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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/22/18

MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 8/22/18

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DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/22/18

Update (6:02 PM) - I'm switching some things up and getting Cleveland's big bats in my lineup tonight at Fenway Park against Brian Johnson who has given up plenty of HR's in his last three starts. I've updated the image below and good luck tonight!

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DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/22/18

Hi Everyone! It was a tough night last night as we didn’t cash in either or 50/50’s or GPP’s after a lack-luster 89.8-point effort. The night started off promising as we had an early Travis Shaw HR and Michael Kopech looked solid through 2-innings of work (18 points), however, a long rain delay took Kopech out of the game early and outside of Khris Davis, we didn’t get much from the TEX/OAK matchup in which we had five players from. Let’s try to get back in the win column as we take a look at the 10-game “main” slate that starts at 7:05 PM tonight.

On the mound tonight, we’re going to be going with Colorado’s Jon Gray (P) who despite will be pitching at Coors Field, has a solid match-up agianst the San Diego Padres tonight. Gray comes into this game with a 4.76 ERA and 1.29 WHIP and has looked much more like the RHP the Rockies we’re expecting over the last month after being recalled from Triple-A. Since the All-Star break, Gray has posted an impressive 2.83 ERA while holding opponents to just a .180 batting average. Gray always has a high ceiling as he does a solid job generating strikeouts as he comes into this game with a career best 10.5 K/9 ratio. San Diego ranks 29th in terms of batting average (.234) vs. RHP and 28th in team strikeout rate (9.40 K/game). Gray has been solid agianst San Diego this season as over three starts he has posted a 3.50 ERA and has struck out 24 Padres over 18.0 IP.

On the offensive end, we’re going to be stacking the Arizona Diamondbacks Eduardo Escobar (3B) and David Peralta (OF) in their matchup against the Angels RHP Odrisamer Despaigne. Despaigne hasn’t been anything special in his 12 appearances this season (2 starts) as he comes into this game with a 6.29 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Despaigne gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in his first start for the Angels last week at Texas and has really struggled against LHB’s this season, allowing them to post a .341 average. Escobar is having a nice season as he comes into this game with a .281 average with 18 HR’s and 75 RBI’s. Escobar has a .311 average since joining the Diamondbacks and the switch-hitter has been much better from the left-side of the plate as he has posted a .905 OPS with 15 of his 18 HR’s. Peralta has been one of the best players in the baseball as of late as he is hitting .422 with 8 HR’s so far in the month of August. Peralta is hitting .305 with 24 HR’s on the season and has been great at home this season, posting a .355 average/1.040 OPS.

To save some money, we are finding some value at the C/1B and 2B positions today as we’re going with the Indians Yan Gomes (C/1B) and the Angels David Fletcher (2B). Gomes will be up the LHP Brian Johnson who although has pitched well for the Red Sox, has given up 5 HR’s over his last three starts. Gomes has a respectable 12 HR’s and 40 RBI’s on the season and is hitting an impressive .357 over the past week. Gomes hit a HR over the Green Monster last night and has been great against LHP on the season, posting a .295 average/.897 OPS. Fletcher has a tougher matchup agianst the suddenly good Clay Buchholz of the Diamondbacks, however, I still think he has some value as Buchholz actually has struggled a lot more agianst RHB’s this season (.261 average/.747 OPS). Fletcher has been on a tear as of late, hitting .440 over the past week with 6 RBI’s and comes into this game on a 7-game hitting streak with multiple hits in 5 of those games. Fletcher is hitting .302 on the season is in a great ball park tonight for hitters.

We’re going to be paying up for some of our remaining outfielders tonight, so we decided to grab some value by stacking the Mets Amed Rosario (SS) and Jeff McNeil (Utility) in their matchup agianst the Giants RHP Casey Kelly. Kelly comes into this game with just a 1.69 ERA over three appearances this season however, was lucky to avoid major damage in his start against Cincinnati last week as although he gave up just 1 ER over 4.1 IP, he did allow 9 hits and a walk. Casey has a career 5.70 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over his career and is allowing opponents to hit .317 against him in 41 AB’s this season. Rosario is starting to look more like the offensive player the Mets expected when they called him up last season as over the past week, he is hitting .333 with a HR and 7 RBI’s. Rosario has some decent speed as he has 14 SB’s on the season and as he has been leading off for the Mets, I like his value tonight. McNeil has been a nice find for the Mets as on the season he is hitting .326 with 2 HR’s and 9 RBI’s. McNeil has posted a .448 average over the past week and has hits in 9 of his last 10 games.

Rounding out the team tonight in the outfield will be the Tigers Nicholas Castellanos (OF) and the Rockies Carlos Gonzalez (OF). Castellanos will be up against the LHP Jon Laster who despite pitcher well in his last game, has really struggled since the All-Star break as in his 6 starts he has posted an 8.16 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .357 against him. Castellanos has been one of MLB’s best hitters agianst LHP on the season, posting a .397 average/.621 slugging percentage/1.065 OPS and has dominated Lester in career as in 9 career AB’s he has 3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s off the left-hander. Gonzalez will be up agianst the RHP Jakob Nix of the Padres who although had a good first MLB start agianst Phillies, really struggled against the Diamondbacks in his last start as he failed to get out of the 1st innings while allowing 5 ER’s. Nix has really struggled agianst LHB’s in his limited experience this season as in 19 AB’s, he is allowing LHB’s to post a .368 average and 1.033 OPS. Gonzalez is hitting .285 on the season with 14 HR’s and 52 RBI’s and has been outstanding at home this season, posting a .325 average/1.002 OPS. Gonzalez has 10 of his 14 HR’s vs. RHP and has hits in 8 of his last 10 games.

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

Good luck!

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