DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 9/2/18
MLB - Main Slate (1:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 9/2/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 9/2/18
Hi Everyone! It was a decent night for us last night as our 104.30 point performance was enough to cash in our 50/50’s despite falling short in our GPP’s. Patrick Corbin (36 points) had a solid outing however, didn’t last as long as we would have liked as he racked up a high-pitch count early in his game against the Dodgers. Leading the way for the offense yesterday was Whit Merrifield (25.2 points) who hit a game-winning 2-run HR against the Orioles. Also contributing was Trea Turner (18.7 points) and Ryan O’Hearn (9.2 points). Let’s keep the winning going as we take a look at the 1:05pm “Main” slate that features 7 games.
On the mound today, I think we have some great value with Boston’s Brian Johnson (P) in his match-up agianst the Chicago White Sox. Johnson comes into this game with a respectable 4.02 ERA and 1.37 WHIP on the season and we have to like his upside agianst the White Sox, especially after seeing the LHP Eduardo Rodriguez absolutely dominate them yesterday with 12 K’s. Johnson has allowed just 7 ER’s over his last 4 games and is holding his opponents to a .262 average on the season. Johnson has a respectable 8.0 K/9 ratio and will have a chance to improve on that number as the White Sox rank dead last in MLB in terms of team strikeout rate (9.71 K/G; 13.33 K/G over last 3). Johnson has trouble lasting deep into games as the Red Sox generally pull him at the first sight of any trouble, however if he has his curveball going today, he has the potential for a big day at a very reasonable price.
With the money we’re saving on Brian Johnson tonight, we’re going to be able to go with a Red Sox stack of Eduardo Nunez (3B), Mookie Betts (OF), and J.D. Martinez (OF) against the White Sox’s Jamie Shields. Shields comes into this game with a 4.54 ERA and 1.30 WHIP on the season however, has struggled a bit more of late, allowing 12 ER’s over his past three starts. Shields has the tendency to give up HR’s (27 this season) and is allowing RHB’s to post a .273 average/.797 OPS against him on the season. Nunez comes into this game with a .264 average with 10 HR’s and 42 RBI’s on the season however, has been great recently, hitting .320 with 3 HR’s over the past week. Nunez has had great success against Shields over his career as in 29 AB’s, he has posted a .448 average with 3 HR’s. Betts comes into this game hitting .342 on the season with 29 HR’s, 70 RBI’s, and 26 SB’s on the season. Mookie is starting to heat up again after a mini-slump as the Red Sox star is hitting .500 (10-20) over the past week with 2 HR’s. Martinez is currently hitting .335 on the season with an incredible 39 HR’s and 115 RBI’s. Martinez is hitting .321 on the road this season and in 24 career AB’s vs. Shields, has posted a .417 average with 4 doubles and a HR.
We are also going to be stacking some Cincinnati Reds this afternoon in Scooter Gennett (2B), Jose Peraza (SS), and Scott Schebler (OF) in their match-up agianst the RHP Luke Weaver of the St. Louis Cardinals with the wind blowing out in St. Louis today. Weaver will be back making the start today after a few appearances out of the bullpen and comes into this game with a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the season. Weaver is allowing his opponents to post a .273 average against him on the season an hasn’t been anything special in his 11.0 IP against the Reds this season, posting a 4.91 ERA. Gennett is having another monster season for the Reds, posting a .318 average with 19 HR’s and 80 RBI’s. Gennett is hitting .476 over the past week and is 5 for 11 (.455 average) against Weaver in his career. Peraza fit in for SS for what I had remaining for salary today, and I don’t mind going with the scrappy SS who hits near the top of the Cincinnati lineup and comes into this game with a .287 average with 9 HR’s and 45 RBI’s. Peraza has a .305 average on the road this season and an impressive .319 average (23-72) against the Cardinals on the season. Schebler comes into this game with a .272 average with 13 HR’s and 40 RBI’s. Schebler looks like he has shaken off the rust after missing over a month due to injury as he is 5 for his last 11 with 3 doubles & HR and has hit Weaver well, going 3 for 6 with a double in his career.
We’re going to stay in St. Louis for our Utility spot today as we’re rostering Matt Carpenter (Utility) of the Cardinals in his match-up against Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds who comes into this game with a 4.34 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. DeSclafani has decent stuff, however, does have trouble with HR’s as he has comes into this game with a 1.9 HR/9 ratio on the season. DeSclafani has allowed LHB’s to post a .863 OPS against him this season and has an 8.64 ERA over two starts against the Cardinals this year. Carpenter is having an outstanding season after a slow start and comes into this game with a .275 average with 35 HR’s and 73 RBI’s. Carpenter is hitting .450 over the past week and is 9 for 19 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 HR’s against DeSclafani in his career.
Rounding out the team today will be the Royals Ryan O’Hearn (C/1B) in his matchup agianst the RHP David Hess of the Baltimore Orioles. Hess has pitched solid in his last two outings against the Blue Jays, however, he has still struggled overall this season, posting a 5.08 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Hess has a 1.8 HR/9 ratio on the season and is allowing his opponents to post a .805 OSP against him on the season. O’Hearn comes into this game with a .260 average with 7 HR’s and 19 RBI’s in 22 games played this season. O’Hearn is hitting .343 at home this season and has posted an incredible .346 average/1.193 OPS in 52 AB’s vs. RHP.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.