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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/13/18

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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineups, Picks & Advice – 7/13/18

Update (6:14 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some minor adjustments and the lineup is now confirmed! I've updated the image below. Good Luck!

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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/13/18

Hi Everyone! We couldn’t continue our recent string of 50/50 and GPP wins with our DraftKings lineups as our 95.6-point performance just didn’t cut it. Scherzer was a disappointment with his 19.55-point performance and outside of Jordy Mercer (24 points), we really didn’t get much production from our offense. Let’s try to get back on track tonight as we look at the 7:05 PM contests tonight!

On the mound tonight, we are going to spend a little bit on pitching as we’re going with the Giants Madison Bumgarner (P) and Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (P). Bumgardner has a nice matchup against Oakland tonight and although he was hit hard in his recently outing against the Cardinals, he has looked solid since returning from injury and is currently posting a 3.09 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Bumgarner hasn’t be piling up the K’s so far this season as he has just a 7.4 K/9 ratio, but the matchup is solid as Oakland ranks 18th in MLB in team strikeout rate and 23rd in team batting average (.232) vs. LHP. Bumgarner is holding his opponents to just a .235 average on the season and we’ve seen Oakland struggle against strong LHP earlier this season as we saw James Paxton of the Mariners throw for 16 K’s over 7 innings against the A’s earlier this season. Keuchel has started to round into form as the left-hander has given up 2 or less ER’s in 4 of his last 5 starts. Keuchel has just a 6.9 K/9 ratio but you have to like his matchup against the Detroit Tigers who rank 23rd in MLB in team batting average. Keuchel is holding opponents to a .247 average at home this season and I’m just not scared of that Tigers lineup that has lost 18 of their last 22 games.

On the offensive side of the ball, we’re going to be stacking the Kansas Royals in their matchup against the RHP James Shields of the Chicago White Sox. Shields just got rocked by the Astros (5.2 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 2 HR) and has given up 11 HR’s in his last 8 starts. We’re going to be going with Salvador Perez (C), Lucas Duda (1B) and Whit Merrifield (2B). Perez is not hitting for a great average this season, however, has shown that he still has good power as he enters this game with 12 HR’s and 38 RBI’s. Perez has been great against the White Sox this season, posting a .364 average (8 for 22) and has better against RHP on the year. Duda is hitting just .238 on the season but has great HR-upside as he has a ton of power. Duda has had success against Shields in the past as in 12 career AB’s he is hitting .333 against shield with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s. Merrifield has been on fire as of late as over the past week he is hitting .480 and is now hitting .302 on the season. Merrifield has enough pop to get us a HR however, he has some of the best speed in the game and could be trouble for the White Sox on the base paths if he can get on.

Completing our infield will be the Rangers Elvis Andrus (SS) and Philadelphia’s Maikel Franco (3B). The Rangers have a great matchup against the struggling RHP Alex Cobb of the Baltimore Orioles. Cobb has just not been able to figure things out this year and comes into this game with a 6.67 ERA and 1.62 WHIP while allowing opponents to hit .318 against. Andrus looks like he is starting to find his rhythm at the plate after missing about two months’ worth of time due to injury as over his last two games, he 4 for 10 with two doubles and a SB. Andrus has had success against Cobb as in 12 career AB’s vs. the RHP, he has posted a .333 average with a double and HR. The Phillies will be up against Wei-Yin Chen of the Miami Marlins who comes into this game with a 6.14 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Chen is coming off a game against the Nationals in which he gave up 7 runs and although he has been solid at home this season, he is still allowing RHB’s to post a .302 average, .522 slugging percentage, and .896 OPS. Franco has earned his way back into the starting lineup for the Phillies and is hitting .357 with 2 HR’s over the past week. Franco has been outstanding against Chen in his career as he has posted a .438 average and a 1.313 OPS (2 HR’s) in 16 career AB’s.

In the outfield tonight, we’ll be paying up for Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez (OF) and will be hoping for some value with the Angels Kole Calhoun (OF) and the Cardinals Marcell Ozuna (OF).

Colorado has a nice matchup against Seattle’s Christian Bergman tonight who although pitched well in a spot start earlier this season against the Rangers, hasn’t been that impressive at Triple-A this season as in 18 starts, he has posted a 4.78 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Gonzalez has also been swinging a hot bat as he has posted a .364 average with 3 HR’s and 10 RBI’s over the past week. Gonzalez has a .981 OPS at Coors Field this season and has posted a respectable .294 average vs. RHP on the year.

Marcell Ozuna has struggled as of late, hitting just .143 over the past week, however, I can’t resist taking a chance on him tonight against Matt Harvey of the Reds when he is priced this low. Ozuna has 10 HR’s and 48 RBI’s on the season and has been great at home this year posting a .313 average with 6 of his 10 HR’s. Harvey has pitched better as of late is still very hittable and Ozuna has fared well against Harvey in the past as he is 9 for 27 (.333 average) against him in his career.

We only had $2,900 left in salary, but I feel for trying to find a “punt” play, that we could do a lot worse than Kole Calhoun against a RHP. Calhoun has had an awful season, but since returning from injury has shown flashes of his potential as he has eclipsed 20+ points in 3 of his last 10 games. Calhoun has power to get HR’s and although he will be up against the talented Walker Buehler, Buehler could be a little rusty coming of the DL.

Please check back late as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.

Good Luck!

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