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MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 8, 2018

Baseball is rolling with a good slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for 6/8/18. The main slate on DraftKings includes 14 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST, and FanDuel’s main slate also includes 14 games starting at the same time.

For today, we’re listing our top 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. This is important to consider when constructing a roster. Remember that more than in other sports, variance is a huge part of baseball. Even Jose Altuve 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 8, 2018

Justin Verlander @ TEX ($12.4k DraftKings, $11.6k FanDuel)

While other SPs on this full slate may have a bit more upside, Justin Verlander is arguably the safest play. He’s posted 11 consecutive Quality Starts with a 1.08 ERA and 10.76 K/9 ratio during that span. Also, Verlander has already dominated this Rangers lineup thrice this season. While familiarity can sometimes benefit an offense, Texas simply doesn’t have the guns to compete with his increasingly efficient arsenal. The Rangers are posting the third-lowest batting average (.228) with the third-highest K-Rate (25.6%) in the Majors this year. Verlander has somehow only given up 2 ER (0.44) with a meager 10.9% line drive rate on the road this season and simply knows how to navigate a weak MLB lineup.

Chris Sale vs. CWS ($11.1k DraftKings, $11.5k FanDuel)

In his first start against his former team, Chris Sale gave up 6 runs (5 ER) on 10 hits in an uncharacteristically poor start. Perhaps he just wanted to beat the organization so badly that he overthrew the ball. Tonight, maybe he’ll be able to center himself and dominate one of the weakest teams in the Majors. The White Sox rank 28th in collective batting average (.223) with the highest K-Rate (27.7%) against LHPs this year. While Sale has sputtered recently against the elite Braves and Astros offenses, he’s sporting around the same lofty K/9 ratio (12.22) and excellent SIERA (2.70) as he did during a Cy Young-caliber season last year. Most importantly, manager Alex Cora is letting his ace top 100 pitches routinely, which could allow Sale to exceed his projection of 26.4 DK points, according to models on RotoQL.

J.A. Happ vs. BAL ($10.4k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)

The Blue Jays lefty has been their best SP this year by far, and J.A. Happ makes for a solid mid-tier option tonight against the worst offense in the A.L. by the numbers. Baltimore is dead last in the Majors in terms of wOBA (.293) and has scored the third-fewest runs (54) when facing lefties this year. The Orioles are posting the highest swinging strike rate (12.9%), and Happ boasts a career-high 11.2% swinging strike rate with a 30% K-Rate this season. Current O’s are 54-for-224 (.241) with a 29% K-Rate in their careers against Happ. Plus, he recently handled Baltimore on the road to the tune of 1 ER and 9 Ks over 6 strong IP.

Frankie Montas vs. KC ($7.9k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)

His start was pushed back to Friday, and Frankie Montas is certainly worth deploying after getting a little extra rest. The Athletics’ young RHP posted a 10.13 K/9 ratio over 32 IP last season. Yet he gave up 10 HRs to jeopardize his chances at staying in the big leagues. Now, he’s pitching more efficiently with a lower K-Rate (17%), allowing him to dominate the weak D’Backs and Royals lineups over two strong starts. He’ll face Kansas City again within the spacious confines of Oakland Coliseum, but keep an eye on the weather with winds expected to be blowing out to RF at 15-20 MPH tonight.

Other pitchers to consider: Jacob deGrom, Trevor Bauer, Masahiro Tanaka, Luke Weaver, Garrett Richards, Jakob Junis

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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 8, 2018

Jose Altuve @ TEX ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)

The Astros are a premier stacking option tonight against a SP who’s been boom or bust over the last few seasons. Doug Fister has given up 6 ER in consecutive home starts, and it’s safe to wonder if the sweltering air at Rangers Ballpark is negatively affecting his sinker ball. Jose Altuve ranked 7.2 runs above average against sinkers last year and is 6.5 runs above average against sliders this year, per Brooks Baseball. Fister throws his sinker 60% of the time and a cut fastball 15% of the time. He’s been rocked to the tune of a 39.6% hard contact rate and 18.5% HR/FB ratio this season. Altuve is a good bet to meet or exceed his projection of 10.2 DK points on RotoQL tonight.

Jon Jay @ COL ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)

Acquired from Kansas City on June 6, Jon Jay could make his D’Backs debut tonight and serve as a relatively cheap option at Coors Field. The veteran lefty is hitting .307 with a .737 OPS this season and doesn’t carry much upside on his own. But he could set the table for Paul Goldschmidt and company in a plus matchup. Young Rockies RHP German Marquez has been decent on the road yet horrific in the thin air at Coors this year — 7.22 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. Lefties are hitting .355 off Marquez at Coors. He’s putting plenty of runners on base with a 3.82 BB/9 ratio overall this season.

Marcell Ozuna @ CIN ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)

He was heating up 8 hits, including 2 HRs and 6 RBIs, over four appearances earlier this week. There’s a chance Marcell Ozuna gets back on his hot streak in a winnable matchup tonight. Reds reclamation project Matt Harvey continues to struggle while allowing 4 ER in consecutive starts. He’s giving up a 27.5% line drive rate when facing RHBs and a 1.75 HR/9 ratio overall. Plus, pitching at the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark can’t help his case. Ozuna is 9-for-24 in his career against Harvey, and positive results are bound to come for a slugger with a 45.3% hard contact rate on the year. He’s projected for 9 DK points on RotoQL, indicating his upside relative to his modest price tag.

Derek Dietrich vs. SD ($3.7k DraftKings, $2.9k FanDuel)

Despite hitting .542 with a ridiculous 1.413 OPS over the past week, Derek Dietrich is likely to see low ownership tonight in a LvL matchup. Yet he faces a rookie southpaw in Eric Lauer who may not be able to go deep into this road start. Lefties are 12-for-34 (.354) with 3 doubles and a HR off Lauer this season. Dietrich’s power numbers declined, but he’s still hitting .250 with a 40.7% hard contact rate against LHPs this season, so he could continue his tear against Lauer or perhaps do some damage against the Padres shaky bullpen tonight.

Other hitters to consider: J.D. Martinez, Jose Ramirez, Brandon Nimmo, Alex Bregman, Paul Goldschmidt, Christian Yelich, Matt Carpenter, Mitch Moreland, Juan Soto, Marwin Gonzalez

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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 8, 2018

Astros vs. Doug Fister (Rangers)
Brewers vs. Vince Velasquez (Phillies)
Angels vs. Lance Lynn (Twins)

Diamondbacks vs. German Marquez (Rockies)
Red Sox vs. Dylan Covey (White Sox)

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Nate Weitzer
Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.