DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/3/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 8/3/18
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Update (7:00 PM) - WAS Postponed.....New Lineup Below!
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 200+ points to cash in anything contest which unfortunately meant our solid 183.3-point performance fell short. Our night started off well as our Nationals stack, led by Bryce Harper (34.4 points) and Trea Turner (50.4 points) got us off to a good start, however, we just couldn’t overcome the offensive explosions that the Red Sox (15 Runs), Rangers (17 runs), and the Dodgers (21 runs) had. Let’s move on and take a look at tonight’s 7:05 PM “Main” slate which features 14 games.
On the mound, we’re going to spend up a little and roster Pittsburgh’s newest pitcher, the RHP Chris Archer (P). 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 the play tonight.
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 (Utility). 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.
We’ll have to keep an eye on the weather in Washington, however, for now I’m going to be rostering Trea Turner (SS) and Bryce Harper (OF) in their solid matchup against Cincinnati’s RHP Anthony DeSclafani. DeSclafani has had a rough year as he comes in 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. Trea Turner has kicked it into another gear over the past week, as he is hitting .393 with a HR and 8 SB’s! Turner is a great all-around player that has the pop to hit HR’s (14 HR’s on the season) and has some of the best speed in the league as he has 30 SB’s. 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.
To save some salary, we’re going to be going with Minnesota’s Logan Morrison (C/1B) and Miguel Sano (3B) who have 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). Morrison has been very much like Joey Gallo this season, but with just a little less power, as the first-baseman is hitting just .190 on the season with 14 HR’s. C/1B is a little weak tonight so I think it’s best to spend down and you can do worse than Morrison who has power and has a .810 OPS vs. RHP over his last three seasons. 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 the team tonight will be Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo (OF) as I like his matchup against the Rangers RHP Ariel Jurado. Jurado will be making his 3rd start in the big-leagues tonight and although he pitched well against Houston, he really doesn’t have overpowering stuff and really 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.