DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/22/18
MLB - Main Slate (1:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 7/22/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/22/18
Hi Everyone! We couldn’t cash yesterday in our afternoon lineups, however, we rebounded well for the “main” contests last night as our 112.8-point performance allowed us to cash in both our 50/50’s and GPP’s! We had solid performances up and down the lineup on the offensive end as we had six of our players score between 10 and 16 points and was led by Edwin Encarnacion (16-points), Steven Souza Jr. (15 points), and Francisco Lindor (14 points). Let’s end this week on a high note as we look at the 1:05pm main slate!
On the mound, we’re going to be paying up for Boston’s Chris Sale (P) and be taking more of a chance with Cincinnati’s Matt Harvey (P). Sale has been absolutely dominant over the past month as he has 10+ K’s in 5 straight games and has given up just 1 ER over his last 27.0 IP. Sale comes in with a 2.23 ERA and 0.90 WHIP and is striking out hitters at a career rate as he is posting an incredible 13.1 K/9 ratio. Outside of Victor Martinez, the majority of the Tigers lineup have a “hit if over the fence” which could lead to a big day in terms of strikeouts for Sale and as I expect the Red Sox bats to wake up a bit in this one, I see another 35-40 point performance from the Red Sox left-hander. Harvey has quietly pitched very well for the Reds as of late as although he has a 4.63 ERA on the season, the RHP has posted a 1.65 ERA over 3 starts in the of July. Harvey is holding the Pirates offense to just a .184 average over two starts this season and although we can’t expect a big strikeout total in this one, I think Harvey can go six quality innings while getting us around 20-25 points this afternoon.
As we’re going with Sale this afternoon, we’re going to need to find some value and we’re going north of the boarder as we’re going to stack the Toronto Blue Jays against Baltimore’s Andrew Cashner. Cashner hasn’t been anything special this season and comes into this game with a 4.56 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. Cashner is allowing opponents to hit .308 against him in road games and has struggled in the month of July posting a 5.11 ERA. For the Blue Jays, we’re going to be stacking Russell Martin (C), Yangervis Solarte (3B), Curtis Granderson (OF), and Randal Grichuk (OF). Martin has had a tough season, hitting just .184, however, does have 7 HR’s on the season and comes into this game on a 3-game hitting streak. Martin was 2 for 5 with a HR yesterday and does have a HR against Cashner in his career. Solarte has been struggling in the month of July but there is no denying his HR-upside as he has 16 HR’s and 48 RBI’s on the season. The switch-hitting Solarte has a better average vs. RHP and has been much better at home this season. Granderson has crushed the Orioles this season, posting a .387 average/.774 slugging percentage/1.246 OPS and has a career .294 average vs. Cashner in 17 career AB’s. Grichuk comes into this game with a 4-game hitting streak and like Granderson, has fared well against Baltimore this season, posting a .379 average with 3 HR’s. Grichuk is just 2 for 8 lifetime agianst Cashner however, both hits have been HR’s.
We’re also going to go with a mini Tampa Bay stack as they have a decent matchup agianst the RHP Trevor Richards of the Miami Marlins. Richards has been awful on the road this season, posting a 5.93 ERA and is allowing opponents to hit .297 against him when he is on the road. Richards has a pretty high “hard contact” rate and although it’s a small data sample (22 AB’s), he is allowing the current Rays lineup to hit .409 against him. For the Rays, we’re going to be stacking Ji-Man Choi (1B), Joey Wendle (2B), and Willy Adames (SS). Choi hasn’t been anything special since being acquired by the Rays in early July however, there is no doubting that the 1B has HR-upside. Choi has a .749 OPS vs. RHP this season and you have to like that he is batting in the 5-spot tonight. Wendle has been on a tear as he is on a 5-game hitting streak and has an extra base hit, in each of those five games (2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR’s). Adames struggled in terms of average in his first stint up at the big leagues, however, he does have HR upside and is a very talented prospect for the Rays who I think will start to figure things out in the 2nd half of the seaso.
Rounding out our team today with be Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker (OF). Winker will be up agianst the RHP Ian Nova of the Pirates who has really struggled on the road this season, posting a 5.74 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .299 against him. Winker is currently on a 12-game hitting streak and has been outstanding vs. RHP on the year, posting a .327 average and .889 OPS.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.