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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Lineup advice for August 11, 2017

There are plenty of DFS options, but not many well-known names on the mound. Who should you start?

Friday means a full slate, and with 15 games to go through, there are a lot of options for how to spend your $50,000 DFS budget. However, with a lack of aces and some very pricey bats, there are more than a few traps to avoid and hidden gems to find. Who should be in your lineup tonight?

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for August 11, 2017

On a day with no big names going, who should you be looking to start tonight?

Jimmy Nelson vs Cincinnati Reds: $9,900 DraftKings, FPPG – 20.2

We haven’t recommended Nelson much this year, but that’s not a slight on him. A 3.24 ERA, 1.186 WHIP, and 3.04 FIP show what a good year he is having. Nelson is keeping the ball in the park this year, striking hitters out (10.0 K/9), and limiting walks better than ever before.

In two starts against the Reds this year, Nelson is 2-0 with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings and a 1.93 ERA. In his last three starts, he’s averaged seven innings and 8.67 strikeouts. He’s in good form, facing an opponent he likes and doesn’t break the bank.

Danny Duffy @ Chicago White Sox: $9,200 DraftKings, FPPG – 16.2

Duffy is having one of his best seasons in his major league career. A 3.48 ERA in 18 starts with a 1.276 WHIP and a 3.57 FIP is very encouraging, as is the lack of home runs and walks. He’s playing to the defense behind him too with a reasonable 37.5% ground ball rate.

While his last outing was a seven-run loss against the Mariners, only three runs were earned and he picked up eight strikeouts. In his last three starts, he’s posted a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings pitched and an 18:4 strikeout to walk ratio. The White Sox are coming off a sweep of the Astros so they shouldn’t be taken lightly, but Duffy is in good form and should be a trusted start today.

Jake Faria vs Cleveland Indians: $8,400 DraftKings, FPPG – 19.5

Faria continues to be an impressive rookie this year. A 2.81 ERA in 11 starts is very impressive, and the 3.55 FIP and 1.144 WHIP back it up fairly well. While he has a slight issue with walks at the moment (3.2 BB/9), he is keeping the ball in the park well, striking out hitters at a good rate, and avoiding hard contact.

The Indians are a tough opponent which is why Faria is relatively cheap, but they are averaging just three runs a game in their last seven.

Best DFS MLB Hitters for August 11, 2017

A full slate means everyone is available, so who should you put in your lineup today?

Eduardo Nunez @ New York Yankees: $4,600 DraftKings, FPPG – 8.6

For someone as hot as Nunez has been, this is cheap. There are questions about how the Red Sox will shuffle their lineup tonight with Dustin Pedroia back and Rafael Devers excelling, but John Farrell should be able to find a spot for his most productive bat.

Justin Turner vs San Diego Padres: $4,600 DraftKings, FPPG – 9.3

A 2-for-5 day last night, including a 21st double of the season, improved Turner’s slash line to .348/.441/.561 for the year. He’s playing so well this year that this price is laughable. He is as likely to score points to rival the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, who are $1,000 more expensive today.

Brian Goodwin vs San Francisco Giants: $3,800 DraftKings, FPPG – 7.1

Goodwin picked up his 13th homer of the year last night, and while his .248 average isn’t overly attractive, leading off in this Nationals lineup against a pitcher like Chris Stratton could end up seeing him cross the plate three or more times.

Best stack options

Which lineup has the matchup you can exploit today?

Los Angeles Angels vs Marco Gonzales (SEA)

In two starts, between the Cardinals and Mariners, Gonzales has a 12.27 ERA. No, that’s not a typo. He has a 1.909 WHIP too. He’s one of the most hittable arms in the Majors this year. Mike Trout ($5,700) is the most expensive bat in DFS today, and stacking him with players like Kole Calhoun ($3,600), Cameron Maybin ($3,500), and CJ Cron ($3,400) is a good option tonight.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.


I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Lineup advice for August 11, 2017

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