DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for June 8, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on June 8, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for June 8, 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 an interesting 8 game main slate here on June 8 with some very uninspiring pitching options outside of Lance McCullers who is priced WAY up. If you want to pay for Lester or Price, I can’t fault you, but the Ks have been inconsistent for Lester while Price draws a tough road matchup with the Yankees. I’ll likely have minimal exposure to all of them in GPPs, but it looks like a pretty good day to fall in love with some of the mid tier pitching and focus on bats. As for those bats, R.A. Dickey has given up at least one homer in 9 of his last 10 starts. Nobody likes rostering the Phillies, but a great matchup is a great matchup. Good luck today guys and gals. – 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!


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FanDuel Rally: $9 buy-in, $80k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 8, 2017

Lance McCullers Jr. @ KC ($11.2k DraftKings, $9.7k FanDuel)
While he struggled a bit at the launching pad in Texas, McCullers still posted decent numbers with 8 K’s and he’ll have the advantage of the Astros red-hot offense to back him tonight in a much easier matchup. The Royals stadium is quite spacious and they’re sporting the lowest collective wOBA (.293) with the fewest runs scored (206) amongst A.L. teams this year. McCullers held KC to 3 ER with 10 K’s over 7 IP in a meeting earlier this season and seems like a very safe play ahead of a start opposite struggling RHP Jason Hammel.

David Price @ NYY ($9.4k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
He comes with some risk, but Price could really pay off in a rivalry tilt on the road tonight. Despite all his whining about the demanding Boston media and fans, he seems to thrive off competition and posted a 3.88 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .301 wOBA on the road last year. Current Yankees are sporting a solid .296 batting average against Price, who has imploded against the Bronx Bombers once or twice, but they’re also posting a 21.2% K-Rate in their careers against him and a 23.8% K-Rate overall against LHP this year.

Jake Odorizzi vs. CWS ($7.9k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
Odorizzi is coming off one of the worst outings of his career, so it’s safe to say that he’ll be lightly owned despite drawing a plus matchup at home. The White Sox offense found a rhythm when Jose Abreu got red hot and they faced a slew of lefties, but they’ve really struggled with a 23.6% K-Rate and are ranked 25th in terms of collective batting average (.238) and 28th in wOBA (.295) against RHP this year. Odorizzi was on a roll with a string of Quality Starts prior to his implosion in Seattle, which may have simply been a rough matchup against a lefty-heavy lineup.

Other pitchers to consider: Edinson Volquez, Michael Pineda, Tyler Chatwood, Christian Bergman, Ben Lively

Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 8, 2017

Nolan Arenado @ CHC ($4.8k DraftKings, $4k FanDuel)
He’s one of the few Rockies batters that seem unaffected when hitting at different stadiums, so you can consider Arenado a bit of a bargain at this price tag. He’ll be facing a fading LHP in Jon Lester, who is really struggling with 9 ER and 3 HR allowed over his last 2 outings. Arenado has absolutely crushed lefties with a .417 batting average and .554 wOBA against the platoon so far this year and it’s not as if Wrigley Field is a pitcher-friendly ballpark with it’s tight confines.

Robinson Cano vs. MIN ($4.7k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Cano flashed tremendous upside with 2 hits, 2 walks and a HR when the Mariners offense blew up on Tuesday and they could replicate that effort with a very vulnerable SP coming to town. Twins RHP Kyle Gibson posted his first Quality Start of the year last week, but it came against the lowly Angels offense. He might struggle against a lefty-heavy Mariners lineup considering LHB are 27-for-101 (.310) with 3 HRs to post a .396 wOBA against him this year and hit .325 off him last season. Cano is 6-for-20 in his career against Gibson and could lead a potential stack in Seattle.

Seth Smith @ WAS ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.1k FanDuel)
There are plenty of Orioles bats to consider tonight against struggling Nats RHP Joe Ross, but I would recommend attacking him with the platoon. Smith is a much cheaper lefty with nearly as much pop as slugger Chris Davis and he’ll be a great value if inserted into the lineup tonight. Ross must not be all the way back from injury and his 7.34 ERA is unsightly and his 3.07 HR/9 ratio when facing LHB is even more notable. Smith is a savvy veteran who will jump on any hangers and could surprise with a big night.

Other hitters to consider: Bryce Harper, Chris Davis, Odubel Herrera, Danny Valencia, Yuli Gurriel, Mike Zunino, Matt Adams, Josh Reddick, Steven Souza 


Astros vs Jason Hammel
The Astros have been raking against just about every opponent and they’ll face a SP that can’t seem to find a rhythm tonight. Jason Hammel has been routinely lit up on his way to a 5.93 ERA and 1.60 WHIP this year and even when he posted a rare Quality Start against the Indians, he coughed up 2 HRs to raise his HR/9 ratio to 1.40 on the year. Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez are solid mid-tier plays to consider with the platoon advantage here while the ‘Stros top options in Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa are all very expensive, but very much worth a gamble in GPP formats.

Mariners vs Kyle Gibson
As mentioned above, we’re not buying into Kyle Gibson simply because he spun one good game. He’s had peaks and valleys throughout his career, notably posting a 10.80 ERA in losses three years ago, and he’s a great candidate to stack against because when it rains, it pours on the right-hander. Nelson Cruz (calf) missed last night’s game but he could return right away and if not, value bats like Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia could be nice fillers. Cano and fellow LHB Kyle Seager are good options to consider at the heart of that lineup, as is red-hot 1B Danny Valencia. And with Jean Segura on the DL, Tyler Smith entered the lineup in the 2-hole last night at near minimum price on DK.

Phillies vs R.A. Dickey
Forget the weather or his indoor/outdoor splits, Dickey has simply been bad this year. He’s sporting a 5.10 ERA and 1.62 WHIP with a 6.26 FIP and 17.9% HR/FB ratio on the season. Maikel Franco could snap his slump with a bomb and Howie Kendrick carries some upside, but the appeal of this stack are the value plays. Surging LHB Odubel Herrer, sneaky SS Freddy Galvis, Aaron Altherr, and Tommy Joseph, are all in play. Either Andrew Knapp or Cameron Rupp could provide some value from the catcher slot and Michael Saunders will be worth a look if he cracks the lineup.

Other Stacks to consider:
Orioles vs Joe Ross
Nationals vs. Alec Asher

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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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