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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Wednesday

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 Mookie Betts 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.

 

Jose Quintana – P – Chicago Cubs (DRAFT Projection: 9.2)

 

Quintana gets a firm upgrade relative to the DRAFT projection that has him ranked 10th among pitchers today. Instead, I have bumped him up to fifth in that category, as he’s looking at a great matchup against a non-imposing Kansas City offense in a pitcher-friendly ballpark. Quintana has been up-and-down as of late, but tonight’s draw inspires confidence to see the former.

 

 

Carlos Gonzalez – OF – Colorado (DRAFT Projection: 8.9)

 

Carlos Gonzalez will likely retain his premium lineup spot for a Rockies team that represents one of the highest run-scoring projections while playing in their hitter-friendly home ballpark. Making matters even better, he’s squaring up against Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer, who has occasionally struggled with the long-ball in recent years. CarGo has been heating up over the past few months, and I believe his projection should be at least a full fantasy point higher than this current 8.9 level.  

 

 

Ronald Acuna – OF – Atlanta (DRAFT Projection: 9.4)

 

Acuna has one of the best matchups of any hitter tonight, stepping in with the platoon advantage against Washington LHP Tommy Milone and his .423 wOBA 23.1% HR/FB splits vs right-handed bats. I understand that Acuna hasn’t done anything in this series so far (0-6 with 3 K’s), but this is a perfect “get-right” opportunity for the rookie. I’ll gladly grant him a spot in the top ten of outfielders for today’s slate.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

Brett Gardner – OF – NY Yankees (DRAFT Projection: 10.8)

 

I can’t deny the matchup for Garnder, who is facing one of the worst regular starting pitchers in all of baseball (Lucas Giolito). However, I believe there are plenty of better outfield options to consider before looking at the Yankees’ lefty. He’s ranked second overall (only behind Mookie Betts) at the position, which is entirely too high. I’ll probably downgrade Gardner closer to a 9.1 FP level behind the wave of Coors Field hitters (Blackmon, Marte, Polanco, CarGo) and others.

 

 

Denard Span – OF – Seattle (DRAFT Projection: 10.1)

 

Span is in a similar spot to the previous write-up of Brett Gardner: He’s looking at a good matchup, but there isn’t much upside baked into his profile. That has me looking towards other outfielders (with more power) ahead of Mr. Span. His projection can comfortably rest in the 9.2 FP level, which is nearly a full fantasy point lower than his current mark.

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Pitcher rankings. I’m bumping Kershaw up to the top overall spot, as he has seemingly resumed his dominant form … Meanwhile, Luis Severino is looking shaky, but a get-right matchup against the White Sox keeps him in the top tier … As you probably noticed at the beginning of this article, Jose Quintana is my favorite sleeper/underrated tosser if you miss out on the first tier.

 

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Tier 1
  2. Jacob deGrom – Tier 1
  3. Luis Severino – Tier 1
  4. Patrick Corbin – Tier 2
  5. Jose Quintana – Tier 2
  6. Mike Clevinger – Tier 3
  7. Jhoulys Chacin – Tier 3
  8. Michael Foltynewicz – Tier 3
  9. Vince Velasquez – Tier 4
  10. Trevor Richards – 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.