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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/31/18

MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 7/31/18

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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/31/18

Update (6:31) - Made some adjustments. Decided I needed to get Tanaka in their against the Orioles. Updated the image below with the confirmed lineup! Good Luck!

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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/31/18

Hi Everyone! It was a decent night for us to start the week as although we fell a bit short of the GPP’s, we did enough to easily cash in our 50/50’s. We were led by our offensive last night as we got some nice performances by Nolan Arenado (23 points), Marcell Ozuna (18 points), Nick Martini (12 points), Jed Lowrie (11 points), and Tyler Flowers (11 points). Our pitchers, which was supposed to be our strong point last night, cost us our chance at cashing in our GPP’s as Maeda and Ray combined for just 16.9 points. Either way, I’m happy we started the week off on a good note and let’s take a look at tonight’s 14-game slate that starts at 7:05 PM.

Keep an eye on the weather tonight, as the CHC/PIT, CIN/DET, and MIA/ATL all of have possibility of some trouble tonight. For the time being, I’ve stayed away from these teams although they have some solid match-ups.

On the mound tonight, we’re going to be going with Colorado’s Jon Gray (P) and the Royals Danny Duffy (P). Gray comes into this game with just a 5.16 ERA and 1.37 WHIP however, has looked great in his last two starts against Seattle and Houston as he has gone a combined 14.1 IP, giving up 2 ER’s while striking out 12. Gray has put up at least 24-DraftKings points in 3 of his last 4 starts (including a 37-point performance against Miami in late June) and always has the potential for a big game as he comes into this one with an 11.1 K/9 ratio. St. Louis has been nothing more than special against RHP on the season (.247 average) and has shown the capability to pile up K’s this season. Gray doesn’t have great career stats against the Cardinals, however, it’s a limited sample, and as he is holding opponents to just a .240 average during “night” games, I think Gray can hit value for us tonight with another 25+ point performance. Duffy had a rough outing against Detroit in his last start, however, the veteran left-hander has looked a lot better recent then he did at the beginning of the year as he has allowed 1 ER or less in 5 of his last 7 starts. Duffy recently an impressive outing against the White Sox (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8 K’s) and although he has just an 8.1 K/9 ratio, he certainly can pile up strikeouts against the White Sox that rank 27th in team strikeout rate. Duffy has been solid on the road, posting a 3.54 ERA on the season, and I think that continues tonight in this matchup.

On the offensive end, we’re going to start off with a small stack of New York Yankees as we’re going with Greg Bird (C/1B) and Brett Gardner (OF) in their matchup against the LHP Yefry Ramirez of the Orioles. The Yankees have the highest implied run total on the slate and for good reason as Ramirez really struggled against the Yankees earlier this season, lasting just 4.0 innings while giving up 4 ER’s on 9 hits (1 HR). Ramirez has pitched better as of late, however, had generally struggled much more against LHB’s on the season (.250 average/.775 OPS). Bird has been a somewhat disappointment since coming back from injury as he is hitting just .237 on the season, however, he does have at least one hit in 8 of his last 9 games and does have 9 HR’s on the season. Bird has great power and has posted a solid .831 OPS at Yankee Stadium on the season Gardner is hitting just .249 on the season, but he loves to see Baltimore come to town as on the year, he is hitting .317 (13 for 41) against the Orioles. Gardner has some speed and pop in his bat to get us SB’s and HR’s and we like the extra value with him being at the leadoff spot.

A few of our bigger bats tonight will be consisting of Oakland’s Matt Chapman (3B), Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw (2B), and the Dodgers Matt Kemp (OF). Chapman will be up against the RHP Sam Gaviglio of the Toronto Blue Jays who comes into this game with a 4.65 ERA and has been a bit shaky as of late, giving up 7 ER’s over his last two starts. Chatman has started to look like the player we saw at the beginning of the season as he is hitting .375 over the past week with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 2 HR’s. Chapman has solid power with 13 HR’s on the season and is hitting .438 (7 for 16) against the Blue Jays on the season. Shaw will be up against the Dodgers Walker Buehler tonight who has looked a lot more hittable as of late and has had trouble with the HR ball recently as over his last 10.2 IP, he has allowed 12 ER’s and 5 HR’s. Shaw is hitting just .251 on the season, however, has done well in the power department as he has 20 HR’s and 61 RBI’s on the season. Shaw is hitting .364 over the past week and you have to like him going up against an RHP as he currently has a .913 OPS against them on the year. Kemp will be up against Wade Miley, who although has pitched well this season, I just can’t see the LHP continues this run as his numbers are bound to regress towards the 5+ ERA we’ve seen from him over the past few seasons. Kemp has been an All-Star this season as he has posted a .301 average with 17 HR’s and 64 RBI’s and has 2 HR’s off Miley in his career.

To save some salary, we’re going to be rostering a couple of Kansas Royals in Rosell Herrera (OF) and Adalberto Mondesi (SS) in their decent match-up against the RHP James Shields of the Chicago White Sox. Shields comes into this game with a 4.53 ERA and 1.30 WHIP on the season but has been hit hard as of late as he has given up at least 6 ER’s in 2 of his last 4 starts, including 3 HR’s in his last start. Herrera has been outstanding as of late, as over his last three games he is 7 for 13 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, and 4 RBI’s. Herrera is hitting .282 during night games and has been batting at the top of lineup for the Royals as of late. Mondesi has also been red hot as over the past week, he is hitting .412 (7 for 17) which includes 5 multi-hit games over his last 8 starts. Mondesi is hitting RHP’s to the tune of a .313 average and .807 OPS and is 1 for 3 lifetime against Shields.

Rounding out the team tonight will be Francisco Arcia (C) who will be facing the various Tampa Bay pitchers tonight, starting with Ryan Stanek. Arcia has exploded onto the MLB scene since being called up last week as in his last his first two games he has gone 5 for 8 with 2 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. Obviously, this production won’t last, but he should get the start tonight as he hits from the left-side of the plate and I’m willing to continue to ride the hot hand who had a respectable .283 average at Triple-A this season.

It will be important to check back later for any updates as lineups/matchup could really change based weather and what happens with the trade deadline today.

Good Luck.

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