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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/15/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 2 game slate featuring a potential elimination game in ALSC Game 5, and then we get NLCS Game 4. It appears Clayton Kershaw will be returning to the mound after missing Game 2 with back spasms, so how healthy is he really? Blake Snell will make a start for the Rays while Bryse Wilson will make a start for the Braves. It appears the Astros are going with a bullpen game, and the way we know Dusty Baker can use a bullpen, that should be fun.

Kershaw will be very popular when looking at the slate, and it is hard not to play Kershaw even with the back health questions. He is the top option, and it is not even that close. Snell will be starting on three days rest, so we are not sure just how effective or just how long he will be throwing before Kevin Cash utilizes that strong bullpen. Wilson is making a start for a Braves team that was beaten down in Game 3 does not look good and will make the Dodgers bats very popular again today. For now, when looking at the slate, it appears to be a combo of Kershaw and Snell, and that should be very chalky. I am ok with that chalk; differentiate with the bats. If there is more clarity, not the Astros bullpen situation, the option to punt with one of their long relievers is also in play.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/15/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - P, LAD vs ATL ($9,400)

Kershaw is in line for the start today after missing Game 2 with back spasms. We know back injuries can always pop back up, but we have to rely on that on this short slate if he is good to go. Just remember when something similar happened to Max Scherzer last season, he still came back and dealt. Kershaw will be the chalk tonight and rightfully so as he has been nothing short of great this season and this postseason. He has allowed three runs in his 14 postseason innings where he has struck out 19 batters. He faces a Braves team who struck out 27.8% of the time versus LHP this season, and barring the back acting up; he should be in line for another strong start of 6+ innings.

Blake Snell - P, TB at HOU ($8,300)

Snell will be taking the Rays ball as he tries to help win the World Series clinching game. This will be the first time Snell has pitched on 3-days rest, and it will be fascinating to see how many innings he pitches tonight. He has not made it through five innings in any start this season or the postseason. He allowed four runs in his last start versus the Yankees on three home runs but was flawless in his previous start versus the Jays. Snell's price tag is very steep as he takes on an Astros offense hitting it well and does not strike out often. He will likely throw four innings and then give the ball to the bullpen. He has the highest ceiling out of the options, not named Kershaw, but the upside tonight is quite risky for his price tag. It's Snell or rolling with one of the Astro's long relievers for cheap tonight.

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Max Muncy- 1B, LAD vs Bryse Wilson  ($4,900)

It has not been the best of seasons for Muncy, but the postseason has changed things for Muncy. He has hit safely in four of five games for the Dodgers, hitting .333 (6-18) with four extra-base hits (two home runs) and has scored nine or more DK points in four of five games. He went deep twice in Game 3 and now faces Wilson tonight. Wilson does not have a massive sample size, but he has been walloped by LHH in his career allowing a .437 wOBA this season and a .456 wOBA last season to LHH. Last season he also allowed 2.7 HR/9 to LHH. It could be a long game for Wilson or maybe a short one and a long game for the Braves bullpen. Either way riding the hot bay of Muncy seems like a great idea.

Jose Altuve - 2B, HOU vs Blake Snell  ($4,600)

Altuve failed in the Wild Card round, but since then, he has hit safely in six of the last seven postseason games for a .407 average and four home runs. He has scored 14 or more DK points in five of seven games and should be in line for another strong night tonight. He will face Snell for one or two at-bats and then the Rays pen. He was also moved to the third spot in the batting order for Game 3, allowing for even more RBI situations. Altuve is a great target tonight and is definitely in play even if you are starting Snell.

Other Options: Ozzie Albies (ATL vs LAD) $4,200

Edwin Rios - 3B, LAD at Bryse Wilson ($2,800)

Rios was held off the NLDS roster for the Dodgers, but when his name was on the NLCS roster, I became giddy. When I saw him in the Game 3 lineup, I was ecstatic. When he went deep in his first at-bat, I was over the moon. Rios is a bat that is all or nothing most of the time, but it is mighty when he makes contact. In his short MLB career, he has a 17.6% barrel rate to go with a 51.8% hard-hit rate and a .521 xwOBAcon. He is a great value tonight facing Wilson, and no one would be shocked if he found the seats again tonight.

Corey Seager - SS, LAD at Bryse Wilson ($5,000)

Seager's magical 2020 continued last night as he went 3-4 with a home run and a double and then was rested for the second half of the game. He has now hit safely in his last four games, going 9-12 with four doubles, two home runs, and has scored 26+ DK points in three of the last four. Seager is on fire right now and has a great matchup tonight. He will be worth the price tag tonight, so do not hesitate unless you are getting frisky with a Dodgers fade or using Swanson against Kershaw.

Other Options: Dansby Swanson (ATL vs LAD) $3,900

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Cody Bellinger - OF, LAD at Bryse Wilson ($4,900)

It has not been the season that Bellinger wanted, but he is sure finishing it with a bang. He has now hit safely in all seven postseason games with four extra-base hits and has 10+ DK points in three of the last four games. He has been hitting sixth for the Dodgers, making Bellinger an interesting piece of a back end of the lineup Dodges stack. If you are not into Bellinger, then Betts is obviously in play; just another $800 to get there.

Cristian Pache- OF, ATL at Clayton Kershaw ($2,000)

I wrote up Pache as a value play yesterday, and he goes deep to make that one pay off in a big way. He will be making a start again tonight, given a tougher matchup versus Kershaw, but still a great value if needed. He has extra-base hits in each of his last two games, scoring nine or more points. Pache is not a must-play, but if looking for savings, he is a solid play. He has also been batting ninth, and he makes for a great piece of a wrap-around stack with Acuna, Freeman, and Ozuna.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB at HOU Bullpen ($4,700)

The Postseason of Arozarena marched on last night as he went deep yet again, giving him five home runs and nine extra-base hits in this postseason. He has hit safely in nine of 11 games and has been a fantasy scoring machine. There is no reason outside of potential chalk to not play him tonight in a game that will showcase a very sketchy Astros bullpen. Load up on Arozarena and the Rays as they look to wrap the series up tonight.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves (Bryse Wilson, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros (HOU Bullepn, RHP)
  • Contrarian Stacks: Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/13/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 2 game slate featuring Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 3 of the ALCS. The NLCS features the veteran Kershaw versus the youngster Ian Anderson, where the ALCS features a couple of arms we may target. As mentioned yesterday, lineup construction is much different on these 2-game postseason slates, so get weird with your building.

Kershaw will be very popular when looking at the slate, while the second-best option (or maybe top option) is Anderson. I see no flaw in taking both arms in the NLCS and loading up on the bats in the ALCS. As you will see in the write-up, the Astros are a heavy target today, followed closely by the Rays. This does not mean the Dodgers and Braves are not in play, as they both make for strong contrarian plays, and if you are starting Kershaw and/or Anderson, do not feel like you can't use a bat against your pitcher.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/13/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - P, LAD vs ATL ($8,800)

Kershaw will take the bump tonight, trying to tie up the NLCS. He has had a solid season and has carried that into the postseason. He has put up 20 or more DK points in each start, even though he allowed three runs, including two home runs in his last start versus the Padres. He faces a Braves team with a lot of swings and misses in their lineup, which was showcased this season as they struck out 27.8% of the time versus LHP. They also hit .248 with a .176 ISO. Kershaw is the top target today and should be able to rack up the strikeouts over 6+ innings.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL at LAD ($8,300)

Anderson finished the season on a strong note, and that continued into the postseason. He has thrown at least five innings in both postseasons starts allowing a total of five hits, ZERO runs, and has struck out eight or more in each start. He has scored over 30 DK points in each game and has looked absolutely outstanding. He will take on a very talented Dodgers lineup tonight who struck out 20.2% of the time versus RHP this season and will look to put the Braves up 2-0. Anderson makes for a strong SP2 or a sneaky SP1 if fading Kershaw.

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Martin Maldonado - C, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($3,800)

Maldonado has grabbed the starting nod in the first two games and has gone 1-5 with a double for the Astros. Like most of his teammates, he has struggled versus the talented Rays pitching. Well, tonight may be different as he faces the lefty Yarbrough, and Maldonado loves himself an LHP. On the season, he is hitting .279 with a .380 wOBA. Maldonado brings some savings at the catcher's position in a matchup he can exploit.

Yuli Gurriel- 1B, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough  ($3,100)

It has been a really quiet postseason for Gurriel, but he woke up a bit in Game 2, going 2-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch. He has hit lefties very well in his career, and that did not change in 2020 as he hit .290 with a .274 ISO. The season ended in a bit of a slump, showcased in his extremely cheap price tag for this slate. It also does not hurt that Gurriel has already taken Yarbrough deep once in his career in a tiny sample. The Astros will be very popular tonight, and taking the savings on Gurriel could be an interesting way to get a little different.

Ozzie Albies - 2B, ATL at Clayton Kershaw  ($4,400)

We saw it last night when Albies hit the big home run off Jake McGee, but Albies loves facing LHP. In his career, he is hitting .345 with a .399 wOBA versus LHP. He will be facing Kershaw tonight, who has been a beast but has given up one HR/9 versus RHH this season. The Braves will be the uber contrarian play tonight, and Albies would make for a great leverage GPP play. He is one of the Braves I have circled if I want to use a Braves bat in my Kershaw lineups.

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($4,800)

Bregman may be one of the hottest hitters and the most unlucky hitters over the last couple of days. He managed to go 2-4 in ALCS Game 1 but was robbed often in Game 2. He managed to go 0-5 and left six Astros on base, but the Rays defense robbed him often. When looking at his Statcast page, all five at-bats had balls in play with an exit velocity of over 98.4 MPH with a high of 106.8 MPH. All five plate appearances also had an xBA of .330 or better, with one having an xBA of .670. Bregman is seeing and hitting everything right now and is a must today versus Yarbrough as the Astros are about to break out in a big way.

Other Options: Joey Wendle (TB at HOU) $4,100

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs Ryan Yarbrough ($4,100)

Correa may be the hottest hitter in the postseason, and that should continue on Tuesday night. Correa has hit safely in six of eight games, including five home runs. He goes up against the lefty Yarbrough tonight, and on the season, Correa hit .279 with a .330 wOBA versus LHP. He is in line for another strong game in a game the Astros should get going in. As you can tell, I am all in on the Astros tonight after watching all the hard-hit balls and runners left on base in the first two games. If I want small exposure, I would stack Bregman and Correa and load up on the Rays and Braves.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs ATL) $4,900, Dansby Swanson (ATL at LAD) $4,000

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kevin Kiermaier/Manuel Margot - OF, TB vs Jose Urquidy ($3,100/$3,200)

The outfield is a great spot to get some savings and some Rays exposure. The value in both Kiermaier and Margot cannot be ignored. Margot hit another home run in Game 2 and continues to be a major piece of the Rays lineup this postseason. Kiermaier, who I have written up a lot this postseason, continues to be a very tough out for the Astros. They will be facing Urquidy, who gave up four solo home runs in his start versus the A's, and that could easily continue tonight. Both are great values tonight.

Marcell Ozuna- OF, ATL at Clayton Kershaw ($4,300)

Similar to Albies above, Ozuna is a major target if fading Kershaw. Ozuna has hit safely in four of six postseason games, including three multi-hit games. To saw Ozuna hit lefties well may be an understatement as he hit .356 with a .527 wOBA and a .511 ISO!!!! Straight mashing LHP. He also had a 50% hard-hit rate and a 43.8% HR/FB rate. When he makes contact is loud and with authority. An Ozuna/Albies stack in the middle of the Braves order is quite appealing in your contrarian builds.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs Jose Urquidy ($4,700)

I could not write a DK picks article and not mention the Man of the Postseason, Randy Arozarena. DK has paid attention, and his price tag has climbed in a big way, but that has not stopped Randy from raking. He has now hit safely in seven of nine games and has hit safely in both ALCS games versus the Astros. He will face Urquidy tonight and will look to exploit his reverse splits. On the season, Urquidy allowed RHH to hit .292 with a .368 wOBA and 2.2 HR/9. Randy should be popular tonight and for excellent reasons.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays (Ryan Yarbrough, LHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros (Jose Urquidy, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/12/20): MLB DFS Lineups

After just one measly game yesterday, we get overloaded with a two-game slate on Monday, with the Astros and Rays kicking things off at 4:07 pm (EST) in San Diego, followed by Atlanta taking on the Dodgers in Arlington at 8:08 pm (EST).

Tonight we have four pitchers going who all have some warts but are all priced reasonably, which should make it easy to squeeze in a lot of the pricey bats you desire. And just in case you were wondering, Randy Arozarena is still going full videogame-mode on everyone. I think I speak for most of the St. Louis Cardinals fan base when I say that Matthew Liberatore better secretly be Blake Snell. Sigh.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/12/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Lance McCullers Jr. - SP, HOU at Tampa Bay ($7,500)

Pitching is shaky but affordable on the two-game slate and I'd rather pick my poison against the relatively coldest offense. As long as McCullers can avoid giving up a home run to Randy Arozarena, the rest of the lineup has been ice cold. Tampa has only scored five runs total in their past three games (albeit with two wins) and finished 2020 with a ho-hum .319 wOBA and a 26.3% K% that was the third-highest in baseball. And the Rays can throw a pile of lefties in their lineup but McCullers has had more success vs LHB, with a .325 wOBA (.383 wOBA vs RHB) and a 28.4% K% (21.3% K% vs RHB).

Charlie Morton - SP, TB vs Houston Astros ($7,100)

Whether I like the pitching options, or not, DK makes you use two and there are only four options at starter. And while Morton has a big risk potential, seeing how explosive the Astros have been as of late, he's the cheapest option on the board and always has the potential to rack up a lot of strikeouts. Plus, given the quality of their bullpen (along with their general philosophy) the Rays are unlikely to let Uncle Charlie get in too much trouble before giving him the hook.  And Morton was very effective in his last start, picking up the win over the Yankees after allowing one run over five innings, striking out six and scoring 21.6 points.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Will Smith - C, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($4,200)

Smith finally broke out of his playoff doldrums in Game 3 of the NLDS, going 5-for-6 with two doubles, after starting the playoffs hitless in his first four games of the postseason (15 PA). The Dodgers young catcher was fantastic against LHP in the regular season, posting a .426 wOBA and 18.8% BB%, with an 84.4% contact-rate and team-leading 52% FB%.

Freddie Freeman - 1B, ATL vs RHP Walker Buehler ($4,900)

The name on the opposing jersey usually doesn't matter; Freddie Freeman just smashes right-handed pitching. In 221 PA in 2020, Freeman has a .479 wOBA and .330 ISO, with a .372 AVG and 12 HR. Besides a variety of fastballs, Walker Buehler leans on his curve the most vs LHB (19% usage) but the pitch has allowed a .417 wOBA to them in 2020. Since 2016, Freeman has a .408 wOBA, .293 ISO, and 46% hard-hit rate versus curveballs. If you're going to pay a premium price, Freeman against a righty is always a good bet.

Chris Taylor - 2B, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($3,800)

All Chris Taylor does versus LHP is hit lasers. He only has a 34.5% FB% but Taylor has a 34.5% line-drive rate that's the highest on the team and a 31% GB% that's the second-lowest. And these lasers are set to crush, not stun, with a 62.1% hard-hit rate that is the highest on the team by almost seven-points.

Dansby Swanson - SS, ATL vs RHP Walker Buehler ($4,200)

Like the rest of Atlanta's lineup, Swanson hits the snot out of the ball against right-handed pitching, with a 49.3% hard-hit rate that still only manages to be the fourth-highest on the team. Swanson has a .236 ISO and .367 wOBA vs RHP, while Buehler has had more trouble with righties this season, allowing a .326 wOBA compared to a .226 wOBA vs LHB. Whether for price or matchup, I don't love the shortstop options but think that Swanson could return a lot of value in a game that could be higher-scoring than people anticipate.

Justin Turner - 3B, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($4,400)

Turner's lines weren't spectacular in the Dodgers series win over the Padres, going just 2-for-10, but he still filled up the stat sheet with walks, runs, and RBI, scoring a total of 28 points in three games. His .327 wOBA vs LHP is average but Turner has a 16.4% BB% and 81.8% contact-rate, with a 54.3% hard-hit rate that is the third-highest on the team. And while Fried succeeds against righties by getting them to pound his slider into the ground (60% GB%), Turner has just a 13% GB% against sliders thrown by LHP since 2016, with a 56.5% hard-hit rate.

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs RHP Lance McCullers ($4,500)

I may have recommended McCullers above but if you recall, " as long as McCullers can avoid giving up a home run to Randy Arozarena". Bet against Arozarena at your own risk, as the electric 26-year-old continues to take baseball by storm, hitting yet another home run in the Rays Game 1 victory over the Astros. The former Cardinal has hit home runs in four of his past six games and continues to be one of the safest bets in DFS.

AJ Pollock - OF, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($3,900)

Pollock quietly had a renaissance in 2020 and hit for more power than ever, with 16 HR in just 210 PA. He hasn't gone deep in the postseason yet but went 3-for-7 in the Dodgers last two wins over the Padres, scoring a combined 24 points. In 63 PA vs LHP, Pollock has a .467 wOBA and a whopping .464 ISO, with a team-leading 55.6% hard-hit rate.

Josh Reddick - OF, HOU vs RHP Charlie Morton ($2,900)

Reddick didn't put up superb numbers vs RHP in 2020, posting a .272 wOBA and .109 ISO, but did have a team-high 47.8% FB%. Morton allowed a 42.9% FB% to LHP, attacking them with virtually only fastballs (48.6%) and curveballs (40%). That sets up well for Reddick, who has an 83.5% contact-rate and 41.3% hard-hit against curveball from RHP since 2016. And if small-sample BvP is your thing, then Reddick has gone 3-for-6 against Morton, scoring 19 points on DK.

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs LHP Max Fried ($5,200)

Let's have a bonus outfielder because while Betts hasn't been spectacular vs LHP this season (.293 wOBA, .053 ISO), he does have a 45.9% hard-hit rate against them and could be particularly well-suited to hammer Max Fried's pitch mix. Fried attacks RHB with a combined 43% sliders and curveballs, along with four-seamers and sinkers. Since the start of 2016, Betts has a .270 ISO and .425 wOBA against left-handed sliders, a 91.8% contact-rate and .305 wOBA vs curveballs, and a .410 wOBA and .207 ISO vs four-seamers in Fried's velocity typical velocity range of 93-94 mph.



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/8/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 4 game slate featuring potential elimination games in all four games. There is not a ton of elite pitching targets, which means we will have bats for days. This is a slate to make sure you get the proper players in your lineups, and if that means leaving money on the table, then so be it.

When looking at the slate, it comes down to which stacks to build around. The Astros and A's have been home run derbies, which is likely not changing on Thursday. The Rays and Marlins bring some nice value options to the slate as well. There can be arguments made for nearly every offense today, and finding the right pieces of stacks will be clutch. I likely would not go all-in on stacks either. A few 2-3 man stacks with one-offs could be the trick, or even a 3-3-2 stack works great.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/8/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Julio Urias - P, LAD at SD ($9,100)

Urias will take the bump as he tries to set up the Dodgers to win and advance to the NLCS. Urias has been outstanding for the Dodgers this season. Through 11 starts, he allowed two earned runs or less in nine of those starts. He finished the season with a 3.72 FIP, a 20% strikeout rate, and a strong 28.6% hard-hit rate. He faced the Padres earlier this season and threw 6.1 innings allowing two runs and struck out three. He is not a major strikeout as he did not strike out more than six in any game this season. He will go up against the powerful Padres lineup, a lineup that struck out over 23% of the time vs LHP with a .250 average and a .187 ISO. It will not be easy, but Urias brings a strong floor with some upside on a slate that does not have many great pitching options.

Sixto Sanchez - P, MIA vs ATL ($8,100)

Sixto was absolutely dominant in his first five starts of the season but struggled down the stretch in his last two starts. The last two starts left many questions going into the postseason, but he erased all doubts against the Cubs. He threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts for 18.5 DK points. Now he faces a powerful Braves lineup, a lineup teammates Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez have had success against Games 1 and 2. He has faced Atlanta twice this year, the first time he threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts, but in his last start, he only lasted three innings and allowed four runs. His command was his key early in the season and will be the key to his success on Thursday. I will take my chances on Sixto getting the job done vs the Braves.

Other Options: Frankie Montas (OAK at HOU) $8,600

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK at Christian Javier ($3,800)

Murphy has been quiet the last couple of postseason games, but I will keep rolling with the slugger in a series that has turned into a home run derby. Murphy had success vs RHP in 2020, walking 19.6% of the time with a .232 ISO. He will face Javier, who has allowed 1.5 HR/9 to RHH this season, and then a beat-up Astros bullpen. The catching position overall is a mess, and Murphy brings some major upside to your lineups.

Other Options: Mike Zunino (TB at NYY) $3,300

Garrett Cooper- 1B, MIA vs Kyle Wright  ($3,400)

Before yesterday's 0'fer, Cooper had hit safely in nine straight games. Over that stretch, Cooper had four extra-base hits and was averaging over seven DK points per game. He gets a strong matchup vs Wright today. Wright has not been great this season, and since his recall, on September 8, he made four starts where he had a 5.50 FIP and allowed 11 runs and five home runs over 23 innings pitched. The Marlins faced Wright twice this year and have scored eight runs in seven innings with three home runs. One of those homers came from Cooper.

Other Options: Matt Olson (OAK at HOU) $4,700

Joey Wendle - 2B/3B, TB at Jordan Montgomery  ($3,700)

I've been promoting Wendle for quite some time now, and that is not stopping today. He had another big night on Wednesday, going 3-5, and put up his second straight double-digit DK night. He has hits in each of the three games vs the Yankees. Some may get concerned since there is a lefty starting, but I am not as Wendle hit .294 vs lefties this season. Montgomery likely won't be long for the game either, so Wendle should still get his as the Rays look to finish off the Yankees.

Other Options: Jon Berti (MIA vs ATL) $2,500, DJ LeMahieu (NYY vs TB) $4,900

Brian Anderson - 3B, MIA vs Kyle Wright ($3,800)

If you can't tell, I like the Marlins vs Wright. They have major upside and allow for some very nice salary relief; if I have to pick one team for salary relief, it is the Rays, but the Marlins are a close second. Anderson has hit safely in both games vs the Braves, putting up nine or more points in both games. He is coming off a strong September where he hit .287 with a .218 ISO and a 133 wRC+. When looking to stack the Marlins, Anderson hitting in the middle of the order becomes a strong piece of that stack.

Other Options: Justin Turner (LAD at SD) $4,500, Alex Bregman (HOU vs OAK) $4,400

Marcus Semien - SS, OAK at Christian Javier ($4,100)

As stated earlier, the A's and Astros series has turned into an offensive explosion, and Semien has been a major part of that. Semien has now hit safely in his last five postseason games, including four straight multi-hit games. He has scored eight or more DK points in the last five games. He went deep yesterday and has three extra-base hits over the last five games. He has a great matchup vs Javier today and is usually overlooked on these slates with some of the other shortstops in play. Do not forget about Semien when building your lineups.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD at SD) $5,000, Miguel Rojas (MIA vs ATL) $3,700

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Giancarlo Stanton - OF, NYY vs Ryan Thompson ($4,300)

When you think of players on a heater, Stanton's name is near the top of that list (we'll talk about Arozarena shortly). Stanton has hit safely in all five postseason games, with home runs in all five games. He has gone 7-19 with six home runs, 13 RBI, and at least 14 DK points in each game with 19 or more in four straight. He will face a bullpen game for the Rays tonight, which is not always easy, but his power has been undeniable, and the price tag is still way too low for his production. Sometimes it is just as simple as ride the heater in the postseason.

Tommy Pham- OF, SD vs Julio Urias ($3,200)

I have discussed Pham in almost every postseason article I have written, and it will not stop as DK continues to misprice him. He has hit safely in three of five postseason games but has reached base in all five games and put up at least five DK points in each game. Over the five-game stretch, he is hitting .400 with two extra-base hits and three stolen bases. He is hitting in the middle of the Padres lineup and gets a matchup vs the lefty Urias. Enjoy the continued value with Pham.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB at Jordan Montgomery ($3,800)

Lastly, we once again talk about Arozarena. I should insert the man on fire walking gif and stop there, but some may frown upon that. He went 3-4 last night and homered once again. He has now hit safely in all five postseason games with four straight multi-hit games. Over the five games, he is hitting .600 with six extra-base hits (three straight games with home runs) and has scored at least 10 DK points in each game, including 17+ in the last four. He joins a major Rays attack tonight vs Montgomery.

Other Options: George Springer (HOU vs OAK) $4,800, Manuel Margot (TB vs NYY) $3,600, Khris Davis (OAK at HOU) $3,400

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (Christian Javier, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, LHP)
  • Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves (Kyle Wright, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/6/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday with 4 game slate featuring Game 2 of the ALDS matchups and the start of the two NLDS matchups. There are some interesting pitching options, and that should allow for some nice offensive spots to attack. Probably can not get much more offensive than last night, but we can try and get the right spots that pop off enough for us to cash.

When looking at the slate, it comes down to which stacks to build around. The Astros and Dodgers should be the top stacks of the night and for an excellent reason. They are not stacks I am looking to avoid fully. To eat some of that chalk, it is all about finding some of the lower-priced options. Those options that I am interested in would be the Yankees, Rays, and Marlins. Using a few from those three teams, you will be able to eat some chalk and still have a successful night.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/6/2020. The lineup will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Framber Valdez - P, HOU at OAK ($8,900)

Valdez gets the ball in Game 2 as he tries to get the Astros the 2-0 series lead over the A's. Valdez had an outstanding season with a 3.57 ERA but an even better 2.85 FIP and 2.94 xFIP. He struck out 26.4% of the batters he faced while only walking 6.6%. More importantly, was his consistency down the stretch scoring 20+ DK points in eight of his final 10 outings. He pitched out of the bullpen in the Wild Card Series and was strong there, throwing five shutout innings with five strikeouts for 22.9 DK points. He faces an A's team that struck out 24.2% of the time vs LHP in 2020 with a .220 average and a .152 ISO. He faced Oakland once this season, throwing seven strong innings allowing one earned run and striking out nine. Please give me all the Framber today.

Sandy Alcantara - P, MIA at ATL ($7,300)

Alcantara takes the bump for Game 1 vs the Braves and will likely be quite overlooked today. He is the ace of the Marlins staff for a reason, and he has shown why this season. After the COVID break, the Marlins had he had a really rough start getting back into the group. After that, it was business as usual. He made five starts, allowing no more than three earned runs in any starts and two earned runs or less in four of five starts. He had a 2.30 ERA over that stretch with a 3.75 xFIP. He also had a 23.8% strikeout rate, 4.7% barrel rate, 35.3% hard-hit rate, and only one home run. Including his one postseason start vs the Cubs, Alcantara has scored at least 17.9 or more DK points in all by two starts this season. The Braves offense has many thumps, but Alcantara will be up to the task and makes for a nice SP2.

Other Options: Deivi Garcia (NYY at TB) $7,200

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK vs Framber Valdez ($3,900)

Previously we discussed the strong September for Murphy, where he hit .277 with a .362 ISO, an impressive 20.3% BB rate, 17.6% barrel rate, and 41.2% hard-hit rate. Murphy was one of the hottest hitters in baseball, especially catchers that no one was really talking about. Well, they should be after his start to the postseason. Murphy has hit safely in all four postseason games, including home runs in back to back games. He faces the lefty Valdez today, dominant this season, but Murphy may be up to the task. Murphy had a .206 ISO, 441 SLG, 33.3% HR/FB, and a 42.9% hard-hit rate on the season. He is likely the cheapest starting catcher and may have as much upside as the rest.

Garrett Cooper- 1B, MIA at Max Fried  ($3,500)

Many will flock to Freeman, and I get it, but let's save some money and play the first baseman in the same game as Freeman. Cooper comes into Game 1, riding an eight-game hitting streak. He finished the season on a six-game hitting streak where he hit .280 with a 41.2% hard-hit rate. The hot bat continued vs the Cubs, where he even went deep in the clinching Game 2. He has a tough matchup vs Fried, but Cooper has to be looking forward to it as he mashed LHP this season. He hit .350 with a .425 ISO and a 30.8% HR/FB. Cooper brings major salary relief with a lot of upsides. His teammate Jesus Aguilar is also in play, but Cooper is my guy tonight.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL vs MIA) $5,400

Jake Cronenworth - 2B, SD at Walker Buehler  ($4,400)

Rake Cronenworth was limping a bit heading into the postseason, but that did not stop the Padres from rolling out their rookie second baseman, and he has not disappointed. Cronenworth has hit safely in all three postseason games for the Padres, going 5-9 with a home run and a triple. He has scored at least 11 DK points in all three games. He has a tough matchup vs Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen tonight but makes for a nice pivot of the likely popular Altuve at second base.

Other Options: Jon Berti (MIA at ATL) $3,300, Jose Altuve (HOU at OAK) $4,300

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU at Sean Manaea ($4,500)

The Astros are going to be a popular stack and rightfully so vs Manaea tonight. Similar to many of the Astros, Bregman struggled this season. After his stint on the IL, he hit .226 with a .208 ISO and a 14.1% BB rate. He started to showcase some of his power and extra-base hit ability, which has carried over to the playoffs. He has hit safely in the last two playoff games, a big home run in Game 1 vs the A's. Bregman has always hit LHP well, including a .319 average, .255 ISO, and .408 wOBA this season. Look for Bregman and his teammates to have a big night vs Manaea.

Other Options: Edwin Rios (LAD vs SD) $2,700

Corey Seager - SS, LAD vs Zach Davies ($5,200)

The summer of Seager continues into October and is in line for another nice night tonight vs Davies. Seager hit .307 with a .278 ISO, a 15.8% barrel rate, and a 55.4% hard-hit rate on the season. He was even better vs RHP with a .322 average and a .301 ISO. He is pricey tonight but has a solid matchup vs Davies, who has allowed three earned runs or more in four of his last five starts and has allowed at least one home run in each of those four starts. Seager is pricey, and the Dodgers will be popular, but he is a piece of chalk I do not mind rostering tonight.

Other Options: Carlos Correa (HOU at OAK) $4,500, Marcus Semien (OAK vs HOU) $3,900

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Tommy Pham - OF, SD at Walker Buehler ($3,300)

There are many expensive options in the outfield, but you should not need my help there, so I will highlight some values that stand out. Pham continues to be mispriced this postseason. He finished the season hitting safely in six of eight games once returning from the IL. Then he comes into the postseason and goes 6-13 with two doubles and scoring at least five DK points in each game. He is also running as he stole two bases. He has a tough matchup vs Buehler, but his price point makes for strong salary relief with major upside.

Khris Davis- OF, OAK at Framber Valdez ($3,000)

Krush Davis did not have a great season, we all know that, but he has shown up when the A's need him most. He finished the season hitting safely in two of his final three games and now has hits in all three of the playoff games he has played in with two home runs. On the season, he hit .303 vs LHP and will look to stay hot this postseason vs Valdez at major savings tonight.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs Deivi Garcia ($3,600)

Last night it appeared everyone finally realized just how good Arozarena had been this season....well, we already knew. We have been playing the way to cheap Rays outfielder for some time, and we should be inline to roster him again tonight. He went 3-4 last night with a home run and now is 7-12 with four extra-base hits in his three playoff games, scoring at least 10 points in each game. Garcia is a strong, young arm, but also has shown flaws. The Rays are one of my lower owned stacks I want to target, and the value of Arozarena is near the top of my Rays targets.

Other Options: Mookie Betts (LAD vs SD) $5,700, George Springer (HOU at OAK) $5,100, Brett Gardner (NYY at TB) $3,400, Manuel Margot (TB vs NYY) $3,200

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Houston Astros at Oakland A's (Sean Manaea, LHP)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres (Zach Davies, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees (Deivi Garcia, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/5/20): MLB DFS Lineups

Two! Two-game slate! Ahh...Ahh...Ahhh! I love to count and play DFS! I also have two small children and obviously watch way too much Sesame Street. Let's talk about gambling instead.

With limited options today, I'll do things a little differently and make my picks more general, as opposed to building one lineup. I think all of the pitchers are playable and consequentially don't love a ton of hitters. This means I'm more likely to make different lineups for most of the possible pitcher combinations and then make my stacks from their teams. Let's get to it.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/5/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Lance McCullers Jr. - SP, HOU at Oakland Athletics ($7,600)

There's always the heavy chalk of Gerrit Cole but I'm much more inclined to favor McCullers in a matchup with an Oakland offense that's been consistently average versus right-handed pitching all season. After posting a 104 wRC+ and .318 wOBA vs. RHP in 2020, the A's kept it up to end the season, with a 101 wRC+ and .313 wOBA over the final two weeks of the regular season, with a 24.1% K%. McCullers is making his first start of the postseason after finishing the regular season locked in, scoring 81 total points in his final three starts.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Gary Sanchez - C, NYY vs LHP Blake Snell ($4,400)

Full disclosure, Sanchez isn't guaranteed to start and is unlikely to be behind the plate with Gerrit Cole pitching. But if he does, I'm firing him up. Because while I don't put a lot of stock into BvP data, sometimes the numbers are too silly to ignore. Like Sanchez being the definition of "three true outcomes" in his 26 PA facing Snell: 5 HR, 7 BB, 11 K. There's certainly the chance he could choose just one outcome and go o-for-4, with 4 K but I'll take a low-owned risk on the big fly outcome.

Matt Olson - 1B OAK vs RHP Lance McCullers Jr. ($4,400)

While I like McCullers, I won't be avoiding all of Oakland's lineup. And Olson is a great play today, given that the other options at first base aren't very appealing. Olson only has a .317 wOBA vs RHP this season but had a .400 wOBA against them in 2019 and at least has a 15.3% BB% in 2020, making a goose egg less likely. His 42.1% FB% against righties is still above-average and his 44.4% Hard% and 92.1 average EV are even more so. And while I expect more of their damage to come against Houston's bullpen, Oakland sneakily has the highest total (4.3) of the four teams.

Tommy La Stella - 2B/3B OAK vs. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. ($4800)

LaStella is the other Oakland player I love, both in terms of expected production and likely ownership. With a cheaper Jose Altuve available, I don't think LaStella will be the second basemen of choice and while I do like McCullers, LaStella has dominated RHP all season, with his 90.2% contact-rate giving him a pretty high floor, in my eyes. It's not just slap-hitting, either, as he has a .374 wOBA and 40% hard-hit rate vs RHP, with a 46.3% FB%.

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU at RHP Chris Bassitt ($4,500)

Bregman's bound to be good again, right? After hitting 41 HR in 690 PA in 2019, Bregman hit just 6 HR in 180 PA this season, with two of the home runs coming in the final week of the season. That's...not great. But I'd rather roll with him over the more expensive (and likely more popular) D.J. LeMahieu. As bad as he's been, Bregman still has an elite walk-rate vs RHP (13.3%), with a 46.3% FB%, and 41.3% hard-hit rate.

Gleyber Torres - SS, NYY vs LHP Blake Snell ($4,600)

Torres had a disappointing 2020 but has started the playoffs hot, going 5-for-10 in New York's two wins over Cleveland, with a three-run home run. He only has a .335 wOBA vs LHP this season but also has a below-average strikeout-rate (14.6%) and above-average walk- and contact-rates (14.6% BB%, 84.5% Cont%). And facing righties, Snell mostly relies on a fastball/changeup combo, along with around 15% curveballs. In his career versus LHP, Torres has a .463 wOBA (52.7% Hard%) vs fastballs and a .382 wOBA (45.3% Hard%) vs changeups.

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Michael Brantley - OF, HOU at RHP Chris Bassitt ($3,900)

Year after year, Brantley just keeps putting up steady numbers, finishing 2020 slashing .300/.364/.476 with a .362 wOBA and 134 wRC+. Or, virtually the same numbers he's put up for the three years prior. He's kept in up in his two playoff games, scoring eight and 12-points, respectively, putting up points with a little bit of everything. Brantley is set to bat third and has a .393 wOBA vs RHP this season, with an 86.3% contact-rate, all for under $4K.

George Springer - OF, HOU at RHP Chris Bassitt ($5,400)

From a cheap Houston outfielder to the most expensive, I'm willing to pay up for Springer. He didn't do much in the series versus Minnesota, going 1-for-9 with one run and one RBI, but consistently hit RHP for power in 2020, posting a .260 ISO over 175 PA. Bassist mostly attacks RHB with a variety of fastballs (4-seam, sinker, cutter) and Springer crushes heaters, posting a .410 xwOBA and .314 xBA against them in 2020.

Kyle Tucker - OF, HOU at RHP Chris Bassitt ($4,100)

We complete the Astros outfielder trifecta with Kyle Tucker, who has arguably been Houston's fantasy MVP in 2020. Like his aforementioned teammates, Tucker crushes fastballs (that Bassitt uses a total of 62% against LHB), with a .390 wOBA and .574 SLG against them in 2020. Early ownership is showing Tucker being the lightest-owned of the Astros trio but his price and ceiling make him one of my favorite plays.



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/2/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

And then there were two. After the Cubs-Marlins rainout and the Padres' offensive explosion, we head into Friday with only a two-game slate.  Not getting too cute with pitching would be my approach. There is really only one clear option, outlined below, so you can always differentiate with bats.

Yu Darvish remains the obvious pitching target. Since we have to play two arms on DraftKings, I'm leaning towards rostering both Darvish and Jack Flaherty. I can see a case for Sixto Sanchez, but he's really looked shakey in his last two outings, and Adrian Morejon just threw last night, so he's likely not going to throw too many innings tonight. Given the use of the bullpens last night, Cardinals/Padres look like the top spots to attack while the Cubs are also intriguing with Sanchez's performance of late.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/2/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Yu Darvish - P, CHC at MIA ($9,000)

Bubba said it pretty perfectly yesterday, so I'm going to allow his words to linger for a bit longer: "Darvish has been a man amongst boys in the majority of his starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in 11 straight starts and struck out at least seven in nine of those 11 starts. That type of consistency can allow a hiccup or two and still put together a very strong outing. He will face an RHH heavy Marlins lineup and on the season Darvish has allowed RHH to hit .211 with a .230 wOBA and a 39.8% strikeout rate. Give me all the Darvish today." On top of that, Darvish is now $700 cheaper than he was yesterday.

Other Options: Jack Flaherty (STL at SD) $8,400

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Yadier Molina - C, STL at Padres Bullpen Game ($3,600)

Molina is 5-10 with two RBI and two runs scored during the Padres series. Considering the limited options we have today, Molina deserved a long look at your catcher position. He's hitting .342 over his last 10 games and .277 on the season. Plus, he's an experienced veteran who likely won't be shaken by the moment and will be able to adjust to the string of different relievers the Padres use today.

Mitch Moreland 1B, SD vs Jack Flaherty ($4,300)

I know many people are going to flock to Paul Goldschmidt given the matchup; however, I think Moreland could be a sneaky option. Jack Flaherty, who we're considering for tonight because of the limited options, hasn't been himself this season, pitching to a 4.91 ERA. In his final regular-season tune-up, he allowed three runs over five innings against Milwaukee, striking out five and walking four. Two starts before that, Flaherty gave up nine runs in three innings against those same Brewers. Moreland has cooled after his hot start, but he still has a .315 ISO and .938 OPS against right-handed pitchers. With the way the Padres were swinging the bats last night, and how tired the Cardinals bullpen likely is, I'm going to try and get exposure to this offense in my lineups.

Jason Kipnis- 2B, CHC vs Sixto Sanchez (DK $2900)

This is a play based on recent form. Sanchez took the league by storm in his first few starts but really hit a rough patch over his last two, giving up nine earned runs on 12 hits in seven innings. Over that span, he struck out only four and walked six. Even though I wasn't concerned about Anderson as a rookie in his first playoff start, I'm a little concerned about Sanchez, who has already shown chinks in the armor against playoff-caliber teams. Kipnis is in play if we believe the Cubs are able to get to Sanchez as the Nationals and Braves did. The second baseman is hitting .272 with a .343 OBP, .342 wOBA, and 113 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. Those numbers won't set the world on fire, but they give you a solid floor and may be just what you need as you try to pay up for some of the bigger bats on the slate.

Matt Carpenter - 3B, STL at Padres Bullpen Game ($3,900)

I think third base is the perfect spot to pay down on Friday. If David Bote is in the lineup for the Cubs, I would be tempted to slide him into the lineup, but Carpenter is another inexpensive option. He went 1-3 last night with three runs scored. He's had a disappointing season but looked good last night, with some impressive at-bats and solid contact. There's not a long track record of success here for 2020, but you have to save money somewhere on the slate and this is just a gut call for me.

Fernando Tatis Jr. - SS, SD at Jack Flaherty ($5,600)

If I'm paying up any bat on the slate, it's likely Tatis. He's been a star this whole season and then almost single-handedly kept the Padres in the playoffs yesterday by going 3-5 with two HR, five RBI, and two runs scored. He has 19 home runs and a .963 OPS on the season, so we know that he can change the game with one swing. When one of the best players in the league is running a heater like this, it's not something you should be rushing to fade.

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Jurickson Profar - OF, SD vs Jack Flaherty ($4,000)

Many people are going to want to play Wil Myers after last night, and I'm totally fine with it. I just may not have the salary to get him into my lineup. Profar was in the value article yesterday and he makes for another good option tonight at a reasonable cost. He went 2-3 last night with a run scored and is 4-7 during the season. He's hitting .371 over his last 10 games with a .920 OPS and has pretty even splits so far this season, so I'm not worried about him facing a right-handed pitcher. As I mentioned before, I think the Padres offense keeps the momentum going tonight with their season on the line.

Dexter Fowler - OF, STL at Padres Bullpen Game ($2,500)

Dylan Carlson is going to be another cheap option on the slate tonight, but Fowler could be an intriguing pivot. He's $600 cheaper than Carlson and has gone 4-10 with two RBI during the series with San Diego, scoring 12 DraftKings points in last night's loss. At this price, there is very little that he needs to provide in order to bring back value, so I'm willing to roll the dice on his recent production and hope he can push double-digits for a third game in a row.

Ian Happ - OF, CHC vs Sixto Sanchez ($4,200)

If I'm worried about Sanchez's performance tonight, then there are some Cubs that I need to get in the lineup. Happ is one of the guys that I'm most confident in. He hasn't quite been the same hitter since he hit himself in the eye with a foul ball, but he had a solid 2020, hitting .262 with 13 HR, a 13% BB%, and an average exit velocity of 91.1 miles per hour. He was in the MVP discussion before the foul ball incident, and it's possible that he's getting his rhythm back since he has a small four-game hitting streak going. Happ went 2-4 with a solo home run during the first game of this series, so I'll slot him into the lineup and hope he keeps it going against a vulnerable pitcher.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins (Sixto Sanchez, RHP)
  • St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres (Bullpen Game)
  • San Diego Padres vs St. Louis Cardinals (Jack Flaherty, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (10/1/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday with 5 game slate. We have a Game 3 matchup between the White Sox and A's, then four more NL Wild Card matchups to round out the slate. Some elite arms take the hill but some nice spots to attack with bats are in play as well. Not getting too cute with pitching would be my approach, always get different with the bats.

When looking at the slate it comes down to paying up for the obvious pitching target in Yu Darvish and then deciding which pitcher in the Reds/Braves game to pair him with. After making that decision I want to attack the games on the west coast for bats. The White Sox/A's and Cardinals/Padres look like the top spots to attack while the Brewers/Dodgers are also intriguing.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 10/1/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Yu Darvish - P, CHC at MIA ($9,700)

Darvish has been a man amongst boys in the majority of his starts this season. He finished the 2020 campaign with seven shutout innings vs the CWS. He has pitched at least six innings in 11 straight starts and struck out at least seven in nine of those 11 starts. That type of consistency can allow a hiccup or two and still put together a very strong outing. He will face an RHH heavy Marlins lineup and on the season Darvish has allowed RHH to hit .211 with a .230 wOBA and a 39.8% strikeout rate. Give me all the Darvish today.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL vs CIN ($7,500)

Overall it has been a strong debut season for Anderson. He has thrown at least five innings in four of his six starts while striking out six or more in five of six starts. He has 15.7 or more DK points in five of six starts and 20 or more in four of six. He brings a strong floor to today's action vs the Reds. He will be facing a Reds team that in the month of September struck out almost 28% of the time vs RHP with a .214 average and .328 wOBA. The Reds have a little pop, but Anderson has not allowed a home run since his first start of the season. Many will look to Castillo in this matchup, but Anderson for $1100 less is the arm I will be targeting.

Other Options: Luis Castillo (CIN at ATL) $8,600, Sixto Sanchez (MIA at CHC) $7,100

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Yasmani Grandal - C/1B, CWS at Mike Fiers ($4,200)

Grandal can be quite a streaky hitter and right now he is streaking. He has hit safely in both postseason games and his last three games overall. He has put up 14 or more DK points in each of his last three games with home runs in each game. He will have a nice matchup vs Fiers today who has allowed LHH to hit .244 and hit 1.5 HR/9 this season. Grandal is an affordable piece of a strong White Sox matchup.

Paul Goldschmidt- 1B, STL at Zach Davies  ($5,100)

Goldy may be a bit pricey for some, but he has been consistently hitting all season. On the season he hit .304 while also walking 16% of the time. The power was definitely down for Goldy, but overall he kept stuffing the stat sheet. He hit a nice 2-run home run in Game 1 and has now hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. He faces the righty Davies today and on the season Goldy has hit .307 with a .377 wOBA vs RHP.

Mike Moustakas - 2B, CIN at Ian Anderson  ($4,000)

If you are not using Anderson than Moustakas is a strong value at the second base position. He finished the season hitting safely in eight of his last nine games with a .452 ISO and eight extra-base hits. He barreled the ball 14.3% of the time with a 46.4% hard-hit rate over that stretch. On the season he had a .278 ISO and a .360 wOBA vs RHP and could be in for some damage today if Anderson is off.

Other Options: Kolten Wong (STL at SD) $3,800

Tommy La Stella - 2B/3B, OAK vs Dane Dunning ($4,800)

La Stella is a steady Eddy type bat in your lineup. Including the two playoff games, he has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. In Septemeber, he hit .298 with a .356 wOBA, an 11.1% walk rate, and a very impressive 4.6% strikeout rate. He continuously puts the ball in play, giving your fantasy rosters a chance for some points. He will be facing Dunning today who has allowed four runs in back to back starts and has allowed at least one home run in two straight starts. If Dunning gets chased early then La Stella will also face a shaky White Sox bullpen.

Other Options: Edwin Rios (LAD vs MIL) $2,700, Yoan Moncada (CWS at OAK) $4,500

Paul DeJong - SS, STL at Zach Davies ($4,300)

DeJong had himself a Game 1, reaching base four times and racking up 18 DK points. He has now hit safely in five of six games and will look to stay hot today vs Davies. DeJong has had success vs RHP in his career and that did not change this year where he hit .273 with a 40% hard-hit rate. In facing Davies today he also faces a pitcher who has allowed nearly 2 HR/9 to RHH this season and has shown some reverse splits in recent seasons.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs MIL) $5,400, Tim Anderson (CWS at OAK) $4,900

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Tommy Pham - OF, SD vs Adam Wainwright ($3,800)

Pham was in the values article yesterday and managed to put up a nice game, racking up 12 DK points. He has now hit safely in seven of nine games since returning from the IL and is still being priced at a discount for his talent level. Most Padres are priced up today vs Wainwright, so enjoy the mispriced Pham.

Dylan Carlson- OF, STL at Zach Davies ($2,900)

I was all over Carlson yesterday at only $2800, so how would I not go back to the well at $2900. Carlson hit cleanup yesterday and finished up the season hitting in the middle of the Cardinals order, another big plus vs the lefty. He now has double-digit DK production in four of his last eight games and will look to smash again today. Do not forget, since his recall on September 18, Carlson has a .333 ISO with a 16% barrel rate and a 60% hard-hit rate. Jump right back on the train today.

Luis Robert - OF, CWS at Mike Fiers ($3,100)

I wrote up Lou Bob on Tuesday and I have to go back to the well today in a great matchup with a ridiculous price tag. Sure his second half was not the greatest, but the hit tool cannot be denied. He has hit safely in five straight games, including hits in both playoff games. He has a great matchup vs Fiers today in a game the White Sox should see some offensive success. If looking for savings today then look to the outfield and look at the major upside of Lou Bob.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago White Sox at Oakland A's (Mike Fiers, RHP)
  • St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres (Zach Davies, RHP)
  • San Diego Padres vs St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/29/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday with 4 game slate featuring the American League Wild Card Day 1 action. We have an awesome pitcher's duel between Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole, some young and fun teams in the White Sox and Jays on the road, and a sneaky pitching matchup between Kenta Maeda and Zack Greinke. There are going to be a lot of plays that will turn into the "obvious" chalk plays and some extra contrarian ways to attack this slate.

When looking at the slate it comes down to paying up for the obvious pitching targets or taking some risk with some of the cheaper options in maybe tougher matchups. How much risk are you willing to take on this slate? If you build a lineup against Bieber or Cole, even if it is just a couple of bats, you will be quite unique. Playing Blake Snell or Zack Greinke could give you major leverage against what should be the popular stacks. Lots of ways to go today and this article will highlight some of the stronger plays but also listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full slate rundown with some strategy as well.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/29/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole - P, NYY at CLE ($8,600)

Cole had a bit of a hiccup in the middle of the season but has bounced back in a big way in his last four starts. He has thrown at least six innings, including seven innings in three straight starts. He has struck out at least seven in all four starts but that is not the concern as he has struck out at least seven in all but two starts this season. The more important aspect over his last four starts is the fact Cole has only allowed a home run in two of those four starts and only one in his last three. That's a big deal because he had given up at least one home run in each of his first nine starts. He has allowed only a 6.6% barrel rate and a 37.7% hard-hit rate over the last four games. He will face an Indians offense that has been ice cold outside of Jose Ramirez. In the month of September, the Indians are striking out 23.4% of the time vs RHP with a .233 average and .144 ISO. Cole will be facing Bieber and will be the arm I want to use in this Cy Young pitcher's duel.

Kenta Maeda - P, MIN vs HOU ($8,000)

Maeda is as consistent as they come this season. He has thrown at least six innings in eight of his 11 starts while allowing no more than three runs in any of his 11 starts. He finished the season with a 2.70 ERA, his FIP of 3.00 and xFIP of 2.63 say it was not a fluke either. He was just that good. He had a 32.3% K-rate to go with an awesome 4% BB-rate as he dominated the Central Divisions. He will take on the Astros today, an Astros team that is a shell of its former self. Houston does not strike out a lot, only 18.4% of the time in September vs RHP, but they also only hit .253 with a .175 ISO. Between Maeda's consistency, his ability to limit weak contact with a 7% barrel rate and 24.7% hard-hit rate, and the Astros struggles, Maeda makes for a solid play tonight between cash and GPP lineups.

Other Options: Blake Snell (TB vs TOR) $7,800

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK vs Lucas Giolito ($3,600)

The catcher's position is a bit pricey today and with the tough pitching matchups, the idea of saving cash at the position makes the most sense. Murphy is the top option when it comes to savings and upside before seeing lineups. Murphy has hit safely in 10 of his 16 games played in September for a strong .277 average. He also has five home runs with a .362 ISO and a very impressive 20.3% BB-rate over those 16 games. He is also barreling the ball 17.6% of the time with a 41.2% hard-hit rate. He has a very tough matchup vs Giolito today, but he will look to use his .232 ISO and .369 wOBA vs RHP to some success.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - 1B, TOR at Blake Snell  ($4,200)

Vladito had an up and down season but really finished strong over the last 14 games. He hit safely in nine of 14 games with a .333 average. He had eight extra-base hits, a .294 ISO, and a very impressive 5.7% strikeout rate. He also had a 56.3% hard-hit rate over the 14 game stretch and will look to continue that versus Snell tonight. On the season Vlad had a .345 ISO with a .363 wOBA and a 35.7% HR/FB rate vs LHP this season. On the season Snell has allowed 1.7 HR/9 to RHH with a 29.2% HR/FB. The Jays powerful RHH are in play tonight and that starts with some 1B value in Valdito.

Brandon Lowe - 2B, TOR vs Matt Shoemaker/Robbie Ray  ($4,900)

Lowe is having one heck of a season for the Rays and will look to keep things rolling in the playoffs. He finished the season strong hitting .321 over his last 16 games with four home runs and three stolen bases, doing a little bit of everything for the fantasy players everywhere. He had a .264 ISO, 12.7% BB-rate, 13.2% barrel rate and a 50% hard-hit rate. He will face Shoemaker to start the night, but Shoemaker only threw three innings in his last appearance on September 21 and that was his first appearance since August 21. After Shoemaker, it appears to be Robbie Ray, but we shall see. Lowe hit .259 vs RHP this season and .300 vs LHP, so it does not matter who the Jays throw as Lowe will be a strong play at a shallow 2B position today.

Other Options: Joey Wendle (TB vs TOR) $3,900

Jose Ramirez - 3B, CLE at Gerrit Cole ($5,300)

I am not looking to fully target Cole today, but if one would, they better start with Jose Ramirez. JRam was probably the hottest hitter in baseball to finish the season. He hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games for a .417 average with 17 extra-base hits. He only struck out 10.3% of the time over that stretch with a .550 ISO and a 20.8% barrel rate. To say JRam was locked in would be an understatement. He will face Cole tonight who allowed LHH to hit 2.7 HR/9 with a 40% hard-hit rate this season.

Other Options: Cavan Biggio (TOR at TB) $5,000, Mike Brosseau (TB vs TOR) $4,500

Willy Adames - SS, TB vs Matt Shoemaker/Robbie Ray ($4,100)

Adames finished the season on a four-game hitting streak where he had two extra-base hits and a stolen base. He had a .313 average with a .250 ISO as well over that stretch. He scored double-digit DK points in four of his last eight games and had five or more points in six of his final eight games. He brings cash game appeal with tournament upside in a strong matchup vs the Jays today.

Other Options: Jonathan Villar (TOR at TB) $3,800

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Eddie Rosario - OF, MIN vs Zack Greinke ($4,200)

Rosario comes into today's matchup hitting safely in eight of his last 10 games with a .289 average. He has three home runs to go with a .263 ISO and a 43.8% hard-hit rate. He faces the righty Greinke today and on the season he hit .265 with a .284 ISO on the season vs righties. Of late Greinke has not been the Greinke most fear allowing three or more runs in seven straight starts while throwing no more than six innings in any of those starts. Over those seven games, he has a 5.73 ERA, has allowed six home runs with a 10.5% barrel rate and 37.7% hard-hit rate. The BOMB SQUAD is very live today and Rosario is an affordable piece of the action.

Randy Arozarena- OF, TB vs Michael Shoemaker/Robbie Ray ($3,800)

Arozarena has been quite the surprise this season and for our sake will hopefully be ignored today. He has been hitting near the top of the Rays lineup and flourishing, In his last eight games he is hitting .320 with a .400 ISO, three home runs, and three stolen bases. The power and speed combo he brings the player is perfect for DFS. He comes in quite affordable today and should be a staple in your lineups, especially when stacking the Rays.

Luis Robert - OF, CWS at Jesus Luzardo ($3,300)

This is primarily an upside versus price tag play today. When looking at small slates like today, with elite pitching, finding values with major upside should be a priority. Lou Bob fits that mold. He did not have the best of second halves but did finish on a three-game hitting streak that could maybe carry over to the postseason. On the season he hit .273 and a .347 wOBA vs LHP this season. He could easily go 0'FER, but could also hit a couple of home runs while stealing a bag and put up 20+ points. Lou Bob is a GPP only play and could make for strong value today.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays (Michael Shoemaker, RHP/Robbie Ray, LHP)
  • Minnesota Twins vs Houston Astros (Zack Greinke, RHP)
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell, LHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics (Jesus Luzardo, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/25/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Friday night of the final weekend of the regular season with a 10 game slate on tap. There are a few big-name pitchers that jump out like Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Jose Berrios, Dinelson Lamet, and Carlos Carrasco. We also have a few intriguing SP2 options, which is good because you may find yourself needing to avoid the high-priced options if you want to get hitters from the high-powered offenses that aren't facing these aces.

With all the good pitchers on the slate, it limits the offensive options, so the stacks are more straightforward tonight. You can roll with the Braves, Astros, Royals, and Padres or try to target one of the more susceptible high-priced arms by going with one-offs or stacks from the Twins, Cubs, or Dodgers. There is likely to be at least one big-name pitcher who falls flat tonight so identifying the right one could give you a huge leg up. It's also important to remember that the Giants and Padres game on the slate is a seven-inning game that's the first of a doubleheader, so you have to be ready for each batter in those lineups to get one fewer at-bat than normal, which hurts their value a bit.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/25/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Dinelson Lamet - P, SD at SF ($9,700)

With so few offenses in blow-up spots tonight, I'm not sure that I can stomach paying up for Darvish or Carrasco, and Kershaw versus a talented Angels lineup just isn't as appealing to me as this. Yes, the Giants have some strong hitters, but Lamet has been on fire lately, allowing two earned runs total in his last three starts (20.2 innings) while striking out 32 and walking only four over that time. While two of those matchups were against the Rockies in San Diego and the Mariners, he also dominated a strong Dodgers lineup. We want to chase strikeouts for fantasy goodness, and it doesn't get much better than Lamet's 35.2 K%. We've also seen, in a small sample size, that managers tend to stretch good starters longer in the first game of these short doubleheaders in order to save the bullpen for the second game. If Lamet is running hot, he's liable to get all seven innings and has a good chance at that win bonus.

Chris Bassitt - P, OAK vs SEA ($7,900)

Bassitt is one of my favorite arms on the slate bar none. He's allowed one earned run over his last three starts (19.2 innings) while striking out 19 and walking five. Bassitt has a 2.57 ERA on the season and could take advantage of a Mariners team that is bottom-10 with a 24.7% strikeout rate and has gotten worse since Dylan Moore went on the IL. The Mariners are also bottom-10 in ISO, wOBA, and wRC+, so this is a strong matchup to target, especially if you want to pay up for some of the big bats on the slate.

Other Options: Carlos Carrasco (CLE vs PIT) $10,400, Jose Urquidy (HOU vs TEX) $7,100

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Travis d'Arnaud - C, ATL vs Chris Mazza ($4,800)

If you want to pay up at catcher for sure-fire production, D'Arnaud is my top choice since the Braves are one of my top stacks. He's hitting .341 over the last 10 games with two home runs and eight RBI. He hits in the middle of a potent lineup and has been crushing the ball this year with a .540 SLG, .217 ISO, and 93.3 mph average exit velocity. The Red Sox bullpen was called in a bit in yesterday's blowout loss to Baltimore, and I imagine they'll be asked to carry the load a bit today after the Braves get to Chris Mazza and his 5.40 ERA.

Other Options: Salvador Perez (KC vs DET) $5,000, Sean Murphy (OAK vs SEA) $3,800

Garrett Cooper - 1B, MIA vs J.A. Happ ($3,600)

There are definitely some higher-priced options to target tonight, but you can't fill all of your roster spots with the top-tier offensive options. Cooper has had a solid season, hitting .288/.363/.495 with five home runs. He also has fared pretty well against left-handed pitchers, batting .351 with a .378 ISO and 1.130 OPS on the season. Happ has been better of late, but he's prone to get hit hard and giving up home runs, so perhaps this is the night the magic wears off.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL vs BOS) $5,400, Luke Voit (NYY vs MIA) $5,300

DJ LeMahieu - 2B/3B, NYY vs Sandy Alcantara  ($5,300)

Sandy Alcantara has been pitching relatively well of late, and I'm actually not super eager to attack him; however, LaMahieu has simply been on fire and is the best hitter on a dangerous Yankees team. Over the last 10 games, he's hitting .372 with four home runs, 10 RBI, and 10 runs. He has an absurd .744 SLG and 1.193 OPS, and if you want some exposure to the Yankee lineup tonight, I think he's the perfect place to start rather than chasing the home runs with some of the more popular mashers.

Other Options: Ozzie Albies (ATL vs BOS) $5,400, Chris Taylor (LAD vs LAA) $4,600, Jon Berti (MIA @ NYY) $2,400

Jose Ramirez - 3B, CLE vs Mitch Keller ($5,600)

When I talked about paying down at pitcher, or even playing Cooper, in order to roster the higher-priced bats at other positions, I was especially thinking about Ramirez. J-Ram is tearing the cover off of the ball lately. Over the last 10 games, he's hitting .421 with six home runs, 18 RBI, nine runs, while crushing a 1.026 SLG and 1.515 OPS. It's really hard to keep that out of your lineup, especially against a young pitcher like Keller who has been prone to giving up hard contact. The Indians' offense as a whole hasn't been great, so I wouldn't go for a full-stack, but a one-off with Ramirez or a mini-stack with him could be a strong play tonight.

Other Options: Rafael Devers (BOS @ ATL) $5,200, Brian Anderson (MIA @ NYY) $3,900, Mikael Franco (KC vs DET) $3,900

Adalberto Mondesi - SS, KC vs Spencer Turnbull ($4,800)

So Mondesi put up 30 fantasy points last night and is now CHEAPER than he was last night? Um, OK. As Bubba mentioned yesterday, Mondesi is hitting like the guy that was drafted in the top four rounds of fantasy drafts. Last night he went 4-for-4 with two runs, two RBI, and two stolen bases. He's stolen six bases over his last 10 games and continues to contribute across the board for the Royals. I like Kansas City as a sneaky stack against Turnbull, who continues to insist on throwing his mediocre sinker, which has gotten hit around all year. Pairing Mondesi with Franco or Perez is a great mini-stack that may come in under-rostered tonight.

Other Options: Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD @SF) $5,300, Willi Castro (DET @ KC) $3,400

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

George Springer - OF, HOU @ Kyle Cody ($5,400)

Houston is in a good spot tonight against Cody, and Springer makes for a solid option if you have the funds to pay up. He has three home runs in his last four games and is riding an 11-game hitting streak. Springer has a tremendous 16.8% K% for the season and a solid .275 ISO which has helped lead to 14 home runs on the season. The Astros offense as a whole has been waking up a bit, and everybody seems to hit well against the Rangers, so I like getting some exposure to this lineup tonight.

Marcell Ozuna - OF, ATL vs Chris Mazza ($4,900)

You want to play your Braves tonight, which almost always means you want to play Ozuna. He's hitting .327 with 17 HR and a 1.041 OPS on the season, but he's stepped it up in September, hitting .379/.455/.759 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, and 15 runs. I think the Braves are gonna put a hurting on the Red Sox tonight, and Ozuna's spot in the middle of the order will afford him plenty of opportunities to get in on that fun.

Eddie Rosario - OF, MIN vs Tyler Mahle ($4,100)

I'm not actively trying to attack Mahle today because I think he's a solid arm, but the Twins have a strong offense and Rosario has been swinging the bat well lately. He's hitting .297 in September, has hits in six of his last seven games, a home run in two of his last four, and six RBIs over those four games. Mahle is a popular arm given his price-point tonight, so having some Twins in your lineup could give you some sneaky differentiation.

Other Options: Wil Myers (SD @SF) $5,000, Michael Brantley (HOU @ TEX) $4,000, Max Kepler (MIN vs CIN) $4,000, Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS @ ATL) $3,400

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Atlanta Braves vs Boston Red Sox (Chris Mazza, LHP)
  • Houston Astros at Texas Rangers (Kyle Cody, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers (Spencer Turnbull, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack #2- Miami Marlins vs New York Yankees (J.A. Happ, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/24/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a 6 game slate on tap. It is a pretty straight forward slate as there are many high-priced pitchers to target. There are the lock and load play of Corbin Burns and then looking for an SP2. The bats, on the other hand, they are aplenty. They are also expensive. Saving on pitching and finding some value bats will make stacking the big dogs very easy.

When looking at the slate it comes down to which SP2 are we using. Lance Lynn is a strong candidate and so is Ian Anderson, but if you want to save money and pay for more bats then punting with the likes of Kris Bubic or even Mike Fiers because apart of the discussion. The stacks are pretty simple tonight as you can roll with the Red Sox, Braves, Dodgers, and a few other high priced targets. There should be plenty of offense tonight so full stacks may not be as strong as 2-3 man stacks to get exposure to multiple strong offenses.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/24/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Corbin Burnes - P, MIL at STL ($8,400)

Burnes may be the hottest pitcher in all of baseball and DK decides to price him at only $8400 tonight. He should be the chalk of the chalk and he will be what they call good chalk. I will take the risk of a Burnes blow up and eat the chalk. If multi-entering having a non-Burnes lineup or a Cardinals stack is a solid game theory play. Over his last five starts, he has allowed one run over 29.2 innings for a 0,30 ERA and a 1.75 xFIP. He has seven or more strikeouts in every start and has a 36.6 K-BB%. He has been absolutely dominant and faces a Cardinals team that is striking out over 26% of the time with a .129 ISO vs RHP in the month of September. I will be eating all the Burnes chalk tonight.

Kris Bubic - P, KC vs DET ($6,600)

Bubic does not jump off the screen as a top-notch arm, but his price tag tonight is quite the gift as an SP2. In his nine starts, he has allowed more than two earned runs only twice. In his last four starts, he has struck out at least six with a 1.99 ERA and a 26.3% strikeout rate. He is allowing a 9.8% barrel rate and a 37.7% hard-hit rate over that stretch on his way to 17 or more DK points in each of the four starts. He faces the Tigers tonight who in the month of September is striking out nearly 28% of the time to LHP with a .155 ISO. Bubic paired with Burnes gives a nice 1-2 pitching combo with plenty of money for some high-end bats.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Jacob Nottingham - C, MIL at Kwang Hyun Kim ($2,00)

When I look at small slates with some expensive stacks I want to attack, I look to punt catcher. Nottingham fits the mold perfectly. Usually, a $2K catcher can barely make contact with the ball, looking at you Jeff Mathis. That is not the case with Nottingham. He will not hit for a high average but does bring power to the plate. In the month of September, he has .303 ISO, a 14.3% barrel rate, and a 42.9% hard-hit rate. When he makes contact it is very loud. On the season, in a short sample, he is three for nine vs LHP with three home runs. It is an all or nothing type play, but one with a ton of upside. If you would like something safer like playing the pricier options mentioned below.

Other Options: Salvador Perez (KC vs DET) $5,300, Christian Vazquez (BOS vs BAL) $4,500

Bobby Dalbec - 1B, BOS vs Alex Cobb  ($3,800)

For a player that we did not expect to hit for average, but rather just flex his muscle, Bobby D has been quite the surprise. Over his last 14 games, he has hit safely in 11 of 14 games for a .320 average. The power is definitely there with six home runs and a .420 ISO, 29.6% barrel rate, and a 48.1% hard-hit rate. There is some concern as he is still striking out 41.1% of the time and has a .476 BABIP. The bright side is when he does make contact the result is usually really strong. He has a strong matchup vs Cobb tonight and will look to stay hot with the rest of the Red Sox team.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL vs MIA) $5,500

Rougned Odor - 2B, TEX vs Christian Javier  ($4,100)

Obviously Odor is GPP only, he is always GPP only as he is a boom or bust type play. Over his last 10 games, he is only hitting .216, but has hit safely in seven of the 10 games and has five home runs. He is averaging 10.1 DK points per game over those 10 games. More importantly, Odor faces Javier tonight who has allowed 2.1 HR/9 to LHH, making Odor a strong home run candidate tonight as he looks to add another bomb to his nice run.

Other Options: Ozzie Albies (ATL vs MIA) $5,500

Rafael Devers - 3B, BOS vs Alex Cobb ($5,500)

Devers had a very slow start to the season, but the month of September has been much better, hitting .317 for the month. He also has eight extra-base hits with a .407 wOBA over the month. One thing Devers has always done well when he's feeling it is making the consistent very strong quality of contact and that is not different in September with a 16.7% barrel rate and a 50% hard-hit rate. On the season he has hit .298 with a .309 ISO vs LHP and is in a great spot vs Cobb tonight.

Other Options: Max Muncy (LAD vs OAK) $5,400, Jedd Gyorko (MIL at STL) $3,700

Adalberto Mondesi - SS, KC vs Michael Fulmer ($5,000)

Remember the good ole days when Mondesi was a bargain night after night? Yeah, that was nice, but at least he has earned the price bump. He rolls into Thursday night on a three-game hitting streak and has hit safely in five of his last seven games. He is hitting .286 with three extra-base hits and four stolen bases. He is setting the table for a streaky offense, an offense that went off on Wednesday night, and an offense that has a great matchup vs Fulmer tonight.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs OAK) $5,800, 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Alex Verdugo - OF, BOS vs Alex Cobb ($4,000)

Verdugo rolls into tonight's cushy matchup vs Cobb with a 10 game hitting streak. He has been raking all month, hitting safely in all but two games, good for a .368 average. He has been as steady as they come, especially for cash game builds. He has not showcased a ton of power, but gets on base for the big boys and scores runs, racking up DK points. If stacking the Red Sox or just looking for a strong cash game floor, look at the nice price on Verdugo.

Austin Hays- OF, BAL at Martin Perez ($2,500)

Hays returned from the IL on the 14th and has been feeling it at the plate. He has hit safely in seven of the 10 games, good for a .371 average. He has 13 total hits and a .424 wOBA over that stretch. He rolls into tonight's game with a five-game hitting streak where he has scored five or more points in each game, including 20 points last night. He has been hitting near the top of the order and brings some major value upside vs Perez tonight.

Marcell Ozuna - OF, ATL vs Pablo Lopez ($5,000)

Freddie Freeman may be the NL MVP, but Ozuna is having an equally strong season. In the month of September alone he has hit safely in all but three games for a .378 average. He has obviously been flexing his muscle with a .367 ISO, .496 wOBA, and nine home runs. He has driven in 30 runs as well, just stuffing the stat sheet all over the place. His quality of contact is just insane over a stretch like this with a 19.1% barrel rate and a 57.4% hard-hit rate. The Braves are in another smash spot tonight and they are pricey but do not forget Ozuna in your stacks tonight.

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles (Alex Cobb, RHP)
  • Atlanta Braves vs Miami Marlins (Pablo Lopez, RHP)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs Oakland Athletics (Bryce Mike Fiers, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Kansas City Royals vs Detroit Tigers (Michael Fulmer, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/22/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Saturday night with an 11 game slate on tap. Quite the slate without clear aces on the mound, you know it is interesting when Zach Davies is the most expensive pitcher. There are bats for days and a lot of the top options cost quite a bit of money. There will have to be sacrifices made at pitcher, some hitters, or both. Make sure to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get the full rundown of the player pool.

When looking at the slate it comes down to paying up for pitching or take some savings and getting all the bats. There are so many nice spots to establish bats that mini-stacks may be the way to build tonight instead of going all-in on one or two games. I will be looking to use a high priced and valued arm to go with some sneaky value and the big bats. More small stacks and one-offs in play tonight. So, so many ways to build on this 11 gamer.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/19/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Framber Valdez - P, HOU at SEA ($9,700)

Framber bounced back in a big way in his last start versus the Rangers after a couple of rocky outings. He went 6.1 innings, allowing one run, and striking out 11. He has been a major strikeout arm this season, striking out seven or more in three of his last four games and five or more in all but two outings this year. The strikeouts help those fantasy points rack up. He faced the Mariners earlier this season going six strong while striking out five which was good for 20.7 DK points. He has 20 or more DK points in seven of his last nine starts. He faces a Mariners team tonight who has been shut down most of the season by LHP. They strikeout 27% of the time vs LHP with a .189 average and a .145 ISO. I will be rolling with Framber again tonight.

Brady Singer - P, KC vs STL ($6,900)

Singer started out his big league career with some strong outings but hit some low times allowing three or more runs in five of six starts. He has since looked much much better with back to back gems, going at least six innings, allowing zero runs, and striking out eight in each start. He will fave a Cardinals team tonight who has struggled all season when it comes to offense. They are striking out nearly 24% of the time versus RHP with a .235 average and a .132 ISO. We will be looking for Singer to put out a third strong start and shutdown this bad Cardinals offense, making for a strong punt pitching option tonight.

Other Options: Zach Davies (SD vs LAA) $9,900, Drew Smyly (SF vs COL) $7,600, Keegan Akin (BAL at BOS) $6,300

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Salvador Perez - C, KC vs Austin Gomber ($4,700)

Salvy has returned from the IL and is raking. He has hit safely in all 9 games since his return which is good for a .474 average. He has flexed his muscle as well with nine extra-base hits including four home runs. He has a .584 wOBA, 21.4% barrel rate, and a 46.4% hard-hit rate. He is en Fuego. He faces Gomber who will be the opener tonight and then some Cardinals bullpen. I usually do not pay up for catchers, but tonight there may be an exception.

Other Options: Daulton Varsho (AZ vs TEX) $3,100, Jacob Stallings (PIT vs CHC) $2,700

Christian Walker - 1B, AZ vs Jordan Lyles  ($3,300)

Walker has quietly put together a very strong 2020 season and the price tag continues to stay low. He comes into tonight's game riding a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Over those nine games, he is hitting .314 with a .383 wOBA and five extra-base hits. He is even smoking the ball with a hard-hit rate of 50%. On the season he is hitting .289 with a .351 wOBA vs RHP this season and gets the cushy matchup versus Lyles tonight. RHH has a .375 wOBA and is hitting over 2 HR/9 versus Lyles this season. Walker makes for strong cash gameplay and a nice value if looking to pay up elsewhere.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL vs MIA) $5,400, Bobby Dalbec (BOS vs BAL) $3,700, Ryan Mountcastle (BAL at BOS) $3,700

Joey Wendle - 2B/3B, TB at Seth Lugo  ($3,800)

Wendle is on quite the run of late and no one is really noticing it. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games for a .364 average. He has a .394 wOBA to go with four extra-base hits and three stolen bases as he stuffs the fantasy stat sheet daily. He has also been hitting fifth or sixth most days, so right in the middle of the madness. Wendle faces Lugo tonight who has pitched well on the season and has nasty strikeout stuff but has been a bit rocky of late. Wendle is a low-rostered GPP target tonight.

Josh Donaldson - 3B, MIN vs Tarik Skubal (4,100)

Donaldson rolls into tonight's matchup swinging a hot bat, hitting safely in four straight games. He has two home runs with a .417 and is even walking 14.3% of the time. He is stuffing the stat sheet for one of the most potent offenses in baseball. He faces the youngster Skubal tonight who has been throwing well over his last few starts, but facing a team like the Twins can change things. On the season RHH is hitting .278 with a .368 wOBA and is hitting 2.5 HR/9. Donaldson and the Twins will look to stay hot, so enjoy one of the discounted pieces of the Bomba Squad tonight.

Other Options: Maikel Franco (KC vs STL) $3,700, Edwin Rios (LAD vs OAK) $2,100

Miguel Rojas - SS, MIA vs Bryce Wilson ($4,500)

Similar to Wendle, Rojas has been stringing together a strong run of games and is low-rostered nightly. Over his last 13 games, he is hitting .333 with a .430 wOBA. He has shown nice extra-base skills with three doubles and two home runs over that stretch. He threw in two stolen bases last night and is walking over 16% if the time of this stretch. He has been hitting all over the batting order and if he is in a prime spot then he is definitely in play tonight. The Marlins are facing Wilson and they are very stackable tonight, so do not forget Rojas.

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kole Calhoun - OF, AZ vs Jordan Lyles ($4,500)

Calhoun has been on fire the last few weeks and brings a six-game hit streak into tonight's action. He is hitting .458 over the six games with a .658 wOBA. He has six home runs over the six games and is only striking out 15.4% of the time. It would make sense that his quality of contact has been very strong, but it's better than that as he is barreling the ball 20% of the time with a 65% hard-hit rate. The DBacks have a great matchup vs Lyles tonight and Calhoun should be in stacks with Walker tonight.

Byron Buxton- OF, MIN vs Tarik Skubal ($3,800)

A .271 average, 12 home runs, and one stolen base, who is this Byron Buxton? Well, he's a player we can behind for DFS, especially at his price point. He brings a six-game hitting streak into action tonight with a .375 average and a .536 wOBA. He has four home runs over the six games with a 25% barrel rate and a 65% hard-hit rate. He is on fire, is affordable in a nice Twins stack, oh and he has been leading off lately which raises his value even more.

DJ Stewart - OF, BAL at Nick Pivetta ($2,600)

Yep, Nick Pivetta is on the bump tonight. Yep, we shall stack against him. Stewart has slowed down some since that crazy run we were on and this looks to be the best time to get back on track. Even with the slow few games, he has a 25% barrel rate and a 45% hard-hit rate on the season. He also has a .357 ISO and a 40% HR-FB rate this season vs RHP. He is a really strong value vs Pivetta and joins the likes of Jorge Soler for $2500 and Edwin Rios for $2100 as your major punts tonight,.

A lot of quality OF plays, especially OF values. 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Arizona Diamondbacks vs Texas Rangers (Jordan Lyles, RHP)
  • Atlanta Braves vs Miami Marlins (Jose Urena, RHP)
  • Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (Bryce Wilson, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins (Randy Dobnak, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/19/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Saturday night with an 11 game slate on tap. After another evening with offense galore we have to navigate the high priced bats, which you will need some of, and the strong pitching options as well. There are some high priced arms, but also some value that may open up some bats. Finding tonight's "Football" scoring lineup will be the key to the GPP wins.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Trevor Bauer who has been absolutely amazing this season, but he is going up against the strong White Sox lineups. I favor Bauer in this matchup, but there is some risk and with the need for all the bats I will likely pass today. Kershaw has been great but in Coors, I will definitely pass at that price. You will want to get some Dodgers in your lineup yet again and it is doable with some other values today. Look to the Rays as one major source of value bats. There are many ways to go today, so do not hesitate to ask me any questions.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/19/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Corbin Burnes - P, MIL vs KC ($8,000)

The man, the myth, the legend Corbin Burnes has been nothing short of amazing this season. It took a little while for the Brewers to allow Burnes to join the rotation and once the reigns were off he has flourished. In his last four starts, he has allowed one total run, yes only one, while striking out 38 over 23.2 innings. Besides striking out 42.4% he also has a 50% groundball rate and only a 6.7% walk rate. He is limiting the hard contact to 28% and has been light out. He faces a Royals team who strikes out 24.2% of the time vs RHP with a .241 average and a .156 ISO. Burnes is way way way too cheap tonight and should be in a lot of lineups.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL at NYM ($8,900)

Anderson has made four starts since his promotion to the bigs and has lived up to the prospect hype. He has pitched at least six innings in three of four starts and has allowed two runs or less in all four outings. He has also scored 24.7 or more DK points in three of four starts. He has brought the strikeout stuff as well, striking out six or more in three of four starts. He's limiting the quality of contact in a big way allowing barrels only 2% of the time with a 34% hard-hit rate. He faces a Mets team that can put a lefty-heavy lineup out and so far this season Anderson has allowed LHH to only hit .114 with a .173 wOBA. Anderson should come in lower owned than he should be tonight and makes for an intriguing 1-2 punch with Burnes.

Other Options: Trevor Bauer (CIN vs CWS) $10,800, Lance Lynn (TEX at LAA) $9,500, Kris Bubic (KC at MIL) $6,600

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Daulton Varsho - C/OF, AZ at Christian Javier ($2,900)

Varsho has started to heat up with some regular playing time with the DBacks. He is not hitting for a major average but over his last six games, he is drawing walks 16% of the time while also hitting with power. His average is only .190 over those six games, but his ISO is .286 with a .338 wOBA. He has three extra-base hits and has even thrown in two stolen bases. He has scored double-digit DK points in three of his last six games and four of his last eight. On a night when Will Smith is a great play, but pricey, Varsho allows for some strong savings with some GPP upside vs Javier.

Other Options: Will Smith (LAD at COL) $4,700

Edwin Rios - 1B/3B, LAD at Chi Chi Gonzalez  ($3,300)

I mentioned that savings will be needed tonight and Rios is a strong source of savings. He has hit safely in three straight games with two home runs over those three games. He has hit safely in four of his last five starts and is also walking 13% of the time over that stretch. His ability to hit with power and also take the walk helps rack up the fantasy goodness that leads to strong DK production. He has scored 12 or more DK points in four of those five starts and should be on his way to another strong night vs Gonzalez. Chi Chi is allowing LHH to hit .467 this season with a .542 wOBA and nearly 3 HR/9. The Dodgers should have a ton of fun tonight and Rios should be a part of the party.

Other Options: Nate Lowe (TB at BAL) $2,800

D.J. LeMahieu - 2B/3B, NYY at Chris Mazza  ($5,600)

The second base position is pretty weak tonight and paying up seems to be the answer. Who better to pay up for than LeMahieu? He is leading off for the Bronx Bombers and is riding an 11 game hitting streak into tonight's juicy matchup vs Mazza. Over the 11 games, DJ is hitting .378 with a .555 wOBA while also walking 16.7% of the time. He does it all atop the Yankees lineup and continuously puts up double-digit DK games. LeMahieu is about as safe as they come at any position so lock him into cash and do not forget about him when stacking the Yankees as he brings plenty of power too.

Other Options- Ozzie Albies (ATL at NYM) $4,500

Austin Riley - 3B, ATL at David Peterson ($3,800)

Another bit of savings for tonight's action. Riley went deep last night while hitting safely for his third straight game. He has also hit safely in six of his last seven games. He faces a lefty in Peterson tonight who is a heavy sinker ball pitcher who pitches to a lot of contact and when he is off it can get bad quickly. He has allowed home runs in each of his last two starts as well. Riley prefers hitting vs RHP, but the Braves bats are red hot and Riley is a strong GPP value when looking for some savings tonight.

Other Options: Edwin Rios (LAD at COL) $3,300, Nate Lowe (TB at BAL) $2,800

Corey Seager - SS at Chi Chi Gonzalez ($5,300)

As mentioned above, Chi Chi loves giving it up to LHH. The Dodgers have a whole lot of lefties and Seager is one that is having a heck of a 2020 season. He has multi-hit games in his first two nights in Coors and has also hit safely in six of his last eight games. Over that stretch, he is hitting .314 with a .397 wOBA and five extra-base hits. He is pricey tonight but makes for a great play with double-digit DK upside.

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kole Calhoun - OF, AZ at Christian Javier ($4,200)

Talk about a player riding a hot streak, Kole Calhoun has been en fuego over his current four-game hitting streak. He hit two home runs last night and has five home runs over his four games, homering in three of four games. He is hitting .471 with a .754 wOBA and a 382 wRC+. He faves Javier tonight who has been prone to give up the long ball this season, especially vs LHH. On the season lefties are only hitting .238, but they have a .332 wOBA and hit 2 HR/9 vs Javier. Calhoun is still a strong value and is worth riding that hot streak while you can.

Mookie Betts- OF, LAD at Chi Chi Gonzalez ($6,100)

I feel dirty writing about Betts as I usually do not write about Captain Obvious plays, but I could not resist. Betts has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games and is riding a seven-game hitting streak into action tonight. Over the seven games he has a .420 wOBA, has four extra-base hits, and has stolen three bases He is hitting everything right now and while most will target Chi Chi with LHH, rightfully so, Betts is a must when stacking the Dodgers tonight.

Kyle Tucker - OF, HOU vs Luke Weaver ($4,400)

It was not that long ago that Tucker was scorching the earth and everyone was rejoicing the arrival of the heralded prospect. Then like all good things, they came to an end as a cold streak happened. He may be waking up now as he is riding a four-game hitting streak into tonight's action, including back to back double-digit DK nights. Over the four games, he has a strong 50% hard-hit rate, just showcasing the fact he may be getting locked in yet again. He faces Weaver tonight who has struggled vs LHH allowing them to hit .314 with a .425 wOBA and 3.2 HR/9. Jump back on the Kyle Tucker wagon.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP)
  • New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (Chris Mazza, RHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (Jorge Lopez, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Seattle Mariners vs San Diego Padres (Mike Clevinger, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/18/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We had only a small 6-game slate on Thursday night, so it's like Christmas morning looking at this 12-game slate tonight. There are a couple of top-end arms and a few main bats to focus on. We still have Coors in play as well which may lower the amount some of the other strong offenses are rostered. It should be another fun slate as we head to the close of the MLB season.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Zack Greinke against a poor Diamondbacks lineup, but you can also pivot to Tyler Glasnow, Chris Paddack, or Zach Plesac. When it comes to value arms it is a little more difficult, but we shall find some once lineups are released and we can see which offenses are a little friendlier to target. As with yesterday, with Coors in play, many will flock to the matchup between the Dodgers and Rockies, hopefully lowering the amount the Yankees and even Angels are rostered. Overall it is a straight forward night, but make sure to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get all the angles for tonight's slate.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/18/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Zach Plesac - P, CLE at DET ($8,500)

There are a few high-priced offenses that I'd like to target tonight, so paying this price for Plesac against a mediocre offense is extremely enticing to me. He had a rough last outing against a stacked Twins lineup, but he has been dominant all year, registering a 2.20 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and a 23.5 K-BB%. The Tigers lead the league with a 27.3 K%, so Plesac should be able to push towards double-digit strikeouts in a game where we should also feel confident in his ability to get the win bonus. With the higher priced options struggling (Glasnow), coming back from injury (Max Fried), or facing good offenses (Kyle Hendricks, Zac Gallen), Plesac is definitely one of my favorite pitchers on the slate.

Danny Duffy- P, KC at MIL ($7,800)

If you don't want to roster two high-priced arms, I like Duffy as a potential SP2. He was scheduled to start earlier in the week but missed the team's flight. While a player being disciplined is never a good thing, it does mean that Duffy isn't injured and received a few extra days of rest, which could help him against a Brewers team that is seventh-worst in the league in K% against LHP with a 24.5% mark. Duffy has found his swing-and-miss stuff again this year, raising his K% to 23.9% and is giving up only 27.1% hard contact, down from 39.1% last year. He's also had a brutal schedule with multiple starts against the White Sox and Twins. I think this will be a nice respite for him, and while I don't expect a huge game, I like his floor and chances to be a low-priced SP2 option who won't torpedo your lineup.

Other Options: Chris Paddack (SD at SEA) $8,800, Zack Greinke (HOU vs ARI) $10,100

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Will Smith - C, LAD at Ryan Castellani ($4,800)

I know we don't usually like to pay up at catcher, but Will Smith has really begun to separate himself from the pack. He's hitting .436 over his last 10 games with 2 HR and 9 RBI, which has led the Dodgers to move him into the middle of their high-powered offense. Now he gets to travel to Coors to face Castellani, who has allowed a 2.36 HR/9 and a 90.4 mph average exit velocity. His 4.46 ERA is not at all supported by his 7.19 FIP and 5.96 SIERA, and I think the Dodgers could wallop him tonight. If you can find value in other spots, I love the idea of paying up for Smith.

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY vs Martin Perez  ($5,300)

There are a ton of first baseman you can pay up for tonight, but I have to mention Voit because he has been absolutely crushing the baseball. He has hit four home runs in his last three games and seven in his last 10. He's hitting .326 over that 10 game span with 17 RBI and 13 R as a huge part of these Yankees onslaughts. While his average against LHP hasn't been great this year, he is also sporting a .182 BABIP which has driven that down. The quality of contact is great, with a .417 ISO and .397 wOBA against southpaws. A slight knock against him tonight is that Perez has controlled his home runs, with only a 1.21 HR/9. However, the Yankees can still hit him around the yard and then get into Boston's weak bullpen, where Voit can do even more damage.

(NOTE: I also really like Jared Walsh tonight if you don't want to pay up for Voit)

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL at NYM) $5,700, Jose Abreu (CWS at CIN) $5,100, Hunter Dozier (KC at MIL) $4,100, Jared Walsh (LAA vs TEX) $4,000

DJ LaMahieu- 2B/3B, NYY vs Martin Perez  ($5,600)

Value is not nearly as strong at 2B as it is at other positions today. There are some dart throw options in good environments who haven't been hitting well lately, but nothing that is screaming out to me. That means I may opt to pay down at other positions and go for a sure thing here. DJL is another Yankee who has caught fire of late, hitting .400 over his last 10 games with 6 HR, 11 RBI, 16 R, and a crazy 8:3 BB:K ratio. He is seeing the ball incredibly well and is another strong option against a mediocre Red Sox pitching staff.

Other Options: Jose Altuve (HOU vs ARI) $3,700, Ryan McMahon (COL vs LAD) $3,600

Jose Ramirez - 3B, CLE at Michael Fulmer ($5,300)

Most people are going to be looking to attack Coors and the Yankees tonight, but the Indians are an intriguing stack to me that will likely be low-owned. Michael Fulmer has struggled tremendously in his return from a knee injury that kept him out all last year. He will only be serving as the opener (again), but he currently sports a 9.27 ERA, a 2.82 HR/9, and is giving up an average exit velocity of 91.7 mph. Jose Ramirez just went 4-5 with 2 HR last night and his hitting .405 over his last 10 games with 5 HR, 8 RBI, and 9 Runs. I expect people to attack other options at the position, so he might be a nice lower-rostered option.

Other Options: Manny Machado (SD at SEA) $5,400, Justin Turner (LAD at COL) $5,200, Gio Urshela (NYY vs BOS) $4,500, Edwin Rios (LAD at COL) $3,400

Xander Bogaerts - SS, BOS, at Jordan Montgomery ($4,700)

Below, you'll see a lot more of the common names to play on tonight's slate, which is why I wanted to target Xander. The Red Sox haven't been good this year as a team, but their offense has been OK and Bogaerts has been pretty good, particularly against left-handed pitching. On the season he's hitting .360 with a .280 ISO, 1.047 OPS, and .440 wOBA against lefties. Jordan Montgomery was good in his last start against Baltimore, but he's been inconsistent on the season and is certainly a hittable option for Bogaerts and the Sox. I think many people will opt for other options around this price range, so he could be under-rostered.

Other Options: Trevor Story (COL vs LAD) $5,600, Francisco Lindor (CLE at DET) $5,500, Corey Seagar (LAD at COL) $5,300

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Giancarlo Stanton - OF, NYY vs Martin Perez ($4,300)

This will be the last Yankee I write up; I swear. Stanton is hot at the moment, and we know that when the big man gets going, you're going to want to be on board. He's played only two games since coming off the IL, but last night he went 4-5 with a HR and 2 RBI, so perhaps he's beginning to get his timing back. His price is one of the more affordable Yankees on the slate, which makes him easier to fit into stacks or a way to get one-off exposure to a dynamic lineup.

AJ Pollock- OF, LAD at Ryan Castellani ($4,200)

Everybody already knows that Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger have good match-ups today and you should absolutely play them if you can afford to get them into your lineup; however, I wanted to highlight a Dodgers pivot play at a more affordable salary. Pollock was available last night as a pinch-hitter, which makes me think that his hamstring may be healed enough to get him into the starting lineup tonight. He's hit .325 over his last 10 games with 4 HR, 7 RBI, and 8 Runs. After a down August, he has really rebounded and is actually hitting .314 over the entire month of September while batting in the middle of a loaded Dodgers lineup, in Coors, against a bad arm. I love this at the price, but make sure you check the lineup to ensure he's in there.

Marcel Ozuna - OF, ATL at Steven Matz ($4,900)

I really like the Braves offense tonight against Matz in his first game off of the IL. I expect them to get to him early, and the Mets bullpen was taxed last night after Seth Lugo could only get through two innings. The power hasn't been there for Ozuna of late, but his 14 HR and .277 ISO on the season tell us that's it's definitely in there. He's been making good contact with a .295 average over his last 10 games and his place in the middle of the Braves lineup ensures that he'll have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs if they get going.

Other options: Mookie Betts (LAD at COL) $6,000, Mike Trout (LAA vs TEX) $5,900, Charlie Blackmon (COL vs LAD) $5,600, Adam Duvall (ATL at NYM) $4,500, Ryan Braun (MIL vs KC) $3,600

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • COORS- some really nice value to go with the studs, both teams in play with the Dodgers going with a bullpen game
  • New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox (Martin Perez, LHP)
  • Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers (Jimmy Herget, RHP) - bullpen game
  • Sneaky Stack- Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks (Zac Gallen, RHP)
  • No Ownership Stack- Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago White Sox (Jonathan Stiever, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/17/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a 6 game slate on tap. There are a couple of top-end arms and a few main bats to focus on. We have Coors in play as well which may lower the amount some of the other strong offenses are rostered. It should be another wild slate like we have seen of late as we get closer to the end of the MLB season.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Shane Bieber and facing the Tigers makes for an absolutely awesome play. There are pivots off Bieber with Aaron Nola and Framber Valdez. When it comes to value arms it is a little more difficult, but we shall find some as the day goes on. With Coors in play, many will flock to the matchup between the Dodgers and Rockies, hopefully lowering the amount the Yankees and Astros are rostered. Overall it is a straight forward night, but make sure to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get all the angles for tonight's slate.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/17/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Shane Bieber - P, CLE at DET ($10,900)

The front runner for the AL Cy Young award takes the bump tonight and is quite the discount. Sure he is on the road, but he is facing the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are striking out close to 28% of the time vs RHP with a .165 ISO and a .297 wOBA. Bieber has struck out at least eight in every start this season and in his one appearance vs the Tigers threw seven shutout innings with 11 K's. The Tigers have been pesky this season, but tonight is not the night for the Tigers as Bieber may give up a little, but in the end, will go 6+ with a ton of strikeouts and all the fantasy goodness.

Framber Valdez - P, HOU vs TEX ($9,200)

Framber is coming off his two worst starts of the season, both in LA and that could very well lower his ownership. he has struck out seven or more in three of his last four starts. He has also thrown at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts. He is putting in the innings and racking up the K's to get those fantasy points. Before the last two hiccups, he had six straight starts of 20+ points. He will face the rangers tonight who strikeout close to 25% of the time vs LHP with a .138 ISO and .285 wOBA. In his one appearance vs the Rangers this season he went seven strong innings, allowing three runs and striking out eight for 20.4 DK points. Valdez makes for a strong GPP play tonight with some cash appeal.

Other Options: Seth Lugo (NYM at PHI) $7,100

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Elias Diaz - C, COL at Julio Urias ($2,500)

Diaz could bring some extreme value to the six-game slate tonight. Diaz has played in back-to-back games and will hopefully see more playing time to end the season as he is easily the best hitting catcher the Rockies have on the roster. Diaz hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday and has another interesting matchup vs Urias tonight. In a small sample, he is hitting .267 with a .267 ISO and a .375 wOBA vs LHP and always hit them well in his career. Urias struggled against the Rockies in LA earlier this season allowing four runs in 4.1 innings. On the season RHH is hitting .268 vs Urias with nearly 1 HR/9 and a 40% hard-hit rate. Diaz is basically free in the Coors field, meaning he is all the value tonight.

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY vs Chase Anderson  ($4,900)

Voit continued his tear on baseball last night with the 19th home run of the season and now has three home runs in the last two games. He has hit safely in seven of his last nine games for a .316 average with six home runs and a .447 ISO. He faces the righty Anderson tonight and Voit has done serious damage vs RHP, hitting 14 of his 19 home runs vs RHP. He has a .288 average on the season vs RHP with a .346 ISO and a 50.5% hard-hit rate. Anderson has had an up and down season, but he has allowed RHH to hit .276 on the season and a .414 SLG on the season. The Yankees are a big play again today and riding the hot bat of Voit should be high on your list of things to do.

Other Options: Yuli Gurriel (HOU vs TEX) $4,000

Tyler Wade - 2B/SS, NYY vs Chase Anderson  ($2,200)

Value is not nearly as strong on tonight's slate so targeting a player like Wade who will be in the lineup for one of the higher team totals on the slate. He has hit safely in three straight games and has scored at least nine DK points in each of the last three games. He allows from some major salary relief and can even be used in a Yankees wrap around stack or a one off. Wade is not a must play but he is one of the better value targets tonight.

Justin Turner - 3B, LAD at Kyle Freeland ($5,000)

Turner retired from the IL a couple days ago and started contributing right away. He had a 13 point three hit game on Tuesday and scored a couple runs on Wednesday. Now he heads to Coors field and faces the lefty Freeland. He has not hit lefties great this season, but he has hit them quite well in his career. Over the previous three seasons, he hit at least .287 with an ISO of .244 and a wOBA of .385 or better. On the season Freeland has allowed RHH to hit .304 in Coors this season and a .438 SLG. Turner is usually over looked when it comes to Dodgers stack, do not be that person tonight.

Other Options: Alex Bregman (HOU vs TEX) $5,100, Gio Urshela (NYY vs TOR) $4,400

Paul DeJong - SS at Steven Brault ($3,900)

It has been a quiet season for DeJong between missing so much time due to the Cardinals COVID situation and just a natural slow start. He is still hitting .296 on the season with some limited power numbers. Over the last five games he has hit safely in four of the games which was good for a .353 average and a .354 wOBA. Again, the power still limited but the fantasy production has been good. He has shown a steady 5+ point fantasy floor with upside most nights. He can be a cheaper piece of your lineup tonight or apart of a super low owned Cardinals stack.

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Clint Frazier - OF, NYY vs Chase Anderson ($4,300)

There will be a couple more Yankees mentioned in the article as they are too cheap for the matchup and their current production. Frazier is the first and he is white hot at the moment. He has hit safely in four straight games including three straight multi-hit games. He has homered in back-to-back games with a .692 ISO and an impressive 22.2% walk rate. He has found plenty of success vs RHP this season with a .311 average and a .284 ISO. Frazier is "Voit Lite" and comes in at a very affordable price tonight.

Aaron Hicks- OF, NYY vs Chase Anderson ($3,600)

Hicks price is just laughable. Like most Yankees, they are actually cheaper tonight, but Hicks is crazy as he is hitting third in the insanely potent Yankees lineup. He has hit safely in seven of his last nine games including three straight games with hits. He has a .259 ISO over that stretch and what may be even better is his plate discipline, walking 26.3% of the time, getting on base for Voit and the other Bronx Bombers. Hicks is insane value tonight, should be in your Yankees stacks and all cash lineups.

Scott Kingery - 2B/OF, PHI vs Seth Lugo ($2,200)

I mentioned Wade as a value earlier, but Kinery may be the better play. Wade is in the potent Yankees lineup, but Kingery has a hit tool we can embrace. He has a tough matchup vs Lugo, but after five or six innings he will get an at bat or two against that wonderful Mets bullpen. He has hit safely in all three games since his return from the IL with an extra-base hit in each game. He has barreled the ball 33.3% of the time with a 66.7% hard-hit rate in that small sample and has scored seven or more DK points in each game. Kingery is a major value tonight if you are looking for the big arms or bats tonight.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • COORS- some really nice value to go with the studs, both teams in play, A's likely lower owned
  • New York Yankees vs Toronto Blue Jays (Chase Anderson, RHP)
  • Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers (Jordan Lyles, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, RHP)
  • No Ownership Stack- Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals (Dakota Hudson, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/15/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday night with a 12 game slate on tap. It's a really strong slate with some decent pitching options and a lot of places to use bats. There is plenty of value to incorporate some studs as well. Make sure to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full rundown of the slate as there are many ways to attack this wonderful 12 game slate.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Yu Darvish on the road vs a struggling Indians offense. He is well worth the price, but may not be necessary with some other strong options. Coors Field is in play and both teams are in for a strong night, play the A's at likely lower ownership. There is plenty of value as well. Take a look at the Orioles (DJ Stewart SZN), the Angels, and a few others. This article will give you some of the main targets, but again there are many ways to go about tonight's slate.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/15/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Jack Flaherty - P, STL at MIL ($9,400)

In Flaherty's last start the Cardinals appeared to take the kid gloves off. He threw five innings and more importantly he threw 95 pitches. Barring anything else popping off, Flaherty should be good to go tonight vs a struggling Brewers offense. Even though Flaherty has not had a full ace-like season we were expecting, he is striking out 25% of the batters he faces with a 45.7% groundball rate, and only a 4.3% barrel rate. He faces a Brewers team that strikes out nearly 27% of the time vs RHH with a sub .150 ISO and sub .300 wOBA. To put it lightly, the Brewers offense is really struggling and this could be the coming-out party for Flaherty.

Deivi Garcia - P, NYY vs TOR ($6,800)

The Yanks young stud arm will be making his fourth start of the season and has been electric in two fo the there starts. In those starts, he has thrown at least six innings and struck out at least six batters. He has struck out 25.7% of the batters he has faced in his three starts and more importantly has walked only two batters (2.9%). He has limited opposing hitters to a 6.1% barrel rate and a nice 28.6% hard-hit rate. Garcia has been more than solid and faced the Jays his last time out, going seven strong and racking up 24.8 DK points. He will be making his first start at Yankee Stadium and will look to stay hot, making for a really strong value arm tonight.

Other Options: Yu Darvish (CHC vs CLE) $11,300, Danny Duffy (KC at DET) $7,700

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

 Sean Murphy - C, OAK at Antonio Senzatela ($3,900)

Murphy has been hitting the ball hard all season, yet the results were not showing up. That has changed over the last eight games. He has hit safely in six of those eight games for a .391 average and four home runs. He is hitting it with such authority he has racked up a .522 ISO, .569 wOBA, 23.5% barrel rate, and a 47.1% hard-hit rate. Maybe more impressively he has 20.7% walk rate over that stretch. He has scored 14 or more points in five of the last eight games and has a very nice price tag in Coors tonight who has allowed a .400 average and a .422 wOBA vs RHH in Coors this season.

Other Options:Yasmani Grandal (CWS vs MIN) $5,100, Salvador Perez (KC at DET) $4,300

Jared Walsh - 1B, LAA vs Madison Bumgarner  ($4,000)

Walsh's price tag has risen quite a bit, but he has earned that price bump. He has hit safely in six straight games and eight of his last nine. Over his last six games, he has five multi-hit games good for a .440 average. He has also shown some really strong power over those six games hitting four home runs with a .560 average and a .573 wOBA. His quality of contact has been impressive as well barreling the ball 18.2% of the time with a 50% hard-hit rate. He is crushing everything and picking up where he left off last season in the minors where he hit 36 home runs. He faces Mad Bum tonight, who has not been the Mad Bum of old. At home, this season Bumgarner has allowed LHH to hit .333 with a .367 wOBA and has given up 2.7 HR/9. Walsh should be low owned today with massive upside.

Other Options: Freddie Freeman (ATL at BAL) $5,700, Christian Walker (AZ at LAA) $3,200

Dylan Moore - 2B/OF, SEA vs Tyler Anderson  ($3,800)

Moore has quite the 2020 season, a season that many did not see coming. Before going O'fer in yesterday's doubleheader he had hit safely in seven of his last 9 games for only a .265 average, but a .265 ISO and a .370 wOBA, and racking up fantasy points. He had 7 or more points in seven of those nine games, making him a strong cash consideration nightly. On the season he is hitting .286 vs RHP with a .370 wOBA and a .234 ISO. He gives you some savings tonight and a nice floor in a cushy matchup vs Anderson. (Just make sure the game plays with all the smoke)

Other Options: Whit Merrifield (KC at DET) $4,800, Ozzie Albies (ATL at BAL) $4,400, Ty France (SEA vs SF) $4,000

Maikel Franco - 3B, KC at Matt Boyd ($4,100)

One player that does not want this sprint season to end is likely Maikel Franco. He is riding a four-game hitting streak into tonight's action and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Over those 11 games, he is hitting .391 with a .403 wOBA and a very impressive 12.1% strikeout rate. He faves the lefty Boyd tonight and on the season Franco is hitting .379 with a .393 wOBA vs LHP this season. On the season Boyd is letting RHH hit .336 with a .447 wOBA while allowing 3.1 HR/9. Franco and the Royals are a nice, low owned stack tonight.

Other Options: Yoan Moncada (CWS vs MIN) $5,200, Alec Bohm (PHI vs NYM) $2,700

Adalberto Mondesi - SS at Matt Boyd ($3,800)

The switch-hitting Mondesi was having a season to forget until 10 games ago when his bat woke up. Over those 10 games, he has hit safely in nine of 10 for a .308 average and has stolen eight bases. More impressively for Mondesi, he has hit four home runs with a .333 ISO and .414 wOBA. He has barreled the ball 17.4% of the time with a hard-hit rate of 47.8% as well. Mondesi is hitting for average while stealing bases and surprisingly flexing some power. His price has finally come up a little but is still a nice value at a top-heavy SS position.

Other Options: Trevor Story (COL vs OAK) $5,600

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kevin Pillar - OF, COL vs Sean Manaea ($4,100)

The Rockies host the A's tonight and will face lefty Sean Manaea who has quietly put together a string of strong starts. Sadly, Coors is not where you want to go to keep that streak going. Pillar has hit safely in three of his five games in Coors as a member of the Rockies with two extra-base hits and will look to stay hot versus lefthanded pitching. On the season he is hitting .306 with a .274 ISO vs LHP. The entire Rockies outfield not named Charlie Blackmon are cheap tonight, so grab Pillar or some others to enjoy some Coors action.

Michael Brantley- OF, HOU vs Kyle Cody ($3,600)

Just another night of DFS action and another night where DK prices Brantley too cheap. All Brantley does is hit. Over his last seven games, he has hit .308 with a .231 ISO and a 54.5% hard-hit rate. He is a strong cash game play night in and night out with major upside in an Astros stack. He hits in the middle of the Astros order in a juicy matchup vs Cody tonight. Cody has not thrown more than three innings or 55 pitches in an appearance this season, so Brantley and the Astros will get Cody for a trip through the lineup and then some shaky Rangers bullpen. Load up on the Astros.

DJ Stewart - OF, BAL vs Huascar Ynoa ($2,400)

Well if you are a regular Quick Hits listener or reader of my columns, you have been enjoying this run by Stewart, and as long as DK keeps pricing him too cheap we will keep rolling with him. He has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, good for a .394 average. He is also crushing everything with seven home runs, a .667 ISO, and a 289 wRC+. His quality of contact is even crazier as he has been barreling the ball 38.1% of the time with a 52.4% hard-hit rate over this stretch. He has another great matchup vs Ynoa tonight who has allowed LHH to hit .304 with a .379 wOBA on the season. Stewart is a free square once again tonight in cash and your GPP lineups.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • COORS- some really nice value to go with the studs, both teams in play, A's likely lower owned
  • Baltimore Orioles vs Atlanta Braves (Huascar Ynoa, RHP)
  • Chicago White Sox vs Minnesota Twins (Randy Dobnak, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd, LHP)
  • A lot of good spots to stack tonight



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/11/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Friday night with a 10 game slate on tap starting at the unusual time of 8:05. A slate with a few top-end arms and a lot of places to attack with bats. There is some spotty weather that could factor in, so keep an eye on weather reports during the day before you lock in your lineup. Make sure to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full rundown of the player pool and how to attack the slate.

When looking at the slate, be cautious about the presence of Gerrit Cole. Although he appears on the slate, the Yankees and Orioles game will NOT BE COUNTED. Don't just blindly click on Cole, especially with Shane Bieber, Lucas Giolito, and Kenta Maeda also available. The Coors bats and White Sox bats will likely be expensive and popular, while the Mariners and Athletics are a couple of the affordable targets tonight.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/11/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Lucas Giolito - P, CWS vs DET ($10,500)

It might be hard to pass on Bieber, but I'm not going to pay 11K to attack the Minnesota Twins offense. Instead, I'll take Giolito, who has also been near-dominant this season against a much weaker offense. Yes, the Tigers have shown flashes of fight on offense, but they also have the highest K% in the league against right-handed pitching at 28.3%. They also have the third-worst OBP (.270), fifth-worst wOBA (.300), and seventh-worst batting average (.233). This is an offense you can attack, especially with a strikeout pitcher like Giolito, who has a ridiculous 34.9 K% this season and is allowing only a 1.85 batting average against. Fire him up as your top arm on the slate.

Yusei Kikuchi - P, SEA at ARI ($6,200)

When looking for an SP2 tonight, I'm really interested in Kikuchi and it mainly has to do with the matchup. On the season, the Diamondbacks have the league's worst wOBA, RC+, ISO, and OP against left-handed pitching. They've also traded away Starling Marte and saw Ketel Marte go on the disabled list. Even though they are middle of the pack in K%, this is an offense you can target, even with imperfect pitchers like Kikuchi. The second-year import pitcher has allowed four earned runs on nine hits over his last 11 innings while striking out 13 and scoring 17.1 and 28.3 DraftKings points. I think that's the range of outcomes you can expect from him tonight, but getting 20 points from your SP2 at this price is nothing to be upset about.

Other Options: Kenta Maeda vs CLE ($10,200), Luis Castillo at STL ($9,600), Garrett Richards vs SF ($7,500)

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Jacob Stallings - C, PIT at Kris Bubic ($3,000)

The catcher position is a little bit of a mess tonight, so I'm looking to save salary here so that I can pay up for one of the aces on the slate without sacrificing top bats. Stallings has hit .364 this year against left-handed pitching with a .955 OPS and .427 wOBA. Bubic may have a bright future ahead of him, but he's not missing many bats, so I'll take my chances that the Pirates and Stallings can get to him for a few runs.

Other Options: Luis Torrens (SEA at ARI) $2,900, Tony Wolters (COL vs LAA) $2,700, Jacob Nottingham (MIL vs CHC) $2,600

Mitch Moreland - 1B, SD vs Johnny Cueto ($4,000)

Moreland has cooled off a little of late, but he's still hitting .301 with 9 HR, a .398 ISO, and .443 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season. Cueto was beginning to get hit around a little before facing Arizona in back-to-back starts, so I'm not too worried about his numbers. He still gives up a lot of contact and doesn't miss a ton of bats. I expect the Padres offense to put a few crooked numbers on the board, and I like Moreland to be at the center of that.

Other Options: Matt Olson (OAK at TEX) $5,000, Brandon Belt (SF at SD) $3,300, Christian Walker (ARI vs SEA) $3,700

Keston Hiura - 2B, MIL vs Jon Lester  ($5,300)

Yes, Hiura's price tag is a little high for somebody only hitting .229 on the season, but he has four home runs over his last 10 games, so I'm banking on the power here against Lester, who is giving up 2.01 HR/9. All of Lester's home runs this year have come against right-handed batters, and Milwaukee is a home run-friendly stadium, so I think the forces can align here against the veteran left-hander who has given up 10 earned runs on 14 hits over his last 8.2 innings - against St. Louis and Pittsburgh, who are not offenses that strike fear into my heart.

(NOTE: I also love Dylan Moore (2B/OF SEA) at Caleb Smith ($3,600) if you need/want to pay down. This is Smith's first start since battling COVID, and he'll be pitching in an Arizona stadium that is incredibly offensive friendly now that the roof is open. Moore has a .258 ISO, .516 SLG, and .343 wOBA against left-handers this year, and I think a mini-stack for the Mariners is absolutely in play here against a bad Diamondbacks bullpen as well.) 

Other Options: Ryan McMahon (COL vs LAA) $3,900, Ty France (SEA at ARI) $3,800

Nolan Arenado - 3B, COL vs Griffin Canning ($5,600)

I know it's a chalky pick, but I'm not going to not put Arenado here. He heads home to face a mediocre pitcher in Griffin Canning, and you should want exposure. Despite being a trendy breakout pick pre-injury, Canning has returned lacking the swing-and-miss stuff many expected. He only has a 20.2 K% and a 9.8 SwStr%. He's giving up 11% barrels and only 11% soft contact, which means batters are squaring the ball up against him often. Arenado hits .324 at home with a .309 ISO, so I'm into this matchup.

Other Options: Manny Machado (SD vs SF) $5,700, Anthony Rendon (LAA at COL) $4,400, Maikel Franco (KC vs PIT) $3,500

Tim Anderson - SS, COL vs Casey Mize ($5,700)

You're likely going to want to pay up at shortstop tonight. There are some cheaper options I'll list below, but with Anderson, Fernando Tatis Jr., Trevor Story, and Francisco Lindor all swinging a hot bat or having good match-ups, it's hard to avoid them. I'll focus on Anderson here to give the White Sox some love. He's been hitting .324 over the last 10 days with 9 runs while hitting at the top of a strong offense. The power hasn't quite been there recently, but he might be able to get it back against Mize, who has had a rough transition to the big leagues. The rookie has a 6.75 ERA, a 12.5% barrel rate, and has yet to get out of the fifth inning in any start. He has the stuff to miss bats, but I like the chances of the White Sox putting up a fair few runs tonight, so getting their leadoff hitter isn't a bad idea.

Other Options: Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD vs SF) $6,000, Trevor Story (COL vs LAA) $5,800, Erik Gonzalez (PIT at KC) $3,300

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Edward Olivares - OF, KC vs Steven Brault ($2,600)

The Royals are actually a sneaky stack tonight against a mediocre left-handed pitcher and bullpen. Since coming over to the team, Olivares has been inserted into the starting lineup and mashing. He's hitting .351 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and a .946 OPS over the last ten games. Brault isn't allowing a lot of home runs, and Kauffman Stadium will suppress power, but he has only a 7.7 SwStr% and is allowing an 80.3 Contact%. The Royals have been an underrated offense all season, and I think they could provide a cheap stack or mini-stack on tonight's slate.

Mike Trout- OF, LAA at German Marquez ($6,000)

I mean, you're putting the best player in the league in Coors Field, so he has to be on your radar. Trout is hitting .343 with 4 HR, 7 RBI, 11 runs, and a 1.260 OPS over his last 10 games. Marquez was the arm who had "figured out Coors," but he's currently pitching to a 7.03 ERA, .327 average, .363 wOBA, and 50% hard contact. Don't let the Marquez narrative fool you and feel free to stack your Angels.

Shogo Akiyama - OF, CIN at Adam Wainwright ($2,100)

If you want to pay up for the Coors bats or White Sox bats, you're going to need to find value. Akiyama hasn't impressed in his MLB debut, but he is hitting at the top of the Reds lineup that has some punch. He's hitting .318 over the last 10 games with a .483 OBP that has helped him swipe 4 bases.  Wainwright is pitching above his head right now, but he's not missing bats (19.6 K%), and his 4.50 xFIP and 4.55 SIERA suggest that regression is coming. I'll slot Akiyama into my lineups so that I can get a solid floor and pay up for the bigger bats.

Other Options: Charlie Blackmon (COL vs LAA) $5,800, Wil Myers (SD vs SF) $4,300, Alex Dickerson (SF at SD) $4,100

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Angels (Griffin Canning, RHP)
  • Los Angeles Angels at Colorado Rockies (German Marquez, RHP)
  • Seattle Mariners at Arizona Diamondbacks (Caleb Smith, LHP)
  • Kansas City Royals vs Pittsburgh Pirates (Steven Brault, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/10/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a 6 game slate on tap. A slate with a few top-end arms and a lot of places to attack with bats. There is some nice value so you should be able to grab some big bats and a big arm or two. Make sure to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full rundown of the player pool and how to attack the slate.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Gerrit Cole and for good reasons facing an Orioles club with a lot of swing and miss. After Cole,Co there are a lot of landmines to navigate when locking in another pitcher. With that being said there are bats for days. The Yankees and Padres will be expensive and popular, while the Rays, Giants, Red Sox are a few of the affordable targets tonight.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/10/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole - P, NYY vs BAL ($10,300)

Cole rolls into tonight's action in a bit of a skid. He has allowed four runs or more in three straight starts. It has been a roller coaster ride, one where he has not been ace-like but hasn't killed your teams as he is still striking guys out. He has at least seven strikeouts in the last three games. One thing I have discussed many times is Cole's issue with the long ball as he has given up at least one home run in each start. We are getting a bit of a discount with Cole at home vs the Orioles. The Orioles are striking out 22.9% of the time vs RHO with a .181 ISO. They definitely have some pop and some streaky hitters, but Cole should be able to avoid too much trouble, strikeout plenty, and rack up the DK points tonight in cash and GPP lineups.

Sandy Alcantara - P, MIA vs PHI ($6,600)

Alcantara has made two starts since returning from the COVID IL. The first start was a disaster and I am willing to chalk that up to rust. His latest start was much more like the Alcantara we have come to expect. He went six strong, allowing one run while striking out eight. He faces the Phillies tonight, a team he pitched well against to start the season. He will look to stay hot vs a Phillies team that strikes out 21.1% of the time with a .252 average and a .166 ISO. Alcantara will have his work cut out for him, but he is usually up for the task. He makes for a strong SP2 tonight on a slate that does not have many great pitching options.

Other Options: Sonny Gray (CIN at CHC) $9,600

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Christian Vazquez - C, BOS at Josh Fleming ($3,800)

Vazquez has picked up right where he left off in 2019 and is having another strong season. He is currently on a bit of a heater as well. Over the last seven games, he has hit safely in five of seven games with a .385 average. He is also walking 16.1% of the time and has a strong .398 wOBA. Last year Vazquez was very strong vs LHP but has gotten off to a slow start this season. He does have a .244 ISO to go with a .220 average. The catcher position is not great tonight and Vazquez is in a strong spot for the Red Sox tonight.

Other Options: Daulton Varsho (AZ vs LAD) $2,300

Bobby Dalbec - 1B/3B, BOS at Josh Fleming  ($3,200)

We are currently living the peak Bobby Dalbec experience. In the minors, he hit for a ton of power and not much of an average. We are currently seeing that power. Dalbec has homered in four straight games where he is hitting .429 with a .690 wOBA. In his first nine games, he is barreling the ball 25% of the time with a 37.5% hard-hit rate, but over the last four games, he has a 44.4% barrel rate and a hard-hit rate of 55.6%. Fleming has allowed LHH to hit 1.5 HR/9 with a .324 wOBA so far this season. Dalbec makes for a strong GPP value today.

Other Options: Garret Cooper (MIA vs PHI) $3,100, Brandon Belt (SF at SD) $3,300

DJ LeMahieu - 2B/3B, NYY vs Keegan Akin  ($5,600)

LeMahieu is having another strong season with a .355 average and a .397 wOBA. He is riding a three-game hitting streak into tonight's game and has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games. He is pricey tonight, but the second base position is not great and he has a great matchup. He has hit over .316 in each of the last six seasons vs LHP, including a .318 average this season. This season he has a .359 wOBA and a 52.4% hard-hit rate vs LHP. Akin has thrown well this season, but tonight could be tough in the Bronx for the 25-year-old and LeMahieu should be apart of that.

Mike Brosseau - 1B/3B, TB vs Mike Kickham ($4,700)

Brosseau brings power when he steps into the batter's box for the Rays. He has a .333 ISO to go with a .416 wOBA this season. He also has a 12.8% barrel rate and a 43.6% hard-hit rate. That's really strong, but what we all love Brosseau is his ability to mash LHP. This season he is hitting .351 with a .432 ISO, a 30.8% HR/FB, and an insane 65.4% hard-hit rate vs LHP. He faces Kickham tonight who recently made his first major league appearance since 2014. He will not be long for the game, but do not panic as the Red Sox bullpen is horrible as well.

Other Options: Manny Machado (SD vs SF) $5,700, Rafael Devers (BOS at TB) $5,000

Chris Taylor - OF/SS at Madison Bumgarner ($4,200)

Taylor comes into tonight's action riding a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Over those nine games, he is hitting .333 with a .405 wOBA and a 57.7% hard-hit rate. Taylor is a nice value in a Dodgers stack tonight as we should be back to attacking Mad Bum tonight. He is definitely not his old self and that shows as he is allowing hitters to barrel the ball 19.4% of the time with a 44.4% hard-hit rate. On the season RHH is hitting .288 with a .451 wOBA with a 49.1% hard-hit rate and allowing an insane 5 HR/9!!!! Load up on your Dodgers, preferably RHH Dodgers, and Taylor should be involved. (Side note, Enrique Hernandez owns Bumgarner.)

Other Options: Gleyber Torres (NYY vs BAL) $4,900, Xander Bogaerts (BOS at TB) $4,600, Miguel Rojas (MIA vs PHI) $3,400

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Wil Myers - OF, SD vs Drew Smyly ($4,100)

The resurgence of Myers has been a thing of beauty this season and the last 11 games have been quite a run. He has hit safely in nine of the last 11 games for a .372 average and a .349 ISO. He has had a higher than normal strikeout rate in recent years but is only striking out 13.3% of the time. He is barreling the ball 13.5% of the time with a 54% hard-hit rate over the las t11 games. He has been crushing LHP this season with a .383 average, .493 wOBA, and 214 wRC+. He is one of the hottest hitters in baseball and faces Smyly tonight as he makes his return from the IL.

AJ Pollock- OF, LAD at Madison Bumgarner ($3,900)

Hey, look, another Dodgers RHH. I was not going to write up Mookie Betts, you do not need an article to tell you he is a great play. Pollock on the other hand, is a strong value piece of the Dodgers tonight. He has hit safely in his last six games for a .440 average, a .475 wOBA, and a 57.9% hard-hit rate. This season he is hitting .359 with a .407 wOBA vs LHP and should be in your Dodgers stacks vs Mad Bum.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TB vs Mike Kickham ($3,200)

Here is your tasty value of the night. The Rays added Arozarena to the roster at the end of August and are crushing. He has hit safely in five of eight games with a .400 average. He has flexed his muscle as well with a .593 wOBA, .600 ISO, 18.8% barrel rate, and 50% hard-hit rate. He is straight crushing it. The Rays have been hitting him near the top of the order in his recent starts in should be in a very strong spot tonight vs Kickham. Great salary relief tonight in cash and GPP.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Los Angeles Dodgers at Madison Bumgarner (Madison Bumgarner, LHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox (Mike Kickham, LHP)
  • Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays (Josh Fleming, LHP)
  • New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles (Keegan Akin, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/8/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday night with a 9 game slate on tap. We have a few strong arms priced at the top with a few nice values on the mound as well. There are a lot of interesting ways to go with bats tonight and that makes for a very fun slate. In today's article, I will highlight some players that most usually will not. The goal is to bring them to your attention as some nice floor or GPP plays that could be apart of some nice, contrarian stacks. Today is a very good day to listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full rundown of today's slate.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Walker Buehler, but there are questions as he only threw 71 pitches in his return from a blister. He should be good to go, back to 90+ and if he does he is a steal at his price tag. The key to the slate may be trusting or fading Buehler and hitting on the lower-priced arms, then getting weird with some bats. The Dodgers are always in play, but I have more interest in the Giants, Tigers, Pirates, and some other not so popular stacking options.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/8/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Sixto Sanchez - P, MIA vs ATL ($6,200)

Sixto has been nothing but brilliant since he was called up to the bigs. He brings an arsenal of straight gas with some nasty breaking pitches and so far has shut down his opponents. In his three starts, he has a 2.37 ERA and a 2.65 xFIP, so he has been pretty legit. More impressively for a young arm is his 25.4% K-BB% and that is in large part due to a very impressive 1.4% BB rate. He has thrown seven innings in each of his last two starts and will look to keep things going vs a rather hot Atlanta team. A Braves team that strikes out a 24.3% strikeout rate, a,275 average, and .228 ISO vs RHP. Sixto will have his work cut out for him at home tonight, but he has the goods and if the control is there again, he becomes a great value.

Andrew Heaney - P, LAA at TEX ($8,400)

Heaney heads to Texas and faces off with Lynn in what should be quite the pitchers' duel. On paper, Lynn is the safer, cash gameplay, where Heaney brings that upside and is coming off of two really strong starts. He has thrown at least seven innings in his last two starts while striking out at least six over those two starts. He faces a Rangers team whose offense just hasn't been consistently threatening at all this season. They are striking out 25% of the time versus LHP with a .228 average, .132 ISO, and .281 wOBA. Not good at all when it comes to the Rangers offense vs lefties. Heaney can be inconsistent, but he has a great matchup, is a decent value, and could be low-rostered tonight on your winning DFS lineups.

Other Options: Walker Buehler (LAD at AZ) $10,200, Lance Lynn (TEX vs LAA) $9,400

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Will Smith - C, LAD at Luke Weaver ($4,000)

We have been waiting for Smith's bat to get going this season and it appears it finally has arrived. He is still apart of a platoon with Barnes, but it does seem Smith is starting to play a bit on the stronger side of that platoon. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games for a nice .348 average. He has also hit three home runs over that stretch with a .478 ISO and an impressive 17.9% walk rate. He is hitting RHP well to the tune of a .271 average and a strong .417 ISO. He faces Weaver tonight who has shown reverse splits in his career and this season has allowed RHH to hit .294 with a .358 wOBA. Smith could be a sneaky piece of a rather popular Dodgers stack tonight.

Brandon Belt - 1B, SF vs Ljay Newsome  ($3,800)

I never thought I would be writing up Belt as often as I have, but he continues to rake and DK continues to price him too cheap. Over his last 11 starts Belt is hitting .476 with a .618 wOBA, 12 extra-base hits, and a 19.2% walk rate. He is barreling the ball 23.5% of the time with a 55.9% hard-hit rate as well. He is one of the best pure hitters in baseball right now and DK gave us a gift at his $3800 price tag. He faces the youngster Newsome tonight who will be making his second career start and will have his work cut out for him versus a rather strong Giants lineup. Belt should be your cash game first baseman and maybe just the only first baseman you roster tonight due to the value he brings to your lineup.

Other Options: Jesus Aguilar (MIA at ATL) $3,800, Jeimer Candelario (DET vs MIL) $3,600

Keston Hiura - 2B, MIA at Spencer Turnbull  ($5,100)

Surprisingly I have not written much about Hiura this season. It was a slow start for Hiura, but he has slowly got it going at the plate. On Sunday he snapped a six-game hitting streak. Over the last seven games, he is hitting .259 but has hit four home runs to go with a .461 wOBA. He is also barreling the ball 29.4% of the time and a 52.9% hard-hit rate during the seven-game run. He is hitting the ball extremely hard and it shows as he has 16 or more points in four of seven games. Hiura brings a decent floor but a massive ceiling versus Turnbull who has allowed a 51.3% hard-hit rate to RHH this season.

Willi Castro - 3B/SS, DET vs Adrian Houser ($3,700)

Now we get to some of the names that many do not know about or do not usually like to roster. These next few names will have nice value with some serious upside as one-off plays, cash plays, or even apart of sneakier stacks. The first play is Castro who has been quietly crushing it for the Tigers. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, including a current four-game hit streak. Over those 12 games, he is hitting .400  with a .438 wOBA, He is stuffing the stat sheet which is resulting in fantasy goodness. He has scored five or more DK points in eight of his last 10 games which much more upside in play.

Erik Gonzalez - 3B/SS vs Dylan Cease ($4,000)

Gonzalez in the midst of one of the most productive, yet quiet seasons in baseball. He is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak into play tonight where he is hitting .387 with a .434 wOBA. He has a 12.8% walk rate and a 41.7% hard-hit rate over the past eight games as well. He has scored seven or more points in seven over his last eight games and brings a really strong floor into tonight's action. He faces Cease tonight who has struggled of late and on the season is allowing a .438 SLG and 44.9% hard-hit rate to RHH.

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Victor Reyes - OF, DET vs Adrian Houser ($3,800)

When talking consistency and a cash game staple, you should look no further than Reyes. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games for a strong .353 average. He has a .235 ISO and a 45.6% hard-hit rate as well. He is facing Houser tonight who has been struggling of late and has struggled all season vs LHH. Lefties are hitting .365 with a .434 wOBA while allowing 2.5 HR/9. Reyes is very affordable tonight and makes for nice cash gameplay or apart of a really nice and affordable Tigers stack.

Raimel Tapia- OF, COL at Mike Clevinger ($3,300)

I usually only roster Tapia when he is playing in Coors, but at $3300 tonight he is definitely in the discussion. He continues to lead off for the Rockies and continues to produce. On Monday, he snapped a nine-game hitting streak. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .341 with four extra-base hits. Before Monday's goose egg, Tapia had double-digit DK points in four of five games and scored seven or more points in eight of nine games. He faces Clevinger tonight who has not been his dominating self this season and has allowed LHH to hit .276 with a .483 SLG. Tapia has strong value tonight and can even be a cash game play versus Clevinger.

Corey Dickerson - OF, MIA at Kyle Wright ($3,200)

Dickerson may be one of the stronger values on the entire slate. He has hit safely in his last four games with a .394 wOBA, .471 ISO, and three extra-base hits. It had been a rather disappointing season for Dickerson, but the last four games may start a strong finish to the season. Tonight he faces Wright who is returning to the bigs to make his first start since August 14. In his previous four starts, he allowed at least three runs in three of four starts, while walking 16 batters over 15 innings. He has also struggled versus LHH allowing them to hit .367 with a .471 wOBA. Dickerson is a very strong value tonight, while the Marlins could be quite the sneaky stack as well.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • San Francisco Giants vs Seattle Mariners (Ljay Newsome, RHP)
  • San Diego Padres vs Colorado Rockies (Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP)
  • Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (Kyle Wright, RHP)
  • Detroit Tigers vs Milwaukee Brewers (Adrian Houser, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/4/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

After a weird 6 game slate on Thursday that locked at 4:05 pm EST, we get a 9 game slate of goodness tonight. Unfortunately, we miss out on the beauty that is Sixto Sanchez and a slew of doubleheaders robs us of the Twins, Yankees, and Blue Jays hitters. Still, there is a lot to like, especially if you like pitching.

Last night was Clayton Kershaw and Clayton all alone. However, today you can roll with Yu Darvish, Dylan Bundy, Jack Flaherty, a resurgent Carlos Carrasco, or even pair one with a low-cost option like Dane Dunning or Yusei Kikuchi against Texas. With so many pitching targets, there are a lot of ways you can build your roster tonight so make sure you also check out MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full rundown of the player pool for those all-important value plays.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/4/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Yu Darvish - P, CHC vs STL ($11,000)

Darvish is in a complicated DFS situation tonight. For one, to me, he's clearly the best pitcher on the slate. He comes into the start with a 1.47 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over seven starts. That low WHIP shows just how far he's come in terms of ironing out his command issues, and when he's not walking guys, his stuff is incredibly hard to hit, as evidenced by the .220 batting average against. However, the Cardinals don't really strikeout. Against RHP, St. Louis has a 21% K%, which is fifth-best in the league. Now, they also don't hit for a ton of power with the 23rd-best SLG (.400) and 25th-ranked ISO (.145) against righties. There's a good chance you see seven innings from Darvish with few runs allowed and six or seven strikeouts. That's likely a high 20s output on DraftKings, which is solid but makes me think twice given the price tag. Still, Darvish is the safest bet on the slate which is ideal for cash builds and you can pair him with an upside risk for GPPs.

Carlos Carrasco  - P, CLE vs MIL ($10,200)

Carrasco may be my favorite GPP play today. I don't think people will rush to roster him after a three-game stretch where his command deserted him, leading to 10 earned runs allowed across 12 innings, with nine walks. However, the strikeouts were still there during that stretch - 16 in 12 innings - and he bounced back nicely in his last start with six shutout innings - allowing only two hits - against the aforementioned Cardinals. Now he gets to face the Brewers, who are second-worst in the league with a 27.3% K% against right-handed pitchers. They combine that with a third-worst OPS (.639) and fourth-worst ISO (.145). This could be a game where Carrasco racks up double-digit strikeouts, and I like having exposure to that in my tournament builds.

My SP2 Options: Dane Dunning (CWS at KC) $5,800, Yusei Kikuchi (SEA vs TEX) $5,700), Taylor Clarke (ARI at SF) $4,800

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Jose Trevino - C, TEX at Yusei Kikuchi ($2,700)

If you roll with one of the non-Kikuchi SP2s, then sliding Trevino into your lineup as a salary-saving catcher option makes sense. While I think Kikuchi will have a strong start against the Rangers, it's unlikely to be flawless, and Trevino is hitting .364 against lefties this year. With Robinson Chirinos out of town, Trevino will be the everyday catcher in Texas. He's hitting .291 on the season with an .806 OPS, and I think he can grab a few hits and push for double-digits at a bargain price.

Pete Alonso - 1B, NYM vs Jake Arrieta ($4,300)

I admit that I was not really a Pete Alonso Truther at the start of this season; however, nobody should ever doubt the dude's power. It's real and it's glorious. He's hit home runs in back-to-back games, and it almost makes you forget that he's hitting only .143 over his last 10 games. But you're rostering him for that one swing, and against Arrieta and his 6.49 ERA and minuscule 16.2% K%, I think you have a good chance of seeing another big fly. The Mets are one of my favorite stacks on the slate, and I think Alonso is a solid option to complete that.

Other Options: Rhys Hoskins (PHI at NYM) $4,600, Christian Walker (ARI at SF) $4,100, Ty France (SEA vs TEX) $4,100

Robinson Cano- 2B, NYM vs Jake Arrieta  ($4,600)

We already talked about why I like the Mets stack for tonight, so let's just talk for a second about Cano. The veteran had surprisingly solid contact metrics last season in his injury-shortened 107 games, and there were a few people suggesting that he could be a solid middle of the order bat for the Mets still. I'm not sure anybody expected this. The 37-year-old is slashing .375/.408/.667 with 7 HR and a tremendous 10.7% K%. He has a career-high Hard% and is hitting a whopping .435 against right-handed pitching this year. My Mets stacks are likely starting with him.

Other Options: Garrett Hampson 2B/OF (COL at LAD) $4,000 Jeff McNeil 2B/OF (NYM vs PHI) $3,500,

Anthony Rendon - 3B, LAA vs Lance McCullers ($5,000)

I think there is an intriguing group of low-cost options at 3B today (see below), but if you're paying up, I like Rendon. People are still under the impression that McCullers is the same pitcher he was pre-injury, but the swing and miss stuff hasn't returned yet. He has a 10.9% SwStr% and a 20.3% K% en route to a 5.06 ERA. Anaheim is also playing like one of the best hitter's parks in the league after changing the fences, especially with the heat in southern California right now. The ball is flying, and I expect Rendon to take advantage of that. He's hitting .299 on the year with a solid .956 OPS, and I think he'll be in the middle of a few rallies today.

Other Options: Kyle Seager (SEA vs TEX) $4,600, J.D. Davis (NYM vs PHI) $4,000, Alec Bohm (PHI at NYM) $3,100

Corey Seager - SS vs Antonio Senzatela ($5,000)

When healthy, there was never a doubt that Seager was a talented hitter. It's been awesome to watch him swing this year, and he's been truly on fire of late. Over his last 10, he's hitting .390 with 3 HR, 6 RBI, 9 R, and a 1.127 OPS. Senzatela has been solid for the Rockies away from Coors, but he's not missing many bats with only a 15.9% K%. Allowing so much contact is not a good thing with Seager locked in, and the Dodgers lineup around him being so damn strong.

Other Options: Tim Anderson (CHW at KC) $5,500, Didi Gregorius (PHI at NYM) $4,400, Amed Rosario (NYM vs PHI) $3,000

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Bryce Harper - OF, PHI at Rick Porcello ($6,100)

This is why you roster those cheaper SP2s. I just can't pass up the chance to roster Harper against Porcello. Harper is hitting only .143 over his last 10 games, but this is a get-right game for the slugger. He's hitting .276 on the season with 7 HR and a strong .964 OPS. Porcello could be the gas can that lights Harper's fire. The right-hander has a 6.00 ERA with only a 18.5% K% and is allowing a 44% Hard%, which is the worst of his career. If/when Porcello gets knocked out of this game, the Mets bullpen has been a problem for them all year, which would give Harper a chance to add on to a big night.

Luis Robert - OF, CWS at Brady Singer ($4,900)

Let's ride the hot bat against a pitcher who has struggled with his transition to the Major Leagues. Robert is hitting .282 over the last 10 games, but he has 4 HR, 10 RBI, and a .967 OPS. The White Sox exploded last night, and I look for them to carry that momentum over tonight against the rookie Singer. The right-hander has a 5.19 ERA across his first seven starts with a 2.08 HR/9 and a 46.1% Hard%, which makes me think that we could see any massive Robert bomb tonight.

Michael Brantley - OF, HOU vs Dylan Bundy ($3,400)

Yes, Dylan Bundy is good, but I still don't understand how DraftKings keeps pricing Brantley like this. For starters, he's the clean-up or three-hole hitter on a strong offensive squad, even without Alex Bregman. He's also been a consistently productive hitter his entire career - when he's healthy, so his performance this year should come as no surprise. Over his last 10 games, he's hitting .324 with 2 HR, 12 RBI, and 8 Runs. He also has home runs in two of his last three games. Even against a pitcher like Bundy, if I'm going to pay down, I want to safe floor of a skilled bat like Brantley.

Other Options: Michael Conforto (NYM vs PHI) $4,800, Sam Haggerty 3B/OF (SEA vs TEX) $4,100, Franmil Reyes (CLE at MIL) $4,000, Alex Dickerson (SF vs ARI) $3,900, Jay Bruce (PHI at NYM) $2,700

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (Brady Singer, RHP)
  • Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers (Kyle Cody, RHP)
  • Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets (Rick Porcello, RHP)
  • New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies (Jake Arrieta, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/3/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a weird 6 game slate on tap. The main slate locks at 4:05 pmEST. There are two games in the 4 o'clock hour and then the other four games start at 7:10 pm and later. Regardless, it looks like a fun slate to build some lineups for and win some money tonight.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arm is Clayton Kershaw and it's Clayton all alone. There are a couple of other arms to target with Mike Clevinger making his Padres debut, Zach Eflin, and his new curveball, and maybe even a pricey Dylan Cease. With so few pitching targets, it leaves a lot of bats to attack. There are the obvious ones like the White Sox and Yankees and then some really cheap options like the Mets. Listen in to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a full rundown of the player pool as well.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/3/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - P, LAD vs AZ ($10,300)

Kershaw is the most expensive pitcher tonight and for good reason. Over his last three starts, he seems healthy and is pitching like the ace we have come to love. He has thrown at least six innings in all three starts and given up one run or less in each start. The two runs he has allowed were on solo home runs, so teams are not currently putting rallies together against Kershaw. Over the last three games, he also has a 29.6% strikeout rate, .156 BABIP, and a 36.2% hard-hit rate. He's going up against a Diamondbacks team that is only hitting .223 with an abysmal .102 ISO and just lost Starling Marte. Kershaw should be extremely chalky tonight and it is hard to defend fading the chalk.

Mike Clevinger - P, SD at LAA ($8,700)

Clevinger makes his debut with the Padres tonight and gets a solid matchup vs the Halos. After his time spent at the Indians' alt-site, he faced the Twins and threw six strong innings, only allowing two runs while striking out six. On the season he has a 22.6% strikeout rate and a 37.7% hard-hit rate. He faces an Angels team tonight that has been a major offensive disappointment this season. They are striking out 21.3% of the time versus RHP with a .250 average and .186 ISO. If Clevinger can work around Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, he may be in for a really nice night at a decent price.

Other Options: Zach Eflin (PHI vs WAS) $7,800

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

James McCann - C, CWS at Danny Duffy ($4,400)

McCann brings a six-game hit streak into tonight's juicy matchup versus Duffy. Over the six games, he is hitting .381 with a .470 wOBA. The major reason to like McCann tonight is the fact he is a part of what of the best offenses versus LHP and he also hits lefties very well. This season he is hitting .500 with a .250 ISO. That is a small sample, so let's look at 2019 where he hit .295 with a .197 ISO. He has hit lefties well throughout his career and is a nice piece of the White Sox action tonight.

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY at Robert Gsellman  ($3,900)

I write about Voit often, especially versus RHP and he usually does not let us down. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games, good for a .357 average, a .429 ISO, and nine home runs. He has hit RHP very well in his career and that has carried over to this season where he is hitting .337 with a .361 ISO, a 52% hard-hit rate, and a really nice 40.7% HR/FB rate. He faces Gsellman tonight who is likely on a short innings limit, so that means more Mets bullpen. Voit is too cheap for tonight's matchup.

Other Options: Jose Abreu (CWS at KC) $5,300, Pete Alonso (NYM vs NYY) $3,000

DJ LeMahieu - 2B/3B, NYY at Robert Gsellman  ($4,300)

I did not want to write up all the Yankees, but it is very hard not to discuss LeMahieu. Since his return from the IL, he has hit safely in all six games for a .368 average and .421 ISO. He has scored five or more points in five of the six games with a high score of 28 points. He is hitting .421 vs RHP this season and that after hitting .310 with a .349 wOBA off RHP in 2019. LeMahieu is my top second base play period tonight in cash and tournaments.

Manny Machado - 3B, SD at Andrew Heaney ($4,600)

On Monday, Machado snapped his 12 game hitting streak but picked right back up on Tuesday with two more hits. Over his last 14 games, he is hitting .474 with a .560 wOBA. He also has 11 extra-base hits, including six home runs and impressively a 6.3% strikeout rate. Machado has always hit LHP well and that has not changed this season to the tune of a .333 average and a .418 wOBA. Last season he had a .315 average and a .441 wOBA. Jump back on Machado and the Padres tonight vs Heaney who is allowing a 57.6% hard-hit rate to RHH this season.

Other Options: Rafael Devers (BOS vs TOR) $5,200, J.D. Davis (NYM vs NYY) $2,800

Tim Anderson - SS at Danny Duffy ($5,500)

There are a lot of very strong shortstop options tonight, but I would feel wrong not mentioning Anderson vs a lefty like Duffy tonight. This season he is hitting .471 with a .647 ISO vs LHP. Those are elite numbers when it comes to splits. In his career, he is 12-35 for a .343 average and a .350 wOBA vs Duffy. If paying up at shortstop, Anderson should be near the top of your list.

Other Options: Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD at LAA) $5,200, Amed Rosario (NYM vs NYY) $2,000

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Luis Robert - OF, CWS at Danny Duffy ($4,700)

Let's go back to the White Sox, as they are a major stack tonight, and check out Luis Robert. The rookie has been scorching hot of late. Over his last 10 games, he has hit safely in seven of 10 games for a .316 average. He has hit five home runs to go with a crazy 191 wRC+. A lot of the numbers have been impressive from the rookie, but over the last 10 games, he is barreling the ball 24.1% of the time with a 48.3% hard-hit rate. He has scored 10 or more points in six of the last 10 games. Don't leave Robert out of your White Sox stacks.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - OF, TOR at Martin Perez ($3,900)

When there is a great spot to stack up the Jays it brings all the outfielders into play. Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk are in play as well, but we are rolling with the streaking Gurriel here. He is coming in with a three-game hitting streak where he has four extra-base hits and has scored seven or more DK points in those three games. He faces lefty Perez tonight and will look to keep things going. He is only hitting .243 with a .315 wOBA vs LHP this season, but his previous two seasons he hit at least .300 with a .351 wOBA or better. Look for Gurriel to be overlooked in the Jays stacks nad become a sneaky nice play in a great stack today.

Jay Bruce - OF, PHI vs Anibal Sanchez ($2,900)

As always, Bruce a GPP only play and if looking for the value he is a great one. Over his last 13 games, he is the definition of a tournament play as he has hit safely in six of 13 games for a .239 average and a 30.4% strikeout rate. The thing is he still is crushing with a .360 wOBA, .415 ISO, and eight of the 11 hits for extra bases including five home runs. When he hits, he hits big. He is hitting .292 with a .521 vs RHP this season and that could very well continue versus Sanchez tonight. LHH is hitting .322 with a .401 wOBA vs Sanchez this season. Bruce is a really nice target for tournaments tonight with a double dong upside.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy, LHP)
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox (Martin Perez, LHP)
  • New York Yankees at New York Mets (Robert Gsellman, RHP)
  • New York Mets vs New York Yankees (J.A. Happ, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (9/1/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with an 11 game slate on tap. We have Coors field in play as well as a few other really nice offensive spots to target. There are some top-end arms as well, but tonight may not be the night to pay for those arms, rather save some money for more bats.

When looking at the slate the top-priced arms, Aaron Nola and Patrick Corbin, face off and may not be the way to go at pitcher. Coors is always a great place to target bats, and tonight the Giants are very affordable, making Coors very much in play, and will not be hard to build a lineup around. There are a lot of interesting ways to go on tonight's slate, so make sure to also listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits to get a rundown of the entire player pool.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 9/1/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Framber Valdez - P, HOU vs TEX ($8,100)

Sunday was supposed to be Framber day, but that was postponed when a member of the A's tested positive for COVID. Now, we get to use Valdez in potentially an even better matchup. Valdez has been great this season with a 2.35 ERA, 2.83 xFIP, and a 26% strikeout rate through his first six starts. He has now gone at least six innings five straight starts and before his last outing where he gave up four runs, had given up one or fewer in four straight starts. He has struck out five or more in five straight starts and eight or more in three of five. He has scored at least 20.7 DK points in five straight starts. Tonight he faces a Rangers team who has struck out 24.6% of the time versus LHP while hitting .236 with a .145 ISO. Valdez can be your SP1 tonight if looking to spend up on bats.

Ian Anderson - P, ATL at BOS ($6,800)

Anderson is coming off his outstanding debut, where he struck out six over six innings versus the beat-up Yankees. Tonight he heads into Fenway Park for a matchup with the offensively challenged Red Sox. In the minors, Anderson was a heavy strikeout arm who was able to keep the ball in the ballpark on his way to really strong ratios. He faces a Red Sox team tonight who lost Mitch Moreland (one of their better options vs RHP) and maybe without injured J.D. Martinez. They are striking out nearly 25% of the time vs RHP while only hitting .249. Anderson will likely be popular tonight so you may want to pivot Kevin Gausman in Coors, or just eat the chalk and differentiate your lineup elsewhere.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Jacob Stallings - C, PIT vs Jon Lester ($2,700)

Entering last night's game, Stallings had hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Over those nine games, he was hitting .464 with a .477 wOBA. He had scored six or more points in six of those nine games as well and has been a cash game catching punt for a while now. On Monday, he extended his current hit streak to five games adding a double and scoring another nine DK points. Tonight he faces the lefty Lester who is allowing RHH to hit .267 with a .500 SLG so far this season.

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY vs Trevor Richards  ($4,400)

To the shock of basically no one, Voit went deep again on Monday night. He now has 13 home runs on the season and continues to lead the Yankees offense this season. Going into Monday night's action, Voit has been doing some serious damage to RHP, hitting a nice .329 with .355 ISO and a 50% hard-hit rate. He faces Trevor Richards tonight who has not made it through five innings in a start this season and is allowing RHH to hit .364 with a .436 SLG. Brandon Belt is a strong play as well and should help lower the ownership on Voit.

Jeff McNeil - 2B/OF, NYM at Asher Wojciechowski  ($3,400)

To say McNeil is not living up to preseason hype would be an understatement. Good thing, we still have half the season to go. He has hit safely in four straight games and five of his last six games. On Monday he went 2-4 with two doubles. He may be waking up and his current price tag will not last for long. He faces Woj tonight who is allowing LHH to SLG .480 while allowing 2 HR/9. If you want a "safer" option for $1,000 more then you can play his teammate Robinson Cano.

Austin Riley - 3B, ATL at Ryan Weber ($3,400)

I wrote up Riley in the Monday Values article and Riley produced with two more hits and 17 more DK points. He continues to rake of late, now hitting safely in nine of his last ten games. He has scored eight or more DK points in seven of those ten games and he has another great matchup tonight to keep the heater going. Weber is allowing RHH to hit .313, with a .500 SLG, and a 44.2% hard-hit rate. Continue to plug Riley into your cash lineups for savings and in your GPPs Braves stacks.

Brandon Crawford - SS at Jon Gray ($3,900)

Almost all the Giants are cheap, well Coors cheap tonight. Crawford has hit safely in four of his last five games, including three multi-hit games. It goes deeper than just five games. Over his last 19 games (since 8/10) he is hitting .333 with a .416 wOBA, and a .233 ISO. He heads into Coors looking to stay hot and is way too cheap for his matchup vs Gray tonight who is allowing a 41.6% hard-hit rate to LHH this season.

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Kyle Tucker - OF, HOU vs Luis Garcia ($4,500)

Tucker is one of the hottest hitters in baseball and he will look to stay hot vs Garcia and then Jordan Lyles. Over the last two weeks, Tucker is hitting .415 with a .591 wOBA and a .634 ISO. He is also barreling the ball 13.9% of the time and has a 58.3% hard-hit rate over that span. He will be hitting in the middle of the Astros lineup and will look to continue his ridiculous hot streak tonight vs a bad Rangers pitching staff.

Nick Markakis - OF, ATL at Ryan Weber ($3,600)

Similar to his teammate Riley, Markakis has been swinging it really well and is too cheap for his matchup tonight vs Weber. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .389 with a .444 wOBA, and a 40.6% hard-hit rate. He is hitting in the middle of the Braves lineup and makes for a strong value tonight vs Weber.

Tyler Naquin - OF, CLE at Matt Harvey ($2,600)

Naquin put up a goose egg on Monday night as strong value, but we will go right back to the well tonight as he faces the Dark Knight in Kansas City. Before Monday night Naquin was on a six-game hitting streak where he was hitting .348 with a .475 ISO. He was also barreling the ball 11.8% of the time with a 47.1% hard-hit rate. He had scored seven or more DK points in eight of nine games before Monday night and there is no reason not to go back to the value well. There is a lot of value on tonight's slate and Naquin is a strong option in the outfield.

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray, RHP)
  • Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox (Ryan Weber, RHP)
  • Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers (Luis Garcia, RHP)
  • New York Mets at Baltimore Orioles (Asher Wojciechowski, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/27/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a 6 game slate on tap.  The slate starts slightly earlier at 6:37 pmEST and will now not include the SF/LAD game, so be careful. Be prepared for players sitting, games maybe not playing, and more as there are many more important things taking place in this country.

When looking at the slate there are two aces taking the mound with Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. After the top targets, things get very tricky in the midtier, but there are a couple of interesting punt options down below. When it comes to bats there are a lot of options to target. With such bad pitching overall, there will be many directions to take in building your lineups.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/27/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Hyun Jin Ryu - P, TOR vs BOS ($9,700)

Well, this was supposed to be Clayton Kershaw and that has now been erased as the game is no longer on the slate. Now we pivot to Ryu to save some cash instead of pay up for Scherzer (who is in play as well). Ryu struggled out the gate but has really come on strong over his last four starts. He has thrown at least five innings in the last four starts while giving up one run or less in each start and striking out at least six in three of four starts. He has a 1.23 ERA and a 2.28 xFIP over that stretch as well to go with a 30.8% strikeout rate. He is limiting the damage in a big way as well, only getting barreled 2% of the time over the last four games with a 20.4% hard-hit rate. He should come in low owned tonight since he is pitching in Coors East, facing the Red Sox and a slight chance of rain.

Chris Bassitt - P, OAK at TEX ($8,200)

Chris Bassitt comes into tonight's matchup with the Rangers coming off a nice 5.2 innings two earned run and six strikeout performance against the Angels. It has been an up and down season for Bassitt, but for the most part, has been on the upside of things. He has scored 13.8 DK points or more in five of six starts this season. He is only allowing an 8% barrel rate and a 37% hard-hit rate this season. He will be facing a Rangers team that strikes out 22.7% of the time vs RHP with a .201 average and a .126 ISO. Bassitt brings a nice floor to tonight's matchup and is a nice SP2 option.

Other Options: Max Scherzer (WAS vs Phi) $10,900, Kevin Gausman (SF vs LAD) $6,400, Sixto Sanchez (MIA at NYM) $5,100

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Vladimir Guerrero Jr - 1B, TOR vs Chris Mazza ($4,300)

It took a while to get going, but Vladito is finally feeling it at the plate. He is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak where he is hitting .333 with a .242 ISO. More impressively he is walking 13.2% of the time while only striking out 10.5% of the time. Over his nine-game hitting streak he is also barreling the ball 10.3% of the time with a 58.6% hard-hit rate. Vlad is feeling it at the plate and gets a great matchup vs Mazza today as they play in wonderful Coors East. You should be stacking the Jays and Vlad should be apart of that stack.

Other Options: Matt Olson (OAK at TEX) $5,300, Miguel Sano (MIN at DET) $4,900, Renato Nunez (BAL at TB) $3,800, Rowdy Tellez (TOR vs BOS) $2,900

Luis Garcia - 2B, WAS vs Spencer Howard  ($2,500)

It has been a while since we had the Nationals on the main slate and that means we get our punt second baseman, Luis Garcia back. After all this time he is still extremely cheap even though he keeps hitting. He has hit safely in his last four games and eight of his first eleven games. He is hitting .317 on the season and hits in the middle of the Nats lineup. He will be facing Howard tonight who has not made it through four innings in his last two starts and that just means more Phillies bullpen. Enjoy Garcia as a punt in cash and GPPs.

Other Options: Cavan Biggio (TOR vs BOS) $5,100, Robinson Cano (NYM vs MIA) $4,000

Isaac Paredes - 3B, DET vs Randy Dobnak  ($2,300)

When looking for another value tonight, then look no further than Paredes. He has now hit safely in three of his last five games, including two multi-hit games. He has upped his average to .269 on the season. He will be facing Dobnak tonight who has been using smoke and mirrors to get things done this season. He has a 1.78 ERA, yet a 4.08 xFIP. He only has a 13.5% strikeout rate, meaning a lot of balls are being put in play, yet only a .226 BABIP. The regression monster will hit Dobnak soon, meaning a value with Paredes and a lot of other Tigers could be in store tonight at low ownership.

Other Options: Yandy Diaz (TB vs BAL) $3,500

Willy Adames - SS, TB vs John Means ($3,900)

Adames has quietly been on quite the heater lately. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games, good for a .333 average. Over that stretch, he also has a .333 ISO to go with 10 extra-base hits and a 12.1% walk rate. He is barreling the ball 11.8% of the time over those 16 games with a very nice 52.9% hard-hit rate. He has even been hitting cleanup at times vs LHP. That last part is really nice as he is having Means tonight who has not looked like his all-star self. So far this season lefties are hitting .278 with a .611 SLG and they have already hit four home runs off Means in only nine innings.

Other Options: Trea Turner (WAS vs PHI) $5,200, Niko Goodrum (DET vs MIN) $4,200, John Berti (MIA at NYM) $3,700

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Nelson Cruz - OF, MIN at Matt Boyd ($5,700)

Well, look what we have here. Cruz vs a lefty that loves to give up the long ball. Cruz is having another strong season with 11 home runs, barreling the ball 16.7% of the time with a 44.9% hard-hit rate. When facing lefties this season he is hitting .440 with a .520 ISO and a 47.6% hard-hit rate. He will be facing Boyd who is allowing LHH to hit .333 this season with a .647 SLG and has allowed seven home runs over 22.2 innings this season.

Teoscar Hernandez - OF, TOR vs Chris Mazza ($4,300)

I mentioned the Jays are a great stack tonight and that means the outfielders, all of them are in play. Teoscar is the main one, but not by much as they are all hitting. He is on an eight-game hitting streak entering tonight's game with a .346 average over that stretch. In those eight games, he also has a .462 ISO, 21.2% walk rate, 31.3% barrel rate, and 56.3% hard-hit rate. To put it simply, Teoscar is smoking hot and gets a great matchup tonight at home.

Manuel Margot - OF, TB vs John Means ($3,100)

The Rays are in a strong spot tonight and especially the Rays right-handed hitters. Most will look at Renfroe as a cheap outfield option, but don't forget about Margot. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games for a .333 average. He is walking 12.1% of the time while only striking out 16.7% of the time over those seven games. What's more impressive is an 11.8% barrel rate and a 41.2% hard-hit rate over those seven games. Last year he hit .333 vs LHP with a .383 wOBA and he will go overlooked as a strong value play tonight vs Means.

Other Options: Juan Soto (WAS vs PHI) $5,900, Austin Meadows (TB vs BAL) $5,200, Anthony Santander (BAL at TB) $4,700, Robbie Grossman (OAK at TEX) $4,100, Lourdes Gurriel Jr (TOR vs BOS) $4,000, Randal Grichuk (TOR vs BOS) $3,900, Hunter Renfroe (TB vs BAL) $3,800, Stephen Piscotty (OAK at TEX) $3,500, Victor Reyes (DET vs MIN) $2,900

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox (Chris Mazza, LHP)
  • Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd, LHP)
  • Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles (John Means, LHP)
  • Sneaky Stack- Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins (Randy Dobnak, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/25/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday night with a nice 10 game slate on tap. There is a nice mix of pitching and bats to attack tonight. There is no Coors in play tonight which is always nice, but there are some other definite spots to attack for bats.

When looking at the slate there are a few main targets on the mound. At the top, you have Shane Bieber, Gerrit Cole, and maybe even a low owned Lucas Giolito. All three in strong spots and could put up big DK nights. After the top targets, it is all about finding the mid-tier and punt targets on the mound. When it comes to bats I don't need to tell you the Dodgers and White Sox have been white-hot, but I will point out the main bats to attack in your lineups.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/25/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Shane Bieber - P, CLE vs MIN ($10,800)

It's Shane Bieber day again!!!! Tonight it will not be as easy for many to click the autoplay that is Bieber since he is facing the Twins, but that will not stop me. Bieber has been an absolute machine. He may give up a few runs but the strikeouts will be there to help offset the damage, it's not like he's priced at $12,000. It is only $10,800, don't overthink this choice. Biber has a 43.4% strikeout percentage this season, a .175 batting average against, and 1.52 xFIP. He already faced the Twins once this season, throwing eight shutout innings with 13 strikeouts. Plugin Bieber and move along. If he stinks, so be it, but he is the best pitcher in baseball, at a great price, and likely low ownership.

Lucas Giolito - P, CWS vs PIT ($9,700)

There are a few pivots of Bieber if you are not feeling like playing the best pitcher in baseball. Lucas Giolito is one of them. Giolito has had some rough starts this season but bounced back nicely his last time out with seven shutout innings with 13 strikeouts vs the Tigers. Tonight he faces the Pirates an offense we love to attack. The Pirates are striking out 24.7% of the time with a .210 average and .116 ISO vs RHP this season. Giolito is a very strong play tonight that could be overlooked priced near Bieber and Cole.

Other Options: Gerrit Cole (NYY at ATL) $10,600, Adam Wainwright (STL vs KC) $8,400, German Marquez (COL at AZ) $8,000, Chris Paddack (SD vs SEA) $7,800

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY at Ian Anderson ($4,400)

The Yankees are back and have a nice matchup vs the young arm of Anderson. Before their little COVID vacation they were swinging strong bats and Voit was a big part of that. Voit is riding a 10 game hitting streak where he is hitting .405 with a .514 ISO. He has also homered in four straight games, for five home runs. He is barreling the ball 25% of the time with an insane hard-hit rate close to 54%. Voit is locked in and even hits RHP very well with a .206 ISO in 2019.

Other Options: Cody Bellinger (LAD at SF) $5,700, Jose Abreu (CWS vs PIT) $5,000, Hunter Dozier (KC at STL) $3,900, Ty France (SD vs SEA) $3,400

Kolten Wong - 2B, STL vs Matt Harvey  ($3,300)

This is a combination of value, leading off and facing Matt Harvey. It does not hurt that Wong is riding a seven-game hitting streak into tonight's action where he is hitting .360 0ver that stretch. He has also added two steals and is walking close to 13% of the time during those seven games, good for a .467 OBP. He is getting on base in many different ways and setting the table for the mashers. That could be huge in a game vs Harvey and the Royals bullpen.

Other Options: Mike Moustakas (CIN at MIL) $5,100, Wilmer Flores (SF vs LAD) $4,300, Nick Madrigal (CWS vs PIT) $2,900

Manny Machado - 3B, SD at Marco Gonzales  ($4,800)

There are not many hitters hotter than Machado in baseball these days. He is riding a six-game hitting streak into tonight where he is hitting .478 with a .522 ISO and six extra-base hits. On the season he is barreling the ball 25% of the time with a very strong 50% hard-hit rate. Last year he hit .315 with a .370 ISO vs LHP and faces Gonzales tonight. Yes, Marco has shown some reverse splits in his career, but give me the red hot Machado to stay hot in Seattle tonight.

Other Options: Matt Chapman (OAK at TEX) $5,300, Nolan Arenado (COL at AZ) $4,900, Kyle Seager (SEA at SD) $3,800, Willie Castro (DET vs CHC) $3,100, Isaac Paredes (DET vs CHC) $2,000

Trevor Story - SS, COL at Alex Young ($5,200)

The shortstop position is extremely top-heavy tonight and will likely require paying up. Story is a strong option and will be overlooked with Tatis and Anderson ahead of him. Story homered last night, giving him home runs in back to back games. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games for a .319 average and 12 extra-base hits. He has always hit LHP well in his career and faces Young tonight who allowed 1.7 HR/9 to RHP last season. The roof should be open in Arizona tonight and Story should be in store for another strong evening.

Other Options: Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD vs SEA) $5,600, Tim Anderson (CWS vs PIT) $5,400, Corey Seager (LAD at SF) $5,000, Javy Baez (CHC at DET) $4,600

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Eloy Jimenez - OF, CWS vs Steven Brault ($4,900)

I wanted to write up so many White Sox, but you will get the drift after listening to MLB DFS Quick Hits. They are a strong play and Jimenez is apart of that. Over his last 13 games, he is hitting .385 with six home runs and a .385 ISO. He is crushing it but is usually overlooked with Anderson, Abreu, and even Lou Bob around him. He'll be facing Brault who he can definitely take advantage of and is in line for another big night.

Nick Solak - OF, TEX vs Sean Manaea ($3,800)

Solak has been up and down this season, but tonight is a night to definitely be on him and his teammates. We have been attacking Manaea all season and it has ended up quite well. It does not hurt that Solak hits LHP well. Last season he hit .319 with a .340 ISO. He brings his near 41% hard-hit rate into tonight's action and brings a nice value to your DK lineups. He is decent cash gameplay and a nice piece of a stack with Joey Gallo and others.

Sam Haggerty - OF, SEA at Chris Paddack ($3,000)

Haggerty brings some nice value to your lineups tonight. Sure Paddack has been good, but he also has a tendency to give up the long ball throughout his starts. Haggerty has been a stat stuffer to start his season. He has hit safely in all five games he has played. Over those five games, he has three extra-base hits and has even thrown in two stolen bases. He has scored at least five DK points in each game and at least eight or more in four of his last five games. I am not going all-in on Seattle tonight but a Haggerty and Seager stack could be fun in your GPPs.

Other Options: Whit Merrifield (KC at STL) $5,300, Joey Gallo (TEX vs OAK) $4,800, Louis Robert (CWS vs PIT) $4,500, Kyle Schwarber (CHC at DET) $4,100, Jorge Soler (KC at STL) $4,100, Jesse Winker (CIN at MIL) $4,000, Ian Happ (CHC at DET) $4,000, Robbie Grossman (OAK at TEX) $3,900, Mike Tauchman (NYY at ATL) $3,600, Jordan Luplow (CLE vs MIN) $3,400, Wil Myers (SD vs SEA) $3,400, Dylan Carlson (STL vs KC) $2,700, Jason Heyward (CHC at DET) $2,400, many many more

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago White Sox vs Pittsburgh Pirates (Steven Brault, LHP)
  • Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (Alex Young, LHP)
  • St Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals (Matt Harvey, RHP)
  • GAME STACK OAK AT TEX



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/21/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into a Friday night 13 game with only the Mets and Yankees taking the night off due to the Mets' potential COVID cases. As Bubba mentioned yesterday, it's been hot on the west coast, so look to attack some of those big offenses, and really even the ones you normally don't consider potent as the Giants' bats won people lots of money last night.

You may also need some value bats in your lineup in order to pay up for some of the big arms on the slate. Walker Buehler has had a slow start to the year, but Aaron Nola and Max Fried have looked dominant and the rest of the pitching slate is full of question marks. You can take some chances with the other pitching targets,

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/21/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Aaron Nola - P, PHI at ATL ($9,900)

You may see Atlanta up there and be less certain about rostering Nola. That shouldn't be the case. Without Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr., and, to an obviously lesser extent, Nick Markakis, this Atlanta offense is not one that instills a tremendous amount of fear. Certainly not when taking on Nola. The 27-year old has found his groove against this year, registering a 2.05 ERA, 39.8% strikeout rate, and monstrous 35.5 K-BB%. K-BB% is one of the first stats that stabilizes and indicates that Nola's early dominance might not be flukey. He's inducing a career-high 14.8 SwStr%, and the Braves are third-worst in the league with a 26.7 K%. All of it adds up to Nola being my favorite arm on the slate tonight.

Adrian Houser - P, MIL at PIT ($8,400)

I think Adrian Houser is going to be under-owned tonight because his last two starts against strong Cubs and Twins teams left him with average stats. However, he held his own in both of those games, and the underlying metrics suggest that Houser is ready to breakout. Houser's SwStr% has improved to 10.7%, which is driven by adding two inches of drop on his slider and an inch of sink on his sinker. His extra movement has been one of the reasons that he's in the top five in groundball rate, but the strikeouts haven't come. I think they will. Even if they don't come in this game, you have a pitcher who is inducing a lot of groundballs and weak contact facing a team that has the worst ISO in the league and second-worst batting average. Houser may not rack up the strikeouts to put up massive numbers, but I think he's perhaps the safest non-Nola arm on the slate with upside for more.

Other Options: Walker Buehler (LAD vs COL) $10,200, Max Fried (ATL vs PHI) $8,900, Andrew Heaney (LAA @ OAK) $7,700, Chad Kuhl (PIT vs MIL) $6,900

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Jose Abreu - 1B, CWS at Jon Lester ($4,100)

Don't look now, but here comes Jose Abreu. He's 8-for-14 in his last three games with a HR, 6 RBI and an average of 18.3 DraftKings points a game. Even before this recent hot streak, Abreu has been striking the ball well, hitting at a career-high 92.4 mph exit velocity and 52.5 Hard%. In his career, Abreu has a .547 SLG and .236 ISO against left-handed pitching and gets a good match-up in Jon Lester. I'd be looking to get some exposure to the White Sox lineup, and Abreu seems like a nice, relatively inexpensive option to do so.

Other Options: Miguel Sano (MIN at KC) $4,700, Renato Nunez (BAL vs BOS) $4,400, Wilmer Flores (SF vs ARI) $3,900, Jeimer Candelario (DET at CLE) $3,600

Ketel Marte- 2B, ARI at Logan Webb ($4,400)

Ketel Marte isn't hitting for as much power as he did last year, so his price has continued to fall on DraftKings. However, he's still hitting .343, his SwStr% is down to 6.3%, and his Hard% is up to 42.9%. The biggest change is that his ISO is down from .264 to .098. Much of that is the way that he's being pitched, but I'm not concerned in the big picture because of the quality of contact Marte is making. He now gets to face a mediocre arm in Logan Webb, who has a 7.5 K-BB% across 20.1 innings. Webb doesn't miss many bats but has registered a 5.6% HR/FB ratio which will absolutely regress to the mean. I look for Marte to be one of the reasons it does.

Other Options: Mike Moustakas (CIN at STL) $5,100, Tommy La Stella (LAA at OAK) $4,300, Phil Gosselin (PHI at ATL) $4,100, Abraham Toro (HOU at SD) $3,000

Manny Machado - 3B, SD vs Lance McCullers Jr. ($4,300)

I don't love many of the options at 3B tonight, but Machado has been hitting the ball well lately, notching a .400 average with 2 HR and 8 RBI over the last 10 games. He has two hits in each of the last three games and is hitting in a potent Padres lineup that has packed a punch recently. Machado will also get to face a vulnerable arm in McCullers, who has not looked like the same arm in his return from arm injury. His K% has dropped from 26.9 to 20.7, his SwStr% dropped from 13.5% to 11.2%, and his HR/FB ratio has jumped up to 21.4%. He's simply not missing the bats he did before, which could be a problem against a guy swinging a hot bat.

Other Options: Matt Chapman (OAK vs LAA) $4,700, Yoan Moncada (CWS at CHC) $4,400, Brad Miller (STL vs CIN) $3,700, Evan Longoria (SF vs LAA) $3,400

Tim Anderson - SS, CHW at Jon Lester ($4,800)

There simply are very few people swinging the bat as well as Anderson is right now. Over his last 10 games, the shortstop is hitting .436 with 5 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SB, and a 1.399 OPS. He now gets to bring his act on the road to face a vulnerable Jon Lester. There are many good options at shortstop tonight, but I wouldn't overthink it too much. If you have the salary to put Anderson in your lineup, it will likely be the right choice.

Other Options: Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD vs HOU) $5,200, Xander Bogaerts (BOS at BAL) $5,100, Marcus Semien (OAK vs LAA) $4,700, Javier Baez (CHC vs CHW) $4,100, Nick Ahmed (ARI at SF) $3,500, Freddy Galvis (CIN at STL) $3,200

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Austin Slater - OF, SF vs Robbie Ray ($2,800)

Austin Slater facing a lefty? LOCK IT IN. In all seriousness, I had Slater locked into my lineups yesterday against Jose Suarez, and I'll likely do the same today against Ray. Slater is hitting .375 with 4 HR, 5 RBI, and 5 SB over his last 10 games. He's hitting .450 with 3 of those HRs against left-handed pitching, and now he gets to face Ray, who may have changed his mechanics but has been the same old mess on the mound. Ray has an 8.59 ERA and is giving up 2.86 HR/9. You want Giants right-handed bats in your lineup tonight and Slater should be a damn near lock at this price.

Nelson Cruz - OF, MIN vs Danny Duffy ($5,100)

Don't overthink it, if you can play Cruz versus a left-handed pitcher, do it. Cruz homered last night and is hitting .429 with 4 HR against lefties this year. For his career, he has a .278 ISO and .571 SLG against lefties. Last year specifically, he had 16 HRs and a 1.207 OPS. Duffy has always been a guy who got by with velocity, so I love the matchup here, and Cruz apparently does too since he's hitting .360 with a .960 SLG, 5 HR, and 10 RBI in his career against Duffy.

Mark Canha - OF, OAK vs Andrew Heaney ($3,700)

I'm not excited to attack Heaney today since he's a solid arm and the A's struggle as a team versus left-handed pitching, but I do love Canha at this price in this spot. He hit fourth for the A's last night against another left-handed pitcher and put up 16 DraftKings points. He's hitting .279 with 3 HR and 17 RBI on the season and has a 1.044 OPS over his last 10 games. He should be in a solid spot for RBIs tonight and could put up his third straight 16+ point night.

Other Options: Mike Yastrzemski (SF vs ARI) $5,100, Franmil Reyes (CLE vs DET) $4,600, Anthony Santander (BAL vs BOS) $4,600, Eloy Jimenez (CHW at CHC) $4,100, Dylan Moore (SEA vs TEX) $3,900, Stephen Piscotty (OAK vs AZ) $3,500, Jesse Winker (CIN at STL) $3,500

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (John Means, LHP)
  • Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester, LHP)
  • Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox (Bullpen game)
  • San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray, LHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/20/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a nice 8 game slate on tap. There is a nice mix of pitching and bats to attack tonight. It has been hot on the west coast, so do not forget to focus on some of those big offenses. There is no Coors in play tonight which is always nice, but there are some other definite spots to attack for bats.

When looking at the slate there are a few main targets on the mound. At the top, you have Shane Bieber, Sonny Gray, and maybe even Clayton Kershaw. All three in strong spots and all cash viable. After the top targets, it is all about finding the mid-tier and punt targets on the mound. When it comes to bats I don't need to tell you the Dodgers and Indians are in strong spots, but I will point out other bats to attack in your lineups.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/20/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Shane Bieber - P, CLE at PIT ($10,600)

There has not been a better pitcher in baseball to start this wacky season than Shane Bieber. He enters tonight's action 4-0 on the season with a 1.30 ERA and a 1.65 xFIP. He has been just filthy. He has pitched at least 6 innings in all five starts, he has eight or more strikeouts in all five starts and has scored 29+ DK points in four of five stars. He is as consistent as they come and gets a solid matchup vs the Pirates tonight. Yep, we are going to continue picking on the Buccos as they continue to strikeout 24.7% of the time and only hit .194 vs RHP. Bieber is the easy cash game lock and is also GPP viable.

Dinelson Lamet - P, SD vs TEX ($8,500)

Everyone is waiting for the Lamet blowup, but that is not happening tonight. Lamet has been dominating this year with a 32.1% strikeout rate, a 1.59 ERA and a 3.88 xFIP. He has really turned it on in his last two starts, throwing at least six innings, allowing only one run in each on solo home runs and striking out at least eight. He'll face the Rangers tonight, a team that Chris Paddack just mowed through for six innings. They are striking out around 21% of the time vs RHP while hitting .214 with a .124 ISO. Lamet is very GPP viable with a smidge of cash attraction tonight.

Other Options: Sonny Gray (CIN at STL) $9,500, Kevin Gausman (SF vs LAA) $6,500

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Mitch Moreland - 1B, BOS at Asher Wojciechowski ($4,800)

Over the last 10 games, Moreland has been streaking, hitting .407 with four home runs and a .519 ISO. It is not just all hitting either for Moreland as he is also walking 17.5% of the time. He is also barreling the ball 25% of the time with a 50% hard-hit rate on the season. It likely isn't sustainable, but for now, he is raking and the train is worth jumping on. He continues to produce game after game and is in a great spot tonight at hitter-friendly Camden Yards. Last season lefties slugged .530 and homered 2.3 times per nine innings.

Other Options: Shohei Ohtani (LAA at SF) $4,300, Renato Nunez (BAL vs BOS) $4,200, Danny Santana (TEX at SD) $3,700, Eric Hosmer (SD vs TEX) $3,500

Chad Pinder - 2B, OAK vs Alex Young  ($2,700)

If looking for savings tonight in your GPP builds than look no further than Swipe Left himself, Chad Pinder. Pinder is apart of an Oakland platoon that starts him vs LHP. His last start vs a lefty he went 3-4 with a home run and has shown power vs lefties throughout his career. He'll face Young tonight who allowed a .453 SLG and nearly two home runs per nine vs RHH last season. Pinder is strictly a GPP play where Cronenworth is more cash game if looking for a second base punt.

Other Options: Mike Moustakas (CIN at STL) $4,800, Tommy La Stella (LAA at SF) $4,100, Jake Cronenworth (SD vs TEX) $2,500

Rafael Devers - 3B, BOS at Asher Wojciechowski  ($5,400)

It's been a long season for the Red Sox offense and especially Rafael Devers. It appears something has finally clicked for Devers over the last seven games. Over those seven games, he is hitting .355 with four extra-base hits and has multi-hit games over the last two games. Devers is pricey tonight and the Red Sox will be popular, but he is one of the players worth paying up for in his matchup vs Wojciechowski.

Other Options: Matt Chapman (OAK vs AZ) $4,700, Manny Machado (SD vs TEX) $4,500, Evan Longoria (SF vs LAA) $3,600

Nick Ahmed - SS, AZ at Sean Manaea ($3,000)

No one is talking about Ahmed, but we should be as he has been consistently good over the last 15 games. He has hit safely in 13 of the 15 games while hitting .415. He is stuffing the stat sheet over that time with seven extra-base hits, 14 runs scored, 16 RBI, and even two steals. He is facing the broken lefty, Sean Manaea tonight and that bodes even better as Ahmed hit .312 vs lefties last season with a .248 ISO and only striking out 14.6% of the time. Ahmed is one of the better salary savers on the board and is cash and GPP viable.

Other Options: Xander Bogaerts (BOS at BAL) $5,500, Francisco Lindor (CLE at PIT) $5,200, Fernando Tatis Jr (SD vs TEX) $5,100, Marcus Semien (OAK vs AZ) $4,700, Brandon Crawford (SF vs LAA) $3,400, Freddy Galvis (CIN at STL) $3,100

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Anthony Santander - OF, BAL vs Nate Eovaldi ($4,300)

For those that listen to MLB DFS Quick Hits (and if you don't come on!!!!) then you know my love for Santander and the fact I play him nightly. It's a good thing too as he is riding a 15 game hitting streak where he has 15 extra-base hits (seven home runs), a .344 average, .492 ISO and only striking out 12.1% of the time. He has been a double-digit fantasy producer game after game and has another great matchup tonight vs Eovaldi. As long as DK keeps pricing him down, I'll keep plugging Santander into my lineups, especially in cash.

Trent Grisham - OF, SD vs Kyle Gibson ($3,100)

I just can't wrap my head around DK's disrespect of Trent Grisham. He is hitting .310 over his last eight games, setting the table atop a very potent Padres' offense. The early season power has disappeared, but when looking for savings and a solid floor, Grisham is your guy. He faces Gibson tonight who has allowed lefties to hit at least .270 and as high as .326 over the last four seasons while allowing an SLG of .456 or better in three of the last four seasons. Grisham and Hosmer are two Padres I'll be looking to save some money with if needed.

Jesse Winker - OF, CIN at Adam Wainwright ($3,400)

I know 2020 has been crazy, but JESSE WINKER AT ONLY $3,400!?!?!?!?!? Yep, I'll take the bait on this one. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, good for a .545 average with nine extra-base hits (six home runs), a .636 ISO, oh, and he is still walking 16.7% of the time. Winker is as locked in from a fantasy production perspective as anyone else in baseball, yes even Tatis. He faces Waino tonight who allowed lefties to hit .288 with a .503 SLG last season. Winker and Santander should be starting in your cash lineups tonight.

Other Options: Starling Marte (AZ at OAK) $4,000, Mark Canha (OAK vs AZ) $3,700, Stephen Piscotty (OAK vs AZ) $3,600, Brian Goodwin (LAA at SF) $3,200, many many more

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (Asher Wojciechowski, RHP)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks at Oakland Athletics (Sean Manaea, LHP)
  • Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox (Nate Eovaldi, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack - San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Angels (Matt Andriesse, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/18/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday night with a nice 11 game slate on tap. There is a nice mix of pitching and bats to attack tonight. It has been hot on the west coast, so do not forget to focus on some of those big offenses. There are some nice "free square" values as well to help pay up for the big bats like Fernando Tatis J.R., Juan Soto, and all your Dodgers.

When looking at the slate there are a few main targets on the mound. At the top, you have Yu Darvish, Carlos Carrasco and Kenta Maeda. All three in strong spots and all cash viable. After the top targets it is all about finding the mid-tier and punt targets on the mound.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/18/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Carlos Carrasco - P, CLE at PIT ($9,900)

Most will pay up more for Darvish or pay down to Maeda and Luis Castillo, all good choices, but Carrasco is my guy. He has gone six innings in three of four starts. He has struck out at least five in each of his four starts. Even when his control is off, he is getting strikeouts which is huge for DK. He has a strong floor in a matchup vs the Pirates where the Indians are -210 road favorites and the Pirates have a 2.5 team total. The biggest kicker may be the fact the Pirates are one of the worst teams in baseball this season vs RHP. They are hitting .189 with a .117 ISO and a 24.5% strikeout rate. Get that win and quality start from Carrasco tonight.

Dylan Cease - P, CWS vs DET ($8,500)

.There was a lot of hype on Cease entering 2020 and rightfully so as his stuff is electric, it was always a matter of control. Well, it appears Cease is figuring that out as he zero or one walk in three of his four starts. He is striking out around five per outing and is now going six innings. He has a strong matchup vs the Tigers tonight who is hitting .209 vs RHP this season while striking out 29.9% of the time!!!!! Cease has put up 17.9 or more DK points in three straight starts and is a nice SP2 tonight.

Other Options: Yu Darvish (CHC vs STL) $10,500Kenta Maeda (MIN vs MIL) $9,700, David Peterson (NYM at MIA) $7,600, Zach Eflin (PHI @ BOS) $6,900

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Eric Thames - 1B, WAS at Josh Tomlin ($3,800)

There are much safer plays at first base and some are listed below. Thames is strictly a GPP play tonight vs Ynoa and Tomlin. Thames has never been a major batting average target, it's all about the power and that is what he does vs RHP. Last season he did hit .254 vs RHP but mashed them with an ISO of .275, wOBA of .362, and an SLG of .529. If you are feeling frisky or stacking some Nats, do not forget Thames in your GPP builds.

Other Options: Dominic Smith (NYM at MIA) $4,300), Freddie Freeman (ATL vs WAS) $5,500, Jose Abreu (CWS vs DET) $4,500

Cavan Biggio - 2B/OF, TOR at Wade LeBlanc ($5,200)

The Jays are a strong strong stack tonight and Biggio needs to be apart of that stack. Biggio has hit safely in four straight games and six of his last seven. He has scored 16 or more DK points in four of his last seven and will be low owned vs the lefty LeBlanc tonight. Biggio has been a bit above league average in his lefty matchups, but LeBlanc has struggled vs LHH. Last season lefties hit .276 with a .369 wOBA vs LeBlanc. Plus, once LeBlanc is chased from the game Biggio gets to face that Orioles pen.

Other Options: Brandon Lowe (TB at NYY) $4,900, Robinson Cano (NYM at MIA) $4,500, Luis Garcia (WAS at ATL) $2,300

Alec Bohm - 3B, PHI at Zack Godley ($3,000)

The Phillies called up their stud prospect Bohm over the weekend and he has not disappointed. He has hit safely in three of his first four games while also driving in and scoring runs. He always hit the ball extremely hard in the minors, including 36% last season, has come out scorching with a 66% hard-hit rate, and 16.7% barrel rate. Last year RHH had a .344 wOBA vs Godley. Bohm is a very nice piece of salary relief tonight.

Other Options: Yoan Moncada (CWS at DET) $4,700, Renato Nunez (BAL vs TOR) $4,100, Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS at ATL) $4,100

Tim Anderson - SS, CWS vs Tarik Skubal ($4,700)

STACK THE WHITE SOX!!!! Anderson needs to be apart of that stack. He homered twice on Monday and has another great matchup tonight. He faces the lefty Skubal, who is making his MLB debut, but should only throw 50 pitches or so. After the White Sox chase Skubal it's all about that bad Tigers bullpen. Since Anderson has returned from the IL he is hitting .348 with three home runs and nine or more points in four of six games.

Other Options: Corey Seager (LAD vs SEA) $5,000, Jonathan Villar (MIA vs NYM) $4,300

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs Marco Gonzales ($6,100)

Yes, I know, Mookie is very expensive. Well, sometimes in life it is worth paying for something so great. Betts has hit safely in eight of his last nine games with six home runs, 11 runs scored and 14 RBI. Basically he is stuffing the stat sheet from every angle you can think of. Marco does have reverse splits and hopefully, that lowers ownership on Betts who should crush tonight. If you want a different elite target and save a little then it is all about Soto and Harper.

Randal Grichuk - OF, TOR at Wade LeBlanc ($3,900)

Grichuk is tearing the cover off the ball this season. Usually, a batting average liability is not so much the case this season as he is hitting .327. It took a little while to get the power going but has now homered in three of the last four games. He is barreling the ball 10.8% of the time right now with a 40.5% hard-hit rate. He gets to face a very hittable lefty tonight and that is a recipe for success for Grichuk and the Jays.

Jesse Winker - OF, CIN at Brad Keller ($3,800)

Welcome back Reds and welcome back Winker. Last time we saw Winker he double donged and was all over our values article. There was more, he was straight raking. Over his previous eight games, he had hits in seven of eight, and all seven were multi-hit games. He hit .625 over that stretch with six home runs. He faces Keller tonight, who has looked better this season, but last season allowed lefties to hit .251 with a .370 SLG. Enjoy the Winker value again tonight.

Other Options: Juan Soto (WAS at ATL) $5,900, Bryce Harper (PHI at BOS) $5,500, Teoscar Hernandez (TOR at BAL) $4,700, Eloy Jimenez (CWS vs DET) $4,500, Brandon Nimmo (NYM at MIA) $3,900, Nick Markakis (ATL vs WAS) $3,700, Alex Verdugo (BOS vs PHI) $3,400

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Chicago White Sox vs Detroit Tigers (Tarik Skubal, LHP)
  • Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (Wade LeBlanc, LHP)
  • New York Mets at Miami Marlins (Humberto Mejia, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack - Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays (Nate Pearson, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/14/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

After a strange five-game slate last night, we've got a full 13-game slate on tap today with only the Cardinals and White Sox game not playing. There are some prime spots to target, as well as some nice pivots to differentiate your lineups, which can be found here and also in the value plays article in the Premium content. Listening to MLB DFS Quick Hits will also help get you pointed in the right direction.

When looking at the slate, Jacob deGrom and Gerritt Cole pop off the page immediately as the two best arms in the game. They don't have easy match-ups but can certainly put up big numbers against anybody, so you'll need to find some value elsewhere to afford them or go for all value bats if you want to fit them both in your lineup. Just remember, as we saw with Anthony DeSclafani last night, sometimes going full chalk can torpedo a lineup. This article will outline some of the obvious plays and some sneakier ways to go about attacking today's slate.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/14/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @SamskiNYC.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray - P, CIN vs PIT ($9,600)

Gray is 2K cheaper than DeGrom, but you can make a pretty strong case that he's pitching better right now with a 3-1 record, 2.25 ERA, and 13.13 K/9. He's upped his SwStr% to 11.9 and is keeping the ball out of the air (22% FB%), which is huge given his home ballpark. The Pirates don't strike out a lot as a team, but they have the second-worst average in the league at .214 and the second-worst SLG at .345. Despite their offensive explosion yesterday, I don't think that this is a lineup that can really do much damage against Gray with the way he's pitching right now.

Frankie Montas - P, OAK @ SF ($8,400)

If you want an elite arm but need to save some money for those high-end bats, then Montas is your guy tonight. Perpetually overlooked because he plays most of his games after East Coast people like me have gone to bed, Montas is now fully stretched out after going seven innings in each of his last two starts - 99 and 86 pitches respectively - putting up 31 and 28.6 DraftKings points in those games; the latter total coming against a talented Astros offense. He has a 1.57 ERA and had big strikeout games against the Mariners and Angels when he had his slider going. The Giants offense also doesn't strikeout a bunch, but they're bottom-ten in SLG and Exit Velocity as a team, and I think Montas can keep them at bay for six or seven innings and pick up a win.

UPDATE: Frankie Montas has been scratched and Jesus Luzardo will start instead.

Other Options: Tyler Chatwood (CHC vs MIL) $9,100, Spencer Howard (PHI vs NYM) $4,000

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Martin Maldonado - C, HOU vs Yusei Kikuchi ($3,500)

There are a few solid mid-priced catching options on the slate, but it's going to be crucial to save money somewhere in your lineup if you want to pay up for two of these good arms. To me, catcher is the best place to save money, and Maldonado is my favorite target to pay down. Yes, I know Kikuchi has been limiting hard contact and looks like a new pitcher this year, but this Astros offense is solid from top to bottom and Maldonado is able to provide value because he has plenty of RBI opportunities even though he hits at the bottom of the lineup. To top it off, he has home runs in two of his last three games and double-digit DraftKings points in each of his last three. Take the salary savings here.

Other Options: Travis d'Arnaud (ATL @ MIA) $4,600, Salvador Perez (KC @ MIN) $4,500

Derek Dietrich - 1B/OF, TEX @ Ryan Castellani ($4,200)

Dietrich probably isn't my favorite play at 1B today, but I wanted to take the time to mention him because I think he'll be an under-owned option today. Even though most people are going to try and get a piece of this Coors Field game, Dietrich was claimed off the scrap heap last week, so he's not on many radars. However, he went 3-3 with a 2B and SB in his first game for Texas, so I would be surprised if they decided to bench him after that. We know that he's historically been a streaky hitter who can put up tremendous fantasy value when he's going strong, so I think he can be a useful piece as one of the cheapest Coors Field options against a young and unproven rookie pitcher.

Other Options: Pete Alonso (NYM at PHI) $4,900, Luke Voit (NYY vs BOS) $4,500, Jesus Aguilar (MIA vs ATL) $4,000, Eric Hosmer (SD at ARI) $3,300

D.J. LeMahieu - 2B, NYY vs Ryan Brasier (bullpen game) ($5,200)

I like a lot of the high-priced 2B tonight, but I also want some exposure to the Yankees lineup against a Boston bullpen that has been truly atrocious this season. They are a bottom-five bullpen in terms of hard contact allowed, and LeMahieu is crushing the ball to the tune of .431/.479/.569. He hits at the top of a Yankee lineup that should score a bunch of runs today, which gives him a solid floor even if he doesn't go 4-for-5 like he did last time out.

Other Options: Garrett Hampson (COL vs TEX) $4,900, Ketel Marte (ARI vs SD) $4,500, Jake Cronenworth (SD at ARI) $2,800

Matt Chapman - 3B, OAK at Johnny Cueto ($5,300)

Matt Chapman is seeing the ball very well right now. He has four home runs in his last six games and has averaged an exit velocity of 100.68 mph over that span. That's absurd. Cueto was a good story on Opening Day, looking solid in his return after a long layoff, but he only has a 6.3% K-BB%, is allowing only 9.1% Soft Contact, and has given up a home run in three straight games. If he makes it four in a row then Chapman is the best bet to be that guy.

Other Options: Alex Bregman (HOU vs SEA) $5,700, Brian Anderson (MIA vs ATL) $4,100, Marwin Gonzalez (MIN vs KC) $3,800

Andres Gimenez - SS, NYM vs Spencer Howard ($2,800)

In order to roster some of the elite arms and bats on this slate, you're going to need to take advantage of these options to save salary. Gimenez is coming in at a ridiculously cheap price given his recent production and Spencer Howard being an uproven arm who got hit hard in his debut against Atlanta. The 21-year-old is not packing much thump for the Mets, but his .286 average and 5 SB give him enough value at his price point. The Mets have been hitting the ball well lately, which should give him ample opportunity to add some runs or RBIs to that statline as well.

Other Options: Carlos Correa (HOU vs SEA) $4,500, Trevor Story (COL vs TEX) $6,200, Chris Taylor (LAD @ LAA) $3,400

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Charlie Blackmon - OF, COL vs Lance Lynn ($6,000)

I know the price is high, but I have to mention Blackmon with the way he's hitting, let alone when he's playing at home. His .472/.506/.681 triple-slash is absolutely absurd and, unsurprisingly, he's hitting even better at home with a .500 average, 2 HR, 11 R, and 13 RBI in 10 games. Lance Lynn is a good arm, but nobody is untouchable in Coors, especially the way Blackmon is swinging the bat right now. His price and the opposing talent may keep him from being as chalky as he would be on other slates, so don't be the hipster that shies away from something because it's popular.

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs Patrick Sandoval ($5,600)

Do you think I'm not going to write up a guy that went 4-for-4 with 3 HR and 5 RBI the night before? Betts is on a five-game hitting streak and, as evidenced by last night, is starting to get more comfortable in Dodger Blue. The Dodgers as a team have been ready to breakout for a while. Their ISO and SLG% are both near the top of the league and their K% is second-best. They've been hitting the ball hard all season, but some of their best bats haven't quite gotten going. Sandoval is a solid arm, but he gave up 1.37 HR/9 last year and 1.8 HR/9 this year in an incredibly small sample size. He gives up a fair amount of hard contact and is no match for Mookie when the outfielder is hitting the ball as well as he is.

Eddie Rosario - OF, MIN vs Jakob Junis ($4,500)

The Twins are a pretty solid stack option tonight against Jakob Junis, who's given up 2 HR/9 and only 9.7% soft contact in his two starts this season, not to mention having an identical 10.3% K% and BB%. Junis has always been susceptible to the big fly and has an unsustainable 90.2% of runners left on base this year, which tells me that a blow-up outing is just around the corner. My guess is that it's tonight, and Rosario is one of my favorite targets to take advantage of it. He has hits in his last four games and 3 HR and 8 RBI in his last three. Ride the hot bat and target the weak arm.

Michael Conforto - OF, NYM vs Spencer Howard ($4,000)

How is Conforto this cheap when he has a 10-game hitting streak going and the Mets just scored 19 runs in two games against Washington? He's hitting .333 with 3 HR, 11 RBI, and a .949 OPS on the year and hits in the middle of the lineup, so there are always ample opportunities for runs and RBI. Remember that, even if Howard pitches respectably, the Phillies have the league's worst bullpen with a 10.13 ERA. Yummy.

Other Options: Joey Gallo (TEX at COL) $5,400, Nelson Cruz (MIN vs KC) $3,900, Bryce Harper (PHI vs NYM) $5,200, Shin-Soo Choo (TEX at COL) $4,700, George Springer (HOU vs SEA) $4,600, Jorge Soler (KC at MIN) $4,300, Willie Calhoun (TEX at COL) $4,200, Franmil Reyes (CLE at DET) $4,200, Dylan Moore (SEA at HOU) $3,800, Robbie Grossman (OAK at SF) $2,700

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Texas Rangers at Colorado Rockies (Ryan Castellani, RHP)
  • New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (Spencer Howard, RHP and league's worst bullpen)
  • Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals (Jakob Junis, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack - Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves (Kyle Wright, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/13/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Thursday night with a very strange five-game slate on tap. The slate starts at 4:05 pmEST and is spread out throughout the day/evening. There are some really east spots to target as well as some nice pivots to differentiate your lineups. Listening to MLB DFS Quick Hits will also help get you pointed in the right direction.

When looking at the slate there are a few main targets. Most will look to Yu Darvish and Anthony DeSclafani on the mound while targeting the Phillies and Reds on the offensive side of things. This article will outline some of the obvious plays and some sneakier ways to go about attacking today's 5 game slate.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/13/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani - P, CIN vs PIT ($8,200)

There was a lot of fantasy hype surrounding DeSclafani entering the 2020 season and so far he has not disappointed. He has thrown 11 innings in his first two starts and has yet to allow a run. He also has only allowed five hits, one walk while striking out eight. He will be taking on the Pirates today, a team that has struggled tremendously vs right-handed pitchers. This season the Pirates are hitting .180 with a .100 ISO and a 23.9% K rate. DeSclafani should be popular today and will be very hard to avoid putting in all of your lineups.

Corbin Burnes - P, MIL at CHC ($6,200)

The Brewers are scheduled to use Brett Anderson to start today's game vs the Cubs and then give way to Corbin Burnes. Anderson has not made it through the fourth inning in his previous two starts and that should allow Burnes to throw four or more innings. Burnes has thrown 75 or more pitches in two of his three appearances and has scored at least 11 or more DK points in each outing, including 23 his last time out. His strikeout upside is a major reason for the fantasy goodness as he has struck out five or more in all three outings while allowing no more than two runs in any outing. The Cubs are striking out 25.6% of the time vs RHP this season and Burnes could be a nice punt if you are looking to be different today.

Other Options: Yu Darvish (CHC vs MIL) $10,400

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Chance Sisco - C, CAL at Jake Arrieta ($3,700)

I had Sisco circled for this article before he went off on Wednesday. Just means his ownership will be higher. Sisco is coming off a two-hit night, including a home run where he scored 21 DK points. He is now hitting .368 on the season with four extra-base hits and continues to be overlooked as a piece of Orioles stacks. He usually starts vs RHP, but if he doesn't Pedro Severino becomes an interesting play as he is $4,300 and will go unowned.

Other Options: J.T. Realmuto (PHI vs BAL) $5,300, Willson Contreras (CHC vs MIL) $4,400

Joey Votto - 1B, CIN vs Trevor Williams ($4,400)

Votto started off the year smoking hot and has cooled down a bit. Votto's numbers are quite telling as he is only hitting .220 but has a .182 BABIP, basically, the BABIP gods have been quite unkind to Joey. He also had a .200 ISO and a .361 OBP so he is still being productive without racking up all the hits. He did have a nice two-hit game on Tuesday and could use a nice matchup vs Trevor Williams to keep things going. Votto has had some nice success vs Williams, going 10 for 25 with three doubles.

Other Options: Renato Nunez (BAL at PHI) $4,300, Colin Moran (PIT at CIN) $3,600, Mike Brosseau (TB at BOS) $3,400

Kevin Newman - 2B/SS, PIT at Anthony Desclafani ($4,300)

With DeSlcafani being very popular today, playing some Pirates can make things super contrarian for your lineups. Newman comes into today's game riding a four-game hitting streak and has also hit safely in seven of his eight games. He is hitting .375 over that stretch with three extra-base hits and has scored five or DK points in six of his last eight games. Newman as a part of a Pirates stack or a one-off could be sneaky nice.

Other Options: Hanser Alberto (BAL at PHI) $4,000

Jean Segura - 3B, PHI at Tom Eshelman ($4,000)

It took a few games, but Segura has finally got things going for all the fantasy fans. He has hit safely in four of his last six games while also scoring at least seven DK points in five of those games. Segura has also hit home runs in two of his last three games. He will be facing Eshelman tonight who allowed RHH to hit .359 with a .457 wOBA and allowing 3.4 HR/9 last season. Do not forget Segura when you are stacking the popular Phillies.

Other Options: Manny Machado (SD at LAD) $4,200, Rio Ruiz (BAL at PHI) $3,400, Yandy Diaz (TB at BOS) $3,100

Fernando Tatis Jr. - SS, SD vs Julio Urias ($5,400)

I could write up Tatis every game. He has been an absolute beast this season with eight home runs, five stolen bases while hitting over .300. Tonight he has a matchup vs the talented Julio Urias and that should make Tatis and the Padres quite low owned. Last year Tatis hit .419 with a .306 ISO and could be a sneaky nice target for GPPs today.

Other Options: Xander Bogaerts (BOS vs TB) $4,500, Jose Iglesias (BAL at PHI) $3,200

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Bryce Harper - OF, PHI vs Tom Eshelman ($5,400)

Harper may be one of the highest owned players today and rightfully so. Harper is coming off a two-hit night where he also stole a base. He has scored at least 15 DK points in each of the last three games. Harper is rolling, hitting safely in eight of his last 10 games with three home runs, and scoring 10 or more DK points in six games. He is a great play versus Eshelman and the Orioles pen regardless of ownership. Differentiate elsewhere as Harper is locked into lineups tonight.

Anthony Santander - OF, BAL at Jake Arrieta ($3,900)

I absolutely love the Orioles tonight. I know, I am always in love with them. Well, it's because they are too darn cheap. Nunez and Alberto are coming targets, but the O's have a couple of outfielders to stack with as well. Anthony Santander usually hits fifth for the O's and is riding a six-game hitting streak into today's action. Over that stretch, he has racked up six extra-base hits as well as scoring at least 12 DK points in five straight games. When stacking up the O's also don't forget Dwight Smith Jr. who is also en Fuego.

Jesse Winker - OF, CIN vs Trevor Williams ($3,500)

Winker is finally receiving regular playing time and is a great salary saver today. Winker has homered in three straight games and is now hitting .333 on the season. So far Winker has his best hard-hit rate at 43.3% and has a really strong .495 xwOBAcon. He'll face off vs Williams who allowed lefties to hit .335 with a .393 wOBA last season. Winker is a great salary saver and piece of a Reds stack.

Other Options: Nick Castellanos (CIN vs PIT) $4,800, Tommy Pham (SD at LAD) $3,900, Jay Bruce (PHI vs BAL) $3,800, Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL at CIN) $3,700, Hunter Renfroe (TB at BOS) $3,400, Nick Senzel (CIN vs PIT) $3,200, Shogo Akiyama (CIN vs PIT) $3,000

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

  • Philadelphia Phillies vs Baltimore Orioles (Tom Eshelman, RHP)
  • Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates (Trevor Williams, RHP)
  • Sneaky Stack - Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies (Jake Arrieta, RHP)



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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/11/20) - MLB DFS Lineups

We head into Tuesday night with a large twelve-game slate on tap. We have Coors in play tonight, plus other great spots to target as pitching is very suspect on tonight's slate. There are a lot of ways to go tonight and the DK plays should help point you in the right direction. Listening to MLB DFS Quick Hits will also help get you pointed in the right direction.

When looking at the slate there are a few main targets. Zack Wheeler should be popular when paying up, especially with the uncertainty of Max Scherzer's health. The middle tier has a lot of risk with Jordan Montgomery and others. Then the punts are just that, punts. I would not get too cute with pitching today.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/11/2020. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, contact me on Twitter @bdentrek.

 

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Ross Stripling - P, LAD vs SD ($7,900)

Stripling has not been as dominant as many would like coming into the season, allowing three runs or more in his last two starts. Sure that is not great, but from a fantasy perspective he has been pretty good and that big reason is the strikeouts. He has seven strikeouts in two of his three starts, one of those was against the Padres in his last start. He has scored ten of more DK points in all three starts and 18 or more in the two starts where he was striking everyone out. The Padres have been smoking the baseball, but they are also striking out almost 24% of the time vs RHP to start the season and on a slate with suspect pitching, we will roll with Stripling tonight.

Brandon Bielak - P, HOU vs SF ($7,500)

Bielak looked good in his first start, throwing five shutout innings, but only striking out 1. In his minor league career, he had strikeout rates of 23% or more while also having groundball rates above 43%. Both strong and should come into play nicely versus a bad Giants team who only has a .138 ISO versus RHP to start the season. Another plus for Bielak was the fact he threw over 80 pitches in his last start so he should be good for 85-90 tonight and hopefully goes at least five with some more strikeouts.

 

DraftKings DFS Infielders

Austin Romine - C, DET vs Gio Gonzalez ($2,800)

Romine has been a consistent value for the Tigers. He has hit safely in six of ten games including three multi-hit games in the last five games. Last year Romine hit .309 with a .471 SLG vs LHP and will look to build on that tonight. He faces Gio tonight who allowed a .435 SLG to RHH last season. Romine is a free square on DK tonight.

Other Options: Victor Caratini (CHC at CLE) $3,600, James McCann (CWS at DET) $3,600

Yuli Gurriel - 1B, HOU vs Tyler Anderson ($4,300)

Gurriel continues to be priced to cheap. He brings a great floor to the game with upside night after night as he hits 5th for the Astros. Last year Gurriel had a .241 ISO vs LHP and will look to add onto that tonight vs Anderson. Gurriel is a solid cash game play again tonight vs Anderson and the Giants bullpen.

Other Options: Anthony Rizzo (CHC at CLE) $5,200, Matt Olson (OAK at LAA) $4,900, Todd Frazier (TEX vs SEA) $4,100, Miguel Cabrera (DET vs CWS) $2,400

Tommy La Stella - 1B/2B, LAA vs Mike Fiers ($3,300)

La Stella has been moved to the top of the Angels order and has been rolling since the change. He has now hit safely in four of his last five games and has put up eight or more points in four of his last five games (12+ in three of five). He faces Fiers tonight who gave up over one HR/9 and a 40% hard-hit rate to LHH last season. La Stella is a great value and a nice piece of an Angels stack.

Other Options: Ryan McMahon (COL vs AZ) $4,900, Nick Solak (TEX vs SEA) $4,200, Mike Brosseau (TB at BOS) $3,300, Jake Cronenworth (SD at LAD) $2,300

Marwin Gonzalez - 1B/3B, MIN at Josh Lindblom ($3,900)

Gonzalez is getting everyday at-bats in the Twins order while filling in for Josh Donaldson. He will be facing Lindblom tonight who has been good but also hittable vs LHH. It's a small sample, but early on LHH is hitting .364 with a .409 SLG vs Lindblom. Gonzalez is a cheap piece of the Twins action and a nice cash gameplay if looking to be a little different.

Other Options:  Anthony Rendon (LAA vs OAK) $5,300, Austin Riley (ATL at NYY) $4,000, Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS at NYM) $3,800

Dansby Swanson - SS, ATL vs Jordan Montgomery ($4,700)

Dansby's price continues to rise as he continues to crush this season. Since the move to the second spot in the order with Ozzie Albies out has been tremendous. Swanson has also hit lefties well, last season hitting .294 with a .803 OPS. Tonight he faces Montgomery who allowed RHH to hit .269 against him last season and this season is off to a really bad start vs righties. The wind is also blowing hard out to leftfield tonight which helos make Swanson an even nicer GPP target

Other Options: Xander Bogaerts (BOS vs TB) $4,600, Niko Goodrum (DET vs CWS) $3,900

 

DraftKings DFS Outfielders

Juan Soto - OF, WAS at Rick Porcello ($5,200)

Soto has returned and has returned with authority. He has double-digit DK scoring in three of his first four games. He has a great matchup tonight vs Porcello who allowed LHH to hit .284 with 1.4 HR/9 last season. Even though Soto is $5,200, he is too cheap for his matchup and will soon be closer to $6K. Enjoy him while you can at this price.

Joey Gallo - OF, TEX vs Marco Gonzales ($4,600)

Gallo is in a sneaky matchup tonight. Gallo has shown reverse splits vs LHP, last year having a crazy .331 ISO. It also helps that Gonzales has reverse splits as well with LHH hitting .302 with a .478 SLG last season. Gallo will be a sneaky GPP play tonight.

Dylan Moore - OF, SEA at Mike Minor ($3,900)

Moore has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball of late. Moore is hitting .333 to start the year with eight extra-base hits. He faces Minor tonight who has allowed 1.3 HR/9 to RHH each of the last two seasons, while also allowing a lot of hard contact. Moore is cheap tonight and a nice piece of a Mariners stack.

Other Options: J.D. Martinez (BOS vs TB) $4,900, Marcell Ozuna (ATL at NYY) $4,400, Franmil Reyes (CLE vs CHC) $4,100, Mike Tauchman (NYY vs ATL) $3,800, many many more

 

DraftKings DFS Stacks

Captain Obvious: COORS FIELD!!!!!

Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland A's (Mike Fiers, RHP)

Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians (Adam Plutko, RHP)

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays (Anthony Banda, LHP)

Sneaky Stack - Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers (Mike Minor, LHP)



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