Sunday sparks a final showdown of the weekend. Only one true ace on the slate so time for some creativity with the lineups. We are using an eight-game main slate for DraftKings and ten-game for FanDuel.
This is Plan of Attack. We’re here to provide advice and recommendations to help you build successful daily fantasy lineups. We’ll be loosely guided by the tenants of our DFS Manifesto – namely, a single lineup build designed to improve your enjoyment of the game while giving you a chance to beat the rake.
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1. The RotoFanatical Challenge
We will be hosting a daily 20-entry, $3 contest on DraftKings. It’s an excellent low-cost testing ground against fellow RotoFanatic fans. A level playing field is always lovely. Today’s 8-game slate begins at 12:05 PM ET on DraftKings. Reserve your spot now.
2. Weather and Park Factors
There is one game to monitor for a rainout. The CLE@DET showdown has a 28% chance of precipitation. There as some good bats to play there so keep an eye out throughout the day. Otherwise, expect the rest of the slate to go without a hitch.
Looking at RotoFanatic’s Park Factors, there are parks to pay attention to. Today’s highlighted park is from Detroit. Comerica Park is widely known for being a pitchers park due to its very deep dimensions, especially in CF. A batter needs to put some muscle on these shots to get them out of the park. Pull hitters down the lines for LF and RF have been able to muster a few HRs in the previous seasons. In many cases, stray away from the hitters and get a pitcher in your lineup on these days.
3. Building Block Bats
Juan Soto ($5400 DraftKings, $4600 FanDuel)
Trea Turner ($5100 DraftKings, $3400 FanDuel)
Both of these players are in consideration for being the best at their respected positions. Now that they are finally back together with, the Nationals are cranking out big run totals.
Juan Soto has been a one man wrecking crew since he re-joined the Nationals after a delayed begin to his season. He has put up 20 or more fantasy points in six of his last eight games, including two of those with 40 points. Unbelievable consistent and a must-play regardless of matchups.
The knock-on Turner in the fantasy community is that he hasn’t stolen any bases. Good news, this is DFS and that does not matter as much. Trea has been finding the power stroke with four HRs on the season already. He has been equally successful at the dish with nine of more fantasy points in each of his last seven games played.
Anthony Rizzo ($4600 Draft Kings, $3700 FanDuel)
Rizzo is Mr. Steady with very few diurnal peaks and valleys to his season. He has five HRs in the early part of the season with a .913 OPS. There are seven first basemen ahead of him, in terms of salary, but his production has great against right-hand pitching as of late. He is fresh off a 24 point day with three hits, with two of those being of the extra-base variety. On the mound will be Josh Lindblom, who is still trying to get his footing in the MLB with a 5.68 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.
Also consider: Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Nelson Cruz
Kyle Seager ($4200 DraftKings, $3200 FanDuel)
Seager has been a bright spot in the Seattle lineup since day 1. He is batting .303 with 19 RBI, 11 Runs, three HRs, with two stolen bases. A great improvement to his game this year has been his lack of swing and misses. He has dropped his K% down to 9.3%, as it has been over 16% every year of his career. All while maintaining a 9.3 BB% at the same time. Seager is seeing the ball very well and get to try and take advantage of McCullers’ struggles.
Willie Calhoun (NA DraftKings, $3200 FanDuel)
Calhoun has surely disappointed DFS owners that have played him so far. His .184 batting average and .467 OPS are signs that he is struggling after getting hit in the jaw during Spring Training. This is going to drive the ownership way down on him and leave an opening to be the unlikely hero of the day. He does get to play in Coors Field, which is ranked as the top park for left-hand batters. Let’s hope today is the day he breaks out.
Also consider: Rougned Odor, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto
Max Scherzer ($10800 DraftKings, $11100 FanDuel)
Not much to say here, as far as Max being the safe pitcher. He is the top-priced pitcher on the slate by a wide margin because of this. Max is already in mid-season form throwing over 100 pitches in his last outing. The 2.75 ERA and 29 strikeouts in four starts should make the price tag easier to swallow. Scherzer will look to continue his MLB dominance against the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore has been no slouch this year and gave Patrick Corbin all kinds of struggles. I would estimate ownership on Scherzer to be very high this afternoon.
Also consider: Nope.
Lance McCullers Jr ($8700 DraftKings, $8800 FanDuel)
If you’re not looking to pay up for Scherzer, the next big option would be McCullers Jr. Lance look completely lost the first three starts of the year and that has inflated his numbers drastically. He was lights out in his last outing, as he dominated the Giants through six innings and only gave up one hit. His matchup is with the Seattle Mariners, who are striking out over 25% of the time as a unit. Put that with McCullers’s ability to rack of Ks and there is a recipe for success in today’s game.
Elieser Hernandez ($6600 DraftKings, $6800 FanDuel)
Not looking to pay the big prices for a starting pitcher? Elieser Hernandez is your play of the day. Yes, the timely matchup is against the Atlanta Braves, who are without Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. Hernandez has looked very impressive in his short sample size: 9.2 IP, 10 K, 2.79 ERA, 0.89 WHIP. He is picking up steam and going further into the games, let’s hope he can get past six innings and maintain those numbers for an extreme value play today.
Also consider: Adam Plutko, Tyler Alexander, Justus Sheffield
Connectors are cheap guys who offer a tangible upside and enable you to explore top-heavy builds.
Alec Bohm ($2500 DraftKings, $2200 FanDuel)
Bohm is a prospect called up to help give the Phillies some added firepower in the lineup. Last year, in the minor, Bohm had put up 14 HRs in only 270 plate appearances. He is projected to bat eighth in the lineup but gets to face Rick Porcello. Porcello is struggling with less than a strikeout per innings and a 1.63 WHIP. With Scott Kingery being utilized as more of a utility player, there should be full-time chances in the lineup.
Andres Gimenez ($3500 DraftKings, $2100 FanDuel)
The vast difference in price between DK and FD today is pretty crazy. Gimenez has been a shot in the arm for the New York Mets offense. He has put up three straight games of ten or more DFS points while riding a four-game hitting streak. He is not a big bopper and won’t likely take Wheeler deep this afternoon, but he sprays the ball to all sides of the field and already had six stolen bases. The continual production to price makes him an easy connector play and will allow you to pay up for Scherzer, or stack the lineup with other elite values.
Also consider: Martin Maldonado, Carter Kieboom, Jordan Luplow