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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Saturday

by Spencer Limbach
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. 

 

Khris Davis – Oakland (DRAFT Projection: 0.6)

 

Matt Chapman – Oakland (DRAFT Projection: 8.8)

 

These two guys probably represent the biggest “snubs” of the day. That particularly holds true for Davis, who DRAFT is assuming will take the day off. I’m not of the same opinion, as Oakland will more than likely keep his hot bat in the lineup even while losing the DH-spot in Colorado. Khris Davis in Coors Field against a subpar pitcher makes for a top five overall play in this slate – make no mistake about it … Meanwhile, Matt Chapman should probably see an upgrade of around a full fantasy point while enjoying the hitter-friendly benefits of Colorado’s hitting utopia. Chapman has been on a nice tear while contributing to this Oakland offensive surge on the current road trip.

 

 

Rick Porcello – Boston (DRAFT Projection: 9.2)

 

It’s not that I’m completely sold on Rick Porcello tonight, but he represents a fine mid-range pitcher if you find yourself in that position for deeper leagues. He’s outside of the top tier (featuring Verlander, Severino, deGrom, etc), but I’d categorize the Boston righty as a next-in-line option behind those marquee names. He’s one of the biggest movers compared to the DRAFT rankings, bumping up from the ninth best pitcher to fifth on my personal projections.

 

 

Manny Machado – LA Dodgers (DRAFT Projection: 8.8)

 

I really like Manny Machado tonight in a sneaky-good matchup against Atlanta RHP Max Fried. The Braves’ hurler owns a vulnerable .358 wOBA and 21.1% HR/FB split against right-handed hitters, and you know the recently traded superstar is up to the task. Machado could represent some elite value in your draft, as I believe he should be projected closer to 10.0 fantasy points.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

 

Rhys Hoskins – OF – Philadelphia (DRAFT Projection: 11.5)

 

I don’t mind Hoskins while facing Matt Harvey in Cincinnati’s hitter-friendly park. However, he does not deserve to be listed as the top overall hitter of this slate. I would scale him back to a conservative projection around 9.8 fantasy points. In other words, he probably shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as Arenado, Story, Trout, Martinez, Betts, Ramirez, or Lindor tonight.

 

 

Johnny Cueto – P – San Francisco (DRAFT Projection: 10.1)

 

I’m taking a “wait and see approach” with Mr. Cueto. He hasn’t proven himself capable of much fantasy upside since returning from injury, and tonight’s matchup vs Milwaukee doesn’t lend itself favorably. For those reasons, I’m willing to push him out of consideration for most league sizes.

 

 

Curtis Granderson – OF – Toronto (DRAFT Projection: 10.2)

 

Beating the same drum, Granderson isn’t necessarily a bad selection, but there are plenty of better outfielders around this projection level. White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito has exploitable numbers, but he has actually looked better as of late. Even though the draw adds some confidence to Grandy’s profile on paper, I’d much rather take Harper, Springer, or Herrera before looking towards the Toronto outfielder.

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Pitcher rankings. We have options in the top tier with Verlander, Severino (early game), and deGrom. I even upgraded Corbin into the first tier due to some promising matchup potential against the Padres. I highly recommend snagging one of these four options in deeper leagues. From here, there’s a noticeable drop-off in floor/ceiling potential. Porcello (justified above), Quintana, and Clevinger represent the best of the rest.

 

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.