Sometimes a FanDuel slate is straightforward.  There’s a Dodger pitcher, pitching at home, with a 1.26 ERA this year?  Sign me up!  Hyun-Jin Ryu ($10,600) is the man this year.  He’s 9-1 with a 1.26 ERA and .82 WHIP this year.  If the season ended today he would be the NL Cy Young award winner.  He has a 0.45 ERA in June and a 0.87 ERA at home.  He very well might throw a complete game shutout today.  Now on the rest of the picks.

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Lance Lynn, SP: $9,500 – Not only is Lynn having a good year (8-4 with a 4.16 ERA), but he’s pitching at home today.  Normally a hot Texas day would be a warning sign.  But today the wind is forecast to be whipping in at 14 MPH with high humidity.  That’s a boon to pitchers.  And the Chicago White Sox best hitters (Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada) who have history against Lynn only hit around .200 against him.  Lynn has 102 strikeouts in 93 innings, and should continue to wrack up the Ks against the free swinging Chi-Sox.

Gary Sanchez, C: $4,300 – Sanchez continues to rake this year, especially against lefthanders like Wade Miley of the Astros.  He has a 1.005 OPS against lefties, and a 1.045 OPS at home.  That’s more than enough reason to get him in your lineup.

Freddie Freeman, 1B: $4,400 – Freeman faces righthander Anibal Sanchez of the woebegone Washington Nationals today.  Freeman is starting to heat up, with a 1.181 OPS in June, and a 1.008 OPS against righties.

Ozzie Albies, 2B: $3,400 – Another Braves player (the Braves are the third highest rated lineup today with 5.41 projected runs scored).  Albies is killing the ball with a .400 ISO the last two weeks (Yelich leads the year overall with a .403 mark), including 1.073 OPS in June that includes 4 home runs.

Derek Dietrich, 2b: $2,700 – Dietrich is facing off against Jhoulys Chacin, who despite playing for the Brewers is 3-8 with a 5.60 ERA.  Dietrich has a 1.004 OPS against righties, and has gone 3/7 against Chacin in the past.

Josh Donaldson, 3B: $3,000 – Another hot Braves hitter, Donaldson has a .447 ISO the past two weeks.  He’s also helped by having a .885 OPS against righties (Anibal Sanchez), and a .925 OPS in June.

Kevin Cron, 3B: $2,600 – Cron is a hot hitter, with a .903 OPS in June.  Read on to see why his .921 OPS against righties will come in handy today, as well as his home ballpark in Arizona.

Ketel Marte, SS: $4,000 – Marte has a .471 ISO lately, and he gets to face off against righthander Tyler Beede of the Giants.  Beede has a 5.72 ERA in June, and a horrible 1.91 WHIP overall this year.  But what makes Marte stand out is his home park.  The Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field is a launching pad in the summer when the roof is open. And more than likely, with the forecast clear and low 90s temps, the roof should be open and it will be prime hitting weather.

Mike Trout, OF: $4,900 – It’s Trout’s world and we’re all just leaving in it.  Sure he’s chalk, but right now it is absolutely worth figuring out how to fit his price in your lineup: .409 ISO recently, including a 1.309 OPS in June.  He also has a 1.164 OPS vs righties, like his opponent today Dakota Hudson of the Cardinals.

Shohei Ohtani, OF: $3,800 – Can Ohtani help Trout get to the postseason?  Lately he’s doing his best, with a .342 ISO the past two weeks, including a 1.007 OPS in June (6 homers this month).

Mike Yastrzemski, OF: $2,200 – Yaz’s grandson is showing at least a shade of his HOF grandpappy, with a .310 ISO lately.  He has a .892 OPS over his past 15, and gets to hit in that warm Arizona air against Zack Godley, who is 3-4 for Arizona with a 6.52 ERA.

Scott Kingery, OF: $3,400 – This guy is blistering hot, with a .512 ISO over the past two weeks, a 1.034 OPS for the year, 1.137 OPS in June, and a 1.017 OPS against right handers like Miami’s Elieser Hernandez.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

As mentioned above there are two weather issues to take note of today.  First, in Texas the wind is blowing in and it will be high humidity, knocking fly balls down all day.  Second, it is low 90s and clear in Arizona, where the roof may be open and pop flies could go for homers.

Doing Lines In Vegas

Stack ’em, pack ’em and rack ’em: The highest projected runs scored today are the Phillies (5.56) vs the  Marlins, the Yankees (5.42) vs the Astros, and the Braves (5.41) vs the Nationals.

The best and the brightest: The biggest favorites today are the Dodgers (-264) vs the Rockies, the Indians (-252) vs the Tigers, and the Phillies (-190) vs the Marlins.