MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 20, 2018
There are seven games on the main MLB DFS slate for Wednesday, 6/20/18. Below is a list of our best MLB DFS picks for pitchers, hitters, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for creating 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 critical 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 an MLB slate.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for June 20, 2018
David Price @ MIN ($9.7 DK / $8.6 FD)
The Minnesota Twins’ 24 K-rate against lefties heading into their start Tuesday against Chris Sale was the eighth highest in baseball. Sale had his way with Minny, striking out 11 over seven innings allowing only three hits. Price has been rock solid of late, allowing three or fewer runs in seven straight starts and two or fewer in six of those outings. He’s also allowed five or fewer hits in seven straight starts. Price vs. Lance Lynn is a pretty big mismatch to consider too.
*Updated – Twins’ 24.6 K% fifth highest vs. LHP.
Charlie Morton vs. TB ($12.2 DK / $10.0 FD)
Charlie Morton has come back down to earth slightly, but he’s still allowed two or fewer runs in eight starts this season and rocks a 11.43 K/9. Morton is 8-1 on the season with a 2.94 ERA and 51.3 ground ball rate. The Rays rank 28th in runs and 27th in wOBA over the last 30 days.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx @ KC ($4.0 DK / $6.2 FD)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx has spent about 10 seasons in the minors and hasn’t been great in his 80.1 innings over his Major League career (4.93 ERA). He’s allowed eight runs in his two outings this season, but he’s racked up 11 strikeouts over that span. With as hot as the Texas bats have been (four straight wins with 28 runs scored), Bibens-Dirkx is worth a shot with his price so low in what is a winnable game. He’s a decent punt play in tournaments on DraftKings where you have to roster two pitchers. The righty fanned six batters in his first start of the season against the Royals, who he’ll get again tonight.
Others to consider: Gio Gonzalez (Baltimore has a .293 wOBA vs. LHP), Jonathan Loaisiga (GPP)
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 20, 2018
Adrian Beltre @ KC ($3.6 DK / $3.4 FD)
Jakob Junis is coming off back-to-back starts in which he’s allowed 17 hits, 12 runs, and six home runs. He’s given up 18 home runs this season, which is one off the league-lead. His 43.9 fly ball rate is the 12th highest among qualified arms, and he has a 39.3 hard hit rate. He’s also allowed 83 hits on the season, the 19th most. As mentioned above, the Texas bats are red hot right now, which is not great news for Junis. Shin-soo Choo is a great play as he continues to lead off for the Rangers, but take the discount on Adrian Beltre who has a .378 average over the last two weeks. He checks in as one of the better values, according to RotoQL.
Jesus Aguilar @ PIT ($4.5 DK / $3.0 FD)
Jesus Aguilar enters with a 46 percent fly ball rate, 43.8 hard hit rate, and 14 home runs. He has three bombs in his last three starts with eight RBI. His nine homers over the last 30 days are one behind the league lead. Aguilar is a total steal on FanDuel.
Evan Gattis vs. TB ($4.3 DK / $3.4 FD)
The opposing Nathan Eovaldi has allowed 12 earned runs in his four starts this season, and they have all come over his last three outings. He’s also allowed four homers over those three games. Just about every Houston player will put a dent in your wallet, but there is a bit of value on Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis despite the latter being the highest priced catcher on DraftKings. That alone may make him a contrarian play on DK. Gattis has six multi-hit games over his last 11 starts with four home runs and 19 RBI. Hitting in that No. 6 or 7 spot has resulted in a lot of RBI opportunities, and he’ll likely get a few more this evening.
Ian Desmond vs. NYM ($4.4 DK / $3.7 FD)
Ian Desmond is starting to come around after a slow start to the season. He has hits in five straight games, with three multi-hit showings over that span. He also has four homers over his last eight games. Seth Lugo doesn’t give up a lot of bombs, but he allowed two in his last outing and has a 80.% contact rate for his career.
Others to consider: Devin Mesoraco, Yuli Gurriel, Ian Desmond, Jonathan Schoop (GPP), Jose Altuve, Rafael Devers, Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gonzalez, Nomar Mazara, Aaron Hicks, Starling Marte
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 20, 2018
Astros vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Rockies vs. Seth Lugo
Rangers @ Jakob Junis
Brewers @ Chad Kuhl
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