DRAFT MLB Value Watch: Friday, August 23rd

Aaron Hendrix will be bringing Premium subscribers his tiers for all DRAFT contests ranging from head-to-head all the way up to ten-person drafts.

Friday, August 23rd

Good afternoon Grinders! Welcome to our MLB content for DRAFT Premium. Each day, I will go over the MLB slate with tier rankings for head-to-head all the way up to ten-person drafts.

A couple notes to remember about DRAFT contests. One, there is no salary cap so you’re not worried about fitting players in on a budget. Raw fantasy points is what matters most, not the popular point per dollar. Second, while there is no late swap, if a player is ruled out, you will be able to swap them out. For more information on how this works, read the DRAFT Swap Rules Page – for this reason you can take some marginal chances in the later rounds on players that are questionable to play.

View the DRAFT MLB Scoring System here – last, roster requirements are one pitcher, two infielders, and two outfielders. All analysis and rankings will be based on that.

One key note about this article. It is projection based and the analysis will be minimal. It is my feeling the best way to approach DRAFT drafts is to rely on a mathematical approach and to draft the best projected players with some adjustments made for positional scarcity – I will account for this scarcity in my rankings. If there is a question you have on how to interpret the rankings, please leave a comment on the article or shoot me a DM on Twitter and I’ll be happy to answer it for you.

The rankings are based on projected values. To get the best feel for the industry, each day I run a comparison of major DFS sites and come up with a average projected value from these sites. These values are how I determine my rankings. I’ve included the overall unadjusted rankings at the end so you can see how players rank in terms of overall fantasy point projection.

Author’s Note – DRAFT does not always utilize the typical position listed for a player in projections. I do my best to go through their lists each morning to make sure the positions are correct, but there is a chance I may miss some. I always include additional players in the positional rankings to account for this as well as injuries and late scratches. The article will not be updated after the initial posting, but if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments or send me a message on Twitter and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Slate Overview

This data is copied from the MLB First Look from Notorious.

Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Vegas Line Run Total Time (ET)
Washington Nationals Anibal Sanchez – R at Chicago Cubs Jon Lester – L CHC -119 TBD 2:20 PM
Cincinnati Reds Anthony DeSclafani – R at Pittsburgh Pirates Mitch Keller – R PIT -105 9.0 7:05 PM
Tampa Bay Rays Trevor Richards – R at Baltimore Orioles Ty Blach – L TBD TBD 7:05 PM
Atlanta Braves Mike Foltynewicz – R at New York Mets Jacob deGrom – R NYM -173 7.5 7:10 PM
Kansas City Royals Jakob Junis – R at Cleveland Indians Zach Plesac – R CLE -180 9.0 7:10 PM
Philadelphia Phillies Vince Velasquez – R at Miami Marlins Hector Noesi – R PHI -160 9.0 7:10 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks Merrill Kelly – R at Milwaukee Brewers Jordan Lyles – R MIL -150 10.0 8:10 PM
Detroit Tigers Matt Boyd – L at Minnesota Twins Jose Berrios – R MIN -210 8.5 8:10 PM
LA Angels of Anaheim Jose Suarez – L at Houston Astros Zack Greinke – R HOU -300 9.5 8:10 PM
Texas Rangers Lance Lynn – R at Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease – R TEX -132 9.0 8:10 PM
Colorado Rockies Peter Lambert – R at St. Louis Cardinals Jack Flaherty – R STL -210 8.5 8:15 PM
Boston Red Sox Eduardo Rodriguez – L at San Diego Padres Chris Paddack – R SD -100 8.5 10:10 PM
New York Yankees James Paxton – L at Los Angeles Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu – L LAD -155 8.5 10:10 PM
Toronto Blue Jays Trent Thornton – R at Seattle Mariners Justus Sheffield – L TOR -105 9.5 10:10 PM

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About the Author

  • Aaron Hendrix (thehazyone)

  • Aaron Hendrix is a former professional poker player who made the transition from season long fantasy sports to DFS in October of 2014. He used to cover poker tournaments for a living until stepping into his current role at RotoGrinders. He can be found on Twitter at @aaronhendrix

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