MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 10, 2018
Happy Sunday, DFSers. We’re back for another full slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for 6/10/18. The main slates on both DraftKings and FanDuel kick off at 1:05 p.m. EST. We’ve got 11 games in play at DraftKings, while FanDuel’s main slate features nine.
For today, we’re listing our MLB DFS best picks at pitcher, hitter, 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 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 for an MLB slate.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for June 3, 2018
James Paxton @ TB ($12.5k DraftKings, $10.1k FanDuel)
When it comes to matchups, Paxton is at the top of the list today at RotoQL, and for good reason. Paxton is averaging more fantasy points per game over his last 10 than any other pitcher on the slate. In his last outing, Paxton went 7.2 innings against the reigning champion Houston Astros, striking out six, while allowing just one run.
Meanwhile, the opposing Rays aren’t winning much these days. They’re in complete rebuild mode (outside of Carlos Gomez, apparently). The team is filled with youth, but with that inexperience come strikeouts and losses. They’ve lost eight of their last nine games, while Paxton has won four of his last six. Paxton is extremely expensive, but the matchup is very good. Paxton is a great option in Cash games. That said, I might consider fading in GPPs to load up on some expensive bats listed later.
Brandon Woodruff vs. PHI ($6.0k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
Woodruff doesn’t inspire much confidence, but you know what inspires even less confidence? This Phillies offense. They now have the highest per-game strikeout rate in the entire league, and they’re averaging 13 strikeouts per game over their last three games. While Woodruff looked pedestrian in his last outing against the Diamondbacks, one start prior, against that same Diamondbacks team, he racked up six strikeouts and got the win after five innings of work. The Phillies are averaging 2.73 runs per game over their last 15, meaning they at least appear to be struggling far worse than the Diamondbacks at this point in the season. With Woodruff’s strikeout abilities, and the Phillies strikeout woes, he carries significant upside at his price point, but stick to GPPs.
Carlos Martinez @ CIN ($9.3k DraftKings, $8.2k FanDuel)
In 13 innings of work against the Reds this season, Martinez has allowed just five hits. He’s also allowed zero runs while managing 18 strikeouts. While he missed most of May due to injury, Martinez seemed to have his velocity in his return last week. It wasn’t a miraculous outing, but he still earned five strikeouts over just four innings, while allowing two earned runs. Meanwhile, the Reds have lost six of their last seven games, and Martinez is 3-1 over the past 3.5 seasons at Great American Ballpark.
Martinez should have knocked off most of the rust since his injury, and Cincinnati should be the first step in his return to the Cy Young race, though he’s got more than a little work cut out for him. Martinez is good to go in Cash and GPPs alike.
Other pitchers to consider: Corey Kluber, Clayton Richard, Rick Porcello
Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 10, 2018
Jose Ramirez vs. DET ($5.5 DraftKings, $4.9 FanDuel)
Ramirez is very expensive these days, and why shouldn’t he be? As the Cleveland’s best player, Ramirez has offensively led the way. He’s racked up 19 home runs so far this season, including 11 in May alone. And over his last 10 games alone, Ramirez has 11 hits, including four home runs and three doubles. Today, he’ll face Artie Lewicki, a young pitcher for Detroit who has a career ERA of 4.66. Plus, lefties knocked him around to the tune of a 1.027 OPS in 2017 (his rookie year). And, in his last start, Boston scored four runs across his 3.2 innings of action, though only two were earned. Ramirez will likely only face Lewicki twice, or potentially only once, but his switch hitting can make you comfortable with rostering him no matter who he’s facing. I’m confident that if any Cleveland batters go yard against Lewicki, it’s Ramirez. He’s viable in both Cash and GPPs.
Travis Shaw @ PHI ($4.6k DraftKings, $3.7k FanDuel)
Shaw is crushing right-handed pitching this year. Well, at least relative to what he’s doing against left-handed pitching. The Brewers slugger has 14 home runs on the season, and all 14 have come against RHPs. He’s also racked up an OPS of .960 against RHPs, compared to the measly .547 OPS against LHPs. Today, he’ll face Zach Eflin of the Phillies. Playing on the road in Philly has been good for Shaw over the past 3.5 season—he’s earned five hits in 14 at bats, including two doubles and a home run at Citizens Bank Park. While he’s never faced Eflin, the splits are hard to ignore, and Shaw is on my Cash and GPP shortlist today.
Gregory Polanco @ CHI ($3.8k DraftKings, $2.8k FanDuel)
Kyle Hendricks isn’t dazzling us this year, and it has a lot to do with his struggles against left-handed bats. He’s allowed seven home runs to lefties, compared to five to righties, even though right-handed hitters have 43 more at bats against Hendricks than left-handed hitters. Harrison has faced Hendricks 27 times, earning 10 hits and a walk across those meetings. Two of those hits were doubles, while another two were home runs.
Hendricks just got lit up by the Phillies at home, allowing five earned runs across five innings. While he allowed just (just?) one home run, it came to lefty outfielder Nick Williams. While Polanco is currently hitting under the Mendoza Line, his BA is 29.3% higher against right-handed pitchHappy ing than left-handed pitching, and it’s 38.4% higher on the road than at home. Polanco is usually well-off my radar, but I’m making an exception today as all the pieces seem to be aligning.
Franmil Reyes @ MIA ($3.4k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
With six home runs in his last 13 games (and five in his last 10), Reyes headed into the weekend as one of the hotter bats on the slate. Today, he gets Jose Urena, a below-average RHP who has already allowed a home run to Reyes this season, and so far in his rookie season, Reyes has managed to hit at a rate of one home run per 11 at bats against RHPs, and a rate of one home run per 9.5 at bats against lefties. No matter who the Marlins roll out, Reyes is a contender to go long. After all, five of his home runs this season (out of six) have come at Petco Park. That should translate well to a road game at the pitcher-friendly Marlins Park, where Urena has allowed six of his eight home runs. He’s also 0-6 at home, making the Padres more appealing than usual. And, in his last outing, Urena allowed four runs on 10 hits across five innings, walking one and striking out three against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team whose offensive production is squarely in range with this Padres team. Reyes is an excellent GPP option across the industry, but understand the boom-or-bust nature of this play.
Other hitters to consider: Starlin Castro, Jake Lamb, Charlie Blackmon, Jose Altuve, Jurickson Profar, Austin Meadows, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Justin Upton, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley, Scott Schebler, Matt Carpenter, Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Jose Martinez, Eddie Rosario
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 10, 2018
Red Sox vs. Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox)
Indians vs. Artie Lewicki (Tigers)
Mariners vs. Nathan Eovaldi (Rays)
Astros vs. Matt Moore (Rangers)