DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/28/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 7/28/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/28/18
Update (5:40 PM) - Lineup is confirmed and go to go! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! We ended yesterday’s contest with a 112.40 points which was unfortunately not enough to cash in our 50/50’s and GPP’s. We got an average performance by Wade LeBlanc (31 points) and big games by David Freese (44.7 points) and Mookie Betts (27.7 points) however, the rest of Red Sox stack really disappointed, especially as J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi combined for just 3 points. Let’s take a look at the 11-game “main slate” that starts at 7:05pm tonight!
On the mound, we’re going to be going for value again as we’re going to go with the Chicago White Sox’s RHP Lucas Giolito (P) in his matchup vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Giolito had a rough start to his season, however, has really started to pitch well as of late as over his last three starts, he has given up just 5 ER’s over 19.2 IP. Giolito is holding opponents to just a .246 average and has been pretty solid vs. RHB’s as he is holding them to just a .221 average. Toronto is a decent matchup for Giolito as they rank 22nd in MLB in terms of batting average (.244) vs. RHP. Giolito has struggled with control and HR’s a bit this season, however, there is no denying that has the ability to be a top of the rotation starter and I think he can hit value (35-40 points) in this matchup tonight.
With the money we’re saving on by taking Giolito, we’re able to stack a few Colorado Rockies in Ian Desmond (C/1B), Nolan Arenado (3B), and Trevor Story (SS) in their great matchup and the LHP Brett Anderson of the Oakland Athletics. It’s been a struggle for Anderson this season as he comes into this game with a 5.46 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. Anderson is allowing opponents to hit .341 against him on the season and has been really bad against RHB’s, allowing them to post a .359 average/.565 slugging percentage/.957 OPS. Desmond has really picked his play in July as he is hitting .338 so far in the month and has shown plenty of power this season, as he comes into this game with 19 HR’s and 59 RBI’s. Desmond has seen Anderson before and is 2 for 3 with a HR in his career agianst the left-hander. Arenado has struggled a bit over the past week, however, he still is one of the best players in MLB as he comes into this game with a .308 average with 26 HR’s and 74 RBI’s. Arenado has been great at Coors Field (.362 average/1.121 OPS) and almost a must-play vs. LHP’s as he has posted a .413 average/.857 slugging percentage/1.357 OPS. Story is putting up another solid season for the Rockies as he is hitting .288 on the season with 20 HR’s and 68 RBI’s. Story has a 1.096 OPS at home this season and has also been solid against LHP’s as he has posted a .302 average and .968 OPS agianst them.
To complete our infield, we’re going to hope that the White Sox’s Yoan Moncada (2B) can help provide Giolito some run support in his matchup agianst RHP John Axford who is making his first career start in his 9 year career for the Blue Jays tonight. Axford hasn’t been great this year as he currently has a 4.69 ERA on the season and has given up 5 ER’s over his last 2.1 IP. Moncada has been somewhat of a disappointment for the White Sox this season as he is hitting just .230 on the season, however, the talented second baseman does have 13 HR’s and 10 SB’s on the season. Moncada is a switch-hitter who had displayed pretty much all his power from the left-side of the plate and I do like him as a DFS as he has the talent and potential for a 30+ point night on any given night.
We also are going to stack the Houston Astros tonight as we like their match-up at home against Ariel Jurado of the Texas Rangers. Jurado is making a spot start for the Rangers after trading Cole Hamels earlier this week and didn’t look great in his only other action at the MLB level this season, as he gave up 6 hits and 4 ER’s in a start against the Chicago White Sox in mid-May. Jurado has been decent but nothing spectacular at Double-A this season certainly doesn’t have overpowering stuff as he has just a 5.1 K/9 ratio this season. For the Astros, we’re going with Josh Reddick (OF), Kyle Tucker (OF), and Alex Bergman (Utility). Reddick has been solid at home this season, posting a .291 average, and generally has been real solid agianst the Rangers as over his past three seasons, posting a .301 average and .864 OPS. As we mentioned yesterday, Kyle Tucker hasn’t performed well at the MLB level since being called up however, he is their top-prospect and had a ton of success at the Triple-A level, posting a .304 average with 14 HR’s and 14 SB’s. Tucker will find way at the MLB level and has great value currently at this price. Bergman has been incredible for the Astros this season, posting a .280 average with 21 HR’s and 68 RBI’s. Bergman has 13 of his 21 HR’s vs. RHP on the season and has a solid .941 OPS at home this season.
Rounding out the outfield and our team tonight with be Kike Hernandez (OF) as he will be up against a left-hander in Atlanta’s Max Fried. Fried has been up and down this season in his limited action and comes into this game with a 3.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Fried is allowing RHB’s to post a .262 average and comes into this game with a 1.3 HR/9 ratio. Hernandez has posted just a .221 average on the season but does have great HR power as he has 17 HR’s and 37 RBI’s on the year. Hernandez has always been able to hit LHP’s well and is hitting .300 against the Braves this season with a HR.
Please check back later as I’ll provide any updates due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.