We move from a quiet seven-game Monday slate to a fully loaded 15-game slate on Tuesday. All 30 MLB teams are in action at FanDuel tonight, which means some elite arms are coming out to play and you may want to locate your favorite stack(s).
I have my eyes on one, while I’m going to be hunting for value at the pitcher position. Mad Max ($12k) is worth a look in cash games, while there are a few other elite hurlers to consider. I’m dropping down a bit and trying to pair a value arm with my favorite stack.
Let’s see how tonight’s MLB DFS lineup unfolds with some of my favorite picks at FanDuel:
SP: Charlie Morton – Houston Astros ($8.9k)
Morton hasn’t been in amazing form lately, but he’s too cheap given his upside and relative safety. He’s facing a very dangerous Oakland offense, but these two rivals are battling for first place in the AL West and Houston is the obvious favorite at home.
This is a tough spot by the numbers, but Morton benefits from his pitcher-friendly home park and he usually contains offenses while offering strong strikeout numbers. I think he gets back to his old ways in this one and given Oakland’s 22% whiff rate against righties, he could have some nice upside tonight.
More than anything, Morton’s price is just too cheap. It’s never wise to bet against strong pitchers at home and Morton has the talent to be priced around $10k when he’s dialed in. I think he will be tonight, so that makes him an arguable steal.
C/1B: Mitch Moreland – Boston Red Sox ($3.1k)
Boston is my preferred stack on this slate. There are teams facing worse pitchers, but on such a crazy slate, I always love seeing if I can get the Red Sox at low ownership at Fenway Park. That’s a really fun thing when it happens and when the stack also converts.
How you stack Boston is up to you, but they’ll be facing Jose Urena, who isn’t a formidable arm in the least. Moreland gets things going for me, as he wrecks right-handed pitching and is a really nice price.
2B: Neil Walker – New York Yankees ($2.8k)
I also like Yankees tonight, as the pinstripes are at home in a great park and face the always beatable James Shields. It’s true that Shields isn’t necessarily the auto-gas can he once was, but he can still get lit up and taking on even a banged up Yanks squad at Yankee Stadium is a tall order.
Walker is not the most reliable bat, but he’s cheap exposure to a great offense and he can smash right-handed pitching. Historically, Shields struggles the most against the left side of the plate. Yankees from either side are fine tries, but I’ll take Walker here for his dong upside and discounted price tag.
3B: Eduardo Nunez – Boston Red Sox ($2.4k)
Nunez is not a high upside bat, but he’s cheap exposure to my favorite stack. He can hit decently and he can swipe a bag and score in this offense. I’m not expecting the world here, but 10+ fantasy points – no matter how I get them – is a big win here and certainly doable. If you can cram him in, consider paying $300 more for Kyle Seager as a late-game hammer.
SS: Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox ($3.7k)
Bogaerts can be a monster, as he’s very efficient and even brings power to the table. He’s a pretty nice price compared to other high level options at the SS position as well.
OF: J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox ($5k)
You can pivot to Mookie Betts here or try to pair these two studs together. Martinez is my preferred pick of the two, as he’s been mashing all year and in 2018 specifically has fared much better against righties. He is a dong threat every time out and considering he hasn’t launched a long ball in 10 days, I think he’s quite due.
OF: Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers ($3.1k)
Pederson is a guy to keep an eye on, as he’s been dealing with a knee issue. I think he suits up and he should wreck (.299 ISO) against Ariel Jurado in a terrific park for hitting. Some Dodgers are going to pop off here and I see no harm in betting on one of them being Joc. He’s cheap and the splits and park factor heavily favor him.
OF: Eric Thames – Milwaukee Brewers ($3.1k)
Ditto for Thames, who has similar splits against right-handed pitching and he’ll go to another hitter’s park. He’s destroyed the Reds since returning to the majors last year and Anthony DeSclafani also happens to get shredded by lefties. Thames hasn’t been the same masher recently, but he has to get it going eventually.
All Brewers lefties are in play here, but Thames represents the best overall value.
Util: Greg Bird – New York Yankees ($2.9k)
I’ll grab one more cheap Yankee bat to close this thing up. Bird is not very efficient, but he has a lot of power and is in a great park against a high contact arm. Bird could be good for a dong or two here and he’s just too cheap to ignore completely.
Ultimately, I think I’m getting a steal in Morton. His price is down due to merely OK form and a tough matchup, but he’s better than he’s shown lately and he’s at home in a park that should help him quite a bit.
If Morton can keep it together, I have probably the top stack of the slate, a small Yanks stack and a couple of one-off bats I really like. This lineup has plenty of power and upside across the board, so hopefully it all works together and catches us a big win.
Whether you enter this entire lineup as it stands or just use a few of my MLB DFS picks, I wish you luck in your FanDuel contests tonight!