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

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

Updated (6:18 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 FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/1/18

Hi Everyone! We had another decent night last night as even without having any Washington Nationals in the lineup, we were able to put up a solid 170.3-point performance which allowed us to cash in both our 50/50’s and GPP’s! We got a great outing by the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (52 points) and got solid offensive contributions by Khris Davis (28.2 points), Jeff McNeil (25.4 points), Didi Gregorius (15.7 points), Matt Chapman (15.4 points), and Rhys Hoskins (15.2 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.

It a pretty weak pitching slate tonight as although I don’t really want to pay $10,000 for the Dodgers Rich Hill (P), I’m going to do it just as he has the potential for a high-strikeout game against the Brewers. 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).

We’re going to start our offense tonight with a mini-stack of Manny Machado (3B) and Joc Pederson (OF) of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they have a nice match-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. Machado hasn’t been swinging the bat as well as he was with the Orioles since coming to the Dodgers, however, he is still has posted a .286 average with 2 HR’s since he starting wearing Dodger blue. Machado has been outstanding against RHP on the season, posting a .319 average and .975 OPS and as I feel he has started to settle in with Dodgers, we should start seeing some big DFS games from the slugger.  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.

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 Tim Anderson (SS), Daniel Palka (OF), and Jose Abreu (Utility). 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 yesterdays game which gives him some extra value and if he can get on base, I expect a SB from him tonight. Palka should be back in the lineup tonight against an RHP and that is a good thing for the White Sox as over the past week he is hitting .600 (6 for 10) with 3 HR’s. Palka has great power (15 HR’s on the season) and has a .838 OPS at home this season. 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.

We’re going to stay with the KC/CWS game for our next pick as we like the match-up that Salvador Perez (C/1B) has against the RHP Dylan Covey of the White Sox. Covey had a nice outing against Seattle a couple of starts ago, however, outside of that, has really struggled as over his last 5 starts, he has given up 24 ER’s. Perez has been swinging a hot bat as of late, hitting .333 with 3 HR’s over the last week, and has put up an impressive 18 HR’s on the season. Perez has been as good against RHP as he vs. LHP on the season and is 5 for 12 lifetime (.417 average) with 2 doubles against Covey in his career.

Completing our infield tonight will be Pittsburgh’s Sean Rodriguez (2B). Rodriguez has 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. 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.

Rounding out our lineup tonight will be Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez (OF). I’m still kicking myself for not taking Gonzalez last night as is extremely affordable right now and had a 30+ point game last night and I’m not making that same mistake tonight against the 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. 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.

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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