FanDuel & DraftKings Optimal MLB Lineup Picks for Thursday, July 9, 2015. Free daily fantasy baseball lineup advice, picks and plays for cash games.
Jumping right in to Thursday’s action as I’m strapped for time this morning!
So enough about yesterday’s action and lets take a closer look at what we have in store for today’s MLB games.
Here we go… let’s dive into the action for FanDuel and DraftKings with some quick hits for the day to help you set your lineups.
My approach for this column will continue to focus on building the highest quality DFS lineups for FD and DK that are built with the objective of delivering consistent team scores of the “high-floor” mentality.
In other words, I’m looking to share advice and tips that will result in a lineup of players that will help you place in the upper half of 50-50 contests, double-ups and even head-to-heads if you so choose to play those types of games in the DFS space.
First, let’s start with looking at the top FD lineup for yesterday thanks to our friends at FantasyCruncher and their lineup rewind function.
Daily MLB Overview:
Number of games: 10
Earliest first pitch: 1:05 pm EST
Biggest moneyline favorite: Los Angeles Dodgers (-340) vs Philadelphia
Smallest moneyline favorite: Toronto (-104) at Chicago White Sox (-104)
Highest run total: 10.5 (Atlanta at Colorado)
Lowest run total: 6.5 (Los Angeles Angels at Seattle)
Let’s start on the mound:
- Zack Greinke is the obvious top play of the day thanks to the juicy matchup and betting line of -340 (moneyline). It’s hard to look elsewhere against a Philly team that is in tough against a top arm. Severino Gonzalez goes for the Phils, but this really is not something that is likely to end well if you’re a fan of the red guys. I expect Greinke to be owned by a vast number of owners in cash games today.
- I know the Twins can hit lefties, but like we saw with Chris Sale against the LHP-mashing Jays when he pitched a CG and got the win, the principle of “let the numbers talk” doesn’t work all the time. When we look at elite arms, sometimes the numbers just happen to be less significant. That’s where we’re at today with David Price. The fact the Twins are starting Mike Pelfrey against a potent Detroit team that features the likes of J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and the white-hot Nick Castellanos is not something to be shy to take advantage of – both on the mound and from a DET bats stack perspective. Price can give you big numbers from your SP slot.
- Going a little against the grain, I don’t mind Jeff Locke as an option for a unique cash game lineup approach today. He’s been throwing the ball quite well of late and is coming off a heck of an outing his last time out against Cleveland. He was able to post a QS against the Cardinals earlier this year, and gets them at home tonight. More on him in today’s Expert Picks column.
And on to the bats today:
- I like Atlanta bats against Kyle Kendrick today, like I mentioned in the Expert Picks article here. Cameron Maybin is a great choice (but an expensive one thanks to the Coors tax), and I also think Kelly Johnson deserves some love with the way he’s swinging the bat. Jace Peterson is a nice play at 2B, too.
- Like I mentioned above, you need to give some love to the Detroit bats going up against Pelfrey in this one. Start your Martinez duo (especially with V-Mart at C on FanDuel) and give some love to Kinsler, Castellanos and even Jose Iglesias. This is a great stack opportunity that may fly a little under the radar against a crappy SP who has been lucky this year thus far from an ERA perspective. Take advantage.
- Dodgers bats are the third stack to pay attention to. I’m not sure who will be starting/sitting in this one, as Mattingly is likely to give a little rest to some of his starters that have been working hard lately (and let’s face it, this is the kind of matchup where cold hitters can get things going in the right direction with). I expect Andre Ethier to be active in the heart of the order, and he’s been hitting righties well. Joc Pederson is likely to play, as is Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick. I like them all tonight, along with Yasmani Grandal (likely to be back behind the dish) and Adrian Gonzalez, too. Just check the batting order when it’s announced before you lock your guys in.
- Ryan Raburn should be active for the Indians tonight against Brett Oberholtzer. He’s a solid value option vs LHP.
- I also think some CHW bats against R.A. Dickey is a nice little opportunity to take advantage of. Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Adam Eaton and Adam LaRoche are worth considering for a 4-man stack against the knuckleballer this afternoon.
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