It was yet another rough weekend for the Atlanta Braves, and that culminated with a 14-run (yes, 14!) defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon. The Braves are back in action on Monday, but rather than talk about that game (at least in this space), we will take a look at DFS instead. Trust me, it's for the best.
SB Nation and FanDuel continue to partner on daily fantasy baseball, and we regularly bring you "recommended" lineups. Today, we will break out a winning (we hope) group for the evening slate, and hopefully, things will go well.
As usual, fading my picks may be your best option, so if you do that, I won't be offended in the slightest.
Note: This lineup would be used in a 7:05 pm ET contest.
P - John Lackey ($9,000)
C - Evan Gattis ($3,100)
1B - Anthony Rizzo ($4,300)
2B - Dee Gordon ($2,900)
3B - Derek Dietrich ($2,800)
SS - Erick Aybar ($2,200)
OF - Mike Trout ($4,000)
OF - Mookie Betts ($3,500)
OF - Shane Victorino ($2,200)
We're all over the place today, but the one "stack" comes from the Angels against A's left-hander Felix Doubront. Count me as a non-believer in Doubront's skill set, and give me right-handers in the form of Trout, Aybar and Victorino. We're getting Trout at a somewhat reduced price given his August swoon, but he looked great on Sunday, and I'm banking on a return to form.
Elsewhere, John Lackey against the struggling Nats should be a nice place to find value, and I've spent big on Rizzo and Betts in prime match-ups. Gattis has a platoon-favorable match-up and real upside given his power, and the Gordon/Dietrich combo gets the pleasure of facing off against the Braves, even with word that Shelby Miller will start in place of Mike Foltynewicz. Feast away.
The slogan, as always, is to simply make money, and this lineup can (hopefully) help you get there. Let's do this together.