DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for July 6, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on July 6, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for July 6, 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 7 games on the short Thursday DFS MLB slate with nearly every pitcher taking the mound being an option tonight. It’s crazy how loaded this small slate is with top tier pitchers and middle tier guys in good matchup. Chris Sale will obviously stand out as the top play, but he comes in a couple grand more than high upside guys like Robbie Ray, Rich Hill, and Lance McCullers. Jose Berrios ($9.6k DK) gets the struggling Orioles and will probably have a fraction of the ownership of the other pricey guys. I really like what I’ve seen from Dinelson Lamet lately and he’ll have low ownership due to the matchup against Cleveland. It’s tough, and it’s on the road, but a nice tournament gamble for just $7.1k. As for bats, Astros + Francisco Liriano = goodness. I’ll have tons of Astros and plug in spots with Mariners and Twins. Good luck today and 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!


DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $120k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $100k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Monster: $366 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $3 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $18 buy-in, $150k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for July 6, 2017

Chris Sale @ TB ($13.3k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
Any time Sale suits up on a short slate he’s likely worth the money and that’s true tonight with a plus matchup on tap at Tampa. The Rays are posting the third-highest K-Rate (25.2%) in the Majors this year and Sale is mowing down batters to the tune of a league-best 12.38 K/9 ratio. Current Rays are 25-for-125 (.200) with just 1 HR, 2 doubles and 46 K’s to post a pathetic .226 wOBA in their collective careers against Sale, who is been on a mission now that he’s with Boston.

Robbie Ray @ LAD ($10.5k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
This will be perceived as a tough matchup for Ray and that’s why it’s worth targeting him in tournaments on the road against the red-hot Dodgers. Yet the road has been his ally with a 1.32 ERA and .163 BAA to show for his efforts away from Chase Field, and while they can both mash against lefties Dodgers young superstars Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger (who is slumping) are a bit less dangerous in LvL matchups. Current Dodgers have struck out 32 times over 96 career at-bats against Ray, who is in the midst of a career year.

Dinelson Lamet @ CLE ($7.1k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
Lamet paid off in a huge way in his last outing with 8 K’s and just 4 hits allowed over 7 scoreless innings. While he draws his toughest test yet on the road against the Indians, the price tag to upside ratio makes him worth a roster spot in tournaments. He’s posting 12.16 K/9 in the Majors and is a big-bodied RHP that’s been piling up strikeouts at every level throughout his career.

Other pitchers to consider: Jose Berrios, Lance McCullers Jr., Mike Foltynewicz, Paul Blackburn, Jacob Faria, Rich Hill

Best DFS MLB Hitters for July 6, 2017

Jose Altuve @ TOR ($5.2k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
After producing against a weak LHP on Wednesday, Altuve will look to pile onto a rally or two against inconsistent southpaw Francisco Liriano. The Blue Jays lefty just gave up 5 ER with 3 walks over 6 IP in his last start and is rocking a 1.74 WHIP when facing RHB this year. While he’s been even more deadly against RHP this year, Altuve’s hitting .315 with a .219 ISO Mark against the platoon to maintain his status as a lefty killer who can easily turn on an offering on the inner half of the plate from Liriano.

Freddie Freeman @ WAS ($4.4k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
Who doesn’t love an all-star that is willing to switch positions to accommodate a teammate? That’s Friendly Freddie and he’s back at 3B even though DK has yet to update his position, but regardless, he’s a quality option that some might not consider in a perceived tough matchup against LHP Gio Gonzalez. The Braves have had his number in the past and Freeman is a solid 11-for-36 (.306) with 4 doubles and 2 HRs in his career against Gio, who will be wise to avoid the heart of the plate against Atlanta’s most dangerous bat.

Matt Joyce @ SEA ($3.2k DraftKings, $2.9k FanDuel)
Two rookies meet on the mound at Safeco Field tonight, but we’ve seen a poor track record from Mariners RHP Sam Gaviglio while A’s call-up Paul Blackburn appears to be a solid prospect from that savvy organization. Gaviglio’s allowed righties to hit for a higher average but is giving up a 1.99 HR/9 ratio with a 5.89 FIP when facing the platoon and Joyce is a cheap option who might get a chance to lead off for a second consecutive night. You could also look at Jed Lowrie as a tournament play and Yonder Alonso depending on his placement in the lineup.

Other hitters to consider: Paul Goldschmidt, Nelson Cruz, George Springer, Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Jed Lowrie


Diamondbacks vs Rich Hill
If you want to go contrarian, you could stack against Hill tonight after he posted a 7 inning, 11 strikeout performance last time he took the mound. Even with that performance, he’s still got a 4.00 ERA and 4.83 BB/9 ratio inflating his 4.93 xFIP. The D’Backs represent a tougher challenge now that RHB A.J. Pollock is back in the lineup. Pollock is cheap, and as usual, Paul Goldschmidt would form the heart of this stack if you want to pay up at 1B. Chris Owings is a somewhat pricey SS to consider that will likely draw sub 5% ownership. Newly activated Ketel Marte is an intriguing play after he hit second last night and that move might stick as Arizona faces their third Dodgers LHP in a row.

Padres vs Josh Tomlin
Part of the reason that Dinelson Lamet stands out as a high-upside value is the ability of even the Padres weak offense to produce against Tomlin. The Indians veteran RHP has given up 8 HRs and 17 ER over his last 4 appearances to inflate his 6.17 ERA even further. He’s posting a 16.2% HR/FB ratio that’s consistent with his biggest issue over the last 3 years, so sluggers such as Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe are worth a look. Cory Spangenberg might be the best value option in this stack, but the best news about the Padres hitters is that they’re cheap as hell even when they travel away from Petco Park.

Other Stacks to consider:
Astros vs. Francisco Liriano
Twins vs. Dylan Bundy
Athletics vs. Sam Gaviglio

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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