Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (5/11/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

It's Saturday and that means us baseball fans are treated to a full slate of games. We even get a double-header and we're fortunate not to have too much rain in the forecast. That's all we can ask for and it's exciting to set some lineups after a successful night on Friday.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy baseball lineup picks for FanDuel on 5/11/2019. The lineup picks will range from some of the elite players to mid-priced options and value plays.

You can also read more DFS lineup picks for DraftKings and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @Bartilottajoel

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off. Exclusive access to our Draft Kit, premium rankings, projections, player outlooks, top prospects, dynasty rankings, 15 in-season lineup tools, and over 200 days of expert DFS research. Sign Up Now!


FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Jacob deGrom, NYM vs MIA ($11,300)

Is it possible to fade deGrom in a spot like this? The right-hander is simply one of the best pitchers in the game, as he leads the majors in ERA and WHIP since the beginning of last season. The peripherals are just as impressive, with deGrom recording a 28 percent K rate in that span while posting a FIP south of 3.00. Facing Miami is simply the cherry on top, as they rank dead-last in scoring, xwOBA and xSLG. That's why they're not even projected to reach three runs in this game as a -300 underdog, hitting in a pitcher's park like Citi Field.

Jon Gray, COL vs. SD ($6,500)

This might be the only time all year that you see me recommend a Rockies pitcher at home but there's reason to believe that Gray can destroy this price tag. Vegas really appears to like Gray here, as he enters this matchup as a -160 favorite. While pitching in Coors Field is scary, pitching against the Padres is not. Not only do they rank 22nd in K rate, they also sit 24th in both xBA and xwOBA. Gray always seems to perform well against San Diego too, posting a 2.59 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 16 starts against them, striking out 116 batters across 97.1 innings.


FanDuel DFS Infielders

Mark Reynolds: 1B, COL vs SDP ($3,300)

It's rare to see any power hitter at Coors Field below $4,000, let alone at $3,300. What makes him really tough to fade is the fact that he's facing a lefty, as Reynolds posted a 133 wRC+ last season against southpaws and should benefit from hitting in the best hitter's park in the majors. He comes into this matchup rolling too, collecting one homer, one double, four runs scored and six RBI over his last 14 at-bats.

Jonathan Villar: 2B, BAL vs. LAA ($3,700)

Villar has been priced too low on FanDuel all season long and it's hard to understand why. Not only does he bat at the top of the Orioles order, but he's also one of the leaders at his position with 10.6 FanDuel points per game. The reason we really like him here is because he gets to face Matt Harvey, who's posted a 6.94 ERA and 1.38 WHIP to match his ugly .381 xwOBA. Not only does Villar hit better from the left side, but it also gives him a much better chance to steal a bag or two too.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: 3B, TOR vs. CWS ($2,500)

I really haven't been on the Guerrero bandwagon like most people but this price is becoming hard to fade. This is simply one of the best pure talents in the game, as many experts have him pegged as a .300 hitter with 30-home run potential. That's no surprise when you consider his historic Triple-A numbers and an inevitable hot streak is right around the corner. We'll bet on it starting here, as Guerrero gets to face Ivan Nova, who owns a 7.04 ERA and 1.70 WHIP this season.

Trevor Story: SS, COL vs. SD ($4,800)

This play really doesn't take much explanation. The simple fact is, Story destroys lefties at home. In fact, Story has a 1.027 OPS against southpaws since the beginning of 2017 and a .936 OPS at home in that same span. He's also one of the fastest guys in the league, as his 27 steals last season shows that he can provide through more than just power. The Rockies are projected to score six runs here and it's really no surprise when you consider the fact that Joey Lucchesi has posted a 7.01 ERA and 1.64 WHIP across his last five starts.

Nolan Arenado costs $5,000 but he's in the same boat as Story and is worth buying up if you have the extra cash.


FanDuel DFS Outfielders

J.D. Martinez OF, BOS vs. SEA ($4,000)

This price surprises me day-after-day and it's hard to understand why. His peripherals are simply ridiculous, with Martinez posting a .448 xwOBA and a .647 xSLG. Those are simply some of the best indicators in the league and it's clear that he has some positive regression headed his way with his wOBA 83 points lower than his xwOBA and his slugging percentage nearly 200 points lower than his xSLG. That means he's had terrible luck but he's still hitting .309 while providing 11 FanDuel points per game. Keep picking this guy until he gets above $4,500.

Nelson Cruz: OF, MIN vs. DET ($3,900)

Cruz might be my favorite play on the board, as he gets to face a lefty who has only pitched 13.2 innings above High-A. That spells disaster for Gregory Soto, with Cruz posting a .927 career OPS against southpaws. His power hasn't gone anywhere either, hitting five doubles and six homers over his last 18 games while attaining a wOBA just shy of .400 for the year.

Gregory Polanco: OF, PIT vs. STL ($3,500)

Polanco is a personal favorite of mine and using him against right-handers is always a good decision. Since the beginning of 2018, Polanco's OPS against right-handers is just shy of .900. That alone is impressive but he's also got good speed and is a decent bet to steal a bag if he gets on base. Polanco comes into this matchup rolling too, collecting three doubles, two homers and seven RBI over his last five games.

Teoscar Hernandez is just $2,400 on FanDuel and hit a dinger on Friday if you're in need of a cheap bat.

MLB DFS News and Injury Alerts

More Recent Articles


Bases Loaded Podcast: Early Round Values

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@BraffZ) and they discuss early round values. They go through and highlight a few players that are going inside the top 150 in ADP that offer a great chance to return profit. Subscribe to the Bases Loaded podcast, part of RotoBaller Radio's Podcast... Read More

Second Year Pitcher Preview: Fantasy Baseball 2020 ADP Analysis

Host Anthony Aniano of RotoBaller Radio discuss the 2020 fantasy baseball season and keeps you updated with all the latest news and analysis Be sure to tune into RotoBaller Radio on SiriusXM (channel Sirius 210, XM 87) - every weekday morning between 6-7 AM ET, every weekday afternoon from 1-2 PM ET, Saturday nights from 9-11 PM ET... Read More

Relief Pitchers to Target for Holds

Hold on... there are fantasy leagues that reward middle relievers, not just starters and closers? Yes, there are, and leagues that reward holds are one of the fastest-growing segments of fantasy baseball as real baseball continues to diminish the role of the starter in favor of building deep bullpens with multiple relievers that throw 95+... Read More

2020 Second Base Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Points leagues may seem like a slight variation from traditional 5x5 category scoring leagues but you must approach draft day with a different strategy if you wish to truly compete. Rankings themselves are a different beast altogether, as category specialists like Mallex Smith and Dee Gordon (stolen bases), Kyle Schwarber and Franmil Reyes (home runs),... Read More

ADP Showdown – Matt Olson vs Paul Goldschmidt

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported and position player workouts are getting underway, which means baseball season is officially upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already started dealing with tough draft position... Read More

2020 Second Base Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Leagues

As the season draws near, we realize more and more that it's draft season. There is a large portion of fantasy baseball busy with mock drafts, rankings, sleepers, and more mock drafts. The Dynasty community, on the other hand, is looking to continue their dominance, rebuild, or in a worst-case scenario, stick their hands up... Read More

Six Undervalued Draft Targets for Mixed Leagues

Heading into 2020, there are a number of players who had poor 2019 campaigns that should bounce back strong. Some of these players are presently undervalued by fantasy owners for one reason or another. In this article, I'll identify a few such players who should outperform their current ADP in 2020. While each of these... Read More

Josh Hayes' 2020 Best Ball Draft Targets (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The fantasy baseball season is here! For those fantasy players looking to get an edge on their 2020 leagues, Best Ball formats are a great way to get a head start on the players that look to be ADP risers this season. One key... Read More

Josh Hayes' 2020 Best Ball Draft Avoids (Premium Content)

All other Premium Tools can be accessed on the premium dashboard. The fantasy baseball season is here! For those fantasy players looking to get an edge on their 2020 leagues, Best Ball formats are a great way to get a head start on the players that look to be ADP risers this season. An underrated... Read More

Nine AL Rookies Ready to Leap Into Starting Lineups

Every year, there are those rookies who we expect to make a splash right away. Think Kris Bryant, Ronald Acuna, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge--those guys. Once we make it through all the service time manipulation shenanigans, there are always youngsters ready to snatch roster spots immediately, and 2020 is no exception. Below are nine of... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Spin Rate

Spin rate has become one of the most recognizable Statcast metrics, with supporters of a given pitcher highlighting his spin rates to make their case. Unfortunately, the baseball world has done a lousy job conveying what spin rate really means. The result has been a ton of owners who know that spin rate exists, but... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Khris Davis

The Oakland Athletics finished 2019 with a record of 97-65, which was good for a second-place finish in the AL West and a second-consecutive wildcard birth. They did this despite a statistically down season from their superstar, Khris Davis. Davis struggled mightily in 2019 by slashing .220/.293/.387 with 23 HR, 73 RBI, 61 R, and... Read More

ADP Cost Analysis: Trey Mancini vs. Christian Walker

One of the most important skills in a fantasy draft is the ability to identify a player with similar value at a lower ADP. When you're able to find similar production at a lower cost, this allows you to use an earlier pick to fill out other areas of your roster, resulting in a stronger... Read More

MLB Closers and Saves: Fantasy Baseball Depth Charts

Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. Stay on top of all closer depth... Read More

2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More