MLB DFS: Targets for 6/27

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Pitching is plentiful for MLB DFS, but we’ll still need to choose wisely on tonight’s slate. Also, don’t forget to click the image below to listen to our podcast!
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Pitchers:

Justin Verlander (DET vs. KC)

Moneyline: -170

Over/Under: 9

FanDuel: $9,300/DraftKings: $8,400

Verlander’s price feels a little too low on DK, but that’s an advantage for those who want to roster him because you’ll have salary to spend up on hitters. He had a tough turn of events in his last start, and I believe he’ll want to come out strong for this game. The Royals are a team that can be targeted because they are still one of the weaker offenses in MLB. They have been squeaking out wins, but with Matt Strahm on the mound, the Tigers will probably take the Royals out of it with a 42.4% hard hit rate.

 

Joe Biagini (TOR vs. BAL)

Moneyline: -154

Over/Under: 10

FanDuel: $7,200/DraftKings: $5,800

The suggestion of rostering Biagini is more of a testament of Kevin Gausman‘s dismal performances this season, with the belief that he can throw a decent game. His salary on DK is extremely low, and I really like the pairing of Biagini and Verlander tonight. The Orioles have the sixth highest K-rate in MLB, so Biagini has a chance of adding a couple of more strikeouts to his normal average against the right-handed heavy lineup. His last two starts have been rough, and many will probably avoid him. Biagini is worth having some exposure in your lineups.

 

Dan Straily (MIA vs. NYM)

Moneyline: -160

Over/Under: 9

FanDuel: $8,100/DraftKings: $8,500

Straily has been very consistent in this starts this season with the Marlins. He’s pitched at least five innings in 13 of 15 starts, and has only given up three or less runs in 12 of them. The Mets have been banged up all season, and their rotating outfield could work towards Straily’s advantage. His splits in certain categories favor RHBs, while others favor LHBs, so handedness shouldn’t be a worry. With Straily, it’s better to look at the matchup as a whole and strongly consider him when he’s pitching at home.

 

Hitters:

Evan Gattis (HOU vs. OAK)

FanDuel: $2,800 (C)/DraftKings: $3,800 (C)

Gattis is a streaky hitter, and we can jump on once again. Many may have caught on to this, but it’s hard to pass up on his price tag. The power hasn’t been there this season, but this could surely be the start of something. The Astros have scored the second-most runs in MLB, and it’s a great boost for the team when Gattis is able to contribute. Opposing pitcher, Sean Manaea, has pretty good stuff but is still vulnerable in his young career. Gattis and other right-handed bats can be targeted against him.

 

Eric Thames (MIL @ CIN)

FanDuel: $3,100 (1B)/DraftKings: $4,200 (1B/OF)

Thames is in a bit of a homerun drought, but tonight could be the night! The brewers are in Cincinnati, which is great for left-handed hitters. Reds’ pitcher, Tim Adleman, is prone to giving up the long ball and walks, both of which Thames can capitalize on. For his career, Adleman’s giving up 1.9 HR/9 against left-handed hitters, so Thames having the platoon can really set him up for a big night.

 

Josh Donaldson (TOR vs. BAL)

FanDuel: $3,800 (3B)/DraftKings: $4,100 (3B)

Donaldson’s been steady at the plate this season, and rarely puts up a zero in the fantasy points column. I really like his bat tonight, with this game having one of the highest projected run totals. You could use him as a one-off, but even better would be a Jays’ stack against Gausman. Gausman’s still able to get strikeouts in games where he doesn’t pitch deep, but he’s also prone to giving up homeruns and walks.

 

Mitch Haniger (SEA vs. PHI)

FanDuel: $3,600 (OF)/DraftKings: $4,500 (OF)

Haniger is pretty good, and his rise in price reflects it. Some may overlook the bats in this home game against Phillies’ pitcher, Aaron Nola. Nola is a good pitcher, but he’ll have bad outings here and there. Something to keep an eye on for Nola is his two and four seam fastballs – he hasn’t thrown it for 95 mph or more in his last couple of starts. Haniger and the Mariners could catch up to his fastball and get some run support for James Paxton.

 

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!


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