Thirteen games are on the MLB schedule for Friday, July 5, with every game beginning at 7 p.m. ET or later. The action includes an AL East showdown between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, the top teams in the division. Pirates vs. Brewers, Astros vs. Angels and Dodgers vs. Padres are among the other matchups of playoff hopefuls, and there are some big-time bats available such a Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout. Before making the call on those players, or searching for value picks others might not be thinking about for MLB DFS tournaments on daily Fantasy sites such as FanDuel or DraftKings, first be sure to check in with Mike McClure. He’s won almost $2 million in his career as a DFS pro and his top MLB DFS picks, optimal lineups, advice and player pool can help you crush your Friday selections.
When it comes to MLB, McClure is at his best. Recognized in the book “Fantasy Football (and Baseball) for Smart People: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Fortune” as a top MLB DFS player, McClure’s proprietary MLB DFS projection model simulates each game 10,000 times, taking factors such as matchups and recent results into account. This allows him to find the best values on every site.
He’s off to a hot start in 2019, producing lineups on SportsLine that have returned as much as 30x. He’s also finished in the top 1 percent of tournaments four times and the top 0.1 percent of tournaments twice this season already. He cashed huge in three consecutive tournaments three weekends ago, which included a top 2 percent finish when his DraftKings lineup finished with a whopping 185.9 points.
On Thursday, he put Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson in his optimal lineup on FanDuel. The result: Swanson exploded with two home runs and five RBIs — returning a whopping 53.9 points and almost 15x value Now he’s set his sights on Friday’s MLB DFS slates and locked in his picks.
For the Friday, we can tell you McClure is targeting Twins outfielder Max Kepler at $3,700 on FanDuel and $4,700 on DraftKings. The power-hitting lefty is on pace for a career year, entering Friday hitting .265 with 21 home runs and 53 RBIs. He’s also riding a five-game hitting streak, with a pair of multi-hit games during that span. Kepler has a .559 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching, so look for him to exploit a matchup against the Rangers and righty starter Adrian Sampson on Friday.
Part of McClure’s optimal MLB DFS strategy for Friday includes rostering Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier ($2,600 on FanDuel, $3,300 on DraftKings), who gets an extremely favorable matchup against the struggling Kansas City Royals. Dozier is one of the cheapest second basemen available on Friday, but he’s produced some big returns recently, like when he went off for 12x value on Wednesday, so lock him in as a top value pick.
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for huge numbers on Friday. The stars are aligning for him to return huge value and he comes at a price that won’t break the bank. This pick could be the difference between cashing in big or going home with nothing.
So what are the optimal MLB DFS lineups for Friday? Visit SportsLine right now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClure’s complete optimal tournament lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on MLB DFS.