DFS MLB Lineups for September 18, 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!
9/18/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Stolen Base: $186 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $65k guaranteed
FanDuel JUMBO Home Run: $222 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
FanDuel ENORMOUS Rally: $18 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $60k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 18, 2017
Patrick Corbin @ SD ($9.6k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
While he was rocked for the first time in a long time at home against the Padres, you can be contrarian and bold by taking Corbin at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Despite that implosion, the lefty is still boasting a 3.16 ERA and 23.6% K-Rate since the ASB. Corbin’s facing a Padres team that ranks dead last in collective batting average (.225) with the third-highest K-Rate (25.2%) in the Majors against LHP, so the numbers would indicate that he’ll regress towards the mean and perform well as he did over 3 previous starts against San Diego this year.
Dylan Bundy vs. BOS ($9.1k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
Facing Boston seems like a daunting spot for a SP, but the Red Sox have struggled lately with a collective .252 batting average and .313 wOBA over the last 30 days. Bundy has been very solid in holding the Red Sox to 7 ER over 25.1 IP this season (4 outings) and he comes into this matchup rocking a 2.88 ERA and .197 BAA over his last 7 starts, including a stunning 12-strikeout one-hitter at home against the Mariners. He’s been better at Camden Yards all season and that’s where the Orioles offense flashes its power.
Dan Straily vs. NYM ($7.5k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
It’s certainly difficult to find a reliable value play on tonight’s short slate and Straily might be the best option you can find. The Marlins RHP has struggled recently, but he’s been good overall with a 3.27 ERA over 15 home starts this season. He’s worth using because he’ll face a Mets lineup that’s been hurt by injuries and is starting opposite Matt Harvey, who has given up 22 ER over his last 5 short outings.
Other pitchers to consider: Clayton Kershaw, Doug Fister, Buck Farmer
Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 18, 2017
Paul Goldschmidt @ SD ($5.5k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
Don’t let his weak average over his last 10 appearances fool you, because Goldschmidt has regained his rhythm with 6 hits, including a HR and 6 runs scored over his last 5 appearances. He’s a prime candidate to lead a Diamondbacks stack tonight against RHP Luis Perdomo, who has somehow been worse with a 4.67 ERA and 33.7% Hard Contact Rate at home this season. Goldy is 8-for-17 with 3 HRs in his career against Perdomo and he’s been quite dangerous despite the spacious confines at Petco with 5 HRs and a .927 OPS over the last 3 seasons at that park.
Dee Gordon vs. NYM ($4.2k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
Despite his continued production, Gordon remains relatively affordable on DK and he’s certainly worth using in tonight’s matchup. We mentioned above how Matt Harvey’s been consistently vulnerable this year and he’s allowing LHB to hit .291 with a .394 wOBA and 28.9% Line Drive Rate on the season. Gordon happens to be 6-for-13 at the plate and 1-for-1 on SB attempts in his career against Harvey and he’s been very reliable with a .318 average over 72 home games this year.
Yasiel Puig vs. PHI ($4.1k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Puig is flashing upside once again and that makes him worth a look in GPP formats at a modest price tag on DK. With 4 multi-hit games, 2 SB and 3 doubles over his last 6 appearances, he’s played a big role in pulling the Dodgers offense out of a tailspin and could tag a rookie RHP tonight. Phillies SP Nick Pivetta is allowing RHB to hit .310 with a .415 wOBA and 2.70 HR/9 ratio on the year and Puig has also been more effective with a .296 average and .950 OPS at home against righties.
Other hitters to consider: Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Justin Bour, Corey Seager, Jed Lowrie, Ryan Braun, Ryon Healy, Asdrubal Cabrera, Welington Castillo
9/18/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Marlins vs Matt Harvey
Gordon could lead the way and the rest of the Marlins could follow by driving him in during early rallies against Harvey, who has only lasted an average of 3.8 innings per start over his last 5 outings. Christian Yelich and Justin Bour are two intriguing lefties that could add to Harvey’s lofty 2.48 HR/9 ratio when facing lefties this year. Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto both have great career splits against Harvey and they could round out this stack.
Diamondbacks vs Luis Perdomo
He’s faced the D’Backs three times this year and been lit up three times, so it’s hard to imagine Perdomo suddenly shutting down this red-hot lineup. Along with Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez, Jake Lamb and David Peralta have all had tremendous success with a combined 12 hits and 4 HRs in their careers against Perdomo. He’s giving up more line drives when facing lefties, but posting a notable 28.6% HR/FB ratio in RvR matchups this year, so Goldschmidt, Martinez and A.J. Pollock have the best chance to dong in this plus matchup.
Other Stacks to consider:
Dodgers vs. Nick Pivetta
Pirates vs. Brent Suter