DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/23/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/23/18
Update (5:29 PM) - Keeping with the original lineup tonight as everyone is confirmed! Image is updated below! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! It was a solid night for us on DraftKings as our 141.75-point performance had us easily cashing in both our GPP’s and 50/50’s. We got solid performances from our pitchers Jon Gray (20.65 points) and Trevor Williams (17.1 points) and had six of our offensive players reach double digits, led by Todd Frazier (21 points), Javier Baez (21 points), and David Peralta (19 points). We have a small 4-game “Featured” slate tonight and let’s take a look at who we’re rolling with tonight to keep the winning going!
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be going with Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow (P) in his match-up agianst the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb (P) in his match-up agianst the Miami Marlins. Since being traded to the Rays in the Chris Archer deal, Glasnow has been starting for the Rays and as he through 94-pitches in his last outing agianst the Red Sox, I don’t think there is any worry about a pitch-count for the talented young RHP. Glasnow has been solid since joining the Tampa Bay rotation as he has posted a 3.38 ERA over 18.2 IP. Glasnow has solid strikeout stuff as he has posted a 11.6 K/9 ratio and it was on full display in his recent start against the Baltimore as he struck out 9 Orioles on just 61 pitches. Kansas City is one of the worst offensive teams in MLB as they rank just 24th in team batting average vs. RHP (.243) and they’ve been striking out a bunch more as of last as over their last three games, they’ve averaged 11.3 K/game. Newcomb has struggled in his last two starts against Colorado and Milwaukee however, the Atlanta LHP is still having a solid season as he has posted a 3.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. We like Newcomb as our SP2 tonight as he has dominated the Miami Marlins this season as he is a perfect 3-0 over three starts with a 1.00 ERA over 18 IP. Newcomb is holding the Miami bats this season to just a .150 average and will have the extra advantage tonight pitching in Miami which is one of the better pitchers parks this season. Miami ranks just 23rd in batting average (.235) vs. LHP and as Newcomb as a respectable 8.8 K/9 ratio in his career, I think he is good value at this price tonight.
For the Cubs, we are going to be paying up for some of their bigger bats as we have Daniel Murphy (2B), Javier Baez (SS), and Ben Zobrist (OF) in their matchup agianst the RHP Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds. DeSclafani comes into this game with a 4.12 ERA and 1.18 WHIP and although he has pitched much better as of late, this is still a very hittable pitcher who comes into this game with 1.8 HR/9 ratio. DeSclafani gave up 2 HR’s in his earlier outing agianst the Cubs this season and has been hit hard by LHB’s as he is allowing them to post a .552 Slugging %/.858 OPS. Murphy was recently acquired by the Cubs and has had a great 2nd half of the season as since the All-Star Break, he has posted a .343 average/.900 OPS. Murphy batted leadoff last night for the Cubs which gives him more DFS value and is also 6 for 11 (.545 average) with 3 doubles and a HR against DeSclafani in his career. Baez has crushed Cincinnati this season to the tune of a .372 average (16 for 45) and as he has 20 of his 26 HR’s vs. RHP on the season, I think Baez is in a good spot to display some of his power tonight. Zobrist is having a nice season for the Cubs as the switch-hitter comes into this game with a .304 average with 9 HR’s and 47 RBI’s. Zobrist is hitting .302 in the month of August and is 2 for 6 with 2 HR’s against DeSclafani in his career.
We don’t mind going with some of the Cincinnati Reds tonight as Wrigley is a great park to hit HR’s at when the wind is blowing out and I don’t hate their matchup agianst the LHP Cole Hamels of the Cubs. Hamels has pitched very well since being traded to the Cubs however, this is still the same LHP that had a 1.8 HR/9 ratio with the Rangers earlier this season. Hamels has given up 22 HR’s to RHB’s on the season and is allowing opponents to post a .756 OPS against him on the season. For the Reds, we’re going to be going with some power RHB’s in Tucker Barnhart (C), Eugenio Suarez (3B) and Phillip Ervin (OF). We’ll have to keep an eye on Barnhart to ensure he starts tonight as he has started the last 6 games behind the plate, however, if he does go, I like him tonight as he has posted a solid .301 average/.838 OPS vs. LHP on the season. Suarez comes into this game with a .297 average with 28 HR’s and 92 RBI’s on the season and is hitting .316 over the past week. Suarez has a .359 average (14 for 39) against the Cubs this season and has destroyed LHP this season to the tune of a .365 average/.702 slugging percentage/1.174 OPS. Ervin has taken advantage of more playing time as of late and comes into this game with a .292 average with 4 HR’s in 120 AB’s this season. Ervin is hitting .333 over the past week (7 for 21 w/ 2 HR’s) and has posted a .375 average/1.137 OPS vs. LHP on the season.
Rounding out the team tonight will be Matt Olsen (1B) and Stephen Piscotty (OF) of the Oakland Athletics in their matchup agianst Minnesota’s RHP, Kohl Stewart. Stewart has really struggled as he has posted a 7.71 ERA and 2.29 WHIP in his two starts this season. Stewart is allowing his opponents to post a .367 average/.920 OPS and has been equally agianst both RHB’s (.400 average in 10 AB’s) and LHB’s (.350 average in 20 AB’s). Olsen has been struggling a bit as of late, but there is no denying his power as he comes into this game with 23 HR’s on the season. Olsen has a .804 OPS vs. RHP on the season and has posted a .791 OPS on the road this season. Piscotty comes into this game with a .375 average over the past week and has displayed some nice power this season as he has posted 16 HR’s and 55 RBI’s on the season. Piscotty has hit RHB’s better this season and has a .862 OPS on the road this season.
Please check back later as we’ll make any necessary updates to the lineups due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.