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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Wednesday

Wednesday, July 11, 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 Nolan Arenado with your first pick, nobody else in your league can have him.



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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.



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


Kenta Maeda – P – LA Dodgers (DRAFT Projection: 10.9)


DRAFT has Maeda as the eighth ranked pitcher of this slate. I believe he should be considered much earlier than that, jumping to third or fourth on the list. The Dodgers’ pitcher has looked very good as of late, allowing just three earned runs through 19.2 innings with 27 strikeouts (!) over his past three starts. Tonight’s matchup against San Diego (bottom three offense) in Petco Park sets up for more of the same. Draft Maeda with confidence this evening.



Mike Trout – OF – LA Angels (DRAFT Projection: 9.8)


I’m not sure why Mike Trout has this low of a projection, but he certainly deserves to be mentioned alongside the top outfielders at 11.0+ fantasy points. Seattle LHP Marco Gonzales has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but he has also been hit hard through inconsistent stretches. Trout has been a thorn in his side throughout their prior meetings, and the LAA superstar will look to take advantage of the southpaw’s .348 wOBA split vs right-handed hitters.



Xander Bogaerts – IF – Boston (DRAFT Projection: 8.9)


Boston nearly matches Colorado with the highest run-scoring projection of the day. Bogaerts is an underrated hitter within that despite his recent tear of seven hits, six runs, two homers, and 12 RBI through his most recent six games. The Red Sox shortstop should see more RBI opportunities to extend that incredible run, facing Texas RHP Bartolo Colon – and his .363 wOBA vs righties – in Fenway Park.






These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.


Eric Thames – OF – Milwaukee (DRAFT Projection: 10.0)


I don’t mind Thames in this matchup vs Dan Straily and the Marlins, but I also believe there are better options at this projection level. You could look towards outfielders like Trout, Harper, CarGo, Springer, etc with lower DRAFT rankings than Thames. The Milwaukee slugger has had a tendency of being overrated in the DRAFT format recently, and that holds true again today.



Eduardo Escobar – IF – Minnesota (DRAFT Projection: 10.0)


Similar to the write-up of Thames, I really don’t mind Eduardo Escobar – as the Twins are in a pretty good spot to put some runs on the board. However, there are better infielders with lower projections to consider ahead of Eduardo. Give me Bregman, Bogaerts, Stanton, Freeman, Albies, or Moreland before looking towards the Twins’ infielder.



DJ LeMahieu – IF – Colorado (DRAFT Projection: 10.0)


It’s pretty rare to place someone hitting in Coors Field as overrated, but here we are with LeMahieu. The Rockies’ second baseman is more of a contact-oriented hitter who doesn’t carry as much upside as his teammates. On top of that, the matchup against Arizona RHP Shelby Miller looks better for left-handed hitters (.359 wOBA split) than righties like DJ. I would rather invest in upside like the names mentioned in Escobar’s write-up (Bregman, Freeman, Bogaerts, etc) before looking towards LeMahieu.






Pitcher rankings. I already mentioned how Kenta Maeda received the biggest boost in the pitcher pre-draft rankings. He makes for a very comfortable choice behind the top tier options of Sale and deGrom, who will probably be selected within the first few overall picks. I don’t have a problem waiting for a pitcher in somewhat deeper leagues (six people or more), as the depth of this position extends to quality options like Foltynewicz, Peralta, and Weaver at #6-8 in the rankings.


  1. Chris Sale – Tier 1
  2. Jacob deGrom – Tier 1
  3. Lance McCullers – Tier 2
  4. Kenta Maeda – Tier 2
  5. Carlos Carrasco – Tier 2
  6. Michael Foltynewicz – Tier 2
  7. Freddy Peralta – Tier 2
  8. Luke Weaver – Tier 2
  9. Jordan Zimmermann – Tier 3
  10. Lance Lynn – Tier 3
  11. Marco Gonzales – Tier 3
  12. Johnny Cueto – Tier 3



More underrated hitters. I came across plenty of bats with lower-than-deserved projections, so here’s a few more to consider in deeper leagues:


Marcell Ozuna – OF – St. Louis (DRAFT Projection: 8.5)


Ozuna is a lefty-masher who brings plenty of upside to the table, especially considering a substantial park upgrade in Chicago. He’s facing mediocre CWS LHP Carlos Rodon, who has allowed seven earned runs through 11.1 innings over his past two appearances.



Nicholas Castellanos – OF – Detroit (DRAFT Projection: 8.0)


This is pretty shocking, and something to take note of in deeper (8+ people) leagues. Castellanos is in the midst of an incredible run, yet he remains buried in the pre-draft rankings. There’s a good chance the heater remains against Hunter Wood and the Tampa bullpen. I’m thinking majority of people will overlook Castellanos, making him an interesting high-upside filler to round out your squad.



Gerardo Parra – OF – Colorado (DRAFT Projection: 8.8)


It comes as no surprised that the Rockies have the highest run-scoring projection of the day. It does come as a surprise that Parra is ranked this low on DRAFT. I understand that Parra has some less-than-ideal career numbers against Arizona RHP Shelby Miller, but the D-Backs’ hurler is at an exploitable stage at the moment, holding a generous .359 wOBA vs left-handed bats.

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