MLB DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for September 26, 2018
There are 12 games on the main MLB DFS slate for Wednesday, 9/26/18. 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.
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 unexpected 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.
9/26/18 MLB DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Extra Inning: $10 entry, $150k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $50,000 to 1st!
Slugfest: $40 entry, $70k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $10,000 to 1st!
MLB Urkel Squeeze: $9.99 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $20,000 to 1st!
Grand Slam: $66 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $25,000 to first!
Best MLB DFS Pitchers for September 26, 2018
Jacob deGrom vs. ATL ($13.2 DK / $12.3 FD)
I don’t know how you fade Jacob deGrom, especially in Cash. He’s held opponents to three runs or fewer in 28 straight starts and has thrown 23 consecutive quality starts. Both are MLB records. If the Mets scored four runs in each of his starts, he would be undefeated. This is his last outing of the season, and I’d imagine he’ll leave it all out on the mound. What a season.
Shane Bieber @ CWS ($8.9 DK / $8.8 FD)
Shane Bieber had a couple rocky showings of late, but this is a good spot for him against the White Sox. Chicago has the highest strikeout rate in the Majors, and it’s even higher over the last two weeks. Bieber spun 6.2 scoreless innings against Chicago last month and allowed three hits, while striking out eight. The Cleveland pitcher enters with a solid 9.09 K/9 and 1.74 BB/9.
Chris Sale vs. BAL ($11.1 DK / $11.0 FD)
Chris Sale can’t really be trusted in Cash because he may only pitch four or five innings. There’s certainly a risk in paying for him, but it’ll likely mean a lower ownership than normal in tournaments. He threw 73 pitches in his last outing, which came against Cleveland. He was roughed up a bit, but he struck out seven. Four outings ago, Sale went only five innings against the Orioles, but he came away with 12 strikeouts in one of his best fantasy outputs of the season.
Others to consider: Madison Bumgarner, Sean Newcomb (GPP), Masahiro Tanaka
Best MLB DFS Hitters for September 26, 2018
Nomar Mazara @ LAA ($3.4 DK / $3.1 FD)
For his career, Nomar Mazara has more doubles (9) and home runs (9) against the Angels than any other team. His seven homers off lefties this season rank second on his team behind Joey Gallo’s 15. Andrew Heaney has given up 25 bombs on the season and at least two in four of his past six starts. Texas had 17 hits and 10 runs in two recent showings against Heaney.
Jason Kipnis @ CWS ($3.9 DK / $3.4 FD)
RotoQL has Jason Kipnis as its best value of the night. That no doubt has a lot to do with James Shields. The White Sox pitcher has allowed two home runs in three straight starts. He’s given up 33 bombs on the season thanks to a ridiculously high 43.2 percent fly ball rate. Shields allowed two homers and three walks in his last start, which came against Cleveland.
Max Kepler vs. DET ($3.5 DK / $2.5 FD)
Trying to find a hitter on the Twins with some pop is tough. Most of their heavy hitters are out of the lineup. Max Kepler leads Minnesota with five home runs and a 40.9 percent fly ball rate against lefties. He actually has a better average (.246) against LHPs than RHPs (.215). It’s worth a shot against Matthew Boyd, who has been serving up bombs left, right, and center. He’s given up at least one home run in five straight starts and seven in his last four. His 49.7 percent fly ball rate is the second highest among qualified pitchers, and his 37.7 percent hard hit rate ranks 15th. It’s a big part of why Boyd has allowed 24 home runs. Check out that price on FanDuel.
Justin Upton vs. TEX ($4.6 DK / $3.7 FD)
Telling you to pay up for Mike Trout is obvious, but an Angels stack with him and Justin Upton may not be a bad idea. Yohander Mendez is scheduled to get the start for Texas, and he’s allowed 24 hits, 16 runs, 11 walks, and three homers in 22.1 innings this season. Mendez didn’t even make it out of the third inning in his last outing as he gave up seven runs on nine hits. Justin Upton has 30 home runs on the season and checks in as one of RotoQL‘s top plays of the night.
Others to consider: Robinson Chirinos, Yadier Molina, Joey Gallo, Matt Olson, Rougned Odor, Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, Jean Segura, Michael Brantley, Marcell Ozuna, Nelson Cruz
MLB DFS Stacks to Consider for September 26, 2018
Athletics @ Felix Hernandez
Rockies vs. Nick Pivetta
Indians @ James Shields
Red Sox vs Yefry Ramirez
Angels vs. Yohander Mendez
Rangers @ Andrew Heaney
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