DraftKings MLB Picks – May 17th

I hope you followed last night’s lineup! The Cubs, as expected, crushed Bronson Arroyo while the Tigers stack also delivered in a big way! Both pitchers dominated, and our standalone play of Yasmany Tomas homered. Everything fell right into place last night and I can’t wait to stay hot with tonight’s picks!

P  – Michael Fulmer (DET) – $11,200 vs. BAL

For our first pitcher of the slate we will head to the top of the draft board and nab Tigers’ right-hander Michael Fulmer. Fulmer has been as consistent as they come this season as all seven of his starts have been of the quality start variety and he has yielded just two earned runs over his last two starts, spanning 15 innings while striking out 16 in the process. He takes on an Orioles team tonight who have struck out a lot this season, giving Fulmer some nice upside in that department while providing an elite amount of safety as well.

P – Matt Shoemaker (LAA) – $8,800 vs. CWS

Our second pitcher comes in the form of Angels’ right-hander Matt Shoemaker. Shoemaker is coming off of his best start of the season in a win over the Tigers where he hurled six shutout innings while matching his season-high with seven strikeouts. By no means has Shoemaker been as consistent as Fulmer, however he has surrendered three runs or less in six of his eight starts this season and has a solid 8.39 K/9 mark on the season. He could be a real nice GPP and cash option for this slate.

C – Willson Contreras (CHC) – $3,100 vs. CIN

After having a fantastic evening at the plate last night, the Cubs should be scoring some more runs tonight against Reds’ right-hander Scott Feldman. With the jet stream blowing out to left field in excess of 20 MPH tonight, it would be wise to at least target one Cubs’ right-handed bat and here he is. Contreras has hits in six of his last eight games and boasts a solid .203 ISO in his brief MLB career against right-handed pitching, which is actually higher than his ISO against lefties. He should be right in the middle of the action again tonight for a team expected to score plenty of runs.

1B – Anthony Rizzo (CHC) – $4,400 vs. CIN

After snapping a cold streak with a two-hit performance including a home run last night I see no reason why Rizzo shouldn’t be in this lineup tonight. He may not benefit from the jet stream as a left-handed bat tonight, but this guy will round into MVP form soon enough after a slow start to the season. The Cubs are projected to score almost seven runs tonight and you would be silly to think that Rizzo wouldn’t be a part of that fun should that projection come to fruition. He is a lock for this lineup.

2B – Rougned Odor (TEX) – $4,100 vs. PHI

The Rangers will take on Phillies’ right-hander Zach Eflin tonight, and considering his atrocious numbers against left-handed hitting we will fire up a Rangers’ stack in this lineup. In his young MLB career, Eflin has a 6.31 FIP against left-handed hitters to go along with a 2.27 HR/9 against them. This is in stark contrast to his 3.89 FIP and 0.76 HR/9 rate against righties. Odor loves to hit right-handed pitching as evidenced by his .216 career ISO against righties, giving us a very solid matchup here with the slugging second baseman.

3B – Joey Gallo (TEX) – $4,400 vs. PHI

Now, I have a very tough time fading Kris Bryant in cash games, but I believe Gallo is the better GPP option given his matchup tonight against Eflin. Eflin’s struggles against lefties is written above, and the fact that Gallo has 12 homers on the season to go along with a sky-high .347 ISO and .873 OPS against righties is certainly enticing. He is an all-or-nothing type of hitter has he does strike out a lot, but the HR potential with him is immense and Eflin strikes out just 3.97 lefties per nine innings in his career. We could see Gallo hit multiple home runs tonight.

SS – Jose Iglesias (DET) – $2,600 vs. BAL

The way this lineup was constructed shortstop ended up being the final position I filled, however given Iglesias batter vs. pitcher numbers against Orioles’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez I think this is a very sneaky value play. Iglesias is a career 4 for 9 (.444) against Jimenez with a homer and a triple. He also boasts some SB upside tonight as Ubaldo is very slow to the plate and Iglesias also rarely strikes out, making him a very solid play at a cheap price this evening.

OF – Nomar Mazara (TEX) – $4,00o vs. PHI

The struggles Eflin has against lefties could begin tonight with Mazara who is projected to hit in front of both Odor and Gallo in the three-hole tonight. Mazara homered in last night’s contest against the Phillies and Mazara is a righty-hitting specialist in his young MLB career. He has a solid .193 ISO and an .806 OPS against righties compared to just a .029 ISO and .501 OPS against lefties. He should do some more damage against Eflin and be the table-setter for this stack tonight.

OF – Odubel Herrera (PHI) – $3,700 vs. TEX

This lineup will conclude with a Phillies’ low-owned mini-stack, beginning here with Herrera. The Phillies will take on Rangers’ right-hander Andrew Cashner who has struggled against lefties throughout his entire career and boasts a 5.34 FIP against them this season but has escaped damage thus far and has been one of the luckiest pitchers in baseball this season. In his career, Herrera has hit righties much better than lefties and also boasts a solid amount of stolen base upside with 39 steals against righties career-to-date. He is also 6 for 11 (.545) with two homers in his career against Cashner.

OF – Michael Saunders (PHI) – $3,600 vs. TEX

The same goes for Michael Saunders who is in a great spot to do damage against Cashner in a low-owned scenario. Saunders hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts this season against right-handers, but he did boast a .205 ISO against them in 2016 and his hitting the ball hard a solid 35.6% of the time against them this season. He isn’t the top play on the slate, but could be a sneaky one given his tough start to the season and could provide this lineup with a big boost should he perform tonight.

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