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 (9/12/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice

Welcome to Thursday baseball on FanDuel. While football is fully in swing and most have there attention glued to that, the MLB is winding down and it's almost playoff time. The divisional races are getting tighter and we start to see who will be fighting for what spots. FanDuel hasn't slowed down, either, with plenty of huge tournaments at every price tag.

This is the first slate without Coors Field in a few days, so we will have some more balanced hitting ownership. There also isn't a whole lot to love for cheap at pitcher, so you'll either have to pay up for bats or pay up for Verlander. There are a couple pitchers to consider, but things get ugly quick. Let's dive into each position!

Be sure to also check out all the Vegas Odds for today's slate. You can also read more DFS advice and lineup picks for sites like FanDuel, and other sports too. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @DFSVarney

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!


FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Justin Verlander - HOU vs. OAK - $12,000

With only a few games on this slate, Justin Verlander is in a tier of his own at pitcher. He's been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, second to only his teammate Gerrit Cole is terms of xFIP. Verlander has struck out 11 batters per nine on the season and has held both lefties and righties to a sub .247 wOBA. He now gets to face off with an Oakland Athletics team that ranks 21st vs righties and strikes out 24% of the time. While Verlander is pricey, he's easily the safest option on the board in both cash games and tournaments.

Kolby Allard - TEX vs. TAM - $8,000

There really isn't all that much to love after you get past Justin Verlander. Kolby Allard has been great recently, tossing five or more innings in five straight starts at this point. He strikes out close to eight batters per nine innings and has held both sides of the plate to a sub .310 wOBA. He's way too cheap on FanDuel and get a solid match-up with a Tampa Bay Rays team that ranks 23rd vs lefties with a .298 team wOBA. Allard should go another five or six innings and pick up a cheap win for just $8,000.


FanDuel DFS Infielders

Daniel Vogelbach - SEA vs. CIN (Mahle) - $3,300

First base always has a ton of options, and tonight is no different. While we don’t have a huge slate of games to look at, there are more than a couple of first baseman worth considering. We’ll focus on Daniel Vogelbach, who’s dealing with Tyler Mahle and his .366 wOBA vs opposing lefties. Hes great against righties, but one of the worst pitchers in all of baseball against lefties. Vogelbach on the other hand, has held onto a .384 wOBA against righties and has hit just as many home runs at home in spacious Seattle. Tyler Mahle will struggle with this lefty-heavy order and Vogelbach is your best bet to hit one out.

Ozzie Albies - ATL @ PHI (Smyly) - $3,400

The Braves have to face the most lefties of any team in baseball. It seems like they’re facing a southpaw every night and it’s come to benefit Ozzie Albies. On the season, he’s sported a .454 wOBA against lefties and has hit 10+ home runs in just over 100 innings against them. Drew Smyly has been a bit better recently, but is still giving up a .377 wOBA to righties and over two home runs per nine. Albies is still priced beneath the elite 2B, but is just as good as any of them against southpaws. Albies makes for a great play in both cash and tournaments.

Josh Donaldson - ATL @ PHI (Smyly) - $3,500

We’ll actually stay with the Braves for third base and take a look at Josh Donaldson. Dating back to his days in an Oakland Athletics uniform, Josh Donaldson crushes lefties. He’s not over a .400 wOBA like he used to be, but a .367 wOBA with seven home runs in 100 at-bats is still great. Especially against a pitcher I Drew Smyly who’s giving up the long ball to anyone who will hit it. He’s been slightly better of late, but has still allowed a 53% hard contact rate over the last month. I love the Braves stack tonight and Albies + Freeman as a mini one. They’re affordable on FanDuel and won’t be overly popular.

Bo Bichette - TOR vs. BOS (Chacin) - $3,700

The Blue Jays and Red Sox are two teams we haven’t touched on yet, but make for phenomenal plays. Both pitchers, Clay Buccholz and Jhoulys Chacin, leave a lot to be desired. We’ll pick on Chacin here, but Buccholz will get his attention in a bit. Chacin has been terrible this season, giving up a .340 wOBA to both righties and lefties. Against righties, 12 home runs allowed in 50 innings of work. He now faces off with Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero, who can hit homers with the best of em. Bichette has posted a .411 wOBA against lefties and he’s a lot cheaper than some of the top shortstop options on the slate.


FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Mookie Betts - BOS @ TOR (Buccholz) - $4,400

Buccholz is trying to make one last push at glory, but his 35 year old body isn’t letting that happen. He’s struggled against both sides of the plate and has huge home run problems. He now has to face a Red Sox team that knows him better than anyone. He hasn’t shown any signs of getting any better, but more so looks to be squeezing out every dollar his talent can get him. Mookie Betts has held onto a .391 wOBA against righties and has as much potential as anyone on the slate.

Joc Pederson - LAD @ BAL - $3,700

You can obviously play Bellinger here as well, but Joc Pederson is way cheaper and has similar home run upside. On the season, Joc has hit 32 home runs vs righties on his way to a .391 wOBA against. On the other side of things, Dylan Bundy will host the Dodgers. He’s struggled on the season with a .327 combined wOBA, but now has the best hitting team in baseball in Camden Yards. The upside is huge for this lineup and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them relatively unowned in some tournaments. Pederson is always a boom or bust play, but his price is fair on FanDuel and he has legitimate two home run upside every night he faces a bad righty.

MLB DFS News and Injury Alerts

More Recent Articles


FAAB Bidding - Week 11 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

Week 11 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

It's Week 11, and we're getting closer and closer to the fantasy football playoffs. The consistent options are getting more and more clear, especially at the kicking position. We're also going to start dealing with everyone's favorite factor, which is inclement weather, especially up north. The margin for error in these weeks is slim, and... Read More

Week 11 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

We've arrived at the dreaded six-team bye week, so there are even fewer DST streaming options out there than normal. That's not to say there aren't some real winners to be found, but almost none of them are surefire streaming studs at first glance. Below are RotoBaller's Week 11 defense tiers and rankings, or which... Read More

Week 10 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

We got a good one on Monday night folks. Both for the NFC West division and, more importantly, for fantasy. Two of the top teams in the NFL matchup at Levi's Stadium. We can finally find out if the 49ers are for real, or if they were just beating up on bad teams all season.... Read More

Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

It's crunch time, with precious few games left before the fantasy regular season ends. There aren't many new names emerging on the waiver wire at this juncture but the RB situations in Atlanta and Detroit bear watching, while the Jets passing game has shown signs of life. No, really. Each week, we will advise you... Read More

Waiver Wire Express - Week 11 Lightning Round

With 10 weeks down and only a few more weeks of the fantasy regular season to go, your vision for the playoffs should be coming into focus. The Giants, Packers, Seahawks and Titans are on bye -- with the Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings in Week 12 to round out the weekly vacations. To help... Read More

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 11

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 11. Some of you are in the favorable position of only needing slight modifications to rosters that are destined to enter the fantasy playoffs. But many of you are still searching for the most effective... Read More

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 11

Did you survive the terrible, no good, very bad six-team bye week? If so, welcome to the other side, when roster building gets slightly easier going forward. If not, I'm sorry, but you still have time to get things back on the right path. Let's talk about some wide receivers who might be able to... Read More

Week 11 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

If your fantasy football squad is still in the playoff hunt heading into Week 11, then congratulations on not being the Pat Shurmur or Freddie Kitchens of your league. Fantasy football players will have to live without New York’s Evan Engram, Green Bay’s Jimmy Graham and Tennessee’s Jonnu Smith as their teams are on bye.... Read More

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 11

We've got plenty to unpack at the quarterback position following an exciting Week 10. While no major injuries occurred in game, the revelation of Matthew Stafford's back injury was quite a surprise and left some owners scrambling just before lineups locked. So the year of the backup continued this week, as 16 of the 32... Read More

Week 10 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More

NFL Matchup Ratings Tool - Weekly Player Projections

  If you see the red "Upgrade" button below, then you are not a Premium subscriber, or have not yet logged in. Learn more about our NFL Matchup Ratings and projections system.   NFL Matchup Ratings - Weekly Lineup Projections FLEX RB WR TE QB DEF K ** click column headers to sort table Player... Read More

Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 10 Matthew Stafford has been ruled out with fractured bones in his back. Patrick Mahomes will make his return in... Read More

Week 10 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 10... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More

Updated Week 10 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 10 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 10 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: LeSean McCoy is a healthy scratch for Week 10. Matthew Stafford has been ruled out with fractured bones in his back. Patrick Mahomes will make his return in... Read More