DFS MLB Lineups for May 29, 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 nine games on the main Memorial Day slate and we are lacking any true aces to choose from, but several solid options in some decent spots. I’ll pass on David Price returning from the DL and if anything, I’ll roster some hitters against him. He struggled mightily in his rehab starts and might be a couple weeks away from being sharp. As for hitters, I’ll be looking to go pretty heavy on the Mariners (Cruz, Cano, Segura, Valencia, Seager all make for great plays) and will fill in around the main core. At first glance, it looks like I’ll be on Carrasco and a cheap SP2 on DraftKings in order to fit the bats I want. – 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!
5/29/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
DraftKings Perfect Game: $333 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $100k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Squeeze: $3 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $11 buy-in, $100k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for May 29, 2017
Carlos Carrasco vs. OAK ($9.3k DraftKings, $10.3k FanDuel)
When he’s right, Carrasco is as talented as any SP in baseball, and it’s worth gambling on him finding a rhythm after struggling a bit over his last 2 outings. He’s facing an Athletics offense has been amongst the worst in the A.L. Again this year with a .238 batting average and the fourth-highest K-Rate (24.1%) in the Majors. Current A’s have failed to impress with a combined .219 batting average and 22 K’s over 73 career at-bats against Carrasco, who has as much upside as any pitcher schedule to go on Memorial Day.
Kyle Hendricks @ SD ($9.6k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
Hendricks continues to return to form by limiting hitters thanks to a stingy .248 BABIP and he’s been rock solid since struggling over his first 3 outings. Since then, he’s sporting a 2.21 ERA over 7 appearances and now he’ll face a Padres lineup that still ranks dead last in collective batting average (.219) with the second-lowest wOBA (.286) in the Majors this year. Current Padres are just 3-for-21 over a small sample of at-bats against Hendricks, who has been better on the road this season and should feel quite comfortable tossing at massive Petco Park this afternoon.
Jordan Montgomery vs. BAL ($6.4k DraftKings, $7k FanDuel)
If you’re playing the all day slate, one of the more promising young pitchers in the game is clearly under priced on both main DFS sites this afternoon as he prepares for a plus matchup at home. Baltimore posted the lowest collective batting average (.234) amongst A.L. teams against LHP last year and has been striking out quite often with a 24.4% K-Rate against lefties so far this season. Montgomery just struck out 6 over 6 innings of one-run ball against the Royals and his 3.79 FIP indicates that he’s been a little better than his 4.30 ERA shows over 8 starts as he begins to adjust to facing Major League hitters on a regular basis.
Other pitchers to consider: Ervin Santana, Julio Teheran, Mike Leake, Ricky Nolasco, Brad Peacock, Rich Hill
Best DFS MLB Hitters for May 29, 2017
Kris Bryant @ SD ($5.2k DraftKings, $4k FanDuel)
Say what you will about small samples (and this is a very, very small one) but Bryant has taken Padres RHP Jarred Cosart deep twice over 2 career at-bats and that certainly bodes well for the stud 3B today. Cosart has been lucky to avoid serious damage thus far with a 6.19 BB/9 ratio and 4.26 FIP and he could implode against an elite Cubs lineup, while KB could serve as a somewhat contrarian option with Nolan Arenado and Jake Lamb drawing juicy matchups as well today.
Danny Valencia @ COL ($3.6k DraftKings, $3.4k FanDuel)
Valencia is an intriguing value today and a dramatic bargain considering he’ll hit at Coors Field. He could serve as a great addition to a potential Mariners stack against RHP Tyler Chatwood, who has predictably struggled with a 6.18 ERA and 33.3% HR/FB ratio at home this season and won’t get many breaks today with the slugging Mariners coming to town. Valencia has fit right in and is contributing more and more recently while hitting safely in 6 consecutive appearances, and he happens to be 3-for-5 over a small sample against Chatwood.
Jayson Werth @ SF ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
Can opposing pitcher Matt Moore be good today? Sure. Is the ballpark pretty terrible for hitters? Yes it is. But Werth has been crushing left handed pitching for two years now and Moore happens to be giving up a ton of hard contact to right handed batters this season. Werth typically hits in a prime spot in the order and is surrounded by a bevy of good hitters, which gives him ample opportunity to knock in runs and be knocked in himself. Also, Moore has given up 10 bombs in his last 9 starts, so even at AT&T, it’s likely someone is going yard and Werth has as good a shot as anyone.
Other hitters to consider: Nolan Arenado, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Gonzalez, Christian Vazquez, Jason Kipnis, Jay Bruce, Jose Abreu
5/29/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Diamondbacks vs Trevor Williams
The Diamondbacks disappointed a bit in their last meeting with Pirates vulnerable RHP Trevor Williams, but now they’ve seen him and should be ready to pounce on early and often. Williams has allowed lefties to hit .291 with a .365 wOBA and 1.77 HR/9 ratio in his short career, so Jake Lamb and David Peralta are clearly elite options with the platoon advantage tonight. Don’t sleep on super value Gregor Blanco if he’s in the lineup, and of course Paul Goldschmidt is always in play, while Chris Owings is a decent value to consider on FanDuel.
Nationals vs Matt Moore
Moore has been boom or bust this year, which makes him a decent GPP play in his own right but also a good candidate to stack against. He’s not a lefty that is brutal on LHB and Bryce Harper is actually sporting a higher average (.385) with a .423 wOBA in LvL matchups, as the Nats lead the N.L. with a .297 collective batting average against LHP this season. Ryan Zimmerman has been slumping but he can crush lefties and Matt Wieters is a powerful switch hitter with a solid history against Moore. Anthony Rendon might be the most appealing play in this lineup given his upside in the right matchups this year.
Other Stacks to consider:
Rockies vs Sam Gaviglio
Red Sox vs. David Holmberg
Indians vs. Daniel Mengden
White Sox vs David Price