DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/30/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:10 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 7/30/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel 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! I’m happy it’s a new week as we’re going to shake off as we’re coming off our worse week of the year as we just really couldn’t get anything going outside of last Monday on FanDuel. Yesterday started out promising as we J.A. Happ had a solid outing in his first start for the Yankees and Aaron Hicks (37.4 points) got us an early HR off the right-field foul pole, however, even though we got points from everyone in the lineup, no one else scored double-digits 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 going with the RHP Kenta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers who has a decent matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers at home. Maeda is coming off a tough start against the Phillies, however, 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.
We’re going to be heading to Arizona to kick off our offensive tonight as we’re stacking Paul Goldschmidt (C/1B), Ketel Marte (2B), Steven Souza Jr (OF)., and A.J. Pollock (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. Pollock is hitting .293 on the season to go along with 14 HR’s, 43 RBI’s, and 10 SB’s. Pollock is a 5-tool player who has a .990 OPS vs. LHP on the year and has a .319 average/.993 OPS at home on the season.
To fill out the rest of the infield, I’m going with the Minnesota Twins Jorge Polanco (SS) and Miguel Sano (3B) as they are reasonably priced and have a decent matchup against Cleveland’s Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians. Bieber is a pitcher that likes to pound the strike zone which isn’t always a good thing, especially when you have a player like Sano who will chase almost anything. Bieber has really struggled as of late as he gave up 7 ER’s in this previous start against the Pittsburgh and has allowed 18 ER’s over his past 20.2 IP. Polanco has moved up in the batting order since the departure of Escobar, and although he hasn’t hit any HR’s (insert PED joke here…..), he still has a solid .282 average on the season and is hitting .348 over the past week. Sano was recently call back to the majors and although he is hitting just .194 on the season, there is no denying the HR power he brings to the plate at every AB. Over his last three seasons, Sano has a .826 OPS vs. RHP and as I think Bieber might leave on out over the strike zone, I think there is good chance that Sano is going yard today.
Rounding out the team tonight with be the Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF) and the Giants Evan Longoria (Utility). 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. Longoria is back after his hand injury came him out from about the last month and I like the veteran third-baseman in his matchup against the LHP Eric Lauer of the Padres. Lauer has been hit hard as of late, giving up 11 ER’s over his past two starts and is allowing RHB’s to post a .305 average and .847 OPS against him. Longoria has always hit LHP well and this season hasn’t been any different as although he has just a .248 average on the season with 10 HR’s, he has posted a .311 average and .929 OPS vs. LHP in 90 AB’s.
Please check back later as I’ll make any updates necessary due to “confirmed lineup” and/or weather!