MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for July 9, 2018
There are nine games on the main MLB DFS slate for Monday, 7/9/18. 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 July 9, 2018
Clayton Kershaw @ SD ($12.9 DK / $10.5 FD)
Clayton Kershaw picked up a win in his most recent start, his first since April 15. Kershaw allowed two runs on four hits over six innings and threw 74 pitches. There’s a chance he’ll be limited again Monday in what is his fourth start since coming off the DL, but his ceiling is too high to ignore. That’s especially true given the matchup against a San Diego team that ranks 28th in runs and wOBA. Kershaw only has 12 strikeouts in his 14 innings since returning to the lineup, but he should be able to rack up a few as the Padres’ 25.3% strikeout percentage is the second highest in the league.
Jose Berrios vs. KC ($12.1 DK / $10.1 FD)
Jose Berrios has allowed six walks and five homers over his last two starts, which has likely left a nasty taste in the mouths of those who have spent on him of late. Berrios may even be considered a contrarian play in tournaments due to his poor recent play. The good news for Berrios is Kansas City doesn’t hit home runs and they don’t walk. The Royals rank dead last in wOBA, runs, home runs, and have the second lowest walk rate. They have the sixth lowest strikeout percentage (20.4%) on the season, but the sixth-highest strikeout percentage (24.2%) over the last 30 days. Opponents are hitting .172 against Berrios in Minnesota where he has a 2.62 ERA compared to a .251 opponents batting average and 4.78 ERA on the road.
Chase Anderson @ MIA ($8.5 DK / $7.5 FD)
Chase Anderson is one of the better values on the main slate, according to RotoQL. Anderson has been much better on the road where he has a 2.88 ERA compared to a 4.83 ERA at home. A big part of his problems at home have been the long ball as he’s allowed 14 of his 17 home runs at Miller Park. He’ll get a bit of a break as tonight’s game is at Marlins Park, which ranks 28th in runs and home runs according to ESPN MLB Park Factors. Miami also ranks 29th in homers and 27th in wOBA. On top of that, Anderson has given up one or zero runs in four of his last five starts.
Others to consider: Mike Clevinger
Best MLB DFS Hitters for July 9, 2018
Justin Turner @ SD ($4.1 DK / $3.7 FD)
The Dodgers are an expensive stack, but they are a good one against Luis Perdomo. The Padres’ pitcher enters with a 6.86 ERA, 38.8% hard hit rate and 5.95 BB/9. He’s failed to get out of the fifth inning in all five of his starts and allowed nine runs on 10 hits two outings ago against the Dodgers. Max Muncy seems to always be worth a play, but there’s still a bit of value with Justin Turner on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Turner is hitting .276 over the last 30 days and .325 over the last two weeks. His 14 hits over the last 14 days are one behind Muncy for the team lead.
Yonder Alonso vs. CIN ($4.2 DK / $2.7 FD)
Francisco Lindor has the highest projected point total among hitters, and Jose Ramirez has the fourth highest, according to RotoQL. Anthony DeSclafani has given up nine home runs in his six starts this season and eight in his last four outings. He’s also allowed 33 hits and 19 earned runs in his 33.2 innings. The top four Cleveland hitters in the lineup are great, but they’ll cost you. You’ll save some cash with Yonder Alonso, who has 12 homers this season. Alonso has been hitting in the No. 5 spot of late and has a three-hit game to go along with a four-hit outing within the past week.
Steve Pearce vs. TEX ($3.9 DK / $3.0 FD)
Every time the Red Sox play a left-handed pitcher it usually means Steve Pearce slots into the cleanup spot. Pearce is hitting .321 against LHPs this season. He’s 9-for-16 over his last few games. Boston leads the Majors in runs scored, so anytime you can get a cheap bat in the middle of their lineup you should go for it. Mike Minor has an 80.0% contact rate, 41.6% hard hit rate, 44.2% fly ball percentage, and has allowed 14 homers this season.
Others to consider: Evan Gattis, Wilson Ramos, Jesus Aguilar, C.J. Cron, Brian Dozier, Eduardo Nunez, Max Muncy, Adrian Beltre, Francisco Lindor, Kike Hernandez, Mookie Betts, Michael Brantley, Andrew Benintendi, Eddie Rosario
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for July 9, 2018
Red Sox vs. Mike Minor
Indians vs. Anthony DeSclafani
Astros vs. Frankie Montas
Brewers @ Jose Urena
Dodgers @ Luis Perdomo