DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for September 15, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 15, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for September 15, 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 Corey Kluber 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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FanDuel JUMBO Monster: $555 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Grand Slam: $44 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
FanDuel Sinker Squeeze: $9 buy-in, $90k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 15, 2017

Robbie Ray @ SF ($12.2k DraftKings, $10.9k FanDuel)
It’s really hard to choose between the top options at SP tonight and Ray isn’t necessarily a superior play to Chris Sale or Luis Severino in terms of upside. He is, however, a seemingly better cash game play considering Sale’s history of slowing down at the end of seasons and Severino’s matchup against a boom-bust Orioles offense. Ray’s won all 4 starts since coming off the DL in late August with a 1.42 ERA and a ridiculous 16.0 K/9 ratio during that span. He’s been nearly untouchable with a .164 BAA on the road this year and faces a Giants team that has scored the second-fewest runs (586) with the lowest wOBA (.296) in the Majors this year.

Trevor Bauer vs. KC ($9.2k DraftKings, $9.0k FanDuel)
Cleveland and Kansas City are moving in opposite directions, as the Royals have scored the third-fewest runs (110) in the American League over the last 30 days and the Indians, of course, are leading the Majors in wOBA (.372) and runs scored during their historic win streak. That run support has helped Bauer earn a Win in each of his last 6 starts and seems to bolster his confidence in terms of going after hitters. His K/9 ratio has risen to 11.37 this month and he’s been quite solid with a 3.03 ERA since the ASB.

Charlie Morton vs. SEA ($8.1k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
While he doesn’t exactly inspire excitement with his solid lines, Morton is a good cash game play at home with the elite Astros offense looking to support him. He’s 8-3 at Minute Maid Park this season, where he’s holding LHB to a .168 average with a weak 24.8% Hard Contact Rate. Morton’s ability to fool lefties contributes to his positive splits against the Mariners lefty-heavy lineup, as Seattle’s hitters are a combined 23-for-108 (.213) with 20 K’s and a collective .265 wOBA in their careers against him.

Other pitchers to consider: Chris Sale, Luis Severino, Alex Wood, Zach Davies, Chad Kuhl, Rafael Montero, Jose Urena

Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 15, 2017

Nolan Arenado vs. SD ($5.4k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
Arenado’s numbers against LHP this year are outrageous and obviously they see a spike at Coors Field, where he’s hitting .422 with a .469 ISO Mark and 1.347 OPS off lefties this season. He happens to be 7-for-12 with 2 XBH, a HR and no strikeouts in his career against tonight’s starter, and Padres LHP Clayton Richard is giving up a 2.100 HR/9 ratio with a 6.22 FIP on the road against righties. Arenado is red hot and despite his extremely high price tag on FD, he’s still worth the money as the top RBI man in the National League.

Dee Gordon vs. MIL ($3.9k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
When I saw Gordon’s price tag on DK yesterday, I did a double take, and he’s barely more expensive today in a slightly tougher matchup. Brewers RHP Zach Davies is a solid cash game option in his own right, but Gordon is worth using regardless at under $4K considering he’s hitting .347 with 2 triples, a HR and 5 SB over 11 games this month. Gordon’s back home, where he’s posting a .337 average against RHP this year, so he should be able to return value in this matchup.

Teoscar Hernandez @ MIN ($2.8k DraftKings, $2.4k FanDuel)
Hernandez took a six-game hitting streak into Thursday night’s action and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable at the dish as he gets an opportunity to play every day. While Bartolo Colon appeared to resurrect his season with a string of solid starts after joining the Twins, he fell apart in his last outing, coughing up 6 ER over 1.2 IP at Kansas City. Colon’s posted poor reverse-platoon splits at the age of 43 and Hernandez is a hungry young RHB capable of tagging him for multiple hits at a low, low price tag.

Other hitters to consider: Mookie Betts, Paul Goldschmidt, Brian Dozier, Corey Seager, Anthony Rendon, Kevin Pillar, Dustin Pedroia, Robinson Chirinos


Rangers vs Andrew Heaney
In an incredibly small sample size (so that he doesn’t qualify as the league’s worst), Heaney is posting an absurd 40% HR/FB ratio with a 9.11 FIP over 5 outings this year. He draws a tough matchup tonight against a Rangers team that can crush lefties and just got Adrian Beltre back at the DH spot. Along with Beltre, Elvis Andrus has flashed more upside against the platoon, while Robinson Chirinos has been a staple of cash game lineups at catcher over the past month. Shin-Soo Choo has been very good in LvL matchups and you can’t forget about speedster Delino Deshields as another RHB to consider.

Tigers vs Carson Fulmer
Despite their poor overall record, the Tigers continue to produce offensively and they’ll have a good chance to keep that run going against a vulnerable sophomore pitcher. Fulmer posted a rough 8.49 ERA over 8 relief appearances as a rookie last season and he hasn’t even fared well with a 5.79 ERA at the AAA level this season. Miguel Cabrera seems to be inspired by his 7-game suspension and is finally hitting like Miggy again at a dirt cheap price tag, while Nick Castellanos has also been underrated value at 3B. There are a couple of punt plays worth consideration depending on their placement within the lineup in Austin Romine and Jacoby Jones, who could save you a ton in the OF tonight.

Other Stacks to consider:
Indians vs. Jason Vargas
Red Sox vs. Matt Andriese
Rockies vs. Clayton Richard

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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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