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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/3/18

MLB - Featured Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 8/3/18

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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineups, Picks & Advice – 8/3/18

Update (7:00 PM) - WAS Postponed.....New Lineup Below!

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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/3/18

Update (6:33 PM) - Some weather concerns but not enough to change what I'm going with tonight. The image has been updated and the lineup confirmed! Good Luck!

Hi Everyone! What a crazy night in DFS yesterday as we saw some huge run totals which pretty made us have you have to score 145+ points to cash in anything contest which unfortunately meant our solid 136.5-point performance fell short. Our night started off well as our Nationals stack, led by Bryce Harper (25 points) and Trea Turner (37 points) and we got another strong performance by Ronald Acuna Jr. (22 points), however, as we didn’t have action in the Red Sox (15 runs), Rangers (17 runs), and Dodgers (21 runs) games, we could get pass the cash line. Let’s move on and take a look at tonight’s 7:05 PM “Featured” slate which will consist of 14 games.

On the mound tonight will be going with Pittsburgh’s Chris Archer (P) vs. St Louis and the Marlins Trevor Richards (P) vs. Philadelphia. Archer was having an average year with the Rays, posting a 4.31 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, how has been pitching decent since coming off the DL in early July, as in his last four starts he hasn’t given up more than 3 ER’s in any of his starts and has registered 26 K’s in 19.2 IP. Archer is really just a two-pitch pitcher, but his slider is one of the best in the big leagues and allows him to have an impressive 9.6 K/9 ratio. I like Archer’s match-up against St. Louis tonight as the Cardinals rank just 20th in terms of batting average and 24th in wOBA vs. RHP and are bat heavy from the right-side that could spell trouble against Archer’s slider. Archer will have plenty of motivation to come out strong in this start and as we’ve seen the Cardinals struggle at times with K’s this season (14th in Team Strikeout Rate), I think Archer is a sold SP1 tonight. Richards has quietly become a very effective pitcher for the Marlins as the RHP currently has a 4.06 ERA and has given up just 3 ER’s over his last four starts. Richards has one of the best change-ups in the big leagues and has a solid 8.5 K/9 ratio. Richards has done a nice job keeping the ball in the ball park as he has only allowed 5 HR’s on the season and I like his upside tonight as the Phillies rank 25th in team average (.238) vs. RHP and 30th in team strikeout rate (9.59 K/game).

On the offensive end, we’re going to hope the Rangers didn’t use up all their offensive last night as I really like the match-up they have against Baltimore’s RHP David Hess tonight. Hess will be back on the mound starting tonight after a few bullpen outings and that’s good for the Rangers in his last 4 starts, he has given up 21 ER’s in 17.2 IP. Hess is opponents to post a .855 OPS against him on the season and has had trouble with the HR ball as he comes in with a 2.0 HR/9 ratio. For the Rangers, we’re going to go with Rougned Odor (2B), Joey Gallo (OF), and Elvis Andrus (SS). Odor comes into this game with a .267 average with 11 HR’s and 34 RBI’s on the season and has been on a tear recently, hitting .421 with 4 HR’s over the past week. Odor was 1 for 1 last night with a HR and 5 BB’s (what a stat line!!!) and has posted a .295 average/.870 OPS at home this season. We don’t pay for Joey Gallo to get singles as he is hitting just .193 on the season (.198 career hitter) but he has a bunch of DFS value as comes into this game with 27 HR’s and 61 RBI’s. Gallo has fared well against Baltimore this season as he is hitting .333 (5 for 15) with a double and 2 HR’s. Andrus come into this game on a 13-game hitting streak and is hitting .284 on the season with 4 HR’s and 19 RBI’s.  Andrus is hitting .297 vs. RHP on the season and has been incredible at home, posting a .349 average/.946 OPS.

Behind the plate tonight, we’re going to be going with Seattle’s Mike Zunino (C) who had a decent matchup vs. the Blue Jays Ryan Borucki. Outside of his start against the Red Sox (3.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER), the left-hander has pitched decent, however, he has struggled a bit against RHB’s allowing them to post a .283 average against him on the year. Zunino has great HR upside as he has 13 HR’s on the season and has been swinging a real hot bat as of late, as over the past week, he has posted a .364 average.

At first base, as we didn’t have a bunch salary left once we got to this position, I’m taking a chance on the Dodgers Cody Bellinger (1B) even though he has a tough matchup against Houston’s Justin Verlander. We all know that Verlander is one of the best in the game, however, I don’t mind going with a guy like Bellinger who had a ton of HR power, especially as over his last three starts, Verlander has allowed 6 HR’s. Bellinger is only hitting .238 on the season, however, does have 18 HR’s on the year and is coming off a solid game last night in which he went 2 for 4 with a HR and 5 RBI’s. Bellinger has fared much better against RHP this season, posting a .819 OPS.

Completing our infield tonight will be Minnesota’s Miguel Sano (3B) who has a plus matchup against Kansas City’s RHP Heath Filmyer. Fillmyer hasn’t been awful in his limited action this year, posting a 3.29 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in limited action (27.1 IP), however, he looked pretty hittable in both his outings against the Red Sox (4.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER) and the Yankees (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER). Sano has started to look better since returning and had a nice series against Cleveland in which he hit .333 (4 for 12) with 2 doubles and 2 BB’s. Sano has some of the best power in MLB and Fillmyer has actually struggled more against RHB’s this season, allowing them to post a .511 slugging percentage/.844 OPS against him.  

Rounding out our OF tonight will be the Nationals Bryce Harper (OF) and Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo (OF). Harper has a solid matchup against Cincinnati’s Anthony DeSclafani as the Cincinnati right-hander DeSclafani comes into this game with a 5.47 ERA and has given up 12 ER’s (4 HR’s) in his last 12 IP. DeSclafani is allowing LHB’s to post a .987 OPS against him on the season and currently has a 2.6 HR/9 ratio. Harper is starting to look like the player we all expected to see all year as over the past week, he is hitting .474 (9 for 19) with a HR and 7 RBI’s. Harper has three straight multi-hit games and has 20 of his 26 HR’s vs. RHP on the season. I like Trumbo’s matchup against the Rangers RHP Ariel Jurado who will be making his 3rd start in the big-leagues tonight. Jurado pitched well recently against Houston, however really doesn’t have overpowering stuff and isn’t much more than a spot starter/end of the rotation pitcher. Trumbo has a slow start to his season, but has picked up as of late as he is hitting .286 over the past week and has 13 HR’s on the season. Trumbo currently has a 5-game hitting streak and has had more success against RHP on the year.

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

Good Luck!

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