DFS MLB Lineups for June 2, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
For this daily fantasy baseball season, each day there’s a good slate of DFS MLB games, we’ll be writing up a group of pitchers and hitters that we’re considering for our cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll also provide a list of stacks to consider, MLB start times, starting pitchers, and game run totals to give you a good idea of where the fantasy goodness might come from on a given night. As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, park factor, etc. This is important when constructing a roster.
We’ve got a big 14 game DFS MLB slate tonight with all the pitching options you can handle. And on the hitting side, it’s not Coors Field, but it’s nearly as good…it’s a Bronson Arroyo start! And given it’s the Braves and people hate to roster the Braves, we might even get them at incredibly low ownership. Last thing, if you’re looking for something different in the DFS world, give BOOM Fantasy a look. It’s a cool new DFS site with a new take on daily fantasy. Looking forward to the slate tonight and hope everyone wins all the money. – Matt
A quick reminder while playing DFS MLB, don’t forget baseball is a game of variance. You can make a really solid lineup and still fall short of the cash line. Even Clayton Kershaw can get lit up, and Mike Trout can still go 0 for 4. Baseball is funny like that. Trust the process and know that if you’re playing quality lineups, you’ll be a winner in the long term.
Another thing to remember outside of making sure your player is in the lineup, is to always check the weather. Always. Make this something that is part of your basic routine. Baseball games can get postponed! Your players receive no points from postponed games!
6/2/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Full Count: $55 buy-in, $325k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $125k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Grand Salami: $66 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $3 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $19 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 2, 2017
Dallas Keuchel @ TEX ($10.9k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)
I’ll take Keuchel in a premier head-to-head matchup with Yu Darvish despite the fact that he’s pitching on the road tonight. While he’s been nearly untouchable at home over the past several seasons, Keuchel is no slouch with a 2.57 ERA, .206 BAA and 0.97 WHIP on the road this season. Tonight he’ll face a Rangers offense that’s in sharp decline with a collective .225 batting average and the third-highest K-Rate (25.4%) in the Majors when facing LHP this year. Keuchel is sporting a 12.83 K/9 ratio with a 0.38 WHIP in LvL matchups, so Texas will be smart to sit most of their LHB this evening.
Stephen Strasburg @ OAK ($12k DraftKings, $10.3k FanDuel)
Despite his injury-prone reputation, Strasburg continues to perform with Quality Starts in 8 of his 10 appearances this year and he’s really flashed upside with 26 K’s over his last 2 starts. Tonight he’ll face an Athletics team that’s sporting the second-lowest collective batting average (.236) and fourth-lowest wOBA (.313) amongst A.L. teams this year and he’ll likely have the benefit of ample run support once again from the Nationals league-leading lineup, which will be even more dangerous against A’s RHP Andrew Triggs with the DH in play at Oakland.
Matt Harvey vs. PIT ($6.3k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
It was likely only a matter of time before a pitcher as talented as Harvey put aside his off field issues and got back to dominating in the National League. He spun six innings of one-run ball with 4 K’s to earn his second straight win in Pittsburgh last Sunday night and now he’ll face the same struggling Pirates offense at home. Pittsburgh is sporting the fourth-lowest wOBA (.296) over the last 30 days and that lineup has become much weaker with Starling Marte suspended and Gregory Polanco (ankle) injured. Give Harvey a look in tournaments at pitcher-friendly Citi Field.
Other pitchers to consider: Clayton Kershaw, Michael Fulmer, Gerrit Cole, German Marquez, JC Ramirez, Jerad Eickhoff
Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 2, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton vs. ARI ($4.8k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
I think you need to get some exposure against Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin, who is sporting a .344 BAA with a 9.00 ERA and 2.25 HR/9 ratio on the road this season. He’s obviously been more vulnerable in RvL matchups in allowing RHB to post a .383 wOBA this season and Stanton is 3-for-11 with a HR in his career against Corbin. The Marlins slugger is heating up a bit lately and is always strong enough to hit one out of his spacious home ballpark.
Matt Kemp @ CIN ($4.6k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
Kemp is going well right now with a .325 batting average over his last 10 appearances, as the Braves offense surprisingly keeps rolling in the right direction. Tonight they’re facing a vulnerable veteran RHP in Bronson Arroyo and are worth a look as a stack considering the 40-year-old’s 6.62 ERA and 7.24 FIP this season. Kemp happens to be 12-for-28 (.429) with 2 HRs in his career against Arroyo and the Reds veteran has been ridiculously homer-prone with a 3.14 HR/9 ratio this season.
Whit Merrifield vs. CLE ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
He continues to rake and is still very much under priced on DK, as Merrifield draws another plus matchup tonight. The Indians send vulnerable RHP Josh Tomlin to the mound and he’s been quite homer-prone with a 17.7% HR/FB ratio last season. Tomlin isn’t particularly adept at holding on base runners and Merrifield’s been serving as a true dual threat with 3 SB and a .438/.500/.719 slash line over his last 10 appearances, so he carries plenty of upside in addition to what looks like a solid floor.
Other hitters to consider: Joey Votto, Steve Souza Jr., Marcell Ozuna, Anthony Rendon, Brian Dozier, Albert Pujols, Buster Posey, Logan Morrison, Adam Lind, Max Kepler
6/2/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Angels vs Kyle Gibson
Even with Mike Trout on the DL, the Angels are capable of producing in the best of matchups and facing Gibson this year is inarguably a plus spot. The Twins RHP is sporting a 7.85 era with a 6.04 FIP and 18.9% HR/FB ratio to start the season and he could implode on the road again. Albert Pujols is stepping up lately with a .342/.432/.605 slash line over his last 10 appearances to lead the Halos in Trout’s Absence. We could see a host of value plays step up including platooners Kole Calhoun and Ben Revere, while Yunel Escobar is a good bet for production as a mid-tier option.
Red Sox vs Alec Asher
Asher lasted all of 2 innings in his last start at Houston and he faces another loaded lineup that’s on a hot streak tonight. Boston is sporting a collective .342 wOBA and the second-most runs scored (157) over the last 30 days. The Sox are in a bounce back spot after dropping one last night and could definitely do just that against Asher. Mookie Betts forms the heart of this stack with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi carrying some tournament appeal. This lineup is also chalk full of values with Josh Rutledge and Pablo Sandoval likely to start in the infield.
Nationals vs Andrew Triggs
It’s quite obvious to roll with Nationals league-leading offense, but perhaps they’re less owned on average with Bryce Harper suspended tonight. Washington faces an inexperienced young RHP in Andrew Triggs, who has somehow been worst at massive Oakland Coliseum with a 4.09 ERA at home this season. Lefties Daniel Murphy and Adam Lind (if starting) will have upside in this matchup. Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon are both solid cash game options and Michael A. Taylor is coming around as a value play.
Other Stacks to consider:
Marlins vs Patrick Corbin
Rays vs. Christian Bergman
Royals vs. Josh Tomlin
Braves vs. Bronson Arroyo