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FanDuel MLB Picks – July 19th

Robbie Ray didn’t cripple us on Tuesday night, but he wasn’t the play of the day in daily fantasy baseball, either. Clayton Kershaw was rock solid, but the play of the night was without a doubt Michael Wacha. Nope, you read that right. Our pitching was still plenty solid, while our bats chipped in some solid performances, as Evan Gattis churned out 37 fantasy points, Chris Young slammed in a homer and Jake Lamb topped 20 fantasy points.

We had a few hiccups on the night, but Rougned Odor did get us two hits and Corey Seager walked and got a double. Nomar Mazara, Matt Adams and Clint Frazier felt like solid plays, but they all blanked us and were totally useless. Hopefully you used some of our pitching and three power bats and opted to avoid these blank artists.

Either way, it’s onto the next slate as we take a look at Wednesday’s main slate and try to piece together a winning MLB DFS lineup:

SP: Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates ($8.5k)

Jacob deGrom is the top arm tonight and we should also consider Zack Greinke, but Cole has a ton of upside against a Brewers offense that sees a negative park shift and strikes out a ton. Cole has been having issues with power and that could be problematic here, but he’s also been pretty steady, allowing 2 runs or fewer in 5 of his last 6 starts. We have to remember there is a lot going for Cole here. The park, the splits and recent history (1.29 ERA vs. Brewers this year) all aid Cole in this spot, plus we’re getting a talented arm at a solid price.

The top options have more upside and are safer, but we might get a 40+ fantasy point outing here and we can save up for some big bats. This isn’t necessarily a cash game play and I’ll probably put together a Brewers hedge stack, but Cole is a solid arm to build around in GPPs tonight.

C: Chris Herrman – Arizona Diamondbacks ($2.1k)

Alex Avila has been really quiet lately, but he’s facing a beatable righty in Jason Hammel tonight and I always find it hard to pass on his gaudy .425 OBP against righties. Hammel isn’t an elite arm, either, while Avila gives us power and upside at a great price. His splits on the road are troubling and Kauffman Stadium supresses home runs, but the value might be too good to pass up

I like Avila plenty and he’s probably my favorite cash game play, but to get the team I want tonight, I think I’ll target Arizona catcher Chris Herrman at $2.1k. He rocked last night and again gets a righty in a great park. He might not homer again, but he also doesn’t really have to at this low price.

1B: Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals ($3.2k)

I’m actually not loving Zimmerman for any one reason, except the fact that he can mash the ball, is a great price and is on a team that can easily drive him in if he can simply get on base. I’m not super interested in picking on Alex Meyer in this park (1.65 ERA at home), but Meyer has given up some long balls lately and this is a brutal matchup for him. Zimmerman ultimately is just too cheap and while I’m not stacking Nats tonight, I don’t mind grabbing one here.

There are always a lot of 1B options we always want to consider and that’s again the case tonight. Josh Bell is a secondary option, as he actually is at his best at home and thrives against right-handed pitching. He’s around the same price range and is a solid try if you’re not interested in Zims.

2B: Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers ($2.9k)

The Rangers as a whole continued to disappoint last night, but they remain in an awesome spot in Camden Yards and get a great matchup with Kevin Gausman. Odor was fine last night with two hits, but I love his upside against a righty who gives up a lot of hard contact. The park, splits, matchup and price all work for us here and Gausman has had some issues lately, giving up 16 hits and 13 runs over his last two starts.

We can pay up at 2B, too, where Ian Kinsler actually still returns value at $3.3k on FanDuel. He packs some pop and is actually in a groove right now, as he’s racked up 6 hits over his last three games.

3B: Jake Lamb – Arizona Diamondbacks ($3.4k)

Lamb worked out nicely for us last night and we’re using him again at Great American Ballpark. He again has the splits edge against a beatable righty in Tim Adleman, while the park also helps plenty. Anthony Rendon is a fine try and there are aways viable options at 3B, but I’m not sure anyone offers the value/upside combo we get out of Lamb. Adleman has some strikeout upside, but this is a dangerous park and Lamb is a nasty power hitter. Adelman is giving up he long ball like crazy, too, as he’s gotten dinged at least once in 9 straight starts. This looks like another fine spot to target Lamb.

SS: Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers ($3k)

I’m not sure I’ll go super hard with a full Texas stack, but it’s actually not a terrible idea. They’re still in an awesome park against a shaky arm and people could be off of them after two straight disappointing showings. Andrus could be part of a nice story tonight, as he has that same beautiful hitting setting and actually has a solid history (5 for 12) against Gausman. Andrus has the splits advantage here (.344 OBP) and has hammered 9 of his 11 home runs on the road. I like the Rangers again tentatively tonight and with SS being so weak, I’m into Andrus a good deal.

OF: Enrique Hernandez – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.1k)

We always need to make sure Hernandez is starting, but he usually is in the lineup against southpaws and the Dodgers face a tough one in Carlos Rodon on the road. Hernandez can be very hit or miss, but 7 of his 8 homers have come off of lefties on the year and he owns a strong .350 OBP against that side of the plate. He’s a solid try for a long ball in this spot and also opens up salary to get some big bats.

OF: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals ($5.1k)

There is something to be said about using Bryce Harper and Mike Trout on an ESPN game to wrap the night up. Both mashers donged last night and I don’t hate their chances to put on a show again when they face off tonight. Harper has good splits in this spot, and while the park and pitcher aren’t ideal, he’s red hot and can easily drop 15-20 fantasy points with little effort.

OF: Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels ($4.7k)

Trout is actually just 1 for 11 against Gio Gonzalez for his career, but I’m not letting that scare me away here. We could pick and choose between these two sluggers, but what’s the fun in that? If we’re taking a mild chance with our pitcher and paying down at a few spots, we can cap the night with some true fireworks – and hopefully some big money. After all, if you can’t try to win a GPP on the heels of two of the best mashers in the majors, what are we doing here?

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