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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/23/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

It's going to be another exciting Friday of baseball, with tonight's main slate covering 13 games and starting at 7:05pm ET. There is also an all-day slate featuring the early Nationals-Cubs matchup.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/23/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays.

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Lance Lynn - TEX at CWS - $9,700
There are plenty of high-end options to choose from at starting pitcher, and it's hard to go wrong with any of them. If you're looking to save some payroll and avoid the highest priced starter in Jacob deGrom, Lance Lynn is a cheaper alternative with similar upside. He's been an ace over the last month, throwing 30 innings with a 2.10 ERA and 35 strikeouts. On the season, he's got a 3.05 FIP and a 2.90 Deserved Run Average, so his success has been legit. Lynn gets to face one of the league's weakest lineups in the White Sox, who have just a .292 wOBA versus righties and a 26.3% K-rate - both marks are the third-worst in baseball.

Trent Thornton - TOR at SEA $6,000
As the fifth-cheapest starter available, Thorton is anything but a safe pick. However, with such a low price, there's room for profit here. Thornton has recorded a quality start in three of his last four outings and is facing a rebuilding Mariners lineup with a high 25.5% K-rate. Thornton is away from his hitter-friendly home ballpark and will certainly be at low ownership, so consider him if you want to spend on more expensive bats.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/22/19): MLB DFS Lineups
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Thursday sees a reasonably busy day with 10 games taking place. Just one of those games is in the afternoon, between the Giants and Cubs, leaving nine of the games in the evening to make up the main slate. That slate will make up the featured one on DraftKings and is where our attentions on this slate lie.

There are some monster favorites on this slate, especially the Houston Astros who are better than -500 in many places. Other teams at -200 or better are the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. There are not expected to be many runs scored on this slate, with just two games having a projected double-digit total right now. Those games are in Baltimore and in Chicago.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/22/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole, HOU (vs. DET) - $12,000
Cole is in great form right now. His 2.08 ERA in August is his highest monthly ERA since May, having sat below two in each of the last two months. In that time he has struck out 114 hitters in 85 innings, allowing a total of just 18 runs. Now he faces one of the worst hitting sides in the majors in the form of the Detroit Tigers. Having only scored less than 20 fantasy points just once since June 7th, he has both the floor and ceiling to make his salary look to be potentially still a value. Last night Justin Verlander managed to go the full nine innings and struck out 11 against this lineup, showing the level Cole could reach in this outing.

Mike Soroka, ATL (vs. MIA) - $10,000
Soroka has been up and down this season but does come into this game having averaged over 27 fantasy point sin his last two starts against the Marlins. Soroka has actually struggled this season at home, but against the Marlins he has the potential to put that to bed. In the last two games, the VBraves starters have allowed just one earned run and have struck out 16 Marlins, showing you both the floor and ceiling that Soroka has in this one. Given the opponent, it really does feel like Soroka might have a floor of two points per $1K salary nd a ceiling of three points.

DraftKings Infielders

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/21/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

It’s been a fun season and we’re finally getting to the nitty-gritty. After a big day on Tuesday, we’re going to look to keep rolling here.

On FanDuel, you'll find a tournament that fits your price range, no matter what it is. The $9.99 Rally is the featured tourney of the night and will prize $50k to first place. Let's jump right in and find a top play at each position!

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Yu Darvish, CHC vs. SF ($9,700)
Darvish was in many of my preseason articles suggesting him as a bargain in season-long leagues and he’s finally showing why I loved him so much. Over his last seven starts, Darvish is pitching to a 2.36 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 12.2 K/9 rate. Those are simply elite numbers and it’s why he’s scored at least 42 FanDuel points in five of those fixtures. Getting to face the Giants may be the best part of this play though, with San Francisco ranked 25th in runs scored, 26th in OPS, 24th in OBP and 25th in wOBA. That’s why he enters this matchup as a –200 favorite.

Julio Teheran, ATL vs. MIA ($9,000)
I hate to use BvP stats but this is getting downright absurd. Teheran has been wildly inconsistent all season long but not against the Marlins. In four starts against them this season, Teheran has a 0.36 ERA and 0.72 WHIP while striking out 22 batters across 25 innings of action. That’s obviously ridiculous and it’s really no surprise when you see that Miami ranks bottom-three in runs scored, OBP, OPS, wOBA and xwOBA. All of this makes Teheran hard to avoid and the fact that he’s a –210 favorite is the icing on the cake.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/20/19): MLB DFS Lineups
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

After a meager nine-game slate on Monday and some light weather, we’re back to a full slate here on Tuesday with very few weather issues. In fact, we have one doubleheader, so it’s going to be a wild day of baseball.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/20/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays.

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Michael Pineda, MIN vs. CWS ($8.900)
I’ve been on Pineda all season and I don’t understand why he doesn’t get more credit. This might be a bold statement but Pineda is posting ace-like numbers for his career. In fact, the Minnesota right-hander has a 3.51 career xFIP to pair with a 24 percent K rate. His consistency has been incredible recently, allowing three runs or fewer in 14 of his last 15 starts. He’s been particularly good even more recently, pitching to a 2.94 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 rate over his last 10 starts. The matchup may be the best part about using Pineda though, as he faces a White Sox team who ranks 26th in K rate, 28th in runs scored, 24th in OBP, 27th in OPS and 25th in xwOBA. That’s why Pineda enters this game as a –220 favorite with this potent offense behind him.

Aaron Sanchez, HOU vs. DET ($6,800)
Sanchez might be the best per-dollar play on the board. Since joining the Astros, he’s been a different pitcher. Over his last five starts, Sanchez is pitching to a 4.00 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 rate. That’s the stud that we saw between 2014-16, who generated a 2.86 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Facing the Motor City Kitties is only a bonus, with the Tigers ranked bottom-three in K rate, runs scored, OBP, OPS and xwOBA. Not to mention, Sanchez enters this game as a –360 favorite.

DraftKings Infielders

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/19/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Tonight's main slate starts at 7:05 pm ET and covers all nine games being played.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 8/19/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays.

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Trevor Bauer, CIN vs SDP ($10,200)
It doesn't feel good starting Bauer after he allowed nine earned runs in his last start, but this is a good opportunity to buy low while others are scared off. He should bounce back against a weak Padres lineup that has just a .308 wOBA versus righties and is missing their best hitter in Fernando Tatis, Jr. Bauer's value mainly comes from his strikeouts, as he's got a 27.6% K-rate, and the Padres have the third-highest strikeout-rate against right-handers at 26.2%. With no real aces on the mound tonight, he can easily finish as the top starting pitcher.

Zac Gallen, ARI vs COL ($8,000)
It's surprising to see Gallen at such an affordable price, as he's been fantastic through his first nine starts, posting a 2.58 ERA with a 27.4% K-rate. He has just about the best matchup you could ask for in the Rockies, who are abysmal away from home with their .286 wOBA on the road, along with a 27.0% K-rate. Gallen is an outstanding value play at starting pitcher.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball Part 12 - Spin Rate
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

(Originally published 3/13/19)

Spin rate has become one of the most recognizable Statcast metrics, with supporters of a given pitcher highlighting his spin rates to make their case.

Unfortunately, the baseball world has done a lousy job conveying what spin rate really means. The result has been a ton of owners who know that spin rate exists, but very few who can use it to improve their fantasy rosters.

This article will teach you everything you need to know to fold spin rate into your pitcher evaluations. We'll also illustrate the efficacy of spin rate using Pitch Info data from actual pitchers. Let's get started!

How to Interpret Spin Rate

Spin rate is measured in RPMs, or Rotations Per Minute. Each pitch type has its own baseline numbers, so a high-spin fastball might have an average spin rate for a curve. Comparing different types of pitches by spin rate is rather pointless, so try to focus on how any given pitcher's offering compares to the same pitch type thrown by other arms.

So, are higher or lower spin rates better? The answer is that it depends on the type of pitch you're looking at. Let's start with fastballs.

The average spin rate for fastballs ranges from 2,100 RPM to 2,400 RPM. Heaters with spin rates above this range tend to have "late life" and induce more whiffs than your average heater. They usually have backspin, or spin against gravity, that guides the ball weakly into the air if contact is made. This allows them to post elevated pop-up rates to compliment their whiffs.

For example, Max Scherzer's 4-seam fastball averaged 2,486 RPM in 2018. Its 14% SwStr% was elite for a heater, so he got the whiffs we would expect from a high spin rate. It also had a distinct fly ball tendency when put into play (43.5% FB%) and a very high IFFB% (41.7%), suggesting that it produces pop-ups as expected as well.

It's worth noting that fastball spin rate is positively correlated with velocity, meaning that a pitcher with a velocity spike may also experience a spin rate jump.

If you're looking for a contact manager instead of a strikeout artist, you want a spin rate ...

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/16/19): MLB DFS Lineups
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Welcome to Friday baseball on DraftKings. We have a full 15-game slate on our hands with plenty to dive into. At pitcher, there isn't much to love, but we'll have to find a couple guys that can make it enough to at least work. The real fun comes with the bats, where we may see a repeat of last night. There are a ton of terrible pitchers on the mound and we'll have five or six offenses we can viably stack.

On DraftKings, we have the Mega $8 where the winner will take home $100k. For the higher rollers, there's a $200 Outfield Assist with a 3-entry max and $60k prize pool. It's going to be a fun night on DraftKings and the range of possibilities is huge in tournaments. Let's dive in and find a top play at each position!

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/16/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Charlie Morton - TB vs. DET - $11,600
Justin Verlander and Charlie Morton are in a tier of their own tonight. We prefer Charlie Morton, who's a bit cheaper and a -330 favorite vs the Tigers. Morton has given up a few runs of late, but he's striking out 11+ batters per nine and sees his best match-up yet. The Tigers rank 28th against righties and strikeout 27% of the time. They hold a league-worst ISO and don't have much patience. Morton is one of the more consistent pitchers in baseball and this match-up is all you can ask for. It's safe to expect seven or eight innings with a K per inning. Morton is a great option in both cash games and tournaments.

Aaron Civale - CLE @ NYY - $5,800
For such a large slate, pitcher is absolutely terrible. Aaron Civale has gone six innings in each of his three starts and has struck out 18 in the process. That a strikeout per inning while walking just two per nine. He has definitely over-performed with a 1.00 ERA, but we don’t need him to keep that up. At this price, you only need a decent start out of Civale. The Yankees are obviously one of the best lineups in baseball, though they can strikeout with the best of ‘em at 26%. He’s dirt cheap and anything better than getting by is icing on the cake. Civale is a great way to go if you’re a fan of some expensive bats.

DraftKings Infielders

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Knuckleball
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 (by Clifton Neeley of baseballVMI.com)

Knuckleball - (1% of the total pitches thrown in MLB)

[reprinted from 2017]

Hit/Strike Rate for 2016 = 9.12%

The "Knuckleballer" is a category of its own

Oh, the knuckleball. It dives and darts every which way. Up, down, side to side and all angles in between. It confounds everyone, mathematical geniuses, physicists, engineers, and all who try to describe or especially to quantify it. Of course, I have never seen a mathematical formula put to an inflated balloon having been released with the valve open, either.

So, How Does a Knuckleball Dive and Dart?

I'll attempt to describe the knuckleball from a layman's perspective. The best knuckleballs I've seen personally and attempted to catch regularly have been on a fastpitch softball in the 60 mph ranges, but I've also been victim to line drives in the outfield that knuckleballed off the bat at a much higher speed. And I've seen soccer balls and volleyballs knuckle in flight, as well. I'm quite sure you have experienced many of these too.

Unfortunately, aerospace engineers and physics professors are in a certain amount of disagreement regarding projectiles flying through the air. So, until someone puts this together better than the real world observations and experiential understandings of those of us who have thrown, hit, caught, observed, missed, been hit in the nose by, been made a fool of, explained a black eye, and studied them in flight, then the following is my understanding of how this phenomenon most likely works in the real world.

Dr. Adair in his book, The Physics of Baseball, describes baseball this way; "Some people have asked, 'Well, baseball isn't rocket science, is it?' to which Dr. Adair replies, "No, it's a lot harder!" The reason, as he explained in his book, is that a cone at the nose of the rocket is pointed and smooth, whereas the baseball has sort of a yin-yang pattern of stitching surrounded by a smooth leather skin stretched around the ball. It makes it difficult if not impossible to put a mathematical formula to its flight.

I like to say it this way--along the path even a fastball takes, pressure builds up on the front of the ball caused by molecule displacement. As the air attempts to equalize, pressure builds and pushes the ball off course. This phenomenon is akin to the reason that airplane wings slant backward to afford a "wiping" effect of air molecules off the leading edges, and the reason rockets are built with cone-shaped noses. A knuckleball, however, moves two or more different directions (sometimes upward) in a "hopping" fashion from the same cause, i.e. air pressure buildup.

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Visual Memory by Clifton Neeley, creator of the Visual Memory Index© and author of the web-site www.baseballvmi.com. Clifton pitched and played baseball and fast-pitch softball in the mountainous southwest Colorado area from 4,000 feet in Grand Junction to 6,000 feet in Durango to 9,000 feet in Telluride prior to his college experience in baseball.

FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/13/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Welcome to Tuesday baseball on FanDuel. We have 14 games on the main slate with plenty of pitchers and hitters to consider. Kershaw is the most expensive option and he has the best match-up on the slate. With that being said, there are plenty of other options to consider. There is a game in Coors Field, so we have to make sure we get exposure there.

FanDuel has gifted us with plenty of huge tournaments, including the $44 GIANT Grand Slam that will prize $50k to first with a $250k prize pool. No matter your ideal price point, FanDuel has a tournament for you. Let's get into this slate and find a top option at each position!

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw - LOS @ MIA - $12,000
There are a few very viable expensive pitchers on this slate. We have six options over $10k and all of them have upside. It's fair to say Lance Lynn and Zack Wheeler are clearly in the second tier, but they still have K upside. Kershaw has the friendliest match-up of all, facing off with the Miami Marlins in one of the more spacious parks in baseball. Marlins Park has ranked 29th in baseball for power and the Marlins have double-downed with a league-worst .127 ISO. Kershaw has been phenomenal again this year, striking out 9.07 batters per nine and holding both righties and lefties to a sub .285 wOBA. Kershaw is going to go six or seven innings and has a better shot at a win than any other pitcher. He's worth paying up for in all formats.

Madison Bumgarner - SFG vs. OAK - $8,600
If there's a word to describe the 2019 Madison Bumgarner, it's consistent. He's gone seven or more innings in four of his last five outings and is still striking out close to nine batters per nine. The Giants will host the Athletics in Oracle Park, where Bumgarner has held a combined .304 wOBA against. The Athletics aren't terrible vs lefties, but they've certainly gotten progressively worse and we've seen a few lefties shut them down recently. It's tough to do much in this park and this is the time of year Bumgarner starts turning it on. He's too cheap on FanDuel and worth a serious consideration.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/12/19): MLB DFS Lineups
Mon, 12 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Monday's schedule in Major League Baseball has a total of nine games, with eight contests starting after 7:05 p.m. ET or after. Be sure to double-check the weather and the lineups before finalizing your roster.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/9/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays.

Today's Weather

The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox have a good chance of seeing the tarpaulin come out on Monday, as there is a 35 percent chance of rain in the forecast for first pitch, picking up to 45 percent or greater by the middle innings while lasting into the early-morning hours, so be careful. The only area of concern as far as winds will be in New York for the doubleheader between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, as they face a 9-12 mph wind blowing out to straightaway center field.

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani - P, CIN at WAS ($9,600)
The pickings are pretty slim for Monday's slate of starting pitchers, as the potential for rain in one game, the prospect of a couple of openers in other games and a short schedule of games. DeSclafani is on the road, but he is facing the erratic RHP Erick Fedde in Washington. DeSclafani doesn't go terribly deep into games, but he has 120 strikeouts across 113 2/3 innings, including at least four strikeouts in each of his past nine outings. That'll work.

Zach Plesac - P, CLE vs. BOS ($9,400)
The Red Sox are skidding, so Plesac faces them at just the right time. Boston has dropped five in a row on the road, and eight straight against winning teams. On the flip side, the Indians have won five of their past six at home, while going 5-0 in Plesac's past five home outings, six straight starts overall and five straight when working against a team with a winning overall mark.

DraftKings Infielders

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Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball Part 11 - Pitch Info
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

(Originally published 3/7/19)

One of the most fundamental questions in fantasy sports is if a player's current performance is sustainable. More than any other sport, baseball has a slew of statistical measures that can be dissected in numerous ways to analyze player performance.

Pitch Info is a publicly available pitch tracking system that provides a lot of different data to help fantasy owners make this determination for mound breakouts and busts alike.

In this article, we'll look at how to effectively use this data to give you an edge in your fantasy baseball league throughout the season.

How to Interpret Pitch Info Data

The first data point, and the easiest to understand, is velocity. Generally speaking, a pitcher that loses fastball velocity is losing something to either an undisclosed injury or the aging process. Pitchers that gain velocity can expect to increase their production. For example, Seth Lugo of the New York Mets shifted to a relief role and increased his average fastball velocity from 91.8 mph in 2017 to 94.3 mph last season, striking out more batters (25.1% K% vs. 19.5% in 2017) as a result. His overall effectiveness benefited immensely (2.66 ERA in 2018 vs. 4.71 the year before).

When evaluating a pitcher's velocity, you should always look at his baseline velocity as opposed to an arbitrary league average. Lugo's 94.3 mph wasn't all that impressive by modern standards, but it clearly allowed him to take his game to a new level. Other variables like movement and location also matter, but velocity is a good introduction to using Pitch Info data.

Slightly more advanced is pitch mix, or what pitches a pitcher throws and how often he throws them. A pitcher may improve his production by abandoning a poor pitch or developing a new, effective one. This is a good stat to consult if a pitcher sees a sharp change in his K%, as a change in pitch mix could represent the change in approach that supports the new number. If the change does not have a corresponding pitch mix shift, it may be less sustainable.

For example, consider Boston's Nathan Eovaldi. His K% increased last year relative to his career, 22.2% to 17.6%. Was this the result of random fluctuation, or did Eovaldi change his pitch selection to bring it about?

Eovaldi famously added a cutter to his repertoire in 2018, featuring it heavily (7.3% thrown in 2017, 32% last year) at the expense of his 4-seamer (48.1% to 39.8%), slider (17.7% to 11.8%), and split (22.9% to 13.1%). Pitch Info tracks each pitch's individual results, so any change in pitch selection can be evaluated by comparing the historical performance of the pitches in question.

At first glance, Eovaldi's cutter looks like a good fastball. It induced a decent number of whiffs (9% SwStr%) and posted an excellent 61.9% Zone%, suggesting that Eovaldi could use it effectively in the strike zone. Hitters who put it in play had middling results (.252/.299/.434). It's a solid pitch.

However, his straight fastball looked ...

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/9/19): MLB DFS Lineups
Fri, 09 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Welcome to Friday baseball on DraftKings! I hope you're ready for a fun night, as DK has given us some huge tournaments. The biggest of the night is for the high rollers, with an $888 entry fee bringing $100k to first place. It's also the final stretch for the qualifier, so this will be one of the last slates to get into the main event. For the cheaper blood, DK has rolled out $11 Hidden Ball Trick with $50k to first.

The slate is a fun one, with 14 games and plenty of options to choose from. There are five or six pitchers worth considering in cash games, so we shouldn't see anyone too highly owned. There are another five or six pitchers who are barely holding onto their spots and can be taken advantage of in a huge way. There are already six offenses expected to score five runs and Vegas hasn't dropped the line for most games yet. It's going to be a fun night. Let's dive in!

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/9/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Walker Buehler - LAD vs. ARI - $11,500
Walker Buehler has been pure silly at home this season, sporting a .221 wOBA against while striking out 11.50 batters per nine innings. Over his last five games at home, Buehler has struck out 57 batters while giving up just four earned runs. Dave Roberts has stretched Buehler over 100 pitches regularly, and it's results in two complete games over the last month. Buehler struck out nine Diamondbacks over seven innings just three starts ago. He's easily the most expensive pitcher on the slate, but he's safer than the field and has CGSO upside every time he takes the mound. Buehler is a top five fantasy pitcher and is worth a look on any slate when at home.

Julio Teheran - ATL @ MIA - $8,800
Teheran is not a great pitcher, but he's cheap and the Marlins are right-handed heavy. We all know Teheran struggles against lefties and dominates righties. He's pitched the same way for years and the Braves consistently lean on him for six to seven innings. The Marlins rank dead last against right-handers, sporting a .281 wOBA and striking out 25% of the time. The braves are -160 favorites and the Marlins are projected for under four runs. Teheran is safe and affordable, making him worth it in both formats.

DraftKings Infielders

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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (8/8/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice
Thu, 08 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Welcome to Thursday baseball on FanDuel. We have eight games on tonight's slate, starting at 7:07 Eastern. FanDuel has gifted us a ton of fun tournaments tonight, including a $9.99 Rally and $88 Grand Slam. Both will award $20k to first, so you can get your own shot at $20k for just $9. For the high rollers, FD has the Colossus, awarding $100k to first place.

With just eight games on the board, we can't miss much. Aaron Nola is the most expensive arm on the board, but there are four aces to consider and each has an immense upside. There are another couple arms worth considering for value, and they're certainly worth considering with so many solid bats to choose from. We don't have a game in Coors Field, but the Red Sox are expected to put nearly seven runs and the Yankees aren't far behind at 6.25. Let's jump into the slate and find the top play at each position.

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Aaron Nola - PHI @ SFG - $10,800
There's a whole lot to love about Aaron Nola tonight, who's the most expensive pitcher on FanDuel. He goes from one of the friendlier hitting environments in Philadelphia to a hitter's nightmare in San Francisco. That means he gets to face off with the Giants, who rank 27th in baseball with a .301 wOBA against righties. They strikeout 22% of the time and that wOBA drops to 30th at home. Aaron Nola has been one of the more consistent pitchers in the league, striking out 10.31 batters per nine with a 3.69 xFIP. He's worked deep in three straight starts and has a leash well over 100 pitches. He's the safest pitcher on the slate.

Jon Gray - COL @ SDP - $7,900
When Jon Gray is pitching outside of Coors Field, he's typically worth considering. He's a very good pitcher that gets a bad rep because of Coors Field. On the road, Gray has given up a .329 wOBA while striking out 25% of batters. He'll now move to Petco Park and face off with the Padres, who are a middle of the road team that strikes out a ton (26%) vs righties. Their best hitters are better against lefties and the park diminished a lot of their power. Gray is under $8k on FanDuel and could easily be the biggest steal of the slate. With some solid bats to pay up for, Gray is worth a look across the board if you think he can hold his own.

FanDuel DFS Infielders

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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/7/19): MLB DFS Lineups
Wed, 07 Aug 2019 (by contributed by RotoBaller.com)

Welcome to Wednesday baseball! We have eight games on the main slate, though there are plenty of options at each position. At pitcher, Gerrit Cole is in a tier of his own. He's nearly impossible to fade, as pitching is pretty scarce after him. We'll look for an option to pay down for, but you can't consider anyone safe outside of Cole.

As for hitters, there are plenty of offenses set up to score a ton of runs. Vegas hasn't released every line just yet, but we're already looking at five offenses projected for five plus runs. DraftKings has given us some huge tournaments to play with, including the $18 Bat Flip that will prize $50k to first place. Let's dive in and find the top play at each position.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for DraftKings on 8/7/19. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays. Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate.

DraftKings DFS Starting Pitchers

Gerrit Cole - HOU vs. COL - $11,900
Gerrit Cole is in a tier of his own tonight. Priced nearly $2k more than the second option, Cole is head and shoulders above the field when it comes to both safety and upside. He gets to face off against the Colorado Rockies on the road, whom rank 29th in baseball with a .282 wOBA and 26% strikeout rate. They truly are pitiful outside of Coors Field. Cole has been the best pitcher in baseball this season, striking out 12.90 batters per nine innings while allowing just a 2.82 xFIP. He’s even better at home and this is the best match-up he’s seen all season long. Cole is the top play in every format and you won’t find a lineup of mine without him tonight.

Ivan Nova - CWS @ DET - $7,300
Nova is by no means a good pitcher, but pitching is slim on this slate and he draws a phenomenal match-up. The Tigers are a bottom five team against righties, combining for a .297 wOBA while striking out 23% of the time. Nova may not have great splits, but he’s gone five or more innings in 13 of his last 14 starts. He’s cheap on DK and if you go in with the hope of him just “getting it done”, you shouldn’t be too disappointed. Dustin May has more upside at a similar price, but the Cardinals could get to him early. Nova is a bit safer and a couple hundred cheaper.

DraftKings Infielders

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