Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Lineup advice (May 23, 2018; 7:05pm ET)
DraftKings is giving us two worthwhile contests today. In this piece we look at the 10-game, 7:05pm ET, contest
The evening contest slot has 10 games to pick from, which is more than enough to uncover some value and get your lineup into that magical area known as profit.
So, let’s take a look at who should be in your lineup for this contest, starting with the pitchers.
Jacob deGrom Vs. Miami Marlins ($13,200)
The Mets star is the ace of this contest and it isn’t even close. Through nine starts he has been electric, posting a 1.75 ERA with a 12.1 K/9. He comes into today off the back of a seven-inning, 13 K, win over the Diamondbacks and has the best matchup possible. The Marlins are dead last in runs scored and have a team road slash that ranks 30th/27th/30th. This should be a strong start for deGrom and return value despite the high price tag.
Tyler Skaggs @ Toronto Blue Jays ($9,600)
The best middle-tier option today is Tyler Skaggs. He is having far and away the best season of his career so far. His 2.88 ERA and 9.5 K/9are both career-bests, and his WHIP (1.24) is very nearly one too. While Skaggs isn’t going deep into games, he has registered seven innings just once, he has allowed more than two runs just once, and that was against the mighty Boston Red Sox. These Blue Jays are dangerous, but they aren’t an unstoppable force. Skaggs has picked up 20+ points in three of his last five starts, and that is a good outcome for this price.
Alex Cobb @ Chicago White Sox ($5,400)
This is a roll of the dice. After not signing with the Orioles until the season had started, it took Cobb a long time to get into the flow of things. His 6.56 ERA and 1.85 WHIP are scary numbers, but in his last four starts Cobb has a 3.38 ERA & 1.38 WHIP. He isn’t striking people out much and is allowing homers, but if Cobb returns just 14+ points then he is extremely valuable.
JD Martinez @ Tampa Bay Rays ($5,200)
I’m not getting off the JD Martinez train. He had a hit and a walk last night, which was far from ideal, but the dude is still in red hot form and well worth the price tag right now. Chris Archer has name value, but he is in poor form this season. He’s allowed nine homers already and has a 5.01 ERA. He’s hung some shocking lines up this year, including six runs against the Orioles and seven against the Phillies.
Matt Olson Vs. Seattle Mariners ($3,800)
The A’s don’t get a lot of attention, but they are playing well right now, and Matt Olson is in the middle of it. He has a six-game hit streak and three homers in the last 10 games. Olson is the 15th most expensive first baseman today, and that makes him a pretty valuable piece of any lineup.
Miguel Andujar @ Texas Rangers ($3,700)
The Yankees are hitting well, and so is Andujar. He has 13 hits in the last 10 games, with a pair of homers, a steal, and four RBI. While he isn’t walking much at all, he is a cheap option at third in a good lineup, and that can be very productive.