DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for June 6, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on June 6, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for June 6, 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. And if you’re looking for a new way to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy a try!

We’ve got all 30 MLB teams in action tonight with six arms priced at $9k or higher on DK and nine priced at $6k or lower. With 30 pitchers taking the hill, ownership is going to be all over the place, so I’ll just be rolling with the guys I like the best and not worrying at all about what the field is going to be doing. There’s some massive tournaments across the industry, and with NBA and NHL wrapped up, players have fully made the switch to MLB. You’ll want to make sure you register early for the tourneys you’re interested in playing as they’re filling up quickly (if you waited to enter the $6, $300k yesterday, you know what I’m talking about). Finally, we have a Coors game with a 10.5 run total and as you’d expect, the hitters are priced way up. Nearly every projected starter in the game is priced at $4.3k or more, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to to stack Rockies or Indians. Good luck tonight and hope to see you all above the cash line. – 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!


DraftKings Mega 4s: $444 buy-in, $400k guaranteed  
DraftKings Medium 4s: $44 buy-in, $350k guaranteed     
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $200k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)   
FanDuel Grand Salami: $66 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $6 buy-in, $150k guaranteed 
FanDuel Rally: $16 buy-in, $200k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 6, 2017

Max Scherzer @ LAD ($13k DraftKings, $11.9k FanDuel)
It might not appear that there’s a significant drop from Scherzer to D’Backs ace Robbie Ray based on their recent numbers, but Ray’s actually been farily vulnerable at hitter-friendly Chase Field this season and is a bit tough to trust regardless of the fact that he’s facing the weak Padres offense. Scherzer, meanwhile, is pitching like the top 3 SP in baseball that he is with 24 K’s and just 2 ER allowed on 8 hits while going 8.2 and 9 innings in consecutive starts against the Padres and Giants. He faces a tougher N.L. West opponent tonight in the Dodgers, but he’s been even better on the road with a 0.80 WHIP and .161 BAA and has the advantage of facing most of the Dodgers bats for the first time. As an added bonus, the Dodgers have the 7th highest K% against righties in MLB so far in 2017 (23.2%).

Jake Arrieta vs. MIA ($9k DraftKings, $10.3k FanDuel)
Arrieta represents a solid value on DK, and though he doesn’t come cheap on FD, he has a high likelihood that the Cubs will support him with enough runs to earn the Win bonus and has a good shot at the Quality Start as well. He’s straightened the ship a bit with 4 consecutive solid outings, as he’s pounding the strike zone and forcing weak offenses to try and beat him deep. That’s been a better formula for success at Wrigley Field, where he’s 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.08 WHIP this year. Keep in mind he posted a 2.62 ERA with a .185 BAA over a larger sample of home starts last year.

James Paxton vs. MIN ($8.8k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
He’s cheap in comparison to some of the truly elite options on the board tonight, yet Paxton has as much upside as anyone with his lofty strikeout potential. With a career-best 10.67 K/9 ratio, 1.26 ERA and matching 1.44 FIP, Paxton is on pace for a Cy Young-caliber season if he can stay healthy for the Mariners. Tonight he faces a Twins team that’s sporting a weak .228 batting average with a collective .298 wOBA against LHP and current Twins are a combined 7-for-33 with 14 K’s over a small sample against Paxton.

Other pitchers to consider: Robbie Ray, Chris Archer, Drew Pomeranz, Chase Anderson, Dinelson Lamet, Jaime Garcia

Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 6, 2017

Nelson Cruz vs. MIN ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
In a battle of southpaws tonight, the Mariners offense should reap the benefits with vulnerable veteran Hector Santiago coming to town. The Twins LHP is sporting a 4.76 ERA with a 5.68 FIP and 1.88 HR/9 ratio while giving up a 37% Hard Contact Rate on the year. Cruz is suddenly one of the hottest hitters in the game again with 7 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 HRs over his last 3 appearances and he’s enjoyed home cooking all season with a .337 batting average and .418 wOBA at home. His success against LHP is well documented and Cruz happens to be 5-for-18 with 3 HRs in his career against Santiago.

Mark Trumbo vs. PIT ($4.6k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
The ball can jump out of the ballpark in Camden Yards this time of year and Trumbo is clearly one of the best candidates to go deep tonight against Pirates starter Ivan Nova. He’s an impressive 10-for-21 with 3 HRs in his career against Nova, who has shown his vulnerability by giving up 19 ER on 51 hits over his last 6 appearances. While he got off to a slow start, Trumbo is raking with a .331 batting average and he’s hit 7 of his 8 homers this year over the last month, so he’s definitely worth a look as a tournament option in the heart of the Orioles dangerous lineup.

Yunel Escobar @ DET ($3.2k DraftKings, $3.1k FanDuel)
The Angels could serve as a sneaky stack tonight against vulnerable young southpaw Daniel Norris and Escobar is one of the cheaper options to consider should he draw a good spot in the order. Norris is sporting a 4.47 ERA on the year and allowing RHB to hit .297 with a notable 41.6% Hard Contact Rate. Escobar’s been rock steady with a .325 batting average over his last 10 appearances and he’s an impressive 20-for-49 (.426) off LHP this season.

Other hitters to consider: Joey Votto, Nolan Arenado, Ender Inciarte, Steven Souza Jr., Andrew Benintendi, Yadier Molina, Matt Adams, Jay Bruce, Danny Valencia, Chris Herrmann (basically free on FD should he get the start) 


Rockies vs Mike Clevinger
Some might advise fading the first game of a series at Coors Field, but adjustments are probably not going to be too much of a factor for the home team tonight. They’ll face an inexperienced RHP in Mike Clevinger, who allowed RHB to hit .301 with a .412 wOBA and 2.33 HR/9 ratio last year, so Nolan Areando is clearly a premier option while Ian Desmond and Mark Reynolds could both have appeal depending on their placement in the lineup. Carlos Gonzalez is very cheap on DK for a dangerous hitter at Coors and Gerardo Parra might platoon against Clevinger, while Charlie Blackmon is always appealing GPP formats if you can pay up for him.

Pirates vs Kevin Gausman
Something seems to have happened to Gausman this year in terms of his mechanics or preparation, because he’s getting lit up on a routine basis. Tonight he’ll face a Pirates team that doesn’t have a great reputation for slugging, but contains several dangerous batters including the red-hot Josh Harrison (health permitting). Gregory Polanco surprisingly bounced back from a nasty ankle injury and he should be able to reach base against the RHP with a 1.84 WHIP that is worst amongst qualified SPs. You can look towards Josh Bell and Adam Frazier as intriguing tournament options, while Andrew McCutchen definitely bears consideration as he attempts to resurrect his career.

Brewers vs Matt Cain
Every time he steps out on the road Cain is lit up, as he’s posting an 8.28 ERA with a 1.96 WHIP and .320 BAA and 1.80 HR/9 ratio away from massive AT&T Park this season. The Brew Crew is struggling as a collective without leading slugger Ryan Braun, but Eric Thames finally snapped his power drought with a homer on Sunday and while there’s a lot of Ks in this lineup, Cain doesn’t figure to get many of them. With Braun on the DL and Travis Shaw on Paternity Leave, opportunities open up for Hernan Perez, Orlando Arcia and even nerd-hero Eric Sogard to step up and contribute against a vulnerable veteran.

Other Stacks to consider:
Cubs vs Jeff Locke
Mets vs. Dillon Gee
Mariners vs. Hector Santiago
Angels vs. Daniel Norris
Astros vs. Jake Junis

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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