DraftKings & FanDuel MLB DFS Lineups & Picks for April 27, 2018

Written By Nate Weitzer on April 27, 2018

MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for April 27, 2018

Baseball is back with a great slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for Friday, 4/27/18. The main slate on DraftKings includes 14 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST, and FanDuel’s main slate also includes 14 games starting at the same time. Be sure and sign up for our $1,000 freeroll at DraftKings that’s going down this Monday!

For today, we’re listing our top MLB DFS pitchers, hitters, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy baseball strategy at FantasyDraft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Remember that more than in other sports, variance is a huge part of baseball. Even Jose Altuve can go 0-for-4 on a given night, and Max Scherzer can get lit up by a weak team.

Weather can also play a huge role in MLB DFS on a nightly basis, and lineups are constantly shifting. So always, always check the starting lineups and weather reports when playing for an MLB slate. If a game gets rained out, your player gets zero points!


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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for April 27, 2018

Jacob deGrom @ SD ($12.4k DraftKings, $10.6k FanDuel)

The Mets have the luxury of sending two true aces to the mound in consecutive games and will start a series at pitcher-friendly Petco Park with Jacob deGrom. The 29-year-old RHP is in his prime and posting the highest K/9 ratio (11.25) with the best SIERA (2.79) and FIP (2.34) of his career through five starts. Now he’ll face a Padres team that leads the Majors with a 28% K-Rate and is posting the lowest collective batting average (.221) in the National League. He hasn’t pitched against San Diego in two years, so he’ll have an advantage on many of the Padres new acquisitions and call-ups.

Hyun-Jin Ryu @ SF ($11.1k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)

After a couple of very rough campaigns, Hyun-Jin Ryu seems locked in to begin the 2018 season. The hefty lefty is sporting a 2.70 FIP with a 10.72 K/9 ratio and most importantly, avoiding hard contact with a 0.40 HR/9 ratio and career-best 13.7% line drive rate through four starts. He shouldn’t have much trouble maintaining those ratios at massive AT&T Park, which has the lowest Home Run Factor in the Majors. Ryu has posted a 1.17 ERA with a .245 BAA over his last two outings against a Giants team that’s rocking a 25.4% K-Rate with the fifth-lowest collective wOBA (.281) against LHPs this season. That’s part of the reason Ryu has the fourth-highest projection tonight according to RotoQL’s optimizer and why he’s a recommended GPP play at a very affordable price tag on FD.

Sean Manaea @ HOU ($8.4k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)

Despite their dangerous reputation against lefties, the Astros are posting an above average 24% K-Rate with a .295 BABIP when facing LHPs this season. Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea, who is in the midst of a breakout campaign and tossed a no-hitter against the first-place Red Sox last weekend, actually has good splits against Houston. His price tag is way down on DK because of the Astros’ deserved reputation. Current Astros are 30-for-135 (.222) with 32 Ks in their careers against Manaea, who did struggle with his control in a couple starts at Minute Maid Park but held it together to post a 3.09 ERA in those two outings last year. He boasts a 5.00 K/BB ratio with a .135 BABIP and a 0.60 WHIP this season, so it appears his control issues are behind him. He’s projected to at least meet value (15.8 FPs) according to the optimizer on RotoQL.

Blake Snell @ BOS ($6.9k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)

Clearly only an option for tournament lineups, Blake Snell is still worth considering at Fenway Park given Boston’s struggles against lefties over the past two seasons. The Red Sox lead the Majors with a collective .271 batting average but are dead last with a collective .257 wOBA against LHPs this year. Snell was solid over 5 IP in his first trip to Fenway last season and managed to hold the Red Sox scoreless over 5.2 IP in a March 30 matchup to begin this year. Since getting hit hard at Yankee Stadium, Snell is 3-0 with an 11.66 K/9 ratio and 1.40 ERA over his last three outings. He’ll have the backing of a surprisingly hot Rays team that’s won six straight.

Other pitchers to consider: Corey Kluber, Zack Godley, Dallas Keuchel, Danny Duffy, Julio Teheran, Mike Fiers, Phil Hughes


Best MLB DFS Hitters for April 27, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton @ LAA ($5.1k DraftKings, $4.7k FanDuel)

If there was ever a time to gamble on the Yankees’ prized new slugger snapping out of his slump, it would be tonight. The Angels send a big, homer-prone LHP to the mound in Andrew Heaney against a lineup full of righties who swing big. Stanton has the most upside in this matchup, but Gary Sanchez ($4.8k, $4.1k) and Miguel Andujar ($3.9k, $3.7k) are also quite appealing. Heaney posted a bizarre 6.23 HR/9 ratio with a 56.9% hard contact rate when facing RHBs last year and has already given up 3 HRs over 35 at-bats against righties this year. Stanton’s been generally cold, but is at least posting a .396 wOBA with a .409 ISO mark against the platoon this year and hit .323 with a 1.213 OPS off lefties last season.

Jose Ramirez vs. SEA ($4.8k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)

Mariners RHP Erasmo Ramirez is coming off a disastrous season debut and may not be long for the Majors if he continues pitching that way. The 5-foot-10 RHP routinely struggled with a 6.04 ERA and 1.80 HR/9 ratio on the road last season and could get lit up by the Indians despite their collective struggles this April. Jose Ramirez certainly has flashed upside with a 20.6% HR/FB ratio and .277 ISO mark even if his batting average (.265) is down after consecutive seasons hitting over .312 for The Tribe. He could tag the Mariners SP for an HR or XBH, or use his speed to burn Erasmo’s battery mate, Mike Zunino, who posted the lowest caught stealing percentage (.239) amongst qualified catchers last season.

Jeimer Candelario @ BAL ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)

Targeting Orioles RHP Chris Tillman tonight makes a lot of sense, as he’s posting some of the worst numbers among qualified pitchers with a 9.87 ERA and 8.09 FIP during a 0-4 start. Tillman is seeing an absurd 97.8% Z-Contact Rate with a 41.4% hard contact rate this year, indicating that nearly everything he throws over the plate is getting hit, and hit hard. Perhaps Jeimer Candelario flies under the radar as part of a Tigers stack against Tillman while known commodities such as Miguel Cabrera ($4.5k, $3.9k) and Nick Castellanos ($4.6k, $3.8k) see higher ownership. Yet Candelario’s been great with a .433 wOBA and .319 ISO mark in RvR matchups and is really heating up lately with 17 hits, including 4 XBH and 4 HRs over the last 16 days.

Steve Pearce vs. TEX ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)

The Blue Jays have been using Steve Pearce as a leadoff man in some matchups, and he makes sense to place atop the order tonight against a vulnerable lefty. Veteran southpaw Mike Minor is posting the lowest ground ball rate (28.6%) of his career by far, part of why his SIERA (4.12) is higher than his actual ERA (3.86) through four starts. Pearce is something of a platoon specialist with a .363 wOBA in his career against lefties. He was 11-for-34 (.355) with 2 HRs and 3 doubles against the platoon prior to last night’s matchup against superhuman southpaw Chris Sale. Give him a look as a Cash option with upside provided he bats high in the Blue Jays’ order.

Other hitters to consider: Nolan Arenado, Brian Dozier, Manny Machado, Joey Votto, Rhys Hoskins, Daniel Robertson, Joey Gallo, Asdrubal Cabrera, Teoscar Hernandez, Ronald Acuna Jr., Shin-soo Choo, J.T. Realmuto


MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for April 27, 2018

Yankees vs. Andrew Heaney (Angels)
Tigers vs. Chris Tillman (Orioles)
Cardinals vs. Steven Brault (Pirates)
Rangers vs. Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays)
Rays vs. Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox) – Contrarian GPP option 


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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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