DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/5/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 7/5/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/5/18
Hi Everyone! We had a decent day yesterday as although Marcus Stroman provided just 2 points, our hitters picked up the slack for us and got us to easily cash in our 50/50’s and got me an outright win in a 3-person contest. Our Houston players, Reddick and Gurriel were outstanding yesterday and Moncada did some damage with a HR. Let’s keep the winning going today on tonight’s “main slate” that starts at 7:05 PM.
It’s a tough decision tonight at the pitching position as it came to paying up for Justin Verlander in his nice matchup against the White Sox or getting some extreme value in Atlanta’s Max Fried. As much as I love this matchup for Verlander, he hasn’t shown that much lately and I just don’t think I can spend that much on him, when I need him to get 60+ points to hit value, so I’m taking my chances on Max Fried (P). Fried is under $6,000 so we really just need 30-35 points to get value from him and in his last start he was outstanding putting up a 63-point performance against the Cardinals (6.2 IP, 0 ER, 11 K, QS, W). Fried has a solid 2.55 ERA over 17.2 IP this season and has strikeout stuff as he comes into this contest with a 12.2 K.9 ratio. Milwaukee can be a dangerous team at the plate, but also can strikeout a bunch as we saw when we took Tyler Mahle last week against them and he racked up 12 K’s. Verlander is a safer play but Fried has major upside and allows you spend up on your offense.
To kick off our offense we paid up for Paul Goldschmidt (C/1B) and got some great value with Ketel Marte (2B) in their matchup against the Padres Eric Lauer who comes into this matchup with a 5.08 ERA and 1.76 WHIP on the season. Lauer has had a real tough time with RHB’s this season allowing them to post a .328 average, .520 slugging percentage, and a .910 OPS. Goldschmidt has been on fire since the beginning of June and now is hitting .274 on the season with 19 HR’s and 48 RBI’s. Goldschmidt is hitting .423 over the past week and has posted a .301 average, .675 slugging percentage, and a 1.101 OPS vs. LHP on the season. Marte has slowed down a bit after a monster June in which he hit .304 and had a .980 OPS but we love this matchup as against LHP on the season, he has posted a .298 average and .867 OPS. Marte has six triples at home this season and I think he is due for a game with a couple of extra-base hits.
The Minnesota Twins have a great matchup against the Orioles Andrew Cashner who enters this game with a 4.48 ERA and 1.57 WHIP on the season. Cashner is allowing opponents to hit .284 against him and can give up the HR ball as he has allowed 14 HR’s on the season. For the Twins, we’re going to pay up for Eddie Rosario (OF) and take some value in Jorge Polanco (SS). Rosario has been outstanding for the Twins this season, posting a .308 average with 18 HR’s and 52 RBI’s. Rosario is hitting .327 at home this season and has posted a .324 average and .976 OPS vs. RHP on the season. Polanco was recently reinstated after an 80-game suspension has looked decent as over his last two games he is 3 for 7 with a double, BB, and an RBI. Polanco is a switch-hitter who had 9 of his 13 HR’s from that side of the plate last season and comes in with great value at this price.
We are going to target a couple of RHB’s from the Houston Astros in Alex Bergman (3B) and George Springer (OF) in their matchup against the LHP Carlos Rodon of the White Sox. Rodon is a solid pitcher who comes into this game with a 4.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, however, Rodon does give up HR’s as he has a 1.8 HR/9 ratio and is allowing the current Astros roster to post a .292 average against him. Bergman has been solid as of late, hitting .304 over the past week with 2 HR’s. Bergman has an impressive 16 HR’s on the season and has a .303 average, .586 slugging percentage, and a .988 OPS vs. LHP on the season. Springer hasn’t been that great as of late, but this still is a guy who had 15 HR’s and 42 RBI’s on the season. Springer has been much better vs. LHP on the season, posting a .279 average and .887 OPS, and is hitting .308 against the White Sox this season.
Rounding out the lineup tonight will be a couple of solid bats in Washington’s Juan Soto (OF) and Atlanta’s Nick Markakis (Utility). Soto has been unbelievable for the Nationals since being called up in late May and currently is hitting .306 on the season with 8 HR’s and 21 RBI’s. Soto will be up against Miami’s Pablo Lopez who gave up 2 HR’s in his only start of the season last week against the Mets and Soto has posted a solid .901 OPS vs. RHP on the year. Markakis has a tougher matchup against Jhoulys Chacin of the Brewers who has a 3.71 ERA on the year, however, Chacin showed he can get hit hard as he gave up 8 ER’s on 9 hits just two starts ago against the Cardinals. Markakis is hitting an impressive .322 on the season and has had plenty of success against Chacin in his career as he is 4 for 7 against the RHP with 2 doubles, 2 RBI’s, and 2 BB’s.
Please check back later as I’ll update the lineup with any necessary changes due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather!