Today's MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Thursday's DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

Written By James Grande

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Today's MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, June 20

SP: Nick Pivetta, Phillies @ Nationals. The Phillies young righty has been good since being recalled, punching out six or more in four straight games. The Nats also are far better against lefthanded pitching, ranking 18th in wOBA and 22nd in wRC+ against righties. Pivetta has been slightly unlucky this year, as he’s notched a 5.00 ERA and only a .295 xFIP. He has a fair price across the industry.

C: Jonathan Lucroy, Angels @ Blue Jays. Lucroy is 8-for-20 lifetime with a .450 wOBA against Clayton Richard. Richard has been awful since coming off the IL, notching a 7.53 ERA. Righties are batting .322 against Richard this year, as well.


1B: Eric Thames, Brewers vs. Reds. I’m really digging this game, especially from the Brewers side. Tanner Roark has allowed a .305/.403/.484, a .381 wOBA and a 6.38 xFIP. Thames has hit nine of his 10 home runs against RHPs, and Miller Park ranks four in HRs on the year. He’s very expensive on DK -- for no reason -- but he works in a game stack and as a one-off on FD.

2B: Jeff McNeil, Mets @ Cubs. The Mets 2B is rollin’ with back-to-back multi-hit games and is now batting .333 over his past 10 games. He has six extra-base hits and two stolen bases over that span, as well, which is obviously ideal. Lefties have a .321 average and .850 OPS vs. Chatwood on the year.

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SS: J.P. Crawford, Mariners vs. Orioles. Crawford has had a 62 at-bat sample this year, but his numbers against vs. RHP are pretty solid (.310 average). He’s also notably cheap across the industry. I know most people are going to use Chris Taylor on FD, but Crawford is the pivot off of him.

3B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays vs. Angels. For whatever reason his price on DK continues to drop, and it’s all the way down to $3.5K, which is insane. This game has a 10.5-run implied total, and the Jays are up nearly five runs themselves. I could get behind Vlad in cash based on price and how many runs could be scored here.

OF: Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays vs. Angels. He’s only $3.1K on FD, which is super appealing considering how well he’s been playing. He’s homered four times over his last 10 games. Jose Suarez has been extremely lucky this year. Despite having a 4.50 ERA, his xFIP sits at 5.57 and SIERA is over 5.00, as well.

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Pos  Player Matchup Opp. SP DK FD Y! Fanball Analysis
SP C. Morton (R) TB@OAK
Thu 10:07
F. Montas (R) $11300 $10500 $51 UPGRADE  
SP J. Odorizzi (R) MIN@KC
Thu 8:15
G. Sparkman (R) $10800 $10000 $50 UPGRADE  
SP D. Bundy (R) BAL@SEA
Thu 10:10
W. LeBlanc (L) $7600 $7300 $38 UPGRADE  
SP N. Pivetta (R) PHI@WSH
Thu 7:05
E. Fedde (R) $8200 $7700 $25 See above  
SP Z. Gallen (R) MIA@STL
Thu 7:15
A. Wainwright (R) $7300 $7000 $28 UPGRADE  
SP W. LeBlanc (L) [email protected]SEA
Thu 10:10
D. Bundy (R) $5800 $6700 $28 UPGRADE  
C W. Contreras (R) [email protected]CHI
Thu 8:05
W. Lockett (R) $4500 $3000 $11 UPGRADE  
C W. Astudillo (R) MIN@KC
Thu 8:15
G. Sparkman (R) $3400 $2300 $8 UPGRADE  
C J. Lucroy (R) LAA@TOR
Thu 7:07
C. Richard (L) $3400 $2500 $8 See above  
1B E. Thames (L) [email protected]MIL
Thu 8:10
T. Roark (R) $4900 $2700 $15 See above  
1B J. Votto (L) CIN@MIL
Thu 8:10
J. Nelson (R) $4000 $3100 $18 UPGRADE  
1B A. Pujols (R) LAA@TOR
Thu 7:07
C. Richard (L) $4000 $3000 $20 UPGRADE  
2B J. McNeil (L) NYM@CHI
Thu 8:05
T. Chatwood (R) $4500 $3200 $10 See above  
2B K. Hernández (R) [email protected]LA
Thu 10:10
M. Bumgarner (L) $3400 $3000 $7 UPGRADE  
2B J. Altuve (R) HOU@NYY
Thu 7:05
C. Green (R) $3800 $3700 $17 UPGRADE  
3B A. Rendon (R) [email protected]WSH
Thu 7:05
N. Pivetta (R) $5500 $4500 $25 UPGRADE  
3B T. Shaw (L) [email protected]MIL
Thu 8:10
T. Roark (R) $3200 $2500 $12 UPGRADE  
3B V. Guerrero Jr. (R) [email protected]TOR
Thu 7:07
J. Suarez (L) $3500 $2800 $16 See above  
SS T. Turner (R) [email protected]WSH
Thu 7:05
N. Pivetta (R) $5500 $4300 $20 UPGRADE  
SS J. Polanco (B) MIN@KC
Thu 8:15
G. Sparkman (R) $4900 $4000 $18 UPGRADE  
SS J. Crawford (L) [email protected]SEA
Thu 10:10
D. Bundy (R) $3400 $2700 $12 See above  
OF M. Smith (L) [email protected]SEA
Thu 10:10
D. Bundy (R) $4300 $3400 $18 UPGRADE  
OF M. Kepler (L) MIN@KC
Thu 8:15
G. Sparkman (R) $5300 $4100 $25 UPGRADE  
OF C. Yelich (L) [email protected]MIL
Thu 8:10
T. Roark (R) $5900 $4700 $27 UPGRADE  
OF J. Winker (L) CIN@MIL
Thu 8:10
J. Nelson (R) $4100 $2700 $15 UPGRADE  
OF M. Trout (R) LAA@TOR
Thu 7:07
C. Richard (L) $5800 $4800 $28 UPGRADE  
OF L. Gurriel Jr. (R) [email protected]TOR
Thu 7:07
J. Suarez (L) $4500 $3100 $21 See above  

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