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Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks: Lineup advice for July 31, 2017

There aren't many games today, but we've still got you covered for your DFS lineups. Who do we recommend you spend your budget on? Find out here!


A travel day has us facing a slate of just nine games. So with that in mind we take a look at the limited lineup options for the day. Just because the players need a day off doesn’t mean we do.

Best DFS MLB Pitchers for July 31, 2017

Which pitchers have a good matchup you can exploit? And which of the expensive options can you trust?

Sonny Gray vs San Francisco Giants: $11,700 DraftKings, FPPG – 18.0

With the trade deadline slamming down at 4pm ET today there is a chance that Sonny Gray gets scratched from this start and put on a plane to Houston or New York. If he ends up staying put though, this is the kind of outing he can dominate in.

In the month of July the Giants are slashing just .238/.296/.362 as a team, with just 14 home runs. Combine those soft bats with Gray’s 8.7 K/9, tiny 0.7 HR/9 rate, and just .229 batting average against and you have a very good matchup.

Mike Foltynewicz @ Philadelphia Phillies: $9,200 DraftKings, FPPG – 14.9

It’s been a mixed season for Foltynewicz; with only two disastrous starts, but only two great ones as well. He has been consistently solid for the Braves in 2017 though, with nine starts allowing either 2 or 3 earned runs. He is carrying an ERA of 3.82 into tonight’s game, and while his WHIP is a high 1.383 and his FIP of 4.54 is a worry, he has a great record against a poor Philadelphia side.

He’s tossed 14 innings against the Phillies this season with just eight hits, four walks, and one earned run against while picking up 13 strikeouts.

Mike Clevinger @ Boston Red Sox: $7,800 DraftKings, FPPG – 16.6

The Red Sox have only averaged 3.8 runs a game in their last 10. They have struggled to find any kind of consistency in the second half of the season are in the kind of funk that can ruin a season. They also really struggle to hit home runs this year. Then there is the fact that Clevinger’s opposing pitcher is the disastrous Doug Fister tonight. I’m more than happy to ride with Clevinger’s 10.0 K/9 against a shaky lineup and a starter who has a 7.46 ERA.

Best DFS MLB Hitters for July 31, 2017

With limited big bats available, which players should you trust to fill your lineups?

Jose Ramirez @ Boston Red Sox, $5,100 DraftKings, FPPG – 9.5

So yeah, Doug Fister is terrible. It’s likely that Ramirez will only get two at-bats against him, but both have a good chance to be extra base hits.

He’s lost a few points off his batting average since the All-Star break, but he had a 4-for-4 day on Friday with his first homer in a while, and threw in a double and steal last night. His bat should play well in Fenway all series, and especially tonight against Fister.

Christian Yelich vs Washington Nationals: $4,100 DraftKings, FPPG – 8.6

The Marlins outfield has been deadly all month, and while Yelich is the lesser of the three bats he is still dangerous. He’s had two 0-for-4 days in the last three games, but he’s also mashed three homers and five doubles in the last week.

Rafael Devers vs Cleveland Indians: $3,300 DraftKings, FPPG – 9.5

The Red Sox’s young third baseman is a very cheap option. With Pedroia’s status uncertain and Eduardo Nunez deputizing at second until his knee is better, Devers has seen consistent playing time in the lineup, and it’s produced a 6-for-20 run with two homers. Not bad for a recent call-up, or a $3,300 player.

Best stack options

With only nine games we’ve got just one stack option for you today. And you’ll never guess who it is…

Cleveland Indians @ Doug Fister (BOS)

Yep. I’ve already mentioned that Fister is bad, but let’s take a closer look at that. His 7.46 ERA is a shocker, but what is worse is his ridiculous 1.855 WHIP and 6.0 BB/9 rate. His last start was July 20 against the Blue Jays when he got tuned up for six runs in 4.1 innings. He’s allowed three homers in his last three starts too. Once he’s knocked out of the game Boston will roll out the dregs of their bullpen for the Indians bats to feast on as well. We’ve already recommended Jose Ramirez ($5,100), but you should really consider stacking him with Michael Brantley ($4,900), Carlos Santana ($4,800), Austin Jackson ($3,800), or Francisco Mejia ($3,600).

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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 July 31, 2017

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