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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/16/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

With one swing of the bat, Carlos Correa ensured we get at least one more multi-game slate for the DFS season. Once down, 3-0 in the ALCS, Houston will now look to even the series on Friday night with their Game 1 starter back on the mound. In the Senior Circuit, the Atlanta Braves will look to finish off the Dodgers in a game that should feature mostly bullpen arms for both teams.

Two elimination games mean there could be some weird managerial moves to frustrate DFS players but it also means Friday could be the last time we could see more than one baseball game in the same slate. Without further ado, let's dig into what should be a fun Friday night in baseball.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/15/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @Schwarze_Mike.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Framber Valdez - HOU vs. TB ($9,500)

Valdez took the loss in Game 1 but the offense only put up one run for him. Valdez pitched well allowing just two runs in six innings while striking out eight. He induced 13 swinging strikes on 95 pitches. Valdez did walk four in the contest but the base on balls was not an issue for him during the regular season - he had just a 5.6 percent walk rate - so I'm willing to give him a pass and roll with the Astros lefty as the main pitching option tonight.

Tampa Bay is a strong offense, but they also have a ton of swing-and-miss in their game making them as good of a matchup as you'll find among World Series contenders. The Rays had a league-worst 28.5 percent strikeout rate against left-handed pitching in the regular season so Valdez should have a safe enough floor as he should rack up some K's and he is the best bet on the slate to pitch deep into the game. Astros manager Dusty Baker rode Zach Greinke in Game 4 and that move worked out well for Houston. Expect the veteran skipper to let Valdez go as long as he's effective after Houston burned through seven pitchers last night.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Will Smith - C, LOS vs. ATL ($3,100)

The Dodgers are the top stack of the evening as they'll face a plethora of Atlanta bullpen arms in a must-win game for LA. Smith has been batting fifth in the batting order which has been a great spot for RBI production. He has five RBI in his last four games and got hot late in the season with a .348 batting average in September. He should come up multiple times with men on base and should return value.

Brandon Lowe - 2B, TB vs. HOU ($3,400)

This is the contrerian-play of the evening as Lowe has been struggling mightily and also faces a tricky L/L matchup versus Valdez. Lowe has been struggling mightily this postseason but homered on Thursday and has strong reverse-splits this season. Lowe posted the ninth-best OPS against southpaws this season and while 2020 is inherently a small sample size, Lowe has good career numbers versus lefties as well.

Edwin Rios - 3B, LAD vs. ATL ($2,400)

Rios is one of the cheapest ways to get a piece of the Dodgers offense assuming he's in the starting-nine. With manager Dave Roberts managing for his job, I can't imagine leaving Rios on the bench would be a popular move in LA after the 26-year-old homered in back-to-back games. Rios is a cheap option who is swinging a hot bat and can be paired with the high-priced Dodger bats to create a wrap-around stack.

Corey Seager - SS, LAD vs. ATL ($4,200)

With all the money we saved by playing Rios we might as well play his partner on the left side of the Dodgers infield. Seager mashed this season posting an elite .585 slugging percentage and carried that production into October. He took an O-fer on Thursday but Seager had 10 hits in the five games before that and has been making great contact.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LA vs. ATL ($4,500)

Betts is the most expensive bat on the slate but he also has the safest floor as the leadoff hitter for the team with the highest implied run total. Betts should bat five times in this game versus the Atlanta bullpen and he's too good of a hitter to not do much with the opportunities he'll have in this game. The last time the Dodgers had their backs against the wall, Mookie reached base twice in the first inning and scored two runs. He should be all over the bases again tonight making his combination of safety and upside worth the price tag.

Michael Brantley - OF, HOU vs. TAM ($3,100)

Brantly is another player I'll be using to try and be more contrarian on a small slate. Like Lowe, Brantley faces an L/L matchup to start the game which hopefully will suppress his ownership. Also like Lowe, Brantley has good career numbers versus southpaws and will bat third in the order, a prime slot for RBI and run production. Brantley has been swinging a hot bat and is actually $100 cheaper than he was on Thursday. 

Cristian Pache - OF, ATL vs. LOS ($2,400)

Pache is another solid salary-saving option that has been a staple in this column for days. The rookie took over in the Atlanta outfield when Adam Duvall went down with an injury and ran with the starting job. The rookie has reached base safely in three-straight games and his speed gives him the chance to add fantasy points on the base paths. He'll bat lower in the order but his defense should keep him in the game ensuring he gets enough at-bats to warrant fantasy consideration.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/15/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

If you’re hankering for an age when rotations were clear cut and the next day’s starting pitcher was known well in advance during the postseason, today is not the slate for you. Instead, we bring you Clayton Kershaw as the cream of the crop, but even he was scratched from his start just two days ago due to recurring back issues. 

Factor in that the Dodgers’ offense seemingly played the first three innings of Game 3 on rookie mode before promptly being shut down, and you’ve got a whirlwind slate where it’s best to assume you’ll have no idea whose pitching until they’re standing on the mound. 

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/15/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @davithius.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - ATL vs. LOS ($10,100)

Really, Kershaw is the only arm that I can in good conscience recommend. Of course, fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on his back ailment, and in the case that he is ruled out, slot in whomever the Dodgers tab in his place. With neither the Rays or Astros having A.) announced a starter until a few hours before first pitch, and B.) both clubs sounding as if they’ll deploy their bullpens for much of the contest, the pitching attention focuses on L.A. and Atlanta. 

That would also put Braves starter Bryse Wilson in play, but there’s the aforementioned 15-run eruption that the Dodgers delivered a night ago. In 15 career big league appearances, Wilson owns a 5.91 ERA. All of that was essentially a long-winded way of saying: Kershaw is the arm to target. He has struck out 19 batters in 14 postseason IP to this stage and is the only starter who could reliably go deep into an outing.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Austin Barnes - C, LOS vs. ATL ($2,300)

Keeping the price tag down somewhere is imperative with so many sluggers available Thursday, so fantasy managers can consider Barnes, who has been Kershaw’s primary catcher this season. Despite entering Game 3 cold Wednesday, Barnes’ first two playoff appearances this year saw him collect multi-hit performances.

Ozzie Albies - 2B, ATL vs. LOS ($3,800)

After hyping up Albies earlier in the week against Kershaw, we’re going back to the well since they never got to face one another. During the 2019 year, Albies particularly clobbered breaking pitches when batting right-handed (.438 BA), which should particularly be a consideration when facing Kershaw. Factor in that Albies enters play on a four-game hit streak with 15 total bases in that stretch, and his top tier price tag no longer seems so gaudy.

Alex Bregman - 3B, HOU vs. TAM ($3,800)

We’ve reached the stage of the MLB DFS season where I can finally break out phrases such as “his swing looks excellent” as a means of justification for making it into this article. In the case of Bregman, it’s particularly applicable, because despite the fact that he’ll face a who’s who of Rays bullpen arms, his swing has looked better than the three singles that he has collected in the ALCS. With not many other appealing hot corner options, fantasy managers can consider paying up for Bregman’s power-packed bat.

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs. TAM ($3,400)

If Bregman’s swing looks good, then Correa’s looks elite. The shortstop spot will be hotly contested, and while you could make a case for any of the four major candidates, Correa’s hot bat and slight price dip below Corey Seager puts him up for higher consideration. With Game 5 bumped to a 2 p.m. PT start, it’ll play right unto Correa’s favor, as all five of his homers this postseason have come during day games.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs. HOU ($3,700)

Arozarena’s emergence during the postseason has been astounding. Having smashed his fifth home run of the playoffs in Game 4, he is now slashing .442/.489/.907 in his last 43 at-bats, making him a lethal bat to roster no matter whom Houston rolls out on the mound. Despite likely being one of the premier cash plays on the board, there is no format in which Arozarena’s production wouldn’t fit the bill.

Michael Brantley - OF, HOU vs. TAM ($3,200)

In a scenario where managers will have no guess as to who could be pitching for the vast majority of a contest, that actually makes Brantley even more of an appealing selection due to his overall success (.341 BA) this postseason. In albeit very small sample sizes, Brantley has tagged lefties and righties equally, posting a 1.009 OPS against southpaws and a 1.032 OPS against right-handers. A staple of the Houston order, Brantley is also not a likely candidate to be removed from the contest, which gives him a leg up on other similarly-priced players.

Cristian Pache - OF, ATL vs. LOS ($2,400)

Any concerns about Pache’s stage presence was quickly calmed over the past two games where he has filled in quite well in the outfield for the injured Adam Duvall (oblique). After socking an RBI double in Game 2, he promptly responded with a homer in Game 3. His price tag is still his largest draw, but despite his spot in the batting order, he seems poised to keep up his level of production now that he’s on the game’s biggest stage.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/13/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

For those who have not been scared off by FanDuel’s live scoring bungle, the two-game Championship Series extravaganza returns Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Monday featured a bushel of key home runs, and the nature of FD’s scoring means that isolating those bats moving forward will be paramount.

Whether you’re aiming for roster variance or a last-minute addition, we’ve got you covered for the latest two-game pocket -- in which there’s even fans in attendance in Arlington!

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/13/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @davithius.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Ian Anderson - ATL vs. LOS ($9,400)

Facing off against the Dodgers’ vaunted offense may give some fantasy managers reason for pause, but Anderson has simply made allowing runs anathema. He has compiled 17 strikeouts over 11 ⅔ scoreless IP thus far in the postseason, and while the Reds and Marlins don’t quite boast the same level of thump that L.A. does, his high-strikeout production should stand out with only four starters to choose from.

Working back into the regular season, Anderson is yet to allow more than three earned runs in a start, and he’s exceeded more than two ER just once in eight starts for a sparkling average of 38.2 FD points per start. Globe Life Field has played rather large to this point in the playoffs, despite Atlanta making the yard look small during the 9th inning of Game 1. With none of the Dodgers’ batters having gotten a look at Anderson yet in their big league careers, he should have a distinct advantage while quickly developing into a future anchor of the Atlanta rotation on the season’s biggest stage.

Ryan Yarbrough - TAM vs. HOU ($7,000)

There is a tremendously high likelihood that Yarbrough will not face the Astros’ batting order three times through, which on a normal night, would severely cap his value. Alas, in this two-game slate, Yarbrough is the better of the low-priced pitching options due to Houston’s Jose Urquidy’s lack of strikeouts (5.2 K/9 this year) and propensity for the long ball (8 HR allowed in 2020). By rostering the southpaw, fantasy managers should have carte blanche to load up on the offensive end.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Travis d'Arnaud - C, ATL vs. LOS ($3,100)

The culmination of d’Arnaud’s development into a premier offensive catcher is nearing completion during the 2020 postseason. Having hammered the ball to the tune of a 1.221 OPS, d’Arnaud has become a middle-of-the-order anchor, and despite facing Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw, is a strong play at the crowded C/1B slot. d’Arnaud has notched a hit in each of his first six playoff games this year, delivering 17 total bases in that span. With Will Smith not a guarantee to start with Austin Barnes serving as Kershaw’s personal catcher, d’Arnaud’s price tag allows fantasy managers to pivot off of the high-priced Freddie Freeman/Max Muncy duo, as well.

Ozzie Albies - 2B, ATL vs. LOS ($3,800)

Just moments after Albies’ terrific splits and production against left-handers was mentioned on the television broadcast during Game 1, he promptly unleashed a booming two-run blast from the left side of the plate. Prior to that, he even collected an opposite-field single as a left-handed batter, indicating that he’s locked in heading into Game 2. But those splits that were referenced? They should definitely be in Albies’ corner again as he squares off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. During the 2019 regular season, Albies hit above .300 against every type of pitch when batting right-handed, mashing breaking pitches to the tune of a .438 mark, which will likely play a role when facing Kershaw, who has a myriad of breaking stuff in his arsenal.

Austin Riley - 3B, ATL vs. LOS ($2,600)

After slugging the go-ahead home run in Game 1 on Monday, Riley showed that the pop in his bat is difficult to ignore no matter his position in the batting order. As was mentioned earlier, home runs become even more of a slate-shifter in smaller contest windows, making his homer upside worthy of consideration when factoring in his price tag.

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs. TAM ($3,500)

If there was an overall postseason MVP Award handed out, Correa would have to be its leading candidate. Having gone 11-for-26 with five home runs and 13 RBI while slashing .423/.559/1.000 in his first seven playoff appearances this year, Correa is producing at an elite level. With the shortstop spot uncharacteristically thin Tuesday, paying up is likely unavoidable (unless pivoting to Willy Adames), and Correa likely provides the best bang for the buck due to his current stretch of production.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

George Springer - OF, LAD vs. ATL ($4,200)

The stylings of “Playoff George” have been evident yet again in 2020, having collected a hit in five of his first seven postseason games. Having mashed to the tune of a .995 OPS during the regular season away from Minute Maid Park, the persistent road nature shouldn’t be an impediment to Springer delivering; he’ll hold down the leadoff spot yet again, an additional notch in his belt.

Austin Meadows - OF, TAM vs. HOU ($3,300)

Much in the same ilk as Riley, Meadows’ power has the potential to shift the leaderboard in a hurry. Both of his hits this postseason have left the yard, and with a spot atop Tampa Bay’s batting order likely his, Meadows presents one of the highest upsides of any outfielder on the slate. Urquidy yielded four home runs the last time that he took the mound in Game 3 of the ALDS, giving him eight long balls to his credit across 38 1/3 IP this season.

Cristian Pache - OF, ATL vs. LOS ($2,000)

With Adam Duvall (oblique) having departed Game 1 due to injury, Pache stepped in, showing that he’s the next man up in the outfield. At the minimum FD price tag for Game 2, Pache is a pure punt play, albeit one that has top prospect (No. 10 in the Majors, per MLB Pipeline) and extra-base hit (57 XBH in 2019) chops. For those fantasy managers looking to pack as much thump into a lineup as possible, Pache is worthy of consideration so long as he is among the starting nine.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/12/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Monday brings us a two-game slate with some terrific young pitching and a veteran pitcher hitting his stride. The matchups will be key in choosing the appropriate plays to select. The focus will be on recency biased streaky hitters and matchups with strong platoon plays.

Both games have an over/under at eight runs, so the games will be close and decided by the smallest of margin. The Rays lead the Astros 1-0 after picking up a tough 2-1 win last night while the NLCS begins tonight between Atlanta and Dodgers with L.A. coming in as sizeable favorites to win the series.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/12/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports. Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @davithius.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Charlie Morton - TAM @ HOU ($8,000)

Morton was horrendous this regular season and could have some signs of age or was hindered by the quick ramp up. He has pitched fairly well as of late, however. In each of his previous three starts, Morton has recorded six or more strikeouts while going five innings pitched-not to mention only giving up five runs in that timeframe. The Astros are an offense that doesn't strike out a ton vs. RHP, but they also don't hit a ton, as shown by their .166 ISO and .315 wOBA.

Lance McCullers Jr - HOU vs. TAM ($7,500)

McCullers is the cheapest arm on the slate with big potential. His season was abbreviated due to injury, but it didn't stop Lance from picking up five quality starts in only 11 games. It wasn't all roses, and he did throw a clunker or two as well. The good news is McCullers has the pitch mix working well, and the strikeouts are aplenty while the walks are few. The Rays has the third-highest K% in the regular season with a weak .738 OPS. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Ji-Man Choi - 1B, TAM @ HOU ($2,500)

Choi is a feast or fathoms play due to his massive splits difference. His SLG% nearly 130 points higher vs. RHP than against a southpaw. The .783 OPS vs. RHP puts him in play because he likely winds up taking a walk if not hitting the ball hard. As mentioned, McCullers can throw a clunker if the two-seamer and curveball aren't inducing ground balls.

Jose Altuve- 2B, HOU @ TAM ($3,300)

Talk about getting hot when it matters. Altuve went deep last night-making it three consecutive games with a long ball. In his last five postseason games, Altuve is 8-24 with three HRs and 12 runs+RBI. He is a great pivot play off of Albies and Lowe that can provide double-digit points that will allow you to stack the outfield.

Justin Turner - 3B, LOS vs. ATL ($3,100)

Turner is slightly a splits play. While he has struggled a little in the regular season vs. LHP, his career stats paint a different picture. Turner has a .828 OPS and 126 wRC+ vs. LHP. He is the second-highest priced 3B on the slate, and going here will save you $600, as opposed to chasing Alex Bregman. Take the savings; there are some great options at outfielder to look at later.

Dansby Swanson - SS, ATL @ LOS ($3,500)

Dansby has reached safely in his previous four postseason games with a pair of home runs. During the regular season, he broke out very well, especially against RHP. Swanson slashed .294/.364/.510 with a .874 OPS vs. RHP, and all ten of his HRs came by why of RHP. 

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs. ATL ($4,300)

After saving down at a few lineups, the payoff comes with added firepower like Mookie Betts. He has reached base safely in every game this offseason and put up nearly double-digit points in each outing. While the search continues for Mookie's first HR of the postseason, he is an elite-level talent capable of being a slate-breaker.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs. HOU ($3,300)

The first thing to do when building a lineup is to start by plugging Arozarena in at outfielder. His salary has started to creep up there, but the production remains strong. In last night's series opener, Arozarena went 1-4 with yet another home run. At this point, he is matchup proof, and unless the salary skyrockets to the highest on the slate, Randy should be in all builds.

Marcell Ozuna - OF, ATL @ LOS ($4,100)

More firepower was added with Ozuna after a monster season. Ozuna went off by hitting .338 with 94 runs+RBI while leading the National League in home runs(18). The Statcast slider below paints the perfect pitcher of season. Ozuna's type of season just finished-94th percentile or better in exit barrel%, xwOBA, and xSLG. If you want to dominate the DFS opposition, you'll need to stock up on heavy hitters today. 

AJ Pollock - OF, LOS vs. ATL ($2,900)

Pollock is a super value play at his $2900 salary for a few different reasons. AJ is having a productive postseason by going 4-15 with four runs and two RBI. He also crushed southpaws in the regular season by launching seven balls into the bleachers with a .818 SLG% and 1.185 OPS. 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/8/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

The Division Series has taught us fantasy managers some valuable lessons: Dodger Stadium and Petco Park are now apparently hitter’s parks, Randy Arozarena is Mike Trout-lite, and that bubble series can provide loads of intensity. The odds are that this is the final four-game slate of the 2020 baseball season, so as my mate Ziggy Alberts sings, let’s enjoy this likely final Laps Around the Sun. 

If we’re being both analytical and honest, it’s tough to see a path for any starter beyond Sixto Sanchez or Kyle Wright going deep enough into a contest -- and having a long enough leash -- to merit DFS consideration. That could lead to taking some significant GPP shots in the dark with Frankie Montas, Jordan Montgomery, and others, but the Braves/Marlins game represents the best chance at securing an arm that could pitch deep into an outing.

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FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Sixto Sanchez - MIA vs. ATL ($9,500)

If Sanchez’s postseason debut against the Cubs last week is any indication of what’s on the docket Thursday, he’ll be far and away the top pitcher on the slate, irrespective of matchup. Having averaged 98.6 MPH on his four-seam fastball during the regular season, Sanchez took those fireballing tendencies and used them to propel him to a scoreless five-inning outing with six K’s in the Wild Card Series clincher. If there is any trepidation, it’s that his first two appearances versus Atlanta were of Jekyll and Hyde nature, slinging six scoreless Sept. 8, before cratering to the mean with a four-run, three-IP outing Sept. 23. 

With Miami’s collective backs to the wall Thursday, there’s little reason to believe that Sanchez would have anything mirroring a short leash, a true rarity for this slate. Having hit the 90-pitch mark twice in the regular season (while throwing 89 pitches last week), Sanchez has no length concerns.

Kyle Wright - ATL vs. MIA ($9,200)

As mentioned previously, Wright is listed here primarily due to his position as being the No. 3 starter for a club that holds a commanding 2-0 series lead. But there’s reason for optimism beyond that -- Miami’s offense remains the most exploitable of the eight teams taking the field Thursday. To close out the regular season, Wright reeled off three straight quality starts, holding opposing batters to a .164 AVG and .516 OPS in that stretch.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY vs. TAM ($3,900)

The 2020 home run champ has yet to go deep during the postseason, but has still managed to log a crooked number in the FD points column in each of his first five playoff outings. With the Rays rolling out their stable of bullpen arms in an attempt to advance to the ALCS, whom Voit will face in each plate appearance is something like guess work. But as the ball continues to fly out of Petco Park at a prodigious rate, who better to consider than the Yankees slugger who posted an elite .595 xSLG this year?

Mike Brosseau - 2B, TAM vs. NYY ($2,500)

The two premier DFS sites feel vastly different about Brosseau; boasting a gaudy price tag on DK, Brosseau is a must-consider at his FD pricing. Of course, he’s had just one at-bat this series versus New York, so despite delivering a 1.121 OPS against southpaws this season, there’s no guarantee that he’s in the lineup. Having been a staple at the top of the order when starting, fantasy managers will want to check his status, with Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar as entirely solid pivots should Brosseau not be among the starting nine.

Chad Pinder - 3B, OAK vs. HOU ($2,300)

Pinder has quickly transformed from punt play extraordinaire into anchor of the A’s lineup over the past two games, having socked homers in both. A staple in the No. 3 spot, Pinder retains an astoundingly low price tag for his recent production, which lends itself to him being a hot commodity in both cash and GPP contests for Game 4.

Carlos Correa - SS, HOU vs. OAK ($3,300)

Despite having embraced his role as proud Astros curmudgeon to the rest of baseball, Correa has backed up his proclamations with his play during the ALDS. The shortstop spot has been loaded with options on a nightly basis, as you could make the case for rostering two in most lineups. The Astros’ former All-Star was shifted up to the No. 5 spot for Game 3 and has now driven in a run in four straight games, having gone 7-for-16 this postseason. In his career versus Frankie Montas, he has reached base at a .444 clip, including a home run.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD vs. SDP ($4,200)

Betts’ price tag has trickled down just far enough that getting his level of production is starting to seem like something of a bargain. All four of his playoff performances as a Dodger have seen him collect a hit thus far, as he has been an equal opportunity demolisher of opposing pitchers, righty or lefty. With Ronald Acuna Jr. having a tough matchup, and Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge tasked with facing the Rays’ bullpen, Betts stands out for both his matchup (Adrian Morejon) and his potential output from atop the L.A. lineup.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs. NYY ($3,400)

No matter the price tag, Arozarena is seeing the ball as well as any hitter on the planet at the current moment. After another multi-hit contest in Game 3 on Wednesday that saw him go deep, Arozarena will get a favorable matchup to start against Montgomery, who allowed all seven of his home runs during the regular season to right-handed batters.

Michael Brantley - OF, HOU vs. OAK ($3,200)

An anchor of cash lineups, Brantley makes his way onto the picks list today as an even ground selection due to the possibility of many of the lower-priced outfielders being removed before the completion of nine innings. Consistency has been the name of Brantley’s game, having delivered at least 6.5 FD points in each of his five playoff outings. He hit .331 with a .927 OPS versus righties this season, putting him in a prime spot against Montas on Thursday.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/7/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

This may be our last slate with four games to choose from in the postseason as the Athletics fight elimination from the Astros today. Regardless of who advances, postseason FanDuel slates are always a blast with the game's stars on center stage.

There are lots of value hitters available as well as multiple teams to consider stacking, which gives us plenty of room to build lineups.

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FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Ian Anderson - ATL vs MIA ($9,500)

Anderson has pitched brilliantly since being called up to the majors, with a 2,54 FIP in the regular season and six scoreless innings against the Reds last time out. The Marlins are an extremely weak lineup against righties, with a .298 wOBA this year, so Anderson is in a smash spot against them. 

Masahiro Tanaka - NYY vs TAM ($7,500)

Tanaka was roughed up in the Wild Card round but has upside in this start against the Rays. Tampa Bay struck out 26.3% of the time against right-handed pitching this year, which was third-highest in all of baseball and easily the highest mark of the teams left in the bubble. Tanaka was much better away from Yankee Stadium in 2020, with a 2.23 ERA on the road, so he should play well in Dodger Stadium. Tanaka is a value play who could come in at a low rostership with more flashy options on the slate.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Travis d'Arnaud - 1B, ATL vs MIA ($3,000)

d'Arnaud torched righties this year with a 177 wRC+ and a 1.026 OPS. He's batting cleanup in the loaded Braves lineup, which will give him plenty of opportunities for RBI.

Jose Altuve - 2B, HOU vs OAK ($3,300)

Altuve is having an awful season but still has plenty of value batting second for the Astros. Houston has the second-highest implied run total at 4.6, according to Vegas, so Altuve will be in a great spot for counting stats. Altuve is best used as part of a stack against Jesus Luzardo, who had a 4.19 FIP this year and got beat up by the White Sox last round.

Justin Turner - 3B, LAD vs SDP ($3,100)

After Padres starter Chris Paddack got crushed for six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Cardinals, he is an obvious target tonight for opposing batters. Turner batted .340 against righties and is a perfect play in cash games batting third for the Dodgers with such a high-floor.

Marcus Semien - SS, OAK vs HOU ($2,800)

Semien is yet another example of an affordable hitter batting early in their team's lineup. Astros starter Jose Urquidy had a 2.73 ERA, but his 4.71 FIP suggests that he actually pitched much worse, as indicated by his poor 14.7% K-rate. 

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

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

With so many values in the infield, it's worth spending up for a guy like Acuna in the outfield. He's been out of this world, smashing 14 homers with 8 steals during the season and cranking a leadoff home run yesterday. While Acuna is the most expensive position player, he's well worth the payroll.

Giancarlo Stanton - OF, NYY vs TAM ($4,100)

Stanton hit two home runs last night, one of them being an absolute moonshot that was ridiculous by even Stanton's standards. There's nobody with his kind of power upside, so target Stanton in GPP tournaments.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs NYY ($3,200)

Arozarena is certainly on every fantasy player's radar by now, so he may come as a chalky play at such a reasonable price. However, he's still worth targeting, particularly in cash games, as the Rays three-hole hitter. He already has homers in each game of the ALDS.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/6/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

The days of four-game MLB slates are fast dwindling as the American League and National League Division Series take centerstage at once beginning Tuesday. With no elimination scenarios on the table yet, starting pitchers should have a reasonable leash, although as you’ll come to read, some may have longer ones than others.

As can usually be ascertained from postseason baseball, there’s no clear edge when it comes to stacking against a particular pitcher. For as gaudy as the New York offense looked Monday, they’ll be tasked with Tyler Glasnow’s hellacious pitch mix, and vice versa. Mix in that all eight clubs are playing away from their home yards and you’ve got a cauldron of DFS volatility.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/6/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Walker Buehler - LAD vs. SDP ($8,900)

Some may see Glasnow as the premier boom-or-bust selection on the slate due to his matchup against a Yankees offense that makes a living demolishing baseballs, but Buehler, his blisters, and his pitch count are the true high-upside, high-risk kings of Tuesday. His Game 1 start during the Wild Card Series versus the Brewers was Buehler perfectly embodied -- eight strikeouts with three hits and two runs allowed. But he threw just 73 pitches and went only four frames as the fingers on his pitching hand received a nearly inning-by-inning camera close-up to check for blisters. 

The non-injury factor that makes a perfect boom-or-bust pitching candidate is home runs. When Buehler faced San Diego back on Aug. 3, the only hits that he allowed were home runs. Unfortunately for him, the Padres clubbed three, but San Diego also was a different enigma inside of their home yard this season; now, they’ll play at Globe Life Field. If the Dodgers take the gloves off Buehler, his upside is immense; if they choose to play it safe and continue monitoring his workload, his potential for not delivering on fantasy investment is considerable. 

Max Fried - ATL vs. MIA ($8,700)

Atlanta’s breakout ace had not allowed a home run over his first 10 starts of the 2020 season until Miami came clobbering in his final regular-season tuneup. After yielding two long balls in the first, and sustaining a sprained ankle, Fried was pulled from the outing; so why is he a recommended selection? His most recent outing was a masterful seven-frame performance versus the Reds, in which he struck out five batters in his playoff starting debut. 

Additionally, the first time that Fried and Miami squared off this season resulted in 6 ⅓ frames of scoreless ball that saw the southpaw strikeout seven. Of the four offenses available to choose from during Tuesday’s slate, it’s readily apparent that the Marlins’ packs the least punch, which makes Fried an upside selection when considering that he’ll be the fourth-highest priced arm. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Jesus Aguilar - 1B, MIA vs. ATL ($2,800)

Immediately after saying nice things about Fried, I present you with a masher that will be facing him. Aguilar not only cranked a homer in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series versus the Cubs, he bopped lefties to a .956 OPS during the regular season -- including one of those two aforementioned home runs that Fried allowed in his final start before the postseason. Additionally, Aguilar’s price tag lends itself to getting some higher-priced bats in other spots.

Jake Cronenworth - 2B, SDP vs. LAD ($2,500)

So long as Cronenworth’s price tag stays this ludicrously low, he’ll be almost a daily addition to this space. He spent the Wild Card Series versus St. Louis averaging 22.6 FD points per game, which would be astounding no matter his cost. Sure, the matchup against Buehler isn’t ideal, but he’ll still receive a plethora of interest in all formats after having delivered elite Statcast metrics (.324 xBA, .383 xwOBA) during the regular season and not having slowed for a beat since.

Chad Pinder - 3B, OAK vs. HOU ($2,200)

Third base is chock full of talent Tuesday, although it’s worth noting one of the top punt plays on the slate with the utility slot also available for FD. Facing left-hander Framber Valdez will likely mean that Pinder enters the starting nine, and having reached base five times in 12 postseason plate appearances this year, his odds of hitting value on his miniscule price tag are reasonable. 

Pinder remains a roll of the dice selection as he noted that he is still dealing with hamstring issues, which may make him susceptible to early removal either due to defensive replacement or offensive matchup. 

Willy Adames - SS, TAM vs. NYY ($2,600)

Tampa Bay may be serving as the home team for Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Yankees, but Petco Park certainly isn’t Tropicana Field. And for Adames, that’s a best-case scenario; on the road this season, the shortstop -- who has discussed having vision troubles at his home yard -- has hit .330 with a 1.035 OPS. Factor in that his FD price is drastically below where he sits on DK, and managers can feel as if they’re getting a player at a price point far under expectation.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

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

There is a premium associated with paying up to roster Acuna on Tuesday, and understandably so after he collected four hits in the Wild Card series against a stout Cincinnati pitching staff. But unlike many of the other stars on the slate, Acuna isn’t tasked with facing a dominant strikeout arm, which adds to his cash play appeal. Having mashed 13 of his 14 regular-season home runs against righties, Acuna has played into the reverse splits narrative this season.

Cody Bellinger - OF, LAD vs. SDP ($4,200)

As of Monday night, San Diego was yet to announce their starter for Game 1, thus the absence of Dodgers from this post, until now. Bellinger has been coming on strong to conclude 2020, and while his regular-season numbers will remain an aberration, he has slashed .350/.536/.700 in his last seven games. 

Despite an early-season rep of not playing to offense, Globe Life Field finished the year as down-the-middle as a yard can play, comparing favorably to Dodger Stadium, which should also work in Bellinger’s favor.

Randy Arozarena - OF, TAM vs. NYY ($3,200)

The secret is out of the bag -- Arozarena is the real deal. Tampa Bay has made an organization out of unearthing gems such as the young Cuban is proving to be, and he now appears to have played his way into an everyday lineup spot. Following a home run in Game 1 on Monday off Gerrit Cole, there’s little reason to stray away for Game 2 when considering his price tag and postseason success (7-for-12) to this point.



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

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

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/2/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

The MLB scheduling gurus are at it again with a wacky, two-game slate with games starting five hours apart. This will make things a little tricky in DFS as we likely won't have the Cardinals or Padres lineups before the Cubs and Marlins get underway. Beyond that, as of this morning, the Padres don't even have a pitcher available in FanDuel as they plan to roll with the classic bullpen-game strategy in an elimination-game.

Attacking a two-game slate is a bit different than a larger one. Almost every player will be rostered somewhere and DFS players need to calculate a player's fantasy upside, versus how rostered he will be among opponents. When facing a small slate, I like to ask myself two questions. What is this player's most likely outcome? How will the slate be affected if this player reaches or exceeds his most likely outcome? With that in mind, let's dive into these games.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/1/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Yu Darvish - CHC vs. MIA ($11,000)

I'll start with the obvious, Darvish's rostership will be through the roof. However, keeping in mind the two questions asked in the intro, I am not missing out on the Cubs' right-hander today. Darvish has been elite this season sporting a 2.01 ERA supported by a strong 2.23 FIP. He is among the best strikeout artists in the game as his 31.3 percent strikeout rate was ninth in the Majors and he induced swinging-strikes 14.4 percent of the time, also ninth in the Majors. Miami is not a daunting opponent to begin with and will be even weaker without Starling Marte (hand). The other pitchers on the slate, Jack Flaherty and Sixto Sanchez, have some name recognition so hopefully, they can take some rostership away from Darvish and he avoids being in the ~80 percent range we saw Clayton Kershaw carry Thursday. Regardless of how many people pay-up for Darvish, I want him on my team as well. If he stinks, the whole contest will go down too. However, his most-likely outcome is a very strong start and if he hits his double-digit strikeout upside it will be virtually impossible to cash a lineup without Darvish.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Jesus Aguilar - 1B, MIA @ CHC ($2,800)

Normally playing a hitter and pitcher facing each other is a DFS no-no, but on a short slate it's easier to get away with. Aguilar obviously faces a daunting matchup vs Darvish, but the 30-year-old has been hitting the ball well this season and could be a low-owned 1B option who will be immensely valuable if he can solve the Cubs' ace. Aguilar set a new career-best strikeout rate this season getting his number under 20-percent and has been making good contact when he does hit the ball thanks to a 7.6 percent barrel rate. He's the cheapest of the likely starters at the cold corner so he's worth a shot as a contrarian-play in a hitter-friendly venue.

Jason Kipnis - 2B, CHC vs. MIA ($2,300)

Kipnis is our value-play today and, despite his unfavorable position in the batting order, should be in line for a good game today. Opposing starter Sixto Sanchez averaged 2.54 BB/9 which is significantly higher than his last two years in the minors. The Marlins' rookie has looked dominant at times, but those command issues have hurt him too this season and Kipnis is in good position to take advantage. The second baseman has a 9.4 percent career-walk rate and at his price he could return value with one trip on base.

Tommy Edman - 3B, STL @ SD ($3,100)

Edman is one of the safer hitters on a short slate as he hits high in the batting order and can score fantasy points in a number of ways. The switch-hitter had a down season in 2020 but posted a .865 OPS last season and had 11 homers and 15 steals. The Padres are planning a bullpen game so a switch-hitter like Edman is valuable as he'll keep the platoon advantage all game long versus whatever San Diego trots out of the bullpen.

Fernando Tatis Jr. - SS, SD vs. STL ($4,300)

The same logic used on Darvish applies here. Tatis will be highly-rostered after his heroics on Thursday but no hitter on the slate has as much upside as the rookie-superstar. Tatis had two home runs on Thursday in one of the best performances in Padres' postseason history and I want him on my DFS lineup for an encore. Flaherty is certainly a tough matchup, but sometimes good hitting beats good pitching. Expect more fireworks from the MVP candidate in Game 3.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Ian Happ - OF, CHC vs. MIA ($3,400)

Somehow, Ian Happ is the highest-priced outfielder on a slate without any high-end outfield options. Happ is a strong play on Friday as he will bat leadoff for a lineup with an implied-run total above four, not bad for a playoff game. Happ, like Kipnis, sports a strong walk rate and could find success as the leadoff hitter facing a rookie that has struggled with control at times. I love pairing Happ with Kipnis as the likely 9/1 hitters to set up a Cubs stack.

Kyle Schwarber - OF, CHC vs. MIA ($2,900)

Speaking of stacking Cubs, Schwarber is someone who should be in position to have a big game if he continues to bat cleanup. Schwarber cranked 11 homers in 59 games this season and was in the top five percent of the league with a 92.8 percent average exit velocity. He sports a 13.6 percent barrel-rate for his career and should be able to hit one out of Wrigley today with men on base if he can barrel one up.

Dylan Carlson - OF, ST.L @ SD ($2,600)

Carlson got off to a slow start to his rookie season but put up a .524 slugging percentage in September and has been batting fourth for the redbirds. He walked twice on Thursday so he's seeing the ball well and should be able to do damage if he gets pitches in the strike zone versus a string of San Diego relievers. Carlson is too cheap for his position in a Cardinals batting order that put up seven and nine runs in the first two games.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (10/1/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

After a historic eight-game day of postseason baseball Wednesday, we get to run it all back roughly 10 hours later with an equally epic five-game slate that features at least one club in each having its collective backs to the wall. With that in mind, if clubs deploy unconventional methods that make it seem like their season is on the line -- well, that’s because it is.

Although in many ways, this slate mirrors that of a regular season one: There’s a three-headed ace hydra atop the price tag leaderboard; there are specific left/right splits that fantasy managers can utilize; and as the postseason is wont to deliver, there are superstars all over the field, ones who can produce no matter the opposition.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 10/1/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - LAD vs. MIL ($9,800)

I’ll open this section by pointing out that both Yu Darvish and Luis Castillo were very much in consideration for this slot. But with the Cubs and Reds facing elimination Thursday and thereby potentially having a shorter leash for their starters, Kershaw’s reduced price tag outweighs the much-lauded postseason concerns that have been thrust upon him.

It has become nearly impossible to mention Kershaw’s greatness without the yeah, but of his postseason numbers attached to it. Despite being synonymous with being a historically elite regular-season pitcher and just an average postseason arm, in a one-game vacuum, Kershaw can still deliver the goods. 

Traditionally, playoff offenses (much like playoff pitching) feature the cream of the Major League crop when it comes to talent -- which isn’t to say that Milwaukee lacks that in the slightest. But during the regular season, the group ranked 24th in team OPS (.702) and 26th in club BA (.223), all while finishing second overall in strikeouts (582). Aside from any imaginary playoff ghosts rummaging through Kershaw’s psyche, this matchup is tremendous for the southpaw on paper. 

Sixto Sanchez - MIA @ CHC ($7,600)

On the other end of the spectrum, if there are bats that you simply cannot ignore, Sanchez is likely the best lowest-priced starting pitcher that has been available on a slate all season. His final two regular-season appearances (7 IP, 9 ER combined) were nothing to marvel over, but with a fastball that averaged 98.6 MPH during his seven starts, there’s oodles of upside at work. 

Also consider that the Cubs’ offense, while stocked with former MVP candidates, has struggled mightily this season in relation to where many pegged the numbers of their key hitters. Both Kris Bryant (.644) and Javier Baez (.599) enter the postseason with OPS marks below .650, as Ian Happ and Jason Heyward are the only regulars to have hit with much frequency this season; now, with their season on the line, the potential for pressing is immense. 

Having held left-handed batters to a .531 OPS with no home runs across 74 plate appearances, Sanchez has essentially neutralized Happ, Heyward, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber from DFS consideration out of the gate. From there, it doesn’t leave much room for optimism about the Cubs against the rookie fireballer, who while more of a contrarian/GPP play, has slatebreaking potential if all breaks in his favor.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Jose Abreu - 1B, CWS @ OAK ($3,900)

With Oakland having remained extremely close to the vest as it pertains to who will pitch during Game 3 on Thursday, it’s highly unlikely that Abreu even sees the same pitcher for two consecutive plate appearances. That should give his roster percentage a slight reduction, due to many managers not knowing how to judge the matchup. But after a regular season in which Abreu led the Majors in RBI (60) and total bases (148), sticking with him for his first career win-or-go-home scenario is as steady of a metric to rely upon as the catcher/first base slot offers Thursday.

Jake Cronenworth - 2B, SDP vs. STL ($2,800)

After a regular season in which Cronenworth’s Statcast metrics graded him out like one of the Majors’ most consistent hitters, his postseason FD price tag has not adjusted. Having tripled and scored a run in Game 1 on Wednesday, Cronenworth faces Cardinals curveball savant Adam Wainwright in Game 2, a matchup that while stingy, doesn’t preclude him from being a consideration. Wainwright’s curveball is the stuff of legend, and despite not having allowed a home run on the pitch during 2020 even with it being utilized 38.3 percent of the time, Cronenworth has posted a .509 xSLG versus breaking pitches in his rookie campaign.

Tommy La Stella - 3B, OAK vs. CWS ($3,000)

A staple near the top of the Oakland batting order since his arrival, La Stella enters play Thursday on a six-game hitting streak dating back to the regular season. The White Sox have been similarly coy in naming an opposing starter, but with the likelihood that La Stella sees a right-hander for at least two of his plate appearances, his .303/.393/.510 slash line against righties this season should come into play.

Tim Anderson - SS, CWS @ OAK ($4,000)

After back-to-back three-hit performances in his first two playoff games, it doesn’t much matter which arm Oakland pitchers throw with in Game 3 as Anderson looks like the premier shortstop option amidst a stacked group. His domination of left-handed pitching (1.509 OPS) has so permeated the conversation between the two clubs that the A’s are likely reticent to send out a southpaw while he’s in the box. Still, atop a White Sox order that carries considerable thump, Anderson is both a stackable entity, along with being a worthy one-off option for those that can fit his bat into rosters.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Nick Castellanos - OF, CIN @ ATL ($3,100)

During a day of historic offensive ineptitude for Cincinnati in Game 1 on Wednesday, Castellanos provided one of the lone bright spots with three hits. His presence in the lineup against rookie Ian Anderson will be critical to the club getting on the scoreboard in some capacity Thursday. Castellanos clobbered 11 of his 14 regular-season homers versus right-handed pitching, and with an elite barrel rate (16%) and xSLG (.542) this year, he provides ample power upside for his price tag.

Joc Pederson - OF, LAD vs. MIL ($2,500)

It’s somewhat bold to give Pederson the nod here with the possibility that Los Angeles might not opt to use his power-packed bat in Game 2 on Thursday, although it would be a surprise if they didn’t. Last season, Pederson faced Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff three times; the results of those outcomes? Two home runs and a single. Needing to find a spot to keep price tags down, Pederson has the type of small sample size success that makes him a worthy boom-or-bust option to consider.

Shogo Akiyama - OF, CIN @ ATL ($2,200)

Following the same train of thought as it pertains to being price tag friendly, Akiyama will almost surely benefit from hitting in the leadoff spot Thursday, by far the lowest-priced leadoff option on the slate. Gleaning his season-long numbers doesn’t hold much merit, as Akiyama has appeared a completely different hitter since September, having hit .317 with a whopping .456 OBP in that stretch. There exists the possibility that he is removed later in the contest due to platoon considerations, but he can reach value fairly quickly at his price tag by a collective effort of reaching base, stealing, and scoring runs.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/30/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

We've never seen an MLB playoff slate like this before and likely never will again: all 16 teams are in play for an action-packed daylong main slate.

There are some interesting pitching options to consider and plenty of value bats to pick from, as well as some enticing stacks to target.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/30/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Tyler Glasnow - TAM vs TOR ($10,400)

There are a bunch of aces to choose from on the main slate, but Glasnow's monster 38.2% K-rate separates him from the pack. Since strikeouts are the key to upside on FanDuel, it only makes sense that Glasnow is the top pick for GPP tournaments. Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler will likely be the chalkier picks, so Glasnow will get the additional bonus of coming in at a lower rostership. Glasnow does have to face a legit Toronto lineup, but it will be at home in a pitcher-friendly park.

Chris Paddack - SDP vs STL ($8,500)

Paddack is another option who could fly under the radar as a contrarian play. There's no getting around the fact that he's been pretty awful this year, but his matchup against the Cardinals is a spot to take a chance on him. The Cards had just a .305 wOBA against right-handed pitching this year. With only a 12 start sample to look this year, it's possible that Paddack's true talent level is closer to his 2019 performance and he just had a bad range of outcomes in 2020. With an affordable salary and low rostership, Paddack can crush this slate with a strong outing.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Yuli Gurriel - 1B, HOU at MIN ($2,500)

The Astros are a lineup to consider stacking against Jose Berrios, who posted a middling 4.06 FIP. Gurriel is virtually a punt play at this price and can be paired with high-end guys like George Springer and Alex Bregman.

Luis Arraez - 2B, MIN vs HOU ($2,300)

Arraez batted leadoff for the Twins in Game 1 and is an absolute steal at this price atop the lineup. Batting leadoff will provide extra plate appearances and ample run scoring opportunities for when he gets on base. With a .364 OBP, Arraez should have no problems there. He is a lock for cash game lineups.

Jose Ramirez - 3B, CLE vs NYY ($4,100)

With lots of value plays to choose from, you should be able to work in some expensive elite plays. Ramirez had an MVP campaign after batting .292 with 17 homers and 10 steals, which gives him unmatched fantasy upside. Opposing starter Masahiro Tanaka is one to target, as he outperformed his 4.42 FIP and had a 1.69 HR/9.

Marcus Semien - SS, OAK vs CWS ($3,200)

Semien is another leadoff hitter to grab as the A's face a lefty. Semien was much better against southpaws this year with a 114 wRC+ and faces Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel's success this year has been suspect, as he's got a dreadful 16.3% K-rate.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mark Canha - OF, OAK vs CWS ($2,800)

To continue picking on Keuchel, Canha is way too cheap considering he should bat cleanup against a left-hander. Canha has been shredding lefties with a .333/.482/.500 line.

Nelson Cruz - OF, MIN vs HOU ($4,000)

Cruz remains unstoppable in his age 40 season with a .411 wOBA. He can easily be the top hitter on any slate with his power upside and will see RBI chances batting cleanup for the Twins.

Wil Myers - OF, SDP vs STL ($3,200)

Myers has a .656 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching and will hit cleanup in the electric Padres lineup, so it's wild that he's so attainable at this price. Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim has a 5.00 SIERA and won't survive in the postseason on a .217 BABIP and a 86.6% LOB-rate, so take advantage.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/29/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

After what seemed to be a long shot three months ago, playoff baseball returns Tuesday. As opposed to the slobberknocker of competition that is ahead Wednesday, and potentially Thursday, we get a quick dip in the water with a four-game American League bonanza.

As can be expected with Game 1’s across the board, aces will reign supreme. Other than Toronto and Tampa Bay, none of these clubs have seen the other this year, which may give the arms a slight advantage. None of the totals for any of the four contests are indicative of an imminent offensive explosion, and the nature that hitters are facing the game’s best arms will put price tags into perspective.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/29/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Shane Bieber - CLE vs. NYY ($11,200)

Those in cash games will likely be tasked with choosing between either Bieber or Yankees starter Gerrit Cole in most circumstances, as the two enter play Tuesday with a projected total of 6.5 runs allowed for the entire contest. Despite the power prowess that the Yankees boast, Bieber just wrapped up a 2020 campaign that saw him claim the American League pitching triple crown (eight wins, 1.63 ERA, 122 K’s), which is likely to lead to a Cy Young Award, which may very well be unanimous. 

Bieber has been DFS’s top dog all season, and with good reason. He struck out at least eight batters in all 12 regular-season starts, including 10 or more in eight of those outings. That K potential matches up well against an aggressive Yankees order that boasts high-strikeout candidates such as Aaron Judge (28.1% K rate), Giancarlo Stanton (28.7%), and Gary Sanchez (36%).

Blake Snell - TAM vs. TOR ($8,300)

At the same time that offenses are tasked with facing the best arms in the sport during Game 1, the inverse is true for pitchers, who also have to deal with slugging offenses that helped carry their respective clubs to the postseason. This is especially the case for Snell, who must contend with a Blue Jays lineup packed with thunder, albeit one that he has kept in check to the tune of 14 strikeouts and just two runs allowed in 7 ⅔ IP this season.

Snell’s pitch count has steadily risen as he has approached the postseason, indicating that he should be a full (100-plus pitch) go for Tuesday. His price tag will allow fantasy managers to get numerous offensive stars into lineups around him, while providing a safe floor of strikeouts and limited run production, as the lefty yielded more than three earned runs in an outing just once during the regular season. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Matt Olson - 1B, OAK vs. CWS ($3,200)

Purely a feast or famine selection, Olson’s home/road splits played heavily into his inclusion here. With an .880 OPS at Oakland Coliseum (versus a .576 mark on the road), Olson’s value lies primarily in his ability to go deep, which gives him considerably more appeal in GPP formats. Eleven of his 14 home runs during the regular season came against right-handers, which he should see a minimum of two at-bats against when facing White Sox righty Lucas Giolito in Game 1.

DJ LeMahieu - 2B, NYY @ CLE ($3,900)

Second base has created quite the FanDuel conundrum with this game split. In light of that, taking the best player available despite his tremendously stingy matchup is a move worth consideration. It’s not as if many managers will need to have their arm twisted to roster a batter coming off of a 2020 campaign in which he batted .364 with 19 multi-hit contests, but paying up for LeMahieu isn’t as harsh when considering the alternatives.

Joey Wendle - 3B, TAM vs. TOR ($2,700)

Tying the knot around the regular season with an eight-game hitting streak in which he slashed .464/.484/.750, Wendle has played his way into a key slot in the order for the Rays. With Yandy Diaz (hamstring) not likely to return to the starting nine against right-hander Matt Shoemaker, Wendle should see tremendous attention in all formats at his price tag.

Tim Anderson - SS, CWS @ OAK ($3,800)

You didn’t expect that just because it’s the postseason that we’d fade away from Anderson’s domination of southpaws, did you? Because with Oakland running lefty Jesus Luzardo to the hill for Game 1, Anderson’s 1.000 SLG versus left-handed pitching (tops in the Majors) from the regular season stands out as can’t miss.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

George Springer - OF, HOU @ MIN ($3,900)

While it may appear that Springer’s price tag is unduly exorbitant, gleaning through the numbers shows that it’s actually justifiable. Having closed the regular season with a torrid stretch that saw him hit seven homers in his final 15 games, including a 1.230 OPS in his final seven, Springer enters the playoffs as arguably the league’s hottest hitter. Holding down the leadoff spot for Houston should pay dividends for those managers looking to amass as many plate appearances as possible.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - OF, TOR @ TAM ($3,000)

Not to put too much stock into the final game of the 2020 regular season, but Gurriel did go 4-for-4 with a home run Sunday. It’s tough to enter the playoffs with a hotter bat, but consider that the outfielder has homered off of Rays starter Blake Snell in each of the last two years, and his potent bat suddenly presents some considerable thump at the heart of the Toronto order.

Franmil Reyes - OF, CLE vs. NYY ($2,800)

If Cole is susceptible when on the hill, it’s in his prevalence of allowing long balls. Having yielded a career-worst 1.7 HR/9 during the regular season, Cole will have to worry about the massive power of Reyes, who has posted an elite 92.4 MPH average exit velocity in 2020. All nine of Reyes’ homers this year have come off of right-handers en route to posting a .497 SLG.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/27/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Sunday is the final day of the regular season, and this includes a big slate. My suggestion is to grab a valued arm that can snatch up a W, then load up on bats for a fun day of home runs! The matchups to take advantage of being in Cleveland, New York(Mets), and the Cubs/White Sox outing.

In this article, we'll identify players who will help you win a cash game and build your bankroll or take down a GPP for a big pay-day. Every player on this list is on one of my own FanDuel teams.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/27/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Marco Gonzales - SEA @ OAK ($8,800)

Gonzalez is a great pitcher option at this price. He has put up big DFS point totals since the beginning of August and should continue to roll tonight. He is a very playable 23.1% strikeout rate with an elite level 2.4% walk rate. This newfound command has helped lend itself to a 3.04 ERA and 3.44 FIP. He catches a favorable matchup against Oakland, who has a 76 wRC+ and .275 wOBA when facing a southpaw in the previous two weeks.

Kyle Freeland - COL @ ARI ($7,200)

If you don't feel like paying up for an arm today, I would suggest Kyle Freeland. He another one of the poor Rockies starting pitchers that performs much better on the road. He sports a 4.46 ERA in Coors Field and a 2.70 ERA on the road. In fact, batters have a .290 wOBA while slugging only .349. To pile on top of that success, Freeland faces the Diamondbacks, who are the third-worst in wRC+ and have a .282 wOBA vs. LHP.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Jose Abreu - 1B, CWS vs. CHC ($4,000)

Abreu is the engine for the White Sox offense. He is batting in the cleanup spot around some pretty dynamic players so that the counting stats could be plenty today. The production keeps piling in for Abreu with 103 runs+RBI, and he has put 19 pitches into the bleachers. Abreu looks to add to a terrific 2020 regular season by punishing Adbert Alzolay in the hitter-friendly confines of Guaranteed Rate Field.

Wilmer Flores - 2B, SFG vs. SDP ($2,900)

Flores flourishes against left-handed pitching and slugs nearly 200 points higher than vs. RHP. His .924 OPS and this cheap of a salary makes him a must-start option at 2B. Flores is going to bat cleanup in the potents Giants offense and gets the favorable matchup vs. Adrian Morejon.

Jose Ramirez 3B, CLE vs. PIT ($4,200)

J-Ram has been mashing the ball all season long and today is one of the last opportunities to take advantage of that. He has crushed 17 HRs and put up 89 runs+RBI in 57 games played. His .402 wOBA and.527 xSLG leap off the page to help plant him in the lineup.

Francisco Lindor - SS, CLE vs. PIT ($3,600)

Lindor is going to be part of the Indian's mini stack today. He hasn't had a monster year we have come to expect, but still a very capable SS with eight HRs vs. RHP. Cleveland is still playing for the post-season, and Lindor is typically a player that goes in the $4,000 range. Lindor has the skills to put up a big day, don't sleep on him today because of a sluggish start.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Dominic Smith - OF, NYM @ WAS ($3,500)

Dominic Smith has enjoyed quite an excellent breakout season with ten HRs and 69 runs+RBI. He has done a majority of damage through extra-base hits. He slugged .616 with a .993 OPS on the season and had his way with RHP(1.032 OPS). His opponent is Austin Voth and his 6.25 ERA. Good chance for him to put one out this afternoon.

Kyle Tucker - OF, HOU vs. TEX ($3,400)

The Astros have clinched a playoff spot and resting some of the veteran outfielders like Springer and Brantley, but will likely start Tucker. Let's start with the apparent reason to start Tucker-his opposing SP is Jordan Lyles. Lyles carries a 7.08 ERA and only struck out 32 batters in 52.2 innings pitched, ouch! Tucker has been a beast with full-time at-bats and a .911 OPS vs. RHP.

Ian Happ - OF, CHC @ CWS ($3,000)

Happ is a switch-hitter with significantly more power from the left side of the dish. He has 11 of his 12 home runs when facing a right-handed pitcher and slugs 180 points higher. He squares off against Reynaldo Lopez this evening, and you never know which version of Lopez will show up. The Cubs needs a Crosstown Classic hero, and there is a good chance it will be Ian Happ today.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/26/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

There are just two days left in the regular season and with that come unpredictable lineup decisions as MLB teams clinch playoff spots and begin resting starters. This can create some tricky lineup decisions when setting DFS lineups but it can also lead to other strong values as cheaper players may hit higher in the lineup than they normally would.

With just two days left in the regular season I intend to treasure the full-11 game slate we've got on tap this fine Saturday. Don't get me wrong, MLB postseason DFS is fun too and we here at RotoBaller will continue to provide winning DFS analysis deep into the playoffs, but there's nothing quite like digging into a massive player pool to try and find that winning combo that can put up an obscene point total and take down a larger GPP.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/24/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Zack Wheeler, P - PHI @ TB ($8,800)

Wheeler is just the seventh-highest priced arm but he's my top pitcher on the slate and it's not particularly close. The Phillies are one of the teams still fighting for postseason birth and they should ride their $85 million free-agent acquisition to a much-needed win in this game. The Philly bullpen has been wretched so expect manager Joe Girardi to let Wheeler go as long as he's pitching well, something he's done a lot of this season. Wheeler hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 10 starts and has lasted at least 5 2/3 innings in every start. The one drawback to Wheeler is he doesn't rack up a ton of strikeouts, but the Rays do, they have the third-highest strikeout rate vs right-handed pitching. Wheeler is a master of avoiding hard contact with a microscopic 3.1 percent barrel rate and he issues almost no walks. He has a high floor for cash games and could smash if Girardi lets him go past 100 pitches as he's done before.

Matthew Boyd, P - DET @ KC ($7,600)

It's hard to believe I inserted this name into an actual FanDuel contest with real-US currency on the line but here we are. Boyd has been one of the premiere disappointments of the 2020 fantasy baseball season but I cannot be convinced the left-hander is not a talented pitcher. His FIP is 1.20 runs below his actual ERA, the fourth largest difference in the Majors. He allows 2.32 HR/9 which is the second-highest in the Majors; and he's one of just four pitchers with a HR/9  above two. This is partially due to a HR/FB rate over 20 percent, a number due for regression. He also has a .320 BABIP against and a 64.8 percent strand-rate, you guessed it, both unsustainable numbers due to regress to the mean. Maybe that regression happens Saturday, maybe we need to wait until 2021. At his price, I'm willing to roll the dice one more time in GPPs against a Royals lineup that isn't daunting below the top-three in the order. Kansas City is a pitcher-friendly venue so if some of the fly balls Boyd allows stay in the yard, he could put up a strong game to get us #BoydBoys back on the hype train for next season.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Josh Fuentes, 1B - COL @ ARI ($2,600)

Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver is my favorite pitcher to pick on today and Fuentes is an incredible value as the five-hole hitter in this lineup. Weaver struggles vs left-handed batters with a .418 wOBA allowed to lefties and he should struggle with the Rockies-LHB. Fuentes should have multiple RBI opportunities versus a pitcher with a 6.51 ERA.

Ryan McMahon, 2B - COL @ ARI ($2,700)

McMahon tends to hit behind Fuentes in the Colorado batting order and I love pairing the two for under 3k each. McMahon has been heating up with five hits in his last four games and homered on Friday. He gets the same juicy matchup versus Weaver as Colorado is a wildly affordable stack when they're not playing in their home ballpark. As mentioned with Fuentes, Weaver struggles versus lefties so McMahon should be in line for another strong game today.

Maikel Franco, 3B - KC vs. DET ($3,000)

If you're like most people and believe the pitcher with a 6.96 ERA is actually bad, then Franco is a strong play Saturday. I don't recommend playing Franco and Boyd together but I do like the Royals' third baseman in this matchup. Franco had a six-game hit streak snapped on Friday but the former Phillie has been hitting the ball well lately and is a fly-ball hitter so he has a good chance to run into a pitch for a homer vs a fly-ball pitcher in Boyd.

Tim Anderson, SS - CWS vs. CHC ($4,000)

Cubs starter Jon Lester is another pitcher to pick on today and the ChiSox leadoff hitter is a strong play as a one-off or as the top of a stack with MVP candidate Jose Abreu (who is a strong play if paying up at 1B, but should be chalky in this matchup). Anderson broke out last season and is backing it up in 2020 with career-highs in batting average (.337), on-base percentage (.370), and slugging percentage (.553). Lester has allowed just two runs in his last three starts but much like a five-star resort in the middle of a desert, those starts are a mirage. Lester has a 4.99xFIP on the season and allowed five earned runs in each of his previous two starts, against bad offenses. This White Sox lineup is a different animal and they should have their way with the veteran left-hander.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Adam Engel, OF - CHW vs. CHC ($2,400)

The White Sox will be a popular stack versus Lester and while Anderson, Abreu, and Moncada will be popular plays, don't sleep on Engel at the bottom of the order. Engel is batting .296 on the season with a .457 slugging percentage. He has better career numbers when facing lefties and is batting .333 against southpaws this season. At $2,400 he is a strong salary-relief option and works as part of an 8-1-2-3 stack with the other high-salary White Sox.

Bryce Harper, OF - PHI @ TB ($4,300)

Harper has quietly put up a strong campaign with 13 homers, 41 runs scored, 32 RBI, and eight steals. He is slugging a strong .546 on the season and is coming off back-to-back multi-hit games including a two-homer effort on Thursday. He'll face Ryan Yarborough who is a good pitcher, but not someone who matches up well with Harper. Yarborough lives on the edge of the strike zone and relies primarily on weak contact. Harper, on the other hand, makes great contact and takes his walks giving him a high floor. With Philly fighting for postseason birth, Harper is one of the high-priced stars guaranteed to not get pinch-hit for late in the game and he's the top hitter to pay-up for.

Raimel Tapia, OF - COL @ ARI ($2,700)

Tapia is another key part of a Rockies stack as the leadoff hitter facing a potential gas can in Weaver. Tapia is scalding-hot at the plate right now with nine hits in his last five games. He also has two steals in that time and eight on the season so there are a number of ways Tapia can return value at this cost with just one trip on the base paths. He's another lefty to attack Weaver with and should have a high floor in this matchup.




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/25/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

It's hard to believe it's the last Friday of the regular season and man, is it a jam-packed pitching slate. Yu Darvish headlines at $11,200 but we've also got Carlos Carrasco, Clayton Kershaw, and Jose Berrios carrying high price tags, as well as the potential to put up a ton of points. Looking further down the page, there are a ton of intriguing value plays that could put up high point totals for a low cost.

With all the talented arms on the mound, lineup construction will be critical as there are not as many bad pitchers to pick on for this nine-game slate. As a result, I'm looking to pay down at pitcher wherever possible to have extra cash for the high-priced hitters from the few offenses with implied run totals over five.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/24/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Tyler Mahle, P - CIN @ MIN ($8,500)

Mahle has been one of the quieter breakout pitchers of the 2020 season as the right-hander sports a 3.57 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and a pristine 29.6 percent strikeout rate. His Statcast metrics rival those of a proven-ace; his .193 xBA against is in the top-eight percent of the league and he is generating swinging-strikes at a gaudy 13.8 percent rate. A matchup with Minnesota looks daunting on paper, but the Twins are prone to struggles against right-handed pitching. They rank 20th in the league in on-base percentage vs right-handers and their 25.2 percent strikeout rate is the ninth-highest in baseball.

Mitch Keller, P - PIT @ CLE ($6,300)

Normally I wouldn't play the third-lowest priced pitcher on the slate, but that pitcher usually isn't as talented as the Pittsburgh right-hander. Keller posted a 28.6 percent strikeout rate last season and pitched significantly better than his 7.13 ERA would indicate as his FIP was just 3.19 with a 3.47 xFIP. He spent over a month on the IL this season and struggled in his first start back, but bounced back with a strong effort this past Sunday. Keller pitched six shutout innings without allowing a hit and striking out six Cardinals. Cleveland isn't an ideal matchup but they rank 25th in the league in OPS vs right-handers so Keller has some high upside as a GPP play.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Freddie Freeman, 1B - ATL @ BOS ($4,400)

The Atlanta offense has been among the hottest in the Majors and now gets to tee off on 30-year-old rookie Chris Mazza. Freeman is absolutely mashing with a 92.4 MPH average exit velocity and is among the league leaders in expected batting average, wOBA, and expected wOBA on contact. The Braves will be popular thanks to their matchup but I'm absolutely interested in paying up for the top 1B on the slate.

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

While DJ LeMahieu and Ozzie Albies lead the keystone with salaries north of $4,000, Jose Altuve offers just as much upside given his matchup with Rangers starter Kyle Cody. Cody has a 5.17 xFIP through 17 innings this season and has walked 10 batters in that time. The Texas bullpen is bad to begin with and will be tired after the team gave up double-digit runs to these Astros on Thursday.

Rafael Devers, 3B - BOS vs. ATL ($3,900)

Devers' numbers are down for the season but most of that has to do with his struggles vs left-handed pitching. Against righties, Devers is batting .295 with a .604 slugging percentage. He's hitting the ball well with a 12.4 percent barrel-rate and should be able to handle Braves starter Kyle Wright who sports a 6.37 career FIP through 51 innings pitched in his Big League career.

Adalberto Mondesi, SS - KAN vs. DET ($2,900)

Mondesi is scalding-hot at the dish right now and is coming off a four-hit game Thursday. MLB's stolen base leader has been running wild on the basepaths and added two more on Thursday to bring his total to 22 on the season. His speed gives him a higher floor as one trip on base could justify his cost. The Royals will be facing Spencer Turnbull who is due for some serious regression as his 3.83 ERA is not supported by a 5.04 SIERA

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Alex Verdugo, OF - BOS vs. ATL ($3,000)

As of Thursday night, this game has the highest over/under on the slate and I'm interested in getting pieces of both offenses. Verdugo is a great value as the leadoff hitter for Boston and will have the platoon advantage vs Wright. The Boston left-handed bats should be the top stack of the night as Wright's batting average against is 98 points higher when facing lefties.

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF - BOS vs. ATL ($2,700)

Speaking of Boston lefties, Bradley Jr. is on fire lately and has been hitting more towards the middle of the batting order, significantly raising his appeal in DFS. Bradley Jr has a hit in 11 of his last 13 games and is batting .347 in that time. On the season, he's sporting career highs in batting average (.280), OBP (.355), and slugging percentage (.423). Fire up JBJ as a one-off or as part of the aforementioned Red Sox stack.

Michael Brantley, OF - HOU @ TEX ($3,200)

You can never go wrong playing Brantley as the Houston outfielder has been priced in this range most of the season despite overperforming more often than not. He's batting .302 on the season with elite plate discipline metrics that should give him a safe floor versus Cody. He's making hard contact at a 40 percent rate and should be able to put up a strong game vs his in-state rivals.




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/24/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Welcome to the final wacky and wild Thursday slate of the 2020 regular season. If it seems like just two months ago that we were kicking off this column with a two-game slate of Yankees-Nationals and Giants-Dodgers, well, it’s because we were. 

But fast-forward to Sept. 24 and we get to welcome in the final seesaw Thursday slate before we flip into postseason mode. The nature of the game split on Thursdays always appeals to me, and our final installment is no exception. I see no path to not paying up for a starter on FanDuel in some capacity, but we’ll take our usual deep dive either way.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/24/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Corbin Burnes, P - MIL @ STL ($10,600)

It was Aug. 8 that I sat watching Burnes pitch out of relief against the Reds and pondered how he could not be a part of the Brewers’ starting rotation with an arsenal that wicked. Lo and behold, seven starts later, Burnes’ is the National League’s ERA leader and has held the opposition to a stifling .161/.226/.210 slash line since rejoining the rotation.

His last five starts in particular have been notable due to the fact that he has averaged 55 FD points in that stretch. He’ll be facing the Cardinals on Thursday, who had a starter in their own right catch fire during the second half last year in Jack Flaherty. There are many similarities between the stark jump in production between the two, as Burnes’ Statcast metrics have been off the charts, even more so than Flaherty's were. Burnes will be tough to squeeze adequate offense around, but potentially even more difficult to consider fading.

Ian Anderson, P - ATL vs. MIA ($9,900)

After years of hearing about how Anderson possessed potential ace-like stuff, fantasy managers are now seeing it up close. With an average of 40 FD points across his first five big league starts, Anderson presents a solid floor against a Marlins offense that has delivered a paltry .390 SLG as a unit. The fact that Miami has struck out the fifth-most of any National League squad also works in Anderson’s favor, as he has delivered a 31.5% K rate thus far.

A deeper dive into Anderson’s Statcast metrics indicates just how little offense has been produced against him thus far. The .236 xSLG that batters have delivered ranks him among the top one percentile of all pitchers in the Majors, while his 1.7% barrel rate and .175 xBA are elite as well. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Ryan Braun, 1B - MIL @ STL ($2,900)

Nearly all of Braun’s production this season has come during September, having slashed .340/.373/.745 over his last 15 games, a stark upswing after back-to-back months of a sub-.600 OPS. Having found a home in the No. 3 spot in the order, Braun’s position in the lineup also bodes well for DFS upside.

Ozzie Albies, 2B - ATL vs. MIA ($4,100)

Second base is a desolate spot on Thursday’s slate with not many options to feel optimistic about. Albies has been on such a tear recently that he easily heads the pack, but his price tag will give managers reason for pause. 

Yet after another multi-hit performance Wednesday, Albies has reeled off four consecutive appearances with at least two hits, which gives him a solid floor. Since returning from injury, Albies has slashed .396/.418/.736, returning to the elite level of production that he delivered for much of 2019.

Jedd Gyorko, 3B - MIL @ STL ($2,700)

This certainly isn’t picking on Cardinals southpaw Kwang Hyun Kim, but rather highlighting the success that Gyorko has had against left-handed pitching this season. In addition to having delivered a .625 SLG away from Miller Park in 2020, the veteran has moved up into the heart of the order and mashed southpaws at a 1.141 OPS clip. His price tag is far below that level of production, which likely indicates that he’ll be rostered considerably in cash contests.

Adalberto Mondesi, SS - KAN vs. DET ($2,900)

The fact that Mondesi has been the Majors’ premier stolen base threat (20) in 2020 works in his favor to begin with. Factor in that he has gone 3-for-4 with a triple and home run in his career against Tigers starter Michael Fulmer, and he becomes the most appealing of a strangely shallow shortstop group Thursday. Having collected three total bases on each of the last two nights, his offensive game has come on in September, having slugged .472 and raised his season SLG by nearly 100 points since the month began.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Cody Bellinger, OF - LAD vs. OAK ($4,100)

Dropped to the No. 7 spot in the batting order for the first time all season Wednesday, paying up for Bellinger has become a tricky proposition, albeit one that needs adequate consideration. But after a recent seven-game hitting streak raised his batting average by over 20 points, Bellinger is swinging a hot bat irrespective of where he hits in the order. 

Opposing batters have walloped Fiers’ offspeed (.591 SLG) and breaking (.326 BA) pitches this year, which works in Bellinger’s favor, as most of his damage has been done against slower stuff. There’s always the possibility that manager Dave Roberts could choose to rest some of his starters with the NL West crown already wrapped up, so fantasy managers will want to pay particular attention to the lineup card ahead of lock.

Alex Verdugo, OF - BOS vs. BAL ($3,000)

Verdugo has not driven in a run since Sept. 8, but what he has done since then is nearly tear the cover off the ball. On a 10-game hitting streak since that day, Verdugo has brought his batting average up to .328. Orioles starter Alex Cobb has not compiled a win since Opening Day (which came against the Red Sox), having yielded an .825 OPS -- with 100 more points SLG -- to left-handed batters this season. With Verdugo now entrenched at the top of the order, he should have significant cash play appeal.

Victor Reyes, OF - DET @ KAN ($2,600)

In addition to having the appeal of batting leadoff, Reyes has begun to hone his overall game as of late. With two stolen bases in his last four games, it appears that he has grown comfortable at the top of the club’s order. He faces Royals southpaw Kris Bubic, turning him around to the right side, where he has hit .353 with a .436 on-base percentage this year. With high-priced starters likely to litter the slate, Reyes is a low-priced outfield candidate that should garner consideration.




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/23/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

We are winding down on the MLB regular season, so it's time to make the most out of our Fanduel lineups. Tonight's main slate features eight games.

There are a lot of weak starting pitchers to take advantage of tonight, so we've got plenty of value bats to choose from and some enticing stacks to build.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/23/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Kenta Maeda, P - MIN vs DET ($10,000)

Maeda has been nothing short of terrific this season with a 2.52 ERA through 60 2/3 innings. His K-BB is phenomenal, striking out 31.6% of batters while walking just 4.4%, both of which are career-best marks. Maeda gets to face a weak Tigers lineup that has just a .289 wOBA against righties, which is third-lowest in all of baseball. Detroit also strikes out more than any other team against righties at 28.1%. This is a smash spot for Maeda and it's surprising that he's not the most expensive starter on the slate.

Logan Webb, P - SFG vs COL ($6,300)

Webb's results have been awful, but his underlying metrics suggest that he's actually been roughly a league-average pitcher in 2020. Webb has a 4.12 FIP and has done a good job at limiting home runs with just a 0.74 HR/9. His main issue has been giving up too many walks, but he's also getting hurt by a .345 BABIP, which supports the argument that he's been more unlucky than bad. Webb will be at home in an extreme pitcher's park against the Rockies, who have an awful .299 wOBA against righties. Colorado is also without one of their top hitters in Nolan Arenado. Webb is a very cheap pitcher that shouldn't be highly rostered, so he can provide outstanding value.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Anthony Rizzo, 1B - CHC at PIT ($3,300)

The Cubs are a lineup to consider stacking as they face Trevor Williams, who has an abysmal 6.70 ERA with a 2.54 HR/9. Rizzo is an affordable piece in the middle of the Cubs order, and he can be paired with Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ without crushing your payroll. 

Michael Chavis, 2B - BOS vs BAL ($2,700)

Chavis is a cheap power flier to grab in GPP tournaments for his upside. While he's a true zero-floor play, Chavis showed his ability with a two-homer game over the weekend and will be in a hitter-friendly park at home in Fenway. Against a rookie starter in Dean Kremer, the Red Sox lineup has potential for a big night.

Josh Donaldson, 3B - MIN vs DET ($3,000)

Donaldson is raking against right-handed pitching this year with a 149 wRC+. He's in a fantastic spot for both runs and RBI batting second in the Twins order. Tigers rookie Casey Mize has been thrown to the wolves and has a 6.08 ERA, so the Twins should be one of the highest scoring offenses tonight.

Adalberto Mondesi, SS - KAN vs STL ($2,900)

Speed is often undervalued by daily fantasy players, so rostering guys like Mondesi is a good way to get an edge. Despite his ugly numbers at the plate, Mondesi has been an extraordinarily valuable fantasy player with 20 steals in just 54 games. He's also gotten back into a power groove with three homers in the last two weeks. Opposing starter Carlos Martinez has been a disaster with a 8.40 ERA.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Alex Dickerson, OF - SFG vs COL ($2,800)

Dickerson has picked back up right where he left off, with two homers in two games since returning from the injured list. He has been unstoppable against righties with a .969 OPS. It's unlikely that he lets up now against Ryan Castellani, owner of a 7.65 FIP and a 14.5% K-rate.

Yoshi Tsutsugo, OF - TAM vs NYM ($2,800)

Tsutsugo is an interesting option now that he's been leading off for the Rays against righties. Batting atop the order will provide Tsutsugo with extra plate appearances, as well as good opportunities to score runs. He's got some power upside, too, against Michael Wacha who has a 2.25 HR/9 and a 6.75 ERA.

DJ Stewart, OF - BAL at BOS ($2,900)

Stewart is a great value option in cash games with a .408 OBP against righties, which comes from an elite 19.5 walk-rate. He bats in the middle of an underrated Orioles lineup that should provide ample chances for RBI in a hitter's park in Boston.




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/22/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

It may officially be playoff push time around MLB, but that hasn’t stopped clubs from starting a wide array of talent Tuesday. Back in July, if you could have predicted a slate where the trio of Zach Davies, Framber Valdez, and Brady Singer were the top three starting pitchers in terms of salary, you’re likely so prescient that this column seems like child’s play.

With that in mind, we’re gonna look elsewhere when it comes to starting options, which should allow fantasy managers to go with the offensive bats of their choosing Tuesday, whether it be in stack form or making a lineup that mirrors an All-Star Game squad.

I'll provide you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/22/2020. Be sure to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Dustin May, P - LAD vs. OAK ($8,000)

With many recent risers littering the top of the salary leaderboard, it’s important to note that May doesn’t exactly give up runs. While the strikeouts numbers are lower than what the perception of May’s stuff represents, he is yet to allow more than two earned runs in each of his first 10 appearances this year.

Oakland is batting just .228 versus right-handed pitching this season with Matt Chapman (hip) not around to anchor its order any longer. The only member of the A’s lineup to have seen May before is Jake Lamb, with all other regulars getting their first look Tuesday, which also leaves room for a night of adjustment against a pitcher who regularly hangs out near triple-digits.

Nick Pivetta, P - BOS vs. BAL ($5,900)

This is likely the only space on the Internet that you’ll see a Pivetta recommendation, but with the pitching slate in straits as dire as Tuesday, going off the grid may be just the formula. Since being acquired by the Red Sox in August, Pivetta has been ramping up his pitch count down at the club’s alternate site, and he is ready to unveil his revamped workload against an Orioles offense that isn’t nearly as terrifying as it was as recently as three weeks ago.

Fantasy managers can essentially toss out the three relief appearances that Pivetta made with Philadelphia earlier this year. But what is of note was that the spin rate of his curveball remained elite. Utilizing the pitch 35.2% of the time in 2019, Pivetta’s 2861 RPM on his breaking ball held opposing batters to a .215 BA and .350 SLG. There’s obviously still a ton that will go into him resurrecting his career as a starter with Boston, but for one night, his bottom of the barrel price tag will allow managers to get any bats into the lineup that they so choose, while also rostering a true boom-or-bust option at the starter slot that has the potential to go deep into a contest.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Jared Walsh, 1B - LAA @ SDP ($3,100)

Walsh was already scorching hot during the month of September before he smashed a grand slam Monday. Now, he has accumulated a gaudy .375/.394/.844 slash line since the calendar flipped, so no matter who he’s facing, he has some considerable upside amidst his 13-game hitting streak.

Jose Altuve, 2B - HOU @ SEA ($3,000)

Slowly but surely, the climb back to DFS relevance is occurring for Altuve. With his price tag dropping to fit his slumping 2020, his upside now makes him an appealing play over the final week. Altuve won’t be the only Astro on the FD pick list Tuesday due to matchup against Mariners starter Ljay Newsome, with the club looking to rebound after being shut down by Marco Gonzales on Monday. 

Second base is a great spot for those utilizing the stack strategy Tuesday due to the lack of an obvious No. 1 option, but Altuve is a middle-priced one-off that has a pedigree that far supersedes that of his contemporaries.

Manny Machado, 3B - SDP vs. LAA ($4,100)

Over his last 30 games, Machado has been arguably the best hitter in the Majors, having slashed .402/.431/.752 with 11 homers and 33 RBI. A ton of that damage was done at Petco Park, which many believed would hamper Machado’s production after arriving from Camden Yards; he’s actually turned the yard into a bandbox, having slugged .786 there this season, which bodes well heading into his matchup versus Angels righty Griffin Canning. For those not spending up on pitching Tuesday, Machado is the premier offensive play on the board as he looks to cap an MVP campaign over the final week.

Xander Bogaerts, SS - BOS vs. BAL ($3,700)

Having hit safely in 11 of his past 12 contests, Bogaerts brings his lefty mashing ways to the slate Tuesday. There are numerous high-end shortstop options that carry some heft, but with Bogaerts’ OPS versus southpaws above 1.000 on the year, his matchup against rookie Keegan Akin stands out. Virtually all of the damage done against Akin this year has been by right-handers, while he has also yielded a 42.2 Hard Hit% on the season.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

George Springer, OF - HOU @ SEA ($3,800)

Despite getting an off-day Monday due to what Astros manager Dusty Baker deemed concerning “Statcast data,” Springer is likely to reclaim his spot at the top of the order Tuesday. Having clobbered five home runs in his last seven games, Springer has produced a .658 SLG during September. His batting average has climbed 19 points over his past eight contests, meaning that he brings one of the hottest bats in the Majors into play against Newsome, who is yielding 12.7 H/9 and 3.2 HR/9 in four appearances this season.

Whit Merrifield, OF - KAN vs. STL ($3,400)

With multi-hit outings in seven of his last eight contests, Merrifield makes a case for being the top cash play on the board Tuesday. Cardinals starter Austin Gomber is the lowest-priced starting pitcher on the slate, with Merrifield owning a .362 on-base percentage against southpaws in 2020.

Austin Slater, OF - SFG vs. COL ($2,800)

So long as manager Gabe Kapler sticks with his platoon system Tuesday (and there’s no reason to believe that he wouldn’t), Slater figures to bat leadoff against southpaw Kyle Freeland. Slater has delivered a 1.057 OPS versus lefties this year, having also swiped seven bases in 25 contests.




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

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

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/19/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Get ready for another Saturday of MLB action! It's a good day to pay a premium for pitching with a D-Backs' ace on the board. We'll be going cheap at pitcher and targeting some value Rays to allow us to fit in Luke Voit, Mookie Betts, and Cody Bellinger.

In this article, we'll identify players who will help you win a cash game and build your bankroll or take down a GPP for a big pay-day. Every player on this list is on one of my own FanDuel teams.

  • I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/19/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Kwang-Hyun Kim - STL @ PIT ($8,300)

Kwang-Hyun Kim has terrific surface stats with a 0.63 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 28.2 innings. While his peripheral stats - 3.40 FIP, 7.3 K-BB%, and 8.7 SwStr% are underwhelming, we need to ride this hot streak, as Kim has allowed only one unearned run in his last four starts (24 innings). Kim is doing a good job suppressing contact, as he's posted a 86th-percentile hard-hit rate. He has an exploitable matchup against the Pirates today.

Charle Morton - TB @ BAL ($7,600)

If you prefer to go even cheaper, Charlie Morton is a solid choice against an ice-cold Orioles lineup that has put up a .275 wOBA and 27.4 K% over the last seven days. While Morton has been mediocre since returning from injury, his strikeout-to-walk ratio (11 strikeouts, three walks in 11.1 innings) is solid, so perhaps today is the start of a strong finish. Morton's pitch count increased from 57 to 77 in his last start, so he should be ramped up to 90+ in this one.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY @ BOS ($4,500)

There's no way that we can pass up Luke Voit with the way that he's swinging the bat right now. The Yankees' slugger has slashed .313/.320/.771 with seven home runs in his last 50 plate appearances. He gets to feast on Red Sox pitching at Fenway, so we need to exploit this matchup. Voit takes on RHP Chris Mazza, who has pitched into the fifth inning in only one start this season.

Nate Lowe - 1B, TB @ BAL ($2,900)

Nate Lowe has played very well since returning to the Rays, slashing .282/.404/.564 with three home runs in 47 plate appearances. He goes up against Orioles' RHP Jorge Lopez, who is coming off a gem start (seven innings, one run) but has been poor overall, allowing 3rd-percentile exit velocity and 8th-percentile hard-hit rate, so he's really giving up hard contact.

Joey Wendle - 3B, TB @ BAL ($2,500)

Joey Wendle has hit safely in six of his last eight games, racking up one home run and three stolen bases during that span. He helps us save some money after paying up for Voit and Clevinger, making a nice pairing with Lowe. Fire up Wendle facing a mediocre pitcher who allows hard contact at the bandbox that is Camden Yards.

Josh Rojas - 2B, ARZ @ HOU ($2,200)

Josh Rojas is another punt play to allow us to fit in some higher-priced options. He's hit safely in six of his last eight games, a stretch where he put up 12+ FanDuel points three times. Rojas goes up against Astros' RHP Cristian Javier, who has been solid this year but is not a matchup to fear.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - OF, LAD @ COL ($4,800)

Saving some money at pitcher and with our hitter punt plays allows us to fit in a mini-Dodgers stack at Coors. Mookie Betts is coming off a big game where he went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. He goes up against RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez in a mouth-watering matchup.

Cody Bellinger - OF, LAD @ COL ($4,400)

Cody Bellinger completes our Dodgers duo - he's coming off a game where he went 3-for-5 with one home run and three RBI. While this will be a chalky selection, we need to ride it because the matchup and ballpark is too good to pass up.

Yoshi Tsutsugo - OF, TB @ BAL ($2,700)

Yoshi Tsutsugo is another value Ray to play at Camden Yards. While his overall slash of .200/.314/.415 is underwhelming, he has posted a 83rd-percentile hard-hit rate, so at least he's generating solid contact. Tsutsugo is worth a look in a strong matchup.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/18/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

It's hard to believe, but we're approaching the last week of the regular season. With so few games left before the playoffs, I intend to treasure each and every full slate of baseball we get from here on out. Friday night brings us another fun slate with a myriad of ways we can construct successful lineups. There are a number of attractive pitching options on the slate, but no top-tier aces, so ownership should be spread out among the hurlers.

On the hitting side of things, the Dodgers always-dangerous lineup get to play at Colorado in a game with an over/under that opened at 13. We've also got the Yankees lineup getting healthy and sporting an implied-run total close to six after they hit the most home runs ever in a three-game period. Tampa Bay also has a high implied run total while being cheaper and should carry lower ownership.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/17/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Zach Plesac - CLE @ DET ($10,400)

Plesac is the top-priced pitcher on the slate, but not by much as three pitchers are within $1,000 of the Cleveland starter. With the top options priced so close, give me the one who's facing Detroit and their league-worst 28 percent strikeout rate vs righties. Plesac is the ideal cash-game option because he has a high-floor as he's gone six-plus innings in each six of his starts this season. He struggled in his last start where he gave up five runs, but he's given up one run or less in four of six starts with a solid 25.5 percent strikeout rate. Cleveland is also the biggest favorites on the slate as of Thursday night giving Plesac the best chance for a win of any pitcher on the slate.

Tyler Mahle - CIN vs. CWS ($8,100)

Tyler Mahle's strikeouts in his last four starts are as follows: 11, 3, 10, 3. This means he's due for another double-digit strikeout game, right? If only it were that easy. Mahle has always been an up-and-down starter who's stuff always seems better than his final stats. His underlying metrics are those of a high-end starter such as his 13.8 percent swinging-strike rate and a .198 xBA against. Despite those numbers, he couldn't escape the third inning in his last start. I'm willing to give him a pass as he had four walks which weren't an issue in any of his other starts and if he comes out throwing strikes he could carve up a White Sox lineup looks tough on paper. However, the south-siders have the seventh-highest strikeout-rate vs right-handed pitching and are 18th in team-OBP vs righties.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Luke Voit, 1B - NYY vs. BOS ($4,300)

Voit is scalding-hot right now and at this point, I'm willing to ignore salary and give FanDuel a blank check to get him in my lineup. Voit has four homers in his last three games as the Yankees have been launching homers at a historic pace. Boston will trot out Martin Perez who sports a ghastly 5.13 FIP on the season and is in the bottom 10-percent of baseball in average exit velocity. Voit, on the other hand, leads the Majors in homers and is near the top of the Statcast leaderboard in expected slugging and expected wOBA.

Brandon Lowe, 2B - TB @ BAL ($3,800)

While you can't go wrong with DJ LeMahieu, Tampa Bay is also in a great spot to do damage Friday night vs Alex Cobb and a tired Baltimore bullpen thanks to Thursday's doubleheader. Cobb is giving up an obscene 10.6 percent barrel rate this year and it's led to some ugly Statcast data such as a 7.18 ERA or a .332 xBA against. He's not striking anyone out and will need to deal with a hot Tampa offense in hitter-friendly Camden Yards. Lowe, for his part, has a .370 batting average and .732 slugging percentage over his last seven games.

Joey Wendle, 3B - TB @ BAL ($2,300)

Sticking with the theme of picking on Cobb, Wendle is one of the best value plays on the slate at just $2,300. Wendle has seven hits in his last six games and will have the platoon advantage vs Cobb. Wendle has a better career average vs right-handed pitching and all 14 of his career homers have come against righties. He's a great option in a Tampa Bay stack or as a one-off salary relief option in cash games.

Gleyber Torres, SS - NYY vs. BOS ($3,000)

Torres got off to a rough start to the season but has pulled his average up to .259 and has an extra-base hit in two-straight games, including a homer Thursday. Torres is one of the cheapest ways to get a piece of the Yankees lineup despite the fact he'll hit in the middle of the order for a team with one of the highest implied run totals. He's got a high-floor thanks to a 13.2 percent walk rate so he should be able to get on base and his ceiling is high as well facing a mediocre lefty in Perez.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Avisail Garcia, OF - MIL vs. KC ($2,800)

Garcia has batted leadoff every game since September 9 and is hitting .414 with a .514 on-base percentage in that time. He's a career .299 hitter vs left-handed pitching and now faces a mediocre lefty in Danny Duffy. Duffy has walked nine batters against just seven strikeouts in his last two starts and has a 5.11 xFIP on the season. Milwaukee should be able to put up runs and Garcia should be a big part of it.

Alex Dickerson, OF - SF @ OAK ($2,800) 

Dickerson has a .283 average this season vs right-handed pitching including seven of his eight homers. The Giants have been a sneaky-good source of fantasy points over their past few games. On the season, Dickerson has an 11.2 percent barrel rate which has led to a career-high hard-hit rate and average exit velocity. He should hit high in the Giants order vs A's starter Chris Bassitt. Bassitt's 4.70 xFIP suggests he's due for some regression and the Giants could take advantage of that tonight.

Kevin Pillar, OF - COL vs. LAD ($3,200)

The Dodgers are rolling out Mitch White to start a bullpen game in Coors Field. What could go wrong? Pillar is one of the more affordable options to get exposure to the game with the highest implied run total on the slate. He should be batting fifth and should bat multiple times with men on base. He has hits in seven of his last eight games and is in a good spot to do damage Friday.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/17/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

After back-to-back nights of the Yankees’ offense making a mockery of the main slate, we get to add their offensive gumption to the cauldron of a Coors Field (feat. the Dodgers’ thundering bats) and Shane Bieber-focused slate. 

This slate is smaller than usual, which makes the thunder lurking inside of it even more important to hone in on. Yankees stacks against Chase Anderson, Dodgers and Rockies exposure, and finding low-priced batters to squeeze in around Bieber all highlight likely scenarios that fantasy managers will find themselves in.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/17/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Shane Bieber - CLE @ DET ($11,900)

The kingpin of the slate -- and arguably of all of DFS -- makes his 11th start of the year Thursday, and his second at Comerica Park. The first? An 11-strikeout, seven-inning scoreless barrage of unhittable stuff back on Aug. 15. That performance will merit an overwhelming level of consideration, such that you don’t need to read too in-depth to understand why Bieber will be the premier cash play option on the slate.

Detroit has accumulated the second-most strikeouts of any club in the American League, making them particularly susceptible to the stylings of Bieber. With a 41.3% K rate (top one percentile) and 41.3% Whiff rate (top two percentile) for Bieber, there’s the potential for a massive statistical output, which would be right in line with where the vast majority of his outings have been. Finding cheaply priced bats will be a challenge, but running out arguably the Majors’ best arm against one of it’s premier swing-and-miss offenses may be a recipe for a showdown that would hurt to fade.

Casey Mize - DET vs. CLE ($6,200)

On the other side of the coin, there’s Mize. While he undoubtedly has the most treacherous path to a win (which would be the first of his career) of any starter Thursday, the matchup itself makes him a worthy GPP option. Cleveland’s offense, despite it’s star power, has been wholly underwhelming in 2020, having entered play as recently as Wednesday with the fifth-lowest OPS in the Majors. 

Mize’s primary bugaboo has been his pitch limit. He is yet to exceed 83 pitches in a single outing during his first taste of the big leagues, but he has limited the opposition to three earned runs or fewer in each of his five starts. Having averaged better than a strikeout per inning thus far (9.5 K/9), his four-seam fastball appears to be his key pitch, even as he has deployed it just 26.9% of the time. Opposing batters have produced just a .167 BA and .389 SLG against the pitch, which may be the key to him turning in an outing worthy of consideration. Additionally, his near bottom of the barrel price tag allows for maximum offensive exposure in a slate chock full of powerful bats with tantalizing matchups.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B - STL @ PIT ($3,700)

Despite having his hitting streak snapped in the second leg of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Milwaukee, Goldschmidt has continued to produce despite the onslaught of games that he has been on the field for in September. His avoidance of left-handed pitching this year has been something of an anomaly, but he has posted a 1.365 OPS in 23 plate appearances versus southpaws. Facing Pirates lefty Steven Brault on Thursday is particularly appealing as well, as Goldschmidt has homered twice in 11 at-bats against him, good for a career .909 SLG.

DJ LeMahieu, 2B - NYY vs. TOR ($4,000)

If real life imitated art a la the MLB Slugfest video game from the early aughts, LeMahieu would currently have flames emanating from his bat each time that he stepped to the plate. Having driven in eight runs over his last two games, LeMahieu is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak that has seen him compile five home runs and 35 total bases. Anderson is in a perilous spot Thursday with the Yankees’ bats having posted double-digit scoring efforts in each of their last two outings, which begins with LeMahieu’s daunting presence at the top.

Alec Bohm, 3B - PHI vs. NYM ($2,700)

With the Phillies’ lineup hampered by the absence of Rhys Hoskins (elbow) and J.T. Realmuto (hip), Bohm has slid up into a prominent spot in the order. Having delivered a 123 OPS+ through his first 32 games, Bohm’s price tag has steadily risen, yet seems to have capped itself below his production value. Whether as part of a Phillies stack or as a low-priced one-off, Bohm is worthy of consideration at the hot corner amidst multiple high-priced sluggers.

Francisco Lindor, SS - CLE @ DET ($3,500)

Having slashed .347/.411/.592 to begin September, Lindor is a superstar at a fair price tag Thursday. Six of the 10 hits that Mize has allowed to left-handed batters this season have been of the extra-base variety, with Lindor doing all of his home run damage against righties. Now firmly entrenched in the leadoff spot, snagging a potential additional at-bat puts Lindor over the top when it comes to consideration.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Giancarlo Stanton, OF - NYY vs. TOR ($3,800) 

After receiving the night off Wednesday, Stanton should be back in the mix and in the heart of the New York order Thursday, becoming yet another Yankees bat worthy of consideration. Despite his sporadic appearances due to injury, Stanton has amassed a .431 on-base percentage this season, with six of his 12 hits going for extra bases.

Clint Frazier, OF - NYY vs. TOR ($3,400)

The whole vote of confidence that manager Aaron Boone provided Frazier with earlier in the week proves smarter by the day as the outfielder homered again Wednesday, raising his OPS at Yankee Stadium this season to 1.147 in 21 games. Frazier has slugged .783 over his last seven games, treating the Bronx like his personal bandbox. Anderson has yielded a career-worst 2.1 HR/9 this season, which could spell trouble against a New York lineup that is clicking on all cylinders.

Kevin Pillar, OF - COL vs. LAD ($3,300)

Finally some exposure at Coors Field for those eyeing the southpaw showdown between Julio Urias and Kyle Freeland. Pillar has tagged left-handed pitching this season to the tune of a .569 SLG and .926 OPS, giving him considerable upside when factoring in his presence at Coors Field on Thursday.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/16/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Tonight's main slate features nine games to choose from. There are plenty of high-end starting pitching options available, which feels like a rare sight at this point in the season.

There aren't too many chalky stack options to pick hitters from, so there will be plenty of hitter combinations to get creative with.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/16/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Dylan Bundy - LAA vs ARI ($9,800)

Bundy is having a dominant season with a 2.48 ERA and a 2.67 FIP through nine starts. He's struck out 29.3% of batters while walking just 5.7%. Bundy gets a tremendous matchup against the Diamondbacks, who are a bottom-five lineup against right-handed pitching with a .303 wOBA. Going with Bundy is a nice pivot play from more expensive starters in Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole, who may both end up being rostered by more teams than Bundy.

Lance McCullers Jr. - HOU vs TEX ($8,100)

McCullers is having a rough year and is certainly a risky play, but this is a great time to buy low. It's possible that McCullers will return to form after having surgery to alleviate neck pain, which was likely hindering his performance. In any case, this is a terrific spot against the Rangers, who have an abysmal .285 wOBA against righties. They also strike out 24.5% of the time. McCullers is a high upside play to consider in lineups where you don't want to spend a ton on your starter.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Brandon Belt, 1B - SFG at SEA ($2,800)

Somehow Belt continues to get underpriced on FanDuel, as he's crushing righties this year to the tune of a 185 wRC+. He should continue to rake against opposing starter Ljay Newsome, who has just 8 1/3 big league innings under his belt. Tonight's Giants-Mariners game is being played in San Francisco, so there's no need to worry about another postponement.

Robinson Cano, 2B - NYM at PHI ($3,000)

The Mets are a contrarian stack option against Zack Wheeler in a hitter-friendly park in Philadelphia. Wheeler has had strong results, but he's only striking out 17.6% of batters, so it's possible he gets hit around by a tough Mets lineup. Cano is in a nice spot to drive in some runs batting fifth and he can be paired with other affordable options like J.D. Davis.

Alex Bregman, 3B - HOU vs TEX ($3,400)

Bregman and the Astros should dominate against Kyle Gibson, who is one of the weakest starters on the slate. Gibson has a brutal 6.14 ERA and a 2.05 HR/9. The cleanup spot will provide Bregman with lots of run and RBI opportunities. While he's been cold since returning from injury, it's tough to be worried about an elite hitter like Bregman.

Francisco Lindor, SS - CLE at CHC ($3,300)

Lindor is extremely hot right now, as he's coming off a homer and a steal last night and is batting .347 over the last two weeks. He's striking out just 5.8% of the time against lefties, so he should definitely put the ball in play against Jon Lester. Lester has a 5.05 ERA with just an 18.1% K-rate, so Lindor has tons of upside batting leadoff against him.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Giancarlo Stanton, OF - NYY vs TOR ($3,500) 

Now that Stanton is back he immediately becomes a GPP power play, as almost nobody in the sport has home run potential like Stanton on any given night. He is in a perfect spot against Tanner Roark, who has a 6.82 FIP and a 2.55 HR/9. It's entirely possible that Stanton's price only goes up from here, so get him while you can afford him.

Whit Merrifield, OF - KAN @ DET ($3,300)

Merrifield is an awesome play in cash games for his high floor against left-handed pitching. He's got an .822 OPS against lefties and faces on in Tarik Skubal, owner of a 7.27 ERA. Merrifield will see more plate appearances as a leadoff hitter, as well as chances to score, which makes him a safe play.

Justin Upton, OF - LAA vs ARI ($2,600)

Don't look now, but Upton's finally heating up at the plate, batting .333 over the last two weeks. Upton has been better against lefties throughout his career and faces one in Caleb Smith, who walked six batters in an ugly start last time out. Upton is a super cheap GPP power flier.



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/15/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

After one of the quirkier schedules that we’ve seen all season during 2020 on Monday, we return Tuesday with a slate chock full of options. 

Yu Darvish headlines a pitching slate that is more upside than safe floor. With a Coors Field contest on the slate, fantasy managers will, as always when the hitter's haven is present, have to operate judiciously to find the right mix of star and value, which is exacerbated by the relative low-end nature of the pitchers in line to receive starts.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/15/2020. Be sure also to check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Yu Darvish - CHC vs. CLE ($11,200)

As mentioned previously, in a slate where there are so many uncertain pitching options, Darvish stands out as an elite arm that is in the midst of arguably the best stretch of his career. He has compiled at least 40 FanDuel points in each of his last eight starts, striking out 67 batters in 52 IP in that span, all while amassing a 1.38 ERA. 

Despite some notable names in their starting nine, Cleveland has posted the fourth-lowest team OPS (.680) in the Majors this season. Their 326 strikeouts against right-handed pitching ranks them seventh among all clubs, which works in Darvish’s favor. 

Deivi Garcia - NYY vs. TOR ($8,900)

With his FD price tag far exceeding that of his DraftKings one, Garcia may seem like something of an overpay to some. But consider that in his most recent start, he went seven innings against the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field and struck out six batters while limiting them to two runs. Fully stretched out after back-to-back 95-pitch outings, there should be no concerns about the 21-year-old’s ability to go deep into games.

The Toronto offense boasts a solid group of power-hitting bats, but Garcia got 13 swinging strikes the last time that the two clubs faced off. The right-handed prowess of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette doesn’t present it’s usual concern due to the .509 opponents OPS that Garcia has allowed against right-handed batters this season, with 13 of 34 plate appearances ending in a strikeout.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Freddie Freeman, 1B - ATL @ BAL ($4,100)

Freeman is the highest-priced first baseman Tuesday, and with good reason. Over his last seven games, he has gone 14-for-29 with four home runs and 12 RBI, walking (four) more times than he has struck out (two). Then there’s the matchup with Orioles starter Thomas Eshelman, who has yielded three home runs in 14 innings at Oriole Park this season. Freeman has particularly mauled right-handed pitching this season with his 1.233 OPS ranking tops in the Majors.

David Fletcher, 2B - LAA vs. ARI ($3,000)

The nature of Fletcher’s production is that he’s likely a much more intriguing cash play than he is of a GPP consideration. But he’s especially worth considering Tuesday due to his matchup against Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who has been shellacked by right-handed hitters this year to the tune of a 1.109 OPS. With Los Angeles’ offense essentially back to full strength, they’ll have speculative stack appeal, with Fletcher standing out amidst a tough night for second basemen and their respective matchups.

Jake Lamb, 3B - OAK @ COL ($2,700)

Third base undoubtedly provides considerable thump at the top of the price chain, but those owners looking to simultaneously gain exposure on the Coors Field contest and save for other bats, consider Lamb. Having homered in his first appearance with Oakland on Monday, there’s a good chance that he’ll get another start Tuesday against righty Antonio Senzatela. Last season, Lamb scored five runs in three games at Coors, including a home run.

Trevor Story, SS - COL vs. OAK ($4,400)

It’s not exactly breaking news that Story rakes at Coors Field, but it can’t hurt to be reminded. Having delivered a .333/.385/.583 slash line through 23 games at home this season, his matchup with Oakland southpaw Sean Manaea -- who owns a 1.53 WHIP on the road this year -- stands out as particularly exploitable. While many will flock to Story for his power, it’s actually his legs that have been helping him excel as of late with five stolen bases in his last seven games. Combining that power/speed threat, his price tag actually seems somewhat reasonable and worthy of paying up for if salary limitations allow.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Dominic Smith, OF - NYM @ PHI ($3,400) 

Despite not having begun the year as a full-time member of the Mets’ starting lineup, Smith has vaulted up the leaderboards to the fourth-highest OPS in the Majors (1.084) when facing right-handed pitching. With the contest coming at Citizens Bank Park -- where Smith owns a career .317/.397/.667 slash line in 21 games -- the positives of his matchup against Phillies righty Jake Arrieta are extenuated. The former Cy Young winner has posted an 8.25 ERA at home this year, seeing opposing batters collect a .327 average against him. 

Whit Merrifield, OF - KAN @ DET ($3,300)

Merrifield’s domination of Tigers southpaw Matthew Boyd is too loud to ignore. In 39 at-bats, Merrifield has collected 20 hits, eight of which have been of the extra-base variety. Add to that the fact that the Royals’ leadoff hitter has ripped off a multi-hit performance in five of his last six contests and you have the perfect storm of an outfielder who is actually undervalued despite his sizable price tag. 

DJ Stewart, OF - BAL vs. ATL ($2,800)

Bouncing off of the undervalued idea, Stewart has mashed since having full-time duties bestowed upon him in the wake of Anthony Santander’s (oblique) injury. Taking his metrics from his first stint with the club this season out of the mix, Stewart has compiled a .371/.476/1.000 slash line over his last 11 games. Atlanta has not yet announced a starter for Tuesday as of Monday night, but no matter the arm, Stewart is far too cheaply priced on FD to risk fading in the vast majority of contests. 



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

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

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Nelson Cruz, OF - MIN @ CWS ($4,200) 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/13/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Today kicks off a Sunday filled with sports and a sizeable 11-game slate. Pitching has one real ace to select, and many value plays that will leave us plenty in the budget to load up on bats. There are two good stacks with the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. As always, win big with Rotoballer in 2020!

In this article, we'll identify players who will help you win a cash game and build your bankroll or take down a GPP for a big pay-day. Every player on this list is on one of my own FanDuel teams.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/13/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Max Scherzer - WAS vs. ATL ($11,000)

Scherzer is the top-priced arm on the slate by a wide margin. He is the only real ace on the slate and should be considered the safest pitcher. His dominance is shown off by the high strikeout rate(31.9%) and low walk rate(7.9%). The matchup has a degree of difficulty since he squares off against the red hot Atlanta Braves, who in the previous two weeks have scored nearly 25 runs than the second best.

Lance Lynn - TEX vs. OAK ($9,000)

Lynn is an excellent option if you want elite level production but don't want to pay the Scherzer price. He has shown the ability to put up large strikeout numbers in any start. His 2.53 ERA comes with a 4.13 FIP that suggests Lynn has been somewhat lucky and could regress a little. The good news is they are playing in Texas, a pitchers park, and against the Oakland Athletics that will be without power slugger Matt Chapman. There is a fair chance Lynn keeps them in the game long enough to pick up the win.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Bobby Dalbec - 3B, BOS @ TAM  ($3,300)

Dalbec has been a one-person wrecking crew since joining the MLB roster. He put up highlight reel home runs for four straight games and continues to mash extra-base hits. While the pace he is on is not sustainable, you can't help but overlook the production and low salary. Put all that with a matchup against struggling vet Charlie Morton, and there is substantial value here.

Luke Voit - 1B, NYY vs. BAL ($3,900)

Voit is leading the MLB in home runs with Mike Trout. Those words were probably not the expectation by anyone coming into 2020, but here we are. His statcast slider shows that Voit has earned every bit of his power with a 92nd percentile in xwOBA and 86th percentile in barrel%. He can take a ball out of any park, and against John Means is not a tall task.

Adalberto Mondesi - SS, KC vs. PIT ($2,800)

Wow, talk about doing a 180 on the season. Mondesi looked incapable of handling MLB pitching until the last two weeks. Since then, he has stolen eight bags and hit four home runs in only 40 at-bats. That is a significant point of production in a short period. Keep riding the hot hand of Mondesi at his lower salary for a massive return on investment.

DJ LeMahieu - 2B, NYY vs. BAL ($2,800)

LeMahieu is another piece in the Yankees stack. DJ takes advantage of every at-bat and gives nothing away, as shown by his 98th percentile in K% and whiff%. Does he barrel the ball a ton? No, but that doesn't mean LeMahieu is incapable of hitting the long ball. He has six on the season, and the majority of those are opposite-field pokes over the short fences in right field at Yankees Stadium. Like Voit, he gets the favorable matchup against John Mean, who gives up home runs like candy on Halloween at times.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Randal Grichuk - OF, TOR vs. NYM ($3,100)

Grichuk plays in the sneaky ballpark in Buffalo today. Right-handed hitters are destroying balls out there, and matching up against southpaw David Peterson is a bonus. Peterson has a 5.2 K-BB% and 4.25 ERA with a 4.71 FIP. All those signs point to allowing a bunch of runs today. Grichuk has four home runs and a .998 OPS vs. LHP.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr - OF, TOR vs. NYM ($2,800)

Gurriel is the second part of the mini-stack for Toronto due to many of the same reasons as Grichuk, the park, and favorable pitching matchup. When looking at Gurriel's platoon splits this year, I am a little confused, as he has a sub .700 OPS and a .392 slugging percent. He is likely due for some positive regression as his career numbers are a .877 OPS and .547 slugging percent. Could be some sneaky value coming his way!

Clint Frazier - OF, NYY vs. BAL ($3,300)

Frazier completes the Yankees stack on the slate. He is slashing .270/.383/.517 with a .900 OPS since joining the MLB squad. The Yankees are forecasted to put up one of the higher run totals on the day, and Frazier is likely to bat in the cleanup spot for the pinstripers. Plug him in for a strong potential of points.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/12/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Get ready for another Saturday of MLB action! It's a good day to pay a premium for pitching with a D-Backs' ace on the board. We'll be targeting a couple of Royals who are swinging the bat at cheap prices to allow us to fit in an ace and the Angels' slugging duo at Coors.

In this article, we'll identify players who will help you win a cash game and build your bankroll or take down a GPP for a big pay-day. Every player on this list is on one of my own FanDuel teams.

  • I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/12/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Zac Gallen - ARZ vs. SEA ($10,000)

Zac Gallen has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, posting a 2.29 ERA (3.83 SIERA), 0.98 WHIP, 20.0 K-BB%, and 12.1 SwStr%. The emerging ace has allowed two runs or less in every start except his last outing against the Giants (four runs allowed). He takes on the Mariners, who came into Friday's game with a 26.5 K% (23rd), so there's some strikeout upside here. Gallen is the best pitcher on the slate and worth paying the premium price.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Anthony Rendon - 3B, LAA @ COL ($4,500)

Anthony Rendon is worth the price in a game at Coors against LHP Kyle Freeland. Rendon has slashed .302/.394/.524 against southpaws in his career. He's also heating up, going 9-for-28 (.321) with six runs, two home runs, and six RBI in his last eight coming into Friday's game. Rendon will be a popular play as a star slugger at Coors, but he's absolutely worth it in this one.

Jeimer Candelario - 1B, DET @ CWS ($3,000)

Jeimer Candelario has been absolutely on fire, going 13-for-25 (.520) with seven runs, three home runs, and 11 RBI in his last seven coming into Friday's game. He goes up against RHP Reynaldo Lopez, who has been atrocious this season, putting up a 8.38 ERA and 2.79 HR/9. Candelario will be another popular play, but this is too good of a matchup for a red-hot hitter.

Adalberto Mondesi - SS, KC vs. PIT ($2,800)

It's about time that Adalberto Mondesi woke up - he's gone 9-for-28 (.321) with four runs, two home runs, eight RBI, and five stolen bases in seven games coming into Friday. Mondesi is as streaky as they come, so when he's hitting well, you need to ride the wave. He goes up against RHP Trevor Williams, who has allowed 16 runs in his last three starts, spanning 16 innings.

Gavin Lux - 2B, LAD vs. HOU ($2,800)

Gavin Lux is one of the top prospects in baseball and we saw why on Tuesday when he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. He's worth a look as a cheap option against LHP Framber Valdez, who is coming off a start where he got pounded for eight runs in seven innings against the Angels. Even though it's a lefty-on-lefty matchup, Lux is still worth playing because of his prospect pedigree.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mike Trout - OF, LAA @ COL ($5,000)

Like Rendon, Mike Trout is an obvious play since he's hitting at Coors, even at such a high price. The key is to find other cheap options to allow you to fit in an ace plus this Angels duo. Trout continues to swing the bat well, going 12-for-29 (.414) with 11 runs, four home runs, and seven RBI in his last eight games coming into Friday's contest.

Tim Locastro - OF, ARZ vs. SEA ($2,4mondev00)

Tim Locastro has played well of late, going 3-for-11 (.273) with three runs, one homer, two RBI, and two stolen bases in his last three games. He has elite speed, so there are always opportunities for stolen bases whenever he's in the lineup. Just check in to make sure that he's in the lineup because he doesn't play every day.

Edward Olivares - OF, KC vs. PIT ($2,300)

Edward Olivares is another cheap outfielder to allow us to fit an ace and the Angels. He's been red-hot of late, going 12-for-34 (.353) with five runs, two homers, and six RBI in his last seven games coming into Friday. He makes for a nice pairing with Mondesi, especially at such a cheap price.

 



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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/11/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Another Friday means another jam-packed MLB slate with a plethora of aces taking the hill. Shane Bieber, Lucas Giolito, Kenta Maeda, and Luis Castillo headline the pitching. Those four pitchers rank second through fifth in the league in swinging-strike rate which is among my favorite metrics for evaluating a pitcher's skill. With so many top-flight pitching options, ownership in cash games will be through the roof as no one wants to be left out in the cold if one of those talented pitchers goes off for a 60-plus point night on FanDuel.

On the hitting side of things, Mike Trout gets to play in Coors Field and leads the way with a crazy $5,000 price tag. That game has an over/under of 12 1/2 so we'll want a piece of that game, but there are plenty of other pitching matchups to attack. Nights like this will require a high score to compete so it is a good idea to stack players from the same team to maximize fantasy value.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/10/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Lucas Giolito - CWS vs. DET ($10,800)

Of all the high-priced pitching options, Giolito has the best matchup and will be highly-rostered as a result. That being said, he also has the highest floor which is critical in cash games. Giolito is dealing this season with a 2.72 FIP, 34.9 percent strikeout rate, and a .185 batting average against. He'll face a woeful Tigers offense that is 29th in the league in on-base percentage vs righties and leads the league in strikeout rate. Giolito's upside is evident based on his two 13-strikeout performances this season and his matchup makes him a safe play because, at worst, he should rack up some strikeouts. Chicago is also -270 favorites, biggest favorites on the slate as of Thursday night, so Giolito is in a great position to pick up a win which could be the difference between him and the other top-tier arms.

Brandon Woodruff - MIL vs. CHC ($7,600)

Woodruff has been knocked around in his last two starts so his price is more palatable than the big arms on the slate making him my favorite play for GPPs. Woodruff isn't the flashiest arm but he's sporting strong numbers across the board including a 28.8 percent strikeout rate, .236 batting average against, and 3.59 FIP. He's increased his changeup and slider usage this season with great success as the pitches are generating whiffs at a 35.1% and 46.2% rate, respectively. A matchup with the Cubs looks tough at first glance, but the North Siders rank 19th in team on-base percentage vs right-handed pitchers.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Ryan McBroom - 1B, KC vs. PIT ($2,200)

Perhaps it's the football currently on my TV, but a punt-play feels appropriate on a night with so many high-priced options to squeeze into lineups. McBroom only plays vs left-handed starters - so make sure he's in the lineup - but he should be in there tonight vs a mediocre lefty in Steven Brault. McBroom strikes out too much to trust in cash games but his .507 slugging percentage makes him the ideal boom-or-bust candidate to plug into GPP lineups for almost the bare minimum cost.

Tommy La Stella - 2B, OAK @ TEX ($3,200)

TLS has been a staple in my lineups since being acquired by Oakland as he's been batting atop one of the best lineups in the game and his price hasn't caught up to his production, especially at a weak position. La Stella has only struck out eight times this season, six fewer times than the next qualified hitter. He has more than twice as many walks as strikeouts and sports a strong .360 on-base percentage as a result. Texas has a bullpen game planned for Friday so La Stella should bat five times for a team with an implied run total north of five.

Jedd Gyorko - 3B, MIL vs. CHC ($2,700)

Coors Field gets all the love in DFS but its great tasting, less filling counterpart in Milwaukee is a good hitters park in its own right. Tonight, Miller Park will host Jon Lester who has gotten hit hard in his last two starts where he allowed 10 runs in just 8 2/3 innings. Gyorko, on the other hand, has been swinging a hot bat as he's 10 for his last 27 with four homers in that span. He's got better career numbers vs left-handed pitching and should be batting cleanup for the Brewers.

Erik Gonzalez - SS, PIT @ KC ($2,600)

Gonzalez is another sub-$3000 option in a favorable spot to put up fantasy points. He won't break the slate, but he's a solid, high-floor leadoff hitter with the platoon advantage against a mediocre lefty in Kris Bubic. Gonzalez scored at least nine fantasy points in seven of his last 10 games with two 20-plus point games. He's not known as a power hitter, but he is capable of going deep as he has three home runs on the season and is hitting the ball well with a 46.2 percent hard-hit rate that is in the top-12 percent of the league.

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Christian Yelich - OF, MIL vs. CHI ($4,100)

As mentioned above, the Brewers are in a great spot to put up runs tonight and if that's the case I want Christian Yelich. His .213 batting average is ugly, but he's still getting on-base at a .347 rate and has strong batted-ball data to suggest he's on the cusp of turning things around. He's making hard-contact 50.5 percent of the time and is near the top of the league in expected wOBA on contact and average exit velocity. Yelich has solid reverse-splits as he's actually hitting lefties just fine this year with a .325 batting average through 46 plate-appearances vs southpaws.

Whit Merrifield - OF, KC vs. PIT ($3,300)

Merrifield has good career numbers vs lefties and faces another mediocre one tonight in Brault. The Royals' leadoff hitter makes contact on 89.7 percent of pitches swung on in the strike zone and is facing Brault who barely generates any whiffs. Merrifield has a great eye at the plate and rarely strikes out so he'll either reach via base on balls, or Brault will have to come into the strike zone where Merrifield should be able to hit the ball hard.

Raimel Tapia - OF, COL vs. LAA ($3,200)

We couldn't go this whole time without squeezing part of the Coors game, could we? Tapia will be a popular play for good reason, but the Rockies' new leadoff hitter is in a great place to do damage in what Vegas projects as a slugfest. He'll face Angels starter Griffin Canning who is giving up a .519 expected slugging percentage this season. Tapia should be a staple in cash-game lineups or part of any Rockies stack.




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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/10/20): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Another day behind the wheel, more time for thoughts about how to shape up today’s FanDuel column. Fortunately for both sanity and DFS production, I’ve reached my destination, but I’ll always hold fondly the memories of Clint Frazier’s mashing at Yankee Stadium and how it should make him an elite selection moving forward. 

For comparison’s sake, the price tags between many of today’s starting pitchers other than Gerrit Cole and Sonny Gray fluctuates wildly between FD and DraftKings. Depending on which school of thought that you subscribe to, that may mean something completely different, but I’m of the ilk that it spells value.

I'll be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for the FanDuel main slate on 9/10/2020. Be sure to also check out all the MLB player news, including late scratches, and the projected and confirmed daily MLB lineups for each DFS slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like DraftKings, and other sports too.

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Sonny Gray - CIN @ CHC ($10,100)

With Cole as essentially the only “safe” cash play on the board, Gray does represent more risk on the heels of an outing in which he recorded just two outs before departing. But with eight days off in between starts, in addition to a masterful 11-strikeout performance versus the Cubs from earlier this season under his belt, Gray should also see considerable ownership. With the wind set to be whipping in at Wrigley Field, much of Chicago’s power will be suppressed by the combo of Mother Nature and Gray’s curveball, which has produced an elite spin rate and yielded just a .294 SLG (no home runs) this year. 

Dustin May - LAD @ ARI ($7,600)

The production that May has displayed over his first eight starts in 2020 is a head-scratcher. On one hand, his average fastball (sinker) velocity has been elite (97.8 MPH), in addition to having a tremendous spin rate (2393 rpm); yet the pitch has generated just a 10.4% Whiff rate. Can that turn around in one start against Arizona in order to make him a top tier FD option? That’s unclear, but he certainly has the matchup to become one. The D-backs boast the third-lowest team on-base percentage (.303) and OPS (.668) this season, while May has not allowed more than two runs in any of his appearances this season. Even with a pitch count that has not sniffed triple digits, May could get a boost from his thundering offense, as well as from the absence of key bats (Ketel Marte, Starling Marte) in the heart of the Arizona order that have done prior damage this year. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Christian Vazquez - C, BOS @ TBR ($2,300), Jason Castro - C, SDP vs. SFG ($2,200)

A two-for-one special at the catcher spot! Both Vazquez and Castro represent strong punt play options to consider for those fantasy managers who are either rolling out Cole or Gray, or choosing to spend significantly on other roster spots. With seven hits in his last three games, Vazquez has hit three of his four homers this year against southpaws. Castro has six total bases in his first three showings as a Padre, and (likely) facing a right-hander (.471 SLG in 2020) means that he’ll likely hold down a spot behind the dish. (Should San Francisco opt to start Drew Smyly -- thereby putting Castro on the bench -- the choice becomes easier.)

Enrique Hernandez - 2B, LAD @ ARI ($2,400)

For many, Hernandez’s destruction of Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner was his ticket to national notoriety. Having faced the former Giants ace more than any other pitcher in his career, Hernandez has gone a staggering 20-for-40 with four doubles and three home runs, impressive marks no matter the pitcher, let alone one of the game’s preeminent arms for the past decade. His price tag and past success versus Bumgarner is likely to earn him an immense roster percentage number.

Manny Machado - 3B, SDP vs. SFG ($4,200)

Machado is redefining what it means to be zoned in after his previous 15 contests. Sure, his price tag is sky high, but with a .400 BA and 1.086 OPS (including 15 RBI) since Aug. 25, he is the premier hot corner option. There are varying reports on whom San Francisco will use to start the game but their decision ultimately won’t influence Machado’s upside either way. From a career metrics perspective, Machado has peeled off a .971 OPS against Smyly, while eight of his homers this year having come against right-handed pitching.

Gleyber Torres - SS, NYY vs. BAL ($2,700)

Maybe it’s the … glasses? After Torres broke out spectacles Wednesday, it sounds like they’ll be a staple of his attire moving forward. We’ll take any edge that we can get, so combining his presence at Yankee Stadium against a rookie southpaw with the fact that he socked his second homer of the season the night prior, Torres is in consideration amid a shortstop group that boasts a feast or famine price range.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

AJ Pollock - OF, LAD @ ARI ($3,000)

There has far and away been no opposing pitcher that Pollock has faced more in his career than Madison Bumgarner. His 18-for-63 sample size has produced an .842 OPS over the years, but with both men now on different clubs that in their previous meetings, it’s the .359 BA and .641 SLG that Pollock has produced against southpaws this season that stands out. Right-handed hitters have clobbered Bumgarner this year for all nine of his home runs allowed, producing a 1.127 OPS despite just a .200 BABIP. 

Clint Frazier - OF, NYY vs. BAL ($3,000)

Frazier has singed the ball at Yankee Stadium this season, with his matchup against southpaw Keegan Akin providing little reason to pivot away, no matter his reverse splits. In the midst of a nine-game home on-base streak, Frazier is a sound choice either in a Yankees stack or as a one-off due to his 1.077 OPS when playing at his home yard this season.

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

Having slid up to the leadoff spot for each of his last three appearances, Dickerson has some appeal at his price tag due to his added leverage. He received the day off Wednesday, but retains his five-game hit streak, with two home runs in that span. In a small preview, he has tagged Philadelphia righty Jake Arrieta to the tune of a 6-for-14 mark, which raises his floor to the point of consideration in many cash contests. 




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

We've got a few aces on the mound to choose from tonight, and selecting the right one will be pivotal to success. There are also a few interesting lineup stack options to choose from.

We've got plays in both cash games and GPPs to consider, whether they be standalone or as part of a stack.

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

 

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Yu Darvish - CHC vs CIN ($11,500)

Tonight's main slate is headlined by three NL Cy Young candidates in Yu Darvish, Clayton Kershaw, and Trevor Bauer. All three are strong options, but Bauer has the lowest floor against a strong Cubs lineup, while Kershaw has the lowest ceiling of the bunch with the least strikeout upside. That leaves Darvish as the top option overall, as he's having a brilliant season with a 33.0% K-rate and just a 4.2% walk-rate. He has a good matchup against the Reds, who strike out 24.4% of the time against righties.

Dane Dunning - CWS at PIT ($7,700)

Dunning has impressed through his first three career starts, with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings and a 3.86 ERA. He should continue his success against the weakest lineup in all of baseball against right-handed pitching, the Pirates, who have just a .265 wOBA. While it's tough to avoid one of the high-end starting pitchers in GPP contests, Dunning is a great contrarian option if you want to spend more on hitters. Dunning is also an option to look for in cash games.

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Matt Olson - 1B, OAK vs. HOU ($3,100)

While Olson is struggling with his batting average this season, it's encouraging to see a career-high 15.3% walk-rate. Furthermore, he's still hitting for plenty of power with 11 homers. These are signs to buy low on Olson, who has a great matchup tonight against Astros rookie Luis Garcia. Garcia is making just his second big league start and is susceptible to a blow-up outing.

Tommy La Stella - 2B, OAK vs. HOU ($2,900)

Pairing La Stella with Olson is an awesome start to a cheap stack opportunity. La Stella has an extremely low 5.5% K-rate, which is less than half of his 11.6% walk-rate. That gives him great odds at getting on base, and he will have plenty of chances to do so out of the A's leadoff spot.

Yoan Moncada - 3B, CWS at PIT ($3,100)

White Sox hitters don't come very cheap these days, so Moncada is a steal at this price batting second in a high-powered offense. The White Sox lineup has the second-highest implied run total on the slate according to Vegas, so Moncada will see run and RBI opportunities.

Corey Seager - SS, LAD at ARI ($4,000)

Seager is scorching hot at the plate right now, batting .365 over the last two weeks. He's absolutely dominating righties this year with an absurd 201 wRC+, and that should continue against Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke. Clarke has outperformed his 4.74 FIP with a lucky .194 BABIP, so don't expect him to stop Seager or the Dodgers offense.

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Nick Solak - OF, TEX vs LAA ($2,700)

Solak doesn't offer much in terms of power or speed, but he is still a cash game play to consider batting third for the Rangers. Opposing starter Julio Teheran has a disastrous 7.94 ERA in 2020, so Solak is a low-cost option who can help fill out your lineup and produce counting stats.

Starling Marte - OF, MIA @ ATL ($3,000)

Marte is off to a hot start with his new team in Miami, and he now has four homers to go with six steals. This upside makes him worth a look in GPP tournaments. Marte will bat second against Tommy Milone, who has a 5.30 ERA with a 1.77 HR/9.

Trent Grisham - OF, SDP vs COL ($3,200)

Grisham has an .883 OPS against righties and is in a spot to score plenty of runs atop the Padres lineup. Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela has just a 15.7% K-rate and a 4.52 SIERA, so Grisham should put the ball in play and do some damage.