MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 22, 2018
There are seven games on the main MLB DFS slate for Friday, 6/22/18. 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 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!
*There are weather concerns in Cincinnati, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta and Chicago (White Sox) tonight. So keep an eye on the forecast.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for June 22, 2018
Sean Newcomb vs. BAL ($10.5k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
Only the White Sox have managed fewer runs than the Orioles (64) against LHPs, and Baltimore is posting an even lower collective wOBA (.295) against the platoon. Sean Newcomb is a capable young southpaw in the midst of a breakout campaign with a 2.70 ERA and 3.23 FIP to go 8-2 for the first-place Braves. He’s showcased swing-and-miss stuff (10.6% swinging strike rate), while holding opposing batters to a 16% line drive rate this season. The O’s rank dead last with a collective 28.8% hard contact rate when facing lefties. Newcomb is a great bet for a win at home tonight with vulnerable RHP Alex Cobb going for Baltimore, which is part of why he’s projected for 19 DK points, according to models on RotoQL. Just keep an eye on the forecast in Atlanta because delays could potentially shorten his start.
Jack Flaherty @ MIL ($9.8k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
A late first-round pick with plenty of potential, Jack Flaherty is starting to flash upside in DFS contests with a 26.7% K-Rate and 12% swinging strike rate this season. He’s rocking a 4.95 K/BB ratio with a .203 BAA since May 1 and faces a Brewers team tonight that’s posting the sixth-highest K-Rate (24.9%) in the Majors when facing RHPs this season. The 22-year-old RHP struck out nine Brewers while allowing 1 ER over 6 IP in his season debut and has continued to improve under the Cardinals renowned pitching coaches since then.
Dallas Keuchel vs. KC ($8.4k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
While he hasn’t been performing up to his lofty standards, Dallas Keuchel’s peripheral stats are solid with a 3.80 SIERA and a 55.6% ground ball rate this season. The Astros are heavily favored at home tonight against a Royals team that ranks dead last in wOBA (.273) over the last month. Meanwhile, Houston’s offense leads the Majors with a scorching .311 collective batting average over the last 14 days. Current Royals are 28-for-113 (.248) with 24 Ks in their careers against Keuchel, who has been victimized by the long ball this year but is well worth deploying against a power-deficient lineup.
Tanner Roark vs. PHI ($8.3k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)
Storms could create some concerns in the Washington area tonight, but Tanner Roark represents a good value if the forecast looks decent enough for him to see his usual workload. The steady RHP is posting a 3.87 ERA with a 44% ground ball rate and the very same 19.8% line drive rate he allowed last season. The matchup is ideal against a Phillies team with the highest K-Rate (26.6%) and fifth-lowest batting average (.234) when facing RHPs this season. Roark has recorded 15 Ks over his last two home starts (12 IP) against the Phillies and has the backing of a dangerous Nats offense.
Other pitchers to consider: Patrick Corbin, Jose Quintana, Alex Wood, Sean Manaea, Chris Stratton, Wade LeBlanc
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 22, 2018
Jose Ramirez vs. DET ($5.6k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
Few hitters bring the same type of category upside to the table as Jose Ramirez, who is following up a breakout 2017 campaign with an even better season. His average is down a bit, but his power numbers are up with a .417 wOBA and 1.002 OPS. Ramirez is also ahead of last season’s pace with 10 SB already. Plus, he could run off Tigers RHP Mike Fiers and battery-mate James McCann. Fiers is giving up a 2.10 HR/9 ratio with a 5.45 FIP when facing LHBs this season, and Ramirez happens to be 6-for-16 with a HR in his career against Fiers. Ramirez is projected for 10.3 DK points on on RotoQL tonight, indicating his upside at the heart of a Cleveland stack.
Max Muncy vs. NYM ($4.5k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
Citi Field moved in its fences ahead of this season, leading to a higher HR Factor. But it’s not as if Max Muncy and the slugging Dodgers needed much help to leave the yard. The Dodgers have hit the second-most HRs (45) in the Majors over the last 30 days with Muncy accounting for 11 of those bombs. He boasts a .330 ISO Mark and 27.8% HR/FB ratio when facing righties, so he’s worth a long look against inconsistent Mets RHP Zack Wheeler. Wheeler is giving up a 41.1% hard contact rate against the platoon and has struggled at home with a 4.53 xFIP and 5.14 ERA over 35 IP.
Ender Inciarte vs. BAL ($4.6k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention stacking lefties against Orioles RHP Alex Cobb, who is allowing LHBs to hit .370 with a 26.8% line drive rate and 2.00 HR/9 ratio this season. Freddie Freeman and switch-hitting stud Ozzie Albies are the high-priced options to consider along with Nick Markakis, but Ender Inciarte is a cheap way to get some exposure to Atlanta’s capable offense on FD. He’s moved down in the order but is still producing with 7 hits, including 2 doubles and a HR, over the past week.
Marwin Gonzalez vs. KC ($3.6k DraftKings, $2.5k FanDuel)
The Astros should be all over Royals southpaw Danny Duffy tonight. The soft-throwing lefty is posting the second-highest FIP (5.58) amongst qualified pitchers this year and coughing up a 1.85 HR/9 ratio with a 39.1% hard contact rate. While Jose Altuve and George Springer represent the top-tier options in an Astros stack, Marwin Gonzalez is a more economical addition with a good floor-ceiling combination in his own right. The switch hitter is batting .293 with a 43.9% hard contact rate when facing LHPs this season and has been scorching throughout June with a .515 wOBA and 1.238 OPS. He’s projected for 7.5 DK points on RotoQL tonight, which would certainly allow him to exceed value.
Other hitters to consider: Nolan Arenado, Jose Altuve, Paul Goldschmidt, Brian Dozier, Justin Smoak, Michael Brantley, Mark Canha, Joc Pederson, Jed Lowrie, Ryan Flaherty, Evan Gattis
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 22, 2018
Astros vs. Danny Duffy (Royals)
Braves vs. Alex Cobb (Orioles)
Athletics vs. James Shields (White Sox)
Angels vs. Marco Estrada (Blue Jays)
Indians vs. Mike Fiers (Tigers)
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