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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 Nolan Arenado 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.

 

Manny Machado – IF – Baltimore (DRAFT Projection: 8.3 FP)

 

Keep scrolling, keep scrolling, there he is! Machado has been heating up in New York (thanks to his 4/5 two-HR game on Friday), but DRAFT has given him the ultimate snub with this projection. He’s ranked 54th among infielders for crying out loud! This is obviously the first correction you’ll want to make in your pre-draft rankings: moving Machado further up the list, at least to the point where he’s visible for you to contemplate his upside against the rest of the player pool. A righty/lefty matchup against Jordan Montgomery of the Yankees looks good, and I’d rank Machado somewhere around sixth-to-eighth for the infield position – somewhere behind the Donaldson and Dozier level, giving him a projection around 10.4 fantasy points.

 

 

Jose Altuve – IF – Houston (DRAFT Projection: 9.8 FP)

George Springer – OF – Houston (DRAFT Projection: 9.3 FP)

 

This is your daily reminder that some of the Houston bats continue to be underrated on DRAFT. Even though the Astros’ offense hasn’t done much over the past two games, there’s a bounce-back opportunity at home vs Tyson Ross. I’m looking towards Altuve along the same lines as Donaldson, Dozier, and Machado this afternoon. As for George Springer, I’m placing him narrowly behind Hoskins and Betts in the outfield.

 

 

Ian Desmond – IF – Colorado (DRAFT Projection: 8.5 FP)

 

Desmond was featured in this section yesterday, and the same sentiment holds true this afternoon. The Rockies easily represent the highest run-scoring projection of the day, and Desmond will enjoy the platoon advantage over southpaw Sean Newcomb. The Colorado slugger will likely hold a premium lineup spot as well, enough to deserve an upgrade to around 10.3 FP in my opinion.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

Aaron Judge – OF – NY Yankees (DRAFT Projection: 12.0 FP)

 

I like Aaron Judge, and he has a solid matchup in Yankee Stadium. However, I’m not sure he’s a top two outfielder on this slate. Give me Trout, Stanton, Hoskins, Springer, and Betts before I’m looking towards Judge – meaning I’m likely letting other people draft him in the earlier rounds. I have nothing against the guy, but I believe there’s better value further down the list of outfielders.

 

 

Yolmer Sanchez – IF – Chicago White Sox (DRAFT Projection: 10.1 FP)

 

You can extend this write-up to teammate Yoan Moncada as well, given that both of the young White Sox hitters seem overrated on DRAFT. Sure, there’s matchup potential against Detroit RHP Mike Fiers, but that’s not enough to garner this sort of projection. Sanchez, Moncada, and the White Sox offense is far too inconsistent to be counted on in this tier. I’d much rather take infielders with lower projections like Bryant, Gregorius, Smoak, Sano, Encarnacion, Correa, Desmond, etc (how are these guys ranked lower to begin with?).

 

 

Too Much of the Coors Effect: Ozzie Albies, Kurt Suzuki, Chris Iannetta

 

Albies still may hold value in larger (8-10 person leagues), but he’s certainly not worthy of his 10.7 FP projection. I’ll downgrade him around 9.0 to 9.5 despite playing in the hitting utopia of Coors Field … As for the catchers in this game, they are getting too much of a boost from the hitting environment. Don’t take the bait, as both Suzuki and Iannetta should be avoided in all leagues.

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Is Charlie Blackmon worth the risk? He left yesterday’s game with back tightness. There’s a very good chance he’ll sit out this afternoon’s game vs Atlanta. Blackmon carries one of the highest projections of this slate, but I’ll be avoiding him with the expectation that he probably won’t play.

 

 

Clayton Kershaw as the top pitcher. Charlie Morton gives him a nice run, but Kershaw is still the top overall pitcher in my opinion. Sure, Clayton hasn’t exactly been lights out this season, but he’s still the most talented hurler in the game and should be treated as such when drafting today.

 

 

Rounding out the pitcher rankings. Here’s how the rest of my pitcher rankings shape up:

  1. Kershaw
  2. Morton
  3. Clevinger
  4. Arrieta
  5. Taillon
  6. Ohtani
  7. Quintana
  8. Weaver
  9. Roark
  10. Hamels

Things get dicey when you fall out of the top four or five pitchers, so I’m recommending prioritizing those guys. Taillon and Ohtani make for a pair of reasonable “upside” plays outside of the top guys, but you’d feel more secure with the names above them.

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