DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 9/8/18
MLB - Featured Slate (7:05 PM) - DraftKings Lineup for 9/8/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice – 9/8/18
Updated (4:44 PM) - Hi Everyone! Decided to switch gears a bit and go with a Mets LHB's stack against Zach Eflin who we mentioned has really struggled since the All-Star break and againast LHB's. With the money we saved, we know have both Turner and Machado on the lineup against a LHP in Colorado. Image is updated below! Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! Out tough week with DraftKings continued as our 88.3-point performance wasn’t enough to cash in either our 50/50’s and GPP’s last night. We got a solid performance by Blake Snell (27 points) however, Carlos Rodon was extremely disappointing as he managed just 3.3 points in a solid match-up against a Los Angeles Angels team that generally struggles against LHP. As for our offense, unlike our FanDuel team, we didn’t have Ozuna or Kiemaier so we just didn’t get the same level f production. Yan Games was a nice play at catcher as he had a 20-point performance, but outside of Gomes, no one else on our roster had double-digits. Let’s take a look at tonight 7-game “featured” slate that starts at 7:05pm tonight (Please Note: the WSH/CHC is no longer available in today’s slate as the start time for that match-up has been pushed up).
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be paying up for the RHP Noah Syndergaard (P) of the New York Mets and hope for some value from the RHP Matt Shoemaker (P). Syndergaard has had an up and down season as he has battle multiple injuries, however, Syndergaard still comes into this game with a 3.33 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season and is coming off one of his best outings of the season as he recently threw a complete game (9.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 11 K) against the Giants in his last start. Syndergaard has some of the best stuff in the game when he is on as he has a lively fastball and devasting slider and I do like his match-up against the Phillies tonight who come into this game ranked just 27th in MLB in terms of batting average (.238) vs. RHP. Syndergaard comes in with a 9.5 K/9 ratio and could be in for another double-digit strikeout night as the Phillies have struggled with strikeouts this season and currently rank 28th in team strikeout rate (9.39 K/game). Syndergaard has had good career success agianst the Phillies as in 8 starts he has posted a 2.60 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 45.0 IP and I’m expecting another solid night tonight. I’m willing to take a chance on Matt Shoemaker tonight as we have to love his match-up against the Chicago White Sox. Shoemaker has spent the majority of the season on the DL however, looked solid in his first outing back against Texas this past Monday as we went 5 innings, giving up just 2 hits and no runs while striking out 3 on just 62 pitches. The White Sox are always a strong match-up for RHP as they rank just 23rd in team batting average (.243) vs. RHP and dead last in team strikeout rate (9.65 K/9). Shoemaker should be allowed to have a bigger pitch count tonight and with the potential for a few extra strikeouts, I don’t mind taking a chance with him tonight in this match-up.
On the offensive side of the field tonight, we’re going to start off with a stack of Milwaukee Brewers in Travis Shaw (2B), Mike Moustakas (3B) and Christian Yelich (OF) in their match-up against the Giants RHP Chris Stratton. Stratton has pitched better as of late, however, still comes into this game with a 4.90 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the season. Stratton is allowing opponents to post a .277 average/.791 OPS against him on the season. It’s been a struggle for Shaw as of late, however, the slugging 2B still has 27 HR’s and 76 RBI’s on the season and is always a nice match-up against a hittable RHP. Shaw has posted a .534 slugging percentage/.886 OPS (26 of 27 HR’s) vs. RHP on the season and I just think he just has too much value at this price for tonight’s match-up. Moustakas comes into this game with a .251 average with 25 HR’s and 84 RBI’s on the season and has been solid since joining the Brewers, posting a .260 average/.776 OPS with 8 double and 5 HR’s. Moustakas has a solid .820 OPS vs. RHP on the season and a .827 OPS in “home” games on the year. Yelich has cooled off after a torrid month of August, however, is still is having a remarkable first season with the Brewers, posting a .314 average with 27 HR’s and 85 RBI’s. Yelich is hitting .450 against the Giants (9 for 20) and has a .554 slugging percentage/.935 OPS vs. RHP on the season.
Behind the backstop, we’re going to be going with the Giants Nick Hundley (C) who comes into this game with a decent match-up with Milwaukee’s LHP Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will be making his first start for the Brewers since being traded by the Nationals and he is hoping that he can improve on a tough season in which he is posting a 4.57 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Gonzalez has posted a 6.55 ERA since the All-Star break and has struggled against RHB’s on the season as he is allowing them to post a .281 average/.801 OPS. Hundley has been the everyday catcher for the Giants since Buster Posey was loss for the season and although he is hitting just .235 on the season, he does have 9 HR’s and 30 RBI’s on the year. Hundley has a solid .817 OPS vs. LHP on the season and is 4 for 12 with 2 doubles and a HR against Gonzalez in his career.
We’re finding some value in the infield with the Angels Jose Fernandez (1B) in his match-up agianst Jamie Shields of the Chicago White Sox. Shields comes into this game with a 4.39 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season and although he just pitched a gem against the Red Sox, we all know the “big game” James is capable of blowing up at any moment as has had four starts this season in which he has given up at least 7 runs. Shields has given up 27 HR’s this season and has allowed opponents to hit .259 against him since the All-Star break. Fernandez has been solid for the Angels this season as in 19 games, he is hitting .290 with 4 RBI’s. Fernandez has had 2-hit games in 3 of his last 4 and although he hasn’t shown much power at the MLB level, Fernandez did have 17 HR’s in 91 games at the Triple-A level this season.
We’re going to have a mini stack of Mets with Amed Rosario (SS) and Jay Bruce (OF) in their match-up against the RHP Zach Eflin of the Philadelphia Phillies. Eflin comes into this game with a 4.05 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season and has struggled since the All-Star break, posting a 5.53 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .305 against him. Eflin has really struggled against LHB this season, allowing them to post a .297 average/.528 slugging percentage/.866 OPS. Rosario comes into this game with a .256 average with 7 HR’s, 43 RBI’s, and 18 SB’s on the season. Rosario is hitting .391 over the past week and has really been trouble for Philadelphia this season as he has posted a .396 (19-48) average with 4 doubles, 3 triples, and a HR. Bruce has had a season to forget as he is hitting just .221 with 6 HR’s and 22 RBI’s, however, he has been solid over his past three games as he is 4 for 11 with a double and 2 HR’s. Coming into this season, Bruce has posted a .834 OPS vs. RHP and I’m hoping that he can continue his recent hot streak tonight at a solid price.
Rounding out the team tonight will be the Minnesota Twins Jake Cave (OF) in his match-up against the RHP Jorge Lopez of the Kansas City Royals. Lopez comes into this game with a 4.24 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season. Lopez has been alternating quality starts with pretty rough ones since being acquired by the Royals and comes into this game allowing his opponents to post a .257 average/.724 OPS against him. Cave continues to find a way in my lineup as a value play as the Minnesota outfielder comes into this game with a .265 average with 10 HR’s and 31 RBI’s on the season. Cave hit out of the 5-hole last night in his 2 for 5 performance (18.9 points) and has been great at home this season, posting a .330 average/.606 slugging percentage/.991 OPS.
Please check back later as we’ll make any necessary updates to the lineup due to “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.