Monday means lighter slate. However, this week it’s not so bad, with 26 teams in action including many of the best lineups. There are plenty of directions you can go with your $50,000 budget. But who do we recommend?
Best DFS MLB Pitchers for July 17, 2017
There aren’t your classic aces going tonight, but that doesn’t mean there are no quality options out there…
Lance McCullers Jr vs Seattle Mariners: $11,500 DraftKings, FPPG – 19.9
McCullers may not be a name that you are familiar with, but a 3.05 ERA, a 2.73 FIP and 1.139 WHIP means you should familiarize yourself, and fast.
A brutal curveball, consistent sinker, and 94 mph four-seam highlight his arsenal, and with a 10.4 K/9 rate and just a 2.7 BB/9 rate he has impressed this season and is in contention for the American League Cy Young.
In Seattle, he faces a lineup that is 9th in runs scored, rank 7th in batting average, and 7th in on-base. However, they are just 19th in slugging despite strong first halves from Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano. That lack of power is something that McCullers, with his .335 slugging against, can exploit.
Jason Vargas vs Detroit Tigers: $8,800 DraftKings, FPPG – 18.3
Speaking of AL Cy Young contenders, Jason Vargas comes into this game with a 2.62 ERA and 12-3 record. While his FIP is a high 3.78 that is mainly because he has molded himself into a contact pitcher. Giving up just a 29.1% hard-hit rate and strong ground ball rate of 37.4%, he is using the strong defense behind him and using it well.
In the Tigers, he is facing a middling lineup, but one that can be deadly. Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera have been good, though there are plenty of weak points too. Jose Iglesias is posting just a 68 wRC+ and both Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos are both playing below average at the plate.
Andrew Cashner @ Baltimore Orioles: $6,300 DraftKings, FPPG – 10.3
Cashner has been far from consistent this year, with nine starts of two or fewer runs against, and four with four or more. His last outing was a seven inning, four-strikeout game with no earned runs against the Red Sox.
With just three runs in their last two games and after being swept by the Cubs, the Orioles are far from a deadly side, and with Chris Tillman taking to the mound for them there is a strong chance they get blown out here again.
Best DFS MLB Hitters for July 17, 2017
Which bats should you be looking to get in your lineup tonight?
Freddie Freeman vs Chicago Cubs: $4,800 DraftKings, FPPG – 12.5
Freeman has faced very few lefty starters this year due to his injury, but he is carrying a 7.0% home run rate against them and is hitting .333 in his 43 at-bats against them. That should be more than enough reason to trust the Atlanta stud at whichever corner infield spot you want to put him in.
Tommy Pham @ New York Mets: $4,000 DraftKings, FPPG – 9.5
Pham continues to be discounted and undervalued. He is slashing .311/.393/.524 with 11 homers, 12 steals, and perhaps most importantly of all 44 runs scored. Hitting consistently in the #2 spot he gets at-bats and has the do-it-all skill set that limits his bust potential and makes him so valuable.
Tommy Joseph @ Miami Marlins: $3,400 DraftKings, FPPG – 6.9
Playing a Phillie may not be the most attractive thing, but Joseph is cheap and most important of all not totally awful. The Philadelphia first baseman has smacked 15 homers so far this season with a reasonable .245 average and .307 on-base. There is a reasonable chance of his bashing a home run tonight, and that’s enough to consider him.
Best stack options
Which teams have a good matchup you could exploit? Which lineups are set for a big night?
Minnesota Twins vs Bryan Mitchell (NYY)
The Yankees are coming off four games in three days, including a grueling 16-inning game on Saturday, that has left them drained. Thanks to Michael Pineda’s injury they are having to hand a first start of the season to Bryan Mitchell.
The 26-year-old has pitched just 16 innings in 12 appearances for the Yankees this season with a 5.06 ERA and 1.375 WHIP. With a battered bullpen and a more-than-shaky starter, this could be a feast for the Twins’ bats. Miguel Sano ($4,600), Robbie Grossman ($3,900), and Jorge Polanco ($3,100) are all solid stack options tonight.
Colorado Rockies vs Luis Perdomo (SDP)
A 4.54 ERA, 1.464 WHIP, and .435 slugging against are not good things to take to Coor Field. The Rockies bats put up 13 runs last night in New York, and after taking just one from the opening series they need to make a strong impression at home so they don’t lose even more ground in the NL West. Charlie Blackmon ($5,600), DJ LeMahieu ($4,600), Raimel Tapia ($3,800), and Tony Wolters ($3,200) should all be considered if you decide to play the Coors stack tonight.
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