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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Saturday

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 Clayton Kershaw 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.

 

JA Happ – P - Boston (DRAFT Projection: 11.2)

 

DRAFT has Happ ranked seventh among pitchers, but you can make a strong case that he should be fourth – just behind the top three of Kershaw, Verlander, and Kluber. Happ continues to impress while allowing just five earned runs with 21 strikeouts through 18.1 innings over his past three games. That brings his ERA to 3.84 on the season while flexing nice strikeout upside with 153 K’s through 138.1 innings. He should continue to cruise against a Baltimore offense that ranks in the bottom five for most major hitting categories.

 

 

Mike Fiers – P – Oakland (DRAFT Projection: 8.5)

 

I’m not sure how Fiers is buried this far in the pitcher rankings. He’s seemingly rejuvenated since joining a contender in Oakland. Over his past three starts, Fiers has allowed just three earned runs over 18.1 innings with 21 strikeouts. Those performances came against some pretty good offenses in the Dodgers, Mariners, and Rangers. Tonight, Fiers will face a subpar group of hitters in Minnesota, as the Twins have traded away some of their most threatening bats. The Oakland pitcher makes for a nice fallback option in deeper leagues.

 

 

Manny Machado – IF – LA Dodgers (DRAFT Projection: 8.9)

 

Machado has been up-and-down for the Dodgers lately, but a breakout performance seems to be on the horizon tonight. The matchup looks great against San Diego RHP Brett Kennedy, who has been hammered for 13 earned runs through 14 innings in three appearances this season. Facing this hearty Dodgers lineup on the road doesn’t leave much room for improvement, and Machado could easily flex his fantasy upside in this draw.

 

 

 

OVERRATED PLAYERS

 

These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.

 

Rhys Hoskins – OF – Philadelphia (DRAFT Projection: 10.6)

 

Here we go again with Rhys Hoskins. I have nothing against the guy, but he is chronically overrated on DRAFT. The matchup doesn't look great while facing a quality pitcher in Toronto RHP Aaron Sanchez on the road. Despite that, Hoskins is tied for third in the outfield rankings. There are so many better matchups to consider in today's slate, that you should probably downgrade Hoskins closer to a 9.3 FP level and remove him from the top of the pre-draft tiers. 

 


Brett Gardner – OF – NY Yankees (DRAFT Projection: 10.2)

Aaron Hicks – OF – NY Yankees (DRAFT Projection: 10.0)

 

I don’t mind either of these options, but they probably shouldn’t be considered as top five outfielders. The Yankees are playing early today, meaning you’ll have the entire player pool at your disposal when these guys are on the board. I would much rather take lower-projected outfielders (according to DRAFT) like Pollock, CarGo, O’Neill, Yelich, J.Martinez, Acuna, or McCutchen.

 

 

Javier Baez – IF – Chicago Cubs (DRAFT Projection: 10.7)

 

Baez carries a similar sentiment to the previous write-up of Gardner and Hicks. I don’t mind the Cubbies’ infielder, who happens to be enjoying a splendid 2018 campaign, but there’s a whole host of infielders who should probably be ranked ahead of him. Guys like Arenado, K.Davis, J.Ramirez, Lindor, Story, J.Martinez, and Encarnacion deserve to leapfrog him.  

 

 

 

OVERALL STRATEGY

 

Pitcher rankings. You can’t go wrong with the top tier of Kershaw, Kluber, or Verlander. While I have them ranked in that order, you could pick blindly among that group and expect the same floor/upside combination in these respective matchups … If you can’t snag one of those aces, falling back on JA Happ (who is underrated) makes for a nice backup plan … Porcello, Wheeler, and Fiers represent later-round fillers in deeper leagues.

 

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Tier 1
  2. Corey Kluber – Tier 1
  3. Justin Verlander – Tier 1
  4. JA Happ – Tier 2
  5. Zack Wheeler – Tier 2
  6. Rick Porcello – Tier 3
  7. Mike Fiers – Tier 3
  8. Robbie Ray – Tier 3
  9. Jhoulys Chacin – Tier 3
  10. Jose Quintana – Tier 3
  11. Nick Pivetta – Tier 3
  12. Anibal Sanchez – Tier 3

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