DFS MLB Lineups for May 27, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
For this daily fantasy 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.
We have a tiny little 5-game DFS MLB slate tonight and I think I’ll be playing very light. The slate has a Coors Field game, and despite it flopping last night, everyone will be going there on such a small slate. Since I’m going with only 3-5 teams tonight, I’ll likely be on a full fade (maybe a share or two of the red hot Charlie Blackmon) and hope it disappoints again. It’s a total game theory play, but on small slates, I usually to all that I can to get away from the field. – Matt
A quick reminder while playing DFS MLB, don’t forget 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 get lit up, 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 player 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!
5/27/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Saturday Slugfest: $40 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
DraftKings Perfect Game: $333 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $75k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Squeeze: $3 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $366 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $7 buy-in, $50k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for May 27, 2017
Dallas Keuchel vs. BAL ($11k DraftKings, $10.4k FanDuel)
Keuchel should come off the DL with a vengeance tonight as he draws a good matchup at home. Baltimore is a good offensive team, but posted the lowest collective batting average (.234) against LHP amongst A.L. teams last year and is posting the sixth-highest K-Rate (24%) against lefties this season. The Astros ace has been completely untouchable with a 0.94 ERA and 0.73 WHIP over 4 home starts this season and he’s in the early running for the A.L. CY Young award.
Zack Wheeler @ PIT ($7.6k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
The Pirates offense is coming around to a degree, but still struggling with the sixth-lowest collective batting average (.241) and wOBA (.313) over the last 30 days. Wheeler has always been a talented pitcher and he’s starting to knock the rust off after a slow start, as he’s only given up 5 ER over his last 4 outings (20.2 IP). His bugaboo has been a high BB/9 ratio (4.15) this season, but if he can keep that under control tonight, he should be in for a pretty good outing.
Ty Blach vs. ATL ($6.2k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
Rookies often grow better with more experience and Blach seems to be putting it together, as he’s gone 7 innings in 3 straight outings while allowing just 6 ER and eliciting an impressive 33 ground ball outs during that span. Like most pitchers, he thrives at spacious AT&T Park, where he’s posted a 1.59 ERA and .180 BAA over 7 appearances this season and while the Braves offense has somehow maintained a torrid pace without MVP Freddie Freeman, those batters are bound to regress eventually.
Other pitchers to consider: Gerrit Cole, John Lackey, Brandon McCarthy
Best DFS MLB Hitters for May 27, 2017
Charlie Blackmon vs. STL ($5.6k DraftKings, $5.1k FanDuel)
There are certainly other Rockies bats to consider tonight, but Blackmon should be worth the money as the best candidate to tag aging RHP Adam Wainwright. Waino was solid in 2 home starts recently, but he depends far too much on his breaking ball to succeed at Coors Field and has had trouble against the platoon, allowing LHB to hit .305 with a .369 wOBA and a 38.7% Hard Contact Rate this season. Blackmon has owned him in the past with 3 XBH, a HR and 7 total hits over 12 career at-bats and he comes into this matchup red hot with a .370 batting average, 3 homers and 2 SB over his last 10 appearances.
Denard Span vs. ATL ($3.6k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
A much cheaper outfielder than some of the options at Coors, Span still has upside at a pitcher-friendly ballpark out in San Francisco. He’s hit safely in 9 of his last 10 appearances and will have the platoon advantage tonight against Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz, who has allowed lefties to go 25-for-90 (.313) with a .372 wOBA so far this season after posting a 4.31 ERA last year. Span’s hitting .349 at home against righties and he could lead off for the Giants as he looks to jumpstart their struggling offense.
Evan Gattis vs. BAL ($3.6k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
Gattis is starting to produce again for the league-leading Astros and he’ll be worth a look with the platoon advantage against LHP Wade Miley, who has found new life in Baltimore but still flashed weaknesses with a 17.6% HR/FB ratio and 4.41 FIP on the year. He’s posting a 1.55 HR/9 ratio on the road while Gattis is hitting .327 against RHP at home and he has more power then he’s flashed thus far in 2017.
Other hitters to consider: Nolan Arenado, Anthony Rizzo, Jake Marisnick, Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Seager, Matt Kemp, John Jaso, Yadier Molina
5/27/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Rockies vs Adam Wainwright
As mentioned above, Wainwright is a prime target tonight despite his recent success over a very small sample size. He’s been very vulnerable against the platoon, so Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parry could be worth a look in addition to top option Charlie Blackmon. Nolan Arenado is an elite option with plenty of upside and he’s 4-for-12 in his career against Waino. You can also consider Trevor Story, who is heating up, as well as Ian Desmond and/or Mark Reynolds depending on their placement within the lineup.
Astros vs Wade Miley
He’s been very good for the Orioles thus far, but Miley is vulnerable against a particular type of lineup, such as the righty-heavy Astros. Jose Altuve leads the charge in terms of career success against southpaws while George Springer and Evan Gattis are right behind despite their recent slumps. Young Alex Bregman could jump in on a rally or two and switch-hitting Marwin Gonzalez is 5-for-13 with 2 doubles and a HR in his career against Miley. You can also look at talented young OF Jake Marisnick for value if he starts.
Other Stacks to consider:
Giants vs Mike Foltynewicz
Cardinals vs. Kyle Freeland