DraftKings MLB Cheat Sheet: May 21st

Today’s Slate

Today there’s multiple slates.  We focused our cheat sheets on the evening slates, as they seem to have the biggest contests.  This slate features 5 games starting at 4:15 ET.

How To Use This Cheat Sheet

The picks are broken up into two categories, cash game and tournament picks. Cash Game picks are our preferred picks for Head to Head and Double Up (50/50) contest types. These picks can also be used in Tournaments. The highlighted players are our favorite picks among the players we view as cash viable. Our Tournament picks are players we view as having the high upside it takes to win a tournament, but too risky or overpriced for Cash Games.

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In the near future we will be pairing our cheat sheets with an alert system to adjust our player selections as new information becomes available. This will allow us to keep you up to date with any changes we make to our player selections as confirmed lineups become available, weather changes, and Vegas lines move. As this system is not in place yet, it is your responsibility to keep up to date with any new information that becomes available. These cheat sheets were created early in the day to allow you as much time as possible to make your lineups, but this means the lineups and batting order used while making these picks were projected. Make sure your players are in the confirmed lineup! We also recommend sticking to players batting in the 1-4 (or 1-5) spots of the batting order, particularly in Cash Games, for reasons outlined here.

Cash Game Lineup Building Notes


At the time of writing this there are no weather concerns.


Selecting pitchers is made difficult today by the fact we’re looking to pay up at a lot of hitting positions.  We prefer Jose Fernandez to Jon Lester, but it’s difficult to fit in all of our preferred hitters with Fernandez.  Regardless of which top option you choose, you’ll almost certainly have to pair them with one of our two cheaper pitcher options.


On a five game slate, there’s bound to be a lack of depth at certain positions.  This is very much the case at Catcher.  Today we’re basically outlining the few catchers we view as playable, rather than player’s were excited to roster.

First Base

Prince Fielder projects well in our model and is playing in the most favorable game environment on this slate.  He’s also the cheapest viable 1B, which allows us to pay up elsewhere.

Second Base

Leading off for the team with the highest total (by a good margin), Jose Altuve is one of the high priced batters were looking to fit into our lineups.


Shortstop is another position that lacks depth.  We feel “forced” to pay up for Carlos Correa, but he’d be a target of ours even if the position had more depth.

Third Base

Similar to first base, we’re looking to save money at 3B.  Justin Turner or Adrian Beltre are the best options to use for this.


George Springer is another opportunity to get exposure to the Astros.  We really like him, but our focus is to pay up where there’s less depth.  Typically outfield is a stacked position, but we’re not all that excited about it today.  On such a small slate you’re going to have to see what you can fit in, but we’ve highlighted the rest of our preferred targets.

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