MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 12, 2018
Baseball is rolling with a good slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for 6/12/18. The main slate on DraftKings includes 15 games starting at 7:05 p.m. EST, and FanDuel’s main slate also includes 15 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 12, 2018
Aaron Nola vs. COL ($12.0k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
Pitching against the Rockies’ lefty-heavy lineup away from Coors Field, Aaron Nola should make ample use of his breaking ball tonight. That pitch rated 18.6 runs above average last year, according to Brooks Baseball, and he’s thrown it 30.1% of the time over four MLB seasons. Nola is holding LHBs to a .239 wOBA with a 22.1% line drive rate and 3.3% HR/FB ratio this season. He’s striking out RHBs to the tune of an 11.9 K/9 ratio and sporting a 1.94 ERA at home as well. He’s been quite consistent with quality starts in 10 of his last 11 appearances and stands to meet or exceed his projection of 20.6 DK points, according to models on RotoQL.
Mike Foltynewicz vs. NYM ($11.8k DraftKings, $9.0k FanDuel)
Few pitchers have made the same type of leap this year as Mike Foltynewicz, who is sporting a 3.70 SIERA and 2.98 FIP after getting tagged for a 4.79 FIP last season. He’s struck out 21 batters over his last two home starts to raise his K/9 ratio to 12.23 K/9 ratio at Turner Field and faces a relatively weak Mets offense tonight that’s posting the sixth-highest swinging strike rate (11.6%) this year. Over the last 14 days, the Mets have the lowest collective batting average (.193) and second-fewest runs scored (34) in the Majors. Foltynewicz is holding LHBs to a .199 average with an 11.19 K/9 ratio against the platoon and should do well against the Mets lefty-heavy lineup.
Miles Mikolas vs. SD ($10.9k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
Like many Cardinals pitchers before him, Miles Mikolas seems to have found a recipe for success thanks to a great coaching staff. He’s posting a 50.8% ground ball rate and a minuscule 2.9% BB Rate, forcing weaker teams to swing. That recipe elicited 13 ground ball outs over 6.2 innings in a start at San Diego last month. And it should allow him to post another Quality Start at home, where he’s been extremely stingy with a 1.28 ERA and 1.99 FIP this season. The Padres are posting the third-lowest wOBA (.290) with the third-highest K-Rate (25.7%) against RHPs this season, increasing his upside.
Jake Odorizzi vs. DET ($7.2k DraftKings, $7.1k FanDuel)
The Twins have a mercurial RHP in Jake Odorizzi, but he could pay dividends as a cheap GPP play against a Tigers lineup that’s far less effective against righties. Detroit is 26th in collective wOBA (.297) with the lowest BB Rate (6.8%) in the Majors against RHPs. The Tigers swing at the third-most pitches outside the strike zone (33.5%), which should help Odorizzi since he’s a bit wild with a 3.57 BB/9 ratio this year. He’s a heavy slider pitcher and should get Detroit’s RHBs to chase, as most of them have very limited experience facing Odorizzi.
Other pitchers to consider: Eduardo Rodriguez, Lance McCullers, Clay Buchholz, Jon Gray, Mike Leake
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 12, 2018
J.D. Martinez @ BAL ($5.5k DraftKings, $5.0k FanDuel)
Even with potential MVP candidate Mookie Betts back in the lineup, J.D. Martinez is the Red Sox bat to target in another plus matchup. He’s tortured Orioles pitching over the last three seasons with a .364 average, 1.307 OPS, and 7 HRs over 71 plate appearances. David Hess, tonight’s starter for Baltimore, is giving up a 1.84 HR/9 ratio with a 5.18 SIERA so far in his rookie season and will be hard pressed to deal with Boston’s twin sluggers. Martinez actually homered twice off Hess in a meeting earlier this season, so he’ll be a popular play. But with a healthy projection of 10.6 DK points on RotoQL, he should be worth his hefty price tag.
Brandon Crawford @ MIA ($4.1k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
Few hitters have been as hot as Brandon Crawford over the last several weeks, and he’s unlikely to slow down in a good matchup tonight. Marlin rookie RHP Trevor Richards is posting an impressive 29.2% K-Rate against lefties, but allowing a troublesome 30.6% line drive rate and a 44% hard contact rate against batters of both handedness. Crawford is hitting .533 with a 1.567 OPS and 42.3% hard contact rate this month. He went through all of May with a 37.6% line drive rate and is simply tattooing the ball right now. That should lead to more positive results in a spacious ballpark that has fast turf as well.
Yasiel Puig vs. TEX ($4.1k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
Last season, Bartolo Colon started strong before fading as the season progressed. We’re seeing a similar pattern develop with the 45-year-old this year. He’s been tagged for 8 ER and 3 HRs over his last two outings and faces a Dodgers offense tonight that’s finally coming around with the second-highest collective wOBA (.324) in the N.L. over the last 14 days. Yasiel Puig is hitting .386 (17-for-44) with 2 HRs during that span and matches up well against a RHP who pitches to contact. Colon is allowing a 46.4% hard contact rate and a notable 31% HR/FB ratio when facing RHBs this year, while Puig is posting a solid 36.4% hard contact rate in RvR situations.
Anthony Rendon @ NYY ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)
Clearly underpriced on DraftKings tonight, Anthony Rendon is projected for 8.9 DK points, according to models on RotoQL. He’s a lefty-killer facing a washed-up southpaw in C.C. Sabathia, who has given up 22 runs (18 ER) and 7 HRs with 10 walks over his last five outings. Rendon has never faced Sabathia but is hitting .346 with a .269 ISO mark on the road against lefties this year. He rates above average against curveballs and changeups, according to Brooks Baseball, and with an 88 MPH fastball, Sabathia is throwing his offspeed stuff 63% of the time this season.
Other hitters to consider: Jose Ramirez, Ozzie Albies, Max Muncy, Christian Yelich, Anthony Rizzo, Matt Carpenter, Melky Cabrera, Juan Soto, Whit Merrifield, Rafael Devers
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 12, 2018
Indians vs. James Shields (White Sox)
Dodgers vs. Bartolo Colon (Rangers)
Cubs vs. Chase Anderson (Brewers)
Red Sox vs. David Hess (Orioles)
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