While the Atlanta Braves battle with the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays, it can be difficult to summon the energy to sweat each and every pitch. DFS gives you a boost, and we're here to try to help.
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 - Corey Kluber ($11,000)
C - Evan Gattis ($2,900)
1B - Justin Bour ($2,600)
2B - Kolten Wong ($2,300)
3B - Matt Carpenter ($3,100)
SS - Carlos Correa ($3,700)
OF - Jason Heyward ($3,600)
OF - Adam Jones ($2,800)
OF - Nolan Reimold ($2,800)
The big decision on Thursday is at starting pitcher, and I'm taking the swing on Kluber. He is easily the highest-priced talent at $11,000, but Kluber is the only guy available with immense upside and if he goes off, it would be impossible to place highly in a tournament without him.
In the lineup, I'm taking advantage of some individual pitchers. Carpenter, Wong and Heyward have a juicy game against right-hander Jimmy Nelson, while Jones and Reimold get the benefit of a struggling left-hander in Matt Moore. Correa and Gattis don't have a platoon advantage per se, but Colby Lewis is ripe for the taking. Close things out with Justin Bour as a cheap platoon-based option against Tanner Roark and profit.
The slogan, as always, is to simply make money, and this lineup can (hopefully) help you get there. Let's do this together.