MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 19, 2018
Baseball is rolling with a good slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for 6/19/18. 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 picks for 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 19, 2018
Mike Clevinger vs. CWS ($10.8k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
You can consider fading the top two SP options on the board tonight because while Justin Verlander has been extremely stingy, his strikeout numbers don’t necessarily justify his price tag. Then, Chris Sale has been inconsistent and is on a pitch count, but Mike Clevinger is young and pitching with a ton of confidence right now. He dominated the White Sox with 11 Ks and 11 ground ball outs in his last start and faces the same weak offense at home tonight. The White Sox are posting the second-highest K-Rate (24.9%) among A.L. teams when facing RHPs. They also swing at the most pitches (34%) outside of the zone in the Majors. Clevinger is almost a sure bet to exceed his modest projection of 15.2 DK points, according to models on RotoQL.
Mike Soroka @ TOR ($8.9k DraftKings, $7.2k FanDuel)
The Mets may be struggling offensively, but spinning six no-hit innings against any MLB team is an impressive feat, and that’s just what Mike Soroka did in his first game back from a shoulder injury. He has a great chance to keep rolling against a Blue Jays team that is far from a threat. Josh Donaldson (calf) and Steve Pearce (oblique) remain out, further weakening Toronto’s lineup, while Soroka is flashing good stuff with an 11% swinging strike rate and a 93.3 MPH fastball on average as a rookie.
Rich Hill @ CHC ($6.6k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
Longevity has not been his strong suit, and the Dodgers are unlikely to use him past the fifth or sixth inning tonight, but Rich Hill is accordingly cheap and certainly worth a look in GPP formats with a projection of 21 DK points on RotoQL. The lefty spun six shutout innings in his season debut before succumbing to his chronic blister issue. Now that he’s let his finger heal, he should be good to go in a potential NLCS preview. The Cubs are less dangerous with the 10th-fewest runs scored (77) against LHPs this season. Hill has the advantage of facing most of their hitters for the first time.
Other pitchers to consider: Justin Verlander, Cole Hamels, Blake Snell, Carlos Rodon, Jameson Taillon, Luke Weaver
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 19, 2018
Paul Goldschmidt @ LAA ($5.7k DraftKings, $4.6k FanDuel)
The Diamondbacks’ struggling offense is turning around mostly thanks to a white-hot streak for Paul Goldschmidt. He’s hitting .439 with 3 XBH and 6 HRs to post a 1.496 OPS over his last 10 appearances and draws a plus matchup tonight against a minor league call-up. That man, Felix Pena, was roughed up for 3 ER and 2 HRs in two appearances this year. He is now posting a 5.50 FIP with a 17.2% HR/FB ratio over 38 MLB appearances. Goldschmidt’s previous struggles at home were mostly due to the adjusted conditions at Chase Field, but he’s hitting .333 with a .459 wOBA on the road this season and went 3-for-7 with a HR in his last trip to Angel Stadium.
Eugenio Suarez vs. DET ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
Eugenio Suarez has been a revelation for the last-place Reds with a .401 wOBA and 21.2% HR/FB ratio while slugging 14 dingers this year. He’s hitting .347 with a 1.145 OPS and ridiculous 60.5% hard contact rate when facing LHPs this year, so Tigers southpaw Matt Boyd would be wise to avoid the rising star. Boyd has been stingy but is posting a 4.74 xFIP and 3.97 ERA on the road this season. Suarez is projected for 9.5 DK points on RotoQL tonight and could slide under the radar with so many elite options at his position (read: Nolan Arenado at Coors Field).
Marcell Ozuna @ PHI ($4.4k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
He’s no longer an obvious bargain, but Marcell Ozuna is definitely worth consideration tonight. The Cardinals face a hard-throwing RHP in Vince Velasquez, whose fastball rates 1.7 runs below average this year, according to Brooks Baseball. Ozuna rated 17 runs above average against fastballs last year and is starting to rekindle his magic with a .411/.450/.821 slash line this month. Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park is a great place to hit, and Ozuna could push one of those fastballs over a short right-field fence.
Jose Bautista @ COL ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.1k FanDuel)
You can only use him in GPP formats, but Jose Bautista is worth a dart throw in the hopes he lifts a fly ball out of Coors Field tonight. He’s only managed 15 hits in his age 37 season, but seven have been doubles and two have been homers. “Joey Bats” should be in the Mets lineup with Jay Bruce (hip) getting re-evaluated Tuesday. He could serve as a cheap addition to a stack against RHP German Marquez. The Rockies starter is posting a 7.71 ERA with a .326 BAA and 22.2% HR/FB ratio this season, so he’s at least worth targeting with red-hot leadoff man Brandon Nimmo if you can afford him over a longshot like Bautista.
Other hitters to consider: Nolan Arenado, Ozzie Albies, Jose Martinez, Brandon Nimmo, Nick Castellanos, Adam Eaton, Gary Sanchez, Josh Harrison, Joey Gallo, Dee Gordon, Jed Lowrie
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 19, 2018
Braves vs. Jaime Garcia (Blue Jays)
Rockies vs. Jason Vargas (Mets)
Diamondbacks vs. Felix Pena (Angels)
Mets vs. German Marquez (Rockies) – GPP Only
Nationals vs. David Hess (Orioles)
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