MLB DFS

DFS MLB Lineups for June 19, 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 for June 19 with Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, and Jon Lester taking the mound. I’m looking forward to getting back to the action after taking the weekend off. Not to go off on too much of a tangent, but baseball season is long. It’s a grind. Don’t feel like you HAVE to play every single day. Taking even a short break can really recharge your batteries and renew your fight. Anyway, back to the slate. Brad Peacock looks to be a decent value option at $8.1k going against the A’s in Oakland. As for bats, the Giants face R.A. Dickey in Atlanta. They’re cheap (except for oddly, Eduardo Nunez, coming in at a huge $4.6k price on DK), have a healthy team total of 4.9 runs, and offer plenty of lefty bats to take advantage of the park there in Atlanta. Past that, I’ll be looking toward Seattle bats going up against the completely washed up Anibal Sanchez. Good luck tonight and I hope to see you 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!

6/19/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN

DraftKings Mega 4s: $444 buy-in, $400k guaranteed    
DraftKings Medium 4s: $44 buy-in, $350k guaranteed     
DraftKings Mini 4s: $4 buy-in, $225k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)    
FanDuel Grand Slam: $55 buy-in, $175k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed 
FanDuel Rally: $7 buy-in, $77k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 19, 2017

Clayton Kershaw vs. NYM ($13.5k DraftKings, $12.5k FanDuel)
While the Indians managed to scratch out 2 runs off Kershaw in his last start, and he’s given up a HR in 3 consecutive, he’s still clearly one of the stingiest starters out there with a 2.97 xFIP and 1.48 BB/9 ratio on the season. Current Mets are hitting .187 (17-for-91) with 28 K’s and a pathetic .226 wOBA in their careers against Kershaw and they’re ranked 23rd in batting average (.234) and 26th in wOBA (.294) when facing LHP this season. At $13.5k on DK, you’re going to need a huge start out of Kershaw in order to take down a GPP, so perhaps the play is to look at the guy below.

Corey Kluber @ BAL ($11.7k DraftKings, $10.3k FanDuel)
While the Orioles bats came alive during a slugfest win over the Cardinals on Saturday, they’ve struggled for the most part with the second-lowest batting average (.251) and second-highest K-Rate (25%) amongst A.L. teams over the last 30 days. Kluber’s found his groove again with 28 K’s to 4 walks while going 2-0 over his last 2 outings and it seems as though his health was the biggest hurdle for him earlier this season. Current O’s are sporting a 30.1% K-Rate over 73 career plate appearances against Kluber, giving him plenty of upside if you can’t quite afford Kershaw.

Gerrit Cole @ MIL ($7.5k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
Cole got back to his status as a high-upside play by allowing just 1 ER on 3 hits over 7 dominant innings against the league-leading Rockies last Tuesday. He’ll look to build on that momentum in a plus matchup against a Brewers team that has the second-highest K-Rate (25.3%) in the Majors this year. Current Brewers are just 2-for-22 (.091) with 5 K’s over a small sample of at-bats against Cole and that lineup is less fearsome with Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun out.

Other pitchers to consider: Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester, Dylan Bundy, Marco Estrada, Edinson Volquez, Austin Bibens-Dirkx

Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 19, 2017

Jose Altuve @ OAK ($5.1k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
He’s been on a tear lately and Altuve clearly stands out as the premier play with the white-hot Astros facing an inexperienced young SP tonight. Athletics rookie Daniel Gosset coughed up 7 runs (6 earned) and 2 HRs over 6 IP in his MLB debut last Wednesday and while he posted decent numbers throughout his Minor League career, he faces an entirely different beast tonight in the Astros. Altuve is 7 for his last 10 with a HR and SB and he’s actually been more dangerous in RvR matchups this year with a .335 batting average and .394 wOBA against RHP.

Mitch Haniger vs. DET ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
The Mariners struggling offense gets a chance to catch fire tonight with weak RHP Anibal Sanchez coming to town, as the veteran is working with a 9.00 ERA and a 25.7% HR/FB ratio over 11 relief appearances after posting a 5.87 ERA last season. Sanchez allowed RHB to hit .299 with a .372 wOBA last season and faces a righty in Hangier, who has a stellar 32.5% Hard Contact Rate and .330 batting average on the season. Haniger’s been great since returning from a long stay on the DL and he’s slashing .368/.478/.536 at home this season.

Mallex Smith vs. CIN ($3.6k DraftKings, $2.6k FanDuel)
Smith is rolling right now with a .429 batting average and 4 SBs to go along with 4 walks over his last 10 appearances. He remains a great bargain on FanDuel and draws a good matchup tonight against veteran RHP Scott Feldman, who has given up 4 ERs in 3 of his last 4 outings. Feldman is allowing LHB to post a .355 wOBA with a 5.39 FIP against the platoon and Smith has elite upside due to his speed as well as his ability to hit for average from the left side of the dish.

Other hitters to consider: Mookie Betts, Logan Morrison, Derek Fisher, Justin Turner, Jarrod Dyson, Nomar Mazara, Eric Thames, Matt Wieters, Brandon Belt, Brian McCann 

6/19/17 DFS MLB STACKS

Astros vs Daniel Gossett
Altuve can serve as the head of an Astros stack, but there are plenty of batters ready to jump in on any rallies off the A’s rookie starter. George Springer and Carlos Correa are the obvious additions to this stack, but Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez stand out as cheaper options with the platoon advantage against Gossett. Brian McCann has been crushing baseballs recently and he’s reasonably priced, as is new call-up Derek Fisher, who is another dangerous lefty to consider against a rookie RHP.

Reds vs Jake Odorizzi
Odorizzi been a bit of a train wreck lately with a 4.94 ERA while allowing 15 walks over his last 6 outings and he’s also given up at least one HR in 9 consecutive appearances. That bodes well for Joey Votto and the rest of the Reds with power, including RHB Adam Duvall, who has launched 15 bombs this year and could break out of his slump tonight against a RHP that’s giving up 2.29 HR/9 when facing righties. Zack Cozart has been surprisingly reliable with a .320 batting average on the year while Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett are GPP options to consider with the platoon advantage against Odorizzi.

Red Sox vs Jason Hammel
The Sox will look to rebound from a tough series against the elite Astros by picking on Kansas City and a SP in Jason Hammel and his 5.05 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP. Hammel is allowing RHB to hit .297 with a 1.61 WHIP when facing righties this year, so Mookie Betts is clearly an elite option at his lofty price tag while Christian Vazquez and Dustin Pedroia (health permitting) can provide some value. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi both have upside in this matchup and Xander Bogaerts is a great cash game option as always.

Other Stacks to consider:
Mariners vs Anibal Sanchez
Dodgers vs. Zack Wheeler
Rays vs. Scott Feldman
Giants vs. R.A. Dickey