DRAFT MLB Value Watch: Thursday, July 12th

Aaron Hendrix will be bringing Premium subscribers his tiers for head-to-head, three-man, four-man (tournaments), and six-man drafts on DRAFT. Included will be strategy discussion and options for the day’s slate.

Thursday, July 12th

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, three-man, four-man (tournaments) and six man drafts. I’ll also provide a brief slate analysis as to how to attack drafts for the slate.

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. It’s also important to note the scoring for DRAFT baseball contests is different than any other site with an emphasis on hitters and power (10 points for a home run) as opposed to traditional strong value for starting pitching (only one point for a strikeout). 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 note about my rankings. They are typically made 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.

Slate Overview

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

Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Vegas Line Run Total Ballpark Time (ET)
Oakland Athletics Trevor Cahill – R at Houston Astros Charlie Morton – R HOU -210 8.0 Minute Maid Park 2:10 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks Robbie Ray – L at Colorado Rockies Kyle Freeland – L COL -101 11.0 Coors Field 3:10 PM
Philadelphia Phillies Nick Pivetta – R at Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gausman – R BAL -104 9.0 Camden Yards 6:05 PM
Milwaukee Brewers Wade Miley – L at Pittsburgh Pirates Jameson Taillon – R PIT -129 8.5 PNC Park 7:05 PM
New York Yankees Luis Severino – R at Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber – R NYY -103 7.0 Progressive Field 7:10 PM
Toronto Blue Jays J.A. Happ – L at Boston Red Sox David Price – L BOS -170 9.0 Fenway Park 7:10 PM
Washington Nationals Max Scherzer – R at New York Mets Steven Matz – L WAS -190 7.0 Citi Field 7:10 PM
Tampa Bay Rays Blake Snell – L at Minnesota Twins Kyle Gibson – R MIN -102 8.0 Target Field 8:10 PM
Seattle Mariners James Paxton – L at LA Angels of Anaheim Tyler Skaggs – L TBD TBD Angel Stadium 10:07 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers Ross Stripling – R at San Diego Padres Tyson Ross – R LAD -170 7.5 Petco Park 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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