The mid week daily fantasy action is heating up on FanDuel as all eyes are on the 2016 Major League Baseball season. While we all still have a chance to also cash in on some NBA and NHL action with only a few short weeks remaining in their playoff runs. For now, get a glimpse at our exclusive MLB Fanduel lineup for tonight’s fantasy baseball action.
For us we have turned most of our attention to the MLB slate since only four teams remain in both of the other sports limiting the daily fantasy options. Tonight that slate features 12 MLB games taking to the diamond that features only a few big time pitching options to build around.
One of those options is Johnny Cueto for the San Francisco Giants as he will look to lead his team past the San Diego Padres. This will mark the second start of the season for Cueto against this Padres team with his last coming back just a few short weeks ago on April 26th, 2016.
In that start Cueto was brilliant firing a complete game shutout while striking out 11 Padres. Overall this season Cueto has been solid firing four games with at least 40 fantasy points, two games with at least 34 fantasy points while his other two starts each went for 21 fantasy points.
The other big name starters taking to the hill tonight include David Price for the Boston Red Sox, Francisco Liriano for the Pittsburgh Pirates and John Lackey for the Chicago Cubs. Now a little cheaper option we like on the mound who is due for a big time fantasy performance is Adam Wainwright.
Here is our MLB FanDuel Lineup for Wednesday May 18th, 2016.
SP – Francisco Liriano ($10,000): In the end while we really liked Cueto tonight we like Liriano’s matchup a little better. Liriano will be facing off against an Atlanta Braves team that ranks near the bottom of every offensive category and a team that has struggled to hit the Pirates starter in the past. Overall the current Braves team has hit just .205 against Liriano in 112 at bats with zero homeruns while striking out 27 times.
C – Yan Gomes ($2,700): Gomes has been hot of late for the Cleveland Indians going five for his last 14 with three home runs and eight runs scored over the teams last four games. Tonight he will look to continue that success at one of the games top hitters ballparks. Other options we like tonight at catcher include Matt Wieters and David Ross (if he plays).
1B – Chris Carter ($3,100): We tossed around a few players we like at first base tonight including Chris Davis for the Baltimore Orioles, Brandon Moss for the St. Louis Cardinals and Joey Votto for the Cincinnati Reds. In the end the extra salary cap savings with Carter allowed us to spend heavier at third base and outfield slots.
2B – Starlin Castro ($2,800): When we started looking to build this lineup we started by looking at which games were going on in the best hitter ballparks. That landed us with the New York Yankees/Arizona Diamondbacks series going on at Chase Field that ranks fourth in runs and second in home runs according to ESPN MLB Park Factors. Castro took advantage of the ball park last night going two for four with a home run while finishing with 21.7 fantasy points.
3B – Matt Carpenter ($4,000): The St. Louis Cardinals third baseman has been up and down of late failing to pick up a fantasy point in two of his last three games. That being said with those two games, Carpenter still has six games with double digit fantasy numbers over his last ten with three of those games going for at least 31 fantasy points.
SS – Josh Rutledge ($2,500): Looking for more of a FanDuel Bargain type option landed us with the Red Sox short stop. Rutledge has four hits over his last two games with four runs scored. Tonight he will face off against Ian Kennedy who he has five hits off of in 16 at bats including one of those hits going for a home run.
OF – George Springer ($4,200): Springer might be one of the hottest hitters in the game of late for fantasy owners. Entering tonight, Springer had turned in three games with at least 29 fantasy points over his last six outings. Tonight he will look to continue that success against the Chicago White Sox. You could go cheaper with someone like Mike Trout here and upgrade over Bourn.
OF – Jason Heyward ($3,400): The Chicago Cubs outfielder has been solid of late picking up hits in eight straight ball games to go along with six runs cscored and five walks. Over his last four games Heyward has turned in three double digit fantasy performances.
OF – Michael Bourn ($2,100): Before going with Bourn tonight for the Arizona Diamondbacks we suggest monitoring the lineups later this evening. If Bourn finds himself in the starting lineup we suggest going with him as a solid option to not only get on base but also add a few stolen bases.