DFS - Fantasy Baseball - MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 9/9/18
MLB - Main Slate (1:07 PM) - FanDuel Lineup for 9/9/18
DFS – Fantasy Baseball – MLB FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 9/9/18
Hi Everyone! It was a low scoring day across the board and unfortunately, our 103.7-point performance wasn’t enough to cash in either our GPP’s or 50/50’s. We went heavy with the Mets last night and although we got solid offensive performances by Michael Conforto (24.9 points) and Jay Bruce (21.9 points), we got a disappointing pitching performance by Noah Syndergaard who got us only 26 points on the mount. Travis Shaw got us 18.7 points with a solo HR, however, our expensive Dodgers duo of Justin Turner and Manny Machado combined for just 6 points. It’s going to be hard to focus on baseball this afternoon as NFL season is here, however, here is our lineup for the 10-game slate that starts at 1:07pm.
Please note: Weather is playing a huge factor as three games (CHC at WAS; MIA at PIT; SD at CIN) all look like they are going to be postponed. Wind is also going to be play a big factor today as it’s blowing in hard in many games.
As much as we want to go with Jason deGrom, finding enough value on the offensive end just doesn’t seem worth today as we’re going to have to spend up a bit on the offensive end. Due to this, we’re going to be going with Andrew Heaney (P) who comes into this game with a solid match-up agianst the Chicago White Sox. Heaney comes into this game with a 4.16 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season while holding his opponents to just a .245 average and .708 OPS on the season. Heaney has a decent K/9 ratio of 8.5 and has an opportunity for a nice day in that department as the White Sox rank dead last in team strikeout rate, striking out 9.7 times per game. We’ve seen the White Sox get dominated by an LHP recently in Eduardo Rodriguez and as the wind is blowing in heavy from left-field which should limit the HR’s, I think Heaney could have a nice day.
We’re going to start off this afternoon slate with the expensive duo of the Indians Francisco Lindor (SS) and Jose Ramirez (3B) in their match-up agianst the Blue Jays LHP Thomas Pannone. Pannone comes into this game with a 4.58 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, however, struggled in his last start against the Orioles as he lasted just 3.1 IP, giving up 7 ER on 9 hits. Pannone didn’t impress in the minors this season, as between his multiple stops this season, he posted just a 5.36 ERA over 9 combined games. Lindor comes into this game with a .284 average with 33 HR’s, 84 RBI’s, & 23 SB’s and is hitting .281 over the past week with 4 HR’s. The switch-hitting Lindor has loved seeing LHP on the mound this season as he is posting a .364 average/.579 slugging percentage/1.020 OPS against them. Ramirez is hitting just .208 over the past week, however, this is still one of the best hitters in all of baseball as he comes into this game with a .285 average with 37 HR’s, 97 RBI’s, and 29 SB’s. Ramirez has posted .287 average/.840 OPS vs. RHP on the season and I expect him to break off of his recent slump this afternoon.
We’re going to go right back with the Mets tonight as we are going to get the LHB’s of Michael Conforto (OF) and Jay Bruce (OF) in the lineup in their match-up agianst Vince Velasquez of the Phillies. Velasquez comes into this game with a 4.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, however, he has struggled more as of late as he has hasn’t lasted the 5th inning in any of his last five starts. Velasquez has been much worse against LHB’s this season, allowing them to post a .254 average/.808 OPS (11 HR’s) and he has allowed the current Mets roster to post a .801 OPS against him. Conforto is hitting just .232 on the season, however, has shown some nice power as he has 22 HR’s on the season including 3 HR’s over the past week. Conforto has a nice history agianst Velasquez as in his career he is 4 for 9 with 2 HR’s and 3 BB’s. Bruce is hitting just .227 with 6 HR’s and 23 RBI’s in a season filled with injury, however, since returning to the starting lineup, he has been outstanding and over the past week, is hitting .353 with 2 HR’s. Bruce is 6 for 13 over his last 4 games and is 3 for 9 with a HR against Velasquez in his career.
We wanted to get some action in the MIN/KC game today and we’ll start off with the Twins Logan Forsythe (2B) and Eddie Rosario (OF) in their good match-up agianst the Royals RHP Ian Kennedy. Kennedy comes into this game with just a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP and will be seeing his first action since mid-July due to an oblique injury. Kennedy is allowing his opponents to post a .818 OPS and is prone to giving up HR’s as he currently has a 1.7 HR/9 ratio on the season. Forsythe is solid low-value option in this match-up despite coming into this game with just a .239 average with 2 HR’s and 24 RBI’s. Forsythe has been slid since joining the Twins, posting a .291 average, and has had some success against Kennedy in his career as he has posted a .286 average in 14 career AB’s. Rosario comes into this game with a .292 average with 23 HR’s, 75 HR’s, and 8 SB’s. Rosario has posted a .301 average/.864 OPS vs. RHP on the season and is 8 for 19 (.421 average) with a HR against Kennedy in his career.
Staying with this match-up, we’re going to get Royals Salvador Perez (Utility) in our lineup with his matchup agianst the Twins RHP Chase De Jong. De Jong will be making his first appearance in the majors this season after a tough first year with Seattle in 2017 where the right-hander posted a 6.35 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 28.1 IP. De Jong has been decent in the minors this season, posting a 3.66 ERA between Double-A & Triple-A ball however, did have a 1.6 HR/9 ratio in his short stint in the majors last season. Perez returned to the lineup a thumb injury kept him out for about a week however, I like him today in this match-up as Perez comes into this game with 24 HR’s and 68 RBI’s on the season. Perez has hit better at home this season and has 18 of his 24 HR’s vs. RHP on the season.
Rounding out the team tonight with be the Rays C.J. Cron (C/1B) who will be up against the LHP Jose Rogers of the Baltimore Orioles. Rodgers comes into this game with a 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 10.1 IP this season while allowing his opponents to post a .275 average/.768 OPS against him on the season. Rogers has struggled against RHB’s this season, as in 33 AB’s, they have posted a .333 average/.545 slugging percentage/.917 OPS against him. Cron comes into this game with just a .255 average however, has some of the best power on the Rays as he has collected 26 HR’s and 61 RBI’s on the season. Cron has been outstanding against LHP on the year, posting a .302 average/.535 slugging percentage/.903 OPS.
Please check back later as we’ll make any necessary update to the lineup based on “confirmed lineups” and/or weather.