MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for July 6, 2018
There are 12 games on the main MLB DFS slate for Friday, 7/6/18. 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.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for July 6, 2018
Chris Sale @ KC ($14.0k DraftKings, $12.5k FanDuel)
Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been untouchable in recent games. He is a virtual must-start in a fantastic matchup against the Royals tonight. Kansas City ranks dead last in collective wOBA (.242) with the fewest runs scored (59) by far over the last 30 days and is sporting the fourth-lowest wOBA (.294) and ISO mark (.132) against LHPs this year. Current Royals are 79-for-301 (.262) with a weak .662 OPS and a 26.6% K-Rate in their careers against Sale. The prolific southpaw has posted a 0.97 ERA and 10.46 K/9 ratio over his last five outings and should get decent run support with the Red Sox’s elite lineup facing vulnerable RHP Jason Hammel. That partially explains why he crushes Mets ace Jacob deGrom in terms of projected DraftKings points (31) tonight, according to models on RotoQL.
Mike Foltynewicz @ MIL ($10.5k DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)
Only Jacob deGrom boasts a lower ERA than Mike Foltynewicz (2.02) among National League pitchers. His 3.00 FIP ranks fifth in the National League. Clearly he has a solid floor against a struggling Brewers offense, and the fact that Milwaukee is rocking the highest K-Rate (26.9%) in the Majors over the last 30 days increases his upside. With a hard slider that rates 14.7 runs above average according to Brooks Baseball, Foltynewicz boasts a 29.5% K-Rate, way up from his 20.7% mark of last year. He’s holding LHBs to a .181 batting average with a modest 32.5% hard contact rate and has been even stingier with a 1.85 ERA on the road. He should be able to handle the banged up Brewers lineup and makes for a very economical option on FanDuel tonight.
Dylan Bundy @ MIN ($9.3k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)
The Orioles will bring Dylan Bundy back from a sprained ankle for tonight’s start. He’s expected to be all systems go in pitcher-friendly Target Field. The hosting Twins are slumping with the fifth-lowest batting average (.228) and eight-lowest wOBA (.294) over the last 30 days. They’re also posting the third-lowest BABIP (.274) in the Majors this season. Bundy pitches to contact and leans on his plus slider to produce strikeouts as well, resulting in a career-high 10.13 K/9 ratio this season. His 3.75 ERA is supported by a 3.89 xFIP and 3.72 K/BB ratio, so he’s worth deploying as a value play against a team that can’t get much going at the plate right now.
Zack Godley vs. SD ($8.6k DraftKings, $8.2k FanDuel)
After four straight outings in which he only allowed 2 ER with a collective 9.66 K/9 ratio, Zack Godley was pummeled by the opportunistic Giants this past Sunday. Yet he’s unlikely to give up much production to tonight’s divisional foe, as the Padres rank 27th in collective batting average (.234) with the lowest wOBA (.287) and second-highest K-Rate (25.8%) in the MLB when facing RHPs this year. Godley has allowed 4 ER while striking out 17 over his last two home starts against San Diego. The fourth-year man has generally been more effective with a 3.85 xFIP and impressively low 17.4% line drive rate at Chase Field this season.
Other pitchers to consider: Jacob deGrom, Lance McCullers Jr., Freddy Peralta, Nick Pivetta, Dereck Rodriguez, German Marquez
Best MLB DFS Hitters for July 6, 2018
J.D. Martinez @ KC ($5.7k DraftKings, $4.6k FanDuel)
It’s a bit redundant to recommend J.D. Martinez over and over, but the Red Sox’s new acquisition simply continues to make hard contact. Plus, he has consistently exhibited one of the best floor/ceiling combinations of any batter in DFS over the past couple months. He could lead a Boston stack tonight against RHP Jason Hammel, who is allowing righties to hit .335 with a 44.7% hard contact rate this season. Hammel is also posting a meager 3.71 K/9 ratio at home against RHBs. Martinez is doing tons of damage with a .440 wOBA and 36.7% HR/FB ratio in RvR matchups. He deservedly leads all Red Sox batters with a projection of 10.8 DraftKings points tonight, according to models on RotoQL.
Matt Kemp vs. LAA ($4.3k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
Consistently under priced, despite ranking fourth in the National League with a .318 batting average, Matt Kemp is another great Cash option for the OF spot in your lineups tonight. Angels rookie RHP Jaime Barria is posting a rough 6.63 FIP with a 2.33 HR/9 ratio and 42.2% hard contact rate in RvR matchups. Meanwhile, Kemp is spraying the ball with a 26.3% line drive rate against righties. The Dodgers lead the Majors with a collective .361 wOBA and a lofty .257 ISO mark over the last 30 days, so Kemp has tons of upside in the middle of that lineup.
Niko Goodrum vs. TEX ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.1k FanDuel)
Niko Goodrum is projected for 8.6 DraftKings points on RotoQL tonight in part because of his speed, and also because of the vulnerable nature of Rangers’ 45-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon. Lefties are hitting .270 with a 40.7% hard contact rate when facing Colon this season, and Goodrum is a switch hitter with a developing knack for finding gaps in the defense. He’s 9-for-21 with 4 XBH and a HR over his last 5 appearances and is 6-for-7 on SB attempts so far in his rookie campaign. Colon is not particularly fast to the plate, and Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is actually dead last among qualified catchers in caught stealing percentage (.100), yielding 40 stolen bags in 44 attempts this season.
Brandon Drury @ TOR ($3.2k DraftKings, $2.1k FanDuel)
With Gleyber Torres (hip) injured, Brandon Drury should get the opportunity for consistent playing time toward the bottom of an elite Yankees lineup. He’s a cheap addition to a stack tonight that features heavy hitters such as Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, both of whom are capable of going yard against homer-prone young RHP Sam Gaviglio. Toronto’s second-year RHP is giving up a 1.95 HR/9 ratio in RvR matchups this year. He’s also posted a 19.5% HR/FB ratio over two seasons. While he’s been solid otherwise, Gaviglio’s issues with the long ball gives the Yanks plenty of GPP appeal and Drury some upside as a potential injury replacement.
Other hitters to consider: Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Charlie Blackmon, J.T. Realmuto, Rafael Devers, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Martinez, Jeimer Candelario, Adam Eaton, Steve Pearce, Delino Deshields
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for July 6, 2018
Dodgers vs. Jaime Barria (Angels)
Red Sox vs. Jason Hammel (Royals)
Indians vs. Paul Blackburn (Athletics)
Nationals vs. Dan Straily (Marlins)