MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for May 16, 2018
There are five games on the main MLB DFS slate for Wednesday, 5/16/18. 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 16, 2018
Chris Sale vs. OAK ($11.8 DK / $11.4 FD)
It’s hard to imagine Chris Sale not checking in as the highest-priced pitcher on the board, especially with only five games on the main slate. Sale has 17 strikeouts in his last two outings and has hit the double-digit strikeout mark three times this season. That includes a start earlier in the year against Oakland where he fanned 10 over seven innings. Nothing against Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, but those two are scheduled to pitch against two top offenses. The Strikeout potential is there for all three, the highest projected win total goes to Sale.
Walker Buehler @ MIA ($8.5 DK / $9.5 FD)
Walker Buehler’s first big league start came against Miami, and he struck out five over five scoreless innings, allowing only four hits in the process. Buehler has allowed only 15 hits and four runs over his 22 innings, and he has an impressive 27 strikeouts. The Dodgers’ top pitching prospect coming into the season has yet to face a tough opponent this season, and that won’t change tonight as the Marlins have the fifth-lowest average and lowest run total.
Others to consider: Justin Verlander
Best MLB DFS Hitters for May 16, 2018
Ben Zobrist @ ATL ($3.5 DK / $2.6 FD)
Keep a close eye on the Chicago lineup, because Joe Maddon likes to change his leadoff hitter every other game. If it’s Ben Zobrist again, you may want to consider the cheap salary. Zobrist has an 82 percent contact rate this season. That’s what you want against Brandon McCarthy, who has the second highest contact percentage in baseball (86.9%) and has allowed the eleventh most hits (54). McCarthy’s strikeout rate remains one of the lowest again this season. He’s allowing not only more contact but also more home runs and walks. Even Ian Happ is in play tonight if he can find a way in the lineup. McCarthy may be good for his confidence, so it wouldn’t be shocking if he picks up the start. A Cubs stack projects well on RotoQL.
Andrew Benintendi vs. OAK ($4.3 DK / $4.3 FD)
*UPDATED – Trevor Cahill will start in place of Kendall Graveman which is a slight downgrade to the Red Sox stack. Cahill has picked up a lot of swing and misses, but they have came against poor teams.
Kendall Graveman is another pitcher who has a high contact rate for his career (83.7%). Graveman has already allowed 44 hits, 32 runs, and nine home runs. The Athletics pitcher was recently sent down, and now he’s back up due to injuries in the rotation. Now, he’ll face off against a Boston team that ranks second in runs, average, and fourth in homers. Enter Andrew Benintendi, who has four three-hit games this month, including one last night where he logged a double and a home run. The outfielder has hits in eight straight games and raised his average from .229 to .266 over the last few weeks.
Alex Bregman @ LAA ($3.6 DK / $3.7 FD)
With the Cubs and Red Sox the clear-cut obvious stacks for the main slate, you may be able to get the Astros with less ownership. Plus, they are a bit cheaper than the Chicago and Boston bats. Alex Bregman’s slow start has resulted in a cheap price tag, but he’s showing signs of turning it around with hits in 11 of his last 13 games, plus six extra base hits in his last nine contests. The recent run has Bregman back in the two hole, and Garrett Richards has struggled with the long ball and free passes. The Angels’ pitcher has surrendered at least three walks in five of his eight starts.
Justin Turner @ MIA ($3.6 DK / $3.0 FD)
Justin Turner hit from the No. 3 spot in his 2018 debut yesterday, and he picked up a single. The Dodgers’ third baseman had a remarkable .380 average (4th best), .484 wOBA (2nd best), and 11 home runs (6th most) off lefties last season. If he finds himself in the lineup on back-to-back days after missing the first few weeks of the season due to a fractured wrist, take the discount and run. Turner has the second-highest projected point total among 3Bs according to RotoQL.
Others to consider: Willson Contreras, Tyler Flowers, Anthony Rizzo, Mitch Moreland, Jose Altuve, Javier Baez, Rafael Devers, Jose Bautista, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Giancarlo Stanton, Ian Happ
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for May 16, 2018
Cubs @ Brandon McCarthy
Red Sox vs. Kendall Graveman
Braves vs. Tyler Chatwood
Astros @ Garrett Richards