MLB | Must-Haves | 8/12/17

Dexter Fowler (FDraft: $8,800 DK: $4,500 FDuel: $3,500): Our first Must-Have of the day will be stepping into the box tonight against the Braves’ young right-hander Lucas Sims. According to our research, Fowler is checking out to be in a great spot to produce tonight and will be the first player we lock into all of our lineups.

Sims had allowed left-handed hitters in the minors to hit him to the tune of a .273 average, 1.44 WHIP and 10 home runs in 54.1 innings. In 12 innings pitched at the major-league level, Sims has allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits, three home runs and six strikeouts, to go along with a 6.39 FIP and 35% hard hit. Sims is also showcasing his four-seam fastball 33% of the time to left-handers and his changeup 27% of the time to left-handers.

Fowler has been quite the hero for his Cardinals’ team that is surging its way into playoff contention. Fowler has been magnificent against right-handers this season, showing a .869 OPS, .250 ISO, .363 wOBA, 36% hard hit to go along with 14 homers and five stolen bases off of them. Since joining his new team, Fowler has done well hitting at home in Busch Stadium as he now holds down a career .907 OPS with 17 homers and a .276 average. Fowler should also have a huge advantage against Sims’ primary pitches as he has posted a .321 ISO, .455 wOBA and 7% whiff rate against four-seamers from righties with a .345 ISO and .403 wOBA.

Fowler is checking out all across the board in our research and should be locked into all of your lineups across all formats tonight. The home run and stolen base upside is rampant here with a young starter on the mound and such a veteran hitter with a strong track record against righties.

Ian Happ (FDraft: $8,700 DK: $4,500 FDuel: $2,900): Happ will get the opportunity to hit in the friendly hitter confines of Chase Stadium against left-hander Patrick Corbin. Happ, like his counterpart above, brings forth both home run and stolen base upside into this one according to our research.

Corbin is allowing right-handed hitters to hit him to the tune of a .315 average, .886 OPS, 1.48 HR/9, 4.61 FIP and 16 homers. Corbin has also allowed six stolen bases this season and brings a 50% ground-ball rate into this one. You’ll soon find out Corbin’s pitching arsenal is right in line with Happ’s favorite pitches to hit since Corbin is throwing his two-seam fastball 35% to righties and his slider 29% to righties.

Happ currently holds down a .296 average against lefties to go along with an .817 OPS, .197 ISO and three homers against them. Happ has also already swiped seven bases this season and is hitting ground-ball pitching to the tune of a .772 OPS and four homers in his young MLB career. As mentioned above, Happ holds down some impressive pitch values for tonight, with a .571 ISO, .721 wOBA and 2% whiff rate against two-seam fastballs from lefties and a .300 ISO and .327 wOBA against sliders from lefties.

Happ is our final Must-Have of the day and will be locked into all of our lineups tonight on this Saturday night slate. Goodluck and God Bless!

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