We have a full 15 game slate tonight for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. There is once again some potential storm issues popping up tonight. Never thought you would have to be an amateur meteorologist to profit off of daily fantasy baseball but I guess it comes with the territory. Lets get into my favorite pitchers and stacks to target in our MLB DFS strategy.
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (FD $12,500, DK $14,200) – I bet I do not have to say much about Max Scherzer to make you think about slotting him in tonight. He gets to face off with Johnny Cueto tonight in what should be an excellent pitching match-up. Scherzer is a -147 favorite in this game and the game offers an over/under of just 6.5 runs. If you can afford him, get him in!
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (FD $11,000, DK $11,200) – Kluber has struck out 24 over his last two starts, even with allowing 6 earned runs in those starts. Tonight he looks to pick up for his teammate, Carrasco, after he was hit hard by the Astros last night. The Astros strike out a ton and tonight they will run out rookie Velasquez, who has not been extremely sharp in his short major league career. Kluber is a -182 favorite and the game has an over/under of 7 runs.
Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates (FD $10,200, DK $10,300) – Liriano takes on a Padres team that he shutout through 6 innings while striking out 11 in a start about a month and a half ago. The Padres struggle mightily against left handed pitching and Liriano is in a great spot tonight. Liriano has struggled with the strikeout of late as he has just 14 over his last 3 starts since striking out 12 White Sox batters. Liriano and the Pirates are -140 favorites.
Tyler Cravy, Milwaukee Brewers (FD $5600, DK $4600) – Cravy made his first major league start back in June and managed to allow just 1 run over 7 innings while striking out 6 against the Cardinals. Tonight he gets to face a pretty weak Braves offense, after the Braves touched up Lohse last night. Prior to last night the Brewers offense had been raking and they have a chance against a rookie left handed pitcher tonight. Cravy and the Brewers are -143 favorites in a game with an over/under of just 7.5.
Wade Miley, Boston Red Sox (FD $7800, DK $6200) – Miley’s numbers do not jump off the page at you and generally people over look, avoid or even target hitters against. I think Miley is in a great spot getting to pitch at home tonight against the Stanton-less Marlins who have scored 3 runs or less in 10 of their last 12 road games. I also really like his offensive teammates going up against Dan Haren tonight. Miley and the Red Sox are -182 favorites as of right now.
Manny Banuelos, Atlanta Braves (FD $5400, DK $5900) – Banuelos was a huge prospect for the Yankees for years and finally got to make his major league debut last week for the Braves and thoroughly impressed as he went 5.2 shutout innings and struck out 7. He left that game with cramping but appears to be fine. I like him as a GPP play as the Brewers have been red hot of late and can really mash against left handed pitching.
Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks (FD $6800, DK $5300) – Ray has been putting up pretty impressive stat lines of late, even while allowing a few runs a game and is an interesting GPP option tonight going into Texas, where the fall really flies during the dog days of summer. The Rangers are much better against right handed pitching, so Ray gets to take advantage of that and could certainly be a sneaky SP2 option on DK.
Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson (FD $4100, DK $5400), Jose Bautista (FD $5000, DK $5300), Edwin Encarnacion (FD $3900, DK $4400), Russell Martin (FD $3400, DK $3800) – The Blue Jays get to hack against an underrated left handed starter tonight (Quintana). The Blue Jays are always in play as a stack and that is especially true against left handed pitching. I think you can add in Colabello, Valencia and Navarro should they be in the lineup and Travis always intrigues me due to his price. I do not like Reyes much against left handed pitching as it is by far his weakest side.
Los Angeles Angels: Johnny Giavotella (FD $2900, DK $3400), Kole Calhoun (FD $4300, DK $5100), Mike Trout (FD $5600, DK $6200), Albert Pujols (FD $4800, DK $5600) – The Angels get to hack away in Coors tonight and I like their top 4. I think I could replace Johnny G with Aybar should he be in the 5 hole tonight. I do not think you need to look outside of a 4 man stack with the Angels, however with it being in Coors I would not fault you for being creative with a 5 or 6 man stack on DK.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Joc Pederson (FD $3300, DK $3700), Adrian Gonzalez (FD $2900, DK $3800), Andre Ethier (FD $2300, DK $2900) – The Dodgers bats get a second straight favorable match-up tonight as they get to face Chad Billingsley. I went with the 3 left handed hitters as this stack as I think lefties can get to Billingsley a lot more than righties, however I would not fault you for a full 6 man stack and you could add Grandal to the 3 above for a 4 man left handed hitter stack of the Dodgers.
Boston Red Sox: Mookie Betts (FD $3900, DK $4500), David Ortiz (FD $3200, DK $4200), Hanley Ramirez (FD $4200, DK $4800) – The Red Sox are my sneaky stack of the night as they get to face a home run prone Dan Haren at Fenway. The 3 I listed are the main ones of my stack but can certainly understand including Bogaerts, Holt and Sandoval.
If you want the Win on FD, you can not ignore the fact that Brett Anderson and the Dodgers are sitting at -300 favorites as of this writing. That is ridiculous for a pitcher as mediocre as Brett Anderson, but his teammates get to take on the pitcher formerly known as Chad Billingsley. Sonny Gray is normally a stud choice, however he was in the hospital for a couple of days and that leaves me with some uncertainty about him against the Yankees tonight. A couple of pitchers always intrigue me (Gallardo and Walker), but they have some tough opponents as Gallardo faces off with the D’Backs and Walker gets to take on the Tigers. I am also intrigued by Matt Cain in his second start of the season against the struggling Mets offense. As far as bats, I think you can look at the Cubs, Rockies, Indians, A’s and Giants for possible fill-ins or even under the radar stacks.