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MLB DFS DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Lineups & Picks for June 5, 2018

We’ve got a great slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for Tuesday, 6/5/18. The main slate on DraftKings includes 14 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST, and the FanDuel main slate also includes 14 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 5, 2018

Max Scherzer vs. TB ($13.3k DraftKings, $12.0k FanDuel)

It’s tough to pay up for him without considering another true stud tonight in Corey Kluber, but Max Scherzer draws a superior matchup and seems simply untouchable when properly motivated. Tampa put together a nice winning streak but is struggling now with the fourth-fewest runs scored (41), eight-lowest batting average (.234) and third-lowest ISO mark (.126) over the last 14 days. The Rays swing at the fifth-highest number of pitches outside the zone (32.3%) this season. Then, Scherzer leads the league with a 17.5% swinging strike rate, so he should be able to pile up Ks whether throwing balls or strikes tonight. With a projection of 29.7 DK points, according to models on RotoQL, he should be worth his astronomical price tag.

Madison Bumgarner vs. ARI ($10.1k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)

He couldn’t ask for a better matchup in his first start of the season. You have to trust that Madison Bumgarner is tough enough to go deep into the ball game despite whatever concerns the Giants medical staff may have about his stamina. Arizona has been pitiful offensively, and with Paul Goldschmidt in the midst of a career-worst slump and A.J. Pollock on the DL, they are even more defenseless against lefties. The D’Backs rank dead last in batting average (.202), wOBA (.277) and are posting the fourth-highest K-Rate (24.1%) in the Majors over the last month. Bumgarner is rocking a 2.44 ERA and 9.11 K/9 ratio over his last 12 outings against Arizona and boasts a .200 BAA with a 2.28 ERA at home over the last three seasons.

Kyle Hendricks vs. PHI ($8.3k DraftKings, $8.0k FanDuel)

With Kyle Hendricks, you get security in knowing he’s been very steady throughout his career at Wrigley Field. He has a great chance at earning a Win with struggling RHP Zach Eflin taking the mound against a Cubs offense that leads the Majors with a collective .358 wOBA over the last month. Hendricks struggled on the road against divisional rival Pittsburgh but boasts a 2.38 ERA with a decent 21.4% K-Rate at home this year and will now face a Phillies lineup that’s significantly weakened with its best hitter (Rhys Hoskins) on the DL.

Steven Wright vs. DET ($5.3k DraftKings, $5.9k FanDuel)

It seems Steven Wright is so cheap on DK because he’s been pitching in relief this year and therefore may not have the stamina to go 6-plus innings. Yet he’s a knuckleballer, so that should be less of a concern. Plus, his numbers have been good with a 2.25 ERA and .167 BAA over 16 IP out of the bullpen this season. Wright faces a Tigers team that’s 9-18 while scoring the second-fewest runs (96) on the road this season. It’s well known that Detroit prefers to face lefties, partially explaining why Boston manager Alex Cora is going with Wright to break up his southpaw-heavy rotation.

Other pitchers to consider: Corey Kluber, Patrick Corbin, Andrew Heaney, Dallas Keuchel, Sean Manaea, Jordan Lyles

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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 5, 2018

J.D. Martinez vs. DET ($5.2k DraftKings, $4.6k FanDuel)

The “day-to-day” designation next to J.D. Martinez (due to mild back spasms Sunday) on both main DFS sites should keep his ownership rate down a bit in tournaments, but he’s clearly a premium play in this matchup. Young Tigers RHP Artie Lewicki is making his second career start and first this year after allowing a 28.6% line drive rate and 46.9% hard contact rate over six relief appearances. Martinez is posting an otherworldly 57.3% hard contact rate with a .446 ISO mark at Fenway Park this season and a 39.1% HR/FB ratio in RvR matchups.

Anthony Rizzo vs. PHI ($4.5k DraftKings, $3.9k FanDuel)

Despite breaking out of his early-season slump, Anthony Rizzo remains affordable. He’s a high-upside play at the heart of a potential Cubs stack tonight. As mentioned, Phillies RHP Zach Eflin has been tagged for 10 ER and 3 HRs over his last two starts, including a very rough outing against the lefty-heavy Dodgers lineup. Eflin is giving up a 2.53 HR/9 ratio with a 46.4% hard contact rate when facing LHBs this season and faces a hot-hitting Cubs lineup at Wrigley Field, which has a very high Home Run Factor for lefties. That explains Rizzo’s healthy projection of 9.5 DK points on RotoQL tonight.

Juan Soto vs. TB ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)

Until Adam Eaton (ankle) is able to return, Juan Soto should serve as a low-cost Cash play with a solid floor. He could bat high in the order tonight for Washington against veteran RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who has logged a .288 BAA and a weak 1.92 K/BB ratio in his career against the platoon. While it seems unsustainable, Soto boasts a .455 BABIP against RHPs thus far in his Major League career. While Eovaldi isn’t necessarily vulnerable to the Nationals’ power bats, he could give up some production to this promising young lefty.

Danny Valencia @ NYM ($3.1k DraftKings, $2.4k FanDuel)

He’s been on paternity leave and isn’t guaranteed to play every day, which is why Danny Valencia can offer a ton of salary relief on DK tonight. With the Mets starting LHP Jason Vargas, we should see Valencia in the lineup given his .310 average and .860 OPS against the platoon. Vargas is a ground-ball pitcher who is suddenly posting a troublesome 18.2% HR/FB ratio and 24.4% line drive rate this season, so even the weak Orioles offense has potential in this interleague matchup.

Other hitters to consider: Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, Kris Bryant, Mitch Moreland, Brandon Nimmo, Kyle Schwarber, Adrian Beltre, Marcell Ozuna, Asdrubal Cabrera

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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 5, 2018

Red Sox vs. Artie Lewicki (Tigers)
Mets vs. Alex Cobb (Orioles) – GPP Only
Cubs vs. Zach Eflin (Phillies)
Yankees vs. Marco Estrada (Blue Jays)

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