DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/15/18
MLB - Main Slate (1:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 7/15/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel 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. Our “Main Slate” lineup is off to a bit of a slow start, but it’s been a decent day as we’ve cashed in the 50/50’s in both the “Early Only” and “Afternoon” slates. I’m putting together more of a GPP lineup for Sunday and let’s try to go into the all-star break with a big win!
When I mentioned I’m going with a GPP lineup, it’s basically because I’m taking a huge chance on our pitcher for Sunday, rostering the White Sox Lucas Giolito (P) in his matchup against the Kansas City Royals. It’s been a real struggle for Giolito this season as he comes into this game posting a 6.59 ERA and 1.56 WHIP however, he has looked better as of late and is coming off one of his best starts of the season against the Houston Astros in which he went 7.1 innings, giving up just 2 ER 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 30-40 points tomorrow which would be great at this price.
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 (Utility). 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.
In the rest of our infield, we will have Jonathan Schoop (2B) from the Baltimore Orioles and will be paying up for Houston’s Alex Bergman (3B). Schoop is hitting .382 over the past week and has a decent matchup against the LHP Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers who had given up 3 HR’s over his last two starts. Minor has allowed 13 HR’s to RHB’s on the season and we’re hoping that Schoop can continue his red-hot July in which he has posted a .380 average, .620 slugging percentage, and a 1.000 OPS. Bergman is hitting .379 over the past week and has been incredible for the Astros this season as he has posted a .288 average, 20 HR’s, and 64 RBI’s. Berman will be up 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 while Berman has a .632 slugging percentage and 1.048 OPS vs. LHP on the season.
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 the team will be Jose Bautista (OF) of the New York Mets who will be seeing a familiar for in the Nationals Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson has been solid overall for the Nationals this season but he certainly can get hit hard as evident by his recent performance (4.0 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 HR) against the Marlins. Bautista has some solid HR upside and has had plenty success against Hellickson in his career as he has a .343 batting average (12 for 35) with 3 HR’s.
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!