FanDuel MLB Picks – June 21st

A huge reason why we list our favorite picks and touch on some of our favorite secondary options? Corey Seager. Crazy nights can happen and go both ways, like Justin Bour going hitless and Corey Seager launching three home runs. If you read yesterday’s FanDuel MLB picks column, you would have at least been nudged into consider the Dodgers star SS.

Overall, our daily fantasy baseball picks still weren’t bad on Tuesday. Chris Sale (56 fantasy points) was worth paying up for, Jedd Gyorko donged in his first at bat, Francisco Lindor racked up a strong 19 fantasy points and Chris Young was a stellar cheap play (18.7 fantasy points). We were forced into some late changes with Chris Herrman being inactive and not having Corey Seager kept us from cashing, but if you used some of our picks you could have been in a decent spot. We also touched on Cody Bellinger, who homered yet again.

Hopefully you made out okay last night, but today brings a whole new slate, with some day games and a big main slate later tonight. We’ll focus on just tonight’s main slate, which leaves Mad Max and the Nats behind. Let’s get to it:

SP: Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins ($9.7k)

I’m also interested in James Paxton ($8.7k) but I don’t think the roster construction will suffer by making what I feel like is the safer play and paying up for Berrios. Both pitchers have high K upside and have fared the best at home, but Berrios has the far better matchup and has been in much better form lately. Berrios draws a date with a weak White Sox offense that is not good against right-handed pitching and will be on the road. Target Field can spell disaster for even the best arms, but Berrios boasts a very strong 2.61 ERA at his home park and has given up 0 dongs there.

I’ll look at Paxton all day as well, but he gave up 7 runs in his last start and faces a powerful Tigers squad. I prefer Berrios here and I’m not overly enamored with Carlos Carrasco (at Orioles) or Justin Verlander (at Mariners). Jeff Samardzija has strikeout appeal against the Braves but he gives up a ton of contact and that game has Delay/PPD potential.

C: Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.8k)

Catcher isn’t great tonight, but I love Yas at a discounted price. He plays his best ball against righties and at home, so tonight is another great spot to fire him up. He smacked in a home run last night and could easily do so again. I also like Chris Herrman at Coors Field against a righty if he’s active, while Gary Sanchez is worth paying up for at Yankee Stadium against the beatable Ricky Nolasco. I like catcher as a spot to save tonight, though, and Grandal gives us a nice combination of value and upside.

1B: Eric Thames – Milwaukee Brewers ($3.5k)

We see Thames’ price drop slightly after another mini-drought but you never know when he’s going yard again and he can rack up fantasy points quickly. His recent skid should make him fairly contrarian tonight, but he’s still at home in a hitter’s park and gets to face a beatable pitcher that struggles specifically against left-handed batters. Thames is in a great spot to unleash his power tonight.

Matt Davidson ($2.7k) is also an interesting one-off even if you use Berrios tonight. He’s dirt cheap and has been slaying lately with six home runs over his last eight games.

2B: Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins ($3.5k)

There’s nothing like cheering on some run support for your starting pitcher and we can do that at a discounted price with Dozier tonight. He was useless the past two games but he kills left-handed pitching and gets a very beatable arm at home in David Holmberg. We get a mild discount here and serious power in a hitter’s park, so Dozier is certainly worth a shot.

It’s easy to love paying for Dozier when you note the likes of Jason Kipnis, Starlin Castro and Eric Sogard are all right around his price range. He has way more upside than any of those guys and we need to take advantage of it. There isn’t a secondary option I really love at 2B tonight, but Robinson Cano and Ian Kinsler both offer a little more value, albeit in tough matchups.

3B: Wilmer Flores – New York Mets ($2.7k)

We can save some cash and take advantage of some killer splits with Flores, who wrecks lefties and gets Rich Hill tonight at Dodger Stadium. Hill is a good pitcher but he got slapped around in his last start against Cleveland and simply hasn’t been the same guy to this point in 2017. If his struggles can continue, Flores could be a great value play.

If we’re not feeling good about Flores, we can pivot back to Jedd Gyorko, who worked out nicely last night and could easily do so again in a hitter’s park against a young pitcher tonight.

SS: Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians ($3.2k)

We can certainly consider chasing Corey Seager’s amazing three-dong night, as he’s at home and has great splits against righties. I’m not big into points chasing, though, and we get Lindor in a solid matchup at Camden Yards versus Kevin Gausman at a better price. Lindor worked for us last night and might be in an even better spot tonight.

OF: Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.8k)

Puig remains pretty cheap given his upside and he gets a favorable matchup against a right-handed pitcher at home tonight. Puig has slammed all 12 of his home runs at Dodger Stadium this year and has deliver multi-hits games in 5 of his last 10 contests. Home run or not, Puig should be in a nice spot to get us 10+ fantasy points and open up our salary elsewhere.

OF: Jaycob Brugman – Oakland Athletics ($2k)

We’re getting elite savings here for an A’s bat that could easily provide immense value in a winnable matchup against Mike Fiers. Brugman has hit safely in 7 of his last 10 games and could be closing in on the first long ball of his young career in the majors. Fiers has actually turned up the heat over his last few starts, but he’s a gas can waiting to happen and will be on the road. This is a flat out punt so we can get an elite bat to close out this roster, though, so we know the risk we’re taking.

Austin Slater is also a fun splits/matchup play if the Braves vs. Giants game isn’t in danger of getting PPD. I also like Robbie Grossman ($2.7k) at home with strong splits.

OF: Aaron Judge – New York Yankees ($4.8k)

I actually like Charlie Blackmon more than anyone here and will get him if something else opens up, but Judge is a beautiful consolation prize. We saw him drop the gavel last night and he could easily do so again when he faces the beatable Ricky Nolasco at home tonight. Judge is a monster and is specifically a guy you want to pay up for at home. Nolasco is a fun pitcher to target, too, as he gives up a ton of contact in general (14 HRs allowed this year), sports a weak 4.07 ERA on the road and also gets wrecked by right-handed batters. All signs point to the court being in session tonight, but if you need a pivot we can also go Blackmon at Coors.

That does it for tonight’s look at our favorite FanDuel daily fantasy baseball picks. Be sure to read through and catch our secondary picks if you missed them, and mix our favorite plays in with your own. Best of luck in your MLB DFS leagues tonight!

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