DFS MLB FanDuel Cash Lineup Advice 08/01/2017

Kaz Kalita

I have been playing fantasy sports for the past 15 years and I've been writing about it for the past two years. I have recently been accepted as a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA).I grew up in northwest Indiana, so I'm an avid fan of all of the Chicago sports teams (minus the White Sox). Outside of fantasy sports, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, serving for my church, and playing slow pitch softball. In addition to my work at Goingfor2, I write for DraftStars and FantasyPros.

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the MLB Fanduel Cash Game Article. Tonight he have an excellent 15 game slate. As always, please make sure you check the weather and the team lineups as they are released. Let’s go ahead and take a look at my favorite cash game options for tonight on FanDuel.

Pitcher

Max Scherzer WAS: $11,500 at MIA
The pitching landscape for tonight’s slate is outstanding with handful of different ways that you can go. At the top end of the spectrum, people are going to have to differentiate between two of the best pitchers in all of baseball in 2017 with Max Scherzer and Chris Sale. The two are only separated by $100 and it’s really splitting hairs between the two options. With that being said, I’m leaning Scherzer tonight since he has the better matchup tonight and he doesn’t have to face a DH. The Marlins rank 13th in wRC+ against right-handed pitchers, opposed to 5th against left-handed pitchers for the Indians.

Marcus Stroman TOR $8,500 @ CWS
Both of the top dollar pitching options who I mentioned above are both in play, but in the essence of providing some more variety to this write up, I will throw in a couple of mid/value options who are also in great spots. Both Marcus Stroman and Jose Berrios ($9,200) both have outstanding matchups tonight against the White Sox and Padres. I give the slight edge to Stroman since he is $700 cheaper. The White Sox had a full fire sale this season as they prepare for the future by stockpiling their farm system. The White Sox were already one of the worst teams in all of baseball against right-handed pitching and you have to figure that their lineup becomes even worse since they just traded Melky Cabrera on Sunday afternoon for a couple of prospects.

Catcher

Gary Sanchez NYY $3,600 vs. DET
If you’re able to spend up at catcher tonight than Gary Sanchez is your guy. Sanchez has been solid this season against right-handed pitchers, with a 0.352 wOBA and a 0.210 ISO. Tonight he will have an outstanding matchup against Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez was decent in years past, but he has been terrible this year, allowing a 0.394 wOBA and a 0.251 HR/9 to opposing right-handed hitters.


Russell Martin TOR $2,900 @ CHW
Not only can we pick on the White Sox by using pitchers against them, we can also load up with bats as well. The White Sox have sold off pretty much every remotely decent arm in their bullpen, so once teams knock out their starting pitchers the merry-go-round should still continue. Russell Martin has been solid lately, including hitting a home run last night against the White Sox. On top of that, he normally hits in a premium spot of the order in the two-hole for the Blue Jays.


First Base

Cody Bellinger LAD: $3,800 @ ATL
There are multiple top dollar first base options who are in great spots tonight, with my favorite being Cody Bellinger. To this point in the season, the Dodgers have been the best team in all of baseball and Cody Bellinger has had an amazing rookie season. Tonight the Dodgers will face Lucas Sims, who is a Braves Triple-A call up. Sims has been solid in the minors this season, but when you throw in the nerves of making your first big league start and it coming against one of the best teams in baseball against right-handed pitchers, I think he may struggle.


Kendrys Morales TOR: $2,800 @ CHW
If you’re going the value route at first base, consider using Kendrys Morales. As I mentioned with Martin, I’m really going to be high on whichever bats are opposing the White Sox. Morales has been better against left-handed pitchers this season, but he still has provided some pop against righties, with a 0.192 ISO.

Second Base

Robinson Cano SEA: $3,100 @ TEX
Robinson Cano may be past his prime, but he still has been solid against opposing right-handed pitchers with a 0.353 wOBA and a 0.232 ISO. The Mariners will continue to have a positive park shift from Safeco Field to Globelife Park against the Rangers, and it’s also a great matchup against Nick Martinez. Martinez has really struggled this season against left-handed hitters at home, allowing a 0.428 wOBA and a 2.25 HR/9.

Rougned Odor TEX: $3,200 vs. SEA
On the opposite side of the matchup, Rougned Odor also makes for a solid option at second base tonight. Odor has been on fire lately with three home runs, six hits, and seven RBI’s in his past three games. Tonight he has a solid matchup against Erasmo Ramirez, who has not been very good this season.

Third Base

 

Kyle Seager $3,200 @ TEX
Another solid option to consider in the SEA/TEX game is Kyle Seager. As I mentioned previously, Martinez is not a good pitcher and the positive park shift for the Mariners should mean the Mariners should put up some runs tonight.


Kris Bryant CHC: $4,000 vs. ARI
It is going to be tough to spend up for Scherzer and Kris Bryant in the same lineup. However, you can definitely do it if you ultimately decide to go with the one of the cheaper options who I mentioned at pitcher. There is not much that needs to be said about the Kris Bryant side here, but there is much that can be said about the Patrick Corbin side. Corbin has struggled against right-handed hitters this season, allowing a 0.367 wOBA and a hard contact rate of 34%.

Shortstop

Jean Segura SEA: $3,100 @ TEX
Yet another option who I like for the Mariners tonight is Jean Segura. Segura has been solid in his first season with the Mariners and he hits in a premium spot of the order at the top.

Addison Russell CHC: $2,500 vs. ARI
If you want to save some salary at shortstop tonight, consider using Addison Russell. Russell really struggled mentally in the first half of the season, but he has been hot in the second half so far with a 0.354 wOBA and a 0.273 ISO.

Outfielders

Ben Gamel SEA: $2,900/Leonys Martin $2,300 @ TEX
Some more options to consider tonight from the Mariners are Ben Gamel and Leony Martin. Gamel has had a really solid season so far the Mariners and Martin provides some pretty good salary relief if you happen to need it. I know that you cannot use all five Mariner options who I have thrown out there (nor would I recommend stacking four in a cash game lineup), but I just want to reiterate how great of a spot the Mariners’ bats are in tonight against Martinez and a dreadful Rangers’ bullpen.

Brett Gardner NYY: $4,200 /Matt Holliday $2,500 vs. DET
It’s going to be tough to squeeze in some of the premium top dollar options around $5,000, but if you can squeeze one outfielder who is around $4,000, Brett Gardner is your guy. Gardner is normally a pretty safe cash game option and he really thrives at home with a 0.395 wOBA and 0.248 ISO against opposing right-handed hitters. If you cannot afford Gardner, but would still like some more cheap exposure to the Yankees’ bats against Sanchez, consider using Matt Holliday who has been decent this year.

Starling Marte PIT: $3,300 vs. CIN
One mid-tier salary outfielder to consider tonight is Starling Marte. Marte has been slumping a little bit lately, but he has some really solid BvP numbers against Homer Bailey, who is not a good pitcher. Against Bailey, Marte has six hits in 20 at-bats, including five extra-base hits.

 

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I have been playing fantasy sports for the past 15 years and I've been writing about it for the past two years. I have recently been accepted as a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). I grew up in northwest Indiana, so I'm an avid fan of all of the Chicago sports teams (minus the White Sox). Outside of fantasy sports, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, serving for my church, and playing slow pitch softball. In addition to my work at Goingfor2, I write for DraftStars and FantasyPros.

Kaz Kalita

I have been playing fantasy sports for the past 15 years and I've been writing about it for the past two years. I have recently been accepted as a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). I grew up in northwest Indiana, so I'm an avid fan of all of the Chicago sports teams (minus the White Sox). Outside of fantasy sports, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, serving for my church, and playing slow pitch softball. In addition to my work at Goingfor2, I write for DraftStars and FantasyPros.

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