MLB DFS Lineup May 12

P: Blake Snell, Tamp Bay Rays

The Yankees injuries continue to derail what could be a dominate lineup.  The most recent injury being power hitting catcher Gary Sanchez.  The Yankees still feature some potential value in their lineup but with no Sanchez, no Torres and the still recent return of Migual Andujar this team is going to be weaker than usual.  Take advantage an put in a reemerging Blake Snell coming off a bounce back start of 30+ DK points against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

P: Martin Perez, Minnesota Twins

You have to monitor whether Perez will make the start as he recently welcomed a new baby into the world last night. If he does make the start you will be getting one of the hottest pitchers in baseball against a Tigers lineup that tends to underwhelm you from an offensive perspective.  Perez has developed a cutter that has mesmerized opposing hitters in his last two outings.  Perez is still very affordable as well.  If he puts up another 30 point he won’t be in his next outing.

C: Danny Jansen, Toronto Blue Jays

You have to have a catcher and Jansen has power upside and he’s cheap.

1B: CJ Cron, Minnesota Twins

Building off of a great double header the day before.  CJ Cron has a history of mashing against lefties.  While I don’t like to stacking against Daniel Norris, the power of Cron is worth a risk at his 3.9K.  Sporting a .526 ISO in against lefties on the season Cron has great potential upside.

2B: Aledmys Diaz, Houston Astros

With Altuve on the IL Aledmys Diaz will be looked on to take a more prominent role within the starting lineup. Diaz has excelled at Tropicana Field this season hitting .300 at home nearly 200 points higher than on the road.

3B: Vlad Guerrero Jr, Toronto Blue Jays

Vlad Jr. has not gotten off to the torrid start that most assumed was coming when he received his call up.  He is coming off of his first double digit DK point day and appears to be seeing the ball well with two walks and two hits.

SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

Bogaerts has been on a tear of late.  The matchup against lefty Marco Gonzales gives him a chance to face a lefty which he has a .400 ISO against during the 2019 season.

OF: Tommy Pham, Tampa Bay Rays

I love to play Pham during day games. During his career he has excelled in day games and especially versus Masahiro Tanaka. Three hits in five career at bats with an exit velo of 101 in his career against the Yankees righty makes him a must play at just 4.3K.

OF: Dennis Smith Jr., Baltimore Orioles

Griffin Canning could be a popular play with the high strikeout rate of the Baltimore lineup.  Dennis Smith Jr. has the potential to jump on Canning early. Smith Jr. features a .524 slugging percentage against lefties in 2019.

OF: Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers

Castellanos has been hitting lefties his entire career and will continue to do so in the middle of the lineup.  Featuring an .854 OPS Castellanos will have a chance to put up some numbers against Perez in the three spot of the lineup.

MLB DFS May 7 2019

P: Griffin Canning, Los Angeles Angels ($8,500)

Canning flew up the prospect ranks for the Angels and now gets a great matchup against the right handed heavy Tigers.  Detroit has struck out at the 5th highest clip against right handed pitchers.  Canning should have his first real opportunity to show his worth in the DFS community.

P: Caleb Smith, Miami Marlins ($9,500)

Smith is a risky play versus the Chicago Cubs, but his production is hard to ignore.  In total opposing offenses are hitting just .168 against Smith this season.  Smith also has averaged 11.9K’s per 9.  The Chicago lineup has been flourishing of late but only Javier Baez has been consistent against left-handed pitching during 2019.  Smith will get strikeouts so even if runs are given up he has a chance to score points.

C: Jorge Alfaro, Miami Marlins ($3,600)

Alfaro has the power to bring some punch for your lineup.  Hitting in the number four spot in the order will against a left handed starter gives him the potential for a big fly tonight.  At his low cost and spot in the lineup he has the potential to have a big game.

1B: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds ($3,500)

Joey Votto is good.  He just hasn’t shown it of late.  He gets a great matchup with Mike Fiers, who over utilizes his fastball which plays right into the hands of Votto.  Votto still carries a .381 WOBA vs. right-handed pitching going back to 2018.

2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros ($4,300)

Altuve continues to have low cost due to struggles in the early season. He has however had a strong ISO and WOBA to start the season.  He has matched up well with Danny Duffy over his career to a tune of .474 BA in 21 career at bats. 

3B: David Fletcher, Los Angeles Angels ($3,900)

The Angels could be a sneaky stack for tonight.  David Fletcher has had a quietly productive season. He will face off with Daniel Norris, whom is giving up a .367 WOBA to righties. 

SS: Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers ($3,600)

Chris Taylor is one of the hottest hitters on the planet right now, scoring double digits on Draftkings in four straight games. Taylor has also excelled versus left-handed hitters with a .556 slugging percentage. 

OF: Kiki Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers ($4,100)

Kiki mashes lefties. That is all.

OF: Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies ($3,900)

Desmond is a dart throw at best against Madison Bumgarner.  With over 40 career at bats against him it’s safe to say that Desmond should have a good idea of what is coming. His .486 slugging percentage is worth a start at a low price.

OF: Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox ($5,100)

Benintendi has had eight hits over his last four games.  He gets a matchup with David Hess whom can blow up at any moment.  If affordable a Red Sox Stack would not be out of the question.

MLB DFS Lineup 4/19/19

P: Anibal Sanchez, Washington Nationals ($8,100)

Anibal Sanchez has a terrific matchup against the Miami Marlins.  This matchup is in Miami which is a pitchers paradise. The Marlins also feature one of the weakest lineups in baseball scoring just three runs in their last 4 games, while striking out an average of 9 times per game.

P: Jordan Lyles, Pittsburgh Pirates ($7,900)

Lyles is coming off one of his best games of the year striking out ten Cubs hitters over six innings on April 10th.  Lyles now gets a matchup with the San Fransisco Giants offense that ranks bottom three in runs per game and bottom ten in strikeouts per game. The Giants have seen Lyles as a team for over 100 at bats but only have one career home runs versus the Pirates righty.

C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals ($3,700)

The Cardinals are a favorable potential stack tonight.  Guys like Goldschmidt, Ozuna, and Dejong should be on your radar but in this case I am going to bank on Molina.  Yadier has had a rare two day break after sitting out the last game of the Milwaukee series coinciding with the day off.  Molina has hitting Met’s starter Jason Vargas very well over his career going 5 for 11 off of the veteran lefty including an average exit velocity of 92.9. 

1B: Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros ($4,200)

The Astros in total are a good stack tonight along with the Cardinals as they face off in Texas against Drew Smyly.  Yuli smashes lefties over the last two seasons, in 2019 Gurriel is hitting .368. Gurriel is a low cost option at a prime position tonight.

2B: Gleybor Torres, New York Yankees ($4,300)

Gleybor hits better at home and will be sitting in the middle of the lineup for the Yankees against a homer prone Royals starter.

3B: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros ($4,600)

Bregman will join in on my mini Astros stack, a .548 slugging percentage over the last three years versus lefties should put him in a great position to succeed.

SS: Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics ($4,200)

Semien has always been more known for his offense then defense, so far this season the offense has been showing.  Semien is also 4 for 7 in his career against Marcus Stroman. Good price for a good hitter.

OF: Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics ($4,700)

Khris Davis is going to hit a home run tonight.  That is all.  Have a great day.

OF: Tommy Pham, Tampa Bay Rays ($4,300)

It feels like the price for Tommy Pham is way to low here but that works for me.  Coming off a huge night with a homer and a stolen base.  When Pham gets going he can carry a slate.  Red Sox pitching has been giving up runs all year so Pham at just 4.3K is a great play.

OF: Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers ($3,900)

Castellanos has not had a torrid start to the season but coming off a game where he put up major points grab him before the price goes up.  Castellanos is 3 for 5 against White Sox starter Carlos Rodon and is a another pick from the bargain bin for this slate.

MLB DFS Lineup 4/15/19

Pitcher: Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians ($10,400)

Any time you have an ace coming off of a bad start is a great option. Bauer will face off against a Seattle offense that came off a tough three game stretch against the Houston Astros.  Bauer will come out with something to prove against a heavily right handed lineup. 

Pitcher: Matt Shoemaker, Toronto Blue Jays ($8,000)

Shoemaker is hot right now, roll with him until he’s not.

C: Curt Casali, Cincinnati Reds ($3,200)

Curt Casali wil be leading off against the returning Clayton Kershaw.  Normally you would always avoid Kershaw but in this case you can get a cheap catcher in a lead-off spot.  Casali had a .989 OPS in 2018 against left handed pitching.  At the price Casali is a bargain option that will allow you to play a pitcher like Treovr Bauer.

1B: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox ($4,300)

This is simple, Abreu is 3 for 3 against the Royals starter with a homer.  I like this game as a potential stack so you have to go with the White Sox best power bat.

2B: Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals ($4,600)

Merrifield has the power and speed that can always bring high upside against a struggling starter  Ervin Santana.

SS: Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies ($4,200)

Story versus a lefty is a strong option any day of the week.  His career numbers against Joey Lucchesi aren’t great in 10 career at bats but he brings a lot to the table for another great cost.

3B: Brian Anderson, Miami Marlins ($2,900)

Anderson has two straight games of 20 plus points.  He is currently at 2.9k which is another bargain for a guy that brings power upside to a lineup that is not great, sometimes the best bargains can bring the best upside.

OF: Randall Grichuck, Toronto Blue Jays ($4,300)

Righties crushed Martin Perez in 2018 to a clip of .966 OPS. Grichuk Is a great option for lineups especially against lefties.  I want exposure to the Blue Jays, I will start with Randall.

OF: Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers ($4,300)

Joc Pederson loves swinging and he loves fastballs.  Going against Luis Castillo is a great matchup.

OF: Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals ($3,600)

Dozier is another player that will have a low cost but potential high reward. With over 8 fantasy points in each of his last 5 games and a favorable matchup with Ervin Santana he is a no brainer at just 3.6K.

MLB DFS Picks April 2 2019

P: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals, $11,800

Scherzer looked to be in mid-season form versus the New York Mets in his first start, striking out 12 over 7 2/3 inning pitched. His matchup with the Phillies looks to be tough but as a team the Phillies struck out 75 times in 211 career at-bats. Look for Scherzer to feed off of the home crowd for another stellar performance.

P: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers, $9,300

When healthy Ryu has been one of the most effective pitchers in all of baseball. The Giants are hitting .194 as a team while striking out 47 times.

C: Omar Narvaez, Seattle Mariners, $3,300

Narvaez was a preseason sleep at a very weak catching position. Narvaez brings some power potential in a lineup that has started the season red hot. His low cost makes him a great option in a pitcher loaded slate.

1B: Pete Alonso, New York Mets, $4,100

Alonso connected on his first career homerun last night, he will now be building on his momentum. With 7 hits in his first 17 career at bats. Ride the hot streak.

2B: Starlin Castro, Miami Marlins, $3,700

Castro will get a favorable matchup with Jason Vargas whom he has an exit velocity of 90MPH in 12 career at bats.

SS: Zack Cozart, Los Angeles Angels, $3,700

Cozart started the season slowly along with the rest of the Angels lineups. Soft tossing Marco Gonzalez is a solid matchup for Cozart whom in a small sample size of four at bats has two hits.

3B: Yandy Diaz, Tampa Bay Rays, $3,400

Yandy Diaz will most likely be batting leadoff against lefty Kyle Freeland. Diaz already has matched his career totals in homers with one. He should be in a prime spot to continue his hot hitting.

OF: Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies, $3,700

2019 has not been a great start for the entire Rockies lineup. Desmond though excelled in 2018 versus lefties leading to a OPS of .841.

OF: Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics, $3,500

Assuming Canha will start against the lefty Chris Sale he could be worth a look as another low cos outfielder. 13 of Canha’s 17 homers were hit against lefties in 2018. If he gets the start he should be a great asset.

OF: Odubel Herrara, Philadelphia Phillies, $3,500

I am never a fan of starting players versus your own starting pitcher but Herrara’s ‘s career numbers versus Scherzer can’t be ignored. Herrara is hitting .341 in 47 career at bats against the Nationals ace.

NBA DFS 3.11.19

PG: De’Arron Fox, Sacramento Kings ($7,300)

Fox is always a questionable play.  He can dominate a game or play 20 minutes.  This matchup is ideal for both teams with a total reaching into 240 for the game.  The Kings and the Wizards are up pace teams that don’t play a lot of defense.  Fox at $7,300 is a good play.

SG: Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards ($5,800)

Satoransky has play 37 minutes +  over his last three games. A matchup with the Kings is great for PG’s and bigs.  Satoransky doesn’t rely on one thing to provide value, even if he isn’t scoring he can give you boards and assists.

SF: Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings ($5,800)

The veteran Barnes has been playing big minutes since joining the Kings.  The former Warrior is hungry and has proven himself to be a solid contributor to the Kings and will continue it.

PF: Bobby Portis, Washington Wizards ($5,900)

Portis feasts off of weak defenses, the Kings are weak.  Should have solid value here for another medium priced player. 

C: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons ($9,100)

Coming off of 30 minutes that didn’t take him to much effort puts Drummond in a great spot against the second worst defense against bigs.  The Nets are a team you always plug the center in against no matter what.  The Pistons have quietly become one of the most efficient offenses in the second half.

G: Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets ($6,000)

I love Spencer Dinwiddie.  While not starting his still provides starter minutes and starter production. Dinwiiddie has been shooting the three at a 37% clip this season making him valuable even if the Nets are behind.

F: Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics ($4,600)

With not Tatum in the lineup Hayward and Jaylen Brown should see more minutes in a favorable matchup with the Clippers. Hayward’s price is too good without Tatum.  If he starts look for big points, if he doesn’t he should still hit value.

UTL: Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz ($5,900)

No Ricki Rubio has turned Joe Ingles into a versatile option.  Averaging 7 assists a game when getting the chance to play the point.  Russell Westbrook will most likely have the matchup with Spider Mitchell which should free up some play making for Ingles.

Other players to consider:

Frank Kaminsky, Charlotte Hornets

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics,

Trevor Ariza, Washington Wizards

NBA DFS Picks 3.1.19

A 7-game schedule with every game having projected total of 220+ leaves DFS players with a lot of options. Tonight’s slate will be about picking the rights studs and while finding the value in a few players that have seen a minutes increase.  It’s going to take a 350 score to most likely give you a chance to cash.  Let’s get to work.

PG: Elfrid Payton, New Orleans Pelicans ($5,600)

Elfird Payton has been getting the minutes over the last three games and he has produced at a high level.  Over 30 DK points in each of those games. Phoenix is the definition of a horrible defensive team.  Payton will put up a double-double tonight with ease. 

SG: Malcom Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks ($5,600)

Brogdon is the model of consistency.  With George Hill and Sterling Brown being out for tonight’s game Brogdon will get even more consistent minutes. Matching up with the Lakers whose defense will be focused on Giannis should open up the floor for Brogdon to see some open looks.  He is a boring play but consistent is what you need.

SF: Otto Porter Jr., Chicago Bulls ($6,300)

The Hawks give up the 2nd most points per game to power forwards.  Otto Porter has seen a rejuvenation since being moved to the Bulls.  At $6,300 Porter has the upside for a 50 point night.

PF: Julius Randle, New Orleans Pelicans ($8,000)

The most underrated player in the NBA.  Yes, I said it.  Randle is a scoring machine coming off a huge night against the Lakers. Randle has stepped right in for Anthony Davis as the primary scoring option.  With Davis still on the minutes restriction Randle will be the main inside target against a poor Phoenix interior.

C: Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers ($6,400)

Harrell doesn’t need big minutes to make his mark on the game. In three games versus the Kings this season Harrell is averaging 39.7 Draftkings points per game. The fast pace of the the game is perfect for Harrell.

G: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics ($8,900)

Kyrie is due for a big game.  The media continually bashing him for his facial expressions during games should motivate his play. Irving averages four more points per game at home this season and in his only matchup with the Wizards Irving put up 54 DK points.

F: Moe Harkless, Portland Trailblazers ($3,800)

The price for has not caught up with the play of Harkless. Over his last 4 games Harkless has not gone under 28 points.  His cost is too low and a matchup with the Raptors should scare some people off.

UTL: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings ($5,400)

Bogdan is a potential slate breaker every night.  With the injury to Bagley more points will become available.  Coming off of a 54 DK point night he should be ready for another great showing against a poor Clippers team defense with a high projected total.

NBA DFS 2.26.19

PG: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics ($8,800)

Kyrie was able to torch the Raptors in their last matchup.  With the obvious popularity of Russell Westbrook tonight going different with a hungry Kyrie can set you aside from the pack.

SG: Dennis Schroder, Oklahoma City Thunder ($4,300)

In a 3 game slate someone has to standout.  Schroder at a low cost in a high total game can bring major upside.

SF: Gordan Hayward, Boston Celtics ($4,300)

Before his injury Gordan Hayward had three straight games of over 30 DK points.  If he is fully healthy he can be a tough matchup for the Raptors second unit.

PF: Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic ($6,400)

This isn’t an ideal spot for Gordon against a slower paced Knicks team but if the choice is between him or Jonathon Isaac the choice has to be the upside of Gordon

C: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets ($10,000)

Jokic like Westbrook is always a smart start no matter what.

G: DJ Augustin, Orlando Magic ($4,100)

Backup point guard Isaiah Briscoe is out which means Augustin is the only point guard on the roster that has played any minutes.  Augustin and Terrance Ross have been going off lately either will be a solid start tonight.

F: Al Horford, Boston Celtics ($6,300)

Big game Horford will show up tonight.

UTL: Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder ($5,600)

This was a tough choice but with the bigs that Denver can bring at you Adams is a must play for the Thunder.  Tip ins and blocks will be huge tonight for Adams.

*also consider playing Jamal Murray in UTL spot.  Just sub Isaac for Gordon.

NBA DFS Lineup 2.14.19

PG: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder ($11,600)

No brainer.  Highest total of the night, stat stuffer that will continue to stuff. 

SG: Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets ($5,700)

Lamb has quietly been a very reliable scorer for the Charlotte Hornets.  The type of player that will give you 20 points in a half. Coming off of two straight solid performances, surprisingly Lamb averages a whole point more per game away then he does at home.  Lamb is a solid mid-range play.

SF: Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder ($10,700)

The MVP of the first half will want to put his stamp on the final game.  George is red hot and will continue to play well against a poor defensive team.

PF: Kevin Knox, New York Knicks ($4,900)

Knox has been playing big minutes now that the Knicks finally realized they stink.

C: Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks ($4,100)

19+ points in 12 straight games.  Low cost will most likely make him very chalky tonight in a stars and scrubs lineup. Targeting centers against the Hawks is always a strong play.  The hawks will feature multiple big’s so the Knicks will need Robinson’s size.

G: Alonzo Trier, New York Knicks ($3,300)

The Knicks are always tough to predict, but Trier is coming off of his best game in weeks last night.  We know the Hawks are going to run, Trier is a great matchup in this situation to keep up with the speed of Trae Young.

F: Taurean Prince, Atlanta Hawks ($4,700)

Prince’s defense will be important against the Knicks best scorer Kevin Knox, he is diverse enough to give you point in multiple areas.

Util: Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets ($4,800)

No Bismark Biyombo tonight means more minutes for Cody Zeller.  Zeller has been back from injury for four games and has increased his DFS point total each game. Another low cost option that will at least get you high rebound totals.

NBA DFS 1.28.19

PG: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers, $7,400 Williams is going to be popular in this matchup against the fast paced Hawks.  Fast pace and a player paying at a high level makes for big points.  Beverly is cheaper and will get his minutes but Williams is the more certain player for points. SG: Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers, $5,600 Bojan is quietly having a solid season.With the injury to Oladipo points will be at a premium for Pacers guards.  Bojan will be looking to shoot and shoot a lot. Collison will be the chalkier play but don’t under estimate Bojan in this matchup. SF: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, $9,400 No Draymond Green will open up the floor for Durant to be more of a playmaker.  With Boogie Cousins still on a bit of a minute restriction I am looking for Durant to not only supply points tonight but also rebounds.  Double-double should be a guarantee. PF: Dwayne Dedmon, Atlanta Hawks, $5,500 Only the Suns give up more points to centers then the Los Angeles Clippers.  Stacking the Hawks bigs, (John Collins will be chalky) seems like the best play of the night.  Dedmon will be a big matchup problem for the Clips, he has a low price and even higher upside. C: Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers, $7,100 Harrell is a fantasy monster. The Clippers already play at a fast pace and it will only get faster tonight against the defenseless Hawks.  Harrell’s price is a bit more than I would like but he is still a solid play at a mid-range price. G: Trey Burke, New York Knicks, $4,200 Injuries to Frank Ntilkina and Emanual Mudiay open up minutes for bothTrey Burke and Alonzo Trier.  Burke should get the start as well as the points. He is high-risk high-reward.  Hornets give up the 12th most points to PG’s. F: Dom Sabonis, Indiana Pacers, $6,600 Love centers versus the Warriors. Sabonis also has no problem running the floor if the pace quickens.  Similar to the Bojan play, there are points to be had for the Pacer and Sabonis will be there to take them. UTIL: Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets, $4,200 No Murray tonight for the Nuggets.  With the return of Will Barton and Gary  Harris, most will stay away from Beasley.  Could be a nice play if he gets a\ large chunk of the Murray minutes.