MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for July 8, 2018
Happy Sunday, DFSers. We’re back for another full slate of MLB DFS games scheduled for 7/8/18 at DraftKings and FanDuel. We’re listing our MLB DFS best picks at pitcher, hitter, and stacks to target in Cash and GPP lineups. The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy baseball strategy at FantasyDraft.
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Best MLB DFS Pitchers for July 8, 2018
Jon Lester vs. CIN ($9.4k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
Lester takes the mound in the final game of today’s slate, which always makes for a good GPP narrative. By drafting the longtime ace, you get exposure to a high upside play in a pretty good matchup, and you get it all at the tail end of the slate, which is just a bonus in my book. Further, Lester has found success against this team over his last two meetings with them, throwing 11 innings of one-run ball. He added 15 strikeouts over that span. His K-upside is undeniable today, and he’ll likely garner decent ownership at these prices. He’s worth it in cash, while I may look to go more contrarian in GPPs. That said, Lester does give you a strong floor/ceiling combo, and he’s more than capable of giving you the late-slate run up the rankings.
Dallas Keuchel vs. CWS ($9.2k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)
Keuchel is just 1-4 at home this season, but the White Sox are striking out at a higher per-game rate over their last 10 than any other offense on this slate. Keuchel, meanwhile, is coming off a solid 7-inning, 7-strikeout outing against another high-strikeout team in the Texas Rangers. And he’s already defeated this Chicago team once this year, striking out six over six innings of one-run baseball. Sure, this is more about the White Sox being bad than Keuchel being in a great spot, but that’s the reason he is GPP only for me. I also prefer him on DraftKings where he is $400 cheaper and where you can feasibly roster him and Lester, or another, less-volatile option as a hedge.
Rick Porcello @ KC ($10.2k DraftKings, 9.5k FanDuel)
Rick Porcello is not the hard-throwing strikeout machine that gets DFS players excited. But he is a very solid option today facing a Kansas City team that just isn’t very good this season. On the year, Porcello has somewhat quietly racked up a record of 10-3, which has a lot to do with that Boston offense. However, I like him mostly in this matchup for two reasons. First, the Royals have lost eight straight games, and 19 of their last 22. Second, Jakob Junis is starting for the Royals today, and (as we’ll get into later) he seems primed for an implosion. As I see this game getting out of hand early, I do believe that Porcello will be in a terrific position to cruise through this one. He’s safe, with some upside thanks to the matchup. I prefer Porcello in Cash on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Nathan Eovaldi @ NYM ($8.0k DraftKings, 6.2k FanDuel)
The New York Mets were 5-21 in June, and while they’re 3-1 to start July, I’m far from convinced. Today, they’ll attempt to build on that momentum against Nathan Eovaldi, a veteran pitcher who is experiencing something of a comeback right now. While his initial return was somewhat questionable, given he landed at 1-3 over his first five starts, Eovaldi has been quite good in his last two outings, working through 12 innings while allowing two runs and adding 14 strikeouts combined against the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. Both of those teams are better than the Mets, so I like Eovaldi’s chances here. He’s a veteran starter who has gone at least six innings in each of his last four games, while the Mets are in denial of the necessary rebuild that beckons. Look to roster Eovaldi in GPPs on DraftKings and FanDuel, though the latter is quite risky (but also a terrific leverage opportunity).
Other pitchers to consider: Sean Newcomb, Ryan Borucki, Junior Guerra, Michael Fulmer, Nick Kingham, Shane Bieber
Best MLB DFS Hitters for July 8, 2018
Jonathan Schoop @ MIN ($3.6 DraftKings, $2.9k FanDuel)
Schoop is absolutely crushing it so far in July, with six hits in 16 at bats, including one double and two home runs. That’s a pretty remarkable turnaround considering his .144 BA in June. Fortunately, his recent success should continue today against the very mediocre Jake Odorizzi, against whom Schoop has 11 hits in 32 at bats, including four doubles and a home run. Further, Schoop has a SLG% that against right handers that is nearly 33% higher than his slugging against lefties. Odorizzi, meanwhile, is allowing a home run every six innings, on average, so far this season. Schoop is as good an option as anyone on this Baltimore team, and while I’m not looking to stack, Odorizzi can be exploited. Schoop’s price tag works well given his recent streak, and he’s a very interesting option in GPPs on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Joe Mauer vs. BAL ($3.5k DraftKings, $2.6k FanDuel)
On the other side of this game, I like Minnesota veteran Joe Mauer against a former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher in Alex Cobb (who was once a teammate of the aforementioned Odorizzi in Tampa). In five at bats against Cobb, Mauer has hit safely three times, including two doubles. Today, he’s likely to bat leadoff, which makes him very appealing at these prices, especially on FanDuel where he’s $900 cheaper than on DraftKings. Now, Cobb has allowed eight runs over his last 11.1 innings (to the Phillies and Mariners). Minnesota has a sometimes-potent offense, and while Cobb isn’t a pitcher who blows up often, Mauer is a safe play at his price on FanDuel, where I like him in GPPs and cash games. At DraftKings, Mauer is a GPP-only play for me, though he does have double-digit fantasy points in three of his last seven, making him a fairly confident GPP play. And the veteran is just a few weeks removed from the 30 DraftKings points he put up against another very mediocre pitcher in Mike Montgomery.
Mitch Moreland @ KC ($4.4k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
I mentioned above that we were going to discuss Jakob Junis. Well, here goes. Junis has allowed 20 runs over his last 21.2 innings, including the eight he allowed in 5.1 innings against Cleveland last week. He’s also allowing 2.4 home runs per outing over his last five starts. All I’m trying to say is Boston is a great stack target today. Let’s start with Moreland. Hitting in the core of a very strong Boston offense, the lefty is crushing RHPs this year with an OPS of .908. He’s also 3-for-8 to start July and is 2-for-3 with a home run lifetime against Junis. Listen, Junis isn’t particularly worse against lefties or righties, but Moreland is due for a power streak after hitting just three home runs in June. The Red Sox are going to score a lot today if Junis’ recent history is any indication. Moreland should have plenty of opportunities with runners in scoring position, or at least with runners on base. He’s a GPP play for me across the industry, while I think he’s even in consideration for cash at that price on FanDuel.
Rafael Devers @ KC ($4.3k DraftKings, $2.7k FanDuel)
While Moreland has upside today, he’s not the only member of the Red Sox who does. He’s also not the only guy with a solid BvP against Junis. In three at bats against the struggling RHP, Devers has two doubles. He’s also much better against righties, with a 32% higher OPS to pitchers of that handedness than lefties. While Devers has struggled a bit recently, Junis is exactly the pitcher he should be able to get back on track against. He’s also coming off a 2-for-4 performance in his last start, which could be something, or nothing. But on FanDuel, he has way too much upside in this matchup to not gain some consideration. With Boston primed to really go off today, take advantage of the serious discount by rostering Devers in GPPs. At DraftKings, he’ll likely be little owned, which makes him a nice leverage play considering his better-than-normal upside.
Ian Happ vs. CIN ($3.8k DraftKings, $3.1k FanDuel)
Luis Castillo has flashed promise this season, but the Cubs’ offense likely won’t be too kind to him. And he’s especially struggled against lefties this season, allowing them to hit for an OPS of .877. Now, Ian Happ just so happens to be battering righties to the tune of a .870 OPS. But why I really like Happ is his 6-for-12 stretch over the last week in which he’s racked up a double, a home run, four runs, two RBIs, and three walks. That’s a lot of fantasy points. Happ’s recent success, coupled with those splits, makes him ripe for GPPs and Cash games across the industry. His salary is low enough, especially considering his upside.
Josh Reddick vs. CWS ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.0k FanDuel)
Today, Reddick and the Astros face Lucas Giolito. Reddick and the RHP have some history, too, with the batter in this situation earning three hits, including a home run, across four at bats. Reddick clearly has the advantage in this one, as Giolito is allowing a .920 OPS to lefties this season. And Reddick is off to a fairly hot start in July, going 7-for-20 with two home runs to start the month. What makes me even more confident in him today is that his recent success is just a continuation of a season-long evolution. In June, he earned a BA of .333. While he didn’t hit a single home run that month, the two to start July suggest he’s starting to turn a corner now that he has such an efficient batting average as a foundation. Reddick and the ‘Stros should be on your shortlist today against Giolito. He’s suited for all formats on all sites, though he’s extremely appealing on FanDuel with a $1.2k cheaper salary compared to DraftKings.
Other hitters to consider: Gregory Polanco, Francisco Lindor, Corey Dickerson, Jose Ramirez, Aaron Hicks, Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies, Avisail Garcia, Wilson Ramos, Michael Brantley, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Kyle Schwarber, Evan Gattis, Jose Bautista, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Eddie Rosario, Manny Machado, Jesus Aguilar, Juan Soto, Shin-soo Choo, Giancarlo Stanton
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for July 8, 2018
Red Sox vs. Jakob Junis (Royals)
Astros vs. Lucas Giolito (White Sox)
Cleveland vs. Brett Anderson (Athletics)
Pirates vs. Drew Anderson (Phillies)