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.
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
There’s currently no weather concerns for tonight’s evening MLB DFS slate.
Today’s slate doesn’t have any elite pitchers starting and no pitcher on this slate has big upside. Our focus is on the three highlighted pitchers as we view them as having the best combination of upside and safety. We’ll most likely be playing Scott Kazmir and Junior Guerra, but may mix in some Iwakuma.
Brian McCann and Welington Castillo are our top projected catchers for this slate. We prefer McCann and like the Yankees in general, although they’re more difficult to fit with our lineup plans at other positions.
The Red Sox have the highest team total of the slate today at roughly 5.5 implied runs. While they’re priced aggressively, there’s nothing to stop us from using them as we’re spending so little on pitching. David Ortiz is the only hitter at the 1-5 spot with a left on right match up and he’s a priority for us today. Paul Goldscmidt is a nice alternative to Big Papi and Steve Pearce is a great cheaper value.
At second base we recommend either getting more exposure to the Red Sox with Dustin Pedroia or going with Steve Pearce who projects as a great value (and is on the team with the 2nd highest run total).
Shortstop and Third Base
Manny Machado and Carlos Correa both look to be great options, but you can play both of them if you use Machado at third base. Nolan Arenado is another solid option at third base.