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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Sunday

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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 Mike Trout 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.

 

 

Jose Altuve – IF – Houston (DRAFT Projection: 9.7 FP)

 

Altuve was in this spot yesterday, and he didn’t disappoint after recording a solid 4/5 performance with two runs and one RBI for 18 fantasy points. He’ll face another mediocre left-handed pitcher this afternoon (Mike Minor), meaning we can aggressively target him as one of the best infielders on DRAFT. Despite that, his projection has him ranked eighth among infielders and 14th when considering all hitters. Don’t let that fool you, as Altuve is my top lift of the IF position, profiling as a top three or four pick (behind Harper, Trout, Springer).

 

 

Manny Machado – IF – Baltimore (DRAFT Projection: 8.8 FP)

 

You’ll have to keep scrolling in order to find Machado, as this projection has him listed in a tier of infielders alongside Logan Morrison, Lucas Duda, and Eugenio Suarez. It’s safe to say that Machado should be elevated somewhere above that. In fact, I’m willing to boost the Baltimore shortstop to my fifth ranked infielder and 12-14th hitter overall. The matchup isn’t great against Jose Berrios, but the Twins’ pitcher sometimes carries a homerun susceptibility. Playing in Camden Yards doesn’t exactly help that. Machado has had success against the young righty in previous years.

 

 

Miguel Sano – IF – Minnesota (DRAFT Projection: 7.9 FP)

 

Keep scrolling even further among infielders and you’ll eventually stumble upon Sano. The powerful slugger recorded his first hit of the season yesterday, a no-doubt homerun in the first inning. It doesn’t take much for Sano to send it over the fence, and the park upgrade in Baltimore gives more weight to that notion. Consider him in a similar category as Manny Machado to round out your group of infielders.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

 

Luke Weaver – P – St. Louis (DRAFT Projection: 10.7 FP)

 

DRAFT has Weaver tied with the second-highest projection at pitcher. We can safely take Rich Hill, Jose Quintana, Gerrit Cole, and (maybe) Gio Gonzalez before considering the Cardinals’ starter. I have no doubts about Weaver’s pitching ability, and he has looked amazing this spring. However, I’d rather take my chances with the aforementioned pitchers over the young righty making his season debut on the road.  

 

 

Trea Turner – IF – Washington (DRAFT Projection: 11.0 FP)

 

I like Trea Turner, but apparently not as much as the people (and/or computers?) over at DRAFT. The projections have him standing alone as the top infielder while ranking as the third overall hitter. Give me Harper, Trout, Springer, Altuve, Eaton, Bryant, Stanton, Correa, and Judge before I’ll really get serious about Trea. The matchup looks good in a hitter-friendly ballpark, but Turner’s lofty projection will likely lead to someone else overvaluing him. Go ahead and let that happen today.

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Make Outfield a top priority. The fact that DRAFT has designated hitters listed as infielders really shrinks the amount of top hitters in the outfield. For example, Giancarlo Stanton, JD Martinez, Khris Davis, and Nelson Cruz are all categorized as infielders. This results in a severe drop-off following elite outfielders. For that reason, I’ll prioritize Harper, Trout, Springer, Eaton, Judge, and J-Upton in my pre-draft rankings. To illustrate the drop-off of this position, less exciting options like Marte, Betts, Castellanos, and Duvall represent the next tier.

 

 

My pre-draft rankings for 2-3 person leagues. Here’s a quick list of overall rankings for two or three person leagues. I would like to snag either Rich Hill or Jose Quintana at pitcher, but I won’t really be worried as to which one in two person drafts.

 

  1. Harper – OF
  2. Trout – OF
  3. Springer – OF
  4. Eaton – OF
  5. Altuve – IF
  6. Judge – OF
  7. Bryant – IF
  8. Stanton – IF
  9. Hill – P
  10. Quintana – P
  11. Turner – IF
  12. Correa – IF
  13. Upton – OF
  14. Machado – IF
  15. Cole – P
Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.