DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for September 25, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 25, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for September 25, 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!

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Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 25, 2017

Yu Darvish vs. LAD ($12.3k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)
He comes with plenty of risk tonight, but Darvish can also provide ample rewards if he keeps it together in a third consecutive outing. The talented RHP got back on track with 12 K’s, 1 walk and 0 ER allowed over his last two outings (12.1 IP) and now he faces a weak Padres offense that ranks dead last in most offensive categories with the second-highest K-Rate (25.2%) in the Majors against RHP. Darvish somehow struggled at Petco Park to open September, but should begin to limit the Padres lineup over a larger sample size and he could get ample run support with vulnerable LHP Travis Wood going for the visitors.

Luke Weaver vs. CHC ($9.9k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
Surprisingly enough, one of the safest options on the board at SP tonight is a rookie, as Weaver’s been incredibly consistent with a 1.03 WHIP and 2.05 ERA over 13 MLB appearances. He’s been even better with a 1.35 ERA at home and is capable of cooling off the Cubs with another key performance at Busch Stadium this evening. With a 93 MPH fastball and complementary changeup, the former first-round selection is taking the league by storm.

Johnny Cueto @ ARI ($7.3k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
Since coming off the DL a couple of weeks ago, Cueto’s thrived in some tough matchups, limiting the Rockies at Coors Field as well as in a home start. He’s quite cheap tonight because of the draw at hitter-friendly Chase Field, but Cueto is 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA and 9.86 K/9 ratio over the last three seasons at that ballpark. He’s giving up less hard contact with a .261 BAA in RvR matchups and faces a righty-heavy D’Backs lineup with a few lefties that are struggling right now.

Other pitchers to consider: Yu Darvish, Drew Pomeranz, Collin McHugh, Aaron Nola, James Shields

Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 25, 2017

Matt Olson vs. SEA ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
Mariners veteran RHP Felix Hernandez appears to be in the twilight of his career as indicated by his whopping 22.2% HR/FB ratio and inability to make it through the third inning in each of his last two starts. Lefties are hitting .309 with a .370 wOBA off Hernandez this year and the A’s have one of the most promising young LHB in the Majors in Olson, who has launched an incredible 13 HRs with a .526 ISO Mark over 22 games this month. He’s been more consistent with a .300 batting average at home and has a solid floor-ceiling combo in a matchup with aging King Felix and the Mariners bullpen.

Dustin Pedoria vs. TOR ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.1k FanDuel)
Peedy avoided another trip to the DL and will try to play through a knee injury. He’s been far more productive at Fenway Park over the past few seasons and is hitting .338 at home this year with an impressive .467/.575/.667 slash line against southpaws at Fenway. Blue Jays LHP Brett Anderson was lit up for 8 ER in his last outing and the Red Sox got a look at him in late August. While Pedroia wasn’t active for that game, he’s 6-for-18 with two doubles off Anderson and could serve as a solid cheap addition to a Boston stack.

Raimel Tapia vs. MIA ($3.4k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)
Carlos Gonzalez (shoulder) may be ready to return to action tonight, but if he’s out then we may see Tapia draw a start in the outfield over Ian Desmond given the matchup. Marlins RHP Odrisamer Despaigne has almost exclusively been vulnerable against the platoon, as lefties are hitting .303 with a 27.3% Line Drive Rate against him this season. Over a limited sample size, Tapia’s hitting .474 with a .263 ISO Mark at Coors Field against righties, so he’ll be worth a look if the Rockies coaching staff gives him a chance this evening.

Other hitters to consider: Giancarlo Stanton, Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Correa, Justin Bour, Rafael Devers, Avisail Garcia, Robinson Cano, Carlos Gomez


Mariners vs Daniel Gossett
Current Mariners are 12-for-34 (.353) with 2 HRs over 2 meetings with Gossett this year and it’s worth noting that Seattle’s best hitters have those bombs in Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano. Both are in play tonight against a RHP that’s posting a 5.38 ERA with an 18.4% HR/FB ratio on the season. Mitch Haniger is suddenly a great value again while Ben Gamel and Cano are stunningly cheap on DK given their upside with the platoon advantage in this matchup. Between those two lefties, Yonder Alonso and Kyle Seager, this could be a very cheap stack to put together.

Red Sox vs Brett Anderson
Anderson held the Red Sox to just 1 ER over 5.2 IP in a meeting last month, but Boston’s turned it around completely on offense with the ninth-highest wOBA (.330) and eighth-highest batting average (.268) over the last 30 days. Along with Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez have shown more consistency against the platoon and Rafael Devers has actually been excellent in LvL matchups as a rookie. Anderson’s putting far too many batters on with a 1.81 WHIP on the season and we could see Mookie Betts or another big bat make him pay with a multi-RBI hit this evening.

Other Stacks to consider:
Rockies vs. Odrisamer Despaigne
White Sox vs. Ricky Nolasco
Marlins vs. Tyler Chatwood

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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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