DFS MLB Lineups for June 27, 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 full 15 games on the DFS MLB slate for Tuesday, June 27 with Max Scherzer coming in as the top option on the hill. CarMart is also taking the bump tonight, but that game is at Chase Field (aka Coors Light) and I think he’s going to have a hard time paying off his $11.3k price tag on DK going against the powerful Diamondbacks offense. I think it’s fairly safe to assume Justin Verlander will be quite popular coming off his 11 strikeout performance last time out. And lastly, we’ll see heavy ownership on the two cheap pitchers going in the Braves-Padres game at PetCo. At sub $7k, I think they’re both viable considering the opposition and the park. I’ll have exposure to both as well as Aaron Nola, who is the perfect boom or bust cheap tournament option. You want to give me relatively cheap bats going against Kevin Gausman? You better believe I’ll take it. Give me all the Blue Jays and their 5.7 run implied total. I’ll round out lineups with Tigers, Reds, and Dodgers where they fit. Good luck 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!
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Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 27, 2017
Max Scherzer vs. CHC ($13.0k DraftKings, $12.0k FanDuel)
Regardless of matchup, venue, or even weather, Scherzer is pitching like the best arm in baseball right now and he’s putting up the best DFS numbers in baseball. The Cubs have a surprising lack of experience against Scherzer and are a combined 9-for-39 with 16 K’s against a man who has punched out 10+ in a career-best six straight games. With just 5 ERs allowed during that span (48 IP), he’s clearly on another level and he should be up for a meeting with the reigning champs.
Mike Fiers vs. OAK ($7.6k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
Winning seems to be contagious for the Astros this year and inconsistent pitchers have been no exception, as Fiers is suddenly looking fierce again with 17 K’s and just 2 ER allowed over his last 3 appearances (20.1 IP). Tonight he’ll get another look at a weak Athletics offense that ranks 25th in collective batting average (.243) with the fourth-highest K-Rate (24.9%) in the Majors after holding that lineup to one run on 3 hits last Wednesday. Fiers was plagued by the long ball earlier this season, but hasn’t allowed a bomb in 5 consecutive outings and he’s down to a 2.68 ERA at home this season.
Sean Newcomb @ SD ($6.7k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
The Braves seem to have found a talented young southpaw in Newcomb, who has been quite consistent over his first 3 MLB starts. He’s gone at least 6 innings and allowed 4 ER to post a 1.96 ERA, but is an unlucky 0-2 thus far. That could change with San Diego sending Jhoulys Chacin and his 4.95 ERA to the mound tonight, while Newcomb should be able to post another Quality Start against a Padres offense that still ranks dead last in collective batting average (.212) and wOBA (.277) when facing lefties this year.
Other pitchers to consider: Justin Verlander, Carlos Martinez, Dan Straily, Luis Severino, James Paxton, Kenta Maeda, Aaron Nola
Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 27, 2017
Xander Bogaerts vs. MIN ($5.0k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)
While he’s been less dangerous against LHP this year, Bogaerts is still hitting .298 against the platoon and he matches up well against soft-throwing southpaw Hector Santiago. Bogaerts is a career .315 hitter against lefties and happens to be 6-for-11 with 3 walks off Santiago, who really struggled with 11 ER allowed over his last 2 appearances before heading to the DL. Now he’ll bring his 5.92 FIP and 1.94 HR/9 ratio to one of the most hitter-friendly venues in the Majors.
J.D. Martinez vs. KC ($4.5k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
His ridiculously hot start might have been unsustainable, but Martinez is still absolutely crushing lefties with a .519 average and .556 ISO Mark due in part to his 40% HR/FB ratio against the platoon this year. Tonight the Tigers face a vulnerable young lefty in Matt Strahm, who gave up 5 ER in his last outing and has very limited stamina as a converted reliever. Martinez happened to go 2-for-2 off Strahm in a couple of his 20 relief appearances and he’s still producing with 7 hits over his last 6 appearances.
DJ LeMahieu @ SF ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)
The Rockies mid-tier bats are often under priced when they leave Coors field and LeMahieu is particularly cheap partially due to his struggles earlier this season. Yet he comes into tonight’s plus matchup with a scorching .465 batting average and 1.012 OPS over his last 10 appearances and will face a veteran RHP in Matt Cain, who is no longer posting good home/road splits as he’s been touched up over his last couple of home starts on his way to a 5.54 ERA this season. LeMahieu is 10-for-25 with a HR and 2 SBs in his career against Cain and his approach doesn’t necessarily depend on the thin air at Coors since he tends to hit for average.
Other hitters to consider: Giancarlo Stanton, Charlie Blackmon, Josh Donaldson, Ian Desmond, Logan Morrison, Marcell Ozuna, Didi Gregorious, Matt Adams
6/27/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Marlins vs Robert Gsellman
Miami’s top two hitters have loved facing Gsellman, who is quite homer-prone with a 18.8% HR/FB ratio on his way to a 6.04 ERA this season. Giancarlo Stanton is 5-for-7 with a HR and Marcell Ozuna is 4-for-8 with 3 bombs in his career against Gsellman, so they make for an obvious mini stack in his matchup. While he doesn’t have as impressive of a history, J.T. Realmuto is going very well this year and deserves to be considered at catcher. Lefties are posting a 37% Hard Contact Rate when facing Gsellman this year, so you can look at Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich as great options as well.
Dodgers vs Jesse Chavez
You may not be able to afford the top options in a Dodgers stack, i.e. Cody Bellinger, but Justin Turner is still reasonably priced ahead of another good matchup at home. Turner’s terrorized RHP all year and faces a righty in Jesse Chavez, who has posted a rough 5.15 ERA and career-worst 19% HR/FB ratio so far this season. With Corey Seager injured, Enrique Hernandez has stepped into the lineup and produced on a consistent basis and he’s worth a longer look along with Chris Taylor given the fact that Chavez has posted a 6.62 FIP with a 2.78 HR/9 ratio and 39.7% Hard Contact Rate when facing RHB this year.
Blue Jays vs Kevin Gausman
Gausman has simply struggled at every turn this year with a 6.47 ERA to the point that giving up 3 ER and a HR in his last outing was a marked improvement. Tonight he faces a familiar foe in the Blue Jays, who tagged him for 12 ERs and 6 HRs over 3 meetings last season. Josh Donaldson could lead the way for that stack, as he’s 7-for-21 with a pair of doubles and a HR in his career against Gausman and mid-tier value Kevin Pillar has also found success against the O’s young RHP. Justin Smoak has been a great surprise this season with consistent production from the middle of that lineup and Russell Martin is starting to produce as a value option at catcher.
Other Stacks to consider:
Red Sox vs. Hector Santiago
Yankees vs. Jose Quintana
Rockies vs. Matt Cain
Indians vs. Tyson Ross