DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineups, Picks & Advice – 6/21/18
MLB - Late Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 6/21/18
Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - MLB DraftKings Lineup – 6/21/2018
Update (6:29) - Lineup Confirmed. I have updated the image with the current lineup! Good Luck!
It’s Thursday June 21st, 2018 and let’s take a look at the lineup I have going for tonight’s “Main” slate (7:05 EST) for the MLB DraftKings contests.
As always, remember to check the weather and the starting lineups when they are released as you don’t want to find out before it’s too late that you have someone in your lineups that isn’t going to be playing tonight!
I have to my lineups pretty early today and as the weather looks questionable in the OAK/CWS & CHC/CIN match-ups, I’ve stayed away from those teams.
Here is my current lineup for today:
P – Max Scherzer (WAS - $14,500) – I’m paying up for Max Scherzer tonight as there is no way I’m going against him in this matchup against the Orioles on Thursday. Scherzer comes into this game with a 10-3 record with a 2.06 ERA and 0.84 WHIP and recently dominated the Orioles going 8.0 innings, giving up no runs while striking out 12. Scherzer has an incredible 13.6 K/9 ratio while Baltimore comes into this game ranked 23rd in team strikeout rate. Scherzer is holding his opponents to a .171 average while Baltimore ranks dead last in MLB in batting average, hitting just .228 as a team. Scherzer has been lights out at home this season and I think he’ll put up another big game against the Orioles in this one.
P – Zack Godley (ARI - $7,200) – Zack Godley comes into this game with a 7-5 record with a 4.77 ERA and 1.51 WHIP and has started to look more like the pitcher we saw the first few starts of the season when he was outstanding. Over his past two starts, Godley has gone a combined 12.1 IP, giving up 4 HR’s while striking out 16 batters. Godley has solid stuff and a respectable 9.08 K/9 ratio which is always a huge plus in DFS. Godley has fared well in limited exposure to the current Pittsburgh lineup he is holding them to just a .227 average while striking them out 31.8% of the time. Godley hasn’t been great on the road this season but he solid upside and I’m willing to take a chance on him on Thursday.
C – Manny Pina (MIL - $2,900) – We are going to need a few “punt” plays with spending up so much on Scherzer and it starts with the Brewers catcher, Manny Pina. Pina is hitting just .219 on the season but does have 4 HR’s and 13 RBI’s on the year. Pina has been hot as of late as he is hitting .357 over the past week and has been outstanding against Pittsburgh this season, posting a .364 average with a triple and HR. Pina and the Brewers will be up agianst Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals who has really struggled since returning from injury and has walked 18 batters over his last 12.2 IP. Pina has HR-upside for a punt play and I don’t mind taking a change on him as he has a .429 average and 1.208 OPS vs. Martinez in his career.
1B – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI - $5,400) – I’m paying up for Paul Goldschmidt tonight as he has been the best player in the NL so far in the month of June. Goldschmidt is now hitting .266 on the season with 16 HR’s and 39 RBI’s which is pretty impressive considering the difficult start he got off this year. Goldschmidt has a .333 average with 4 HR’s and 8 RBI’s over the past week and is hitting a ridiculous .423 so far with 9 HR’s in the month of June. Goldschmidt will be up against Ian Nova of the Pittsburgh Pirates who comes into this game with a 4.42 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Goldschmidt doesn’t have great numbers against RHP this but has been great on the road this year, posting a .331 average, .729 slugging percentage, and a 1.136 OPS. Goldschmidt has hit Nova hard over his career as coming into this game is 4 for 9 with 2 HR’s against him.
2B – Jonathan Villar (MIL - $3,500) – Jonathan Villar is not having a spectacular season, but he hasn’t been awful either as the switch-hitting second-baseman comes into this game with a .271 average, 6 HR’s, and 21 RBI’s. Villar is generally a popular play as he generally is pretty affordable, and he has great speed as he has collected 10 SB’s so far on the season. Over his last three seasons, Villar has a .268 average and .748 OPS agianst RHP and has been a terror on the basepaths with 72 SB’s. As we mentioned already, Carlos Martinez hasn’t looked the same since returning from injury and I think there is a good possibly that Villar can draw some walks and get us a SB or two. Villar has had good success in 29 AB’s in his career agianst Martinez as he has a .379 average and .917 OPS.
3B – Luis Valbuena (ARI - $2,900) – Luis is my 2nd “punt” in my lineup as I like the Angels matchup agianst Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Valbuena is hitting just .216 on the season and has struggled in the month of June, however, he does have some solid pop on his bat and comes into this game with 6 HR’s and 21 RBI’s. The RHP Sanchez has a decent 4.35 ERA on the season however, it has been a real battle for him agianst LHB’s this year as he is allowing LHB’s to post .289 average, .467 slugging percentage, and a .879 OPS. Valbuena has a .473 slugging percentage and .801 OPS vs. RHP over his past three seasons and I’m hoping he can send one over the fences on Thursday.
SS – Andrelton Simmons (LAA - $3,500) – Andrelton Simmons hasn’t been great since returning from injury earlier this week, however, the veteran shortstop has been outstanding this season as he comes into this game with a .312 average with 4 HR’s and 32 RBI’s. Simmons has a .315 average and .815 OPS vs. RHP on the season and has been great agianst Toronto this season, posting a .364 average (4 for 110 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI’s. Sanchez has struggled more on the road this season, posting a 4.67 ERA and I’ll take my chances with Simmons who is 1 for 3 lifetime agianst Sanchez.
OF – Justin Upton (LAA - $4,500) – I’m going with an affordable Angels stack tonight and that will include Justin Upton who enters this game with .251 average with 16 HR’s and 43 RBI’s. Upton is hitting .260 with 11 HR’s at home this season and has been much better against RHP’s this season, posting a .488 slugging percentage and a .831 OPS. Upton has a .304 average and 1.001 OPS so far in the month of June and I like him agianst Sanchez as he has a .500 average (5 for 10) with 2 doubles against the right-hander in his career.
OF – Chris Owings (ARI - $3,000) – I’m running out of salary quickly, so I’ll need a couple of bargain plays to round out my outfield and it will start with Chris Owings. Owings has struggled this season as he is hitting just .190 on the season with 3 HR’s and 15 RBI’s however, I think he’ll be in the lineup on Thursday as he will be up against Ian Nova who has a .333 average and 2 doubles in 6 AB’s against the right-hander. Owings has hit RHP’s better throughout his career as over his last three seasons he has a .259 average and .682 OPS vs. righties. Owings show he had a little pop in his bad last season, posting a career high 12 HR’s and although it’s not the greatest of options, I’ll take my chances with him.
OF – Kole Calhoun (LAA- $2,600) – I’m pretty much out of salary so I’ll need a real “punt” for my last outfielder and will be will Kole Calhoun of the Angels. Calhoun is having his worst year in the big leagues but recently returned from an oblique injury with a new batting stance and the results have been solid as since returning he is 3 for 7 with a HR. Calhoun is a much better player than his .156 average indicates as over his last three seasons he has a .263 average with 44 combined HR’s vs. RHP. As we’ve mentioned already, Sanchez has struggled against LHB’s on the season and as Calhoun is 1 for 4 lifetime with a HR agianst Sanchez, you could do much worse at this price.
Have a great Thursday everyone and Good Luck tonight!