DFS MLB Lineups & Picks for May 10, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on May 10, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for May 10, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com

For this baseball season, each day there’s a good slate of DFS MLB games, we’ll be writing up a group of pitchers and hitters that we’re considering for our cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll also provide a list of stacks to consider, MLB start times, starting pitchers, and game run totals to give you a good idea of where the fantasy goodness might come from on a given night. As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than they are in real life due to matchup, price, park factor, etc. This is important when constructing a roster.

Chris Archer, Yu Darvish, Stephen Strasburg, and Danny Salazar highlight the top end pitching for 5/10/17 with a lot of low end guys to target with bats. As a reminder, the best advice we can give if you’re new to DFS MLB is to remember that baseball is a game of variance. You can make a really solid lineup and still fall short of the cash line. Even Clayton Kershaw can have a horrible start, and Mike Trout can still go 0 for 4. Baseball is funny like that. Trust the process and know that if you’re playing quality lineups, you’ll be a winner in the long term.

Another thing to remember outside of making sure your guy is in the lineup, is to always check the weather. Always. Make this something that is part of your basic routine. Baseball games can get postponed! Your players receive no points from postponed games!


DraftKings Full Count: $55 buy-in, $250k guaranteed  
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $150k guaranteed  
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $75k guaranteed (20 entry max) 
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $3 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Grand Slam: $33 buy-in, $100k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for May 10, 2017

Chris Archer vs. KC ($10.8k DraftKings, $10.4k FanDuel)
The top SP plays tonight are so obvious and so reasonably priced that they might be over 50% owned in some DK contests, but so what. Archer is an easy choice to deploy at home against the last-place Royals offense, as he’s been on point with a 9.53 K/9 ratio and 3.15 FIP so far this season. By rediscovering his slider, he’s been able to limit hard contact and post his lowest HR/FB ratio (8%) in years. Archer posted a 2.65 ERA and .213 BAA at home while struggling on the road last year, so he’s clearly comfortable in this spot against a Royals team that’s batting a league-low .213 this season.

Yu Darvish vs. SD ($10.7k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)
Here’s the second obvious play tonight against a Padres offense that’s every bit as impotent as the Royals right now. San Diego is batting a combined .220 with the third-lowest wOBA (.289) in the Majors so far this season and sporting the third-highest K-Rate (24.8%), which certainly bodes well for Darvish. They haven’t seen much of the Rangers ace at all and he can be very hard to pick up with an elite slider and plenty of gas in the tank. Darvish is sporting a 2.76 ERA and while his K/9 ratio (9.07) is below his career average, he’s certainly capable of ramping up the K’s in this matchup.

Zack Godley vs. DET ($4.8k DraftKings, $6k FanDuel)
If you’re going to use a value on DK tonight, it might as well be the cheapest SP on the board in Godley. He should get ample run support with the D’Backs likely to tee off on LHP Matt Boyd and he faces a Tigers lineup that has struggled recently. Godley was solid in his 2017 debut with 6 K’s and 2 ER allowed over 5 IP against the Padres after he posted a 2.24 ERA at the AAA level this April. He’s a top prospect for a reason and he could pay off as a punt this evening.

Other pitchers to consider: Stephen Strasburg, Danny Salazar, Lance Lynn, Derek Holland

Best DFS MLB Hitters for May 10, 2017

Ryan Zimmerman @ BAL ($4.9k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
Zimmerman has been absolutely crushing it with a .410 batting average and 1.304 OPS so far this season and he’s been even more effective with a .563 average (9-for-17) with 3 HR off lefties. Tonight he faces a southpaw in Wade Miley, who is apparently dealing with a sore leg and started to struggle in his previous outing while walking 5 and allowing 8 hits against the league’s second best offense in the Yankees. Now he faces the top lineup in the Majors and a RHB in Zim, who happens to be 5-for-10 with 3 walks and 4 XBH in his career against Miley.

A.J. Pollock vs. DET ($3.9k DraftKings, $4k FanDuel)
The Diamondbacks have been crushing lefties over the last couple of years and posted the highest wOBA (.348) against the platoon last year despite Pollock’s absence throughout most of that season. Yet he’s a career .289 hitter with a .361 wOBA and .213 ISO mark against the platoon and could be very productive tonight against LHP Matt Boyd at a modest price tag on DK. Boyd is posting a 4.32 BB/9 ratio and has been lucky to avoid more damage with a 5.11 xFIP, so feel free to target him at hitter-friendly Chase Field.

Cody Bellinger vs. PIT ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
The young phenom is taking the league by storm with a .326/.392/.717 slash line and .391 ISO Mark over 13 games and he draws another plus matchup tonight against RHP Chad Kuhl. The Pirates starter is sporting a 5.54 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP and has allowed lefties to go 19-for-55 (.413) with 8 XBH and a HR so far this year. Bellinger has plenty of pop and he’ll get ample playing time with Adrian Gonzalez out, so keep using him until his price tag rises to appropriate levels.

Other hitters to consider: Trea Turner, Eric Thames, Corey Seager, Rougned Odor, Andrew Benintendi, Chris Owings, Tyler Collins, Yasmany Tomas, Logan Morrison 


Dodgers vs Chad Kuhl
Kuhl’s struggles against the platoon do not bode well for his prospects against the Dodgers lefty-heavy lineup tonight. Bellinger has added a great dimension to that attack and Corey Seager is obviously an elite LHB with plenty of upside in this matchup. Joc Pederson returned with a bang on Monday night and he’s another lefty to consider, while Justin Turner excels in RvR matchups and we could see awesome value Andrew Toles lead off with the platoon advantage tonight.

Brewers vs Kyle Kendrick
Kendrick’s first outing at Fenway Park was predictably disastrous, as he allowed 6 ER on 8 hits over 4 IP to the rival Orioles. While he goes on the road tonight, he’ll face a Brewers lineup that has plenty of upside at their home ballpark and is much more formidable now that Ryan Braun is back in the fold. Jonathan Villar is a great GPP play as always while we love to see Hernan Perez in the lineup with his combination of speed and ability at the plate. Lefties have tagged Kendrick for a ton of homers over the past couple of seasons, so Eric Thames could wind up as the best play of the slate if he goes yard once or twice.

Rangers vs Luis Perdomo
With the Rangers at home in the warm Texas air, balls can fly out of the yard and that makes them clearly more appealing than they would’ve been when facing RHP Luis Perdomo at Petco. Perdomo is sporting a decent 4.03 ERA over a small sample this year, but he’s also allowing lefties to hit .371 with a .424 wOBA. Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo are the LHB in this lineup with the most upside while Nomar Mazara could rekindle some of his early-season magic. You can also consider Elvis Andrus as a solid value and use Joey Gallo as a ‘bomb or nothing’ play.

Other Stacks to consider:
Diamondbacks vs. Matt Boyd
Cardinals vs. Tom Koehler
Rays vs. Jason Hammel
Nationals vs. Wade Miley

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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