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FantasyDraft MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (8/16)

by Brad Richter | @rotopilot | Featured Writer
Aug 16, 2019

FantasyDraft, the only site offering 100% rake-free contests, allows for a lot more freedom when it comes to MLB lineup construction. Two pitchers, three infielders, three outfielders, and two utility players makes building your lineups a lot of fun.

It feels like Opening Day when you look at all of the high-priced aces on the mound for Friday’s full 15-game MLB slate. As such, on FantasyDraft it looks like it is a night to go big or go home as I’ll look to pay up for a pair of aces on the hill and find the value with my bats. Let’s start off the weekend in style!

As always, be sure to pay close attention to the lineups when they are released and monitor the weather leading up to game time. 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.

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Pitchers

Charlie Morton (TB): $22,100 vs. DET
Out of all of the high-priced aces on the slate, Morton leads the way given his price and matchup. He has pitched great at home in Tampa this season with a 2.75 ERA and .253 wOBA allowed while compiling a 35.2% strikeout rate. Morton will face a Tigers team that he blanked for seven innings with eight strikeouts in an earlier meeting this year. Over the last 30 days, the Tigers have a .291 wOBA (26th), 78 wRC+ (26th), and a 27.1% strikeout rate (5th) versus right-handed pitchers. Morton should put away the Tigers bats and pick up a win as a big Vegas favorite.

Patrick Corbin (WAS): $20,500 vs. MIL
Using Corbin as my second high-priced ace might not be quite as obvious as Morton with the Nationals facing the Brewers. However, the Brewers bats have been struggling versus lefties over the last month with a .283 wOBA (29th), 70 wRC+ (30th), and a 24.3% strikeout rate (ninth). Corbin has pitched great at home in Washington D.C. this season with a 1.78 ERA, .222 wOBA allowed, and a 30.2% strikeout rate. Roll with the 1-2 punch of Morton and Corbin to anchor your lineup.

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Hitters

Mookie Betts (OF – BOS): $9,700 vs. BAL
Making your way up to Betts while using two high-priced ace pitchers isn’t easy, but it is possible if you scoop up all the value options in this article. Betts is at his best when he is playing at home against a righty which is the case on Friday night versus Aaron Brooks. Betts has a .397 wOBA and .239 ISO at Fenway Park versus righties this season. Brooks has served up seven homers over his last three starts and righties have a .377 wOBA and 2.16 HR/9 rate against him on the road this season. I’m willing to place my bets on Mookie tonight.

Brandon Belt (IF/OF – SF): $7,400 @ ARI
Belt should return to hitting at or near the top of the Giants’ lineup on Friday with a righty, Mike Leake, on the hill for the Diamondbacks. Belt gets a favorable park adjustment playing in Arizona and has had success all season on the road against righties with a .382 wOBA and .239 ISO. He has also hit Leake well during his career with a .333 average including two doubles and a homer in 18 at-bats. Leake has allowed a .351 wOBA and 1.59 HR/9 to lefties this season. Belt, with his dual position eligibility, is more appealing in the outfield where finding mid-range value is difficult.

Jesse Winker (OF – CIN): $7,400 vs. STL
Another mid-range salary bat you can use in the outfield is Winker playing at home against righty Adam Wainwright. Winker should continue to occupy the leadoff spot and has put up a .400 wOBA and .265 ISO at home versus righties this season. Meanwhile, Wainwright has yielded a .404 wOBA and 1.93 HR/9 to lefties on the road this year. Winker has also taken Wainwright deep once in six career at-bats.

Isan Diaz (IF – MIA): $6,400 @ COL
One of the best value options on the slate is Diaz hitting near the top of the Marlins’ lineup playing at Coors Field against a righty. Diaz has hit in the top couple of spots in the lineup every game since joining the Marlins and carries a solid .319 wOBA versus righties so far. The left-handed-hitting 2B will face Rockies righty Jon Gray who has allowed a .345 wOBA to lefties this year. Using Diaz and outfield Guillermo Heredia (assuming he hits near the top of the Rays’ lineup) really frees up some salary to make a strong FantasyDraft lineup.

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Brad Richter is a Featured Writer and correspondent at FantasyPros and a contributor at DailyOverlay. For more from Brad, you can view his archive or follow him @RotoPilot.

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