Paul DeJong (STL)

Tim Anderson (CWS)


Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)

Marcell Ozuna (STL)

Nelson Cruz (MIN)

Ketel Marte (ARI)

Shin-Soo Choo (TEX)

Eloy Jimenez (CWS)