MLB DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 6/1/17

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


Zack Greinke (24600/10400/12700) – Greinke has been really solid this year, and even though the Marlins are scoring like crazy right now, I still want exposure to him. I know he got beat up by the Brewers the last time he pitched, but I think he should be able to contain this Marlins lineup, and makes a high end tournament option.

Marco Estrada (18600/9200/9600) – Estrada has some solid upside against a Yankees team that can struggle at the plate at times. We haven’t seen it a ton lately, but we know that it happens. With so few options on the slate, he is one of the least worst options you can have.


Xander Bogaerts (9200/3800/4800) – Xander Bogaerts is one of my favorite daily fantasy plays tonight. First, he’s very good at hitting left-handed pitching, and he’ll get Wade Miley tonight. Miley start the season white hot, but has fallen off considerably as of late. This is a matchup built for Bogaerts, so I’ll have a lot of ownership in the little I play tonight.

Josh Donaldson (9200/4100/4700) – We haven’t had a lot of chances to play Donaldson thus far this year against lefties, but tonight we do! It’s been a long held DFS tradition to play Donaldson against lefties, and we’ll get the chance tonight against C.C. Sabathia. The upside is there, but so is the price.


Trey Mancini (6900/3200/3500) – Maninci is another one of my favorite players, but I typically have higher than normal ownership positions on him each time he is in the lineup. He isn’t expensive, and he gets Eduardo Rodriguez, who, while good, could certainly find himself in trouble with some of the righties on this Orioles team tonight.

Yasmany Tomas (7600/3600/3900) – It looks like Jeff Locke will be on the mound tonight for the Marlins, which brings Tomas straight to my attention. Locke is a middling lefty at best, and we know that Tomas has been a lefty killer through his career. His price is fair and he has monster upside tonight.


Slate Strategy

What is the strategy tonight? Well, not to play?

It doesn’t hurt to take a break every now and then, and I will be very tempted to just spend the night doing something else [like watching the NBA Finals].

But since we know you are going to play, and so am I, I would just take a bold stand on your pitching and maybe 2-3 hitters you really like. Lock them in and build a small pool of players that you swap around them. That’s how I’ve had most of my success on a smaller slate.


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