DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for September 29, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 29, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for September 29, 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 29, 2017

Zack Greinke @ KC ($11.3k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
With the playoff picture gaining clarity and little on the line for the Nationals, Stephen Strasburg might not make sense as a high-priced option tonight. Greinke’s D’Backs are locked into a wildcard spot, but will let their ace spin one more time with an extra day of rest on Friday. He’ll pitch at spacious Kaufmann Stadium against a Royals team that’s posting a weak .309 wOBA over the last 14 days and has scored the fourth-fewest runs (693) in the A.L. this year. Current Royals are 22-for-82 (.268) with 16 K’s over a small sample against Greinke and their lack of familiarity won’t help against a RHP that’s rolling with a 0.92 WHIP and 3.81 ERA this month.

Trevor Bauer vs. CWS ($9.5k DraftKings, $9.0k FanDuel)
The White Sox offense has been essentially nonexistent with the lowest collective wOBA (.311) in the A.L. against RHP this year. They’re posting a 23.5% K-Rate against righties and Bauer’s been elite since the ASB with a 3.13 ERA and 9.97 K/9 ratio. He struck out 9 in a Quality Start against the White Sox earlier this year and is 4-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 10.43 K/9 ratio over his last 12 appearances against the Indians divisional rival.

Jake Odorizzi vs. BAL ($8.3k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
Targeting the Orioles late in the season has been an easy decision, as they rank 29th in wOBA (.292) with the second-highest K-Rate (25.6%) in the Majors over the last 30 days. Odorizzi’s been lights out with a 1.21 ERA, 10.48 K/9 ratio and .105 BAA over 4 September starts, including a six-inning shutout at Camden Yards last week. Even when they were hitting, the O’s still posted one of the higher K-Rates in the Majors over each of the last few seasons, so Odorizzi has a lot of upside as a mid-tier play.

Other pitchers to consider: Charlie Morton, Gerrit Cole, Chris Stratton, Chase Anderson, Raul Alcantara

Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 29, 2017

J.D. Martinez @ KC ($5.4k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
You may be tempted to pay up for Giancarlo Stanton in a plus matchup against a rookie LHP, but there will be massive ownership after the slugger smacked two bombs last night. The D’Backs new acquisition is hitting .306 with a 1.113 OPS since getting traded ahead of the deadline and has been particular hot with a .418 average and ridiculous 1.022 slugging percentage, launching 16 HRs this month. Royals RHP Ian Kennedy is posting a 1.99 HR/9 ratio with a 5.68 FIP this season and he’s been equally vulnerable against RHB, and JDM has homered over 11 career at-bats against him.

Rhys Hoskins vs. NYM ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.9k FanDuel)
The Phillies rookie is going through the first slump of his young career but facing Matt Harvey could cure what ails him. Harvey is either injured, discontent, or both, as he’s been rocked to the tune of a 6.60 ERA and 21.3% HR/FB ratio this season. Hoskins is redefining “Launch Angle” with a 34% HR/FB ratio to hit 18 bombs and 10 of those have come at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Hoskins makes for an easy choice to lead a potential Phillies stack against Harvey.

Ozzie Albies @ MIA ($3.7k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
The Braves prospect is coming on strong at the end of the season and producing exactly the type of category juice that we look for in MLB DFS. With 4 SB and a HR over his last 4 appearances heading into Thursday’s action, he’s been a fantastic value and his price tag remains reasonable ahead of a decent matchup against RHP Dan Straily. Albies is a switch hitter with a solid 31.8% Hard Contact Rate against righties, while Straily’s struggled to the tune of a 5.67 ERA and .313 BAA this month.

Other hitters to consider: Nolan Arenado, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve, Mitch Haniger, Curtis Granderson, Wilson Ramos, Ryon Healy, Gregor Blanco, Odubel Herrera


Rockies vs Hyun-Jin Ryu
While he didn’t make the mentions above, Nolan Arenado is an excellent high-priced option to consider against a vulnerable lefty. He’s crushing lefties this year with a .410 average and 1.292 OPS against the platoon and happens to be 8-for-14 with 3 doubles and 2 HRs off Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Dodgers southpaw is giving up a 2.03 HR/9 ratio with a 1.65 WHIP in LvL matchups this year, so Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez are worth consideration along with Arenado, while DJ LeMahieu and Ian Desmond are a couple of right-handed platoon specialists to use as well.

Mariners vs Tyler Skaggs
He’s been hit hard in 2 brutal matchups recently and the sledding won’t get much easier for Skaggs with the Mariners coming to town. Led by Nelson Cruz, this is a lineup that can crush lefties and Robinson Cano is another prime option to consider with great splits (7-for-15, 3 doubles) in his career against Skaggs and good numbers in LvL matchups this year. Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino are dangerous righties to consider in GPP formats and we should see either Tyler Motter or Gordon Beckham in the lineup at SS with Jean Segura (wrist) unlikely to play.

Other Stacks to consider:
Dodgers vs. Chad Bettis 
Phillies vs. Matt Harvey
Angels vs. Marco Gonzales

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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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