FanDuel MLB Picks: 5/19
May 19, 2017 | Justin Klein
Good morning or afternoon my fellow fake-baseballers. It’s Friday I’m in love. We have a full slate of baseball on tap on Friday with 14 of the 15 games connected to the guaranteed prize pool contests that begin at 7:05 EST. The only game that isn’t a part of the GPP contests is the Brewers at the Cubs in Chicago. It’s a bummer man, but Wrigley day games are fun though. FanDuel has added the Late Swap feature for 2017; meaning your players aren’t necessarily locked into their respective slots until their game begins. That’s important to know for a number of reasons, but a big added bonus of this feature is having to worry less about guys being scratched late and the dreaded rain-out. Another thing to keep in mind about this feature is that it will certainly impact ownership percentages. Having West coast players in your lineup at the time the Main contests begin will give players the flexibility to change their mind and swap players once play has already begun on the East coast. Good luck!
Before we get into the player selections and analysis, let’s take a quick look at Vegas lines that could be of interest to us – especially if you’re looking to stack a team or two. From a run total standpoint (alternatively, the over/under) line, there are a few games that really stick out. TEX at DET has an O/U of 9.5, while PHI at PIT, TOR at BAL and WAS at ATL all have an O/U of 9. As for money lines the biggest favorites are Alex Wood and the Dodgers at -230 and Chris Sale and the Red Sox at -200. In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 5/19/17. The DFS lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays on FanDuel. Good luck tonight! If you have any questions feel free to ping me on twitter.
Fanduel stack of the day
My favorite team to stack on Friday is the Arizona Diamondbacks against Jerad Weaver and the Padres at PECTO Park in San Diego. You can play literally all of the Diamondbacks on Friday night and it’s likely a profitable play. Thus far this season Weaver has allowed 3.02 HR/9 along with a 6.05 ERA and 7.31 FIP. While Jerad has been bad against left handed hitters he’s been awful against right handed hitters as he’s allowed them a .667 SLG and a .418 wOBA. This means that I want as many of the right handed hitters in the Diamondbacks lineup as I can get. I also want the LHH that crush RHP that are near the top of the order. Stack ’em, stack ’em stack ’em, to the top!
FanDuel DFS Starting Pitchers
Chris Sale – P, at OAK ($12,000)
Chris Sale has been like a cheat code this season as he’s posted a ridiculously good 55.1 fantasy points per game on Fanduel. The next highest number on the slate for Friday night is Jacob deGrom’s 34.8 FPPG. That’s almost silly it’s so good. To top if off Sale gets to pitch at O.CO Coliseum which has seen the 15th most runs and HR this season. And he gets to do so as the second biggest favorite on the entire evening slate. I expect Chris to post elite ratios and a ton of K’s in a likely Red Sox win. He’s worth paying up for and you’re going to need a whole lot of luck to fade him.
Alex Wood- P, vs MIA ($8,900)
Alex Wood has been solid of late as he’s managed to post 58 and 54 points in his last two outings. One of them was at Coors Field and the other was at home against the Pirates. This matchup is similar as it’s at home against the Marlins. Although Miami has a little more thump in their lineup they have only scored five more runs than Pittsburgh this season and rank 24th compared to the Pirates ranking of 27th. This bodes well for Alex and the Dodgers, who just so happen to be the biggest favorites on the night. I expect Wood to again limit his walks and post a good amount of K’s along with solid ratios in a likely LA win.
FanDuel DFS Infielders
Gary Sanchez – C, at TB ($3,700)
Gary Sanchez and the Yankees will face off with RHP Erasmo Ramirez and the Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Friday night. This is a good thing for Gary Sanchez and his owners in the fake game as he’s posted a .231 ISO, .398 wOBA and a 135 wRC+ against RHP on the road in his young career. If you think that I use Gary often at the catcher position you are correct, because I have and will likely continue to do so. The dude is awesome at the baseball.
Hanley Ramirez- 1B, at OAK ($3,100)
Hanley has been a bit cold of late, but he may come out of it this evening in Oakland as him and the Red Sox face off with RHP Kendall Graveman and the A’s. I feel this way because Hanley has posted a solid .191 ISO, .364 wOBA and a 125 wRC+ against northpaws in his career. Priced at just $3,100 he’s a solid value play on Friday night.
Jose Peraza – 2B, vs COL ($2,400)
Jose Peraza and the Reds will host LHP Tyler Anderson and the Rockies and that bodes well for Jose and those that are wise enough to use him in DFS on Friday night. In his career at home against LHP Jose has been at his best as he’s notched an impressive .328/.369/.459 triple slash with a .359 wOBA and a wRC+ of 124. For just $2,400 he’s a steal, and hopefully he does some that on the diamond Friday night as well.
Josh Harrison – 3B, vs PHI ($2,800)
Josh Harrison and the Buccos are in line to face RHP Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies at home at PNC Park on Friday night. While Harrison has managed a solid 9.2 FPPG this season he’s fairly cheap at just $2,800. Hitting out of the second spot in the Pirates lineup Josh is a solid value play that possesses a nice power and speed combination.
Elvis Andrus – SS, at DET ($2,900)
Elvs Andrus has quietly been very good this season as he’s posted 10.4 FPPG. Tonight he’ll face LHP Daniel Norris and the Detroit Tigers dumpster fire of a bullpen and that bodes well for the King. In his career against LHP on the road Elvis has posted a solid .295 AVG with a .355 OBP and a .331 wOBA.
FanDuel DFS Outfielders
Yasiel Puig – OF, vs MIA ($2,700)
Puig and the Dodgers face off with LHP Justin Nicolino and the Marlins Friday night at Dodgers Stadium in LA. While Nicolino has posted a 1.50 ERA his 3.87 FIP and 5.56 xFIP suggest that he’s been much worse than that. The fact that he also walks six batters per nine and that he’s somehow left over 90% of his base runners allowed on base shows that he could be in for a long night. Meanwhile Puig has mashed LHP at home in his career as he’s notched a .209 ISO, .359 wOBA and a wRC+ of 138 against them. For less than 3K Puig is both a solid matchup play and value play on Friday night.
Justin Upton – OF, vs TEX ($3,400)
JUP and the Tigers host Nick Martinez and the Rangers on Friday night and that is a boon for Detroit’s hitters as Martinez has been terrible this season. Thus far Martinez has allowed a 5.04 ERA, 5.64 FIP and over two HR per nine. He’s allowed RHH an average of .292 and a SLG of .493. Meanwhile he’s allowed LHH a SLG of .490. On the flip side Justin has notched a .255 ISO against RHP at home this season and a .221 mark over his career. All of these numbers suggest that Upton and the Tigers will almost certainly bring the funk tonight so join me and get JUP into all of your lineups this evening.
David Peralta – OF, at SD ($2,700)
Peralta has been dealing with a tight right glute of late as he was held out of the Diamondback’s lineup for three straight days before their off day on Thursday. He did manage to pinch hit in two of those games and the general consensus is that he will be back in the starting lineup on Friday. Let’s hope so, because Peralta and the snakes face off with RHP Jerad Weaver and the Padres in San Diego. Against RHP this season David has posted a .320/.366/.485 triple slash with a .366 wOBA and a 119 wRC+. In his carer against RHP he’s managed a .513 SLG, .372 wOBA and a 131 wRC+. I imagine those numbers will go up even further against the human batting practice machine known as Jerad Weaver. Join me and get Peralta into your lineups on Friday night and we’ll find out together. Just make sure that David is in fact in the lineup. If he’s not be ready to pivot to someone else. I’ll be working at Biloba slangin’ beers so I won’t be able to tweet out some pivot plays. Keep that in mind and plan ahead.