DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/23/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 7/23/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/23/18
Update (5:10 PM) - Hi Everyone! Had to make some adjustments to replace Goodrum and Diaz! The image has been updated with my confirmed lineup for tongiht! Good Luck!
We didn’t have a great day with our DraftKings lineup as we decided to go with Matt Harvey who got absolutely rocked by the Pirates and didn’t include Matt Kemp, who had a 2 HR day, like we did in our FanDuel lineup. We still had a decent weekend as we cashed Saturday night and will be hoping to start the week off well in tonight’s “main slate” that features 13 games and starts at 7:05 PM.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be paying up for the Yankee’s Luis Severino (P) and take some value with the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito (P). Severino had a couple of rough performances going into the all-star break, however, he has been outstanding throughout the year and comes into his game with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Severino can hit 100 mph on his fastball and has a devasting slider which has helped him to compile an impressive 10.1 K/9 ratio on the season. Severino will be at the pitching friendly Tropicana Field tonight and has been outstanding against Tampa Bay this season (2 GP, 15.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 16 K). Severino is holding the Rays this season to just a .160 average and as I think he’ll be firing on all cylinders coming off the all-star break, I think Severino can put up 35+ points tonight. Giolito is coming up his best start of the season against the Royals (6.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 SO) and I just feel that this price is just way too low for the RHP who came into this season as one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Giolito has a 6.18 ERA on the season however, has pitched well as of late as he has allowed 2 ER’s or less in 3 of his last 4 starts. Giolito has been much better on the road this season, posting a 4.97 ERA while holding opponents to just a .237 average. The Angels haven’t seen much of Giolito in his young career and as long as he can limit the HR ball, I think he can certainly hit value at his $4,900 price tag.
We ended up stacking the Blue Jays yesterday, which paid off with a few big performances by Yangervis Solarte and Randal Grichuk and we’re going to go right back to them at home in a nice matchup against the Twins LHP Adalberto Mejia. Mejia posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.57 WHIP last year in 21 stars and looked really shaky in his only start this season against the Cubs in late June (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 ER). For the Blue Jays, we’re going to be stacking Russell Martin (C), Aledmys Diaz (SS), Teoscar Hernandez (OF), and Randal Grichuk (OF). Martin is hitting just .181 on the season but does have 7 HR’s and has shown signs of life as of late, collecting 5 hits over his past 4 games. Martin has been much better at home this season, posting a .257 average/.821 OPS and I think he can get us HR tonight against Mejia. Diaz is more of a “punt” play at just $2,500, however, does bring HR-upside to this matchup as he has 9 HR’s on the season. Diaz has been hot since the all-star break, posting as he went 6 for 11 (.545 average) in the Blue Jays recent series against the Orioles. Hernandez has been a nice surprise for the Blue Jays this season, posting 15 HR’s and has an impressive .561 slugging percentage/.863 OPS vs. LHP on the season. Grichuk has been one of the better Blue Jays players over the past month and we love his value now that he is hitting more at the top of the lineup. Grichuk has 11 HR’s since the beginning of June and has posted a .570 slugging percentage/.886 OPS at home this season.
We paid up at first-base today and went with Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (1B) as the Reds LHB’s have a nice matchup against the Cardinals Daniel Poncedeleon. Poncedeleon will be making his MLB debut tonight and although he has pitched well for Triple-A Memphis, taking on the Reds at home will be a challenge as the Reds rank in the top-10 in baseball in terms of batting average vs. RHP (.251 average). Votto is having a decent season as he comes into this game with a .284 average, 9 HR’s and 50 RBI’s and although he has had a rough July, this is still one of the better hitters in the game and has posted a .318 average/.932 OPS vs. RHP on the season.
We have a couple of Detroit bats in the lineup today in Niko Goodrum (2B) and Nicholas Castellanos (OF) as we like their matchup against the Royals RHP Heath Fillmyer who comes into this game with a 3.45 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 15.2 IP on the season. Fillmyer has posted a 5.75 ERA at Triple-A Omaha this season and is allowing opponents at the Major League level to hit .263 against him. Goodrum has HR power as he has collected 9 HR’s on the season and has hit 8 of his 9 HR’s as an LHB. Goodrum has some speed to get us a SB if he can get on base and as Fillmyer doesn’t have an overpowering arsenal, I think Goodrum can have a decent night at an affordable price. Castellanos is one of the few bright spots for the Tigers this season, as he is posting a .304 average, 15 HR’s and 56 RBI’s. Castellanos has crushed Kansas City this season as he has posted a .385 average/1.144 OPS in 39 AB’s this season.
Rounding out the team will be the Rangers Adrian Beltre (3B). Beltre has a nice matchup against Oakland’s Brett Anderson who has a 6.08 ERA/1.86 WHIP on the season and is coming off a game against the Giants in which he lasted just 3.1 IP while giving up 8 hits and 3 ER’s. Beltre is hitting .288 on the season and has owned Anderson in his career as in 19 career AB’s vs. the LHP, he has posted a .368 average with 2 HR’s and 6 BB’s.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.