A quick look at the calendar today had me both excited but also a bit disappointed. As we charge down the figurative train tracks of September headlong into the beginning of October, the excitement of playoff baseball is clearly gathering steam. Unfortunately, that means MarmosDad has but 3 more DFS wordsmith Wednesdays for you all. A bittersweet realization for sure, but a good time to put my best effort into the last three lineup builds for you!

For today, I started with a list of players that had been pretty hot over the last 7 days. Then, after a spirited English lesson with the kiddos at school, I realized what a lot of these players had in common. Each one had an alliterative name. Could I manage to station one alliteration for each position today and still piece together a decent lineup that should place in some DFS tourneys or double ups? Challenge accepted!

This Wednesday is much the same as the others that I’ve covered this year. There is a healthy dose of both afternoon and evening games for you today. As I’ve said before, you can feel free to mix and match from both the early and late slate if you want to play multiple lineups.

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Dane Dunning, SP: (DK) $7,000 – We’re headed out for a Texas tip today as Dane Dunning gets an out-of-gas Oakland offense for this one. Streamonator doesn’t exactly *ding ding* for Dunning as he’s the 11th ranked SP (2.8). It’s kind of puzzling how a guy with a 55.7% GB rate and a 14.3 HR/FB% since August 1st comes in this low against the worst hitters in the league. Dunning has 2 of his 3 wins on the year in his last 7 starts and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get his 4th today.

Dustin May, SP: (DK) $ – Dustin ‘Dodger’ May is our second play here today for both the alliterative value and the fact that he seems to be back and healthy in front of a juggernaut headed for the postseason. In 4 starts since his lengthy layoff, May has given up 3 or fewer earned runs in all but one start. Arizona isn’t much better than Oakland as far as overall offenses go (23rd), so I’m in for a MayDay in September and some Dodger destruction of the Diamondbacks today. *As of last night, the Dodgers hadn’t officially named a starter. If it’s not May, you can pivot to SP Sonny ‘7 strikeouts last game’ Gray (DK: $8,300) at home vs the Royals.

MJ Melendez or Martin Maldonado, C: (DK) $4,800 (or $2,500) – DFS dealer’s choice here as far as what price you want to pay for a backstop is concerned. Melendez is a frequent flier in this space but he hasn’t exactly blown the barn doors down in September. His power potential against Sonny Gray (who has given up homers in 3 of his last 6 starts) could pay off in this one. If you’re looking to find a more affordable option, Martin Maldonado has 12 homers in just over 300 AB and hits 20 points higher against LHP (Joey Wentz).

Freddie Freeman or CJ Cron, 1B: (DK) $5,700 (or $5,500) These two give you another evening vs. earlier afternoon choice to make. Freeman is your usual chalk play, and for good reason. A triple slash of .331/.403/.527 means he’s one of the best options available and faces off against Zach Davies – a guy that not only gave up 6 ER against the Rockies in his last start but has also failed to get through 6 innings in every start since August 1st. CJ Cron is your afternoon choice, and if you haven’t seen his 504 foot homer from last week, this pick kind of speaks for itself.

Cavan Biggio, 2B/OF: $2,800 – This one is a bit of a stretch as these names aren’t alliterative, but Cavan is the son of Craig, so let’s classify this call as ‘close enough’. Biggio has been playing a bit more lately and with an RHP on the bump in Drew Rasmussen, he should draw in again in place of Santiago Espinal. He had a 6 game hitting streak snapped last week, but scored two runs and had a 2B on Saturday against Texas. With Lourdes Gurriel Jr. still on the IL until Sunday, there should continue to be playing time available for Biggio at least through the weekend. It’s another value play here if you need one.

Eduardo Escobar, 3B: (DK) $4,100 – I had Max Muncy ($5,000) all set as my 2B, but Muncy is 3B only so I bit the bullet and chose Escobar here. Escobar is coming off a heater of a week batting .520 with 3 HR and 5 RBI. That’s good for 11th place on the 7 day player rater. He faces a lefty in Drew Smyly, but Escobar’s R/L splits are pretty close and Smyly’s numbers against RHH are worse than LHH. Ride the hot hand at Citi Field here tonight.

Bo Bichette, SS: (DK) $6,000 – It all started here for this week’s research. After Bichette hit 3 HR last Monday, he continued to post a huge week to put him at the top of the 7 day player rater. 5 HR in total, along with a .500 average is big enough, but what about the rest of the month? Bichette has been scorching hot since September 1 with hits in 10 of 11 games, 13 XBH and 19 RBI. He faces a tough opponent in Drew Rasmussen today, but after another hit (and RBI) two nights ago, I’d play him with confidence today. EDIT : As I wrote up some finishing touches Monday night ahead of Tuesday’s tweaks, Bichette hit another huge home run in the bottom of the 8th inning against Tampa to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead in a big divisional game.

Seiya Suzuki, OF: (DK) $5,300 – Back to Citi Field but this time to the Cubs, Suzuki has 3 HR in the last week and checks in as the 43rd hitter on the player rater. His price tag is a bit higher than some others, but the fall version of Seiya has looked a lot like the one we saw in early spring. Let’s just not focus on the Suzuki that was hurt for most of the summer and hope he continues to build on that .571 SLG in September.

Mike Trout, OF: (DK) $5,900 – A bit of a stretch for the alliteration theme here, but the best OF for your Anaheim Angels has been absolutely annihilating the ball for the last week and a half. He’s hit homers in 6 straight games and I don’t think you can find an OF that can offer this kind of production with the chance at an SB or two. Trout came in second (for OF) to only Jake McCarthy on the player rater, so a chalk OF in a lineup against Cal Quantrill makes sense for your afternoon games today.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains…

Most of the games are coming in at 0% chance of rain. Highest is 14% in Miami but the roof takes care of that threat.

Doing Lines In Vegas…

I’d be playing the under in the Tampa (Rasmussen) and Toronto (Stripling) game today. Both starters have been good in their last few outings and each game of this series has been under 6.5 (before last night’s final).

As far as outright wins, Carlos Rodon is an underdog (+115) at home against Charlie Morton and the Braves this afternoon.

Best of luck in the DFS plays today! If you have any questions, shoot me a note on Twitter @MarmosDad.