DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/25/18
MLB - Main Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 8/25/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/25/18
Update (6:03 PM) - Had to make some adjustments as Joc Pederson and Evan Gattis aren't getting starts tonight. I've updated the team and image below! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! Not our greatest night last night as our 65.0 point performance wasn’t nearly enough to allow to cash in either our 50/50’s or GPP’s. We got decent starts from Mike Foltynewicz (25.1 points) and Alex Cobb (17.9 points) , however, you know it’s not going to be a good night when you have no offense players score in double-digits and that you have a 4-player stack on a team (Washington) that decided to make Jason Vargas look like a Cy-Young contender last night. Let’s try to get back on the winning track as we look at the 7:05 “Main” slate tonight that features 9 games.
On the mound tonight, we’re going with Atlanta’s Anibal Sanchez (P) in his match-up agianst the Miami Marlins and Arizona’s Robbie Ray (P) who will be at home agianst the Seattle Mariners. Anibal Sanchez has rejuvenated his career this season in Atlanta as the 12-year veteran comes into this game with a 3.13 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Sanchez is holding opponents to just a .213 average on the season and has been equally difficult against LHB (.203 average) & RHB (.223 average). Sanchez has a respectable 9.0 K/9 ratio and although he didn’t have much success agianst the Marlins in his one start against him earlier this season, I think he’ll have some success tonight as Miami ranks just 23rd in MLB in team batting average vs. RHP (.243) and 18th in team strikeout rate (8.53 K/game). Ray comes into this game with a 4.91 ERA and 1.44 WHIP and although he has struggled a bit this season, he has looked more solid as of late as he has allowed 3 or less ER’s in 4 of his last 5 starts. Ray brings in some solid upside into this game with his ability to make hitters swing and miss as he comes into this game with a 12.1 K/9 ratio. Ray is holding the current Mariners roster to just a .250 average in his career and has been almost unhittable against LHB’s this season as he is holding them to just a .153 average/.571 OPS. Ray sometimes can struggle to go deep into games as his pitch count can get up quickly, however, we’ve seen Seattle struggle with LHP’s this season (Blake Snell) and I’m willing to take the risk tonight so we can afford some bigger bats.
On the offensive side of things tonight’s, we’re going to start off with a stack of Los Angeles Dodgers in Max Muncy (1B), Brian Dozier (2B), Cody Bellinger (OF) and Joc Pederson (OF) in their match-up against the RHP Brett Kennedy of the San Diego Padres. Kennedy has really struggled in three starts since being called up to the majors as he comes into this game with an 8.36 ERA and 2.14 WHIP. Phillips is has allowed 5 HR’s in just 14.0 IP this season and is allowing opponents to post a .413 average/.730 slugging percentage/1.171 OPS in 66 AB’s this season. Muncy is starting to heat up against as he has hit 3 HR’s over his last 6 games and currently has 29 HR’s on the season. Muncy is hitting .357 against the Padres this season and has an impressive .964 OPS vs. RHP on the season. Dozier is hitting just .230 on the season however, still has shown that solid pop in his bat as he comes into this game with 19 HR’s and 65 RBI’s. Dozier has 17 of his 19 HR’s vs. RHP and is coming off a solid game last night as he went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a BB. Joc Pederson has never been known for his batting average however, he certainly can hit HR’s as he comes in with 19 HR’s on the season. Pederson has a .908 OPS vs. RHP on the season and always has a little extra DFS value as he has been hitting leadoff for the Dodgers when he gets the start. Bellinger comes into this game with 20 HR’s and 62 RBI’s and has been on a tear this month as he is hitting .378 so far in the month of August. Bellinger has posted a .280 average/.870 OPS vs. RHP on the season.
At the catcher position tonight, we’re going to go with the HR upside of Houston’s Evan Gattis (C) who will be up agianst the RHP Jaime Barria of the Los Angeles Angels. Barria has been very solid for the Angels this season, posting a 3.41 ERA however, has allowed 15 HR’s in his 19 starts this season. Gattis has had a real rough go at it recently, however, he still does have 24 HR’s and 71 RBI’s on the season and as he showed last week against Colorado, he always has the potential for a big DFS night with multiple HR’s.
On the right side of the infield tonight we’re going with Milwaukee’s Mike Moustakas (3B) and Arizona’s Nick Ahmed (SS). Moustakas will be up against Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon who despite coming into this game with a respectable 3.58 ERA, has really struggled against the Brewers roster in his career as he has allowed them to post a .316 average and .923 OPS against him. Taillon has struggled much more against LHB’s this season, allowing them to post a .273 average/.759 OPS. Moustakas comes into this game with just a .248 average however, has 23 HR’s on the season, including a HR in last night’s victory for the Brewers. Moustakas has posted a .841 OPS during night games on the season and has a .815 OPS in homes games this year. Ahmed will be going up against the LHP Wade Leblanc of the Seattle Mariners who comes into this game with a 6.75 ERA so far in the month of August and has allowed 20 HR’s (14 to RHB’s) on the season. Ahmed has been a surprising source of power this season for the Diamondbacks as has hit for 16 HR’s and 58 RBI’s so far this season. Ahmed has been solid agianst LHP this season, posting a .272 average and .849 OPS.
Rounding out the team tonight will be the Diamondbacks Steven Souza Jr. (OF) as we do want to take advantage of his match-up against the LHP Wade LeBlanc. As we mentioned above, it’s been a struggle for the LeBlanc as of late and has also not fared well against the Diamondbacks as he is allowing the current Diamondbacks roster to post a .290 average. Souza is hitting just .247 on the season with 3 HR’s and 25 RBI’s however, does have some great power and has huge HR-upside in this match-up. Souza has been great against LHP this season, posting a .302 average/.547 slugging percentage/.909 OPS against them.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.