DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 9/3/18
MLB - Featured Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 9/3/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 9/3/18
Updated (6:09 PM) - Hi Everyone! Updates have been made and the image is updated below! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! Happy Labor Day!
Yesterday was a disappointing day as although we were all over the Rangers as Nomar Mazara (35 points), Robinson Chirinos (18 points), and Elvis Andrus (16 points) all had monster days, we couldn’t overcome poor pitching performances by both Brian Johnson and Lance Lynn. Let’s get back on track as we look at tonight’s “featured” slate that starts at 7:05pm.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to spend up with the Mets Jason DeGrom (P) and the Dodgers Alex Wood (P). I don’t generally like taking pitchers from some the same game, however, I just don’t love the other match-ups that much tonight and I think they are the two clear cut choices. deGrom has been outstanding on the mound this season, posting an incredible 1.68 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. deGrom has been lights out as of late, as over his past 5 games he has given up just 4 ER’s while striking out 51 hitters over 35.2 IP. DeGrom is holding his opponents to just a .208 average (.174 vs. RHB; .239 vs. LHB) and has a career best K/9 ratio of 11.1. Wood comes into this match-up against the Mets with an impressive 3.42 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season and just pitched a gem at Texas going 7.0 innings while giving up 0 runs on 4 hits. Wood is holding his opponents to just a .242 average on the season and faces a Mets team that ranks dead last in MLB in terms of batting average vs. LHP (.222). Wood has a respectable 7.9 K/9 ratio and was solid in his only outing agianst the Mets earlier this season (6 IP, 2 ER, 7 K’s).
Obviously, with the money we spend at the pitching position tonight, we’re going to have to find value across the board for our offense.
Behind the backstop tonight, we’re going with Mike Zunino (C) of the Seattle Mariners against the LHP Josh Rogers of the Baltimore Orioles. Rodgers, who is thrown a bunch of innings in the minors leagues this season, will be making his last appearance of the season today in his 2nd start for the Orioles. Rogers wasn’t awful in his first start, but he wasn’t outstanding either as he finished his game against the Blue Jays, giving up 3 ER’s on 7 hits over 5.0 IP. Rodgers ran into all of his trouble agianst RHB’s as in 20 AB’s vs. RHB’s he posted a .350 average/.881 OPS. Zunino is pretty much a “boom or bust” player as he although he is hitting just .192 on the season, he has a ton of power as he has 18 HR’s and 40 RBI’s on the season.
We’re going to stay in the BAL/SEA game and go with a couple of Baltimore value bats in Chris Davis (1B), Tim Beckham (SS), and Joey Richard (OF) in their matchup against the RHP Erasmo Ramirez of the Mariners. It’s been a struggle for Ramirez this season, as he comes into this game posting a 6.28 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the season. Ramirez is coming off a tough game against the Padres (3.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 HR) and is allowing opponents to post a .308 average/.962 OPS against him on the season. Davis is having a season to forget as he is hitting just .177 on the year however, he does have 16 HR’s and has been better as of late, posting a .348 average over the past week. Davis has had success agianst Ramirez in his career as he has posted a career .941 OPS with 2 HR’s in 22 AB’s agianst the RHP. Beckham is another Orioles who is hitting well as of late as he has posted a .333 average over the past week with 2 HR’s. Beckham had a solid 4 for 4 games yesterday and I think he can keep that up tonight agianst Ramirez. Rickard is more of a punt play for us tonight and we’ll have to make sure he gets the start, however, he does have 7 HR’s on the season and is 2 for 5 with a double against Ramirez in his career.
We’re going to be stacking the Tampa Bay Rays today in Brandon Lowe (2B) and Jake Bauers (OF) in their match-up against the RHP Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman comes into this game with a 5.27 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season and is coming off the DL today due to a blister issue. It’s been a tough season for Stroman as between injuries and just not pitching well, I think the Blue Jays RHP is just ready to move on to next season. Stroman is allowing the current Rays roster to hit .297 against him on the season and currently has just a 6.8 K/9 ratio on the season. Brandon Lowe took some time to get adjusted to the majors, however, he has figured it out as the rookie is hitting an incredible .462 with 3 HR’s over the past week. Lowe has been better on the road this season and has a .520 slugging percentage/.910 OPS vs. RHP on the year. Bauers has really struggled in the month of August, hitting just .105 for the month, however, there is no doubting that he has talent and has does have some nice HR pop with 9 HR’s and 36 RBI’s on the season.
Rounding out the infield tonight will be the Angels Taylor Ward (3B) in his matchup against the LHP Jeffrey Springs of the Texas Rangers. Springs has been solid out of the bullpen this season, posting a 2.55 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, but obviously, we can’t expect him to go deep into the game and I don’t hate getting Taylor Ward in the on the cheap. Ward was incredible this season down in the minors leagues as he posted a .345 average in Double-A and an even better .352 average in Triple-A. Ward is hitting just .207 since being called up to the majors but does have a couple HR’s and is hitting .286 agianst LHP on the season.
Completing the team tonight will be the Diamondbacks Steven Souza Jr. (OF) in his solid match-up agianst the LHP Bryan Mitchell of the Padres tonight. Mitchell comes into this game with a 7.08 ERA on the season and 2.03 WHIP and recently last just 2.2 IP against the Braves, giving up 5 ER’s on 5 hits (1 HR). Mitchell has been crushed by RHB’s this season to the tune of .369 average/.622 slugging percentage/1.059 OPS. Goldschmidt is hitting .295 on the season with 31 HR’s and 78 RBI’s. Souza Jr. is hitting .245 on the season with 4 HR’s and 27 RBI’s however, we know that he has plenty of power to hit HR’s and he has fared much better against LHP’s this season, posting a .826 OPS.
Please check back later as I’ll make any necessary updates due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.