DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/24/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 7/24/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/24/18
Update (6:34 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some of adjustments to the lineup and updated the image below! Good Luck!
It was an ugly day yesterday for our FanDuel team as a poor pitching performance by Luis Severino (21 points) and a lack luster day on the offensive end led us to just an 82-point performance which was no where near enough to cash in our 50/50’s or GPP’s. Let’s make that up today as we look at the 14-game “Main Slate” that starts at 7:05 PM tonight.
Please note, the weather in the BOS/BAL game tonight looks very questionable, so as of right now, I’m avoiding any players from this matchup.
On the mound tonight, I’m very tempted of going with James Paxton, however, he is making his first start since coming off the DL due to a back injury and as there is a bit of risk, I’m going to go with more of a value play in San Diego’s LHP Eric Lauer. Lauer obviously has plenty of risk himself, however, you have to love the match-up that Lauer has against the New York Mets tonight who come into this game ranked 29th in team batting average vs LHP (.220) and 21st in team strikeout percentage. Lauer comes into this game with a 4.87 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a 7.8 K/9 ratio. Lauer has pitched better as of late as he has allowed 3 or less ER’s in 7 of his last 9 starts and recently threw an absolute gem against the Los Angeles Dodgers as he went 8.2 IP, giving up just 1 ER while striking out 8 and I’m hoping he can get us 35-40 FanDuel points tonight.
On the offensive side of things tonight, we start off with the STL/CIN game as we both offenses have solid matchups tonight.
For the Cardinals, we’re going to be rostering Paul DeJong (SS) and the red-hot Matt Carpenter (3B) in their match-up against the HR-prone RHP Homer Bailey who is making his first start since the end of May due to a knee injury. Bailey has been rocked this season as he comes into this game with a 6.68 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and a HR/9 ratio of 2.2. DeJong comes into this game with mediocre numbers as he is hitting .249 with 8 HR’s and 22 RBI’s but there is no doubting the power DeJong brings to the plate. DeJong has been much better hitting against RHP on the season (6 of his 8 HR’s) and is 4 for 8 lifetime against Bailey with a double and HR. Carpenter has been on a tear as of late as since the all-start break, he is hitting .524 (11/21) with 3 doubles, 6 HR’s, and 10 RBI’s. Carpenter has 25 HR’s on the season and has posted a .302 average/1.107 OPS on the road this season. Carpenter has also crushed Bailey in his career as he is 19 for 39 (.487 average) against the right-hander.
For the Reds, we’re going to go with Eugenio Suarez (Utility) tonight as he will be going up against the LHP Austin Gomber of the Cardinals. Gomber will be making his first MLB start, however, has pitched out the bullpen this season for the Cardinals as he has a 3.77 ERA over 14.1 IP. Although it’s a small data sample, Gomber has struggled in his 3.2 IP on the road this season as he is allowing opponents to hit .364 against him. Suarez was a hero last night, hitting a game-tying HR with 2-outs in the bottom of the 9th and has had an outstanding year as he is hitting .307 with 20 HR’s and 72 RBI’s. We like Suarez tonight as he has crushed LHP this season to the tune of a .383 average, .667 slugging percentage, and 1.157 OPS.
On the right-side of the infield tonight, we’re going with he Cubs Anthony Rizzo (1B) and the Rangers Rougned Odor (2B). Rizzo has been incredible out of the lead-off spot as of late for the Cubs and has a nice match-up against Arizona’s Clay Buchholz of the Diamondbacks who is making his first start in a month due to an oblique injury. Buchholz has pitched well for the Diamondbacks this season however, I expect those number to regress a bit over the rest of the season. Rizzo has been disappointing this season, however he is starting to turn it on as he is hitting .526 since the All-Star break and has posted a .302 average/.905 OPS at Wrigley Field this season. Odor will be up against the RHP Frankie Montas of the Oakland A’s and although he looked good in his last outing vs. Houston, Montas has struggled against LHB’s this season allowing them to post a .290 average/.831 OPS against him. Odor is hitting .529 since the All-Star break and is having an incredible July in which he is posting a .356 average and 1.002 OPS. Odor has HR-upside and has been much better at home this season posting a .299 average/.839 OPS.
We’re going to stay in Texas with the start of our OF tonight as we’re going to be going with Shin-soo Choo (OF). Choo recently had his 52-game on base streak snapped, however, there is no denying the incredible season the veteran is having as he currently is posting a .287 average with 18 HR’s. As we’ve mentioned above, Frankie Montas has struggled with LHB’s this season and Choo has been great against RHP, posting a .301 average, .548 slugging percentage, and a .963 OPS.
Rounding out the OF tonight will be Oakland’s Chad Pinder (OF) and Minnesota’s A.J. Pollock Pinder is hitting .265 on the season with 10 HR’s and 23 RBI’s and has a decent matchup against the LHP Mike Minor of the Rangers who had given up 10 ER’s and 4 HR’s over his last three starts (14.0 IP). Pinder is hitting .375 since the all-star break and has posted a .299 average/.887 OPS vs. LHP on the season. Pollock has a decent matchup against the Cubs Kyle Hendricks who hasn’t been outstanding this season (3.99 ERA) and struggled much more against RHB’s. Pollock has posted a .300 average with 12 HR’s and 40 RBI’s and is hitting .471 since the all-star break. Pollock has good power and speed and has been better against RHP’s this season, posting a .311 average/.943 OPS.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.
Good Luck tonight!