DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 8/26/18
MLB - Main Slate (1:07 PM)) - FanDuel Lineup for 8/26/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 8/26/18
Hi Everyone! We finished last night with a 115.8 point performance and although it wasn’t good enough for the GPP’s, I was able to barley cash in the 50/50’s I entered. Robbie Ray (33 points) had a typical performance of his last night as although he struck 7 hitters and just gave up 1 ER, he was pulled after the 5th inning due to a high-pitch count. On the offensive side of thigs, our Dodgers stack wasn’t great, however, we did get a nice 27.9 point performance by Max Muncy. Carlos Gonzalez also pitched in with a nice 3 for 5 performance that got us 21.7 points. Let’s try to end the week on a winning note as we look at the 9-game “Main” slate that starts at 1:07 PM.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to go with the White Sox’s rookie flame-thrower in Michael Kopech. Kopech made his MLB debut earlier this week and although it was cut short due to a rain delay, he was impressive as he struck out 4 Minnesota Twins in just two innings pitched. Kopech was one of the main aspects of the Chris Sale trade with the Red Sox and has top of the rotation stuff with a fastball that can hit 100 mph and a solid slider/curve. Kopech had 24 starts this season in Triple-A and posted a 3.70 ERA and an even more impressive 12.1 K/9 ratio. Control has always been a problem for the young RHP, however, he looked solid in his last three starts before getting called up and it was an encouraging sign that he didn’t walk anyone he faced in his MLB debut. Kopech could be in for a big day today as the Tigers offense ranks just 28th in team batting average vs. RHP (.234).
Starting off our offense this afternoon will be a Chicago Cubs stack with Anthony Rizzo (C/1B), Daniel Murphy (2B), and Kyle Schwarber (OF) in their match-up agianst the RHP Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds. Bailey comes into this game with a 6.21 ERA and 1.62 WHIP and has been crushed by the HR ball as he currently is posting a 2.0 HR/9 ratio. Bailey was rocked by the Cubs earlier this season (4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER) and hasn’t fared well agianst the Cubs in his career as he is allowing the current roster to post a .356 average/1.090 OPS agianst him. Rizzo has been on a solid tear as of late as he is hitting .400 over the past week with 3 HR’s. Rizzo has 21 HR’s on the season and has a career .400 average/1.291 OPS vs. Bailey in 25 AB’s. Murphy is hitting .306 on the season with 8 HR’s and 34 RBI’s and has been solid as of late, hitting .318 over the past week with 2 HR’s. Murphy has also had success agianst Bailey as he is 6 for 10 with 2 HR’s and 8 RBI’s agianst the RHP in his career. Schwarber is hitting just .238 on the season, however, has great power as he has 23 HR’s and 52 RBI’s on the season. Schwarber has a .864 OPS vs. RHP on the year and is 2 for 5 with a double agianst Bailey.
We’re going to be going with a mini stack of Cleveland Indians in Jose Ramirez (3B) and Edwin Encarnacion (Utility) in their match-up against the RHP Jorge Lopez of the Kansas City Royals. Lopez was recently acquired by the Royals in the Mike Moustakas trade and in his two starts since joining Kansas City, has posted a 6.52 ERA over 9.2 IP. Lopez is allowing opponents to hit .264 against him on the season and has really struggled agianst RHB’s, allowing to hit .315 against him on the season. Ramirez has been incredible this season as he comes into this game with a .293 average while posting 37 HR’s, 91 RBI’s, and 28 SB’s. Ramirez has posted a .296 average and 1.088 OPS with 32 of his 37 HR’s vs. RHP on the season. Encarnacion comes into this game with just a .231 average, however, he still has put up impressive power numbers as he has 27 HR’s and 85 RBI’s on the season. Encarnacion has hit RHP better this season (.238 average/.803 OPS) and has an impressive .930 OPS during day games.
Completing the infield today, we’re going to be going with Milwaukee’s Jonathan Schoop (SS) in his match-up agianst Pittsburgh’s Chris Archer. Archer hasn’t had the impact that Pittsburgh was hoping for as although he is still generating strikeouts, he has posted just a 4.91 ERA over his first 4 starts with the Pirates. Schoop has also struggled since being acquired from the Orioles however, he still does have 18 HR’s on the season and is hitting .300 over the past week. I’m going with Schoop today as he has HR-upside and that you just can’t ignore his career numbers agianst Archer as he is 13 for 34 (.382 average/1.353 OPS) with 6 HR’s.
Rounding out the team in the outfield tonight will be the White Sox’s Avisail Garcia (OF) and the Mets Michael Conforto (OF). Garcia will be up against the RHP Jordan Zimmerman who had looked very average in the 2nd half of the season as he has posted a 5.12 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .316 against him since the all-star break. Zimmermann has been really hurt by the HR ball as of late as he has given up at least 2 HR’s in 5 of his last 7 starts. Garcia is hitting just .231 on the season but does have some decent pop in his bat as he has 14 HR’s in his 68 games played this season. Garcia has posted a .845 OPS on the road this season and has a career .412 average/1.059 OPS with a HR in 17 career AB’s vs. Zimmermann. Conforto and the Mets actually have a nice matchup today against the RHP Jefry Rodriguez of the Washington Nationals who comes into this game with a 5.46 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. Rodriguez has allowed LHB’s to post a .321 average/1.023 OPS against him on the season. Conforto is hitting just .235 on the season but does have 18 HR’s and 52 RBI’s on the year and has hit better in August, posting a .250 batting average. Conforto has posted a solid .861 OPS vs. the Nationals this season and I like the value he comes in with this match-up hitting in the heart of the Mets order.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup based on “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.