MLB DFS: DraftKings Optimal Lineup 4/17

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Yesterday had so few games and it allowed for pretty much one guy to basically beat you (see Cain, Lorenzo), but tonight we have another 15 game night.

Listed below is, what I believe, the most optimal lineup for tonight’s DraftKings slate (I don’t play FanDuel.)

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Starting Pitchers


Jered Weaver, LAA ($7,500)

I know, Jered Weaver has been terrible lately, but that’s why I like him. Because he has been awful, he’s relatively cheap. Tonight, he faces a Houston Astros team, that is batting just about the Mendoza line (.204) as a team and steadily approaching (and hopefully get their tonight for your sake!) 100 punch-outs as a team.

Start Weaver tonight with confidence.


Joe Kelley, BOS ($5,100)

My bargain play of the night. Joe Kelley sits near the bottom in terms of price in tonight’s match-up against the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles have some pop, but Kelley has really, really good stuff. I mean, c’mon, he’s also cheaper than Sean O’Sullivan. In his last start, he absolutely mowed down the New York Yankees, and while the power in the Orioles lineup is a little uneasy, expect him to put up numbers similar to a $7,000+ SP tonight. Not to mention, the Orioles are tied for fourth most strikeouts this season at 81. Expect a decently high strikeout total from Kelley.



Buster Posey, SF ($4,000)

It’s a very cliché choice, but he should be your catcher tonight. Why? Well, for one reason he’s relatively cheap for the type of production he can produce, and secondly, he faces Josh Collmenter tonight, and while he has a cool delivery, he has struggled mightily against Buster Posey the Great. Posey is 11-for-20 in his career versus him with three home runs. Expect a nice stat line tonight.


First Baseman

Adrian Gonzalez ($4,900)

He’s put up double-digit production for the past four games, and that’s without hitting a home run. Tonight, he faces Kyle Kendrick who is still a younger pitcher and has gotten roughed up. He’s plenty cheaper than Miguel Cabrera and I expect Gonzalez to do similar to him tonight at a cheaper cost.


Second Baseman

Dustin Pedroia, BOS ($4,500)

I expect the Red Sox to put up 6+ runs tonight and that be partly due to production from Dustin Pedroia. Historically, he’s been pretty good against Jimenez (7-for-19; .368 AVG), and Pedroia is hot as of late coming off of two back-to-back really productive games. Expect double-digits again tonight.


Third Baseman

Kris Bryant, CHC ($4,200)

Here I go, feeding the hype-train. If it baseball didn’t have Super Two, or accrued service time, or years of control over a player, this guy would have been the Opening Day 3B for the Chicago Cubs. He can hit the baseball anywhere, and very far. However, if he doesn’t play tonight, I’m rolling with Robinson Cano ($4,000) vs. the Rangers and Yovani Gallardo.

Start the kid!



Ian Desmond, WAS ($4,500)

He’s going up against a mediocre team, and a mediocre starter in Sean O’Sullivan. What I like about Desmond is his pop. I think Washington gives it to the Phillies early and often in a route. I’m thinking home run for Ian Desmond tonight.



Mike Trout, LAA ($5,800)

Not much analysis needed here. Mike Trout vs. Houston. Spend the money and get him in your lineup tonight.


Nelson Cruz, SEA ($4,800)

In baseball, hot streaks are very real, and there’s no man hotter right now than Nelson Cruz. His numbers over his last five games are insane. 9-for-19 with SIX home runs. Insane. Get him in your lineup tonight.


Bryce Harper, WAS ($4,500)

I kind of like the Nationals as a whole tonight, and I think Harper is launching one to center field tonight against O’Sullivan. Harper has been a little inconsistent to start the year, but tonight against mediocrity, I think he should prevail.


Here’s the final product:

I hope you all have fun winning money tonight!

I hope you all have fun winning money tonight! (And yes, my avatar is awesome)


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