DFS MLB Lineups for September 23, 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!
9/23/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Saturday Night Special: $40 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
DraftKings Perfect Game: $333 buy-in, $70k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $8 buy-in, $45k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $60k guaranteed
FanDuel Papa Squeeze: $9 buy-in, $50k guaranteed
FanDuel Baby Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $30k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 23, 2017
Stephen Strasburg @ NYM ($13.3k DraftKings, $11.3k FanDuel)
Silencing the haters with superb play and four consecutive wins, Strasburg should be able to dominate a depleted Mets lineup if he can simply stay healthy throughout this start. He’s starting opposite Noah Syndergaard, who is likely only going to throw 50-60 pitches in his first appearance in months, while Strasburg’s allowed just 1 ER with 41 K’s over his last 5 outings. Current Mets are 21-for-100 with a weak .261 wOBA and 27 K’s in their careers against Strasburg, who is in the midst of an unprecedented streak of consistency.
Madison Bumgarner @ LAD ($9.9k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
Facing the Dodgers puts any SP in a bit of a boom-bust spot lately because of their offensive struggles, but Bumgarner is far more likely to pay off than struggle. The ultra-competitive lefty won’t care that the Giants are eliminated and Big Blue is playoff bound – he’ll just want to beat his rival. The Dodgers are dead last in collective batting average (.215) with the seventh-highest K-Rate (24.6%) in the Majors over the last 30 days and have been less effective against LHP all season, while MadBum spun 7 shutout innings in his sole meeting with them this year.
Julio Teheran vs. PHI ($7.9k DraftKings, $8.0k FanDuel)
The Phillies might’ve gotten to Teheran for 5 ER back on Aug 8, but he’s righted the ship since then with 5 Quality Starts and a 2.45 ERA over his last 7 outings, including an 8-strikeout performance to earn a win at Philly. While he’s always had the talent to dominate at the Major League level, Teheran struggled from a mental standpoint earlier in the season before he shored up his homer problems with a measly 0.67 HR/9 ratio over the past two months. Now he’s dealing like you would expect from a Braves ace and will start opposite vulnerable young RHP Henderson Alvarez.
Other pitchers to consider: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi, Lance Lynn, Jhoulys Chacin
Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 23, 2017
Justin Bour @ ARI ($4.4k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
He’s a bit of a risky option, but if Bour comes through with another XBH at this price tag, he’ll really pay off as a relative value at first base. The Marlins hefty lefty is hitting .357 with 3 HRs and a 1.038 OPS over 12 appearances this month and is particularly hot during his current seven-game hitting streak. Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker has been consistently vulnerable at Chase Field, where he’s giving up a 2.76 HR/9 ratio and 41.1% Hard Contact Rate against the platoon, giving Bour tons of upside in this matchup.
Adrian Beltre @ OAK ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
While he’s been slightly less dangerous away from Texas, Beltre is very much under priced on DK right now ahead of a plus matchup on the road. Tonight the known lefty killer will face a vulnerable southpaw in Sean Manaea, who is posting a 1.52 WHIP and 36.9% Hard Contact Rate against the platoon, while Beltre happens to be 4-for-12 in his career against the young lefty. He just logged 8 hits, including a double and HR over his last five road games and seems to be fully recovered from the hamstring injury that forced him to the DL in late August.
Jed Lowrie vs. TEX ($3.7k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
On the other side of the ball in Oakland tonight, Lowrie seems like a great value with the platoon advantage against struggling RHP Miguel Gonzalez. The Rangers SP has imploded in two September starts after righting the ship in August and is allowing LHB to hit .290 with a .372 wOBA on the season. Lowrie’s been more effective at home and has flashed surprising upside lately with a .362/.472/.621 slash line this month. Sometimes the price tag of a player on one DFS site can indicate his value on another and Lowrie is ridiculously cheap on DK when compared to his cost on FD.
Other hitters to consider: J.D. Martinez, Freddie Freeman, Elvis Andrus, Yoan Moncada, Lucas Duda, Lorenzo Cain, Avisail Garcia, Robinson Chirinos, Matt Joyce
9/23/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Rays vs Jeremy Hellickson
A couple of unsuspecting offenses could blow up on Saturday’s short slate, including a Rays lineup that’s struggled throughout the year. Tampa’s hitters should feel comfortable against former teammate Jeremy Hellickson, whose success with the Orioles was very short lived, as he’s 0-3 with an 11.40 ERA and 3.00 HR/9 ratio over his last 4 outings. Wilson Ramos is a good basis for this stack as a value catcher with a history of success against Hellickson, while power-hitting 1B Lucas Duda is notably 7-for-14 with 4 doubles and 2 HRs in his career against the righty. Hellickson’s been homer-prone against batters of both handedness, giving Steve Souza Jr. upside as a longshot GPP play and giving Evan Longoria and Adeiny Hechavarria appeal as cheap cash game options.
Royals vs Dylan Covey
Poor Covey did little to improve his chances of sticking in the Majors with 9 ER allowed and 8 walks over 8 IP over his last 2 starts for the White Sox. That includes a rough outing at Kansas City and now he faces the same Royals team, which has become much more dangerous now that leadoff man Whit Merrifield is hot again. Brandon Moss homered off Covey in that previous meeting and he’ll be worth a look in GPPs along with Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer against a RHP that’s allowing a 30.8% HR/FB ratio against the platoon. Covey’s allowing righties to hit .353 with a .468 wOBA this season and Lorenzo Cain is a great play in any format as he comes into this matchup hot.
Other Stacks to consider:
Rangers vs. Sean Manaea
Diamondbacks vs. Dillon Peters