DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for September 30, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 30, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for September 30, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com

For the rest of this DFS MLB season, 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 daily 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 30, 2017

Corey Kluber vs. CWS ($13.3k DraftKings, $12.0k FanDuel)
Because of all the tradition in baseball and the idea of wrapping up a CY Young campaign on a high note, Kluber should be given the opportunity to go deep into tonight’s ball game against an overmatched foe. The White Sox rank dead last in the American League with a collective .311 wOBA and they’re rocking a 23.5% K-Rate against righties, while Kloobs is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA and an incredible 17.18 K/9 ratio over 4 outings against the Northsiders this year. He’s 5-0 with a stellar 47:3 K/BB ratio and 0.71 WHIP over 5 starts this month and is clearly worth paying up for at home this evening.

Jameson Taillon @ WAS ($7.3k DraftKings, $7.1k FanDuel)
It’s a bit daunting to take a relatively inexperienced RHP against the dangerous Nationals lineup, but Washington has already solidified it’s playoff position and has little to play for other than maintaining a good rhythm. Current Nats are just 4-for-23 (.174) with 7 K’s over a limited sample against Taillon, who makes for a prime tournament play tonight starting opposite Max Scherzer. He’s found a rhythm lately with just 3 ER allowed on a pair of HRs over his last 2 outings and could surprise by matching Scherzer in his final outing of the season.

Seth Lugo @ PHI ($6.3k DraftKings, $6.1k FanDuel)
The Phillies remain an easy target for opposing pitchers with the fifth-lowest wOBA (.309) and fourth-fewest runs scored (669) in the Majors this year. Lugo is another risky value to roll with, but he makes sense at this price point if you’re trying to pair a SP with some upside in a lineup with Kluber or Max Scherzer. The Mets RHP is coming off a six-inning shutout of the Braves and limited the dangerous Marlins to just 1 ER over 5 IP in his previous outing. While his upside is capped by a pitch count, Lugo won’t need to do much to meet value on DK. 

Other pitchers to consider: Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Lucas Sims, Taijuan Walker

Best DFS MLB Hitters for September 30, 2017

Nelson Cruz @ LAA ($5.0k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
Familiar foes will meet again out in Anaheim with Cruz taking on veteran RHP Ricky Nolasco, and so far he’s gotten the better of the Angels arm with 3 hits, including a HR, and a walk over Nolasco’s last 2 outings against the Mariners. Overall, Cruz is 12-for-26 with 4 HRs in his career against Nolasco, who is posting a career-worst 15.8% HR/FB ratio and giving up a 2.23 HR/9 ratio with a 38.8% Hard Contact Rate when facing righties. Cruz comes into this matchup hot with a .306/.405/.750 slash line over his last 10 appearances and he’s a notably streaky slugger.

Justin Bour vs. ATL ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
The Marlins hefty lefty could be all over rookie RHP Luke Sims tonight. Sims is rocking a rough 6.26 ERA with a .301 BAA on the road and is allowing LHB to hit .327 with a 2.03 WHIP against lefties away from Turner Field. Bour, meanwhile, is hitting for average (.302 since the ASB) and providing plenty of pop with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs over his last 10 appearances. He’s an easy choice in any format at this modest price tag.

Ozzie Albies @ MIA ($3.6k DraftKings, $3.9k FanDuel)
If you took our recommendation of Albies in yesterday’s article, chances are you cashed. The rookie stayed red hot with 3 hits, including a HR and added a SB to post a whopping 33.3 FD points in a 6-5 loss at Miami. It’s worth riding the young switch hitter in another plus matchup tonight against RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, who has been exclusively vulnerable against the platoon and is allowing lefties to hit .302 with a notable 28.7% Line Drive Rate on the season. Albies is running the bases with reckless abandon and has a great chance to get on against a RHP that’s posting a 1.79 WHIP against lefties.

Other hitters to consider: Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, Robinson Cano, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jorge Polanco, J.T. Realmuto, Ryon Healy, Shin-Soo Choo, Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton


Twins vs Buck Farmer
Farmer will face the Twins for a second consecutive outing after giving up 5 ER on 8 hits to take a loss against Minnesota last Sunday. Kenny Vargas homered off Farmer in that contest and he could serve as an intriguing value if in the lineup tonight, while slugging 3B Miguel Sano could appear for the first time since mid August. Jorge Polanco is hot again and has a great floor-ceiling combination at SS while Eduardo Escobar is a solid cash game play in the mid-tier range as well. Of course, if you want to pay up for big bats in the Twins lineup, consider dual threats Byron Buxton and/or Brian Dozier.

Indians vs Carson Fulmer
Kluber’s outlook is made brighter based on the weakness of his adversary, as the White Sox counter with a young RHP in Carson Fulmer. After impressing in plum spots against the Giants and Tigers, he departed his last start early with a finger injury and will now have to face an Indians team that got a quick look at him over 2 innings of relief work back on Sep 5. Cleveland’s elite lineup could give the young righty trouble beginning with dangerous switch hitters Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, while Lonnie Chisenhall is active again and makes for a great value. Lefties have done the bulk of the damage off Fulmer over a limited sample and that gives Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana GPP appeal as more dangerous LHB in Cleveland’s lineup.

Other Stacks to consider:
Mariners vs. Ricky Nolasco 
Rangers vs. Daniel Gossett

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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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