DRAFT MLB Value Watch: Wednesday, May 16th

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.

Wednesday, May 16th

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)
Philadelphia Phillies Nick Pivetta – R at Baltimore Orioles Andrew Cashner – R TBD TBD Camden Yards 12:05 PM
Chicago White Sox Hector Santiago – L at Pittsburgh Pirates Jameson Taillon – R TBD TBD PNC Park 12:35 PM
Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer – R at Detroit Tigers Ryan Carpenter – L TBD TBD Comerica Park 1:10 PM
St. Louis Cardinals Miles Mikolas – R at Minnesota Twins Lance Lynn – R STL -115 9.5 Target Field 1:10 PM
Toronto Blue Jays J.A. Happ – L at New York Mets Zack Wheeler – R TOR -108 7.5 Citi Field 1:10 PM
Tampa Bay Rays Jake Faria – R at Kansas City Royals Jason Hammel – R KC -106 9.0 Kauffman Stadium 2:15 PM
Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Woodruff – R at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Koch – R MIL -104 9.0 Chase Field 3:40 PM
Texas Rangers Bartolo Colon – R at Seattle Mariners – L TBD TBD Safeco Field 3:40 PM
Cincinnati Reds Matt Harvey – R at San Francisco Giants Andrew Suarez – L SF -160 8.5 AT&T Park 3:45 PM
New York Yankees CC Sabathia – L at Washington Nationals Max Scherzer – R WAS -165 7.5 Nationals Park 7:05 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler – R at Miami Marlins Caleb Smith – L LAD -141 7.5 Marlins Park 7:10 PM
Oakland Athletics Trevor Cahill – R at Boston Red Sox Chris Sale – L BOS -250 8.5 Fenway Park 7:10 PM
Chicago Cubs Tyler Chatwood – R at Atlanta Braves Brandon McCarthy – R CHC -105 9.5 SunTrust Park 7:35 PM
Houston Astros Justin Verlander – R at LA Angels of Anaheim Garrett Richards – R HOU -120 7.5 Angel Stadium 9:40 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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