DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/15/18
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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineups, Picks & Advice – 7/15/18
Hi Everyone! The article is out a bit early for the last day of MLB DFS before the All-Star break as I’ll be traveling all morning tomorrow! Please note, there is a good chance that I won’t be able to provide any updates to the lineup prior to the 1:05 PM start tomorrow so please keep pay attention once all the confirmed lineups are released so you can make any necessary changes. I’m putting together more of a GPP lineup tomorrow so let’s go out with a bang before with he 12-game featured contests that starts at 1:05 PM!
We’re going with two very risky plays at the pitching position as we’re going to roster Lucas Giolito (P) of the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Anderson (P) of the Colorado Rockies. Giolito will be up against the Kansas City Royals and is coming off one of his best starts of the season on the road against the Houston Astros as the RHP when 7.1 innings, giving up just 2 ER’s on 3 hits. It wasn’t long ago that Giolito was the top-pitching prospect in MLB and he certainly has the pitching arsenal to be a top of rotation pitcher in the big leagues. Giolito has fared well against the Royals, holding the current roster to just a .191 average (13 for 68). If Giolito can limit the HR ball that has hurt him all season, I think he can get us 20-25 points. Tyler Anderson has been lights out as of late and although he is pitching at home against a good Seattle Mariners team, it’s hard to argue with Anderson numbers as over his last three games (2 starts at Coors Field) he has gone 22.0 innings, giving up just 1 ER while striking out 25. Anderson is holding opponents to just a .235 average on the season as Seattle is about average in terms of batting average vs. LHP, I think Anderson can have another big day on the mound.
With the money I’m saving at the pitcher position, we’re going to be able to load up on the offensive end of things and that starts with the Cleveland Indians matchup against Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees. Tanaka hasn’t been very good this season as he comes into this game with a 4.68 ERA and he has been giving up a ton of HR’s as he has allowed 11 HR’s over his past 7 starts. Tanaka has been worse on the road this season and has always struggled against Cleveland as he is allowing the current roster to post a .339 average (37-109) and .906 OPS against him. For the Indians, we’re going to be rostering their big bats in Edwin Encarnacion (C/1B), Francisco Lindor (SS), and Jose Ramirez (3B). Encarnacion is hitting just .225 on the season but has hit for power this season, posting 21 HR’s and 63 RBI’s. Encarnacion has owned Tanaka in his career, posting a .455 average (10-22) with 2 doubles and a HR. Lindor is hitting .296 on the season with 25 HR’s and 62 RBI’s and has been great at home this season, hitting .323 with 14 HR’s. Lindor has also hit Tanaka well as he is 4 for 9 (.444 average) with a double in his career. Ramirez is hitting .333 with 4 HR’s over the past week and has been outstanding at Progressive Field this season, posting a .326 average with 16 HR’s.
Filling out the rest of our infield will be Houston’s Evan Gattis (C) and Jose Altuve (2B) in their matchup against Francisco Liriano who is coming off a game in which he lasted just 2.1 innings while giving up 8 hits and 7 ER’s. Liriano is allowing RHB’s to post a .840 OPS and has given up 7 HR’s in his lass 23.1 IP. It’s been a struggle for Gattis as of late, but he did hit a HR on Saturday and currently has 19 HR’s and 63 RBI’s on the season. Gattis has a .519 slugging percentage vs. LHP on the year and is 3 for 6 with 2 doubles in his career agianst Liriano. Altuve continues to be a hitting machine for the Astros as the second baseman is hitting .310 over the past week and has posted a .335 average with 9 HR’s and 44 RBI’s on the season. Altuve has a .347 average and .952 OPS during “Day” games this season and is also 3 for 6 agianst Liriano in his career.
We will have a couple of Washington Nationals in our outfield tonight in Adam Eaton (OF) and Juan Soto (OF) who have a plus matchup against the New York Mets RHP Corey Oswalt. Oswalt pitched well against he Phillies in his last start, however, it’s still been a struggle for the RHP as he comes into this game with a 6.75 ERA. Eaton has really started to heat up for the Nationals as he is hitting .400 over the past week and has multiple hits in 4 of his last 5 games. Eaton is hitting .353 with a .882 OPS vs. RHP on the season and is hitting .368 in the month of July. Soto is hitting .306 on the season with 9 HR’s which is impressive considering he didn’t get called up until late May and although he hasn’t shown much power over the past week, he is hitting .310 over the past week. Soto has also had nice success against RHP this season as he has posted a .875 OPS.
Rounding out our team will be the Rockies Carlos Gonzalez (OF) in his matchup against the RHP Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners. Leake has really struggled as of late as he has made it past the 4th inning in either of his last two starts and was hit real hard against the Angels in his last start, allowing 12 hits and 5 ER’s in 4.0 IP. Going into his game on Saturday night, Gonzalez was hitting .450 over the past week with 2 doubles, 3 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. Gonzalez is hitting .340 with a 1.029 OPS at home this season and has been much better against RHP, posting a .302 average, .519 slugging percentage, and 1.029 OPS.
Please remember, as I’ll be flying early tomorrow/afternoon there is a chance I might not be able to make any necessary updates due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather. Keep an eye on your lineups to make any changes if needed.
Good Luck and we’ll be back after the All-Star break!