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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Sunday

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 Giancarlo Stanton with your first pick, nobody else in your league can have him.



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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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These players have a great chance to outperform their DRAFT projection.



Jose Berrios – P – Minnesota (DRAFT Projection: 10)

DRAFT has Berrios listed as the eighth ranked pitcher today, but I’m putting him closer to the top. The electric Minnesota hurler was squeezed in his last start at NYY, but today’s home matchup vs Cincinnati provides a nice bounce-back spot. Sure, the Reds’ bats have been better over the past week, but they still rank 24th in WOBA and 23rd in wRC+ on the season. Teammate Jake Odorizzi had a solid performance against Cincy yesterday afternoon, and there’s reason to believe the supreme talent of Berrios could top that.



Giancarlo Stanton – IF (9.1) & Aaron Judge – OF (8.6) – NY Yankees


Tyler Skaggs is a serviceable pitcher, but not good enough to downgrade these elite NYY right-handed hitters to their current projection levels. Each of them should rank top five at their respective positions, as there’s a good chance they’ll eventually get to Skaggs and his high-contact ways in the evening game.



Jose Ramirez (8.2) & Francisco Lindor (8.5) – IF – Cleveland


Let’s go ahead and throw in Edwin Encarnacion as well, who holds a miniscule 7.5 FP projection. Cleveland’s offense checks in with a strong run-scoring projection against Seattle LHP Marco Gonzalez. The young southpaw has been all over the place in five starts, including the good and bad. He should crash back down to earth while taking on this intimidating Indians’ offense in Cleveland. As a result, I have Ramirez and Lindor ranking just outside of the top five when considering infielders. I’ll place them with a 9.5 FP projection.



Other underrated players: Paul Goldschmidt (9.5), Mike Trout (9.6), Manny Machado (9.4), Steve Pearce (0.5) – late round, deep league selection






These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.



JA Happ – P – Toronto (DRAFT Projection: 13.8)


Happ gets plenty of love on DRAFT, as I’ve written-up his name several times in this category. He’s a fine second tier pitcher (you can see the complete SP rankings below), but doesn’t deserve to be listed first overall. That especially holds true when you consider Gerrit Cole is behind him. I’d rather take Cole, Berrios, Maeda, and Ray before Happ today, as the other three second tier commodities rank marginally better in my opinion. In other words, Happ will likely get taken too quickly due in most drafts due to his overly optimistic projection. Don’t feel bad about letting that happen.  



Curtis Granderson (9.9) & Teoscar Hernandez (9.3) – OF – Toronto


Toronto checks in with one of the higher run-scoring projections of the day. Regardless of that, I’m not too keen on either of these Blue Jay hitters. Granderson finds himself in a lefty/lefty matchup with the possibility of not even starting this game … Hernandez has been solid lately, but he doesn’t deserve to be ranked at the same level as Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and others. Dropping him to 8.4 FP seems more reasonable.



Other overrated players: Tommy Pham (10.1), Yoenis Cespedes (9.8), Michael Conforto (9.7), Dexter Fowler (9.4)






Weather concerns. It appears we have some risk of precipitation in Boston. That’s a shame because the Red Sox would likely check in with one of the most desirable offenses of the afternoon. Of course, we’ll need to monitor this situation while moving closer to first pitch. However, you may want to downgrade some of the Boston hitters if there is a safer alternative, especially when it comes to your top selections. Mookie Betts left the game with a hamstring issue yesterday, so he runs the risk of being rested regardless of the weather situation.



Pitcher rankings. Gerrit Cole is in a tier by himself; then Berrios, Maeda, and Ray look like the next best available. I’d really like to place Rick Porcello in the second tier, but the weather risk looks troubling. Ultimately, you’ll want to prioritize a top five pitcher before the drop-off really sets in.


  1. Gerrit Cole – Tier 1
  2. Jose Berrios – Tier 2
  3. Kenta Maeda – Tier 2
  4. Robbie Ray – Tier 2
  5. JA Happ – Tier 2
  6. Rick Porcello – Tier 3 (weather risk)
  7. Kevin Gausman – Tier 3
  8. Vince Velasquez – Tier 3
  9. Gio Gonzalez – Tier 3
  10. Luke Weaver – Tier 4
Spencer Limbach

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