MLB DFS has a seven-game main slate on DraftKings and FanDuel, and SuperDraft today.
These are the early morning Top 5 MLB DFS Picks for DraftKings and Fanduel. Be sure to dive into the MLB DFS Rankings, Cash Picks, and Player Pool or the GPP Picks and Player Pool afterward. And of course, the Rise or Fall MLB DFS Projections, ownerships, player ratings, and data are a good place to start for daily fantasy sports.
Strikeouts are king in MLB DFS. Remember that, write it down, put it in your iPhone notes, put it on a sticky note, and attach it to your bathroom mirror. When I’m looking to roster a pitcher that is exactly what I’m looking for. In reviewing the MLB Study Hub there are a few pitchers with over a 30% K-Rate (if you’re new to this K-Rate is strikeout rate). Tyler Glasnow has the best K-Rate on the main slate at 32.4%. He marks a lot of the boxes I like to check when rostering a pitcher – high strikeout rate, low wOBA, ISO, and BB rate (base on balls – a fancy way of saying he doesn’t walk a lot of guys).
If you’re new to MLB DFS you’re going to see a lot of talk about Coors field. The same way kickers in the NFL seem to be able to kick really long field goals when playing in Denver because of the high altitude, the ball travels further in Coors when hitters make contact. It is typical to see high run totals in Coors compared to other stadiums even with elite pitchers on the mound. This main slate is a Coors slate and the MLB Study Hub has the Rockies as the second-best stack on DraftKings. They do come at a hefty price so keep that in mind when taking them into consideration.
On FanDuel I’m going to be a little different tonight in my pitcher selection since we can roster only one pitcher. If you look around MLB you’ll see teams aren’t really letting pitchers go too deep into games. Look at Jacob deGrom last night, the ace was rolling but was pulled after 77 pitches. So it may be wise to consider paying down at this position so you can fit in the high-priced bats. This is where Freddy Peralta comes in to play for me. He carries similar numbers to Glasnow – 31.2% K-Rate, fairly low wOBA and ISO (.305 and .170 respectively), but he comes at a $1500 discount on FanDuel. That salary goes a long way in moving up from a guy like Kevin Pillar to Mookie Betts.
We’re going back to Coors folks, except we’re looking at the opposite dugout. The Diamondbacks are the 5th highest rated stack according to the MLB Study Hub. Take everything that was said in the Rockies write-up and apply it here to Arizona. Runs will be scored, we just have to make sure we land on the right side of things.
The Texas Rangers are the MLB Study Hub’s favorite stack of the day on both DraftKings and FanDuel. They face Tanner Roark who is a low strikeout pitcher (19.3% K-Rate) with pretty even FB / GB rates (flyball/groundball) 38.2% and 38.3% respectively. The Rangers aren’t going to break the bank when it comes to salary so if you do decide to stack them you’ll be able to fit in a nice, expensive arm and there are a few options to choose from.
The MLB DFS Core Builds are also referred to as our MLB DFS Building Blocks. Each staff member identifies the core players they would build their Cash or GPP lineup around for both DraftKings and FanDuel. These MLB DFS Picks are basically the Building Blocks of their MLB DFS Lineups.
The MLB Strategy Notebook gives our staff a place to write notes specific to each slate for members to read regarding strategy for each slate. They will mention which stacks they are targeting, which players make more sense for GPP formats over Cash formats and other lineup building tidbits!
The MLB DFS Picks and Pools for GPP’s is crucial for Single Entry players. This list of priority picks are players with slate-winning upside each night. They aren’t just the top projected players, they are picks that take into consideration the Rise or Fall ownership projection, tournament leverage, and daily fantasy baseball roster construction.
The MLB Stacks will display the top stacks of the day using the data from the MLB Study Hub! This will display what teams project the best, which will be higher owned, and a player-by-player breakdown to show which players could be going overlooked.
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