DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/15/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 8/15/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/15/18
Update (6:03 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some changes to the lineup and decided to include some Cincinnati bats! Image is updated below! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! It was a solid night last night for our FanDuel team as our 170.9-point performance saw us cashing in both our GPP’s and 50/50’s! We made some afternoon changes which really paid off as we got both Justin Verlander and Ronald Acuna Jr. in our lineup who combined for an impressive 96.4 points. Also contributing for the lineup yester was Paul Goldschmidt (21.7 points), Renato Nunez (15.7 points), Tim Anderson (15.4 points), and Jon Jay (12.5 points). Let’s keep the winning going as we take a look at the 7:05 PM “Main” slate tonight that features 10 games!
Pitching is somewhat on the weaker sides of things tonight so I’m going to be hoping for value from Atlanta’s RHP Kevin Gausman (P) so I can spend up a bit on my offensive tonight. Gausman has a nice matchup agianst the Miami Marlins as the Marlins come in ranked 23rd in team average (.240) and 29th in runs scored. Gausman comes into this game with a 4.27 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season however, is coming off one of his better starts of the season against the talented Brewers offense as he went 8 innings, giving up just 1 ER while striking out 8. Gausman is pretty inconsistent, however, he does have some solid stuff and has been able to generate strikeouts over his career as he 8.2 K/9 career ratio. Gausman has only allowed 6 ER’s over his last 3 starts (20.0 IP) and although the current Miami roster has hit him well, I think Gausman has a ton of value at this price and can get us 40+ points if he brings his A-stuff tonight.
On the offensive side of the ball tonight, we’re going to be mostly stacking the Cleveland Indians and the Atlanta Braves in their great matchups.
The Cleveland Indians have one of the higher implied run totals tonight for good reason as their playing in the very hitters friendly Great American Ball Park and will be going up agianst the Reds RHP Robert Stephenson who in his one start on the season last week against the Mets, lasted just 4.0 innings while giving up 3 ER’s on 3 hits and 5 walks. Stevenson has a career 5.16 ERA over 34 appearances (20 starts) in the big leagues while allowing his opponents to have a .833 OPS against him. For the Indians tonight, we’re going to be rostering Jason Kipnis (2B), Jose Ramirez (3B), Melky Cabrera (OF), and Yonder Alonso (Utility). It’s been a tough year for Kipnis however, he is starting to turn things around as although he is hitting just .226 on the season with 11 HR’s and 49 RBI’s, he has been swinging a hot bat as of late, posting a .320 average over the past week. Kipnis has fared well agianst Cincinnati this season, posting a .353 average (6 for 17). Ramirez is putting up another MVP type season as after collecting another three hits last night, Ramirez is now hitting .305 on the season with 36 HR’s, 89 RBI’s, and 27 SB’s. Ramirez is hitting .455 over the past week and has a .435 average against Cincinnati on the year. Cabrera has been a nice addition to the regular Indians lineup as of late as he is hitting .348 over the past week and is 7 for 12 with 1 HR and 6 RBI’s over his last three games. The switch-hitting Cabrera has been better over his career as an LHB and we like his value especially as he was hitting out of the 5-hole last night. Alonso is only hitting .249 on the season but has shown his solid power as he has 20 HR’s and 70 RBI’s on the year. Alonso is starting to heat up agianst after a slow start to the month as he has now collected hits in 5 of his last 6 games.
As we are already hoping for some run support for Kevin Gausman, we’re going to be going with a stack of Atlanta Braves as they will be up agianst the RHP Jose Urena of the Miami Marlins. Urena has been hit hard as of late (10 ER’s; 3 HR’s over last 10.1 IP) and he doesn’t like facing the Braves as in his three starts against this season, he has posted a 6.75 ERA. Urena has posted a 5.28 ERA on the road this year and get’s hit hard by LHB’s as they have a .276 average/.790 OPS agianst him on the season. For the Braves, we’re going to be rostering Freddie Freeman (C/1B), Nick Markakis (OF), and Ender Inciarte (OF). Freeman is having an MVP type season for the Braves as he comes into this game with a .320 average, 20 HR’s and 75 RBI’s. Freeman is hitting .387 over the past week and has posted a .400 average/1.400 OPS with 2 HR’s in 20 career AB’s vs. Urena. Markakis is having a career year with the braves this season, hitting .324 with 14 HR’s and 76 RBI’s. Markakis is hitting .364 so far in the month of August and has also had success against Urena, posting a .318 average in 22 career AB’s. Inciarte is hitting just .252 on the season but loves facing the Marlins as he has posted a .423 average (22 for 52) against Miami on the season. Inciarte has 23 SB’s on the season and like most LHB’s of the Braves, has seen Urena well as he has posted a .350 average/1.031 OPS in 20 career AB’s.
We only had $2,500 left for our SS which basically gave us just one option, Jose Paraza (SS) of the Cincinnati Reds. It’s not my ideal matchup for this position, however, it could be worse as Paraza will be going up agianst the RHP Shane Bieber of the Indians who has allowed his opponents to hit .290 against him on the season. Peraza has put together a solid season, posting a .283 average with 6 HR’s, 39 RBI’s, and 18 SB’s and is hitting .304 over the past week. Peraza has shown more power vs. RHP this season (.280 average/.723 OPS) and between the fact that he leads off for the Reds and can get us SB’s, I don’t mind the play at this price.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.