DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/29/18
MLB - Featured Slate (1:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 7/29/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/29/18
Update (12:10 PM) - Made some changes to the lineup as Russell Martin was a no-go today. The image has been updated with our confirmed lineup! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! It was a rough Saturday for our team as outside of Jhoulys Chacin (26.75 points) and Nolan Arenado (18 points), we didn’t get more than 7-points for any of our other players. Lucas Giolito (-0.25) was a big disappointment from the White Sox and our outfield forget to show up today as we got 0 points between Matt Kemp, Josh Reddick, and Kyle Tucker. The great thing about DFS is that it’s a new day, every day, so let’s take a look at what we have going for tomorrow’s 10-game “main slate” that starts at 1:05 PM.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be going with J.A. Happ (P) of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dylan Bundy (P) of the Baltimore Orioles. Happ will be making his first start with the New York Yankees since he was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week. Happ comes into this game with a 10-6 overall record while posting a 4.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Happ has struggled in the month of July, however, you couldn’t ask for a better matchup to make his initial impression to the New York crowd as he will be up agianst the Kansas City Royals who rank just 23rd in MLB in terms of batting average as they are hitting just .241 as a team this season. Happ has an impressive 10.3 K/9 ratio which we love to see with our DFS pitchers and as he is holding the current Royals roster to just a .184 average in 76 total AB’s, I think Happ can get us at least 40 points this afternoon. It’s been an up and down season for Dylan Bundy as he comes into this game with a 4.57 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Bundy has had a rough month of July however, showed his ability to be a top of rotation pitcher in the month of June after posting a 1.98 ERA over 4 starts. Bundy has been great against RHB’s on the season, holding them to a .202 average and has a solid 9.6 K/9 ratio.
On the offensive side, we’re going to be staying in New York as we are stacking Gleyber Torres (2B) and Brett Gardner (OF) of the Yankees in their good matchup against the Kansas City Royals RHP, Burch Smith. Smith comes into this game with an unimpressive 5.58 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the season while allowing opponents to post a .809 OPS agianst him. Smith has been particularly bad against LHB’s on the season as he is allowing them to hit .306 against him and has given up 8 ER’s in his last 11.2 IP. Torres has been an absolutely monster since being called up to the big-leagues in late April as the rookie second-baseman is currently hitting .291 on the season with 15 HR’s and 43 RBI’s. Torres has posted a .312 average and .914 OPS at home this season and is hitting .318 in the month of July. Gardner is not having his best year as he is hitting just .249 with 9 HR’s and 33 RBI’s, however, this is a solid price to get Gardner if he is leading off as he still has enough pop in his bat to get us a HR and the wind will be blowing out the right-field. Gardner has been much better at home this season and still has decent speed as he has recorded 9 SB’s on the season.
We are also going to be stacking Yuli Gurriel (C/1B), Alex Bergman (3B), and George Springer (OF) of the Houston Astros as they will be up agianst the LHP Mike Minor of the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Minor comes into this game with a 4.83 ERA and 1.22 WHIP however, has struggled as of late, as over his past 4 starts he is 0-2 while giving up 12 ER’s in 19.0 IP. Minor has really been hurt by the HR ball as he has given up 6 HR’s over his last 4 games and is also allowing RHB’s to post a .818 OPS agianst him. Gurriel is struggling a bit as of late, however, he is still having a solid overall season as the first-baseman is hitting .292 on the season with 6 HR’s and 54 RBI’s. Gurriel is hitting .298 vs. LHP on the season and is 6 for 10 lifetime with 2 HR’s against Minor in his career. Bergman hit a HR yesterday and is having an outstanding season for the Astros as he is hitting .280 with 22 HR’s and 70 RBI’s on the season. Bergman has been great agianst LHP on the season, posting a .307 average, .623 slugging percentage, and a 1.035 OPS. Springer is having a disappointing season as he is hitting just .252 on the season, however, he does have 18 HR’s on the season and has started to pick it up as of late, as over the past week he is hitting .300 with 2 HR’s. Springer has been much better vs. LHP, posting a .287 average and .865 OPS, and has had some success agianst Minor as he is hitting .333 vs. the LHP in 12 career AB’s.
Completing the rest of our infield will be Toronto’s Russell Martin (C) and the White Sox’s Tim Anderson (SS). Martin is more of a “punt” play as he is up agianst the White Sox Carlos Rodon who had pitched very well in his last two outings. Rodon has been historically and up and down pitcher who can give up HR’s and we like Martin today as so far in his series against the White Sox, he is 3 for 6 with a double, HR, 2 RBI’s and 4 runs scored. Martin has been much better on the road this season and I’m hoping we can get one more strong performance out him on Sunday. Anderson will be up agianst the LHP Ryan Borucki who comes into this game with a 2.79 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. The rookie LHP has been solid for the Blue Jays but was roughed up by the Red Sox two starts ago and is allowing opponents to hit .282 against him. Tim Anderson is hitting just .245 on the season however, does has 14 HR’s, 43 RBI’s, and 21 SB’s on the season. Anderson is hitting .286 over the past week and has posted a much better average vs LHP on the season.
Rounding out the team will be the Dodgers Yasiel Puig (OF) who will be up agianst the Braves LHP Sean Newcomb. Newcomb has been solid on the season, posting a 3.41 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, however, has struggled in the month of July as in his 4 starts, he has posted a 7.00 ERA giving up 14 ER’s over 18.0 IP. Newcomb has really been hurt by the HR ball as he has given up at least 1 HR in each of his last 6 starts. Puig looked solid in his first game back from the DL yesterday, going 1 for 2 with a HR and 3 RBI’s and has posted a .282 average and .924 OPS on the road this season. Puig has solid HR-upside and is worth the chance at just a $3,200 price tag on Sunday.
Please check back as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.