DFS MLB Lineups for September 26, 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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9/26/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Season Ending Special: $555 buy-in, $500k guaranteed
DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
DraftKings Swing For The Fences: $6 buy-in, $275k guaranteed
FanDuel Bart’s Squeeze: $4.44 buy-in, $144k guaranteed
FanDuel BARTBINO Monster: $444 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel BIG SEXY Slam: $44 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for September 26, 2017
Chris Sale vs. TOR ($13.4k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
Sale made us eat our words by paying off his lofty price tag with a dominant performance in Baltimore and he could continue to put up lofty numbers against a team that he’s owned recently. He’s yet to allow a run over 22 IP (3 starts) with 35 K’s against the Blue Jays this year and he dominated Toronto to the tune of a 1.69 ERA and .170 BAA over 2 outings last year. With plus splits at Fenway and his team in a heated race for the division, you can expect Sale to bring it this evening.
Gio Gonzalez @ PHI ($10.4k DraftKings, $9.1k FanDuel)
His start was pushed back from last night and now Gio will pitch opposite a very vulnerable young RHP in Jake Thompson instead of the best SP the Phillies have in Aaron Nola. Gonzalez is 2-0 with 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over his last two road starts and is facing a Phillies team that ranks 27th in collective batting average (.234) and wOBA (.299) against LHP. Current Phils are just 35-for-168 (.208) with 36 K’s in their careers against Gonzalez, who is averaging 105.6 pitchers per outing over his last 6 starts.
Dinelson Lamet @ LAD ($7.2k DraftKings, $8.2k FanDuel)
A relatively cheap SP that deserves strong consideration in GPP formats tonight, Lamet will look to match struggling Dodgers LHP Alex Wood. While Wood has turned it around to a degree as has the Dodgers offense, they still rank dead last in collective batting average (.206) and wOBA (.280) with the second-fewest runs scored (87) over the last 30 days. Lamet has been solid with a 3.56 ERA and .196 BAA since the ASB while holding the Dodgers to 1 ER with 10 K’s in a meeting to open September.
*Of note, Bartolo Colon costs $44 (and ode to his age) on FanDuel tonight. Deploy at your own risk!
Other pitchers to consider: Luis Severino, Alex Wood, Carlos Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Josh Tomlin, Kevin Gausman, Zach Davies, Trevor Williams
Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 26, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton @ COL ($5.7k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
Taking Stanton at Coors Field against a homer-prone lefty is almost a no-brainer, especially now that he’s rediscovered his power stroke. In order to afford him, you might have to consider the cheaper bats listed below, but he could carry a lineup given his ridiculous .440 ISO Mark and 1.198 OPS when facing the platoon this year. Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson’s rocking a 20.8% HR/FB ratio overall and giving up a 27% Line Drive Rate when facing righties at home and while he’s been solid in a couple of road starts and a home game against the lowly Padres, this a brutal matchup for the southpaw.
Michael A. Taylor @ PHI ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)
Maybe it’s because he’s a young player with a high K-Rate and somewhat inconsistent role, yet Taylor has been consistently under priced on both main DFS sites given his upside. He’s flashed plenty of category juice with 16 HRs and 15 SB this season and is hitting .292 with a .222 ISO Mark and .843 OPS this month. Tonight Taylor could serve as a cheap addition to a Nats stack against young RHP Jake Thompson, who is allowing RHB to hit .317 with a .412 wOBA and 20.6% HR/FB ratio on the season.
Asdrubal Cabrera vs. ATL ($3.0k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Another very cheap option to consider on DK tonight, Cabrera faces knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and he’s been quite comfortable against him in the past. Cabrera is 8-for-21 with 3 XBH, 3 HRs and 4 walks over 31 career plate appearances against Dickey and he was white hot earlier this month before cooling off a bit to post a current .379 average and .458 wOBA in September. The Mets don’t have much left in that lineup, but they’re still boasting the fourth-highest average (.271) in the Majors over the last 30 days and Dickey’s been a train wreck over a large sample size.
Other hitters to consider: Francisco Lindor, J.D. Martinez, Gary Sanchez, Rafael Devers, Ender Inciarte, Whit Merrifield, Scott Schebler, Melky Cabrera, Starlin Castro
9/26/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Indians vs Bartolo Colon
There was a brief period in which Colon appeared to turn it around after joining the Twins, but he’s been a liability ever since and has coughed up 16 ER with 18 hits and 4 HRs allowed over his last 3 outings. Tonight he faces the hottest team in the Majors and Cleveland is ripe with lefties that could raise his 1.80 HR/9 ratio and 42.9% Hard Contact Rate when facing the platoon. Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are both clearly elite options against the 44-year-old, while Jay Bruce can come at a discount due to his recent struggles. Use Bruce in GPPs and look for either Tyler Naquin or Abraham Almonte to emerge as a value OF with Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer on the shelf.
Diamondbacks vs Matt Moore
While Moore’s been solid overall the last couple of months, he’s always a candidate to implode and is sporting a rough 6.51 ERA with a .306 BAA on the road. Moore coughed up 6 runs (3 ER) in a trip to Chase Field earlier this season and posted a 4.50 ERA over 2 outings there last season, while those starts came before lefty-destroyer J.D. Martinez joined Arizona’s lineup. With both Martinez and Paul Goldschmidt capable of taking Moore deep and a host of intriguing value plays in Brandon Drury, Chris Iannetta and Ketel Marte, the D’Backs have all the makings of a prime stack this evening.
Other Stacks to consider:
Nationals vs. Jake Thompson
Brewers vs. Deck McGuire
Marlins vs. Tyler Anderson