Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Friday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

The baseball world is focused on the All-Star festivities. Rosters are out, players have been snubbed, and now people are talking about who is going to win the Home Run Derby. Don't forget about the games that count, though, as well as your daily fantasy opportunities. There are 15 games Friday starting at 7:05 PM ET. Here are some lineup recommendations.

STARTING PITCHER

Dallas Keuchel, HOU vs. DET ($42): Keuchel has a 3.86 FIP this year, which is in line with his career 3.78 number. The Tigers are in the bottom 10 in runs scored, unsurprisingly, but they are even worse on the road. They rank 28th in runs scored in away games.

Jake Arrieta, PHI at MIA ($35): Arrieta's strikeouts are down, but he still has a 3.47 ERA. That's after he averaged a 2.68 ERA over his previous three seasons. The Marlins are in the bottom five in runs scored, but they've also played 95 games, more than most teams. On a per-game basis, their numbers look even worse.

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CATCHER

Buster Posey, SFG vs. OAK ($12): Posey has averaged 5.9 fantasy points per game, even though his slugging percentage is down. Nevertheless, his .766 OPS is still more than acceptable for a catcher. Edwin Jackson has a 2.45 ERA through three starts this year, but his 3.53 FIP is less impressive. Plus, the 34-year-old journeyman has averaged a 5.15 FIP over his last three campaigns.

FIRST BASE

Ryan Healy, SEA at COL ($19): Healy doesn't get on base, but the man can hit for power. He has a career .470 slugging percentage and already has 18 homers in 77 games this year. Antonio Senzatela has a 5.34 ERA. Weirdly, his numbers are better at home this season, but in 2017 he had a 5.15 ERA at home as compared to a 4.02 road ERA. If there was ever a park conducive to a power bat like Healy's, it's Coors Field.

SECOND BASE

Whit Merrifield, KAN at CWS ($16): Last season Merrifield took the league by surprise when he posted a .784 OPS and hit 19 home runs. The homers aren't there this year, but he's slashing .302/.373/.430, so it seems like Merrifield is here to stay. James Shields hasn't had a FIP lower than 4.52 in his last four seasons, and he's given up 1.22 home runs per nine innings in his career.

THIRD BASE

Jake Lamb, ARI at ATL ($14): Lamb's numbers are down a bit, but that's owing mostly to his struggles against lefties. As a lefty himself, he has routinely mashed against right-handed hitters while having issues with southpaws. That won't be a problem with Anibal Sanchez on the mound for the Braves. He has a 2.72 ERA this year, but a 3.95 FIP. On top of that, over the previous three seasons he put up an average FIP of 4.95.

SHORTSTOP

Paul DeJong, STL vs. CIN ($17): The 24-year-old DeJong has a career slash line of .279/.333/.509, and he hit 25 homers last year as a rookie in a mere 108 games. Matt Harvey was once a promising young player as well, but those days are behind him it would seem. He has a 4.80 ERA this year, and a 5.15 ERA on the road.

OUTFIELD

Mitch Haniger, SEA at COL ($23): Last season, Haniger broke out with 16 homers in 96 games. This year, he's built on that, as he already has 18 homers in 91 contests. He had a .491 slugging percentage in 2017, and that number has climbed to .496 in 2018, so the power is clearly legitimate. That should serve him well at Coors Field, especially against a pitcher in Antonio Senzatela with a 5.34 ERA.

Christian Yelich, MIL at PIT ($19): Yelich has a career slash line of .290/.368/.435, and his numbers are slightly better than that this year. Clearly, the move from the Marlins to the Brewers hasn't been an issue for him. He also already has 11 homers and 12 stolen bases in 78 games this season, giving him a nice combo of power and speed. Nick Kingham has made eight starts this year, the first eight of his career, and he has a 4.60 FIP.

Charlie Blackmon, COL vs. SEA ($17): Blackmon is having a "down" season, but only because he hit 37 homers and posted a 1.000 OPS last year. He's slashed .280/.351/.484 and hit 18 homers, which are the kind of numbers a lot of hitters would die for. Due to injuries, the Mariners have questions in their rotation, and at the moment Casey Lawrence is expected to make an emergency start. He's spent most of his career pitching in relief and has a career 6.82 ERA.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Chris Morgan plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: cmorgan3, DraftKings: cmorgan3.
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