Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice and DFS Strategy (May 27)
FEB 03, 2015 4:42p ET
Editor’s note: Starting the second week of the season, our newest member of the FOX Sports team, D.J. Foster, will join Adam Meyer in providing DFS baseball lineup advice. Foster will post to this page on Sundays/Mondays/Wednesdays and Meyer will post on Tuesdays/Fridays/Saturdays.
As for the typically lighter Thursday schedule, be sure to check out John Halpin's picks in his Quick Hits Blog
May 27th (late games)
Yesterday’s lineup recap:
- Before we move on to Wednesday’s late night picks, let’s recap Tuesday. Clayton Kershaw and David Price were the top recommended pitching plays from Adam Meyer, and both pitched 7 scoreless innings.
- If you didn't have Josh Donaldson, you were fighting an uphill battle yesterday. Donaldson had one of the biggest games of anyone this year (FD 21 points, DK 48 points) and was Adam's top recommended play at third base. If you also played Adam's top play at first base (Prince Fielder), chances are you were in the money.
Deal of the Day – Lance Lynn, STL – Even though it’s a small slate tonight, there are plenty of big name pitching options on the board in Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester and Garrett Richards. Still, it’s Lance Lynn who is the best bet for a win going against Josh Collmenter and the Diamondbacks at home. Lynn has a career 2.80 ERA at home and he’s striking out batters at a higher rate than any pitcher on the board tonight. He’s a cheap ($8900 FD, $8300 DK) contrarian play in tournaments and a perfect second pitcher on multi-SP sites, as his back cramps and day-to-day tag will likely scare owners off him.
Must-Start of the Day – Matt Carpenter, STL – I’m stacking the Cardinals bats like crazy on FanDuel, but Carpenter should be in your lineup on every site. Josh Collmenter is the weakest pitcher to target tonight, and Carpenter has a 1.018 OPS against RHP this season. With Kris Bryant getting Max Scherzer and the wind likely blowing in at Wrigley, Carpenter is your guy.
Avoid of the Day – Jon Lester, CHC - This one is pretty simple. I don't love Lester's chance at grabbing a win against Scherzer, and the decline in strikeout rate this season limits his upside on a night when there are other big strikeout pitchers (Scherzer, Lynn, Cashner) available.
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Lance Lynn, STL – “Deal of the day”
Max Scherzer, WAS – If you don’t want to fade Scherzer, I don’t blame you. He’s certainly the safest play, as the Cubs strikeout at a higher percentage than any team in the majors. He may give up a run or two, but double-digit strikeouts seem very possible and it’s not a bad idea to go with the crowd and hope your picks are better elsewhere.
Wilson Ramos, WAS – Jon Lester hasn’t been the guy we know this year, and Ramos is a notorious lefty killer (.316 lifetime average against LHP).
Yadier Molina, STL – He’s the highest priced catcher on Draft Kings, but yet he’s available for the minimum on FanDuel. Get him going on FD.
Ryan Zimmerman, WAS – Has a lifetime .895 OPS against LHP.
Adrian Gonzalez, LAD – He’s obviously better against righties, but Gonzalez is still a .273 lifetime hitter against LHP, and the matchup and price are solid.
Kolten Wong, STL – He’s been on a roll lately and is in a better spot at the top of the lineup now.
Matt Carpenter, STL – “Must-start of the day”
Yangervis Solarte, SD – If you find yourself in need of salary relief, Solarte is a bargain-bin bat who should be hitting leadoff for the Padres.
Jhonny Peralta, STL – If Collmenter turns into a stud on Wednesday, so be it. Peralta has three straight multi-hit games in a row.
Andrelton Simmons, ATL – There isn’t a lot of depth at shortstop, and Simmons is the most talented of the punt options available.
Mike Trout, LAA – With Bryce Harper getting the lefty-lefty treatment against the Cubs, Trout is the best big dollar play with his speed and power combo against the Padres.
Scott Van Slyke, LAD – Career .880 OPS against LHP. Just make sure he’s in the lineup.
Randal Grichuk, STL – His price hasn’t come up, even though he has a .924 OPS in 48 at-bats this year.
Matt Kemp, SD – Registered 16 points on Draft Kings last night and is near the minimum on FanDuel ($2300).
Matt Holliday, STL – Usually a better cash-game option than tournament play, but the matchup is right tonight. Stack your Cardinals!