The Triple T: Tim’s Top Three
As many of you know, MLB DFS is all about stacking so it only makes sense to focus on that in this article. I will list my favorite plays within each stack to make it easier to build a lineup from the recommendations. There may be more guys on team that can be used and salary will certainly dictate that, but the guys I list are my favorites and can be mixed and matched. When we “stack”, that traditionally means that we play 3-5 guys from a particular team so that we can have exposure among multiple players throughout that lineup of the runs generated. Stacking could come in the form of a 5-3 stack (five players from one team and 3 from another), a 4-4, or even a 5-2-1 or 4-3-1.
We should note that this MLB DFS season will play MUCH different then previous seasons as Covid-19 has made for an abbreviated year which will change how starting pitchers are used, how bullpens are utilized, how lineups and substitutions are managed, as well as the virus itself possibly coming into play and forcing positive tests to quarantine. We have also had an extremely long layoff since last season and just as we build a solid data sample to work with, the “regular season” will pretty much be over! Regardless, I am just happy to have the sport back and it should be a lot of fun. Tread lightly for the first couple weeks as we see how things are shaking out!
Use these MLB plays along with your own research! Remember, this is a GPP-style article (outside of the cash cores) so I take some more chances than others. The format for this article is not set in stone so if there is something you want to see or would like me to consider changing, please let me know. After all, this site is for YOU. Let’s dive in!
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Top Three Pitchers
* I apologize for no breakdowns tonight, I had a funeral to attend today and got back later than expected! Will be back with analysis tomorrow!
Pitcher (no order):
Top MLB Team Stacks (both sites, no order)
– I am going to list my preferred player stack, but these aren’t the only guys I would use as there may be some others that offer us salary relief.
– Minnesota (Kepler/Rosario/Sano/Donaldson/Cruz)
– Cleveland (Lindor/Ramirez/Santana/Reyes/Naquin)
– Houston (Bergman/Altuve/Springer/Tucker/Brantley)
Top Boom-or-Bust Stacks
– Cubs (Rizzo/Happ/Schwarber/Contreras)
– Braves (Ozuna/Acuna/Albies/Duvall)
– Padres (Nola/Myers/Machado/Tatis)
Top Three One-Off Plays
– Winker/Suarez, Cin
– Pollock, LAD
– Hicks, NYY (might want to get a piece of the Yanks tonight even though Sandy isn’t bad to righties)
Cash Game Foundation
*Since hedging your tourneys with cash games is extremely important in these daily sports like MLB, we have decided to include a cash game (double ups, 50/50’s) section at the bottom of our MLB DFS articles this season. These guys will be my foundation for cash games. I will focus mainly on where I think ownership will be and solid floors more so than who the actual “best” play at the position will be. Some guys have very high ceilings suited best for GPP while also having low floors not ideal for cash games. It is imperative that we play ownership in cash as we just need to beat half the field in these games rather than finish first. We want to pay close attention to where the field is going so if we have a bust at high ownership it doesn’t bury us. I love tourneys because they give me a chance to take some risks, but we want to play it safe in double-ups so I use my cash games to maybe eat some chalk that I may not be particularly high on because, again, we want to play ownership in cash.
Check back later in the day by 6:00pm as we get more of an idea of lineups!
* Per request, I am going to do it a little different today and give a couple options, both a higher dollar guy and lower dollar guy at each spot.
DraftKings MLB Cash Foundation:
P: I think pitcher is pretty spread out here tonight so I’ll try to fit Carrasco and then focus on Bassitt, Darvish, Keller and Urquidy
C: Contreras or pay down to Barnhart
1B: Rizzo, Voit
2B: Altuve, should be spread out after him
3B: Bregman, Donaldson, Suarez
SS: Lindor, Torres
OF: Houston OF, Minny OF, Stanton, Verdugo
Fanduel MLB Cash Foundation:
P: Carrasco, Darvish
1B: Rizzo, Sano
3B: Bregman, Ramirez
SS: Mondesi, Lindor
OF: Minnesota OFs, Hou OFs, Martinez, Schwarber, Happ, Acuna, Ozuna
As always, remember to make sure these players are indeed in the lineup, that weather is okay, and keep an eye on Vegas odds. Don’t forget that baseball is by far the highest variance sport but by truly digging in to the numbers and turning over every stone, we can mitigate that variance. Please follow Top Flight Fantasy Sports on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t already and good luck!