DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 9/16/18
MLB - Main Slate (1:05 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 9/16/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 9/16/18
Update (12:20 PM) - Jake Cave isn't getting the start. Replacing him with Nicky Delmonico (CWS). Image updated below. Good Luck!
Hi Everyone! We had a decent night yesterday as our 127.30-point performance in the “Main” contests had us easily cashing in the 50/50’s however, it did just fall short of our GPP’s. We were all over Reynaldo Lopez who dominated the White Sox for a 49-point outing and got some big offensive games by Cesar Hernandez (25.7 points), Christian Yelich (21.7 points), and Shohei Ohtani (21.7 points). Let’s keep the winning going as we take a look at the 11-game “Main” slate that starts at 1:05pm.
On the mound tonight, we’re going to be paying up for Houston’s Justin Verlander (P) who has a solid match-up against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Verlander comes into this game with a solid 2.72 ERA & 0.94 WHIP and has been solid over his last two starts, going 7.0 IP in each of them while picking 18 K’s and 2 wins. Verlander is holding his opponents to just a .207 batting average on the season and goes against an Arizona Diamondbacks team who come into this game ranked dead last in team batting average vs. RHP (.233) and 25th in team strikeout rate (8.94 K/game). Verlander is striking out opponents at a career rate this season, posting a 11.9 K/9 ratio and as the Diamondback roster hasn’t had much success in limited exposure agianst Verlander, I think the veteran RHP is worth the high price tag tonight.
On the offensive side of things tonight, we’re going to take advantage of the Cleveland Indians “B” lineup today as we get great value from Yandy Diaz (P), Josh Donaldson (3B), and Rajai Davis (OF) in their match-up agianst the LHP Francisco Liriano of the Detroit Tigers. Liriano comes into this game with a 4.58 ERA & 1.53 WHIP and has really struggled against RHB’s on the season, allowing them to post a .280 average/.857 OPS. Diaz comes into this game with a .280 average with 1 HR & 12 RBI’s in 82 AB”s this season. Diaz has struggled a bit as of late, however, has posted a respectable .751 OPS at home this season. Donaldson comes into this game with a .233 average with 6 HR’s and 17 RBI’s, however, the former MVP finally looks healthy and had a monster game last night, going 2 for 4 with a HR. Donaldson has posted a .865 OPS vs. LHP on the season while posting a .995 OPS vs. LHP over his last three season. Rajai Davis doesn’t get a lot of playing team anymore and although he is hitting just .235 with a HR & 6 RBI’s, Davis still has some great speed as he has 19 SB’s on the season. Davis has seen plenty of Liriano in his career and has had some nice success as he is 15 for 42 (.357) agianst the LHP.
We’re going to go with a mini-stack of Baltimore Orioles in Jonathan Villar (2B) and Trey Mancini (OF) in their decent match-up against the RHP Lucas Giolito of the White Sox. Giolito has had a rough first full season in the majors as the talented RHP comes into this game with a 5.76 ERA & 1.42 WHIP. Giolito was rocked by the Orioles in his only start earlier this season as he lasted just 1.1 innings, while giving up 7 ER’s on 6 hits (2 HR). Villar comes into this game with a .264 average with 13 HR’s, 43 RBI’s & 26 SB. Villar is hitting .313 agianst the White Sox on the season and is hitting .280 so far in the month of September. Mancini comes into this game with just a .241 average however, has shown some great power as he has 23 HR’s and 53 RBI’s. Mancini has a 4-game hitting streak and has posted a .805 OPS at home on the season.
Completing the infield this afternoon, will be Asdrubal Cabrera (SS) of the Philadelphia Phillies in his match-up against the RHP Jose Urena of the Miami Marlins. Urena comes into this game with a 4.29 ERA and 1.20 WHIP and although he has pitched better as of late, he has allowed HR’s in three consecutive games. Urena has struggled much more agianst LHB’s on the season as he is allowing them to post a .262 average/.760 OPS. Cabrera has had a solid season as he comes into this game with a .265 average with 23 HR’s and 75 RBI’s. The switch-hitting Cabrera has posted a .511 slugging percentage and .838 OPS vs. RHP on the season and has 2 HR’s off Urena in his career.
We wanted to get at least one New York Yankee in our lineup today and we did with their new lead-off man Andrew McCutchen (OF) as he has a nice match-up against the LHP Thomas Pannone of the Toronto Blue Jays. Pannone comes into this game with a 4.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP and although he has pitched well outside of one rough start at Baltimore, he didn’t light it up in the minors this season as in 9 starts, he posted just a 5.54 ERA. McCutchen comes into this game with a .252 average with 18 HR’s and 61 RBI’s and has been solid as of late, hitting .316 over the past week. McCutchen has a .954 OPS at Yankee Stadium on the season and a solid .808 OPS vs. LHP on the season.
Rounding out the team tonight is one of my favorite value plays in Minnesota’s Jake Cave (OF) in his decent match-up agianst the Royals Jakob Junis. Junis comes into this game with a 4.28 ERA & 1.23 WHIP on the season and although he has pitched well as of late, Junis has had trouble with the HR ball all season, as he has allowed 29 HR’s on the year. Cave has been a great find for the Twins as he comes into this game with a .264 average with 11 HR’s & 36 RBI’s. Cave is currently on a 6-game hitting streak and has posted a .500 slugging percentage/.827 OPS vs. RHP on the season.