DFS MLB Lineups for September 22, 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. 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!
9/22/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Full Count: $55 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
DraftKings Walk Off Home Run: $555 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
FanDuel Sinker Squeeze: $9 buy-in, $90k guaranteed
FanDuel Grand Slam: $44 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
FanDuel Hook Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $50k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 22, 2017
Justin Verlander vs. LAA ($12.6k DraftKings, $10.8k FanDuel)
Just as the Astros hoped, moving to a true contender has lit a fire under Verlander, as he’s 3-0 with a microscopic 0.86 ERA and 0.62 WHIP over 3 outings. That includes a one-hit shutout at Anaheim over 8 IP, which comes as little surprise when you consider the Angels are ranked 24th in batting average (.226) over the last 14 days. Current Angels are now 30-for-185 (.162) with a meager .234 wOBA and a 30.2% K-Rate in their careers against Verlander, who is at home with the backing of a dangerous offense.
Rich Hill vs. SF ($9.4k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
Hill was touched up at Arizona on Aug 29, but since then he’s been very solid with 21 K’s and 5 ER allowed over 3 outings (16 IP) this month. He’s at a good price point ahead of a plus matchup against a Giants team that is ranked 28th in collective wOBA (.295) against LHP and dead last in wOBA overall as well this season. Hill is apparently on a pitch count that could limit his upside, yet he makes for a fine addition to cash game lineups this evening.
Alex Cobb @ BAL ($7.5k DraftKings, $7.3k FanDuel)
Cobb seems to have figured something out since getting pummeled for 4 runs in Houston at the end of July. Since then, he’s posted a 2.50 ERA with a 9.46 K/9 ratio over 6 outings, including a couple of tough matchups against the Red Sox and Twins in recent weeks. Cobb’s 2-3 record during that span is due in part to the Rays’ ineffective offense, but the Orioles are hitting just .199 as a team over the last 14 days and current O’s have more K’s (46) than hits (44) over 205 career plate appearances against Cobb.
Other pitchers to consider: Zack Greinke, Masahiro Tanaka, Trevor Bauer, Kyle Gibson, Rick Porcello, Jeff Samardzija, Marco Estrada, John Lackey
Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 22, 2017
J.D. Martinez vs. MIA ($5.6k DraftKings, $4.6k FanDuel)
He’s been one of the hottest hitters in the Majors with a .380 batting average and 1.373 OPS over 17 September games and it’s no secret that Martinez has more upside against the platoon. With a .522 wOBA and .500 ISO Mark against LHP this season, he’s a clear candidate to homer off Marlins southpaw Adam Conley, who is posting a 3.14 HR/9 ratio and 1.74 WHIP over his last 3 outings. Martinez has power to all fields and he’s certainly enjoyed the confines of Chase Field with 12 HRs over 25 home games since getting traded to Arizona.
Ryon Healy vs. TEX ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)
Going cheap at 1B could be a way to pay up for big arms or big bats in the outfield tonight. Healy’s a solid cash game play with FPs in 11 of his last 12 outings and he’s flashed more upside with a .296/.332/.520 slash line and 14 HRs over 67 home games this season. Rangers RHP Nick Martinez is posting a career-worst 19% HR/FB ratio with a 5.93 FIP over 21 appearances this year and Healy is 4-for-9 over a limited sample of at-bats against the young righty.
Asdrubal Cabrera vs. WAS ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)
Another great value on DK tonight, Cabrera’s been incredible with a .383 average and 1.108 OPS over 18 appearances this month. The dangerous switch hitter faces the runt of the Nationals rotation in Edwin Jackson, who has been knocked around for 16 ER and 7 HRs over his last 3 outings. Cabrera’s shown power almost exclusively from the left side of the plate and Jackson’s posted a 1.55 WHIP with a 30% Hard Contact Rate in his career against the platoon.
Other hitters to consider: Charlie Blackmon, Rhys Hoskins, Jed Lowrie, Jose Abreu, DJ LeMahieu, Byron Buxton, Jose Martinez, Nick Castellanos, Robinson Chirinos, Alex Presley
9/22/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Rockies vs Jordan Lyles
As predicted in this column last week, the Rockies were all over RHP Jordan Lyles at Coors Field, as they chased him in the fourth inning and finished with 16 runs in a magnificent display of offense. They’ll need to come through in this plus spot once again with a playoff berth on the line and you can look towards Colorado’s lefties against a SP that is allowing LHB to hit .364 with a 29.6% HR/FB ratio this season. Charlie Blackmon started things off, Carlos Gonzalez homered off Lyles in his last outing and Gerardo Parra is 8-for-16 in his career against the Padres RHP, so each are worth a look depending on your price range for an OF. DJ LeMahieu is always a solid play away from Coors Field given his ability to hit for average and catcher Jonathan Lucroy has logged a couple of multi-hit games lately.
Twins vs Daniel Norris
Norris has yet to face the Twins lineup this year and there’s a chance that they simply tee off on the vulnerable lefty. He’s been roughed up to the tune of a 6.65 ERA and .335 BAA over 10 appearances at Comerica Park this year and can’t be expected to last very long tonight in a spot start that basically initiates a bullpen game for Detroit. Brian Dozier is a boom-bust option, who happens to have homered off Norris over 8 career at-bats, while Jorge Polanco and Byron Buxton can be similarly regarded as GPP plays. Chris Gimenez is a value catcher to consider as a platoon specialist and Joe Mauer makes for a solid cash game play at first base.
Other Stacks to consider:
Indians vs. Erasmo Ramirez
Red Sox vs. Sal Romano
Cardinals vs. Ivan Nova