DFS MLB Lineups for September 14, 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!
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 Chris Sale can get lit up, and Paul Goldschmidt 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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9/14/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
DraftKings Perfect Game: $333 buy-in, $110k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
FanDuel JUMBO Home Run: $222 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel ENORMOUS Rally: $18 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 14, 2017
Jose Berrios vs. TOR ($10.8k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Berrios is certainly the top option tonight in terms of upside even if he’s not the safest play by any means. At least he’ll be at home, where he’s posted a 2.54 ERA with a sparkling 0.88 WHIP and 9.40 K/9 ratio this season. He’s facing a Blue Jays offense that’s struggled mightily with the second-lowest batting average (.241) and second-fewest runs scored (116) amongst A.L. teams over the last 30 days. The Twins offense has been inversely hot with the second-highest average (.280) during that span and could be all over LHP Brett Anderson after they set records during a 16-run eruption in a game started by aging lefty Travis Wood on Tuesday.
Brad Peacock @ LAA ($10.1k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
If you want a cash game play instead of Berrios, consider the Astros steady righty. Peacock’s given up 2 ER or fewer in 4 consecutive starts and has flashed surprising upside with 29 K’s during that span. He’s been more effective with a 2.95 ERA and .224 BAA on the road and faces an Angels lineup that’s posting the lowest wOBA (.307) in the A.L. over the last 30 days and hitting just .242 on the year. Current Angels are 20-for-95 (.211) with a combined .256 wOBA in their careers against Peacock and most importantly, Mike Trout is 3-for-17 with 5 K’s and no HRs against him.
Josh Tomlin vs. KC ($9.0k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
The Indians are so hot right now that using their SP is an easy choice, especially when that pitcher has been reliable lately. Tomlin is 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA over his last 6 appearances and amazingly, he’s only walked 2 batters over his last 35 innings of work. That should be recipe for success against a Royals team that’s only posting a .313 wOBA over the last 30 days and Tomlin has navigated that lineup with 5 ER and 16 hits allowed to average 20.5 DK PPG over 3 starts against KC this year.
Other pitchers to consider: Tanner Roark, Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Urena, Jake Junis
Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 14, 2017
Trea Turner vs. ATL ($5.5k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
After taking a few games to knock off some of the rust, Turner is flashing serious category juice again with 2 HRs, 3 XBH and 2 SB over his last 7 appearances. He’s 4-for-8 with a HR and SB over a small sample against Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz and Turner has been far more effective with a .300 average and 37 SB when facing RHP this season. When he’s right, Turner can give you a serious leg up over the competition by providing more upside than any other shortstop.
Mitch Haniger @ TEX ($4.5k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
Quietly enough, Haniger is hitting a scorching .452 with a 1.238 OPS and 3 HRs over his last 10 appearances heading into Wednesday’s action. Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano get all the attention, but the unknown prospect from the Diamondbacks organization has been the most productive hitter for Seattle when healthy. He’s still reasonably priced on FanDuel and has been quite solid in RvR matchups with a .281 average and .361 wOBA, so give him a look against inconsistent RHP Andrew Cashner.
Brian McCann @ LAA ($3.3k DraftKings, $2.9k FanDuel)
You can’t build lineups based solely on BvP splits, yet some numbers are notable enough to jump off the page. McCann is 26-for-76 (.342) with a whopping 9 HRs and 28 RBIs in his career against Angels RHP Ricky Nolasco and he comes into this matchup hot with a .367/.472/.600 slash line over his last 10 appearances. It’s not as if those numbers are a fluke, consider Nolasco’s posting a career-worst 17.8% HR/FB ratio and 5.30 FIP on the season and he’s been a disaster with a 5.40 ERA and .294 BAA since the ASB.
Other hitters to consider: Giancarlo Stanton, Brian Dozier, Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz, Byron Buxton, Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, Juan Lagares, Ben Gamel
9/14/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Twins vs Brett Anderson
While it may seem like point-chasing, it’s worth using the Twins against another aging southpaw after they tagged Travis Wood and the Padres bullpen for 16 runs while becoming the first team ever to hit a HR in the first 7 innings of a game. Brian Dozier and Jorge Polanco both homered in that game and profile as lefty-killers capable of tagging Brett Anderson, who is rocking a 5.90 ERA and a 19.2% HR/FB ratio when facing righties this year. Byron Buxton has also been very productive against the platoon and Eduardo Escobar has flashed surprising power for a diminutive infielder.
Astros vs Ricky Nolasco
It’s hard to argue against stacking Astros again tonight considering their team-wide success against aging veteran Ricky Nolasco. Current Astros are a combined 74-for-229 (.323) with an .899 OPS in their careers against Nolasco, who as we mentioned above, seems to be out of gas at the age of 34. Righties are hitting .304 with a .393 wOBA off Nolasco this year, so of course Jose Altuve is in play with his absurd road splits. Cameron Maybin might crack the lineup and offer some value given his splits (8-for-13, 3 SB) against Nolasco and Alex Bregman remains surprisingly affordable on DK.
Other Stacks to consider:
Cubs vs. Seth Lugo
Marlins vs. Jake Thompson
Yankees vs. Wade Miley