The 2019 MLB All-Star break is over and it’s back to business as usual across Major League Baseball on Friday with all 30 teams in action. The Boston Red Sox are nine games back in the AL East and two games back for the second AL Wild Card spot, and they’ve got a tough test to start their second half against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best record in MLB. With superstars like Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and J.D. Martinez playing, that game is sure to be a focal point of MLB DFS lineups on Friday night, but every game on the schedule needs to be considered. FanDuel has a $222,000 MLB Ridiculous Rally on their schedule on Friday with $50,000 to first place while DraftKings is offering a $333,000 Return to the Diamond contest with $100,000 to the winner. So before you make your MLB DFS picks for Friday, be sure to check out the MLB DFS strategy, lineups and advice from DFS millionaire Mike McClure first.
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 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 got off to a hot start in 2019, producing lineups on SportsLine that have returned as much as 30x in the first half of the season. 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 in mid-June, which included a top 2 percent finish when his DraftKings lineup generated a whopping 185.9 points. He also had an optimal lineup on FanDuel that cashed 8x for followers on the last Friday before the All-Star break.
To start the second half of the season on Thursday, he rostered Rangers starter Lance Lynn on DraftKings. The result: Lynn threw seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in a win over the Astros — returning a whopping 36.95 points. Anybody who followed his advice was well on their way to a huge day. Now McClure has set his sights on Friday’s MLB DFS slates.
For Friday, we can tell you McClure is targeting Reds outfielder Jesse Winker ($3,400 on FanDuel and $4,000 on DraftKings) as one of his top MLB DFS picks. Winker enters the second half hitting .250 with 13 home runs and 26 RBI, but he’s been hampered by a .259 BABIP after posting BABIPs of at least .322 the last two seasons. That means he should start to see more batted balls finding open spaces and makes his first-half power display even more encouraging.
Winker and the Reds face Jon Gray on a warm, dry night in Coors Field on Friday night and that should create prime conditions. All 13 of Winker’s home runs this season have come off right-handed pitching and that makes him an intriguing value play.
Part of his optimal MLB DFS strategy for Friday includes rostering Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius ($3,300 on FanDuel and $4,300 on DraftKings), who has returned at least 4x profit on FanDuel in six of his last nine games. Gregorius has been up and down since his return from Tommy John surgery in June, but he did string together six consecutive multi-hit games and hit three of his four home runs so far this season just before the All-Star break.
Gregorius gets a juicy matchup on Friday against Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez, who enters the game with a 6.16 ERA and 1.75 WHIP for the season. Gregorius is 7-for-18 in his career against Sanchez with a 1.087 OPS and has 13 career home runs against the Blue Jays, which is the most he’s hit against any team.
McClure is also targeting an undervalued player who is set to explode for tournament-winning 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.