MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for May 30, 2018
There are 10 games on the main MLB DFS slate for Wednesday, 5/30/18. 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. **Several potential weather spots tonight, so keep an eye on the forecasts!**
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for May 30, 2018
Max Scherzer @ BAL ($13.9 DK / $11.8 FD)
Max Scherzer is expensive, but there’s really no reason to fade him. The Orioles have the seventh-highest strikeout rate in baseball. Combine that with Scherzer’s league-high 13.56 K/9 and you have yourself a pitcher you can at least roll out in Cash lineups. Scherzer ranks second in strikeout percentage (38.2%) and has a league-high 16.7 swinging strike percentage. Baltimore has a league-worst 12.6 SwStr% and their 36 runs scored over the last two weeks rank dead last.
James Paxton vs. TEX ($11.7 DK / $9.8 FD)
The Rangers enter with the second-highest strikeout rate on the season (25.8%), and it’s even higher against LHP (26.0%) James Paxton’s swinging strike percentage (13.8%) ranks ninth, his 32.7 strikeout percentage ranks fifth, as does his 11.63 K/9. Paxton against Matt Moore is also a pretty significant mismatch as Seattle is one of the hottest teams in the league right now.
Shohei Ohtani @ DET ($11.2 DK / $9.0 FD)
There’s a little bit of risk when playing Shohei Ohtani, only because he hasn’t started in 10 days, and the last time he had a long break like this he was wild. That start did come against powerful Red Sox team, and this one here against the Tigers is much better. Ohtani’s strikeout numbers rank with the best of them despite only a handful of starts. His 11.60 K/9 ranks seventh, his 15.4 swinging strike percentage ranks third, and his 32.3 strikeout percentage ranks eighth. Ohtani’s 65.7 contact rate is the best mark among pitchers with 40 innings.You can’t go wrong with any of the top three priced pitchers on DraftKings or FanDuel.
Jon Gray vs. SF ($7.5 DK / $6.7 FD)
If you’re looking for a low-owned, contrarian play in tournaments, Jon Gray is your guy. He’s been completely frustrating from a seasonal standpoint, but he’s the perfect GPP play due to his upside. Gray has had four starts where he’s allowed one or zero runs, but he’s had five outings in which he’s allowed five or more runs. He’s been one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball due to a high BABIP and low strand rate. His ERA sits at 5.40, but his FIP is a respectable 3.16. Gray also has a 10.36 K/9 and a solid 72.4 percent contact rate.
Others to consider: Ross Stripling, Kyle Hendricks
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for May 30, 2018
Justin Upton @ DET ($4.0 DK / $3.7 FD)
An Angels stack is very affordable tonight despite Mike Trout’s high price tag. They have a top-five offense and a great matchup against Mike Fiers, who enters with a 4.78 ERA and 5.88 K/9. The Tigers pitcher has allowed 11 home runs on the season and seven in his last five starts. In fact, Fiers has allowed a home run in seven of his nine starts, and at least two in a game four times. He also has a 81.4 contact rate. Ian Kinsler had his revenge on Detroit yesterday as the Angels put up a nine spot on them, and today it’ll be Justin Upton’s turn. Fiers has an extreme fly ball rate (43.9%), and Upton enters with 11 home runs.
Nelson Cruz vs. TEX ($4.4 DK / $3.2 FD)
Nelson Cruz homered yesterday to give him two in the past four games to go along with four RBI. Despite the recent run, Cruz may have a low ownership in tournaments given his struggles this season. This is a great spot for Cruz, who is a career .291 against lefties. Matt Moore has allowed 63 hits (18th most) and has the second-highest hard hit rate (47.7%). He’s also walking 4.54 per nine innings, had a 7.99 ERA, and has allowed 33 home runs dating back to last season. Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager are two of the better values tonight according to RotoQL given the matchup with Moore. Cruz’s price on FanDuel is too nice to pass up.
Trevor Story vs. SF ($4.8 DK / $4.4 FD)
Trevor Story’s .476 wOBA against southpaws ranks 10th and six home runs rank third. He’s hitting .318 vs LHP and hit .301 against them last season with 10 homers. He also had a solid .420 wOBA against left-handed pitching in 2017. Derek Holland’s 45.4 fly ball rate is one of the highest in the game as is his 39.6 hard hit rate. He’s also surrendered eight home runs after giving up 31 last season.
Others to consider: J.T. Realmuto, Mike Zunino, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Desmond, Luis Valbuena, Ozzie Albies, Zack Cozart, Kyle Seager, Anthony Rendon, Jean Segura, Andrelton Simmons, Mike Trout, Brandon Nimmo, Gerardo Parra
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for May 30, 2018
Angles @ Mike Fiers
Mariners vs. Matt Moore
Braves vs. Jason Vargas
Rockies vs. Derek Holland
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