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

Written By James Grande
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Today's MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Tuesday, June 18

SP: Jordan Yamamoto, Marlins @ Cardinals. The Marlins rookie made quite the impression during his major league debut last week, throwing seven scoreless innings. The Cards have been struggling lately, ranking 28th in OPS over the past two weeks, so advantage Yamamoto. He's a GPP-only play considering how heavy favorites the Cardinals are with their ace on the hill and the fact that they’re home.

C: Christian Vazquez, Red Sox @ Twins. I like the price and the matchup against Michael Pineda, who continues to struggle vs. righties (.870 OPS and .367 wOBA against). Vazquez has been seen hitting near the top of the Red Sox lineup lately and has an OPS over .800 this year.

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1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs @ White Sox. The Cubs will be very chalky on this 15-game slate -- for good reason considering they’re facing off with Ivan Nova, who sports a 6.28 ERA this year. Nova has allowed 14 HRs this year across 14 starts, and lefties have absolutely destroyed the veteran righty, posting a .349 average, .960 OPS, and .408 wOBA against him.

2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians @ Rangers. I'm not a huge fan of Kipnis in general, but he did have a three-hit game, including a big home run, on Sunday, so maybe he's turning the corner. He’s been hitting fourth recently, which is obviously an ideal run producing spot. Cleveland's game total in Texas is mighty appealing.

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SS: Marcus Semien, A's vs. Orioles. Oakland righthanded hitters are really appealing to me on this slate. Even though Oakland isn't a great hitters park, Gabriel Ynoa is not a good pitcher, especially against righties. Semien is batting .350 over his past 10 games and is riding a 10-game hit streak, as well.

3B: Bryan Reynolds, Pirates vs. Tigers. He’s hitting against everyone this year considering he’s batting .361, but he’s been incredible from the right side with a .364 average and  .420 wOBA. He’s batting second tonight, and I could get behind a top-of-the-order Pirates stack.

OF: Ian Desmond, Rockies @ Diamondbacks. Despite the fact that he’s riding a 10-game hit streak in which he’s batting .457, Desmond is still only $3K on FD, which is absurd. I know Merrill Kelly has had a couple good starts in a row, but he’s a journeyman rookie for a reason. Desmond should be able to continue his streak in this spot. On the other side of this game, Jarrod Dyson’s FD price and matchup makes him a really good cash game option. Avoiding him on DK at nearly $5K.

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Pos  Player Matchup Opp. SP DK FD Y! Fanball Analysis
SP J. Verlander (R) HOU@CIN
Tue 7:10
A. DeSclafani (R) $11900 $12000 $62 UPGRADE  
SP C. Kershaw (L) [email protected]LA
Tue 10:10
S. Anderson (R) $11200 $10700 $56 UPGRADE  
SP J. Flaherty (R) [email protected]STL
Tue 8:15
J. Yamamoto (R) $8700 $8000 $42 UPGRADE  
SP J. Yamamoto (R) MIA@STL
Tue 8:15
J. Flaherty (R) $8300 $7500 $38 See above  
SP M. Keller (R) [email protected]PIT
Tue 7:05
D. Norris (L) $6900 $5500 $28 UPGRADE  
SP B. Anderson (L) [email protected]OAK
Tue 10:07
G. Ynoa (R) $6200 $7000 $32 UPGRADE  
SP Y. Kikuchi (L) [email protected]SEA
Tue 10:10
H. Bailey (R) $5300 $6000 $42 UPGRADE  
C T. d'Arnaud (R) TB@NYY
Tue 7:05
J. Happ (L) $3500 $2500 $9 UPGRADE  
C C. Vázquez (R) BOS@MIN
Tue 8:10
M. Pineda (R) $3800 $2600 $12 See above  
C P. Severino (R) BAL@OAK
Tue 10:07
B. Anderson (L) $3700 $2500 $12 UPGRADE  
C Y. Grandal (B) MIL@SD
Tue 10:10
L. Allen (L) $4700 $3500 $23 UPGRADE  
1B A. Rizzo (L) [email protected]CHI
Tue 8:05
I. Nova (R) $5100 $4200 $26 See above  
1B J. Abreu (R) CWS@CHI
Tue 8:05
C. Hamels (L) $4100 $3900 $16 UPGRADE  
1B M. Adams (L) [email protected]WSH
Tue 7:05
J. Arrieta (R) $4200 $2900 $14 UPGRADE  
1B C. Santana (B) CLE@TEX
Tue 8:05
A. Sampson (R) $5000 $3900 $25 UPGRADE  
2B J. Kipnis (L) CLE@TEX
Tue 8:05
A. Sampson (R) $3200 $2500 $9 See above  
2B B. Holt (L) BOS@MIN
Tue 8:10
M. Pineda (R) $4000 $2800 $16 UPGRADE  
2B H. Alberto (R) BAL@OAK
Tue 10:07
B. Anderson (L) $3200 $2400 $12 UPGRADE  
2B M. Moustakas (L) MIL@SD
Tue 10:10
L. Allen (L) $5200 $3900 $23 UPGRADE  
2B W. Merrifield (R) KC@SEA
Tue 10:10
Y. Kikuchi (L) $4800 $3800 $18 UPGRADE  
3B K. Bryant (R) [email protected]CHI
Tue 8:05
I. Nova (R) $5100 $4100 $24 UPGRADE  
3B M. Gonzalez (B) [email protected]MIN
Tue 8:10
D. Price (L) $3700 $2900 $15 UPGRADE  
3B M. Chapman (R) [email protected]OAK
Tue 10:07
G. Ynoa (R) $4200 $3900 $19 UPGRADE  
SS K. Newman (R) [email protected]PIT
Tue 7:05
D. Norris (L) $4500 $3000 $15 UPGRADE  
SS F. Lindor (B) CLE@TEX
Tue 8:05
A. Sampson (R) $5300 $3900 $22 UPGRADE  
SS X. Bogaerts (R) BOS@MIN
Tue 8:10
M. Pineda (R) $4900 $4200 $23 UPGRADE  
SS M. Semien (R) [email protected]OAK
Tue 10:07
G. Ynoa (R) $4500 $3500 $20 UPGRADE  
OF B. Reynolds (B) [email protected]PIT
Tue 7:05
D. Norris (L) $4800 $3300 $22 See above  
OF S. Ohtani (L) LAA@TOR
Tue 7:07
M. Stroman (R) $4700 $3800 $18 UPGRADE  
OF Y. Alvarez (L) HOU@CIN
Tue 7:10
A. DeSclafani (R) $4800 $4000 $24 UPGRADE  
OF K. Schwarber (L) [email protected]CHI
Tue 8:05
I. Nova (R) $4400 $3200 $24 UPGRADE  
OF O. Mercado (R) CLE@TEX
Tue 8:05
A. Sampson (R) $4800 $3400 $18 UPGRADE  
OF M. Betts (R) BOS@MIN
Tue 8:10
M. Pineda (R) $4800 $4100 $17 UPGRADE  
OF I. Desmond (R) COL@ARI
Tue 9:40
M. Kelly (R) $4600 $3000 $18 See above  
OF K. Davis (R) [email protected]OAK
Tue 10:07
G. Ynoa (R) $4000 $3700 $15 UPGRADE  
OF J. Soler (R) KC@SEA
Tue 10:10
Y. Kikuchi (L) $4400 $3300 $17 UPGRADE  

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