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

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

FanDuel MLB Lineup Picks, Advice & Sleepers for 8/18


Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA - Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27)

Below are my picks for Monday 8/18's Fanduel contests. The afternoon game between the Mets and Cubs is not included in this analysis since it won’t factor into most of tonight’s entries. Keep in mind that these picks are based upon Fanduel’s dollar values and won’t necessarily be the best plays in other formats.

For those who took my advice last week, I’m sure you did well in your contests. I killed it on Monday night with the guys I recommended. I hope to have the same success this week.

Remember, these picks are posted early in the day for your convenience, and without knowledge of the teams’ starting lineups. ALWAYS check starting lineups before finalizing your FanDuel entries. On days like Monday, especially, teams will often give some of their regulars a day off.  

Also, you've got to check out RotoBaller's new BvP (batter vs. pitcher) analysis tool, which shows you all the daily matchup stats for every single hitter in the MLB.

 

Starting Pitcher DFS Picks for 8/18

This is a tricky slate of pitchers today with only one true ace on the mound in the Sox’s Chris Sale ($10,900) against the Orioles. I would consider him an option if you have a lot of cheap hitters you like, but I’ll most likely be looking elsewhere.   The Orioles are a top ten team against lefties with the gauntlet of Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz just waiting to hit the ball out of the park. I have no doubt that Sale has the stuff to navigate that gauntlet, but at his price, may not want to take that risk.

Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA - Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27)JORDAN ZIMMERMANN, WAS ($8,880): Zimmermann is the safest option today, with the highest floor of any of the Non-Sale pitchers. The Nats are an early -200 favorite versus the D-backs, who are struggling without Goldschmidt in the middle of the lineup. Zimmermann is equally effective against righties and lefties and manages to keep the ball in the park. He probably won’t whiff a ton of guys (think 6 or 7), but he’s a safe, solid option at a decent price.

ROENIS ELIAS, SEA ($6,700): Elias offers a cheaper, yet riskier, option against the Phillies. Philly has been terrible at handling lefties and they even strike out a tasty 21 percent of the time against southpaws. You may not think of Elias as a strikeout guy, but he whiffs eight per nine innings, so that’s usable at a low price. I don’t think Elias has the upside of Zimmermann, but he’s really cheap and probably won’t kill you.

VANCE WORLEY, PIT ($6,300): The Atlanta Braves do not hit right-handed pitching! Anytime a righty goes up against Atlanta, I take a nice, close look at that pitcher. Worley has been surprisingly solid for the Buccos and gets the added benefit of pitching at home, where his offense if one of the league’s best. He won’t get you the strikeout of the other guys listed, as he only averages 5.7 per nine, but the Braves do strike out a lot. He can be a sneaky good option at this price.

 

Catcher DFS Picks for 8/18

TOP OPTION: DEVIN MESORACO, CIN ($3,700): But he’s also the most expensive option against Justin Masterson and the Cardinals. I’ll probably look for better value here.

KURT SUZUKI, MIN ($2,400): Suzuki puts up a .358 against lefties and should be a solid play for the price against Jason Vargas.

WILSON RAMOS, WAS ($2,900): Ramos has been on a bit of a tear lately and his price has not adjusted. He’s enjoyed multi-hit games this past week. Anytime I can get that production for under $3000, I’ll consider it.

 

First Base DFS Picks for 8/18

MIKE NAPOLI, BOS ($3,700): I was actually surprised to see that his price was THIS high, but he’s still a rock-solid play against C.J. Wilson and the Angels. Wilson has been vulnerable against righty hitters this season and Napoli owns a .401 wOBA against lefties. It seems like a match made in heaven. Add to that the fact that he’s been on base nine times in his last four games.

BILLY BUTLER, KC ($2,500): The Royals are red hot and Butler’s bat is a big reason why. After a miserable start to the year, he’s been a catalyst in the K.C. lineup since Eric Hosmer got hurt. He is riding a streak where he’s hit in 13 of his last 14 games and gets to take a crack at rookie Trevor May. His price remains low – almost punt prices – and I see him as a great, cheap option to squeeze into your lineup tonight.

PRICIER OPTIONS: Freddie Freeman ($4,000), Adam LaRoche ($4,000).

 

Second Base DFS Picks for 8/18

Rotoballer-MLB-News-Fantasy-Baseball-Advice-Analysis-Robinson-CanoROBINSON CANO, SEA ($3,700): Cano will absolutely be a top play today against the Phillies’ Jerome Williams. Williams is not any good. Against lefties, he’s even worse than “not any good,” with a .395 wOBA against them. Cano and Seager should be heavy percentage plays tonight, even though Robbie is one of the pricier second basemen. I think you spend here.

DUSTIN PEDROIA, BOS ($3,300): Pedroia is another guy who has turned it around in August after scuffling most of the season. He has eight multi-hit games in the 14 he’s played this month and should benefit from facing a lefty at Fenway, IF he's back from his small illness that held him out Sunday.

ALSO CONSIDER: Kris Negron ($2,600)

 

Third Base DFS Picks for 8/18

KYLE SEAGER, SEA ($3,100): I love his price here against Williams and the Phillies. Seager is a classic lefty power bat who loves to feast on bad right-handed pitching. There are a lot of stats to throw out: 16 of his 18 homers have come against righties. He has a .282/.363/.521 triple slash line against righties. . . and a .385 wOBA. All this adds up to a matchup where Seager is a great candidate for a monster game. And his price tag won’t kill you.

TODD FRAZIER, CIN ($3,000): Frazier’s price has come down to earth to the point where you need to consider him, even against righties. Justin Masterson is MUCH better against same-side hitters, but Frazier has been driving in runs lately (someone on the Reds has to). He is also a good bet to either homer or steal a base each game. I’ll definitely spend the extra $100 for Seager, but Frazer provides another reasonable option.

ALSO CONSIDER: Conor Gillaspie ($2,600)

 

Shortstop DFS Picks for 8/18

CHRIS TAYLOR, SEA ($3,000): A lot of Mariners love today. My system rates Taylor as the top shortstop choice, likely because Jerome Williams is so bad. Put that aside and Taylor still has been scorching with a .370/.426/.463 line since coming up. His price is rising, but it’s still reasonable.

ALSO CONSIDER: Ian Desmond ($3,700), Cliff Pennington ($2,800), Alexei Ramirez ($3,100)

 

Outfield DFS Picks for 8/18

JON JAY, STL ($2,900): With all the outfielders on the Cards, he’s not a lock to start, but look what he’s done in his last ten games: 12-for-26 (.461), 8 runs, 2 HR, 9 RBI. For under $3000, you are getting one of the hottest hitters in the league against Mike Leake. Leake is hit-or-miss, but struggles mostly against righties (.363 wOBA against).

ALEX GORDON, KC ($3,300): This is another case of striking while the Royals are hot and facing a rookie pitcher. Gordon has picked up two hits in each of the first three games of this series, including a home run yesterday. He has hit in 13 of his last 15 games with four homers in that span.

GREGORY POLANCO, PIT ($3,600), TRAVIS SNIDER, PIT ($3,000) - The Pirates hit well at home and both Polanco and Snider are lefty bats who prefer righty pitching. Ervin Santana has not been a slouch, but he’s shown some weakness against righty bats. Both these guys are priced reasonably and could be used in a mini-Pirates stack if you desire.

ALSO CONSIDER: Kole Calhoun ($3,400), Jayson Werth ($3,400 – if he plays), Nick Markakis ($3,200)

 

Whether you have success with my advice or not, I always like to hear from readers via Twitter @baseballscotty or via email at scottslezak22@gmail.com.

 




More Recent Articles

 

ADP Cost Analysis – Robbie Ray vs Trevor Bauer

With fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, those of us who partake in this joyous game are now looking through as much draft data as possible in a bid to find players we love who have lower average draft positions (ADP) than we believe they should. All this to eke out as much draft... Read More


2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Second Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as "the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – C.J. Cron

As another fantasy baseball season approaches, we once again have the chance to discuss C.J. Cron as a fantasy sleeper. Cron will be playing for his third team in three seasons. It is tough to wrap one's head around the idea that a player of Cron's talent continues to be undervalued by professional and fantasy... Read More


2020 Starting Pitcher 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 very different strategy if you wish to truly compete. All preseason long, RotoBaller has you covered with the latest rankings for all fantasy baseball league types. Here we present our points league rankings... Read More


Second-Half Improvements: Buy Into These Starting Pitchers

The second half of the season is always put under a microscope for starting pitchers. Fantasy players have a love for the second half of the season, as the belief is that pitchers who take a step forward could carry over that success the next season and perhaps even build upon it. But, as we... Read More


How to Attack RP in SV+HLD Leagues

No position has seen as much evolution in recent seasons as the relief pitcher. Gone are the days where starters were expected to go seven innings as most teams have embraced the idea of "super-bullpening" and try to fit as many pitchers that can throw 95+ MPH into their bullpen as they can. Many fantasy... Read More


Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitch Info

One of the most fundamental questions in fantasy sports is if a player's current performance is sustainable. More than any other sport, baseball has a slew of statistical measures that can be dissected in numerous ways to analyze player performance. Pitch Info is a publicly-available pitch tracking system that provides a lot of different data to... 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


Mock Draft Review: Best Late-Round Targets

Last week, some members of the RotoBaller staff completed a 12-team mock draft for standard 5x5 format. After the draft, we each broke down our strategy and some of our favorite picks, which can be found here. However, I want to take a closer look at one portion of the draft in particular. Since we know that... Read More


Faster and Furious: Pitchers with Rising Velocity/Performance

Welcome fantasy baseball players! I’m sure that you, like me, are anxiously counting down the days until your drafts and Opening Day. While the fantasy season may not start for several weeks, there are plenty of things we can do to start preparing for a successful season. One of those things is to take a good... Read More


James Karinchak Is A Relief Pitcher To Know in 2020

One of the lesser-known players that intrigues me for the 2020 MLB season is Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak. The former Bryant Bulldog was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in the 2017 draft and went on to have one of the most outrageous statistical seasons in minor league baseball history. As someone who... Read More


2020 Relief Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Often regarded as an inferior fantasy baseball format, points leagues offer a different style of boasting over your friends or coworkers similar to that of fantasy football. These setups are typically head-to-head formats for a one-week stretch where the player with the most points gets a win. Easy right? While it's true that roster construction... Read More


2019 Barrel Breakouts: Who's For Real and Who's Next?

As pitchers and catchers get even closer to reporting and most fantasy leagues prepare for their drafts, everybody is looking for a leg up on the competition - a way to get in on a guy before everybody else does. In this article, we're going to look for a way to identify hitters who improved... Read More


Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher BABIP

While FIP is a useful tool to predict a pitcher's future ERA performance, fantasy owners should remember that ERA, not FIP, is what really matters in most formats. This means that we are interested in the "luck" that separates the two statistics. While some of this luck is unpredictable, we can and should predict some... Read More


Second Year Player 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