DFS MLB Lineups for July 14, 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!
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!
7/14/17 MAIN SLATE TOURNAMENT RUNDOWN
DraftKings Super Knuckleball: $5 buy-in, $300k guaranteed
DraftKings Rally Cap: $1500 buy-in, $1.35m guaranteed
DraftKings Full Count: $55 buy-in, $325k guaranteed
FanDuel Grand Slam: $66 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Jumbo: $555 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Squeeze: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for July 14, 2017
Jon Gray vs NYM ($7.9k DraftKings, $6.6k FanDuel)
For some reason, the Mets have just been brutal at home this year. At Citi Field, they’re batting a mere .232 with a .307 on-base percentage and .699 OPS, an OPS that ranks 27th among 30 MLB teams. That should give Gray since he is away from big-time hitter’s park Coors Field. Albeit injuries have limited him to just five starts this year, he owns a 3.75 ERA and has struck out 24 batters in 24 innings. His price tag is so low that it is worth taking a chance on him.
Carlos Carrasco vs OAK ($12.1k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
The Athletics strike out 25.4 percent of the time when they are facing right-handed pitchers which is the second worst in the big leagues. Albeit their .751`OPS is fine, they do not make a lot of contact, batting just .239 off northpaws. Plus, Carrasco has excelled on the road this season and should be helped out by another pitcher-friendly park. He is 7-1 with a 2.38 ERA in nine road starts this year and has struck out over a batter an inning this year.
Charlie Morton vs MIN ($6.9k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
The Twins are pretty much an average team against right-handed pitching, but they don’t play great on the road (.245 batting average, .709 OPS away from Target field). That should help the inexpensive Morton do what he is capable of doing. He is 6-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 63.2 innings on the year. Plus, he has a great Astros offense backing him which should give him enough run support for the win bonus.
Other pitchers to consider: Jacob deGrom, Drew Pomeranz
Best DFS MLB Hitters for July 14, 2017
Salvador Perez @ KC ($3.9k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
The right-handed hitting catcher was an All-Star this past season and is hitting left-handed pitching quite well. In fact, he owns a .294 batting average, six home runs and an .859 OPS in 85 at-bats against southpaws this year. His prowess against lefties should be an asset tonight as he faces southpaw Martin Perez, who owns a 6.16 ERA over his past six starts. It also helps that Perez is on an eight-game hit streak.
Robinson Cano vs CWS ($4.2k DraftKings, $3.2k FanDuel)
Cano is one of the game’s top offensive second basemen against right-handed pitching. He owns a .288 batting average, 13 home runs and an .875 OPS against them this season. That should work out well for him as he faces James Shields, who is 6-13 with a gross 6.92 FIP in his 29 starts with the White Sox dating back to last year. Not to mention Cano owns a .411 batting average in 90 career at-bats against Shields. That cannot be ignored.
Corey Dickerson vs LAA ($3.5k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)
This is a great opportunity for Dickerson to punish a subpar starting pitcher. He owns a .311 batting average 14 home runs and a .917 OPS in 235 at-bats against right-handers this season. Maybe that is enough for him to do some serious damage against Ricky Nolasco, who has allowed more home runs than any other starting pitcher in the big leagues this year (25). Plus, it is confusing why Dickerson is this inexpensive when he is hitting well and the pitcher he is facing is not having a great year.
Other hitters to consider: Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger, Matt Carpenter, Jean Segura, Daniel Murphy, Kyle Schwarber, Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Lind
7/14/17 DFS MLB STACKS
Nationals vs Tim Adleman
Here’s the skinny on it: Adleman really hasn’t thrown well as of late. The Reds have lost five of his six starts and in the last four of those, he has allowed 15 runs and seven home runs over 20 innings. That should make him an easy target for one of the best hitting teams in baseball. The Nationals own an .816 OPS against right-handed pitchers this season which is a National League best. Much of their lineup slays right-handed pitching, so there are several players in the lineup who could do well here.
Rays vs Ricky Nolasco
It’s probably not a great idea for Nolasco to face a power-packed team like the Tampa Bay Rays, but they have no other choice. Nolasco has been shelled three of the last five times he has taken the mound, allowing five runs twice and eight runs another time. He has allowed an MLB-worst 25 home runs and owns a 5.62 FIP on the year. The Rays should be able to bully him for this with their impressive .804 OPS against right-handers and 104 home runs off righties which ranks sixth among MLB teams. Logan Morrison, Steven Souza Jr., Corey Dickerson and Mallex Smith have been some of the team’s top bats against righties this year.
Mariners vs James Shields
With the exception of Pablo Sandoval, James Shields may be the biggest contract bust in recent years. His tenure with the San Diego Padres did not work out and things have only gotten worse since he joined the White Sox. In seven starts this year, he owns a 4.95 ERA, but he is even worse than that. He owns a 6.89 FIP and has allowed 10 home runs in 36.1 innings. That certainly makes him a liability and the type of pitcher the Mariners could capitalize against. Their .762 on-base percentage and .333 on-base percentage against righties this year are definitely above-average. Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura hit righties quite well.
Other Stacks to consider:
Royals vs. Martin Perez
Cubs vs Kevin Gausman
Diamondbacks vs Aaron Sanchez