DraftKings & FanDuel MLB Lineups & Picks for May 30, 2017

Written By Nate Weitzer on May 30, 2017

DFS MLB Lineups for May 30, 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 huge 14 game slate with some very big tournaments across the industry. The pitching is going to be very interesting tonight. We’ve got Chris Sale taking the bump, but he is incredibly expensive (a full $2k+ more expensive than the next option). Looking at some of the other pitchers for tonight, I can see a scenario where we get in the neighborhood of Sale numbers for much cheaper. I’ll likely be on Robbie Ray, Luis Severino, Matt Andriese, and will roll the dice with Jose Berrios, whose upside for the price (only $7.3k on DK) is too good to ignore. As for bats, I’m going to have a hard time not littering my rosters full of Blue Jays, Twins, Mets, and a sprinkle of Coors Field. Overall, a fun little slate we have going tonight and I hope you guys take home the big bucks. – 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!


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Best DFS MLB Pitchers for May 30, 2017

Chris Sale @ CWS ($13.4k DraftKings, $11.7k FanDuel)
Sale has been on a mission all year while posting the best numbers of his career and leading the Majors with a 1.80 FIP, 0.81 WHIP and a 12.45 K/9 ratio that trails only Cleveland’s Danny Salazar (who just got moved to the bullpen, so we’ll say Sale is the leader). As if he needed more motivation, now he’ll pitch on the road against a White Sox team that he publicly criticized for a lack of commitment to winning and butted heads with on his way out the door last fall. While Chicago is sporting a very high collective batting average against LHP, Sale is not your average southpaw and he has a full book on his former teammates, who are not exactly gold-star sluggers.

Robbie Ray @ PIT ($9.6k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
Another southpaw in the midst of a career year, Ray just shut down a Brewers lineup that’s known for it’s ability to tag lefties and now he’ll face a very weak Pirates lineup. Pittsburgh is badly missing the presence of suspended slugger Starling Marte and just became much weaker with Gregory Polanco suffering a nasty ankle injury on Memorial Day. To make matters worse, the Pirates are ranked 27th in collective batting average (.232) with the third-lowest wOBA (.301) over last 30 days and batting just against .217 LHP this season.

Dinelson Lamet vs. CHC ($6.1k DraftKings, $6k FanDuel)
Rolling with the Padres rookie RHP in his MLB debut was a great call, as Lamet struck out 8 and allowed just 1 ER on 3 hits to beat the Mets. He’ll certainly have a more difficult time shutting down the Cubs prolific offense tonight, but that group is underperforming to a degree and you can point to Lamet’s talent in arguing that his first start was no fluke. The 24-year-old native of the Dominican Republic struck out a career-high 13 and posted an 11.53 K/9 ratio at the AAA level this season and he has a chance to put up great numbers at spacious Petco Park tonight if he can be a little more efficient with his pitch count. Players also hate to roster pitchers against the Cubs, so if you get a solid start out of Lamet, you’ll be doing so at very low ownership.

Other pitchers to consider: Justin Verlander, Gio Gonzalez, Jose Quintana, Jeff Samardzija, Jose Berrios, Ivan Nova, Matt Andriese

Best DFS MLB Hitters for May 30, 2017

Nolan Arenado vs. SEA ($5.4k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
Coors Field is the place to go for appealing hitters tonight with two relatively vulnerable southpaws heading to the mound. Mariners young LHP Ariel Miranda has been going well over his last 3 starts, but he’s struggled on the road with a 6.08 ERA over 7 appearances and better pitchers than him have had their hot streaks snapped in a bad way in the thin Colorado air. Arenado has always been good against the platoon, but is on another level this year with a .431 batting average, .586 wOBA and ridiculous .526 ISO Mark against LHP this season and he’s certainly capable of going off at home.

Danny Valencia @ COL ($3.6k DraftKings, $3.3k FanDuel)
Valencia certainly paid off with 3 hits, including an RBI double in the Mariners Memorial Day win and he’s the very same price on DK ahead of an even better matchup. Rockies southpaw Tyler Anderson is sporting a 5.40 ERA with a 25% HR/FB ratio on the year and he’s struggled at Coors Field over the last couple of seasons, while Valencia is known as a lefty killer with a career .320 batting average against the platoon. He’s hitting .290 with a .354 wOBA against lefties this year and is hitting a solid .379 during his current 7-game hitting streak.

Matt Adams @ LAA ($3.4k DraftKings, $2.6k FanDuel)
While you can’t play both Valencia and Adams at the same position on FanDuel, but they’re both excellent options and Adams is OF eligible on DK allowing you to play both should you so choose. He’s been great since the Braves traded for him in an effort to play stopgap for the injured Freddie Freeman, as he’s produced 3 XBH and 2 HR over 8 appearances with Atlanta thus far. Tonight he’ll face a vulnerable young RHP in Parker Bridwell, who is making his first career major league start. Of note, however, Bridwell has posted a 1.35 ERA and 23:3 K:BB through 28.2 minor league innings since being acquired by the Angels earlier this year.

Other hitters to consider: Michael Conforto, Nelson Cruz, Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano, Nomar Mazara, Jonathan Villar, Matt Kemp, Buster Posey, Max Kepler, Brett Gardner 


Mariners vs Tyler Anderson
Valencia is the cheapest component to a Mariners stack, while OF Ben Gamel could also provide some salary relief at $3.8k on DK. The biggest thumper in that lineup is obviously Nelson Cruz, who will have to play the field tonight at Colorado but can’t be left out of the lineup against a vulnerable LHP with a penchant for giving up homers. Jean Segura is another elite option and catcher Mike Zunino could surprise with a big hit or two against Anderson, who is allowing RHB to post a .385 wOBA on the season.

Mets vs Zach Davies
The Mets offense has been great lately with a collective .270 batting average (third-highest in Majors) and the second-highest wOBA (.346) over the last month. Tonight they face a struggling RHP in Davies, who is sporting a 5.33 ERA with a matching 5.39 FIP and has been much worse in RvR matchups, as righties are hitting .365 with a .422 wOBA off him this year. Wilmer Flores is heating up from that side of the plate, but the bulk of the Mets lineup will have the platoon advantage against Davies. Still, Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes are worth consideration against the young RHP, who did struggle against the platoon last season.

Blue Jays vs Asher Wojciechowski
For brevity’s sake, let’s just call him Woj, and state that his 2.25 ERA through 2 appearances this season is misleading. The Reds young RHP posted a 7.16 ERA over 5 appearances during his last stint in the Majors and failed to impress at the AAA level last year. Now with Josh Donaldson back in the fold, Toronto’s lineup has become far more dangerous while Devon Travis and Jose Bautista have overcome early-season slumps and Kevin Pillar has been raking all year. All 3 solid righties will be worth a look against Woj and both Justin Smoak or Kendrys Morales will get a chance to bat with the platoon advantage against the young righty.

Other Stacks to consider:
Brewers vs Tyler Pill
Rays vs. Nick Martinez
Twins vs. Mike Fiers
Angels vs. Bartolo Colon

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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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