DFS MLB Lineups for June 14, 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 11 games on the DFS MLB slate tonight led by Corey Kluber and Michael Pineda on the hill. There are plenty of very cheap arms tonight, so having ample exposure to the high end guys is going to be pretty easy if you choose to go that route. There’s no Coors game and there’s no Chase game, so there’s no incredibly obvious places to go with bats other than maybe targeting Miguel Gonzalez with Oriole hitters. My lineup construction will likely consist of one top arm, one $7kish arm, and a lot of Oriole, Astro and Ranger batters. Should be a fun one 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!
6/14/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $100k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Grand Slam: $55 buy-in, $160k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $8 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 14, 2017
Michael Pineda @ LAA ($11.1k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
Pineda is clearly a more appealing value on FD tonight, but he could wind up as one of the top producers overall with very few true aces on the board tonight. The Yankees pitching staff has been a pleasant surprise with Pineda and Luis Severino starring amongst others, but it’s that offense that has carried them to first place and could provide ample run support tonight. Despite his weak road splits, Pineda should be able to limit an Angels lineup that’s sporting the fourth-lowest collective wOBA (.303) this season after the Halos made Masahiro Tanaka look like his old self two nights ago. Pineda’s one bug-a-boo is a 21% HR/FB ratio, but without Mike Trout in the Angels lineup, they’re unlikely to go yard on him.
Ervin Santana vs. SEA ($10.3k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
After a surprising implosion at the Angels, Santana got back to his dominant ways with a complete-game four-hitter at San Francisco. He’s been absolutely elite this year with a 2.20 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and .154 BAA and will definitely be worth a look at home against an inconsistent Mariners offense. He’s definitely more of a GPP play tonight given his price, and maybe more so because current Mariners have tagged him for 11 HRs in their careers. That said, he’s posting a 9.4% HR/FB ratio over his last four seasons and is no longer the young SP that gave up all those bombs.
Brian Johnson vs. PHI ($6.5k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
The Tigers were able to grind out lengthy at-bats against Johnson in his return to the Red Sox rotation and sap all fantasy value out of his last outing, but that doesn’t mean you have to fade him at the same cheap price tag. He draws a much better matchup tonight against a Phillies team that’s sporting the lowest collective wOBA (.276) in the Majors by far over the last 30 days and hitting just .232 off LHP this season. Boston is a quality stacking option against Phillies struggling RHP Jeremy Hellickson and that increases Johnson’s upside if he can last long enough to qualify for a win.
Other pitchers to consider: Corey Kluber, Jake Odorizzi, Dylan Bundy, Brandon McCarthy, German Marquez
Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 14, 2017
Brian Dozier vs. SEA ($4.8k DraftKings, $3.9k FanDuel)
The Twins offense erupted for 20 runs last night and Dozier sparked it with a double and HR out of the leadoff spot. He’s been awesome for Minnesota in that role and is now sporting a .348/.416/.642 slash line over his last 10 appearances. The Twins are a decent stacking option tonight against rookie RHP Sam Gaviglio, who has a 4.85 ERA with a 7.11 FIP over 3 road starts this year. Gaviglio’s been more vulnerable in RvR matchups so far and Dozier is a versatile righty that can burn him in several ways from the top of the order.
Anthony Rizzo @ NYM ($4.6k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
Another hitter who seemed to benefit immediately after moving into the leadoff spot, Rizzo also launched a HR and double as the Cubs put up 14 runs last night. Now they’ll face a much more vulnerable RHP in Matt Harvey, who appears to be washed up with a 5.02 ERA and 5.85 FIP through 12 starts this season. Lefties are crushing him to the tune of a 2.15 HR/9 ratio and 5.52 BB/9 ratio when facing Harvey this season and Rizzo is a powerful lefty who could get things started by patiently drawing walks or swinging for the fences.
Dustin Pedroia vs. PHI ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
Pedroia has given the sputtering Red Sox offense a great lift as an on-base machine and he should be able to continue producing tonight in a plus matchup against RHP Jeremy Hellickson. The Phillies RHP sits at a 5.80 FIP with a 1.75 HR/9 ratio on the season and could struggle at hitter-friendly Fenway, where Pedroia is hitting .302 with a 39.2% Hard Contact Rate this season. He’s logged multiple hits in 4 straight appearances and is hitting in prime position in the 2-hole for Boston.
Other hitters to consider: Charlie Blackmon, Josh Donaldson, Robinson Cano, J.D. Martinez, Mark Trumbo, Brian McCann, Jose Abreu, Rougned Odor, Jedd Gyorko, Ian Happ, Miguel Cabrera, Wilmer Flores
6/14/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Rockies vs Chad Kuhl
Pirates young RHP Chad Kuhl has been far more vulnerable against lefties, as LHB carry a .434 wOBA with a 1.78 HR/9 ratio off him this year. That bodes well for Colorado’s elite leadoff man Charlie Blackmon, as well as struggling OF Carlos Gonzalez, who is quite cheap on both main DFS sites and could surprise with a big night. Nolan Arenado is actually hitting for a higher average (.303) on the road this season while the Rockies are batting very well as a unit away from the thin air at Coors Field. Give Mark Reynolds and Ian Desmond consideration as options to round out this stack.
Cardinals vs Matt Garza
The Cardinals might be a little gassed after their doubleheader yesterday, but that could also open the door for a couple of true values to enter the lineup if veterans get some rest. In any case, they’ll be facing a vulnerable veteran RHP in Matt Garza, who has given up 11 ER with an 11:6 K:BB ratio over his last 3 outings and has had plenty of trouble with the Red Birds lineup. Current Cardinals are hitting .322 off Garza, while Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter lead the way with a combined 15 hits and 3 HRs over 31 career plate appearances against him. Aledyms Diaz is an appealing value at SS while Stephen Piscotty and Dexter Fowler are both quality mid-tier options in the outfield.
Rangers vs Francis Martes
While the Astros are usually the offense to target, and they’ll be worth stacking against vulnerable RHP Andrew Cashner, the visiting Rangers draw an even better matchup tonight. Houston’s rotation is shorthanded with Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers injured and that’s forced Martes into a spot start after he was tagged for 4 ER over 3.2 innings of relief in his MLB debut last Friday. Martes allowed LHB to hit .355 at the AAA level this season, so Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara stand out as great options in this stack. Shin-Soo Choo also has the platoon advantage while Adrian Beltre is raking once again and could hit one out to the short LF porch in Minute Maid Park.
Other Stacks to consider:
Orioles vs. Miguel Gonzalez
Red Sox vs. Jeremy Hellickson
Diamondbacks vs. Jordan Zimmerman
Astros vs. Andrew Cashner