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MLB DFS Pitcher Chart & Lineup Advice – 6/18/2017

Last Updated: 6/18/2017 – 8:39 AM CT

The pitcher chart is located under my top plays! 

Top Plays

Robbie Ray

Ray was my favorite play of the day until I saw his price tag. He’s priced at Kershaw/Sale/Scherzer level on DraftKings. $13,500 is going to be tough to pay, but Ray has 30+ DK points in five straight starts, averaging 37.6 DK points per game during that stretch. He’ll face the Phillies who are 17th in strikeout percentage but just 25th in wRC+ against lefties. It’s a solid matchup for Ray in a park that isn’t as bad as his own. It’s a steep price to pay, but you may have to considering the other options on the slate.

Jacob deGrom

DeGrom is your other top option and is priced $2,900 lower than Ray. He’ll face the Nationals in Citi Field, so he has a good park, but a bad matchup. The Nationals strike out just 19.2% of the time and have a wRC+ of 112, fourth best in the league. DeGrom isn’t without risk, but the last time he faced the Nationals, he struck out 12 in seven innings and scored 33.6 DK points. Consider him a great tournament play, and a solid cash game option due to his price.

Jimmy Nelson

Nelson will face the Padres who have the highest strikeout rate and the fourth worst wRC+ against right handers this season. For some reason, Nelson averages 18.7 DK points per game in hitter-friendly Miller Park, but just 12.6 DK points per game in road matchups. This is a home game and Nelson is priced reasonably. He has a ton of upside in this matchup, so I like him as an SP2 option in both cash games and tournaments.

Josh Donaldson/Blue Jays

The Blue Jays will face James Shields today in the Rogers Centre. I love this matchup for the Blue Jays and will have exposure in both cash games and tournaments. Donaldson is the most talented hitter on the roster and is priced at just $4,700. He’s the first high-priced player I’m plugging into my cash game lineup today. Due to the matchup and the cheap price, Troy Tulowitzki is my favorite punt play at $2,700 on DraftKings. Jose Bautista is also too cheap and can be used in both cash games and tournaments. Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales are very interesting for tournaments, but are priced too high to make my cash game roster.

Yasmani Grandal/Cody Bellinger/Corey Seager/Dodgers

A Dodgers stack worked out great yesterday, and they have an equally good hitting environment today. They’ll face Bronson Arroyo in Great American Ball Park. The Dodgers have a team run total of six, tied for the highest on the slate. If it weren’t for Tulowitzki, I’d try to get Seager in my cash game lineup, but I’ll settle for a ton of tournament exposure. Bellinger is a solid play in cash games and a fantastic play in tournaments with his power upside. Grandal was the first player I locked into my cash game lineup today. He has a similar projection to Buster Posey and Gary Sanchez, but costs about $1,500 less. I’ll have exposure to Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig in tournaments, but their spot in the order doesn’t allow me to use them in cash games.


Paul Goldschmidt has the highest projection on the entire slate.

I currently have zero Coors bats in my cash game lineup.

The pitching chart will be updated often. Make sure to check back for the newest information, especially if a column is currently incomplete!

J. RossWASR+1384.54-0.522.25
J. deGromNYMR-15047328.86 2/3
K. MaedaLADR-1704.550.524.85
B. ArroyoCINR+15662.5-3.513.74
R. RayARIL-1443.573.532.46
B. LivelyPHIR+1334.53.5-15.94 1/3
J. UrenaMIAR-1044.53-1.514.85
M. FoltynewiczATLR-1044.54.5018.55 2/3
J. LackeyCHCR-10144022.15 1/3
J. TaillonPITR-1074.550.520.65 2/3
L. PerdomoSDPR+14354.5-0.519.25 1/3
J. NelsonMILR-15545.51.523.45 2/3
T. BlachSFGL+14362-410.53 2/3
T. ChatwoodCOLR-15554-120.15 1/3
J. ShieldsCHWR+15652.5-2.523.23 1/3
J. HappTORL-17045125.95 2/3
J. FariaTBRR-1044.54-0.526.54 1/3
B. FarmerDETR-1044.54-0.532.84 1/3
D. PriceBOSL-10846221.46 1/3
J. MusgroveHOUR-1004.54-0.518.25 1/3
T. BauerCLER-1354.561.527.45 2/3
K. GibsonMINR+1255.53.5-215.25
C. BergmanSEAR+1695.52-3.516.43 1/3
Y. DarvishTEXR-1844.572.525.86
J. VargasKCRL-10444.50.520.16 1/3
J. RamirezLAAR-10444019.25 2/3
L. CessaNYYR+10353-27.74 1/3
J. CottonOAKR-11155.50.519.85 2/3
L. LynnSTLR-10855023.55 1/3
U. JimenezBALR-10054-119.65



L/R = Lefty or Righty
$Line = Money Line
OTT = Opposing team’s run total
K = Projected Strikeouts
+/- = OTT-K
K% = Strikeout Percentage
IP = Innings Projection


Many factors can change between the time I write this article and the time lineups lock. I’ll do my best to update the article, so checking back frequently is encouraged. You can also ask questions on Twitter @fantasbeast15. I’ll do my best to get to all of them!

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