MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for July 10, 2018
There are 12 games on the main MLB DFS slate for Tuesday, 7/10/18. 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 10, 2018
Justin Verlander vs. OAK ($13.3k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
Between Justin Verlander and the other high-priced ace tonight, Trevor Bauer, Verlander carries a much higher floor and similar ceiling in a better matchup. The Reds are raking with the third-highest collective wOBA (.346) over the last 30 days. While the Athletics are getting healthier, they’ve been in the middle of the pack with a collective .255 batting average during that span. Current A’s have tagged Verlander for 6 HRs over 87 career at-bats but are also rocking a 25.3% K-Rate against him. Considering he’s limiting the opposition to a 7.4% HR/FB ratio and is third in the Majors with a 6.42 K/BB ratio, the 35-year-old ace has a solid projection of DraftKings points (23.6) tonight, according to models on RotoQL.
Miles Mikolas @ CWS ($9.9k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
Even on a night on which he struggled with his control, Miles Mikolas managed to post a third consecutive Quality Start by going six strong innings at Chase Field on July 4. The 29-year-old RHP is a very reliable Cash play and generally has his control on point with a 3.9% BB Rate and 3.28 FIP on the season. While he doesn’t carry much upside in terms of strikeouts, the last-place White Sox are rocking the highest K-Rate (25.6%)and have the worst plate discipline in the MLB with a 6.7% BB Rate and 34.6% swing rate on pitches outside the zone.
Masahiro Tanaka vs. BAL ($9.1k DraftKings, $9.0k FanDuel)
He’s giving up too many long balls once again, but Masahiro Tanaka has otherwise impressed with a 3.63 SIERA, 14% swinging strike rate and a career-best 16.5% line drive rate this season. Prior to going down with a hamstring a month ago, he was ramping up his strikeout numbers with a 12.70 K/9 ratio over three outings, including a 7-strikeout performance against these Orioles. Baltimore ranks 29th in collective batting average (.225) with the sixth-highest K-Rate (24.5%) in the Majors when facing RHPs this year. Current O’s are 42-for-173 (.243) with a 24.9% K-Rate in their careers against Tanaka. The Yankees righty has looked sharp during his rehab assignment and is certainly worth using in GPP formats.
Other pitchers to consider: Patrick Corbin, Jose Quintana, Rich Hill, Garrett Richards, Eduardo Rodriguez, Julio Teheran
Best MLB DFS Hitters for July 10, 2018
A.J. Pollock @ COL ($5.4k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
After knocking off the rust in a couple of series at Chase Field, A.J. Pollock will look to take off in a prime draw at Coors Field this evening. Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson doesn’t fare well in the thin air. He’s coughing up a 1.71 HR/9 ratio with a 4.83 FIP at home this season. Pollock is 3-for-9 with 2 XBH and 2 SB in his career against Anderson. He’s hitting .315 with a .436 wOBA and ridiculous 35.7% HR/FB ratio off LHPs this season and is justifiably expensive on DK given his huge upside in the heart of the Diamondbacks lineup.
Xander Bogaerts vs. TEX ($5.0k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
The Red Sox’s elite offense draws another vulnerable SP tonight in Yovani Gallardo, who is hardly missing any bats with a 94% Z-Contact Rate and 24.1% line drive rate over 7 appearances this season. Gallardo is allowing RHBs to hit .287 with a .363 wOBA and 1.89 HR/9 ratio since the start of the 2017 season. Now, Xander Bogaerts matches up quite well; he’s a righty with the ability to hit for power and contact. The shortstop is locked in with 6 hits, including 2 doubles and 2 HRs, and an incredible 8 walks while driving in 10 runs over his last four appearances* Gallardo posted BB rates of 11.6% and 10.4% over his last two full seasons and is likely to put Bogaerts on base one way or another in a brutal matchup at Fenway Park.
Edwin Encarnacion vs. CIN ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
Reds RHP Sal Romano is often a great candidate to stack against because of the type of contact he allows. This is why many of the Cleveland batters have lofty FP projections tonight, according to models on RotoQL. Edwin Encarnacion is a boom-bust option to use at the heart of that stack while crafty switch hitters Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are worth paying up for in Cash games. Encarnacion is heating up as the weather warms and is tagging the ball with a 42.9% hard contact rate and 23% HR/FB in RvR matchups this season. Romano is giving up a 20.4% HR/FB ratio when facing righties and has been even shakier with a 5.21 xFIP and 1.58 WHIP on the road. Encarnacion is posting superior home splits. RotoQL has him projected for 8.4 DraftKings points in this prime matchup.
Kolten Wong @ CWS ($3.0k DraftKings, $2.7k FanDuel)
With a projection of 7.1 DraftKings points on RotoQL tonight, Kolten Wong makes for a low-cost option at 2B with plenty of upside. The Cardinals are facing an extremely vulnerable young RHP in Dylan Covey. He has coughed up 14 ER over his last 2 appearances and is now sporting a rough 5.54 ERA on the season. Also, Covey is allowing LHBs to hit .296 with a .364 wOBA and 40.2% hard contact rate, while Wong has one of the quickest left-handed bats in the game. He strung three consecutive two-hit games together over the weekend and is now hitting .364 in July. While Wong has lacked power this season, this could be the right matchup for him to tee off and pay off as a value in a big way.
Other hitters to consider: Paul Goldschmidt, Alex Bregman, Jose Ramirez, Justin Upton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, Matt Carpenter, Nick Ahmed, Derek Dietrich, Wilson Ramos, Tyler Naquin
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for July 10, 2018
Indians vs. Sal Romano (Reds)
Red Sox vs. Yovani Gallardo (Rangers)
Brewers vs. Pablo Lopez (Marlins)
Cardinals vs. Dylan Covey (White Sox)