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FanDuel MLB DFS Lineup Picks (9/4/19): Daily Fantasy Baseball Advice


By Eric Fischer from Ames, Iowa, United States (Wacha Takes Over) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is a unique slate and that’s why we’re going to take a different approach here. In fact, we’re going to recommend to cheap pitchers, so that you can get as many elite bats into your lineup as possible.  

In terms of weather, it looks like a pretty clean slate with not a whole lot to worry about.

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 @Bartilottajoel

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FanDuel DFS Pitchers

Trevor Williams, PIT vs. MIA ($7,400) 

While a 5.26 ERA and 1.39 WHIP tell an ugly story, Williams has traditionally been a much better pitcher than that. In fact, his 3.11 ERA and 1.18 WHIP last season made him a breakout starter for the Pirates and we’ll look for him to regress closer to those numbers over the final month. His recent form indicates that he’s headed the right direction, with Williams scoring at least 25 FD points in five of his last eight starts while pitching to a 2.08 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over his last two starts. One of those happened to be in Coors Field, as facing the Marlins in PNC Park is quite the treat after that. In fact, Miami currently ranks bottom-two in runs scored, OBP, OPS, wOBA and xwOBA. In addition, the Pirates enter this matchup as a -190 favorite.

Michael Wacha, STL vs. SF ($7,100) 

Wacha has been driving me crazy for a few years now but he’s worth a risk at this price in this sort of matchup. Let’s start with that matchup, with the Giants ranked 26th in runs scored, 27th in OBP, 26th in OPS and 27th in wOBA. That should be beneficial for a pitcher who’s got a 3.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 rate over his last four starts. We have to hope that Wacha has recaptured the form that he had early on in his career, generating a 3.21 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over his first three seasons. 

 

FanDuel DFS Infielders

Josh Bell – 1B, PIT vs. MIA ($4,200) 

Bell has really fallen apart in the second half of the season but he appears to be recapturing some of the form that made him an All-Star early on. Over his last nine outings, Bell is hitting .343 while providing a .429 OBP, .686 SLG and 1.114 OPS. That’s the stud that we saw early on, as he still has a .366 OBP, .579 SLG and .945 OPS for the season. The reason we like him today is because he faces a right-hander, with Bell amassing a .305 AVG, .391 OBP, .640 OPS and 1.031 OPS batting from the left side this season.  

Jason Kipnis – 2B, CLE vs. CWS ($3,300) 

Kipnis is currently dealing with a minor wrist injury but there’s some thought that he’ll be able to suit up here. If he does, he’s one of my favorite plays at second base. The reason for that is his recent form with Kipnis putting together an .850 OPS over his last 34 games and an .859 OPS over his last 62 fixtures. Much of that has come against right-handers too, with Kipnis providing a .464 SLG and .787 OPS with the platoon advantage in his favor this season. We’re certainly not worried about Ivan Nova and his 4.48 ERA and 1.40 WHIP either.  

Hunter Dozier – 3B, KC vs. DET ($3,900) 

Dozier hasn’t found his way into too many of my articles this season but he’s truly had a breakout season for the Royals. His .280 AVG, .356 OBP, .542 SLG and .898 OPS are well above league averages and it’s about time people start recognizing Dozier as one of the best third basemen around. What makes him particularly intriguing on this slate is that he gets to face Edwin Jackson, who’s pitching to a 9.35 ERA and 1.98 WHIP this season.  

Corey Seager – SS, LAD vs. COL ($3,400) 

Seager got off to a rough start in the first half but he’s been a different player since the All-Star break. In fact, the slugging shortstop has four homers and 14 doubles over his last 25 games en route to a .552 SLG and .866 OPS. What we like here is that he gets to face a weak righty, with Seager totaling a .517 SLG and .862 OPS against them this season. It’s a righty we definitely want to exploit too, with Antonio Senzatela pitching to a 6.95 ERA and 1.79 WHIP so far this season.  

 

FanDuel DFS Outfielders

Nelson Cruz, MIN at BOS ($4,200) 

While Eduardo Rodriguez has been one of the best pitchers in the AL the last month or so, Cruz has been just as good on his side of the plate. In fact, the Twins DH has multi-hit games in six of his last eight fixtures while accruing a .356 AVG, .421 OBP, .776 SLG and 1.196 OPS over his last 45 games in total. That’s truly amazing and he’s been even better against lefties. Against southpaws this season, Cruz has a .397 OBP, .732 SLG and 1.129 OPS.  

Khris Davis, OAK vs. LAA ($2,900) 

This price is just too cheap. We’re still talking about the league leader in home runs dating back to 2016, as he’s got an ISO in the .250-range in that span. While he’s been mired in a slump for two months now, recent results would indicate that he’s climbing out of it. In fact, Davis has a .993 OPS over his last seven games and gets to face a pitcher here with a 5.24 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Patrick Sandoval is the one who’s attainted those ugly averages and he gives Davis the platoon advantage too, which is a .350 OBP, .500 SLG and .850 OPS for the year. 

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