DFS MLB Lineups for June 28, 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!
Wednesday brings us 13 main slate DFS MLB games with some expensive, but less-than-enticing options taking the hill. Strasburg at $11.6k going against the Cubs? I’ll pass. Chase Anderson at $9.7k going on the road to the Reds? No thanks. Orioles taking on a $9k Marcus Stroman, who has reached 25 DK points exactly once since the beginning of May? You get my point. I’ll likely be all over the cheapies today. Since I’m going cheap at pitching, I’ll be able to put in most of the bats I want, starting with the Astros, and filling in with Red Sox, Tigers, and Padres where/if savings are needed. Good luck! – 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!
6/28/17 MAIN SLATE DFS MLB TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Full Count: $55 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $100k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Grand Slam: $44 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $366 buy-in, $120k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 28, 2017
Yu Darvish vs. CLE ($10.9k DraftKings, $9.7k FanDuel)
Darvish sparkled in a brutal matchup at the Yankees, striking out 10 over 7 shutout frames last Friday, so he’s certainly flashing upside again. He’s sporting a 2.23 ERA and .174 BAA on the road after holding the red-hot Astros in check in Houston as well and matches up well against a lefty-heavy Indians lineup, as he’s holding LHB to a 21.7% Line Drive Rate with a 10.25 K/9 ratio against the platoon this year. Current Indians are hitting just .237 with more K’s (20) than hits (19) in their careers against Darvish as well.
Zack Godley vs. STL ($8.8k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
A consistent pitcher can serve as the staple for cash game lineups and Godley has been just that for Arizona this year. He managed to post a Quality Start in Colorado his last time out and struck out 8 in a second consecutive start, so it’s not as if he comes with no upside. The Cardinals offense has been unimpressive all year with the seventh-fewest runs scored (330) in the Majors while Arizona has been the best power-hitting team at home with a .365 wOBA on the year, so Godley’s consistency might be enough to earn another win.
Ivan Nova vs. TB ($6.4k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
While he coughed up 11 hits in his last outing, Nova is still a reliable arm with a 3.06 ERA and he’s avoiding big innings with a minuscule 0.96 BB/9 ratio on the year. Nova’s predictably been more stingy at home with a 2.53 ERA and .229 BAA and he’s yet to walk a righty at PNC Park this season. If he can avoid the barrel of lefty Logan Morrison’s bat, Nova should be able to cruise through a Rays lineup that’s sporting the highest K-Rate (25%) amongst A.L. teams when facing RHP this year.
Other pitchers to consider: Stephen Strasburg, Marcus Stroman, Chase Anderson, Blake Snell, Luis Perdomo, David Paulino
Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 28, 2017
Cody Bellinger @ LAA ($5.4k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
Taking a couple games off from dropping a bomb, Bellinger could get back to his ridiculous streak that has him in the mix for both Rookie of the Year and N.L. MVP honors right now. The powerful LHB is rocking a .459 wOBA with a .516 ISO Mark this month while slugging 13 HRs and he matches up well against big, but predictable RHP Alex Meyer. The Angels young arm posted a 1.93 HR/9 ratio with a 1.93 WHIP against the platoon last year and struggled when facing lefties throughout his Minor League career, so he could certainly have trouble containing Bellinger.
Giancarlo Stanton vs. NYM ($4.2k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
Mets LHP Steven Matz has historically given up a lot of long balls and that’s been his achilles heel lately with 5 HRs allowed over his last 2 starts. Stanton is an obvious candidate to tag him, as he happens to be 3-for-7 with a pair of homers in his career against Matz and is posting an impressive .418 ISO Mark with a .444 wOBA against the platoon this season. He’s been cold lately from a batting average standpoint, but all it takes is one mistake and one big swing for Stanton to pay off in a big way.
Tyler Wade @ CWS ($2.6k DraftKings, N/A FanDuel)
The Yankees rookie is expected to see consistent playing time with Starlin Castro on the 10-day DL and Wade’s certainly proven capable of producing during a productive Minor League career. He’s a LHB, but Wade still hit .299 with a solid .817 OPS in LvL matchups at the AAA level this year and he actually posted a higher Slugging Percentage against LHP in AA the year prior. As long as he’s in the lineup against southpaw Carlos Rodon, who happens to be making his season debut, Wade will be worth a look as a true value play with speed upside, having stolen 24 bases this season in AAA.
Other hitters to consider: Paul Goldschmidt, Mookie Betts, Josh Donaldson, J.T. Realmuto, Chris Owings, Brian McCann, Josh Harrison, Whit Merrifield, Melky Cabrera
6/28/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Diamondbacks vs Adam Wainwright
As mentioned above, Zack Godley is expected to get plenty of run support from a red-hot offense at home and he becomes an even more appealing play when you consider whom the D’Backs are facing tonight. Adam Wainwright is struggling once again with a 5.35 ERA and he’s been far, far worse with a 9.48 ERA and 22.2% HR/FB ratio on the road this season. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb are the obvious high-priced options to consider against the veteran, who has actually been worse against RHB this year, so you can add Chris Owings and Brandon Drury to this stack as mid-tier options with upside.
Astros vs Jesse Hahn
Houston was all over Hahn in his last outing, tagging the young RHP for 9 ER on 10 hits over just 2 IP and he’ll be having nightmares ahead of a rematch with the hottest team in baseball. Current Astros are now 26-for-78 (.333) with 5 HRs and half as many walks (7) as K’s (15) in their careers against Hahn, which certainly implies that they can put runners on base and produce their trademark big innings. Jose Altuve offers the most consistent floor-ceiling combination while George Springer and Carlos Correa are worth using in GPP formats. Brian McCann is one of the better choices at catcher and you could also find salary relief with Yuli Gurriel at first base.
Red Sox vs Adalberto Mejia
The Twins young LHP finally posted a solid line in a matchup against Cleveland’s lefty-heavy lineup, but he’ll likely have trouble facing a versatile Red Sox lineup at Fenway Park tonight. Mookie Betts has come alive to lead that offense and Dustin Pedroia is another excellent righty with plus splits against the platoon at home. Consider Xander Bogaerts at a reasonable price tag on FD and look for Christian Vazquez to emerge as a solid value at the catcher spot if he’s in the lineup. Jackie Bradley Jr. is also an appealing play given his streakiness at the plate and his decent splits in LvL matchups.
Other Stacks to consider:
White Sox vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Nationals vs. John Lackey
Dodgers vs. Alex Meyer
Tigers vs. Ian Kennedy