FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (6/16)

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jun 16, 2017

Brandon Belt is a bargain tonight at Coors Field

We have another full 15-game slate this Friday night. Scherzer is on the mound and we have a game in Coors. There isn’t much value on the slate, but there is just enough to field a lineup you can be happy throwing out there with Scherzer. There is a little weather to consider, but nothing really worth navigating around. Let’s take a look!

For reference throughout the season, be sure to bookmark our overview of MLB Park Factors and how to Use Weather to Your Advantage in MLB DFS. Also, check out our GPP and Cash Games Primers to learn more about different daily fantasy game types specific to MLB.

Weather

ARI @ PHI – 40% chance at delay, 10% chance at cancellation
STL @ BAL – 40% chance at delay
TBR @ DET – 20% chance at delay
CHC @ PIT – 10% chance at delay
WAS @ NYM – 10% chance at late delay
MIA @ ATL – 10% chance at late delay
CLE @ MIN – 10% chance at late delay

No consistently significant wind, but the game in Arlington could see a few fly balls hang up that might go out most nights.

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Pitcher

Max Scherzer (WAS): $12,400 @ NYM

There are a number of solid options tonight from Joseph Biagini and Alex Wood to Carlos Carrasco and James Paxton, but none is safer than Max Scherzer. Even with him going against Steven Matz tonight, he is a good bet to get the win and a near lock to pick up the quality start and 8+ Ks. His ownership should be above 50% in cash games so you don’t have much to lose, but if you risk it with Paxton with his 4.66 opponent implied runs then you might really regret it.

Catcher

Cameron Rupp (PHI): $2,000 vs ARI

This is the equivalent of paying minimum price for Buster Posey. Over a reliable 208 PA sample size, he has hit .296/.361/.900 with 9 homers and 35 RBIs. Tonight, he gets a lefty who has surrendered 11 homers to righties already this year and a .295/.352/.477 line to them over the past three seasons.

First Base

Brandon Belt (SFG): $3,500 @ COL

We were given a gift tonight with Brandon Belt‘s price. Not only is he moving from the worst park for hitters to the best park but he gets a right-handed pitcher too. Belt has certainly had his struggles this season, but primarily against lefties. In fact, against righties, he carries an .860 OPS to match his .861 from last year and .845 the year prior. He is too good of a hitter to pass up at this price in Coors.

Second Base

Jed Lowrie (OAK): $2,500 vs NYY

Lowrie draws a tougher match-up with Luis Severino tonight, but have you seen the options at second base? I’ll gladly continue to scoop up the A’s #3 hitter who hs posted a .314/.387/.548 line against righties so far this season.

Third Base

Alex Bregman (HOU): $2,800 vs BOS

The Astros’ former top prospect started the season incredibly slow, but has quietly turned it on over the past month to become the hitter we expected. Drew Pomeranz has given up 37 homers over the past three seasons and 31 of those have ben to righties. Bregman, meanwhile, has a .923 OPS against lefties (compared to .663 against righties) which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering it was well over 1.000 throughout his stay in the minors.

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki (TOR): $2,700 vs CWS

The former MVP candidate has slowed in his 30s but still puts together flashes that remind us who he can still be. This is a hitter who has torched lefties over his entire career with a .932 OPS compared to just .834 against righties. His opponent, Jose Quintana, has given up 32 homers over the past two seasons and 28 of those are to righties.

Outfield

Hunter Pence (SFG) (SFG): $3,700 @ COL

Like Brandon Belt, Pence’s price is just too low for someone moving from the worst hitter’s park to the best. With his spot in the middle of the order, there should be plenty of RBI opportunities as the Giants are forecasted to score 5.43 runs by Vegas tonight against Antonio Senzatela.

Hunter Renfroe (SDP): $2,900 @ MIL

Think of this as the Hunter Pence-lite tonight. He moves from one of the worst ballparks for hitters to one of the best. This former top 30 prospect mashed in the minors with a .310/.339/.568 triple slash line in 154 Triple-A games and has finally been giving us a glimpse of that production lately.

Jose Martinez (STL): $2,500 @ BAL

Kevin Gausman has been abysmal this season, so it is no surprise that the Cardinals are expected to score 4.58 runs by Vegas tonight. Martinez should be the beneficiary of some odd backward splits by Gausman and in a slate where value is difficult to come by, we will have to be happy with what we can get at the price.

Other Top Options (in order)

  1. Evan Gattis (C – HOU): $3,000
  2. Eric Thames (1B – MIL): $3,300
  3. Jose Altuve (2B – HOU): $3,900
  4. Hunter Pence (OF – SFG): $3,700
  5. Josh Donaldson (3B – TOR): $4,100
  6. Corey Seager (SS – LAD): $3,700
  7. Carlos Gonzalez (OF – COL): $4,000
  8. Francisco Lindor (SS – CLE): $3,500
  9. Willson Contreras (C – CHC): $2,400
  10. Robinson Cano (2B – SEA): $3,300
  11. Ian Desmond (OF – COL): $3,900
  12. Adam Duvall (OF – CIN): $2,500
  13. Tommy Joseph (1B – PHI): $3,400
  14. Ryan Zimmerman (1B – WAS): $4,100
  15. Gregory Polanco (OF – PIT): $2,900
  16. Giancarlo Stanton (OF – MIA): $4,000
  17. Yasmani Grandal (C – LAD): $3,100
  18. Joc Pederson (OF – LAD): $2,800
  19. Kole Calhoun (OF – LAA): $3,400
  20. Evan Longoria (3B – TBR): $3,800
  21. Trevor Story (SS – COL): $3,400
  22. Anthony Rendon (3B – WAS): $3,600
  23. Stephen Piscotty (OF – STL): $3,100
  24. Chase Utley (2B – LAD): $2,400
  25. David Peralta (OF – ARI): $3,400

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