DRAFT MLB Value Watch: Monday, April 15th

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.

Monday, April 15th

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)
Baltimore Orioles Dan Straily – R at Boston Red Sox Hector Velazquez – R BOS -250 11.5 11:05 AM
New York Mets Noah Syndergaard – R at Philadelphia Phillies Aaron Nola – R PHI -115 7.5 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish – R at Miami Marlins Trevor Richards – R CHC -145 8.0 7:10 PM
St. Louis Cardinals Dakota Hudson – R at Milwaukee Brewers Freddy Peralta – R MIL -130 9.5 7:40 PM
Toronto Blue Jays Matt Shoemaker – R at Minnesota Twins Martin Perez – L MIN -120 8.5 7:40 PM
LA Angels of Anaheim Trevor Cahill – R at Texas Rangers Shelby Miller – R TBD TBD 8:05 PM
Kansas City Royals Heath Fillmyer – R at Chicago White Sox Ervin Santana – R CWS -125 9.5 8:10 PM
Cincinnati Reds Luis Castillo – R at Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw – L LAD -155 7.0 10:10 PM
Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer – R at Seattle Mariners Yusei Kikuchi – L CLE -108 7.0 10:10 PM
Colorado Rockies Antonio Senzatela – R at San Diego Padres Joey Lucchesi – L TBD TBD 10:10 PM

Head-to-Head Rankings

Ten players total to be drafted.

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2

Three-Person Rankings

Fifteen players total to be drafted.

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6

Four-Person Rankings

Twenty players total to be drafted.

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Kole Calhoun 0 LAA OF7
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6
Adalberto Mondesi 0 KCR IF7
Trey Mancini 0 BAL OF8
Trevor Richards 0 MIA P4
Jonathan Villar 0 BAL IF8

Six-Person Rankings

Thirty players total to be drafted.

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Kole Calhoun 0 LAA OF7
Trey Mancini 0 BAL OF8
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6
Adalberto Mondesi 0 KCR IF7
Teoscar Hernandez 0 TOR OF9
Trevor Richards 0 MIA P4
Jonathan Villar 0 BAL IF8
Paul Goldschmidt 0 STL IF9
Cody Bellinger 0 LAD OF10
Travis Shaw 0 MIL IF10
Randal Grichuk 0 TOR OF11
Justin Smoak 0 TOR IF11
Bryce Harper 0 PHI OF12
Aaron Nola 0 PHI P5
Joey Lucchesi 0 SDP P6
Xander Bogaerts 0 BOS IF12

Eight-Person Rankings

Forty players total to be drafted.

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Kole Calhoun 0 LAA OF7
Trey Mancini 0 BAL OF8
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6
Adalberto Mondesi 0 KCR IF7
Teoscar Hernandez 0 TOR OF9
Trevor Richards 0 MIA P4
Jonathan Villar 0 BAL IF8
Paul Goldschmidt 0 STL IF9
Cody Bellinger 0 LAD OF10
Travis Shaw 0 MIL IF10
Randal Grichuk 0 TOR OF11
Justin Smoak 0 TOR IF11
Bryce Harper 0 PHI OF12
Aaron Nola 0 PHI P5
Joey Lucchesi 0 SDP P6
Xander Bogaerts 0 BOS IF12
Shin-Soo Choo 0 TEX OF13
Asdrubal Cabrera 0 TEX IF13
Lorenzo Cain 0 MIL OF14
Javier Baez 0 CHC IF14
Eric Hosmer 0 SDP IF15
Jorge Soler 0 KCR OF15
Joc Pederson 0 LAD OF16
Mike Moustakas 0 MIL IF16
Luis Castillo 0 CIN P7
Freddy Peralta 0 MIL P8

Ten-Person Rankings

Fifty players total to be drafted.

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Kole Calhoun 0 LAA OF7
Trey Mancini 0 BAL OF8
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6
Adalberto Mondesi 0 KCR IF7
Teoscar Hernandez 0 TOR OF9
Trevor Richards 0 MIA P4
Jonathan Villar 0 BAL IF8
Paul Goldschmidt 0 STL IF9
Cody Bellinger 0 LAD OF10
Travis Shaw 0 MIL IF10
Randal Grichuk 0 TOR OF11
Justin Smoak 0 TOR IF11
Bryce Harper 0 PHI OF12
Aaron Nola 0 PHI P5
Joey Lucchesi 0 SDP P6
Xander Bogaerts 0 BOS IF12
Shin-Soo Choo 0 TEX OF13
Asdrubal Cabrera 0 TEX IF13
Lorenzo Cain 0 MIL OF14
Javier Baez 0 CHC IF14
Eric Hosmer 0 SDP IF15
Jorge Soler 0 KCR OF15
Joc Pederson 0 LAD OF16
Mike Moustakas 0 MIL IF16
Luis Castillo 0 CIN P7
Freddy Peralta 0 MIL P8
Paul DeJong 0 STL IF17
Dexter Fowler 0 STL OF17
Nomar Mazara 0 TEX OF18
Curtis Granderson 0 MIA OF19
Kris Bryant 0 CHC IF18
Matt Carpenter 0 STL IF19
Ryan Braun 0 MIL OF20
Anthony Rizzo 0 CHC IF20
Clayton Kershaw 0 LAD P9
Trevor Cahill 0 LAA P10

Overall Positional Rankings

Pitchers

Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Trevor Richards 0 MIA P4
Aaron Nola 0 PHI P5
Joey Lucchesi 0 SDP P6
Luis Castillo 0 CIN P7
Freddy Peralta 0 MIL P8
Clayton Kershaw 0 LAD P9
Trevor Cahill 0 LAA P10
Yu Darvish 0 CHC P11
Antonio Senzatela 0 COL P12
Dakota Hudson 0 STL P13
Yusei Kikuchi 0 SEA P14
Ervin Santana 0 CHW P15

Infielders

Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6
Adalberto Mondesi 0 KCR IF7
Jonathan Villar 0 BAL IF8
Paul Goldschmidt 0 STL IF9
Travis Shaw 0 MIL IF10
Justin Smoak 0 TOR IF11
Xander Bogaerts 0 BOS IF12
Asdrubal Cabrera 0 TEX IF13
Javier Baez 0 CHC IF14
Eric Hosmer 0 SDP IF15
Mike Moustakas 0 MIL IF16
Paul DeJong 0 STL IF17
Kris Bryant 0 CHC IF18
Matt Carpenter 0 STL IF19
Anthony Rizzo 0 CHC IF20
Dustin Pedroia 0 BOS IF21
Andrelton Simmons 0 LAA IF22
Jesus Aguilar 0 MIL IF23
Yonder Alonso 0 CHW IF24

Outfielders

Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Kole Calhoun 0 LAA OF7
Trey Mancini 0 BAL OF8
Teoscar Hernandez 0 TOR OF9
Cody Bellinger 0 LAD OF10
Randal Grichuk 0 TOR OF11
Bryce Harper 0 PHI OF12
Shin-Soo Choo 0 TEX OF13
Lorenzo Cain 0 MIL OF14
Jorge Soler 0 KCR OF15
Joc Pederson 0 LAD OF16
Dexter Fowler 0 STL OF17
Nomar Mazara 0 TEX OF18
Curtis Granderson 0 MIA OF19
Ryan Braun 0 MIL OF20
Charlie Blackmon 0 COL OF21
Eddie Rosario 0 MIN OF22
Leury Garcia 0 CHW OF23
Wil Myers 0 SDP OF24
Max Kepler 0 MIN OF25

Unadjusted Overall Rankings

Noah Syndergaard 0 NYM P1
Trevor Bauer 0 CLE P2
Matt Shoemaker 0 TOR P3
Trevor Richards 0 MIA P4
Aaron Nola 0 PHI P5
Joey Lucchesi 0 SDP P6
Luis Castillo 0 CIN P7
Freddy Peralta 0 MIL P8
Clayton Kershaw 0 LAD P9
Trevor Cahill 0 LAA P10
Yu Darvish 0 CHC P11
Antonio Senzatela 0 COL P12
Mike Trout 0 LAA OF1
Dakota Hudson 0 STL P13
Yusei Kikuchi 0 SEA P14
Ervin Santana 0 CHW P15
Mookie Betts 0 BOS OF2
Christian Yelich 0 MIL OF3
J.D. Martinez 0 BOS OF4
Jose Abreu 0 CHW IF1
Joey Gallo 0 TEX OF5
Jose Ramirez 0 CLE IF2
Whit Merrifield 0 KCR OF6
Kole Calhoun 0 LAA OF7
Mitch Moreland 0 BOS IF3
Justin Bour 0 LAA IF4
Nolan Arenado 0 COL IF5
Trey Mancini 0 BAL OF8
Teoscar Hernandez 0 TOR OF9
Yoan Moncada 0 CHW IF6
Adalberto Mondesi 0 KCR IF7
Jonathan Villar 0 BAL IF8
Paul Goldschmidt 0 STL IF9
Cody Bellinger 0 LAD OF10
Travis Shaw 0 MIL IF10
Randal Grichuk 0 TOR OF11
Justin Smoak 0 TOR IF11
Bryce Harper 0 PHI OF12
Shin-Soo Choo 0 TEX OF13
Xander Bogaerts 0 BOS IF12
Asdrubal Cabrera 0 TEX IF13
Lorenzo Cain 0 MIL OF14
Javier Baez 0 CHC IF14
Eric Hosmer 0 SDP IF15
Jorge Soler 0 KCR OF15
Joc Pederson 0 LAD OF16
Mike Moustakas 0 MIL IF16
Paul DeJong 0 STL IF17
Dexter Fowler 0 STL OF17
Nomar Mazara 0 TEX OF18
Curtis Granderson 0 MIA OF19
Kris Bryant 0 CHC IF18
Matt Carpenter 0 STL IF19
Ryan Braun 0 MIL OF20
Charlie Blackmon 0 COL OF21
Eddie Rosario 0 MIN OF22
Anthony Rizzo 0 CHC IF20
Dustin Pedroia 0 BOS IF21
Andrelton Simmons 0 LAA IF22
Jesus Aguilar 0 MIL IF23
Yonder Alonso 0 CHW IF24
Leury Garcia 0 CHW OF23
Wil Myers 0 SDP OF24

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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

Comments

  • ddd24sl

    DH is part of outfield not infield. So, JD Martinez belongs in the outfield not the infield.Does that change your strategy?

  • thehazyone

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    Missed that. Sorry. Fixed now and adjusted.

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