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MLB DFS Winners and Losers: Gurriel, McCann and More



There was a full 15-game slate on Tuesday, June 11th. There were some bargain players who had big games and a couple high priced players who didn’t put up the expected numbers. All salaries and points are based on DraftKings.


Yuli Gurriel ($3,200)

Gurriel and the Houston Astros played host to the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday and won a high scoring game, 10-8. Gurriel led the way for the injury-riddled Astros by going by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double. He had three RBI and scored twice. Gurriel has been just adequate this year and his numbers are down across the board from his career stats. He has a batting average of .260 with an OPS of just .691. He now has five home runs to go with 32 RBI. Last night’s double was his 16th of the year.

Gurriel’s Outlook

Gurriel and the Astros have one more game against the Brewers on Wednesday. They will face Brandon Woodruff, who has pitched very well this year. Woodruff has an ERA of 3.87 and a WHIP of 1.17. He allows an opposing batting average of .241 but has been susceptible to the home run. He has given up eight in just 13 games so far this year. The Brewers have won his last eight starts and he has been credited with six of those. I would expect Gurriel to slide back to earth after his big game Tuesday.

Brian McCann ($3,300)

Brian McCann and the Braves hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday. McCann had a big day, going 2-for-4 with two home runs. He finished with four RBI and two runs scored. McCann also struck out once. He scored 32 fantasy points. McCann has played well this year in a platoon and has a batting average of .274 and an OPS of .742. He now has five home runs with 24 RBI over 33 games.

McCann’s Outlook

The Braves have two more home games against the Pirates before hosting the Phillies. Pittsburgh has pitched horribly lately and they have the worst team ERA in the league in the month of June. They have been equally as bad against lefties this year and allow an opposing batting average of .291 to them. This is a great spot for McCann to use his game Tuesday as momentum and build on his year. If McCann is in the lineup do not be afraid to use him.

Yasmani Grandal ($4,300)

Grandal faced Brad Peacock and the Astros Tuesday. They were able to score eight runs in the loss and Grandal was a huge part of that. Grandal went 3-for-5 and hit a ninth inning three-run home run. He also hit a double to go with four RBI and one run scored. He gave his owners 28 fantasy points. Grandal is having a career year playing for the Brewers and has a batting average of .282 and an OPS of .925. He already has hit 14 home runs with 36 RBI.

Grandal’s Outlook

Grandal and the Brewers play the Astros for one more game in Houston. They will face arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Justin Verlander. Verlander has a record of 9-2 with an ERA of 2.31. His most incredible stat is his WHIP, which is at 0.74. He has also struck out 110 batters over 93 innings. Verlander has only given up more than three earned runs twice this year. This should be a low-scoring game and I will be fading the entire game.


Patrick Corbin ($10,200)

Patrick Corbin of the Washington Nationals faced a struggling White Sox team and he was expected to have a good game. He did the opposite and gave up seven earned runs on six hits and two walks. Two of those hits were home runs. He took the loss and was only able to get through five innings while striking out five. Corbin’s numbers have been decent this year. He has an ERA of 4.11 and a WHIP of 1.22. He has a K/9 of 9.92.

Corbin’s Outlook

Corbin’s next projected start will come on Monday, June 17th at home against the Phillies. The Phillies’ offense has been average lately and have scored 40 runs over nine games in June. They have avoided the strikeout well over that same time period, with only 64 in nine games. They have not been bad this year in that category but have been even better lately. Corbin’s numbers are on par with his career numbers and this doesn’t seem like a spot where he will improve on them. Stay away for the next start against the Phillies.

Freddie Freeman ($5,100)

We saw how well Brian McCann played for the Braves but Freeman was on the opposite end of the spectrum. Freeman went 0-for-4 and struck out once against the Pirates. He was the most expensive hitter in the game and gave his owners zero points. Freeman is having an incredible year so far and has a batting average of .311 and has an OPS of .999. He has hit 18 home runs and has 43 RBI. This performance ended a five-game hitting streak for Freeman.

Freeman’s Outlook

Freeman and the Braves have two more home games against the Pirates. As mentioned above, the Pirates have struggled mightily lately and have been especially bad against lefties. Freeman should bounce back against this weak pitching staff and reward anyone who rosters him after his bad game. Freeman is batting .333 in June and has five home runs and 11 RBI this month.

Injury Report

Buster Posey is on track to be activated from the IL on Wednesday.

Kevin Gausman has been placed on the 10-day IL with a foot injury.

Niko Goodrum will not play Wednesday with a knee injury. His MRI came back negative but his knee has swelled up.

Ethan Thiel is an up and coming sports writer for WinDaily who specializes in writing about Daily Fantasy Sports. After many years of ups and downs on these sites himself, he knows the dedication it takes to get consistent and long term success. Ethan has been a sports enthusiast his whole life and follows closely with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, NASCAR, and collegiate sports in these areas. Being in a sports filled family and reliving the glory days of playing himself has kept him involved with these sports even outside the fantasy world. To contact Ethan, please send emails to or reach him on Twitter @Thiel_boy.

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