DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/30/18
MLB - Featured Slate (7:10 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 7/30/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/30/18
Update (6:43 PM) - Made some changes to the lineup based on the confirmed lineups of the night. Image is updated below! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! We had a solid start to the week last week for our DraftKings lineups however, faded as the week went on and it was certainly not pretty yesterday afternoon as our squad scored just 72.25 points. We got decent starts by J.A. Happ (16.5 points) and Dylan Bundy (24.75 points), however, you know it’s never a good thing when Curt Casali is your best offensive player with 13 points. We have a 9-game slate going tonight that starts at 7:10pm and let’s start off the week with a big win!
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be rostering the Dodgers Kenta Maeda (P) and the Diamondbacks Robbie Ray (P). Maeda has a nice match-up tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers and although he is coming off a tough start against the Phillies, the right-hander has had a nice season as he comes into this match-up with a 3.27 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Prior to the Phillies start, Maeda had given up just 4 ER’s in his previous 4 starts (25.1 IP) while piling up 36 K’s. Maeda has an impressive K.9 ratio of 11.0 on the season and faces a Brewers team that had trouble with strikeouts against RHP and come into this game ranked 26th in MLB in team strikeout rate. Maeda has a 2.74 ERA at home this season and I think he’ll continue his success tonight as he holding opponents to just a .227 batting average on the season. Ray will be up against the Texas Rangers in a game the Diamondbacks should be able to win against Martin Perez. Ray hasn’t been that great this season, posting a 4.90 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, but looked solid in his recent start against the Cubs, going 7 innings, giving up just 1 ER while striking out 6. Ray still sports one of the best K/9 ratios of 12.0 and the match-up is set up for a solid K night as the Rangers rank 29th in baseball in team strikeout rate. Ray should give the Texas LHB’s a bunch of problems as he is holding LHB’s to just a .143 average on the season and if he can be efficient with his pitches tonight, I think he can have a very good night at Chase Field.
We’re going to be staying in Arizona to kick off our offensive tonight as we’re stacking Paul Goldschmidt (C/1B), Ketel Marte (2B), and Steven Souza Jr (OF). of the Diamondbacks in their solid matchup against the LHP Martin Perez of the Texas Rangers. Perez is coming off a nice start against Oakland, however, this is the same pitcher that comes into this game with a 7.08 ERA and 2.02 WHIP. Perez is allowing his opponents to hit .366 against him on the season (.384 average/1.059 OPS vs. RHB) and has a HR/9 ratio of 2.0. Goldschmidt has put his slow start to the season behind him and comes into this game with a .280 average with 23 HR’s and 58 RBI’s. Goldschmidt has struggled a bit at home this season, however, is outstanding vs. LHP posting a .316 average, .632 slugging percentage, and a 1.054 OPS. The switch-hitting Marte is hitting just .246 on the season, however, he is much better vs. LHP and is posting a .289 average and .927 OPS. Mare has a solid .842 OPS at home on the year. Souza Jr. is starting to pick it up over the past week as he is hitting .350 in that time span, including a .292 average in July. Souza Jr. has great power so HR’s should come soon for him and he is also 4 for 6 lifetime against Perez.
Oakland has had some of the hottest offensive bats over the past week and we’re going to home that continues tonight as we’re going with the A’s Jonathan Lucroy (C) and Marcus Semien (SS) in their match-up against the Blue Jays Marco Estrada. Estrada will be pitching for the first time in a bout a month due to a hip injury and certainly wasn’t anything special the 1st half of the season, posting a 4.72 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Estrada has always had trouble with the HR ball and it’s been no different this season as he currently has a 1.5 HR/9 ratio. Lucroy has hit better as of late as he has a .278 average with a HR over the past week and makes for a decent “punt” play tonight as Estrada has struggled much more against RHB’s this season, allowing them to post a .281 average and .852 OPS. Semien struggled in his last two games in Colorado but still has 7 HR’s and 39 RBI’s on the season. Semien has a .800 OPS vs. the Blue Jays this season (18 AB’s) and does have a HR off Estrada in his career.
We’re going to stay with the Oakland/Toronto matchup as we complete our infield tonight with the Blue Jays Yangervis Solarte (3B) who will be up against the A’s Edwin Jackson. The switch-hitting Solarte is hitting just .233 on the season, however, has been a solid DFS option as he has racked up 17 HR’s and 53 RBI’s on the season. Solarte has crushed Oakland this season to the tune of a .389 average (7 for 18) and has hit for a better average from the left-side of the plate. Jackson has struggled over his past two starts, giving up 8 ER’s and 3 HR’s, and I’m hoping that Solarte can go deep tonight!
Rounding out the team tonight with be the Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF) and the Cardinals Marcell Ozuna (OF). Acuna Jr. has a great matchup against Wei-Yin Chen of the Miami Marlins tonight as although Chen has pitched better as of late, he has really struggled on the road this season posting a 10.47 ERA over 8 starts. On the road, Chen is allowing opponents to post a .359 average against him. Acuna Jr. has been batting lead-off for the Braves which we love in the DFS world and although he is hitting just .256 on the season, has shown the power/speed combo that made him one of the best prospect sin baseball. Ozuna will be up against the LHP Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies who although has pitched really well over the past month, hasn’t had much success against the Cardinals in his career as the current roster is hitting .450 against him (9 for 20). Ozuna is one of the streakiest hitters in MLB and this might be a good time to get him back in your lineups as he is hitting .320 over the past week with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Ozuna is hitting .292 vs. LHP and we like him as an affordable option tonight as he is 3 for 5 lifetime vs. Anderson.
Please check back later as I’ll make any updates necessary due to “confirmed lineup” and/or weather!