Welcome to the final day of June 2019, FanDuel DFSers. It’s going to be a beautiful one. Let’s get some meat over evenly heated coals, crack a beverage, and enjoy the day. Barbecue is a process, but the payoff is well worth it, very similar to DFS. The more time we take, the better the rewards. So let’s get to it.
We have a 9-game FanDuel Main Slate today, and not one game has much risk of postponement. There might not be a single cloud in the sky; it’s going to be that great. So, who should we start on such a perfect day? Let’s continue to play with fire and start flamethrowers Gerrit Cole ($11,200) and Max Scherzer ($12,500) in the majority of our lineups. Not only do they lead their respective leagues in strikeouts, both have very favorable match-ups this afternoon. We should expect nothing short of dominating performances, making them very likely to return value even with their expensive salaries. Sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple and not over complicate it. Meat and fire. Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer. Lock them in, and let’s figure out the rest of our lineups from here.
Read past the break for suggestions on how to fill them out with some good ol’ Midwestern stacks.
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Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers have an expected run total approaching six, one of the highest of the slate, and are facing Steven Brault at home for the second time in three weeks. We should expect a different outcome than Brault pitching a gem into the 7th this time around. Order of preference: Ryan Braun, OF: $3,100, Keston Hiura, 2B: $2,600, Jesus Aguilar, C/1B: $2,500, Yasmani Grandal, C/1B: $3,500, Lorenzo Cain, OF: $3,200, Christian Yelich, OF: $4,600, Mike Moustakas, 3B: $3,800, Tyler Saladino, SS: $2,200
Chicago Cubs – Cincinnati is already a hitter-friendly environment, and today the temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s, the wind is blowing out to right, and facing RHP DeSclafani. It’s no wonder this game has the highest over/under of the slate. We need to roster significant pieces of our lineups here, especially left-handed Cubs bats. Order of preference: Kyle Schwarber, OF: $3,300, Anthony Rizzo, C/1B: $4,000, Carlos Gonzalez, OF: $2,200, Jason Heyward, OF: $3,100, Javier Baez, SS: $3,600, Kris Bryant, 3B: $3,800, Willson Contreras, C/1B: $3,400
Cincinnati Reds – Same conditions described above, with the disadvantage of facing LHP Lester, which may minimize the benefits of the park effect and wind direction. Order of preference: Yasiel Puig, OF: $3,400, Eugenio Suarez, 3B: $3,000, Jose Iglesias, SS: $2,400, Nick Senzel, OF: $3,500, Phillip Ervin, OF: $2,300, Joey Votto, C/1B: $3,200
Cleveland Indians – Coming off two straight 13-0 shutouts at the hands of the Orioles in hitter-friendly Camden Yards (*embarrassed emoji*), the Indians today own the highest implied run total of any team on the slate. The primary reason for this is a favorable pitching matchup against Gabriel Ynoa, who has given up seven and six runs in his two most recent starts. We should go with Vegas and expect the Indians to bounce back here. Order of preference: Bobby Bradley, OF: $2,200, Francisco Lindor, SS: $4,300, Jose Ramirez, 3B: $3,400, Jordan Luplow, OF: $2,900, Jason Kipnis, 2B: $3,300, Tyler Naquin, OF: $2,700, Carlos Santana, C/1B: $4,200, Oscar Mercado, OF: $3,600
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
Nothing but blue skies today. Chicago vs. Minnesota may delay if an afternoon thunderstorm finds its way over the ballpark, but such things are not really predictable, so we shouldn’t let it worry our little heads.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Wow, that London series. With the over/under currently sitting at 15 runs, let’s go contrarian, though, and bet the under.