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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/1/18

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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/1/18

Updated (6:23 PM) - Hi Everyone! I'm updated the image for my current lineup. Should be good to go, but will need to confirm that Machado is starting when the Dodgers release their lineup! Good Luck!

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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/1/18

Hi Everyone! We had another solid night with our DraftKings lineups as our 134.65-point performance was enough to get us to cash in both our 50/50’s and our GPP’s. Our pitchers did their job last night as both Danny Duffy (24.75 points) and Masahiro Tanaka (29.9 points) had solid nights. We didn’t have any Nationals going last night which was unfortunate, however, we still got some solid performances by Khris Davis (22 points), Jeff McNeil (18 points), Rhys Hoskins (11 points), and Matt Chapman (11 points). Let’s keep this solid start of the week going as we look at tonight’s 6-game slate that starts at 7:05 PM.

On the mound tonight, we’re going to pay up for the top-2 pitchers on the slate in the Dodgers Rich Hill (P) and the Rockies Kyle Freeland (P). Hill has had another solid season with the Dodgers as he comes into this game with a 3.82 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Hill has looked dominant over his last two starts, picking up 17 K’s over his last 13 IP, which included an impressive 6 inning performance at Milwaukee which he gave up just 1 ER while striking out 9. This is a good matchup for Hill as not only does have an impressive 10.1 K/9 ratio, Milwaukee comes into this game ranked 26th in both batting average vs. LHP (.232) and team strikeout rate (9.09 K/game). Freeland has made a major improvement with the Rockies in his 2nd season and comes into this game with a 3.13 ERA and 1.23 WHIP which is impressive for a pitcher that has to pitch at Coors Field for about half of his starts. Freeland is holding his opponents to just a .238 average on the season and has done a decent job limiting HR’s as he had just a 0.9 HR/9 ratio. Freeland has held his opponents to 2 or less ER’s in 8 of his last 9 starts and although he is not a huge strikeout pitcher, he is facing a Cardinals team that is only league average in batting average vs. LHP (.245) and team strikeout rate (8.45 K/game).

On the offensive side of things, we have a solid stack of Chicago White Sox tonight as they have a great matchup at home against the RHP Jakob Junis of the Kansas City Royals. Junis has pitched better since the All-Star break however, it’s been a tough season for the RHP as he comes into this game with a 5.06 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Junis is allowing opponents to post a .817 OPS against him on the season and has been really hurt by the HR ball this year as he has already surrendered 25 HR’s on the season. For the White Sox, we’re going to be stacking Jose Abreu (1B), Tim Anderson (SS), and Yolmer Sanchez (3B). Abreu is hitting just .260 on the season, however, does have 16 HR’s and 59 RBI’s and has had a hot bat as of late, hitting .375 with 2 HR’s over the past week. Abreu has hits in 8 of his last 9 games and has 13 of his 16 HR’s vs. RHP on the season. Anderson is only hitting .241 on the season, however, has been a solid DFS player as he has hit 14 HR’s and stolen 21 bases on the season. Anderson has struggled a bit as of late, but led off yesterday’s game which gives him some extra value and if he can get on base, I expect a SB from him tonight. Sanchez is hitting .251 on the season with 6 HR’s, 43 RBI’s and 10 SB’s. Sanchez has been much better at home this season, hitting .272 an has much better splits vs. RHP.

To complete our infield, we have Francisco Cervelli (C) and Sean Rodriguez (2B) of the Pittsburgh Pirates who have an interesting matchup against the Cubs Cole Hamels who will be making his first start with his new club since being traded. The Cubs are hoping the change of scenery does Hamels some good as it’s was a struggle in July for Hamels as he posted a 11.12 ERA in 4 starts. Cervelli comes into this game with a .244 average, however, has shown some decent power this season as he has 10 HR’s in about 200 AB’s this season. Cervelli is 3 for 7 in his last two games with a HR and 3 RBI’s and I think he has a good shot to go yard against Hamels tonight. Rodriguez is more of a “punt” play so we can afford Hill tonight as he is hitting just .169 on the season, however, I don’t hate Rodriguez as he is hitting .280 in the month of July and has enough pop to hit HR’s which is important as Hamels gives up a bunch of HR’s.

For the outfield tonight, we’re going to spend up a bit to get both Charlie Blackmon (OF) and Carlos Gonzalez (OF) on the roster in their matchup against Cardinals Luke Weaver. Weaver has been pretty inconsistent this season and comes in with an unimpressive 4.70 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Weaver has struggled more at home this season (5.04 ERA) and is allowing LHP to post a .291 average and .830 OPS against him. Blackmon seems like he is having a “down” season, but he still has been really good as he has posted a .289 average with 21 HR’s and 49 RBI’s on the season and is hitting .320 over the past week with 2 HR’s. Blackmon has a .897 OPS against RHP on the season and is coming off a monster July in which he hit .351. Gonzalez is hitting .290 on the season with 13 HR’s and 47 RBI’s and has been on a role as of late, hitting .435 with 2 HR’s over the past week. Gonzalez hit .345 in the month of July and has posted a .295 average/.870 OPS vs. RHP on the season.

Rounding out the team with be the Dodgers Joc Pederson (OF) who will be up against Milwaukee’s RHP Chase Anderson. Anderson has pitched much better as of late, however, he has had trouble with the HR ball this season, giving up 19 HR’s and only lasted 4 innings in his start against the Dodgers earlier this year. Pederson has had a decent season as the plate as he is hitting .264 on the season (career .229 hitter) with 14 HR’s and 39 RBI’s. Pederson has been hitting leadoff when an RHP has been on the mound and has posted a solid .287 average and .951 OPS vs. RHP on the year. Pederson doesn’t have a HR off Anderson in his career, however, has seen him well as in 16 career AB’s, Pederson has posted a .313 average.

Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary lineup changes due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.

Good Luck!

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