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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/5/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

What a strange weekend it was without baseball. The scheduling continues to boggle many minds, but at least the playoffs will be back on our screens tonight and give us more opportunities to win playing daily fantasy. It's only a two-game slate to kick off the Division Series round, but there will be some fireworks with the four teams and their history this season.

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics kick things off out West as the have a showdown to determine the actual sheriff of the AL West. Chris Bassitt will lead the A's against the resurgent Lance McCullers Jr and the Astros. Then, the New York Yankees look to show the Tampa Bay Rays, who is the best team in the AL East with Gerrit Cole and Blake Snell facing off in a presumed pitcher's duel. All four teams have dangerous lineups, and there will be some nerve-wracking moments navigating the starting pitchers this evening.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/5/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Chris Bassitt - OAK vs. HOU ($8,700)

As tough as it is to pass on Gerrit Cole to anchor the Monday slate, the savings of Chris Bassitt are too tempting to gloss over. Bassitt can go just as deep into the game as Cole, and, despite not having as much strikeout upside, he faces a friendlier offense to start the ALDS. The Houston Astros are the least strikeout-prone team on the slate, but they also rank last on today's contest with a .303 weighted On-Base Average and a .171 ISO on the year. Bassitt has proven that he can handle the Stros multiple times this year. In three starts versus Houston, the righty threw 17 innings with a 2.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, nine strikeouts, two quality starts, and one win. The 31-year-old is playing some great baseball at the moment and has gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts. He's 4-0 with five quality starts in those previous five outings, and has produced at least 43 points for the fantasy managers that put him in their lineups. It's tough to pass over Cole and Snell, but they could get knocked around. Bassitt is in great form and faces the weakest offense on the slate to begin the Division Series.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Ji-Man Choi - 1B, TAM vs. NYY ($2,600)

It does feel kind of silly to recommend a batter going against Gerrit Cole right now, but you've got to make room in your lineup for the higher-priced stars somehow. Choi has the platoon advantage against Cole and is projected to hit fourth in the Tampa Bay lineup, and will be in a fair amount of lineups at his $2,600 salary. 35 of his 38 career home runs in the majors have been off right-handed pitchers, and his .835 OPS versus them is significantly higher than the .546 OPS versus lefties. The first baseman is not the right guy to play in cash games, but if daily players are looking at a contrarian angle, Choi is the choice.

DJ LeMahieu - 2B, NYY @ TAM ($4,000)

It's rather tricky to get away from the New York Yankees tonight, and it's incredibly hard to get away from the right-handed bats. LeMahieu has been one of the best hitters on the planet over the last two seasons and led all of baseball with a .364 batting average this season while also leading the American League with a .421 OBP and a 1.011 OPS. The former-Colorado Rockie has crushed lefties since Sept. 1 to the tune of a .464 weighted on-base average, and that will be handy when facing off against Blake Snell tonight. The 32-year-old has scored nine points in each of his last four games, and during that streak, is 9-for-18 with five runs, two doubles, and five RBI. LeMahieu is pricey but could win a contest by himself on any given evening.

Tommy La Stella - 3B, OAK vs. HOU ($3,100)

La Stella is on a 10-game on-base streak and seems like a safe option for his price on Monday against the Houston Astros. He is projected to leadoff for the Athletics today and should have a good chance at crossing home plate for a run or two on Monday. Since coming over to the A's from the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline, La Stella is slashing .289/.369/.423 with 16 runs, 11 RBI, nine extra-base hits, and one home run. In the Wild Card round, the 29-year-old went 3-for-11 with three runs and a walk while averaging 7.2 fantasy points per game.

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU @ OAK ($3,200)

Is Correa finally heating up? After a dismal regular season that saw him hit five home runs with 25 RBI and a .383 slugging percentage, he finally showed up in the Wild Card round against the Minnesota Twins with a game-winning home run. The shortstop has been pretty hot over his last five games, going 7-for-16 with five runs, two home runs, two RBI, and two walks. He's also scored 21.7 fantasy points in two of his last three games. It could be nothing, but, in a short slate, jumping on a hot bat can lead to a big win.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

George Springer - OF, HOU @ OAK ($4,100)

There aren't a lot of guys playing better baseball than Springer at the moment. Everything seems to be pointing towards this being his final postseason with the Astros, and, if that is the case, he is ending his time in the Lone Star state in spectacular fashion. Since Sept. 1, Springer is slashing .316/.380/.653 with 22 runs, nine home runs, 15 RBI, and nine walks to 17 strikeouts. The 31-year-old has provided FanDuel players with at least 12 points in 13 of his last 25 games and has exploded for more than 20 points in six of his previous 25. He has tremendous upside and is well worth the price tag on Monday.

Clint Frazier - OF, NYY @ TAM ($3,400)

Blake Snell is an excellent pitcher, and there is a big chance that he comes out and makes recommending any Yankee bat look extremely foolish. However, the Yankees may have the highest offensive ceiling on the American League side of the bracket, and they seem to feed off the rest of the lineup once the floodgates open. Frazier smacked lefties around in September with a .348/.423/.696 slash line, but has seen his salary dip due to a seven-game slump. Check the lineups before slotting Frazier into your contests. Brett Gardner had a couple of good games in the Wild Card round and could take Frazier's spot in the lineup despite it causing a lefty on lefty matchup with Snell.

Aaron Hicks - OF, NYY @ TAM ($3,100)

Speaking of New York Yankees outfielders, Aaron Hicks has been on fire in the last two weeks. The 31-year-old has eclipsed the 12-point mark in eight of his previous 12 games but has also exploded for 21.7, 34.9, and 28.4 points in three games. In the two-game series versus the Cleveland Indians, Hicks went 1-for-8 with a triple, four runs, and three walks. He sits right behind the heart of the Yankees lineup and should have a couple of RBI opportunities if the bats can get to Blake Snell.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/21/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

It's the final week of the regular season, and FanDuel kicks us off with six games on the Monday main slate. The Rockies are on the road, so that takes some of their bats off our boards. Still, we get a couple of rough pitchers facing off in the hitting-friendly confines of Truist Park in Atlanta.

With playoff berths clinched, and other teams falling out of the race, there could be some weird and wacky lineups this week. This will produce a fair amount of value plays to keep an eye out for to win some late-season contests.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/21/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

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Adam Wainwright, P - STL @ KAN ($9,500)

Scientists have not found how to keep players young, but maybe they should take some blood samples from Adam Wainwright. He's posting his lowest ERA, WHIP, and FIP since 2015 and doesn't seem to be slowing down heading into the final week. The three-time All-Star has scored at least 40 points in three of his last four outings. His opponent, the Kansas City Royals, strikeout 25.4 percent of the time versus righties at home and have mustered a lowly .149 ISO in Kauffman Stadium. Wainwright has thrown at least six innings in seven of his eight starts this season, and another long outing tonight should have him in line for a win, and a quality start to lead your lineup.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Brandon Belt, 1B - SFG vs. COL ($3,000)

Belt is having a career-year during this 60-game sprint of a season. He has eight home runs, 20 runs, and 24 RBIs to go along with his career-high slash line of .295/.399/.582 in 42 games. Now, he and the Giants welcome German Marquez to the bay as they enter the final week. The first baseman has hit five of his eight home runs at Oracle Park, and four of those five have come off righties like Marquez. Belt has the 15th-highest weighted On Base Average versus RHPs in the league since August 1, and that should continue versus the Rockies tonight.

Jose Altuve, 2B - HOU @ SEA ($3,100)

It's been a lost season for the former-MVP, but some signs of life last week mean that Jose Altuve can still provide us some bang for our buck to end the regular season. In the weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second baseman collected two extra-base hits, two RBIs, and two runs. Altuve has also managed a hit in eight of his last 10 games and should continue to rack up the hits against lefty Marco Gonzales today.

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B - CHC @ PIT ($3,330)

Hayes faces lefty Jon Lester on Monday and has been a tremendous late-season breakout for the Pirates. The third baseman has a .988 OPS along with three home runs and eight RBIs since he got the call on September 1. The rookie is projected to bat second in Pittsburgh's lineup today and should grab an extra at-bat or two if the Pirates can put some runs on the board against the soft-tossing Lester.

Brandon Crawford, SS - SFG vs. COL ($2,700)

The San Francisco is averaging 12.32 FPPG over his last five tilts to lead the position on the main slate tonight despite being priced as the ninth most-expensive option. Crawford has the platoon advantage versus German Marquez tonight and will look to continue his recent power surge. In his last six games, Crawford is 8-for-23 with two home runs, five doubles, six RBIs, and five runs. He will bat lower in the lineup than most fantasy managers would like, but the Giants are averaging 5.8 runs per game in their last five, and the lineup should turnover a few times on Monday.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Ronald Acuna Jr., OF - ATL vs. MIA ($4,500)

It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for Acuna in 2020 after his breakout season last year, but he is still a great play in daily fantasy. He has 13 home runs on the season, and two of them came over the weekend series versus the Mets. The bat is hot, and he has a 1.284 OPS versus left-handed pitching in September. Acuna is a great candidate to get a couple of big hits off Miami's southpaw Trevor Rogers.

Starling Marte, OF - MIA @ ATL ($3,200)

This game is a gold mine for daily fantasy. Acuna was already recommended on the Braves side, but you can also stack your Miami Marlins versus Huascar Ynoa. Marte has a .265/.299/.446 slash line in a Marlins uniform along with three home runs, 12 RBIs, and four stolen bases since coming over at the trade deadline. Ynoa has a 5.30 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and an 18.6 strikeout percentage. The only danger of Ynoa is that he may not make it more than a couple of turns through the lineup, and Atlanta has the third-best bullpen ERA in the league.

Corey Dickerson, OF - MIA @ ATL ($2,600)

Dickerson has been a steady presence on top of the Marlins lineup recently and looks to stay there for the final week. The 31-year old has 122 career home runs, and 106 of them have come off right-handed pitchers. The outfielder has struggled this year but is coming off a four-game series versus Washington where he hit .385/.429/.615 with one home runs and three RBIs. His cost remains low, and a leadoff batter is always valuable in daily fantasy, especially in a game that contains a couple of struggling pitchers like the Miami-Atlanta game.

 

 




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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (9/19/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

The Miami Heat are the real deal. They swept the Indiana Pacers in Round 1, and then they disposed of the Milwaukee Bucks in five games with ease. A win over the Boston Celtics tonight will put them within one game of the NBA Finals, but it feels like they are still not getting the respect they deserve. Still, they have some excellent fantasy contributors, and they are an entertaining team to watch despite not being as superstar-driven as most championship contenders. The Celtics won't go down without a fight, though, and fans should expect another close battle in tonight's crucial Game 3.

The only big injury news is whether Gordon Hayward will return to the court and take some minutes away from his teammates. Hayward hasn't played in a game since August 17, and it seems hard to believe that he would be given a significant role in his first game back. Still, Boston is looking for any spark to get themselves back in the series, and maybe Hayward can provide a new look for a team on the brink of going down 3-0.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 9/19/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Tyler Herro, SG - MIA vs. BOS ($10,000)

Herro has been a hero for the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, but his price is still lower than expected heading into tonight's Game 3. The guard is averaging the most fantasy points per game over his last five games between the two teams at 33.96 points. However, he is the seventh most-expensive player for the Single Game contest on Saturday. Herro has shown his versatility in this round, where he nearly had a triple-double in Game 1 with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Get the rookie on your team and

 

Marcus Smart, SG - BOS vs. MIA ($9,500)

Fantasy players may be fading Smart tonight with news that Gordon Hayward is questionable and may return for Game 3. However, that shouldn't scare them off too much as Smart has worked hard and earned himself a significant role on this team, and Hayward would be playing in his first game since August 17. Smart's 23.77 FPPG over his last 10 games is fourth among all players tonight, but he comes in as the ninth most expensive option. The guard is a major bang for your buck play, and he should be started with confidence as the Celtics look to get back in the series and keep their playoff hopes alive.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Jayson Tatum, PF - BOS vs. MIA ($16,000)

Tatum is the choice for the MVP slot in tonight's Single Game contest. The third-year forward has been lights out in the playoffs despite a disappointing outing in Game 2. Over his last 10 games, Tatum is averaging 40.52 FPPG, and that puts him a whole eight points ahead of Bam Adebayo on tonight's slate. For the entire playoffs, the 22-year-old is averaging 25.3 points, 10 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 blocks, one steal, and 2.7 made threes per game. He can win a contest on any given night as he has produced at least 55 fantasy points in three of his last four games.

Bam Adebayo, PF - MIA vs. BOS ($15,000)

We may be witnessing the rise of the best young center in today's game, and he is taking over this series. Adebayo is averaging 19.5 points, eight rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks over the first two games while the Boston Celtics struggle to find answers to stop him. The big man has scored at least 44 fantasy in six of his last eight games and is having on a postseason breakout that daily players have enjoyed for a couple of months.

Jae Crowder, SF - MIA vs. BOS ($9,500)

Crowder was a massive factor in Game 1 of this series when he scored a playoff-high 22 points for the Miami Heat. In Game 2, he came back and added 12 more points along with four rebounds, two assists, and three steals. The forward has been producing outstanding returns on his value the entire postseason, and it should continue tonight. He has knocked down at least three shots from downtown in the last seven games and is averaging 15.3 points on 42.9 percent three-point shooting. The eight-year veteran has a concrete floor for fantasy managers because of his sharp shooting skills and ability to contribute in other categories when necessary.

 

 

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (9/15/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

After only watching one game on Saturday and Sunday, and then zero games last night, we are finally treated to two games in one day. Unfortunately, it will be for the final time in this weird and wacky NBA season. The Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers will battle it out in a Game 7 for the opportunity to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. Denver is looking to come back from their second 3-1 deficit this postseason and spoil the all-LA fight for the West. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will start what will surely be an Eastern Conference Finals for the ages. Both teams have excellent coaches, and the game of chess between Brad Stevens and Erik Spoelstra will almost be as fun to watch as Jayson Tatum, and Jimmy Butler go head to head.

The two-game slate gives us quite a few options to choose between tonight. The pricing seems fair, and fantasy players can go with a well-rounded approach or the stars and scrubs strategy. I will highlight some of the stars that have a chance for massive production, but also the lower-priced players that could prove to be the difference between a win and a loss in your daily contests on Tuesday.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 9/15/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Goran Dragic, PG - MIA vs. BOS ($7,000)

Goran Dragic has had quite the NBA career and now finds himself in the Eastern Conference Finals. He fits in perfectly with this Miami team, and the results have shined through in the postseason. The point guard has scored at least 20 points in six of the Heat's nine games this postseason while giving considerable contributions in other categories. During the 2020 playoffs, Dragic is averaging 35.2 fantasy points per game on FanDuel, and another performance like that in game one versus Boston will see him return five times his value and make a lot of fantasy managers pleased to have him in their lineups.

Gary Harris, SG - DEN vs. LAC ($5,700)

Gary Harris missed most of the NBA restart because of a hip injury. However, after taking a few games to find his stride this postseason, it looks like he has finally found what makes him such an essential piece for this Nuggets team. Harris has scored at least 10 points in four of his last five games and is picking it up on the defensive side of the ball at the same time. The shooting guard is averaging two steals per game in the series, and it's making him a viable asset in daily formats. Harris has hit the golden fives times return on value plateau three times in his last four outings, including a seven times return on value in game three. He is a solid play at shooting guard if you need the roster flexibility to fit in the high-priced studs tonight.

Lou Williams, PG - LAC vs. DEN ($5,500)

Lou Williams has struggled in this series versus the Nuggets, but his recent form makes him a contrarian play to target in Tuesday's contests. Williams is only averaging 10.5 points per game on 36.8 percent shooting, but he is always a threat to go off in any game. He's scored at least 23 points in 22 games this year, and that type of production in a bench role in invaluable to fantasy managers. Williams will take a back seat to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George offensively, but if one of them doesn't show up tonight, the Clippers will be relying on Williams to pick up the slack. The guard has three 30-point outings in his previous two postseasons, so he could provide the spark his team needs to advance to the next round.

 

FanDuel DFS Forwards

Jayson Tatum, PF - BOS vs. MIA ($9,800)

Jayson Tatum was a trendy pick to leap to stardom in his third year, but I'm not sure anyone expected him to make this big of a leap. After averaging 14.8 points during his rookie and sophomore campaigns, Tatum jumped to 23.4 points per game in year three, and he's taken it a step further during the playoffs. The forward is up to 25.3 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting to go along with 10.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game. He has broken the 50-point fantasy barrier five times this postseason, including his last two games, where he averaged 61.1 FPPG to send Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals. Tatum is one of the studs I am looking to pair with Nikola Jokic to win some contests tonight.

Jae Crowder, SF - MIA vs. BOS ($5,100)

Jae Crowder has been a lock in my cash games lineups the entire playoffs, and in a two-game slate, I am willing to have him in any format tonight. On FanDuel, Crowder has returned five times his value in seven of his nine playoff games this postseason and has eclipsed six times his amount in four games. Statistically, the small forward is averaging 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and one combined steal plus block per game, while also sinking 3.3 three-pointers per game. This Celtics defense is no joke, but Crowder won't be a primary focus considering the Heat's other offensive options and should still be able to get his stats tonight.

Marcus Morris, PF - LAC vs. DEN ($5,100)

Morris has been up and down during this seven-game series against Denver but has shown that he can quickly return value to his fantasy managers. The forward has produced at least 20 fantasy points in eight of his 12 games this postseason and has reached the 30-point mark three times. Morris is averaging 12.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, and 1.8 assists per game. I know those aren't the best stats you can find on today's slate, but you also can't have a lineup of superstar players. Morris is a piece that can slide into your team and give you a solid return while you shoot for the stars with other risk-reward targets.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Nikola Jokic, C - DEN vs. LAC ($10,200)

It's hard not to love Nikola Jokic in tonight's game. The Serbian is averaging 54.2 FPPG over the last five games in this series and has a track record of thriving in game sevens throughout his young career. The Nuggets are playing in their fourth game seven in the last two postseasons, so the bright lights will not faze the 25-year-old. In his three previous game sevens, Jokic has averaged 26.7 points, 14 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game. If Jokic can replicate that production tonight, the Nuggets will have a great shot at advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

 

 

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/14/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

It's hard to believe that there are only two weeks of the regular season left, but we are already halfway through September, and the playoff races are heating up more by the day. Unfortunately, there are only four games eligible to play on FanDuel today because of some doubleheaders and makeups, but we will power through nonetheless. Another tough pill to swallow today is the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres matchup, where Clayton Kershaw and Dinelson Lamet face off. With those two on the mound, I am heavily fading both lineups in what should be a great pitcher's duel.

This article will focus on the players available in the all-day slate. That includes the three games on the regular main slate, but with such few options available, I wanted to touch on as many games as possible to kick off the week.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/14/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Jose Berrios - MIN @ CWS ($9,200)

After an August 15th outing versus the Kansas City Royals, Jose Berrios had a 5.92 ERA and was averaging 21.4 fantasy points per game. However, since that start, the 21-year-old has turned his season around and seems to be peaking at precisely the right time. In his last four games, Berrios is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.06 WHIP to go along with 31 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. The right-hander is averaging 41.5 FPPG, and that includes a 49-point start against this same Chicago White Sox team he faces today. Berrios threw six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts to earn the win and the quality start. He's a little cheaper than Clayton Kershaw and Dinelson Lamet but has a similar upside versus a team that strikeouts 25.3 percent of the time versus righties in 2020.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Freddie Freeman, 1B - ATL @ BAL ($4,300)

Since the calendar flipped the September, Freddie Freeman has been destroying the baseball. In 12 games this month, the first baseman has five home runs, four doubles, 22 RBI, and is slashing .383/.491/.787 with a .513 weighted on-base average. It gets even better versus right-handed pitching as Freeman has a 1.478 OPS in the platoon advantage during the final month of the regular season. Today, he gets to step into Camden Yards and attempt to launch a couple of home runs into the B&O Warehouse behind right field.

Marwin Gonzalez, 2B -MIN @ CWS ($2,500)

At second base, I'm going with the hot bat and recommending Marwin Gonzalez. On the season, he has a putrid .598 OPS, but over the weekend, he showed signs of life with home runs in back to back games. It could be a flash in the pan hot streak for Gonzalez, but at $2,500, I'm willing to ride it until it flames out.

Alec Bohm, 3B - PHI @ MIA ($2,600)

Alec Bohm seems to be a perfect situation where the pricing of the player has not caught up to his production on FanDuel. The slugger has been having a field day in this long series with the Miami Marlins. He's played six games versus the Marlins since Thursday and has one home run, four doubles, four RBI, and six runs. The rookie was also moved up the lineup and hit cleanup on Sunday in both games of the doubleheader. If that sticks, it will only help to continue his recent production, where he is averaging 15 FPPG in the series.

Jose Iglesias, SS - BAL vs. ATL ($2,800)

Iglesias has been a regular in the Orioles' lineup this year and has batted third in 22 games. He has been great at home this season, with six doubles in 12 games and a .341/.386/.488 slash line. The shortstop will go against Atlanta Braves pitcher Touki Toussaint in a favorable matchup on Monday. Toussaint carries a 7.89 ERA and 6.10 FIP into the tilt, and right-handed batters have a .625 slugging percentage off the 24-year-old on the road this season. In a park with the dimensions of Camden Yards, any hard-hit ball has a chance of leaving the diamond. Iglesias has yet to record a home run in 2020, but against Toussaint and his 30 percent home run to fly ball rate, tonight could be the night he gets his first of the year.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Nelson Cruz, OF - MIN @ CWS ($4,200) 

I'm not sure what deal Nelson Cruz made with father time, but father time got ripped off. Cruz is putting together an MVP-like season in his age-40 season. The slugger leads the AL with a 1.072 OPS and is leading the entire majors with a 192 OPS+. Nothing seems to slow this man down, and I don't think the Chicago White Sox and Dylan Cease have the answer either. Another thing to consider is that Cruz is mashing at Guaranteed Rate Field this season to the tune of a .375/.500/1.125 slash line and has three home runs and 10 RBI in his three games on the South Side this year. He's an easy bat to build around tonight.

Adam Duvall, OF - ATL @ BAL ($3,000)

I'm leaning towards a bit of a mini-stack with this pick as I like the Braves to beat up on Jorge Lopez and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Duvall has eclipsed 15 fantasy points in six of his last 12 games, and he will look to make it seven of 13 tonight. Over that 12-game span, Duvall has hit .298/.353/.894 with four doubles, eight home runs, and 16 RBI. Yes, it has come in spurts, but it's hard to sit a man that has produced 63.1 and 89.5 fantasy points in two of his most recent outings. He won't reach those heights on Monday, but he should return value at his current price point.

Corey Dickerson, OF - MIA vs. PHI ($2,600)

With there being quite a few high-priced bats to fit into our lineups tonight, it's going to take some belt-tightening at other spots. Luckily, Corey Dickerson is only $2,600 in a platoon advantage versus the always erratic Vince Velasquez. Dickerson has been hot over the last seven days with a .321/.387/.429 slash line and all three of his home runs this season have come off a right-hander. He's also projected to leadoff for a Marlins team that is scoring 4.7 runs per game versus the Philadelphia Phillies in this bizarre seven-game series of makeups and doubleheaders. Dickerson is some much-needed salary relief with some upside in a shortened slate.

 

 

 

 




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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (9/12/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

I miss the days where there was non-stop basketball action for 12 hours a day, but I am still grateful that we have it on our screens for another night. With Denver forcing a Game 6 versus the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers have an opportunity to gain a couple of days extra rest if they can close out the Houston Rockets tonight. After a promising Game 1, the Rockets have fallen back to Earth and don't seem to have an answer for the LeBron James-Anthony Davis combination that is dragging the Lakers through the postseason.

As has been the case for the entire restart, James and Davis are listed as game-time decisions, but they will play barring some new development before tip. The Rockets will have an interesting situation on their hands with Danuel House officially gone from the bubble. Several players will have an opportunity to step up and fill the void he has left over the last two games. Austin Rivers had an admirable stat line in Game 4, and we will see if that earns him more run in Game 5.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 9/12/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Russell Westbrook, PG - HOU vs. LAL ($13,000)

Outside of a disastrous Game 2, Russell Westbrook has been putting up substantial numbers in daily fantasy. Over his last two tilts, Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and one block in 37.5 minutes. I believe he isn't going down without a fight tonight. It's a quality that can make the former-MVP the best and, sometimes, the worst player on the court. If James Harden is tentative tonight, Westbrook will happily step up and fire away. Maybe that won't mean great things for the Houston Rockets, but it will produce valuable points for Westbrook's fantasy managers.

Austin Rivers, PG - HOU vs. LAL ($7,500)

Game 4 saw Austin Rivers play more than 20 minutes for the first time in the series. He responded with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two three-pointers. Rivers should continue to see that same kind of workload in game five after Danuel House violated safety protocols inside the bubble. With only one game to pick from, fantasy managers will have to gravitate towards those players that will see significant minutes. Rivers is in line to be one of those players and is a preferred play tonight.

Ben McLemore, SG - HOU vs. LAL ($7,000)

Getting Ben McLemore in your lineup for today's contest is about one thing and one thing only: salary relief. The $7,000 price tag allows you to have a lineup consisting of Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and then another $8,500 player to round out the squad. If we are looking for a silver lining to this option, it's that McLemore played 14 minutes in game four, and that was the most action he has seen in the series. He provided nine points, one assist, and one steal on the night to produce 12.5 points. Park him firmly in a utility spot and enjoy the ability to spend big at the other positions.

 

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LeBron James, SF - LAL vs. HOU ($16,000)

LeBron James is my pick for the MVP slot in FanDuel's Single Game contest tonight. The man is on fire in every statistical category and is backing up the fact he is the highest-priced player in tonight's game. After a loss in Game 1, where he scored 42.1 fantasy points, James has flipped the switch to take over the series. In games two through four, the four-time MVP averaged 26.7 points, 11 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.7 steals, and two blocks while rewarding his fantasy managers with 61 fantasy points per game.

Anthony Davis, PF - LAL vs. HOU ($15,500)

I realize that a lot of these picks are chalky for the slate, but FanDuel's pricing is just too reasonable to pass up. Anthony Davis is averaging 53.8 fantasy points per game in the series against Houston, and daily players should expect more of the same on Saturday night. The big man has recorded at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in each game of the series and seems to have turned it on in Round 2 of the playoffs.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

P.J. Tucker, C - HOU vs. LAL ($9,000)

With the way that FanDuel's Single Game contest is constructed, you don't have to play a center tonight. However, we still want to give the big guys some love in our picks, and the only center worth playing is P.J. Tucker. Seriously. Dwight Howard hasn't played a single minute since Game 1, JaVale McGee posted negative one fantasy point Game 3, and Tyson Chandler is only on the Rockets for moral support. That leaves Tucker as the lone option at the center spot. Unfortunately, the responsibilities seem to be taking a toll on the 35-year-old. After posting a double-double in Game 2 with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Tucker has combined for three points and seven rebounds in the last two contests. It's possible that he can bounce back with a big Game 5 performance, but it's probably best to look towards another guard or forward to fill out your lineups tonight.

 

 

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Kolby Allard Throws A Quality Start On Wednesday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kolby Allard was the tough-luck loser on Wednesday against the Houston Astros. In a 2-1 loss to the in-state rival, Allard threw seven innings while giving up two earned runs, two hits, two walks, and striking out four Astros. It was the left-hander's longest outing of the season after not going more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his previous five outings. The 23-year-old came over from Atlanta last season in a deadline deal and had some prospect pedigree in his minor league background. He is worth a stash in deep dynasty leagues if he is available on waivers. Allard is only rostered in 1.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

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Rafael Montero Locks Down Seventh Save

In a 6-5 extra-innings win over the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers reliever Rafael Montero entered the game of the bottom of the tenth to earn his seventh save of the season. His team scored two runs in the top of the 10th to give him a 6-4 cushion. Montero allowed a Michael Brantley single to score Jose Altuve, but it was unearned because of the new extra-innings rules. The reliever then got Yuli Gurriel to ground into a double play before a Kyle Tucker fly out to end the game. Montero has been immaculate this season outside of a San Diego grand slam and has been a great pick up for some saves and ratios with 11 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. If he were on a better team, he would have a chance at more saves, but he stayed put at the deadline and will close out Texas' games for the remainder of 2020.

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Elvis Andrus Clears The Fences For First Time In 2020

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth off Ryan Pressly to spark a comeback win over the Houston Astros. Andrus was 1-for-4 on the night but made his only hit count. It was the first home run of the season for Andrus during a miserable campaign. The two-time All-Star is slashing .188/.244/.288 on the season and is not worth a roster spot in any size of mixed format. Keep an eye on his box score for the next couple of games in case this sparks something in the 32-year-old, but tonight could be a flash in the pan for the shortstop.

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa Picks Up Three Hits On Tuesday

Texas Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa continued his hot hitting against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. In a comeback win for Texas, IKF was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. The infielder is slashing .385/.407/.500 in his last seven games and is kicking off the second half of the season in terrific form. The team didn't make any moves to block a path for Kiner-Falefa to continue to get playing time, so it should be full steam ahead for the catcher-available hitter. On the season, the 25-year-old has one home run, five RBI, and six stolen bases, but will get plenty of opportunities to show what he can do as the Rangers evaluate their roster heading into the back half of the 2020 season.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (9/1/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

Ba de ya, say do you remember? Ba de ya, playoff basketball in September. Ba de ya, but there are only two games today.

Welcome to September, where playoff basketball dominates the sports world, and Jamal Murray doesn't miss a three-point attempt. As the cream rises to the top in the playoffs, we look forward to a two-game slate with a game seven between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets while the Toronto Raptors look to bounce back from their embarrassing game one performance against the Boston Celtics.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 9/1/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

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Jamal Murray, PG - DEN vs. UTA ($9,400)

The popular narrative for Jamal Murray is that he can't maintain his star-like level of play consistently. It seems that his last three games have thrown that story in the trash. Murray became the first player since Allen Iverson in 2001 to score at least 40 points in three-straight playoff games after dropping another 50 on the Jazz in game six. Murray is averaging 34 points, 6.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 made three-pointers per game throughout the series and has a chance to continue his blazing hot shooting streak tonight. Can he do it again in game seven with a semifinal berth on the line? I'm don't know, but I won't be betting against him.

Donovan Mitchell, SG - UTA vs. DEN ($8,500)

If the Utah Jazz wants to advance to the conference semifinals, it's going to be on the shoulders of Donovan Mitchell. The third-year guard has been incredible this series as he and Jamal Murray trade giant bucket after giant bucket. Mitchell has scored 50 points in two games of this first-round matchup and is averaging 38.7 points on 54.8 percent shooting, with 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 5.2 three-pointers on 55.4 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc. It's the same deal with Mitchell as it was with Murray. It seems impossible that his run can continue, but there's no way I'm going against Spida in his current form.

Marcus Smart, SG - BOS vs. TOR ($5,700)

Marcus Smart started in game one for the Celtics and was hyper-efficient in the win. Smart had 21 points on 6-for-10 shooting and added five three-pointers, six rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 31 minutes. The guard has started all four games since Gordon Hayward went down with an ankle injury and seems to have seamlessly transitioned into his starting role. Smart's 21 points marked the second-highest total in 50 career playoff games. While it's unlikely he will beat that against the Raptors tonight, his all-around contributions will allow him to garner enough fantasy points to be an ideal candidate for your lineups.

 

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Serge Ibaka, PF - TOR vs. BOS ($6,500)

Serge Ibaka was great in the first round of the playoffs, where he averaged 37.5 fantasy points per game in the Raptors sweep of the Brooklyn Nets. Game one of the second round did not go well for Toronto, but Ibaka still gave us a manageable fantasy performance with 15 points, nine rebounds, and one assist. Boston is a much more formidable opponent than Brooklyn, but Ibaka should be able to get back to the 30-point fantasy mark in game two.

Jaylen Brown, SF - BOS vs. TOR ($6,300)

It seems that FanDuel is not too impressed with Jaylen Brown's recent performances as his price sits below $6,500 for the first time in his last four games. It's odd timing with the two-game slate, but daily players will take it. Brown has proven the type of ceiling he has with three performances of at least 42 fantasy points inside the bubble. With his lower than usual cost and high ceiling, Brown has all the makings of a contest-winning play on Tuesday.

Daniel Theis, PF - BOS vs. TOR ($5,300)

Daniel Theis dominated in game one versus the Toronto Raptors. In 25 minutes, he recorded 13 points, 15 rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and one steal for 37.5 fantasy points. Could Theis be taking advantage of a favorable matchup? He faced off against Joel Embiid in round one and averaged 18.8 FPPG, but Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are not that calibers of defenders. It wouldn't be shocking to find out that Brad Stevens sees something he likes in that matchup. Let's ride Theis in game two, where another night returning five times value could well be in the cards.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Marc Gasol, C - TOR vs. BOS ($4,500)

Gasol is my pick at center for the two-game slate mostly because Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert have taken a back seat in their series to the high scoring guards. Getting Gasol at this price allows daily players to get Murray, Mitchell, and another higher-priced stud in their lineups with the correct build. The big man from Spain isn't a zero, though. He has three consecutive games with at least 19 fantasy points and gives managers a solid floor on Tuesday.

 

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/31/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Baseball starts another week of games with 11 of them on Monday. Unfortunately, only seven of those 11 make the main slate on FanDuel. That has us missing out the Toronto Blue Jays feasting on the Baltimore Orioles and Jesse Winker continuing to tear the cover off the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals.

This article will focus on the players available in the main slate. There are still plenty of great options (especially at pitcher), and it will be an exciting day to differentiate your lineups.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 8/31/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Shane Bieber - CLE @ KC ($12,000)

Bieber comes in as the top pitcher on a stacked slate, but it will cost quite the pretty penny on Monday. $12,000 is a lot to dedicate to one player, but there may not be a more sure thing on the slate. The 25-year-old has been dominating in 2020 with a 1.35 ERA, and 0.81 WHIP backed up by a 1.57 xFIP. Bieber is striking out 42.9 percent of the batters he faces and gets to take on a struggling Kansas City offense. The Royals rank inside the bottom six in baseball with a .311 weighted on-base average versus right-handed pitchers. Bieber struck out 14 Royals in his first start of the season, and that's definitely in play again tonight.

Max Fried - ATL @ BOS ($8,600)

If you don't want to tie yourself down to such a hefty price tag in the pitching department, take a look at Max Fried. Atlanta's defacto ace has been lights out this season. He is 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and has 38 strikeouts in 40 innings. Fried doesn't offer the same upside as Bieber in the strikeout department, but he gets to pitch against a Red Sox offense that also has a .311 wOBA versus right-handed hurlers. Boston is also throwing Colten Brewer on the mound, and it elevates Fried's chances of grabbing a vital win for your FanDuel lineup.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Yasmani Grandal, C - CWS @ MIN ($2,900)

I was genuinely surprised to see Grandal priced this low after his recent form. In his last nine games, the catcher has hit all four home runs with five RBI and seems to be heating up at the plate after a slow start with his new club. He faces south Rich Hill today and will look to take advantage of the favorable matchup. Grandal is a switch hitter and is 4-for-15 with a home run, five RBI, and a .848 OPS versus left-handed pitching as a right-handed batter this season.

Jake Cronenworth - 2B, SDP @ COL ($3,300)

The days of Jake Cronenworth being a cheat code in daily fantasy may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean he won't be in lineups for a matchup at Coors Field. Cronenworth and the Padres face take on German Marquez in the Mile High City, and daily players should expect some offensive fireworks in the series finale. The second baseman is 4-for-11 in this series with a home run, four runs, and five RBI. He owns a 1.077 OPS versus right-handed pitching in 2020, and that should only increase to begin the week.

Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B - WAS @ PHI ($2,800)

Another surprisingly lower-priced option for Monday's games is Asdrubal Cabrera. The two-time All-Star is enjoying a great month of August and will look to cap it off with another productive outing versus Philadelphia Phillies rookie, Spencer Howard. Cabrera is slashing .263/.367/.461 for the month with four home runs and 11 RBI in 21 games. He's projected to bat third, and this should be a high scoring game with both starters priced within the bottom three on FanDuel's main slate.

Trea Turner - SS, WAS @ BOS ($3,900)

Shortstop is such a loaded position across baseball, that it's tough to go wrong with any selection, but we will continue to ride Trea Turner's hot bat to begin the week. In his weekend series versus the Boston Red Sox, Turner went 11-for-15 with three runs, three RBI, and four doubles. The shortstop is averaging 18.9 fantasy points per game over his last 10 contests and should continue his torrid stretch versus the Phillies on Monday.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Bryce Harper, OF - PHI vs. WAS ($4,300)

Harper has stepped it up in his second year with the Phillies. The 27-year-old is slashing .290/.429/.581 this season with 23 runs, seven home runs, 21 RBI, and four stolen bases in 28 games. He's been in a bit of a funk over the last seven days, but he's too good to let that continue for much longer. The Nationals have Erick Fedde on the mound to begin the series tonight, and his 3.57 ERA and 6.18 xERA suggests that there is some significant regression in his future. Expect Harper to move that along with a slump-breaking performance tonight.

Trent Grisham, OF - SDP @ COL ($3,700)

A mini-Padres stack to start the week includes Trent Grisham during his breakout season. The second-year outfielder has 24 runs, eight home runs, 17 RBI, and four stolen bases this year and has been smashing the ball this year. In 51 games for the Brewers last season, Grisham had six barrels and 36 hard-hit balls, but in 35 games with the Padres in 2020, he is up to 13 barrels and 35 hard-hit balls.

Andrew McCutchen, OF - PHI vs. WAS ($3,100)

The Nationals-Phillies game could be a massive game for daily fantasy, so let's continue to go after it with Andrew McCutchen. He's reached base in 14-straight games but has been more impressive recently with four multi-hit performances in his last five. He's the 22nd-most expensive outfielder on the slate, but his 18.1 fantasy points per game leads the position over the previous five games, and his 15.4 FPPG in his last 10 contests ranks him third. McCutchen's low price and recent form make him a big part of my lineups for today's games.

 

 

 




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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/29/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

The NBA returns to the court for three games on Saturday and plenty of exciting ways to set your DFS lineups. Portland and Orlando are fighting to stay in the postseason with elimination games versus Los Angeles and Milwaukee, respectively. Meanwhile, Houston tries to stop its two-game slide and regain control of the series versus Oklahoma City.

The return of Russell Westbrook should help the Rockets tremendously and gives fantasy players a great option at point guard. It's good timing as Damian Lillard has left the bubble due to a knee injury. Hopefully, he is healthy for next season because it looks like the joy of locking Lillard into your lineups is over for the 2019-20 NBA season. Anthony Davis and LeBron James remain game-time decisions, but it would be shocking if they were not suiting up for the late-game tip-off.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/29/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Russell Westbrook, PG - HOU vs. OKC ($9,400)

Russ is back, and we are hopping right on the bandwagon. After missing the first four games of the series due to a quad injury, Westbrook returns to play in his first playoff game for a team other than Oklahoma City and think he will be motivated. Reports say he looked great in team scrimmages earlier this week, and daily players should buy-in. The point guard is averaging 44.6 FanDuel points inside the bubble.

C.J. McCollum, SG - POR vs. LAL ($8,000)

With no Damian Lillard to run their offense, Portland will look to their second star to carry the offensive workload in their win or go home contest versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Lillard had a 30.3 percent usage rate on the season and is leaving 20.4 shots per game on the floor after been ruled out for tonight's game. McCollum should pick up at least five extra shots attempts on top of the 19.4 shots he is averaging this season. The shooting guard's price has gone up because of Lillard's absence, but not enough to factor in the offensive opportunities he will have on Saturday against the Lakers.

Dennis Schroder, SG - OKC vs. HOU ($6,000)

Dennis Schroder has been great in the previous two games of this series, and it's not a coincidence that Oklahoma City has won both contests. OKC has matched Houston in the small-ball game, and Schroder is thriving. In games three and four, the German averaged 29.5 points, four assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 35 minutes per contest. He produced 45.5 and 33.7 fantasy points in those tilts. Russell Westbrook returning could throw a wrench in the humming Thunder offense, but Schroder's price is still low enough that he is a viable option in lineups.

 

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Carmelo Anthony, SF - POR vs. LAL ($5,500)

After taking 17 total shots in games one and two, Carmelo Anthony has been getting plenty of looks in the previous two games. Melo is averaging 17.5 shots per game over games three and four, and I would expect that average to rise tonight. Damian Lillard will not play tonight and is taking his 20.4 shots per game with him. Melo likely takes at least 20 shots in Portland's elimination game versus the Los Angeles Lakers. He is going to keep shooting the rock until Terry Stotts takes him out of the game. Opportunity and volume as driving factors in any fantasy matchup and Anthony will have both in tonight's game.

Jeff Green, PF - HOU vs. OKC ($5,100)

Jeff Green was, quite frankly, a massive reason that the Houston Rockets found themselves with a 2-0 lead versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. The series is all tied up now, and Green had a poor performance in game four, but it's time to buy back in. During the first three games of the series, Green averaged 19.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 33.8 fantasy points per game, and his ceiling is higher than most think in this Rockets' offense. Russell Westbrook returns for Houston tonight, and that will hamper Green a bit, but he still has a great chance to produce five times value for your team on Saturday,

Gary Clark, PF - ORL vs. MIL ($4,300)

Gary Clark has taken 29 shots in Orlando's series versus the Milwaukee Bucks. All 29 attempts have been behind the three-point line. The NBA has been trending towards three-point shooting for a long time now, but seeing a player exclusively shoot three-point attempts is still a strange stat line to witness. Regardless, Clark has produced between 19.4 and 26.1 fantasy points in each of the four games and contributed across the box score. In four games, the power forward is averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 made three-pointers, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 29.9 minutes. The sophomore player has been quietly consistent during the playoffs and offers a safe floor at a low price on Saturday's slate.

 

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Nikola Vucevic, C - ORL vs. MIL ($9,000)

Going with Nikola Vucevic is a bit of a gut call, but I think a lot of people will be putting Jusuf Nurkic in their lineups tonight after his big night in game four and the fact that Damian Lillard is out with a knee injury. Those factors leave Orlando's center as my primary option at center for Saturday's contest. The big man from the Swiss Alps has been fantasy gold during the playoffs. Besides a down performance in game three, Vucevic has been a stud. Three double-doubles, three 30-point performances, and three games with at least 47 FanDuel fantasy points. The $9,000 salary shouldn't scare daily managers away because he has a great combination of a concrete floor and a massive ceiling. The Bucks haven't had an answer for him in the series, and Vucevic will be able to get his stats in, potentially, his final appearance this season.

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Kyle Gibson Bitten By The Long Ball

In a 10-3 loss to the Oakland A's, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson gave up a couple of two-run home runs in the fourth and fifth innings to unravel his night. In 6 1/3 innings, Gibson allowed seven earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six Oakland batters. Both home runs were set up by the right-handed pitcher hitting the preceding batter and then Matt Olson in the fourth, and Marcus Semien in the fifth launched balls over the outfield wall in the following at-bats. Gibson has a 5.73 ERA after six starts with his new club but is not in danger of leaving the rotation considering his ERA is second-lowest on the team. Still, he is not in consideration for any rosters in a standard 10 or 12 team fantasy baseball league unless a manager is desperate for some innings.

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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/25/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

It's a sad day for basketball fans as Tuesday marks the first day in three weeks that we have less than four NBA games to watch. Thanks to the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics sweeping the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers from the playoffs, we are down to just two games on Tuesday. Miami also wrapped up their series with Indiana last night while Milwaukee continued to get back on track and take a 3-1 lead on the Magic. Let's hope the Western Conference can give us some seven-games series.

Regardless, with only two games on the schedule, it's going to be hard to differentiate our lineups for the rest of the pack on Tuesday. I'm going to avoid talking about Luka Doncic, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic, and Donovan Mitchell today. They are all priced above $8,000 on FanDuel, and it's not hard to recommend playing them in your contests. Today, I'll provide some cheaper pivots if you are looking to stray away from the chalk and distance yourself from the rest of the daily fantasy herd.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/25/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock.

Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

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Jamal Murray, PG - DEN vs. UTA ($7,800)

This series versus the Utah Jazz has perfectly showcased the good and the bad sides of Jamal Murray. The good is a 50-point explosion in game four and a 36-point heat check-in game one. In games two and three, the point guard combined for 26 points. Murray can show the superstar flashes but has not put it together in a consistent stretch. Game five is a win or go home situation for the Nuggets, and they should rely on the Murray-Nikola Jokic two-man game to get them back into this series. Daily players shouldn't bank on another 76.7 fantasy points tonight, but anything close to his 55.5 fantasy points in game one of the series would return great value on his salary.

Jordan Clarkson, SG - UTA vs. DEN ($5,100)

We want players in our lineups that can return four to five times value on their salary. Jordan Clarkson is priced at $5,100 for tonight's tilt and is averaging 28.7 FPPG this series and is perfect for a lineup looking to be more rounded in Tuesday's contests. The shooting guard is putting up 19.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 29.9 minutes per game and is a safe bet to continue that form today. Clarkson's role has shrunk since Mike Conley returned to the team, but there is still plenty of points to go around against a Denver defense that is allowing 125.5 points per game in the series.

Monte Morris, PG - DEN vs. UTA ($4,000)

Monte Morris doesn't have an elite ceiling, but when you look at the choices for point guard tonight, there is not a lot of inspiring options. Reggie Jackson and Trey Burke were in consideration for this final recommendation, but I know that Morris has a role in his squad. He has played at least 23 minutes in every game of the series, while Jackson and Burke have seen their minutes fluctuate wildly throughout their matchup. I will take the steady Monte Morris over those two. His salary is the lowest of the three, and the point guard is averaging 19.44 FPPG in his last five games. That's close enough to five times return on value to have him in my lineups.

 

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Tim Hardaway Jr., SF - DAL vs. LAC ($5,600)

Tim Hardaway Jr. has been a silent hero for the Mavericks in this series versus the Los Angeles Clippers. The sharpshooter has played at least 34 minutes in every game and has yet to put up a clunker. In his 36.4 minutes per game, Hardaway is averaging 19.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.5 made three-pointers per contest. He hasn't given daily players a game with less than 26.9 points in the entire series. That is reliable production that any fantasy managers would want in their lineups to fill out their roster.

Marcus Morris, PF - LAC vs. DAL ($5,300)

As of this point in the series, Marcus Morris looks like the sidekick to Kawhi Leonard more than Paul George. Morris has been playing his tail off in the first round of the playoffs, and a slight uptick in production is all we need to make him a great play. In games one and two, the power forward averaged 35.1 fantasy points with 16.5 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and 1.5 assists. The numbers have fallen in the last two games, but there is plenty of opportunities for him to get back to his form from earlier in the series tonight. Kristaps Porzingis is a game-time decision, and I am more than happy to save the $4,300 extra it costs to have the European in my lineups tonight with a guy like Marcus Morris.

Paul Millsap, PF - DEN vs. UTA ($5,000)

If everything goes wrong for the Nuggets tonight, this could be the last game for Paul Millsap in a Denver jersey. He's only been with the team for four years, but he has guided this franchise, and Nikola Jokic, from playoff hopefuls to Western Conference contenders. Unfortunately, we don't get fantasy points for leadership and positive narratives, but that doesn't exclude Millsap as an option for lineups tonight. The power forward is coming off his best performance of the series, where he produced 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 35 minutes. He was priced at $4,300 and returned eight times his value with 35.4 points. I don't believe that will happen again, especially with the price jump to $5,000, but I think he can reach the 30-point mark and give fantasy managers another reliable performance in a Nuggets shirt.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Ivica Zubac, C - LAC vs. DAL ($4,600)

Montrezl Harrell hasn't played more than 21 minutes in any game since his return, and it looks like the Clippers are taking the long-term approach to getting him back into game shape. That's terrible news for Harrell truthers, but great news for fans of Ivica Zubac. In the three games of this series that Zubac has played at least 21 minutes, the center is averaging 11.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and one block per game. That adds up to 25.3 FPPG and is well above the five times return on the salary we look for in our starting lineups. With his salary sitting at $4,600, Zubac is a must-start if you need some salary relief to fit in some stars at the guard and forward positions.

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Rafael Montero Bounces Back For Sixth Save

Texas Rangers reliever Rafael Montero entered the top of the ninth with a one-run lead hoping to end an eight-game losing streak for his team, and came through with flying colors. Montero allowed two runners to reach base before he struck out Matt Olson and then got Matt Chapman to fly out to escape from the jam. It was the first outing for the 29-year-old since he gave up a grand slam to the Padres last week, but it looks like he has shaken it off and is ready to start a new scoreless streak. He is tied for the fifth-most saves in the American League and is a pleasant surprise for Texas during this season. Keep Montero in your lineups for the foreseeable future, but be aware of the upcoming trade deadline in case the Rangers try to cash in on his performances during the shortened season.

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa Hits Game-Winning Home Run

Texas Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a solo shot in the second inning to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead over the Oakland Athletics on Monday, and that was all they would need as they held on to halt an eight-game losing skid. It was IKF's first home run of the season, and it came at a great moment for himself and the Rangers. Kiner-Falefa has five stolen bases this season, but the lack of power has him with a .697 OPS halfway through the season. He is catcher eligible in most leagues, so that will save him from hitting the waiver wire, but a .371 slugging percentage is undoubtedly tough to swallow. The Rangers offense has been anemic in 2020, and hopefully, they, and IKF, can turn it around in the second half of the season.

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Lance Lynn Aiming To Steady The Sinking Texas Ship

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn looks to get his team out of an eight-game losing streak against the Oakland Athletics on Monday. The right-hander has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this season and has become a real ace for the Texas staff. He has already faced the A's once in 2020, where he threw 6 1/3 innings with one earned run given up, three walks allowed, and seven strikeouts. The A's strikeout seventh-most in the league versus right-handed pitchers and Lynn could reach double digits if he goes deep enough into the game. That scenario is highly likely because the former-Cardinals pitcher has gone 30-straight starts with throwing at least 100 pitches. Consider Lynn a must-start in season-long and daily formats.

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/24/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Today is the second day of the entire season, where there are less than 10 baseball games scheduled. The good news is we still get to enjoy nine games of this great sport, but, unfortunately, only seven make the main slate on FanDuel. Although we always want more baseball, a shortened slate will allow us to take a closer look at some options we usually pass over when every team is swinging the bat.

It's a very pitching-heavy day with Trevor Bauer, Jack Flaherty, Lance Lynn, and Kenta Maeda, costing $9,400 or more to have as your pitcher. Bauer will be high on everyone's list, but a $12,000 price tag will force fantasy managers to look for some bargain bin options in the hitting departments.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 8/24/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Lance Lynn - TEX vs. OAK ($9,800)

Lance Lynn has thrown at least 100 pitches in 30 consecutive starts dating back to May 21, 2019. During that stretch, Lynn has 20 Quality Starts, pitched 193 innings, and struck out 239 batters. That means that he has been excellent on FanDuel. It rewards all those stats quite well.

The right-hander returns home after a road trip that saw him throw a complete-game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field and then seven innings of two-run baseball versus Slam Diego. His opponent, the Oakland A's, strikeout 25.1 percent of the time against right-handed pitchers (seventh highest in MLB) and hit .219 off them at the plate (seventh-lowest in MLB). Start Lynn with extreme confidence to lead your lineups.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Martin Maldonado, C - HOU vs. LAA ($2,700)

With so many big arms to choose from, it's favorable to get a cheaper bat to start your offense today, and Maldonado fits the bill perfectly. Houston's catcher will bat near or at the bottom of the lineup on Monday but should have some productive at-bats versus Angels left-handed starter Patrick Sandoval. On the year, Maldonado has three home runs with 17 RBI and has been crushing lefties. The 34-year-old is slashing .375/.464/.708 in 29 appearances versus southpaws in 2020 and will look to continue that trend at Minute Maid Park where he has an even higher 1.238 OPS versus opposing left-handers on the mound.

Yuli Gurriel, 1B - HOU vs. LAA ($3,400)

I'm slotting Gurriel into my utility spot tonight to get more exposure to the Astros bats versus Patrick Sandoval. Gurriel was a clear regression candidate for season-long leagues, but he seems to be producing similar results to his 2019 season. His 37.1 percent hard-hit rate is higher than last season, and he has very similar numbers with a .238 ISO and .368 wOBA this year. Gurriel is 11-for-27 versus southpaws this year with three home runs, three doubles, and five RBI. The Astros stack versus Sandoval is one of my favorite looks on the slate.

Keston Hiura, 2B - MIL vs. CIN ($3,200)

Hiura has an incredibly tough matchup with Trevor Bauer today. Still, the sophomore sensation is heating up at the plate, and I like him as a contrarian play while other daily players load up on Bauer and fade the Milwaukee Brewers. Hiura has hit three home runs in his last seven games and been on base in six of those seven contests. The ceiling he provides on any given night is well worth his $3,200 price tag on Monday. The second baseman is averaging 11.62 FPPG in his last 10 games, and that is at least two points per game better than the three other second baseman priced above him today.

Anthony Rendon, 3B - LAA @ HOU ($4,000)

Rendon was batting .103 on the season after a 0-for-3 performance against the Texas Rangers on August 9. Since that game, the third baseman is 25-for-52 with five home runs, three doubles, 12 RBI, 11 runs, a 1.420 OPS, and has raised his batting average to .319. He has multi-hit efforts in eight of those 13 games and has given daily managers at least 15 fantasy points in nine of those outings. Rendon is the top-priced third baseman in the main slate, but that's not deterring me from putting him in the lineups. Sometimes you have to play the hot hand, and Rendon certainly qualifies for that title after his recent two-week stretch.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Kole Calhoun - OF, ARI vs. COL ($3,200)

Kole Calhoun's Monday opponent, the Colorado Rockies, have right-handed Ryan Castellani on the mound to start the series. Calhoun has seven home runs this season, and they have all come against right-handed pitching. The outfielder has batted first or second in 20 of Arizona's 29 games this season and projects to hit leadoff again tonight. Calhoun has made subtle changes at the plate this year and has career-highs with a .274 ISO, an 11.9 percent barrel-rate, and a 15.2 launch angle. All of this adds up to make me believe Calhoun launches one over the wall tonight and becomes a strong play in our daily lineups.

Kyle Schwarber - OF, CHC @ DET ($2,700)

Kyle Schwarber gets a crack at rookie-sensation Casey Mize in his second big league start. Schwarber is coming off a 2-for-4 performance on Sunday that saw him hit his fifth home run of the season. For 2020, the outfielder is batting .230 with a .791 OPS, but I still like his chances with the platoon advantage over the rookie. Mize ran out of gas in his first start and gave up two barrels in 13 batted balls. If Schwarber connects with one of the rookie's pitches on Monday, it could go a long way and give big rewards for Schwarber's fantasy managers.

Sam Hilliard - OF, COL @ ARI ($2,300)

Sam Hilliard is finally getting some regular playing time for the Colorado Rockies and is making the most of his opportunity. Luckily for us, FanDuel hasn't noticed yet and has kept his salary at a dirt-cheap $2,300. Hilliard has appeared in six-straight games and gone 6-for-18 with two home runs, one triple, three runs, two RBI, and a stolen base. In three of his last four games, the outfielder has returned at least 18 fantasy points to his managers and will look to make it four of five on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.




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FanDuel NBA DFS Lineup Picks (8/22/20): Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice

All-day basketball should never end. Alas, what goes up must come down, and there is a chance this is one of the final days that we get to watch four playoff games in one day. So let's enjoy this considerable amount of basketball while it lasts and find those players that will win us some FanDuel contests on Saturday.

On the injury front, Russell Westbrook will sit for a third straight playoff game for the Houston Rockets. LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Anthony Davis are all listed as game-time decisions, but they are going to take the court. They may remain on the injury report for the rest of the playoffs. Jae Crowder for the Miami Heat and Rajon Rondo for the Los Angeles Lakers are situations to watch. Both were cleared to play in their respective game twos, but Rondo remained inactive while Crowder posted 10 points and eight rebounds against the Pacers.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/22/20. You can also check out today's DraftKings lineup picks. Remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock. Feel free to give me a follow on Twitter @EuanOrYouOut. Good luck.

 

FanDuel DFS Guards

Malcolm Brogdon, PG - IND vs. MIA ($7,400)

Brogdon is Indiana's primary offensive weapon, so far, in their first-round series versus the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, it hasn't led to any wins for the Pacers. They find themselves in a 0-2 hole, and their season is on the line tonight. However, Brogdon's performances have been good for daily fantasy players. He's scored at least 17 points and dished nine assists in both contests versus the Heat and returned 38.2 points and 36.5 fantasy points, respectively. It may be a struggle at times against a stifling Heat defense, but the 27-year-old gets his fantasy points one way or another.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SG - OKC vs. HOU ($6,900)

The Oklahoma City Thunder find themselves down two games to zero versus a strong Houston Rockets team, but they made a noticeable change in their offense that they should build upon in game three. For game one, SGA was held to nine points on eight shots and only got to the line four times. It was a different situation in game two, where the second-year guard scored 31 points on 17 shots and attempted 11 free throws. The Thunder were blown out in game one, while game two was a much tighter affair between the two teams. Expect Gilgeous-Alexander to continue his aggressive form from game two and help the Thunder get back into this series.

Tyler Herro, SG - MIA vs. IND ($5,000)

Tyler Herro has not been shooting the ball well during the first two games of the series versus the Indiana Pacers but is still finding a way to earn fantasy points for his daily managers. Herro shot 38.9 percent from behind the arc during his rookie campaign but is 4-for-13 from deep to start his postseason career. Despite that, he has scored at least 25 fantasy points in both contests with a combination of rebounds, assists, and steals. The rookie guard has shot the three-ball well against Indiana before the playoffs (46.4 percent in the regular season), and if that rhythm returns with his 25-fantasy-point floor, Herro could return massive value at his current price on Saturday.

 

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Anthony Davis, PF - LAL vs. POR ($10,700)

This pick isn't too hard to figure out for today's slate. Anthony Davis was a dominant force in game two versus the Portland Trail Blazers to tie the series at 1-1. He produced 31 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one block, and a steal in 29 minutes during a blow out win. LeBron James had a historical performance in game one, but it came with a loss. Davis is the key to beating Portland in Round One for Los Angeles, and hopefully, the coaching staff has figured that out. He's returned 53.7 and 52.7 fantasy points in the first two games of the series. If the Trail Blazers can keep it close tonight while the Lakers correctly utilize Davis, the power forward could finish as the top scorer today.

Eric Gordon, SF - HOU vs. OKC ($5,300)

Eric Gordon is having a miserable time from behind the three-point arc to begin the 2020 playoffs. He has made two of his 16 attempts and went 0-for-10 in game two. That sounds like bad news. Well, not so fast, my DFS friend. Gordon has still given his managers 28.6 and 32 fantasy points in both round one games. With the way he shot in the first two games, it's only a matter of time before there is some regression, and Gordon gets hot from downtown. It may not happen in game three, but daily players will wish they had a piece of that action when it does happen. The small forward's salary is cheap enough that he deserves a spot in lineups just for his upside when he does, eventually, catch fire.

Nerlens Noel, PF - OKC vs. HOU ($3,700)

This pick is hazardous, but one that can pay off huge if it hits. If you have watched the first two games of this series, it's beginning to look like Steven Adams is being played off the floor. The Rockets space the court like no other team in the NBA, and Adams can't seem to keep up. Houston has done it to many centers since they started the three-point revolution, and, unfortunately for Adams, it looks like OKC needs more speed on the perimeter to stay alive in the series.

That is where Nerlens Noel enters the equation. He logged four points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 17 minutes during game two. The 2013 lottery pick is faster around the court than Adams at this point in his career, and the 17 minutes in game two suggest that Billy Donovan noticed that. There should not be any expectations for Noel in tonight's game, but if he gets the playing time, he is a lock to return decent value on his bottom of the barrel price.

 

FanDuel DFS Centers

Nikola Vucevic, C - ORL vs. MIL ($8,500)

I can't blame Vucevic for taking the money that Orlando offered him last offseason, but it would be so fun to see him on an elite team one day. On the broadcast in game two, it was mentioned that he is a perfect center in today's NBA, and it's hard to argue. He's notched back-to-back double-doubles in the first two games of the series and is thriving in the matchup versus the Lopez brothers. For the series, the All-Star is averaging 33.5 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists in 35 minutes, while shooting 59.6 percent from the floor and making 3.5 three-pointers. Vucevic is the most expensive center on today's slate, but he is well worth the $8,500 when you consider the amount of fantasy points his production returns. Expect the big man from Switzerland to continue his impressive playoff form in game three as the Magic try to put another scare into the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

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Danny Santana Goes Yard For First Time In 2020

Texas Rangers first baseman Danny Santana built upon an encouraging Thursday performance to hit his first home run of the season on Friday. In a 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Santana took a 1-1 pitch off Mariners starter Nick Margevicius and sailed it 390 feet to the opposite field to cut Seattle's lead. Texas' utility man returned to the lineup last Sunday and now has six RBI in the six games since he came back. Santana popped 28 home runs and swiped 25 bags in 2019, and it seemed unlikely he would reproduce that kind of results this year. However, it is still encouraging to see him get back to hitting the long ball as he now has two extra-base hits in his last two games. The 29-year-old is worth keeping a stash if he was dropped while on the Injured List.

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Kyle Gibson Gives Up Another Padres Grand Slam

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson allowed five earned runs in five innings on Thursday night, but four of them came on an Eric Hosmer grand slam. Gibson is having a severe WHIP problem this season. He allowed nine Padres to reach base, three via walks, and that has him sitting at a 4.73 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 26 2/3 innings this season. He started Thursday's contest on the right foot with two strikeouts, but then two walks kept the inning alive to score the first run. Gibson only had one clean inning during his five innings of work, and that has been the biggest downfall for his season. The 32-year-old is lined up for a start against Oakland next week and shouldn't be in consideration for any daily fantasy lineups.

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Danny Santana Steals First Base Of The Season

Texas Rangers utility man Danny Santana came into last night's game with a .242 on-base percentage and .172 slugging percentage but helped those ratios out with a productive night at the plate. Santana went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs batted in, and a stolen base, but did strike out three times. However, it's encouraging for his fantasy managers that Santana showed he can still swing the bat with power and steal some bases after a disappointing start to 2020. The versatile player has played in five games since his return from the IL and reached base in all five contests. Santana was a trendy bust pick this offseason, but still has half the season to turn it around and prove he wasn't a one-hit-wonder in 2019.