DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 7/31/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 7/31/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 7/31/18
Update (6:47 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some adjustments to get Hoskins and Tanaka in the lineup. Image is updated below. Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! We got back on the board last night as our 139.7-point performance easily had us cashing in our 50/50’s although it did fall short of the GPP’s I entered by just under 2-points. Our team was led by our offensive last night as we got some solid performances by Jose Ramirez (46.4 points), Steven Souza Jr. (25.7 points), Jed Lowrie (16 points), and Derek Dietrich (15.4 points). It was a disappointing night for Kenta Maeda (14 points) as after escaping the 1st inning with limited damaged after allowing the first four runners to reach base, he had to wait out a delay as the power went out in LA, and when the lights came back on, gave up a 3-run HR to Eric Thames which costed us cashing in our GPP’s. 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, I’m going to with a little bit of a risk tonight as I’m going to fade Bauer, Tanaka, and Duffy who I feel will make of the majority of the ownership tonight and go with Colorado’s Jon Gray (P) who had been pitching with purpose since being called back from Triple-A. 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 40-FanDuel points in 3 of his last 4 starts (including a 64-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 40+ point performance.
On the offensive end, we’re going to start off with a stack of New York Yankees as we’re going with Greg Bird (C/1B), Didi Gregorius (SS), 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. Gregorius has been a monster at home this season, posting a .283 average with 13 of his 18 HR’s and has good success in his first match-up against Ramirez as he is 2 for 3 lifetime against him with a double. 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.
We’re rostering a few of our bigger bats of the night in Oakland’s Matt Chapman (3B) and Khris Davis (OF) as we like their matchup against the RHP Sam Gaviglio of the Toronto Blue Jays. Gaviglio has been nothing more than average for the Blue Jays this season, posting a 4.65 ERA and 1.32 WHIP and has been a little shaky as of late has he has given up 7 ER’s in 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. Davis has had a monster month of July as he I shitting .309 with 8 HR’s and 27 RBI’s and like Chapman, has crushed the Blue Jays this season to the tune of a .471 (8 for 17) average. Davis has had success of Gaviglio in his career as he is 2 for 6 against the right-hander with a double and HR.
To save some salary, we’re going to be rostering a couple of Kansas Royals in Rosell Herrera (OF) and Adalberto Mondesi (Utility) 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 incudes 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 lineup today will be Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw (2B) who will be up against the Dodgers Walker Buehler tonight. Buehler 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 a RHP as he currently has a .913 OPS against them on the year.
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.