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DFS MLB Lineups for July 5, 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. And if you’re looking for new ways to play DFS, be sure and give BOOM Fantasy and DRAFT a try!

We’ve got 12 games on the DFS MLB slate tonight with two top notch aces on the hill in Jacob deGrom and Alex Wood. deGrom has gone for at least 31 DraftKings points in four straight starts while Wood has hit at least 22 DK points in eight of his last ten, going for at least 27 in four of his last five. Big time production comes with big time price tags, but there’s enough intriguing middle tier starters to be able to roster either of the two. As for batters, there’s always Coors as an option, but you’re not going to be able to get those guys in your lineups and roster one of the top two pitchers. As an alternative, I like the Cardinals against Edinson Volquez or the Rangers against Doug Fister. I might have one Coors game stack, but my focus will likely be on the Cards, Rangers, and Mets.  – 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!

7/5/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN

DraftKings Fastball: $33 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $8 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Seamer: $4 buy-in, $100k guaranteed (20 Entry Max)
FanDuel Home Run: $150 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $125k guaranteed
FanDuel Rally: $9 buy-in, $50k guaranteed

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for July 5, 2017

Alex Wood vs. ARI ($11.6k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
There’s arguably no more consistent SP in baseball this year and certainly no one safer than Wood on tonight’s slate with top option Jacob deGrom looking to handle the Nats offense for a fourth time this year. Wood also faces a familiar opponent in the D’Backs, but Arizona is disappointing with a collective .238 batting average and the fifth-lowest wOBA (.295) in the Majors when facing LHP this season. Wood’s been automatic regardless of venue and is even stingier at home with a 0.86 WHIP over 8 appearances this year.

Trevor Bauer vs. SD ($7.3k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
Bauer has shown signs of harnessing his potential for the Indians, as he’s 5-2 with a 3.95 ERA and hasn’t given up more than 4 ERs in any of his last 10 appearances. He’s in line for a Quality Start at home tonight against a Padres team that still ranks dead last in several offensive categories. His 3.71 xFIP has belied his rough 5.24 ERA and Bauer is starting to regress towards the mean with a solid stretch of pitching.

Mike Leake vs. MIA ($6.4k DraftKings, $8.0k FanDuel)
He’s cheaper than he’s been since the beginning of the season and Leake is definitely worth consideration in a plus matchup at home. Current Marlins are hitting .214 (22-for-103) with 26 K’s in their careers against Leake, who managed to limit the Nationals league-leading offense to one run in his last outing and is fully capable of posting a Quality Start again, as he did in his first 9 starts of the season.

Other pitchers to consider: Jacob deGrom, Ervin Santana, Gerrit Cole, Ariel Miranda, Zack Godley, Jayson Aquino 

Best DFS MLB Hitters for July 5, 2017

Miguel Sano vs. LAA ($4.7k DraftKings, $3.7k FanDuel)
The Twins offense is primed for a potential big night with vulnerable young RHP Parker Bridwell starting for the visiting Angels. Bridwell’s FIP (6.44) is very high thanks to his 2.30 HR/9 ratio and that speaks well to Sano’s upside as the best power hitter in the Twins lineup. The big 3B is 8-for-21 with 2 HRs over his last 5 appearances and he’ll be worth paying up for this evening.

Carlos Gonzalez vs. COL ($3.4k DraftKings, $3.7k FanDuel)
It’s pretty rare to get a capable hitter at this price tag (on DK) when the Rockies are home, so you could jump at the chance to buy low on CarGo as he makes his way back from a shoulder injury. The lefty will have plenty of upside in a matchup against RHP Scott Feldman, who has allowed LHB to hit 7 HRs over 44.2 IP (1.41 HR/9 ratio) and posted a 4.80 FIP when facing the platoon this season. Gonzalez is struggling, but he’s cheap and he’s at hitter-friendly Coors Field. The only drawback here is with this price point, he’s going to be extremely popular and could be a fade candidate for tournaments.

Tzu-Wei Lin @ TEX ($3.0k DraftKings, $2.2k FanDuel)
Suddenly, the Red Sox lineup is full of value options, including recent call-up Tzu-Wei Lin. The Taiwanese import is 6-for-18 with 2 triples and 2 walks over 5 starts and he’ll definitely be worth a look if he draws the nod against overrated RHP Andrew Cashner, who has posted a 1.46 WHIP with a 34.8% Hard Contact Rate when facing LHB throughout his career. Lin made his way to the Majors by raking against righties and he’ll look to cement his role by succeeding in these type of matchups.

Other hitters to consider: Charlie Blackmon, Jose Altuve, Nelson Cruz, Corey Seager, Edwin Encarnacion, Elvis Andrus, J.D. Martinez, Francisco Lindor, Whit Merrifield

7/5/17 DFS MLB STACKS

Astros vs Jaime Garcia
Houston is usually worth consideration as a stack and that’s especially true when they face a vulnerable lefty. Braves SP Jaime Garcia has been tagged for a 15.2% HR/FB ratio after posting the highest mark (20.2%) amongst qualified starters last year and his 5.34 FIP with a 1.41 WHIP on the road against RHB would indicate that Jose Altuve and company can get to him. Along with the pint-sized terror, George Springer and Yuli Gurriel are really thriving in RvL matchups while Marwin Gonzalez can do damage as a switch hitter. If Carlos Correa misses time with an apparent hand injury, we could see Alex Bregman or Jake Marisnick bat higher as potential value options.

Red Sox vs Andrew Cashner
Lin and fellow recent call-up Deven Marrero can provide some salary relief as members of this stack, as will Sandy Leon if he catches tonight. Boston’s offense has been elite lately with a collective .288 batting average and 82 runs scored over the last 14 days and Mookie Betts has been at the heart of most of that production from the top of the order. Betts and Xander Bogaerts have both fared well in limited action against Cashner, yet he tends to be more vulnerable against LHB and Mitch Moreland is under priced as he’ll look to burn his former team in Texas.

Indians vs Luis Perdomo
The Tribe will host another Padres SP who has been far more vulnerable away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park and they should be all over Perdomo at far less spacious Progressive Field. Perdomo is giving up a .303 BAA with a 1.93 HR/9 ratio on the road and he’s posting a notable 30% HR/FB ratio when facing righties this season, so Edwin Encarnacion could lead the way for Cleveland this evening. Francisco Lindor is coming around and he’s one of several Indians with the platoon advantage such as Jose Ramirez, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana, who can burn the visiting righty.

Other Stacks to consider:
Rockies vs. Scott Feldman
Twins vs. Parker Bridwell
Tigers vs. Ty Blach

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Nate Weitzer
Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA advice while continuing to build his bankroll on several sites. 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.