MLB DFS DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Lineups & Picks for June 1, 2018
We’ve got a great slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for Friday, 6/1/18. The main slate on DraftKings includes 15 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST, and the FanDuel main slate also includes 15 starting at the same time.
For today, we’re listing our best 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. 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 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 June 1, 2018
Carlos Carrasco @ MIN ($10.7k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
It’s important not to overreact to recent results when crafting MLB DFS lineups. Thus, overlooking the fact that Carlos Carrasco has been tagged for 23 ER and 7 HRs over his last six starts will pay off in tournaments tonight. He’s been extremely effective against divisional foes over the past few seasons, including stellar efforts against the Royals, Tigers (x2), and Twins this year. Current Twins are 43-for-171 (.251) with a 31.6% K-Rate in their careers against Carrasco.
He’s posting a similar 13% swinging strike rate with a low 5.5% BB Rate this season, and that’s been a successful formula for him in the past. So perhaps he can get back on track against a Twins team that’s scored the fifth-fewest runs (43) in the Majors over the last 14 days. Winds are also expected to be blowing in at over 10 MPH tonight at Target Field. If Carrasco is able to exceed his projection of 19 DK points according to models on RotoQL while Gerrit Cole and Chris Sale fall short of value in tough matchups, he could swing the tide as a contrarian GPP play.
Jaime Barria vs. TEX ($9.3k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)
Jaime Barria is off to a great start with a 2.97 ERA and 4-1 record over his first six MLB starts and is quite cheap on FD tonight. Having the backing of the elite Angels offense certainly doesn’t hurt his prospects, nor will facing an inept Rangers offense at home. As a team, Texas is posting the fourth-lowest collective batting average (.230) with the second-highest K-Rate (25.8%) in the Majors this season and posts a weak collective .295 wOBA on the road. While Barria only has a 7.12 K/9 ratio, his 11.8% swinging strike rate indicates his potential upside. Plus, he has a slider that rates five runs above average, according to Brooks Baseball.
Miles Mikolas vs. PIT ($8.7k DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)
While Miles Mikolas was able to spin his first career CGSO against the hapless Royals, he’s not necessarily a high-upside play to deploy in GPP formats. However, the 29-year-old does carry a high floor given his minuscule 2.7% BB Rate and 50% ground ball rate this season. He should be able to pitch deep into tonight’s home start against a Pirates team that’s scored the third-fewest runs (46) in the National League over the last 14 days. Mikolas was a bit unlucky to allow 4 ER on 5 hits in a start at Pittsburgh Sunday. Yet he could correct those mistakes at Busch Stadium, where he’s sporting a stellar 1.68 FIP, 1.53 ERA and 24.0 K/BB ratio over four starts this season.
Other pitchers to consider: Chris Sale, Masahiro Tanaka, Nick Pivetta, Mike Foltynewicz, Jameson Taillon, Mike Leake
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 1, 2018
Mike Trout vs. TEX ($6.0k DraftKings, $5.4k FanDuel)
As mentioned above, the Angels should be all over 45-year-old Bartolo Colon tonight. The hefty righty depends on batters “getting themselves out” with a 91.9% Z-Contact Rate and 2.8% BB Rate this season. Believe it or not, the best player in baseball is unlikely to comply. Mike Trout is posting the highest line drive rate (24.7%) and hard contact rate (45.3%) of his career. He crushes change-ups (7.62 runs above average) and two-seam fastballs, which comprise 76% of the pitches Colon is throwing this year. It’s no surprise that Trout is 10-for-18 with 3 HRs and a SB in his career against Colon and that he leads all hitters with a projection of 17.1 FPs on RotoQL in this plus matchup.
Justin Turner @ COL ($4.6k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
The Dodgers have a couple of relative values to consider as part of a stack tonight at Coors Field in Chris Taylor and Enrique (Kike) Hernandez. But if you want to shoot for the moon in GPP formats, you should use the hot-hitting Matt Kemp or Justin Turner. Turner was more deadly in RvR matchups early in his career. Then, he changed that trend by hitting .380 with a .484 wOBA and 43.4% hard contact rate against the platoon last season. He’s a .352 hitter in his career at Coors Field and faces a vulnerable Tyler Anderson tonight. The southpaw is posting a 25.2% line drive rate and 3.58 BB/9 ratio this season. Turner happens to be 9-for-17 with 3 doubles and a HR in his career against Anderson and seems to be back in rhythm after missing the first six weeks of the season.
Brandon Nimmo vs. CHC ($4.0k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
The Mets have moved Brandon Nimmo into a leadoff role. The 25-year-old LHB has justified that move by consistently producing against right-handed pitching. Nimmo is flashing tons of upside with a .468 wOBA and .329 ISO mark against the platoon and is 18-for-54 (.333) with 5 HRs and 7 XBH over the last 16 days. Cubs RHP Tyler Chatwood is allowing a 6.03 xFIP and 35.6% hard contact rate when facing lefties this year and posting a notable 20.3% BB Rate overall, so he could get into trouble against the Mets’ lefty-heavy lineup.
Jed Lowrie @ KC ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
The Athletics offense continues to struggle. But it could break out in a plus matchup against a 33-year-old pitcher who’s in the midst of his worst campaign in years. Royals RHP Ian Kennedy is posting a 5.15 ERA with a 29.1% line drive rate and his lowest ground ball rate (30.7%) since his rookie year. Lefties are scorching Kennedy to the tune of a 35.1% line drive rate. Now, Jed Lowrie has been the most consistent lefty for Oakland all year. The switch hitter is batting .351 with a 1.140 OPS on the road against RHP and had logged 5 hits over three appearances prior to going 0-for-5 Thursday.
Other hitters to consider: Aaron Judge, Matt Kemp, Francisco Lindor, Anthony Rizzo, Odubel Herrera, Zack Cozart, Lorenzo Cain, J.T. Realmuto, Brandon Crawford, Teoscar Hernandez, Enrique Hernandez
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 1, 2018
Dodgers vs. Tyler Anderson (Rockies)
Angels vs. Bartolo Colon (Rangers)
Yankees vs. Kevin Gausman (Orioles)
Brewers vs. Hector Santiago (White Sox) – GPP Only
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