DRAFT MLB Value Watch: Wednesday, July 17th

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.

Wednesday, July 17th

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)
New York Mets Jason Vargas – L at Minnesota Twins Martin Perez – L MIN -165 10.5 1:10 PM
Pittsburgh Pirates Chris Archer – R at St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Ponce de Leon – R STL -130 9.0 1:15 PM
Atlanta Braves Dallas Keuchel – L at Milwaukee Brewers Chase Anderson – R MIL -103 10.0 2:10 PM
Cincinnati Reds Sonny Gray – R at Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish – R CHC -130 8.5 2:20 PM
San Francisco Giants Shaun Anderson – R at Colorado Rockies Jon Gray – R COL -170 13.0 3:10 PM
Seattle Mariners Tommy Milone – L at Oakland Athletics Homer Bailey – R TBD TBD 3:37 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers Kenta Maeda – R at Philadelphia Phillies Nick Pivetta – R LAD -140 10.5 7:05 PM
Tampa Bay Rays Yonny Chirinos – R at New York Yankees Domingo German – R NYY -150 10.0 7:05 PM
Washington Nationals Erick Fedde – R at Baltimore Orioles Aaron Brooks – R WAS -153 11.0 7:05 PM
Detroit Tigers Spencer Turnbull – R at Cleveland Indians Mike Clevinger – R CLE -260 9.0 7:10 PM
San Diego Padres Chris Paddack – R at Miami Marlins Trevor Richards – R SD -145 7.5 7:10 PM
Toronto Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez – R at Boston Red Sox Eduardo Rodriguez – L BOS -250 11.0 7:10 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks Robbie Ray – L at Texas Rangers Jesse Chavez – R ARI -108 10.5 8:05 PM
Chicago White Sox Ivan Nova – R at Kansas City Royals Danny Duffy – L KC -120 10.5 8:15 PM
Houston Astros Gerrit Cole – R at LA Angels of Anaheim Felix Pena – R TBD TBD 10:07 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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