Today’s DFS slate features fewer aces and a shift towards a plethora of hitters. We are using a ten-game main slate for DraftKings and twelve-game main slate 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.

Don’t be surprised if the column evolves. This is a living creature, and it’s sure to adapt in Darwinian fashion. If there are features you especially like or believe need tweaking to be actionable, please reach out to us.

 

1. The RotoFanatical Challenge

We will be hosting a daily 15-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 slate begins at 6:05 PM ET on DraftKings. Reserve your spot now.

 

 

2. Weather and Park Factors

 

There are some cloudy games on the slate, but no humidity of note to warrant a rainout. The assumption should be all games played at their regularly scheduled time.

Looking at RotoFanatic’s Park Factors, there are parks to pay attention to. The focus today shifts to Progressive Field in Cleveland. While being a slightly neutral park in terms of batting average, it plays for more power to CF and RFC.

 

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As you can see from the chart and dimensions, the park allows for doubles with the extremely deep CF. The power alley to RFC is where you should look to target hitters. Left-hand hitter than can pull flyballs and right-hand hitters than go opposite often.

 

 

3. Building Block Bats

 

Elite values:

 

Jose Ramirez -3B, Cleveland Indians ($4700 DraftKings, $3600 FanDuel)
Francisco Lindor -SS, Cleveland Indians($4800 DraftKings, $3400 FanDuel)

 

With fewer viable pitching options, the elite value bats need to be a little softer in price. J-Ram and Lindor are elite-level talents in a park that fits perfectly for switch hitters. The pitching matchup against Tejay Atone is incredibly tilted to them as well.  This will set for an excellent foundation for the build and allow some flexibility with massive production. The two Cleveland superstars destroy RHP from the left-hand side of the plate.

 

Matt Olson -1B, Oakland Athletics ($4600 Draft Kings, $3400 FanDuel)

Olson is basically the lone left-handed bat of note in Oakland. They face off against Kyle Gibson, who has had trouble getting Olson out in the past. Olson boasts a staggering .282 ISO, 141 wRC+, and a .899 OPS against RHP. The Oakland Coliseum is better known for being a bottomless pitchers park. Olson has the power to put the ball over any fence in the MLB. Look for this to be the breakout game to start a run for Olson.

 

Also consider: Manny Machado, Tommy Pham, Justin Turner.

 

Unlikely heroes:

 

Nomar Mazara -OF, Chicago White Sox ($3600 DraftKings, $2500 FanDuel)

 

Mazara squares off against right-hand pitcher Adrian Houser at home. Guaranteed Rate Field plays very favorably for left-hand power bats that drive the ball into the RCF power alley. Last year Mazara sported a .212 ISO against RHP. Look for Mazara to try and take one of Houser’s sinkers out of the ballpark.

 

Kyle Seager -3B, Seattle Mariners ($4100 DraftKings, $3200 FanDuel)

 

Seager has been red hot so far with a .317 batting average, 11 RBI, and 6 Runs. He will be swinging the stick at home in T-Mobile Park. Our Park Factors section shows up that a left-handed pull hitter benefits significantly from the dimension. Julio Teheran, the opposing pitcher, is making his first start of the year due to a stint on the IL. Teheran has a significantly lower K/9, and an over one earned run per inning higher against LHB.

 Also consider: Brandon Belt, Dan Vogelbach, Jesse Winker

 

 

 

4. Pitchers

 

“Safe” picks:

 

Yu Darvish -P, Chicago Cubs ($9600 DraftKings, $9500 FanDuel)

Darvish is the most expensive on the DK slate and easily the safest pitcher. There is no doubt he will end up in a majority of the lineups today. Darvish boats a 10.0 or better K/9 in every season he has pitched with low walk rates. On the flip side, Kansas City does not take many walks at all. My advice is to pay up and get massive points from one of the few viable options.

 

 

Sean Manaea -P, Oakland Athletics ($8600 DraftKings, $6800 FanDuel)

Manaea draws a great matchup at home against the Texas Rangers. The Coliseum is a giant park that doesn’t allow for many HRs. Texas has struggled tremendously against LHP like Manaea on the season. Lefty bats like Choo, Gallo, and Odor have looked lost at the plate. This is a perfect matchup for Manaea to find his groove and pick up his first win of the season.

 

Also consider: Hyun-Jin Ryu.

 

 

Value Targets:

 

Lance McCullers Jr -P, Houston Astros ($8400 DraftKings, $8100 FanDuel)

The strikeout upside is always there for a McCullers start. His matchup is tremendous as Arizona continues to struggle offensively to score runs. The Diamondbacks have a team ISO of .073, which is last in the MLB. McCullers is still shaking off some of the rust and ramping up from his offseason surgery. Look for him to go five strong innings a with over a strikeout per nine innings.

 

 

Randy Dobnak -P, Minnesota Twins ($7200 DraftKings, $7100 FanDuel)

Dobnak has looked very good through two starts in 2020. He will play in PNC, which is a very pitcher-friendly park. Dobnak draws the Pirates that have horrible plate discipline. They have a top-10 K% and a bottom 10 BB% with below a .190 batting average. Dobnak should be able to eat up innings and pick up a few strikeouts along the way for a good value.

 

Also consider: Ryan Yarbrough.

 

5. Connectors

 

Connectors are cheap guys who offer a tangible upside and enable you to explore top-heavy builds.

 

Chad Pinder -2B/OF, Oakland Athletics ($2600 DraftKings, $2600 FanDuel)

 

Pinder has been getting fairly regular playing time and producing. He is averaging 8.88 fantasy points per game, and his last two games were double digits. Gibson is struggling with command and is not striking batters out like in previous years. Pinder could put up a significant number and a very cheap cost.

 

Tucker Barnhart -C, Cincinnati Reds ($2900 DraftKings, $2200 FanDuel)

 

As stated in the Park Factors section earlier, left-hand pull hitters benefit from compared to the righties. While Barnhart is not known for his HR power, he does have double-digit HRs in each of the previous two seasons. Nearly all of those HRs have come off right-hand pitchers. The matchup will be difficult against Mike Clevinger, but the price should allow risk to be taken elsewhere too.

 

Also consider: Abraham Toro, Ben Gamel.