DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for June 9, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on June 9, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for June 9, 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 a big 14 game slate tonight in DFS MLB and there is some serious money up for grabs across the industry. And thank goodness, as we can bounce back tonight after the Phillies couldn’t do anything against 80-year-old R.A. Dickey last night. Beyond the tourneys listed below, if you’ve got the bankroll, there’s $1.5k buy-in GPPs at both DK and FD with at least a million guaranteed! Corey Kluber comes in at $12.6k on DK, Ervin Santana checks in at $11k on DK, and then it’s all the way down to $8.2k for Tanner Roark. With this, I think we can expect the majority of lineups to consist of Kluber or Santana and one of the high $7k, low $8k guys. There might be some interest in Randall Delgado at just $5.4k facing a strikeout prone Brewers squad sporting a 25.1% K rate against righties, third most in the league. From a hitting standpoint, Red Sox, Indians, and Dodgers all have juicy matchups and will find their way into my lineups. – 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 Medium Main Event: $50 buy-in, $400k guaranteed   
DraftKings Mini Main Event: $10 buy-in, $165k guaranteed     
DraftKings Tiny Main Event: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)   
FanDuel Monster: $466 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed 
FanDuel Rally: $19 buy-in, $200k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 9, 2017

Corey Kluber vs. CWS ($12.6k DraftKings, $10.5k FanDuel)
Kluber is turning his season around after a rough start and some time off seemed to do him well, as he returned with a 10-strikeout, 6-inning gem at home against the A’s, allowing just 2 hits and 0 ER in his first outing off the DL. Now he faces a White Sox team that he’s generally owned with a 2.77 ERA and 10.1 K/9 ratio over his last 11 appearances, including a CGSO of the Northsiders earlier this season. The White Sox are struggling with the third-lowest collective wOBA (.295) and sixth-highest K-Rate (23.7%) in the Majors when facing RHP and are unlikely to get off the schneid in a road test against the Indians ace. Kluber’s price on FanDuel makes him a lock and load for cash games.

Alex Cobb vs. OAK ($7.2k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
He could not have been much worse in his last outing, as he allowed 9 ER on 14 hits in an implosion at Seattle, but now Cobb will pitch at home against arguably the worst offense in the American League. The A’s are sporting the lowest collective batting average (.233) amongst A.L. teams and the fourth-highest K-Rate (24.8%) overall when facing RHP this season and current A’s are just 8-for-31 (.258) with 5 K’s over a small sample against Cobb. Aside from that horrible outing in Seattle, Cobb’s been solid this season and much more reliable at home with a 3.67 ERA and .238 BAA over 4 appearances at Tropicana Field and offers some solid salary relief.

Brian Johnson vs. DET ($6.5k DraftKings, $6.6k FanDuel)
Much to the delight of Red Sox Nation, Johnson has been recalled to earn a second crack at greatness after spinning a CGSO in his last MLB outing on May 27. The young southpaw has been great at the AAA level as well with a 2.72 ERA and miniscule 3.4% HR/FB ratio over 8 appearances and he’s fully capable of limiting a Tigers lineup that depends far too much on a couple of sluggers in the middle of the order. Boston (-160) is also heavily favored with struggling veteran Jordan Zimmermann taking the mound for Detroit, so the their rookie SP is in a good position to grab both the quality start and win bonus.

Other pitchers to consider: Ervin Santana, Tanner Roark, Brad Peacock, Michael Wacha, Rich Hill, Eric Skoglund, Randall Delgado  

Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 9, 2017

Justin Smoak @ SEA ($4.7k DraftKings, $4k FanDuel)
One of the biggest surprises of the season for the Blue Jays, Smoak is absolutely en fuego with a .342/.395/.816 slash line and 6 homers over his last 10 appearances. He’s launched 17 bombs with a .950 OPS on the season and is a switch hitting specialist who could tag young RHP Sam Gaviglio. The Mariners starter has been lucky to avoid damage over a pair of home starts, but is struggling overall with a 5.46 FIP and 21.7% HR/FB ratio on the year. While lefties aren’t hitting for much average off Gaviglio, he’s posting a 2.53 HR/9 ratio with a 38.7% Hard Contact Rate when facing LHB and that makes Smoak a very good GPP option.

Brian Dozier @ SF ($3.8k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Dozier remains quite cheap on DK despite drawing a juicy matchup tonight against struggling southpaw Matt Moore. The Giants LHP is sporting a 5.22 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP after getting shellacked by the lowly Phillies in his last outing and he’s worth targeting even though he’s posted much better numbers at massive AT&T Park this season. Dozier is a known lefty killer and he’s hitting .306 with a .424 wOBA against LHP this season, while he’s hit safely in 3 straight appearances and happens to be 2-for-6 with a double and HR in his career against this southpaw. Dozier also has 8 steals on the year and is always a threat to swipe a bag.

Gregory Polanco vs. MIA ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
The Pirates host one of the most vulnerable SPs on the slate in RHP Vance Worley, who is sporting a 6.59 ERA and 2.46 WHIP after giving up 5 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks over 5.2 IP in his last outing. Worley’s consistently been more vulnerable when facing the platoon in his career and LHB are 11-for-31 (.367) with a HR to post a .451 wOBA off him so far this year. Polanco’s facing Worley for the first time, but he was going well with 8 hits over 6 appearances before suffering a rough-looking ankle injury and proved that he’s over that issue with a 3-hit performance in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Other hitters to consider: Paul Goldschmidt, Bryce Harper, Josh Harrison, Mookie Betts, Danny Valencia, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich, Kevin Pillar, Jay Bruce, Franklin Gutierrez


Indians vs Miguel Gonzalez
Part of the reason Kluber is so appealing tonight would be the likely run support he’ll receive with vulnerable RHP Miguel Gonzalez going for the visiting White Sox. Gonzo simply doesn’t have enough deception in his arsenal to consistently fool great lineups and the Indians are hitting a combined .284 (31-for-109) with 7 HRs to post a collective .405 wOBA in their careers against him. Lefties Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall lead the charge in terms of career splits, but Francisco Lindor is also a strong play to consider despite going 0-for-6 in a limited sample against Gonzalez. Edwin Encarnacion is expected to return to the lineup at the DH spot and he’s always a candidate to go deep, while Yan Gomes is a cheap catcher to consider in tournaments.

Red Sox vs Jordan Zimmermann
While Zimmermann finally posted a Quality Start in a home outing against the lowly White Sox offense, these Sox are far more likely to tag him with the weather warming considerably at hitter-friendly Fenway. This is a big spot for the Sawks after they struggled at the Yankees and they should be all over a RHP that’s posted a 7.07 ERA ERA and .311 BAA while coughing up 9 HRs over 5 road starts this year. Boston is sporting a collective .271 batting average at home and sluggers such as Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. have really enjoyed home cooking. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts are both slowly breaking out of their collective slumps, and Betts is a very appealing option at a diminished price tag on DK tonight.

Marlins vs Tyler Glasnow
The Fish were raking last night against a much more capable SP in Gerrit Cole, so they’re definitely worth a look against a rookie RHP that can’t seem to get it right. Tyler Glasnow is sporting a 6.97 ERA with a 1.87 WHIP that would rank dead last amongst qualified SPs if he had made it through enough innings this year, so Dee Gordon is a great candidate to stay hot by reaching base and testing Pirates backup catcher Elias Diaz. Giancarlo Stanton is providing steady production from the middle of that lineup and Christian Yelich will be worth a look with the platoon advantage against a RHP that’s allowed lefties to post a .439 wOBA with a 2.25 HR/9 ratio on the year.

Other Stacks to consider:
Dodgers vs Amir Garrett
Diamondbacks vs. Zach Davies
Nationals vs. Andrew Cashner
Pirates vs. Vance Worley
Braves vs. Matt Harvey

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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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