The MLB DFS Strategy goes over the full slate of MLB action for this Memorial day. It provides plays for all slates and can be used to build your GPP lineups on both FanDuel and DraftKings. Lets take a look at the game lines and then go over the best pitchers, stacks and bats to consider throughout the day.
Phillies @ Mets(-170) 7.5
Rockies @ Reds(-130) 9
Giants(-115) @ Brewers 8.5
Nationals @ Cubs(-108) 11.5
Diamondbacks @ Cardinals(-160) 7.5
Marlins @ Pirates(-140) 7.5
Braves @ Dodgers(-180) 7
Royals @ Yankees(-120) 8.5
Astros(-120) @ Orioles 7.5
Red Sox(-125) @ Twins 8.5
Rangers @ Indians(-140) 9
Tigers @ Athletics(-108) 7.5
White Sox @ Blue Jays(-150) 9
Mariners @ Rays(-150) 7
Padres @ Angels(-135) 7.5
Carlos Martinez, St Louis Cardinals (FD $8400, DK $8500) – Martinez and the Cardinals are a -160 favorite and he offers us a very high upside. I think he is priced a little higher than you normally would think for him, but he is not breaking the bank and you should be able to put some nice bats with him.
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (FD $8600, DK $8000) – Odorizzi and the Rays are -150 favorites in a game with an over/under of just 7 runs, which is the lowest of the day. Odorizzi is extremely comfortable pitching at home and has the stuff to neutralize what should be a very left handed heavy Mariner lineup.
Dallas Kuechel, Houston Astros (FD $9500, DK $9000) – Kuechel is probably the best pitcher going today and most are going to hesitate when they see that he is facing the Orioles and their very potent against left handers lineup. Kuechel has allowed just 12 earned runs in his 9 starts so far in 2015 and he is actually a -120 road favorite in this one.
Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox (FD $7000, DK $6000) – Kelly could certainly be a GPP only type candidate, but he just is too cheap to not list here in the value section based purely off of his stuff and strikeout upside. He appears to have righted his rough patch as he has given up just 3 runs over his last two starts and is a -125 road favorite at a pitcher friendly park.
Brett Anderson, LA Dodgers (FD $6700, DK $7000) – Anderson just always seems to be under valued and is a -180 home favorite against the Braves tonight. His strike out numbers have jumped up recently has he has struck out 15 over his last 11.2 innings pitched. The Braves are not extremely strikeout prone, but that should not keep you from looking Anderson’s way, especially on FD.
Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays (FD $7600, DK $7200) – Hutchison is one of those guys that I love to roster and I hate to have on my team. He is so Jekyll and Hyde that we just never know what we are going to get out of his start. He is a -150 favorite at home today but the game does offer us an over/under of 9 runs. He offers huge strikeout potential but is prone to giving up the long ball.
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (FD $8000, DK $8700) – Lincecum has really found a new pitching style as he no longer is able to just blow hitters away. He has allowed just 11 earned runs over his 9 starts in 2015. He is a -115 road favorite facing the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers team is so up and down and that is why I have Tim in the GPP category as the Brewers do have a potent offense at times and are capable of working a number of walks. The one big plus for Lincecum is that he has only allowed 1 home run so far in 2015.
Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler (FD $3800, DK $5000), Kris Bryant (FD $4100, DK $4900), Anthony Rizzo (FD $4400, DK $5100), Starlin Castro (FD $2900, DK $3900) – The Cubs should be high on the list today as the rumor is that the winds are blowing straight out and that is why the over/under is set at a ridiculous 11.5 runs in this game. You can certainly include Soler, Coghlan and even Russell I think. I wish Montero was in the lineup but initial word is that Ross is behind the plate for the cubs.
Washington Nationals: Denard Span (FD $3300, DK $4600), Ian Desmond (FD $3100, DK $4500), Bryce Harper (FD $5900, DK $5500), Ryan Zimmerman (FD $3100, DK $4500) – The other team playing at Wrigley today is the Nationals and the reason I do not have them as my top choice is that I just feel the Cubs lineup is more potent and Wada can make a tough match-up for Span and Harper. I would certainly include Ramos and possibly Escobar even though I have made it known that I think he is a terrible player to have in the 3 spot. I can see an argument to include Espinosa or Taylor as well due to their prices.
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto (FD $3300, DK $4800), Todd Frazier (FD $3700, DK $5100), Jay Bruce (FD $2700, DK $4700) – The Reds have dropped Hamilton to the 9 spot and replaced him with Phillips at the top. While I do not mind Phillips, I think I want to focus on the 2-4 spots in this lineup against the Rockies. You could sneak in a very cheap C option in Pena who is hitting 5th today. Be careful as there is some rain in the forecast.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson (FD $3800, DK $4700), Jose Bautista (FD $4500, DK $5000), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $4200, DK $5300) – I am not sure there is a more dangerous trio in a lineup in all of baseball. You will want to check the lineup and make sure Bautista is in there. You can certainly include just about anybody the Jays run out there in the top 6 or so as I think they take it to Noesi and the White Sox.
Lucas Duda, NY Mets
Brandon Moss, Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Evan Gattis, Houston Astros
George Springer, Houston Astros
Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs