DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineups, Picks & Advice – 6/21/18
MLB - Late Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 6/21/18
Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - MLB FanDuel Lineup – 6/21/18
Update (6:49 pm) - Made some updates! Image is updated with a confirmed 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 FanDuel 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 - $12,200) – 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.
1B – Eric Thames (MIL - $3,600) – I ended up paying up for Paul Goldschmidt for my DraftKings lineup however, for our FanDuel lineup, I couldn’t resist the price tag that Eric Thames is coming in at. Thames is hitting just .224 on the season but has shown that last year’s great power wasn’t a fluke as he currently has 9 HR’s and 17 RBI’s in just 85 AB’s. Thames 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. Thames has an incredible .613 slugging percentage and .939 OPS vs RHP on the season and has been a monster at home, posting a .280 average, .740 slugging percentage, and a 1.108 OPS.
2B – Jonathan Villar (MIL - $2,900) – 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 – Jake Lamb (ARI - $3,400) – Jake Lamb comes into this matchup with just a .214 average with 5 HR’s and 21 RBI’s, however, I like Lamb’s matchup agianst Ian Nova on Thursday. Nova comes into this game with a 4.42 ERA and 1.32 WHIP and has been hit really hard by LHB’s this season allowing them to post a .327 average, .503 slugging percentage, and a .862 OPS. Lamb has a respectable .419 slugging percentage and .727 OPS vs. RHP on the season and I expect those number to improve as last season, Lamb has a .282 average, .552 slugging percentage, and a .938 OPS. Lamb is 3 for 6 lifetime with a double against Nova and I see a big game coming from the Diamondbacks 3rd baseman on Thursday.
SS – Ketel Marte (ARI - $3,200) – Ketel Marte comes into this game with a .243 average with 5 HR’s and 28 RBI’s and although he has cooled off a bit as of late, Marte has had an outstanding June as he has posted a .333 average with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HR’s, and 15 RBI’s. Marte is a switch-hitter and although he hasn’t hit as well from the left-side of the plate this season, he does have 3 of his 5 HR’s from that side. Marte has been outstanding against Pittsburgh this season, posting a .500 average (5 for 10) and as we already mentioned above, Nova has really struggled agianst LHB’s this season.
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 – Hunter Renfoe (SD - $2,600) – Hunter Renfroe doesn’t get regular playing time, but he should be in the lineup for the Padres tonight as the slugging outfielder has had some outstanding success agianst the Giants Madison Bumgarner. Renfroe has posted a .229 average with 3 HR’s and 18 RBI’s however, in his career against Bumgarner, Renfroe has posted a .500 average (5 for 10 ) with 2 doubles, 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s. Bumgarner hasn’t looked like himself so far this season since returning from injury and has really struggled against RHB’s as he is allowing them to post a .305 average, .593 slugging percentage, and a .927 OPS in 59 AB’s this season. Renfroe has a .829 OPS vs. LHP on the season and although it’s risky play, Renfoe has the HR-upside we look for in a value play.
OF – Kole Calhoun (LAA- $2,400) –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. Calhoun will be up against the RHP Aaron Sanchez of the Blue Jays who comes into this game with a 4.35 ERA. Sanchez is a decent matchup for the LHB’s of the Angels as he is allowing LHB’s to post a .289 average, .467 slugging percentage, and a .879 OPS. Calhoun is 1 for 4 lifetime with a HR agianst Sanchez, and as I’m hoping he has re-found his form, I think you could do a lot worse at this price.
Utility – Luis Valbuena (ARI - $2,300) – 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. As we just mentioned about, Sanchez has really struggled against LHB’s on the season and has also been worse on the road. 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.
Have a great Thursday everyone and Good Luck tonight!