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DFS Fanduel MLB GPP Picks 5/17/17: DraftKings MLB Lineup

DFS Fanduel MLB GPP Picks 5:17:17- DraftKings MLB Lineup


Yadier Molina

BOS vs. STL FD 3500 DK 3200

vs RHP Rick Porcello

Molina has been around for a very long time and while he has been more recognized for his stellar defensive play, his bat isn’t too shabby either.  Molina goes into Wednesday nights game with a healthy.269 average with 3 HRs and 14 RBI.  Two of those three home runs came against the Cubs a couple of nights ago.  Look for him to be able to make solid contact again versus Rick Porcello, who hasn’t lived up to the level of play which saw him win the AL Cy Young aware last season.  Porcello has struggled versus right handed bats this year giving up 1.96 HR/9 with a WHIP of 1.70 to right handed batter thus far this season.  Porcello is also getting rocked out on the mound, giving up hard hits on 42.3% of ball put in play.  The veteran backstop should be able to enjoy a solid night at the dish.

First Base

Wil Myers

MIL vs. SD FD 4100  DK 4600

vs RHP Matt Garza

Myers is quickly becoming one of the best up and coming first basemen in the game of baseball.  He is putting together an all star caliber season in San Diego where the team has not enjoyed the same success.  Myers has worn out RHP this season putting together a .317 average to go with a .985 OPS.  He is making a ton of hard contact versus righties as well, with 45.7% of all balls leaving his bat being hard hit.  Garza is not the ace he once was back in his prime and if Myers cam square up on a couple of his pitches, he could be in line for a wonderful night at the plate.  He has already hit for the cycle this season and he is a threat for extra bases anytime he gets to the plate.  Garza does not do a good job of limiting the hard contact on his pitches, inducing soft contact only 8.3% of the time versus right handed batters.  Wil should be a good play with a lot of upside.

Second Base

Rougned Odor

PHI vs. TEX FD 2800 DK 4100

vs RHP Zach Eflin

Odor has made a name for himself in his two years as the starting second baseman for the Rangers.  Whether it be with his loud bat or the punch heard around the world, any baseball fan will surely be able to tell you who Rougned Odor is.  His numbers in 2017 aren’t all that impressive but if you look at his production DFS wise, he can provide some sneaky value.  He now sees his average sit at .200 for the season and while that is underwhelming, he does have 6 home runs.  He is making decent contact with only about 20% of his contact being soft however, he is currently the recipient of some bad luck as well.  With a BABIP of only .211 thus far in 2017, the ball should start bouncing his way.  He went on a small streak of stealing 3 bases in 3 games, but he still only has 4 on the season.  If he can learn to use his speed like he did in that stretch of games, he can become a versatile player at the plate and on base.  He is in a very loaded lineup that has yet to completely break out in the young season.  If he and his teammates can figure things out, you’ll want to have him in your lineup.

Third base

Kyle Seager

OAK vs. SEA FD 3400  DK 4000

vs RHP Jesse Hahn

Seager is not off to the best start this season but has seen his home run total for the year double within the last two games.  While his batting average and OPS are both below his career averages, he is just one hot streak away from righting the ship, and he may just be in the midst of one.  With Robinson Cano being placed on the DL, Seager now becomes the Mariners main source of power from the left side of the plate.  Seager has similar AVG and OBP numbers to RHP and LHP but his SLG is nearly 200 points higher versus righties.  The main reason his number versus righties aren’t better is a poor BABIP.  His BABIP versus LHP is .368 with it is only .264 againts right handers.  This should start to normalize soon as Seager is making hard contact against RHP 40.7% of the time compared to a minuscule 10.5% versus southpaws.  All of hishome runs and 20 of his 22 RBI have come off of RHP.  He’s getting the ball in the air very well with a 46% fly ball rate, couple that with his hard hit rate versus righties and he should see his home run totals climb very soon.

Short Stop

Zack Cozart

CIN vs CHC FD 3200 DK 3600

vs RHP Kyle Hendricks

Cozart has been on a tear so far in 2017 with a .339 batting average and 1.014 OPS, both elite numbers for a short stop.  The power hasn’t been out of the ball park worthy but he still gets his fair share of extra base hits.  He has 11 doubles and 4 triples so far this season to go along with his decent 3 home runs.  He is batting at the top of the dangerous Reds lineup and will take on Kyle Hendricks and the struggling Cubs.  Hendricks is nowhere near the level he was at last season and has struggled in 2017.  The walks are what are hurting him the most as he has a 3.68 BB/9 on the season.  If he walks batters in the Reds lineup, there will almost certainly be someone on deck ready to drive them in.  Cozart can get on base in may ways and with the power and depth of the Cincinatti lineup, he should be able to contribute in numerous ways in a game that should be high scoring with an O/U of 11.5.


Jose Bautista

TOR vs ATL FD 3800 DK 4400

vs RHP Mike Foltynewicz

Bautista hasn’t been off to the start everyome expected but he has seemed to turn things around as of late.  Foltynewicz has struggled to right handed batters at home so far in the season giving up a .970 OPS and a .409 wOBA.  Bautista has been a home run hitter for nearly a decade and despite his slow start he is still making decent contact with the ball.  It’s just a matter of him getting him timing down completely.  He is only making soft contact 16.3% of the time but it also making medium contact a whopping 51% of the time.  If he can get his swing in order he should he a lock for another 30+ home run season.  He is a fly ball hitter, hitting fly balls 49% of the time so if he can drive the ball with authority then the long balls will follow suit.  Foltynewicz has struggled at home, as mentioned before and greatly versus right handed bats, giving up 1.74 HR/9.  With José looking like his old self over the last few weeks, a long ball shouldn’t be out of the equation.


Also Consider: Andrew McCutchen, John Jaso, Josh Bell, Adam Frazier

Michael Liegghio has been a sports fan for as long as he can remember and has been following hockey and baseball intently for all that time. For the past 2 years he has enjoyed playing fantasy sports on a daily basis and has many wins to show for it. With a love of research into advanced and non-conventional stats, Michael can consistently pick the winners. His mantra? “You have to trust the process!”


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