DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/7/18
MLB - Featured Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 8/7/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/7/18
Update (6:41 PM) - Made some changes to the FanDuel lineup but keeping the lineup we had this morning for DraftKings as Mad Max is just a bit too expensive for my liking. Make sure you confirm LAA once they release their lineup. Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! It was an interesting night for MLB DFS last night as it was an extremely low scoring night overall as to be able to cash 50/50’s, you didn’t even need to get 100 points! Luckily for us, we were all over some of the better performers of the night and easily cashed in both our GPP’s and 50/50 with a 127.75 points performance. Our pitchers were great last night as we went with Lance Lynn (36.7 points) and Nick Tropeano (20.05 points). Leading the way for the offense was Javier Baez (21 points), Mike Zunino (20 points), and Ben Zobrist (13 points). Let’s take a look at tonight’s 14-game slate that starts at 7:05 PM.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be going with the Angels Andrew Heaney (P) and the Brewers Chase Anderson (P). We’re going right back to LAA with Heaney tonight as although has been hit a bit harder as of late, he is still having an outstanding season as he comes into this game with a 3.75 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season. As we mentioned yesterday, the Detroit offense has been awful as of late as after coming off a 3-game series against Oakland scoring just one run, the Tigers didn’t get off to a great start against the Angels as they scored just 2 runs on 3 hits yesterday. Detroit is 18-39 on the road this season and comes into this game ranked 25th in MLB in terms of batting average (.239). Heaney’s K/9 rate isn’t in double-digits as we’ve seen in the past two years, however, he certainly still can pile up K’s as he currently has an 8.5 K/9 ratio. Heaney is holding opponents to just a .230 average on the season and although he was hit hard by Detroit on the road earlier this season, I think Heaney is going to have a solid outing tonight. Anderson got off to a rough start to his season, however, has really turned it on since the end of June as he has allowed 2 ER’s or less in each of his last 8 starts. Anderson is holding his opponents to just a .218 average on the season and has a great matchup against the Padres who currently rank 29th in MLB in batting average vs. RHP (.232). Anderson is only posting a 7.5 K/9 ratio on the season, but could be in line for a solid night in the strikeout department as the Padres rank 27th in team strikeout rate (9.40 K/game).
Another reason we like Heaney tonight is that the Angels have an outstanding match-up against the RHP Jacob Turner of the Tigers and we’re going to be stacking Shohei Ohtani (OF), Kole Calhoun (OF), Justin Upton (OF), and Andrelton Simmons (Utility). Jacob Turner comes into this game with a career 5.26 ERA and has really struggled this season, as he is posting a 15.88 ERA in 5.2 IP this season (13 H, 10 ER, 5 BB). Turner is allowing opponents to post a .448 average/1.238 OPS on the season and has been hit hard by both LHB (.385 average) and RHB (.500 average). Ohtani has been solid contributor at the plate this season as he is hitting .268 with 11 HR’s and 29 RBI’s. Ohtani is hitting .333 over the past week with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI’s and has posted a .307 average/.635 slugging percentage/1.010 OPS vs. RHP on the year. Calhoun has really picked it up in the 2nd half of the season as although he is hitting just .207 on the season, he is coming off a monster July that saw him post a .322 average with 10 HR’s. 13 of Calhoun’s 14 HR’s have come against RHP and he should have some extra value, hitting leadoff tonight against the RHP. Upton isn’t getting talked much about this season however, this is still a veteran hitter that has 21 HR’s and 61 RBI’s on the season. Upton has been struggling as of late, however, has some of the best value on the board tonight and has been much better vs. RHP on the season, posting a .267 average/.838 OPS. Andrelton “I don’t strikeout” Simmons is having a great year for the Angels, posting a .306 average with 7 HR’s and 52 RBI’s. Simmons is hitting .348 over the past week and has posted a .307 average vs. RHB’s on the season.
Jason Vargas is on the mound tonight for the Mets, so I’m ensuring I have some exposure against him as I’m going to roster the Reds Tucker Barnhart (C/1B) and Eugenio Suarez (3B). Vargas is still holding down a spot in a MLB rotation somehow even though the LHP is posting a 8.23 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over 11 starts this season. Vargas is allowing RHB’s to post a .336 average/.603 slugging percentage/.994 OPS on the season and has had trouble with the HR ball as he currently has a 2.3 HR/9 ratio. The switch-hitting Barnhart is having a solid season for the Reds as he is posting a .243 average with 7 HR’s and 34 RBI’s. Barnhart is in the midst of a little slump right now, however, he is still hitting out of the middle of the Reds lineup and has also has been outstanding vs. LHP on the season, posting a .317 average/.871 OPS. Suarez has had an unbelievable season for the Reds as the slugging third-baseman has posted a .304 average with 26 HR’s and 87 RBI’s. Suarez is hitting .385 over the past week and is one the best hitters vs. LHP in MLB as he posted a .380 average/.707 slugging percentage/1.193 OPS in 92 AB’s on the season.
The Yankees got off to a good start in a must win series against the White Sox last night and as I think their offense will continue to roll tonight, I’m going to be going with the Yankees Gleyber Torres (2B) and Didi Gregorius (SS) in their good match-up against the RHP Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez comes into this game with a 4.47 ERA and 1.37 WHIP and has given up 20 ER’s in his last 4 starts (24 IP). Lopez has allowed 19 HR’s on the season and is coming off posting a 7.39 ERA in the month of July. Torres has been outstanding in his rookie campaign as he comes into this game with a .279 average with 18 HR’s and 52 RBI’s. Torres snapped out of a 0-11 funk last night, going 2 for 5 with a HR and comes into this game with a .843 OPS vs. RHP on the season. Didi has been much better at home this season, but I’m not afraid to give him a go tonight as he has been on a tear as of late, posting a .357 average with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s over the past week. Gregorius has a .837 OPS vs. RHP on the season and as I think the Yankees are going to jump all over Lopez tonight, I like having these two bats in the middle of that batting order.
Rounding out the lineup tonight will be Miguel Sano (1B) of the Minnesota Twins as he has great HR-upside and comes in at a reasonable price against the Indians Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco is coming off one of his best stats of the season against the Twins, however, I’m not shying away from this matchup as he still only has a 4.66 ERA in 4 starts against the Twins on the season. Sano is overdue for a HR as he has yet to hit one since returning to the big leagues, however, the Twins have to be happy with his production at the plate since he has returned as he has posted a .316 average over the past week. Sano has a career .304 average vs. Carrasco and has been much more productive vs. RHP on the season.
Please check back later for any necessary updates due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.