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Draftkings Best MLB Showdown Picks: Royals vs. Athletics 6/19/24

Draftkings picks and predictions for this evening's Royals vs. Athletics matchup.

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics
June 19, 2024 9:40 pm EDT

Major League Baseball presents a matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics. Let’s take a look at this MLB game from a Draftkings perspective.

Before we dive into the Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics game let’s review the rules for the Draftkings single game showdown contest.

Draftkings Single Game Showdown Contest Rules

You have $50,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team captain. The captain accumulates 1.5 times the standard fantasy points. Additionally, the captain is 1.5 times the standard cost of the flex position.

The remaining four players in your lineup will receive the standard fantasy points. Having stated that, it is highly important for you to identify the correct player for your captain position if you hope to win a large field DFS GPP (guaranteed prize pool) showdown contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game showdown contest, I recommend that you check out the Draftkings website for more details.

*I recommend that all readers review the starting lineups for both teams prior to setting your DFS lineup for this one game slate

Here are my Draftkings picks for tonight’s Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics matchup.

Captain-Cole Ragans, Pitcher, Kansas City Royals $12,800

On Wednesday evening, Major League Baseball presents the second game of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics.

How are these two teams playing entering tonight’s game? The Kansas City Royals have lost three of the team’s last four games, including a 7-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics last night. The Oakland Athletics have dropped four of the team’s last five games entering tonight’s American League matchup with the Kansas City Royals. Let’s just say that both the Royals and Athletics are not playing good baseball entering this evening’s MLB contest in Oakland.

Although the Royals have struggled at times this season, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans has certainly been one of the few bright spots for this Kansas City Royals team this season. Having stated that, how has Ragans been playing from a statistical standpoint?

In 15 starts for the Kansas City Royals this season, Kansas City starting pitcher Cole Ragans has pitched 86 innings. In those 86 innings pitched in 15 starts for the Royals, Ragans has struck out 102 batters and allowed 26 walks. Ragans has a 3.14 ERA (Earned Run Average) and 1.14 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched).

More recently, in the Kansas City Royals 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers five days ago, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragans pitched seven innings. In the seven innings just noted, Cole Ragans struck out four batters and allowed six hits in the Royals loss to the Dodgers.

Considering the elevated importance of tonight’s second game of a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics, I think Royals starting pitcher Cole Ragan will post some outstanding fantasy numbers versus this vulnerable Athletics team later today.

Flex Plays

Freddy Fermin, Catcher, Kansas City Royals $6,400

In his last seven games played for the Kansas City Royals, Royals catcher Freddy Fermin accumulated six hits in 18 at bats. I fully expect Royals starting catcher Freddy Fermin Jr. to continue his quality play on the baseball diamond in tonight’s matchup versus the Oakland Athletics.

Additional flex plays I like (Draftkings price noted): Bobby Witt Jr., Shortstop, (Kansas City) $10,000: Garrett Hampson, Second Baseman, (Kansas City) $4,200: Luis Medina, Pitcher (Oakland) $9,800: Shea Langeliers, Catcher (Oakland) $8,000.


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