FanDuel 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.


Unlike on DraftKings, Jose Fernandez and Jon Lester are priced similarly on FanDuel.  This makes Fernandez our clear top choice and if avoiding him, we prefer dropping down to Alex Wood.


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

We’re looking to save money at first base with one of the players playing in the best game environment of the night.  We’re fine with either Prince Fielder or Tyler White.

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.  This position completely lacks depth, so we view it as almost a necessity to lock in Altuve.


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.  At only $2,300 Justin Turner is an excellent value and source of salary relief.


George Springer comes at a much more friendly price on FanDuel than on DraftKings.  He’s a priority for us in the outfield on FD.  Adam Jones and Jason Heyward (assuming playing and healthy) are good pairing options with Springer.

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