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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Thursday

by Brad Johnson
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.

 

Michael Fulmer – SP – Detroit (DRAFT Projection: 8.0 FP)

 

While it’s absolutely true that Fulmer has a bad matchup against the Indians, it should also be recognized that he’s one of the most talented pitchers in this slate. He’s the 11th ranked pitcher. I would look at him as an alternative to Chris Stratton, Trevor Williams, and Rick Porcello, all of whom are in the mix for fifth best projection. I’m expecting 6.1 frames, 5.5 strikeouts, 3.5 runs, and one-third of a win: a 9.7 point projection.

 

 

Joey Votto – 1B – Cincinnati (DRAFT Projection: 9.8 FP)

 

Votto is the fifth ranked infielder. I would select him third overall. The master of plate discipline is opposed by Michael Wacha. The game is at hitter friendly Great American Ballpark, one of the top launching pads in the league. Votto is off to a weird start this year. Nearly two-fifths of his contact is of the line drive variety, and yet he’s only batting .273/.313/.273. No extra base hits! Too reinforce the strangeness of this small sample, he’s drawn only two walks (plus a HBP and IBB) in 48 plate appearances.

 

 

Giancarlo Stanton – OF – New York (DRAFT Projection: 10.0 FP)

 

Stanton is the seventh ranked outfielder in a potent collection of bats. I’d strongly consider him for the first overall pick. While it’s probably trendy to sleep on Stanton due to a slow start, he matches up so well against a pitch-to-contact guy like Rick Porcello. Fenway’s Green Monster is custom built for Stanton’s prodigious fly ball power. Doubles and/or home runs seem likely. Teammate Aaron Judge is the top rated outfielder, but I’m definitely taking Stanton before him (and I also love Judge for tonight). The only question is if I prefer Mike Trout or Mookie Betts.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS


These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

Didi Gregorius – INF – New York (DRAFT Projection: 9.3 FP)

 

Gregorius’ power is very much a product of Yankee Stadium. A visit to power stifling Fenway Park – it’s rough on lefties – should push him outside of the top 10 bats. While you could count on his lineup role and multiple hits to furnish a useful point total, I prefer to chase power in this air ball age. Look to Cardinals and Reds instead.

 

 

Brian Goodwin – OF – Washington (DRAFT Projection: 9.5 FP)

 

In limited action, Goodwin has shown a mix of power and speed – exactly what traditional fantasy owners seek. His small sample success is likely the result of immature scouting reports. He posts high strikeout rates which eat into his ability to hit for average. His power potential should be considered inconsistent. Overall, he projects to bat about .240/.310/.400 over the rest of the season. It requires a real juicy matchup for that to parlay into 9.5 points. Chad Bettis isn’t juicy enough for me.

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Outfield Tip #1. Outfield is where it’s at today. It’s a deep and potent group at the top of the list. I’d aim to grab two of the top nine ranked bats.

 

 

Outfield Tip #2. In shallower formats, especially three and two team leagues, you can focus on filling the relatively scarce positions of infield and pitcher first.

 

 

Berrios or Bust. Although I’m probably not first picking him, Jose Berrios is the only pitcher I’d consider in the first round – regardless of league size. In shallower leagues, I’ll wait until the last round for my pitcher. I may try to lock down an option I like in the third round of 10 owner formats.

 

 

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to stack in deeper contests.

Brad Johnson
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