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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Tuesday

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Building a team on DRAFT’s DFS platform is an excellent way to make the action even more exciting than just following your favorite team. If you aren’t familiar with DRAFT, it’s an innovative DFS game with a live draft feature -- instead of building within a salary cap, you're participating in snake drafts that typically last 2-5 minutes. On top of that, anyone you draft is yours alone -- if you take Justin Verlander with your first pick, nobody else in your league can have him.

 

 

You can find more information at Draft.com or quickly join a contest from anywhere after downloading the app!

                                                                            

 

The scoring system is similar to FanDuel with a few small exceptions. For one, starting pitchers aren’t quite as valuable relative to their hitting counterparts. You can read a detailed explanation of these along with other DRAFT MLB Strategy Tips in our preview article.

 

 

Best of luck and happy drafting!

 

 

 

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UNDERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players have a great chance to outperform their DRAFT projection.

 

Tommy Pham – OF – Tampa Bay (DRAFT Projections: 0.0)

 

It’s curious that Tommy Pham doesn’t have a projection on DRAFT today. It’s a weird quirk that you’ll want to recognize before settling into a draft. Pham has been heating up with four hits, three runs, and three RBI over his past three games. He’s looking at a nice righty/lefty matchup against Ryan Borucki, who carries an exploitable .350 wOBA split vs right-handed bats. I’m not afraid to assign a 10.0 FP projection to Pham, which places him near the top five outfielders.

 

 

Justin Turner – IF – LA Dodgers (DRAFT Projections: 0.7)

Manny Machado – IF – LA Dodgers (DRAFT Projections: 9.1)

Brian Dozier – IF – LA Dodgers (DRAFT Projections: 9.2)

 

Justin Turner is the main snub you’ll want to upgrade of this group. However, all of these Dodger infielders should be closer to 9.8 FP in my opinion – placing them firmly in the top ten at their position. A home draw vs Mets’ southpaw Jason Vargas (and his 6.56 ERA) looks great. When parsing between these three options, I would rank Machado then Turner followed by Dozier.

 

 

Carlos Correa – IF – Houston (DRAFT Projections: 8.7)

Jose Altuve – IF – Houston (DRAFT Projections: 8.8)

 

The Twins are looking at another “bullpen day” while starting relief pitcher Trevor May against the Astros. Minnesota tried patching together relievers in Sunday’s matchup at Texas, giving up 18 earned runs in the process. Simply put, they have a bottom ten bullpen that is very tired at this stage in the season. That sets up well for the Houston hitters, making Correa and Altuve underrated bats who have projections closer to 1.0 fantasy point higher.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

Trevor Richards – P – Miami (DRAFT Projections: 10.7)

 

DRAFT has Trevor Richards ranked in the top ten among pitchers, but I’m removing him from consideration tonight. There are better options to consider like LeBlanc, Porcello, Arrieta, Newcomb, Musgrove or others. Richards has been very mediocre this season, which is why I’m surprised his projection stands above those aforementioned names. That probably shouldn’t be the case, and I suggest making the adjustment in your pre-draft rankings.

 

 

AJ Pollock – OF – Arizona (DRAFT Projections: 10.1)

 

Pollock is ice-cold at the moment, which makes me hesitant to use a premium draft choice on him. On top of that, San Diego LHP Joey Lucchesi enters this matchup with confidence after a pair of solid outings at Colorado and vs Seattle. I’ll probably downgrade Pollock a full fantasy point and take my chances with other outfielders like Pham, Marte, Springer, Yelich, Cain, CarGo, or Acuna.

 

 

Shin-soo Choo – OF – Texas (DRAFT Projections: 9.8)

Kole Calhoun – OF – LA Angels (DRAFT Projections: 9.6)

 

Neither of these guys make for bad fantasy selections, per se, but they shouldn’t be rated as highly as borderline top five outfielders. Choo and Calhoun will both play in the hitter-friendly environment of Globe Life Park, but they each have discouraging lefty/lefty matchups against plausible pitchers Heaney and Minor respectively. Take the list of outfielders offered in Pollock’s write-up, and target those guys ahead of Choo and Calhoun.

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Pitcher rankings. Justin Verlander makes for a top overall selection in all formats while standing alone at the top tier … Hill, Clevinger, Ray, and the red-hot German Marquez make for next-in-line options. I’m confident in the ability of the top five picks, but that assurances wanes beyond that … Wade LeBlanc is a solid fallback option, but he’s one of the few later round picks I feel confident in.

 

  1. Justin Verlander – Tier 1
  2. Rich Hill – Tier 2
  3. Mike Clevinger – Tier 2
  4. German Marquez – Tier 2
  5. Robbie Ray – Tier 2
  6. JA Happ – Tier 2
  7. Wade LeBlanc – Tier 3
  8. Lucas Giolito – Tier 3
  9. Rick Porcello – Tier 3
  10. Jake Arrieta – Tier 3
  11. Sean Newcomb – Tier 3
  12. Joe Musgrove – Tier 4


Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.
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