MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 5/28/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s MLB Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Prices listed are FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings


Matt Shoemaker (18300/9500/9400) – For the top spot today, I was trying to decide between Shoemaker and Lance McCullers. I am giving the edge to Shoemaker, in terms of recent performance and opposition. I think a lot of us were hoping this would be the turn around year for Shoemaker. He’s shown good stuff in the past for stretches, but could never put it together. It’s coming together now. The Marlins can be pesky, but they can also be shut down, and I’m expecting Shoemaker to do that today.

Michael Pineda (19200/9100/9900) – The Athletics have now allowed Masahiro Tanaka and C.C. Sabathia combine for 22 total strikeouts against them. Neither of those two are the elite strikeout arms for the Yankees. Pineda certainly is. I think his upside is in double digit strikeouts tonight, and I will take a fair ownership of him in tournaments today.

Joe Ross (15200/7500/7800) – It’s tough to trust Joe Ross, but it’s not tough to play pitchers against San Diego. Both Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, who I legitimately wrote about being scared of screwing me again, reached double digit strikeouts. Ross looked good in his first start back in the lineup, and should be considered a solid SP2, and maybe even a low tier cash game pitcher today against a very bad Padres lineup.


Joey Votto (9600/4500/5000) – Zach Eflin has his struggles with lefties. Joey Votto isn’t a lefty you want to struggle with. I could very easily see this being a game where Votto puts together a big score and ends up winning someone a ton of money. Let’s play him and let it be us today!

Mike Moustakas (7200/3200/3700) – This is day two in a row that we see Moustakas in this breakdown. He didn’t disappoint yesterday against Danny Salazar, taking one deep, and I don’t think he will disappoint tonight either. Josh Tomlin hasn’t been a great story for the Indians, and I think we’ll see him give up some runs today.

Martin Maldonado (4000/2500/2100) – Let’s save some money and take a guy who has some pop in his bat in Maldonado. Jose Urena is likely going to struggle, and while it would be easy to just say play Mike Trout for a pick in this game and move on, let’s use Maldonado. He’s shown power upside, and can also hit well enough to not leave you hanging with a goose egg.


Corey Dickerson (9000/4000/4600) – I don’t think Kyle Gibson is a very good pitcher, so why not pick on him today? Corey Dickerson has been on of the hottest hitters in the league over the last week or so, and is good for a lot of long balls when he’s hot, so this makes sense to me in tournaments.

Avisail Garcia (8800/3000/4600) – Picking on Jordan Zimmerman is a revolving theme for us, and today will be no different. He’s struggled immensely all year. Garcia has not. He’s been a major surprise at the plate, and one of the few bright spots on this White Sox team. It wouldn’t shock me to see him go off today.

Michael Taylor (7600/2800/3800) – I can’t believe I’m going there, but Michael Taylor has been pretty hot himself as of late. He’s got some power and some speed, and he’s pretty cheap as well. I don’t think I can go there in cash games, but I don’t mind him in tournaments going up against Jhoulys Chacin, who is a different pitcher game to game.


Slate Strategy

Sunday is always fun because you basically have a guarantee of no Coors being on the main slate. The downside to this weekend is that you also lose the ability to roster Clayton Kershaw on the main slate, as he isn’t pitching until later that day.

I feel pretty confident in the options I mentioned at pitching today. Lance McCullers is another guy I don’t mind. I also like Rick Porcello, Danny Duffy, Scott Feldman and Christian Bergman. Bergman is really cheap, and I just think the Red Sox will disappoint us again in a perfect set up spot.

The Detroit/Chicago game is one that I am going to use a good amount of offense from. I think both of those teams have a lot of upside today.

Top Stacks

Chicago White Sox [Garcia/Abreu/Garcia/Sanchez]

Cincinnati Reds [Votto/Schebler/Hamilton/Cozart]


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