Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: MLB FanDuel Ideal Lineup for June 5
If you jumped on our FanDuel train yesterday, you were in the 80th percentile or better (in most June 4 daily leagues) with 36.75 points. Our best offensive performers were Dustin Pedroia and Joey Butler, who combined for 15.25 FanDuel points. It is only fitting that we keep them in the lineup.
As always, confirm that your chosen players are in their respective lineups, and stay away from games that may be rained out. An excellent website for lineups and weather is Rotowire.com.
The following ideal lineup is for June 5 and will be for FanDuel leagues starting at 7:05 p.m. EDT.
P Carlos Martinez, $9100
With no real studs on the mound today, Martinez is our best bet. The 23-year-old has averaged 16.44 FanDuel points in his last three starts. The better news is that in his last start, he scored 19 points against the Dodgers, the same team he will face tonight.
C Derek Norris, $2900
Derek Norris is having a fine season, batting .280 and slugging .456. The Padres' catcher also bats early in the lineup—often second. Norris will be facing the erratic Raisel Iglesias (5.11 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.
1B Albert Pujols, $3800
Pujols has been hot, and he is being served the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi (4.40 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) in Yankee Stadium. Expect Fat-Bat Albert to launch his 15th homer of the year.
2B Dustin Pedroia, $3200
Pedroia has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats in Fenway Park, including yesterday's home run. He faces Scott Kazmir, whose wheels are coming off. The Oakland pitcher left his last start after three innings because of shoulder pain and has posted a WHIP of 1.68 in his last four starts.
3B Trevor Plouffe, $2800
The Twins' third baseman has been steady this season, hitting eight home runs while batting .261 and slugging .452. He faces a dead man walking in Kyle Lohse (6.50 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), who has allowed 12 earned runs in his last two starts. Lohse is also tied for third in the majors with 13 allowed home runs.
SS Brandon Crawford, $3000
Among eligible shortstops, Crawford is second only to Jhonny Peralta with a slugging percentage of .505. Crawford will face Jerome Williams (5.49 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) in Citizens Bank Park. For $3000, we will likely receive Crawford's ninth home run of the season.
Outfielder Hanley Ramirez, $3700
We love Hanley under $4000, and we already discussed Scott Kazmir's woes. Throw in Fenway Park, and we have a real bargain.
Outfielder Billy Burns, $3400
Burns is a speed demon, batting leadoff and hitting .323. This spells consistency. The Oakland outfielder is taking his talents to Boston, where he will face Wade Miley (4.97 ERA, 1.42 WHIP).
Outfielder Joey Butler, $3000
Go grab this guy for all of your fantasy leagues. He is crushing the ball, and he stole two bases yesterday. In 89 at-bats, Butler is hitting .348 and slugging .551, with four home runs and three stolen bases. His price will continue to rise.
All statistics are courtesy of MLB.com.
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