The hottest player in baseball right now might be Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. The 21-year-old has smacked an MLB-best 12 home runs, including a grand slam earlier this week against the Rangers, and also leads the league with 29 RBIs. Tatis and the Padres get the Rangers again as part of a 14-game Thursday MLB schedule, but is Tatis a wise play?

When filling out MLB DFS lineups for MLB DFS tournaments, cash games and 50-50s on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, it is vital to choose the best combination of hot bats and ace pitching. That means having the best analytics and expert advice on hand. Before making any MLB DFS picks on Thursday, be sure to check out the MLB DFS advice, projections and stacks from SportsLine DFS expert Mike McClure, a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million.

When it comes to daily Fantasy baseball, McClure is at his best. Recognized in the book “Fantasy Football (and Baseball) for Smart People: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Fortune” as a top MLB DFS player, McClure’s proprietary projection model simulates each game 10,000 times, taking factors such as matchups and recent results into account. This allows him to find the best values on every site.

His model led him to some massive returns from his MLB DFS picks in 2019, producing daily Fantasy baseball lineups on SportsLine that returned as much as 30x. He also finished in the top 1 percent of tournaments four times and the top 0.1 percent of tournaments twice last season. 

On Wednesday, McClure had Astros outfielder George Springer in his lineups. The result: Springer, doubled, homered and scored twice. Anybody who built their lineup around him was well on the way to a profitable day.

Now, with the 60-game 2020 MLB schedule continuing on Thursday, Aug. 20, McClure has locked in his top MLB daily Fantasy picks. Head to SportsLine now to see them. 

McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for Aug. 20

One of McClure’s top MLB DFS picks for Thursday is Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts at $6,000 on DraftKings and $4,400 on FanDuel. Betts is hitting .306 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs so far in 2020. The nine homers rank third in MLB, and Betts is sporting a 1.023 OPS.

Betts doubled and scored a run Wednesday against the Mariners, the third time he has scored against Seattle so far in their series. Betts has another opportunity to feast on Seattle and left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.28 ERA) on the road Thursday, where Betts is hitting .357 with a .714 slugging percentage and a 1.152 OPS. 

Part of McClure’s optimal MLB DFS strategy Thursday includes rostering San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham at $3,100 on DraftKings and $3,000 on FanDuel. Grisham is hitting .250 with four home runs and eight RBIs this season. The 15th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Grisham is on pace to eclipse his 2019 short-season rookie totals in all statistical categories.

Grisham has been hammering right-handed pitchers like Kyle Gibson, the Texas starter against the Padres on Thursday. Grisham hits righties at a .275 clip this season, and all of his home runs and RBIs come against right-handers. McClure knows that’s a prime matchup for Grisham, and recommends him for all MLB DFS formats.

How to set your MLB DFS lineups for Aug. 20

McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Thursday. The stars are aligning for him to return tournament-winning value and he comes at a price that won’t break the bank. You can only see who it is here.

So what are the top MLB DFS picks for Thursday? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure’s complete player pools and picks for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on MLB DFS.

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