MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for May 9, 2018
There are seven games on the main MLB DFS slate for Wednesday, 5/9/18. Below is a list of our top MLB DFS picks for pitchers, hitters, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for creating 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 Mike Trout can go 0-for-4 on a given night, and Max Scherzer can get lit up by an unsuspecting 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 an MLB slate.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for May 9, 2018
Gio Gonzalez @ SD ($11.4 DK / $9.0 FD)
The Padres have a league-high 27.1 strikeout percentage, and their .292 wOBA ranks 28th. Gio Gonzalez’s swinging strike percentage is up from 8.7% last season to 10%. That’s resulted in a 9.78 K/9, which is just shy of his career mark of 9.94 set back in 2011. The lefty also has a career best 76.0 contact rate and is as steady as can be in 2018, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his seven starts. When Gio does that, the Nationals usually give him enough run support for the win.
Rick Porcello @ NYY ($10.8 DK / $9.4 FD)
You may get Rick Porcello at a lower ownership than in the past due to his matchup against the Yankees. People sometimes don’t want to pay for a pitcher against New York, mostly because they want to use some of their bats, and the fact they can explode offensively at any moment. However, don’t shy away from Porcello, who already spun seven scoreless innings against NY this season; he fanned six and allowed only two hits. Porcello has a sparkling 0.82 WHIP, and his K/9 rate is up for the third straight season. The Yankees strikeout rate on the year ranks inside the top 10, and their 27.8 percent mark over the last two weeks is the second highest.
Julio Teheran @ TB ($8.9 DK / $7.4 FD)
Julio Teheran is averaging 25 DraftKings points a game over his last four starts (does not include outing he left due to shoulder injury). The Rays are in the middle of the pack when it comes to average, runs and strikeouts, but this is a very winnable game for the Braves and an Terheran is a cash saver in tournaments. He’s riding a career high 8.51 K/9 and 12.3 swinging strike rate. He’s averaging well over 40 FanDuel points a game over this run and is one of the better values according to RotoQL.
Others to consider: Alex Wood
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for May 9, 2018
Jonathan Schoop vs. KC ($3.5 DK / $2.7 FD)
Jonathan Schoop played his first game in nearly a month last night. He picked up two RBI and scored a run. Still, his price is not adjusted for a player who hit 32 home runs and 35 doubles last season. The second baseman hit .300 with 10 homers vs. LHP in 2017, and Eric Skoglund has already allowed four home runs in 26.1 innings this season. The Royals pitcher has a 50.6 hard hit rate, which is the second highest in baseball. Keep an eye on whether Schoop plays this evening, but yesterday he was Baltimore’s cleanup hitter.
Nelson Cruz @ TOR ($4.2 DK / $3.7 FD)
Jaime Garcia’s 1.60 WHIP this season is the highest of any pitcher on the board tonight, and he’s already allowed eight home runs. His 42.7 hard hit rate is the ninth highest among pitchers with 30 innings. Plus, he has a career high 42.4 fly ball rate so far this season. Nelson Cruz is a career .292 hitter against LHPs, and he hit 19 home runs against southpaws in 2016. Most of the Mariners bats check in as great values at RotoQL.
Nick Markakis @ TB ($3.9 DK / $3.9 FD)
Playing Nick Markakis will not only save you some cash, but it’ll allow you to get a piece of this Braves offense if you’re looking to stack it — and you should. Markakis has hit in the cleanup spot all season, and he has a solid .333 average with six home runs and 25 RBI. His 17 hits off LHPs is tied for the fourth most, and his .386 average ranks 13th. Markakis is popping up in several of my RotoQL-optimized lineups.
Lucas Duda @ BAL ($3.4 DK / $2.5 FD)
This is more about Andrew Cashner than it is Lucas Duda. The Orioles pitcher has allowed nine home runs this season and has a brutal 4.42 BB/9. Cashner also enters tonight’s game with a career high 44.7 fly ball rate. Duda has a 46.7 fly ball rate for his career, and 81 of his last 97 home runs have come against right-handed pitching.
Others to consider: Kurt Suzuki, Mike Zunino, Freddie Freeman, Cesar Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Mike Moustakas, Anthony Rendon, Manny Machado, Jean Segura, Mookie Betts, Teoscar Hernandez, Jorge Soler, Odubel Herrera
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for May 9, 2018
Mariners @ Jaime Garcia
Braves vs. Ryan Yarbrough
Orioles vs. Eric Skoglund
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