DFS MLB Lineups for June 30, 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 new ways to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!
We’ve got a fat 15 game DFS MLB slate for June 30 and a ridiculously big tournament going down at DraftKings ($1776 buy-in, $1.2M g’teed). You want options on the mound? How about deGrom, Wood, Ray, Cole, Santana, Vargas, and McCullers? I love slates like this where the ownership will not be concentrated on a single top end pitcher. That said, McCullers comes in at just $8.8k on DK, and despite the tough matchup against the Yankees, he’s likely to draw the most ownership of the bunch. As for the bats, I’ll just go down in flame again with the Blue Jays. They’re at home, against Doug Fister. Need I say more? Past that, I’m going to try and fit in some Rays as they get a massive park upgrade headed to Baltimore against Chris Tillman. 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!
6/30/17 MAIN SLATE DFS MLB TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings The 1776: $1776 buy-in, $1.2M guaranteed
DraftKings Full Count: $55 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
DraftKings Mini 1776: $1.76 buy-in, $40k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Monster: $555 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Grand Slam: $66 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $9 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for June 30, 2017
Alex Wood @ SDP ($11.7k DraftKings, $10.5k FanDuel)
The skill is there and it is a perfect matchup to showcase the skill. Wood is 8-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 13 outings this year while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. Essentially, he is one of the best starters in baseball. He will face a Padres lineup that has been dreadful against lefties, batting just .216 with a .637 OPS. The game will be played at pitcher-friendly Petco Park which just adds to the list of reasons why Wood could have a dominant outing.
Gerrit Cole vs SFG ($9.5k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
Cole has pieced together three consecutive strong outings, allowing three runs over 20 innings and picking up three wins over some competitive ball clubs (Brewers, Rockies, Cardinals). This time around, however, Cole has a cupcake game as he faces the Giants who owned an MLB-worst .672 OPS against righties through 81 games this season. If Cole is on a hot stretch and the Giants aren’t hitting, then the advantage goes to the pitcher.
Jacob deGrom vs PHI ($12.5k DraftKings, $12.1k FanDuel)
Attack a weak team with one of the best pitchers in baseball. Over his past three starts, deGrom is 3-0 and has allowed just two earned runs over 25 innings. The Phillies offense should also help deGrom out. They have an MLB-worst .669 OPS through 43 road games, so they are not much of a threat offensively. Plus, it may be worth noting deGrom is excelling at home this season, owning a 2.76 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 45.2 innings at Citi Field this season.
Other pitchers to consider: Robbie Ray, Lance McCullers, Mike Foltynewicz, Robbie Ray
Best DFS MLB Hitters for June 30, 2017
Marwin Gonzalez vs. NYY ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
Sure he might be a switch-hitter, but there is one side Marwin Gonzalez favors and that’s the left side. Through 140 at-bats, he owned a .329 batting average, 10 home runs and a 1.010 OPS against right-handed pitchers which made him one of the most feared bats in the game. He has stayed productive through June, hitting over .300 for the month and hit 10 of his 14 home runs of the year at home. That should be helpful since he is facing Yankees righty Michael Pineda, who has a 5.86 ERA in five starts this month and has allowed 17 home runs on the year. Pretty favorable conditions for Gonzalez.
Michael Brantley @ DET ($4.1k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Brantley is back off the Disabled List and ready to do more damage. Over the course of the year, he has enjoyed success against right-handed pitching (.304 batting average, four home runs, .840 OPS through 150 plate appearances), so he is capable of capitalizing off a weak one. He and his Indians will face Tigers righty Anibal Sanchez who owns a 6.02 ERA as a swingman for the Tigers dating back to last year. His past two starts have been decent, but Brantley will be there waiting for his mistake.
Travis Shaw vs. MIA ($4.7k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
The Mayor of Ding Dong City has not stopped hitting since joining the Brewers. Through 200 at-bats, he owned a .315 batting average, 14 home runs and a .973 OPS off right-handed pitchers. The slugging third baseman will be facing a struggling right hander, Edinson Volquez (7.80 ERA last three starts). The potential for the Mayor to go deep is definitely there.
Other hitters to consider: Eric Thames, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gomez, Shin-Soo Choo, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Justin Smoak, Ezequiel Carrera, Matt Carpenter, Jedd Gyorko, Tommy Pham
6/30/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Rangers vs. Mike Pelfrey
For some reason, not a lot of damage has been done against Mike Pelfrey this season, but that seems like it could change. He owns a 4.85 FIP on the year and does not pitch deep into games at all; he is averaging a tick shy of five innings per start (59.1 innings in 12 starts) which puts more pressure on the bullpen. Today, he is met with the difficult task of taming the Rangers, who have one of the better offenses in the game; through 78 contests they are averaging 4.98 runs per contest and had 116 home runs. Albeit the Rangers have a handful of right-handed bats in their lineup, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gomez, Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus are all hitting righties well this season which makes them appealing options.
Brewers vs. Edinson Volquez
It’s the old no-hitter hangover that has Edinson Volquez down. Volquez hurled seven scoreless innings in his next start after the monumental day, but he owns a 7.90 ERA in his last three starts totaling 13.2 innings. He faces the Brewers at Miller Park which is where they do most of their damage. Their .780 OPS against right-handers is solid, but what stands out is their 65 home runs in 1444 at-bats against righties. They are one of the top home run hitting teams in baseball, so it’s worth giving Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames a spot, and even considering one of the cheaper options like catcher Manny Pina (or Stephen Vogt, should he start).
Cardinals vs Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark is having a miserable June and there is little reason to think that would change. He has allowed 28 runs in 27.1 innings this month and allowed six home runs, so his team is 1-4 in those outings. With a .758 OPS through 77 games, the Cardinals offense is slightly above-average for a National League team. It might also be worth noting they put up eight runs on Sunday and Monday and put up 10 runs on Wednesday. The priority should be on left-handed bats but in reality, anyone hitting well lately should be suffice against the struggling righty.
Other Stacks to consider:
Astros vs. Michael Pineda
Tigers vs. Josh Tomlin
Blue Jays vs. Doug Fister
Mets vs. Ben Lively