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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/2/18

MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 8/2/18

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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/2/18

Update (5:53 PM) - I'm not making any changes to the original lineup so we should be good to go. There is a little weather to be worried about in both our WAS & PHI games (which is the majority of our team), however, the forecasts aren't bad enough for me to change at this point. Good Luck!

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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/2/18

Hi Everyone! It was a low-scoring night overall for the night-slate, however, our 105-point performance came up short in the GPP’s and I’m hoping, although I didn’t, that some of you cashed in the 50/50’s as in my 100-person tournament, I came in the agonizing 51st place. Rich Hill (31 points) was average and obviously we were looking for more for the $10,000 we spent on him. Our offensive was led by Ben Zobrist (21.4 points) and Jose Abreu (15.4 points) and although no one got shutout, none of our other players reached double figures. Let’s try to get back on track today as we take a look at the 9-game main slate that starts at 7:05 pm tonight!

On the mound tonight, we’re going to be going with the Philadelphia Phillies RHP, Nick Pivetta (P), who has a solid match-up against the Miami Marlins at home. Pivetta comes into this game with a 4.85 ERA and 1.33 WHIP and although he has struggled a bit as of late, he still has a ton of DFS value tonight with his ability to make his opponents swing and miss. Pivetta has an impressive 11.2 K/9 rate and has been striking people out in bunches as of late, as he has recorded 28 K’s in his last 18 IP. Pivetta has pitched much better at home this season (4.26 ERA) and faces a Miami team that ranks 26th in MLB in terms of OPS vs. RHP. Pivetta has struggled a bit against LHB’s this season, however, as this Miami lineup doesn’t scare me much and for the fact the Marlins are below the league average in strikeout rate (8.58 K/game), I think Pivetta has some nice value tonight.

If you follow baseball, you know about the Nationals incredible 25-run performance against the Mets earlier this week, and although it’s obvious that a performance like that won’t happen again anytime soon, you have the love the Nationals matchup against the RHP Tyler Mahle of the Reds with the wind blowing out at Nationals Park tonight. Mahle comes into this game with a respectable 4.53 ERA, however, he has a subpar WHIP of 1.52 and has given up 14 ER’s in his last 9 IP. Mahle has been killed by the HR ball as he has a 1.8 HR/9 ratio and is allowing LHB’s to have a .580 slugging percentage and .985 OPS against him. For the Nationals, we’re going to be stacking Matt Adams (C/1B), Daniel Murphy (2B), Trea Turner (SS), and Bryce Harper (OF). Adams is having a solid season with the Nationals, hitting .282 on the season with 17 HR’s and 46 RBI’s. Adams is going to lose some time now that Zimmerman is back, however, he should be in the lineup tonight against the RHP as he has posted a .945 OPS vs. righties on the season. Murphy is starting to pick it up for the Nationals as he now is hitting .288 on the season with 4 HR’s and 23 RBI’s. Murphy is hitting .500 (9 for 18) over the past week and has a .321 average at home this season. Trea Turner has also been on a tear as he is hitting .400 over the past week, with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 6 SB’s! Turner has HR pop as he as 13 round-trippers on the season, which 11 of them have come against RHP. I’m expecting a strong finished from Harper this season and it looks like he is rounding back to form as he is hitting .400 (8 for 20) over the past week. Harper is hitting much better at home this season (.250 average) and has 19 HR’s vs. RHP on the season.

We’re stacking a couple of Philadelphia Phillies in Odubel Herrera (OF) and Nick Williams (OF) as they have a nice matchup against the RHP Pablo Lopez of the Marlins and we’re obviously rooting for some run support with Pivetta on the mound. Lopez has made 5 starts for the Marlins so far this season and although he has shown some flashes here and there, the overall production has been unspectacular as he comes into this game with a 5.34 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while allowing LHB’s to post a .824 OPS against him. Herrera is having a nice season as he comes into this game with a .278 average with 19 HR’s and 58 RBI’s. Herrera has been heating up as of late as he has posted a .316 average over the past week and also has had a ton of success against Miami this season, posting a .382 average (13 for 34). Nick Williams has earned an every-day role with the Phillies as although he is hitting just .257 on the season, he has shown great power as he has 14 HR’s and 39 RBI’s on the season. Williams has been one of the hotter hitters for the Phillies as of late as he has hit .350 with 2 HR’s over the past week and is coming hitting .311 in the month of July.

To complete our infield tonight, we’re going to be going with Christian Villanueva (3B) who will be up against the LHP Mike Montgomery of the Chicago Cubs. Montgomery has been solid for the Cubs, posting a 4.03 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, however, is coming off one of his worst starts of the season last Friday against the Cardinals as he gave up 12 hits and 5 ER’s in just 5 IP.  Villanueva has struggled with the batting average his rookie season as he is hitting just .219 on the year, however, there is no denying the power he brings to the late as he has 19 HR’s on the season. We like Villanueva tonight as he has great splits against LHP, as on the year, he has posted a .313 average/1.091 OPS with 13 HR’s in 96 AB’s.

To round out the team tonight, we’re going to go with the Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF) as the Braves have one of the better matchups of the night against the LHP Jason Vargas of the New York Mets. Vargas comes into this game with an 8.36 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 10 starts this season and has given up a bunch of HR’s as he currently has a 2.6 HR/9 ratio. Acuna Jr. is one of the top young players in MLB and although he is hitting just .264 on the season, he does have 11 HR’s and 27 RBI’s in his 53 games played this season. Acuna Jr. is coming off a nice two games series against Miami in which he went 4 for 9 with 2 HR’s and 3 RBI’s and as Vargas is allowing RHB’s to post a .338 average/.608 slugging percentage/.999 OPS, I think Acuna can continue his recent hot streak tonight.

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

Good Luck.

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