MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 26, 2018
There are 14 games on the main MLB DFS slate for Tuesday, 6/26/18. 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 Detroit and Chicago (White Sox) tonight. So keep an eye on the forecast.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for June 26, 2018
Luis Severino @ PHI ($13.1k DraftKings, $10.6k FanDuel)
The fact that Luis Severino struggled in his last start and is still more expensive than Corey Kluber on DraftKings should keep his ownership rate down ahead of a superb matchup against the Phillies. Philadelphia has the highest K-Rate (26.3%) and seventh-lowest batting average (.238) when facing RHPs this year. Plus, he’ll get to face the pitcher spot in a National League ballpark. Severino is rocking a 2.24 ERA with a matching 2.33 FIP and 6.9% HR/FB ratio this year, so he should be able to keep the ball in the yard at Citizens Bank Park and meet his projection of 27.1 DK points, according to models on RotoQL.
James Paxton @ BAL ($12.5k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)
A great GPP play due to his strikeout upside, James Paxton carries a bit more safety in a fantastic matchup against the Orioles’ weak offense. Baltimore ranks dead last in collective wOBA (.292) with the second-fewest runs scored (280) among A.L. teams this year. They’re even worse with a .290 wOBA against lefties. Paxton just went through the gauntlet of A.L. East opponents (Tampa, Boston, New York Yankees), but now he faces a last-place team with few dangerous hitters other than Manny Machado. He boasts a 4.60 K/BB ratio and 2.89 FIP on the road this season and is a bit under priced due to his recent struggles.
Freddy Peralta vs. KC ($7.9k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
If you want to take a chance on a cheaper SP with upside, consider the Brewers rookie against a Royals team that’s dead last in collective wOBA (.261) with the fewest runs scored (71) over the last 30 days. Peralta burst onto the scene with a 13-strikeout performance at Coors Field in May and was sent down to the Minors after walking six in his next start. Then, he returned to strike out seven Pirates while allowing just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings last Tuesday. With a plus fastball and curveball, the 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic has the makings to be a star. Just don’t expect him to work past the sixth inning as the Brewers watch his workload.
Anibal Sanchez vs. CIN ($7.8k DraftKings, $7.1k FanDuel)
After his promising start to the season was derailed by a hamstring strain, Anibal Sanchez seemed to regain his form in holding the dangerous Nationals and Dodgers to just 5 hits and 2 ER over two outings before shutting out the Padres. He struggled at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but should bounce back against one of the worst teams in the Majors this year. The last-place Reds are 15-22 with a -43 run differential and the fourth-lowest collective ISO mark (.135) in the MLB when playing on the road. Sanchez is rocking a 1.71 ERA and .160 BAA at Turner Field and has the skill set necessary to slow down Joey Votto and the Reds slew of left-handed bats.
Other pitchers to consider: Corey Kluber, Charlie Morton, Zack Godley, Jon Lester, David Price, Derek Holland
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Best MLB DFS Hitters for June 26, 2018
J.D. Martinez vs. LAA ($5.7k DraftKings, $4.8k FanDuel)
It’s almost required to get some exposure to a Red Sox stack tonight at Fenway against a vulnerable young LHP. John Lamb is posting a notable 27.3% HR/FB ratio with a 44% hard contact rate over his first two appearances with the Angels. Tonight, he faces a merciless lineup led by two of the hottest hitters in baseball. To name one, J.D. Martinez boasts a .492 wOBA with a 54.6% hard contact rate and 44.1% HR/FB ratio at Fenway Park this season. He’s been quieter against lefties this year but finished second in the Majors with a .531 wOBA against the platoon last season. He’s flashing power to all fields and could very well exceed his projection of 11.2 DK points, according to models on RotoQL tonight.
George Springer vs. TOR ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
While J.D. Martinez is a lefty killer to deploy in any format, George Springer represents a home run threat worth using in tournaments tonight against another young southpaw. The Blue Jays have called up 6-foot-4 LHP Ryan Borucki to face an Astros team that’s second in the Majors with a collective .276 batting average and fourth with a .343 wOBA against lefties. Despite his recent slump, Springer is hitting .318 with a .419 wOBA and 28% HR/FB ratio when facing LHPs this season. Borucki gave up 6 HRs over 13 starts in AAA this season and allowed RHBs to hit .271 in High-A ball last year. Clearly, he’s ripe to target with an Astros stack. Springer could start things off with another one of his leadoff homers.
Matt Olson @ DET ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
He’s been red hot over the past week, but Matt Olson is still available at a discount partially because he’s facing a left-handed starter. Yet the 24-year-old slugger is hitting for a higher average (.263) with an impressive 53.6% hard contact rate in LvL matchups this season and comes into this game red hot with 8 hits, including 3 HRs and 5 walks over his last six appearances. Tigers southpaw Blaine Hardy is posting a 5.04 xFIP with a 1.35 HR/9 ratio when facing lefties, and he might not be long for this start since the A’s are much better overall against LHPs than his last adversary (the weak White Sox offense). If you want to target Hardy with RHBs who might do more damage early, Stephen Piscotty is a strong value to consider.
Niko Goodrum vs. OAK ($3.6k DraftKings, $2.7k FanDuel)
At this price tag, Niko Goodrum has a lot of per-dollar potential on DK tonight. The 26-year-old switch hitter could bat clean up tonight against RHP Frankie Montas, who is not missing many bats with a 7.4% swinging strike rate and 90.8% Z-Contact Rate. Montas is giving up a notable 28.8% line drive rate when facing lefties, and Goodrum has been boom-bust so far with a 31.1% K-Rate and .227 ISO mark as a LHB. He’s projected for a healthy 9.4 DraftKings points on RotoQL tonight.
Other hitters to consider: Jose Altuve, Freddie Freeman, Aaron Judge, Jean Segura, Nick Markakis, Jed Lowrie, Matt Kemp, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, Stephen Piscotty, Eduardo Nunez
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MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for June 26, 2018
Astros vs. Ryan Borucki (Blue Jays)
Red Sox vs. John Lamb (Angels)
Athletics vs. Blaine Hardy (Tigers)
Giants vs. Chad Bettis (Rockies)
Braves vs. Matt Harvey (Reds)
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