DFS Amateur Hour – Tuesday Night

I’ve settled into my strategy for now: 6-8 large-field GPP tournament entries with a 2-4 pitchers and various stacks. I made two exceptions today, pairing random hitters I thought were good values with Jacob DeGrom. I realize stacking is the easier path to a monster score, but I want to see if my value lineups can’t provide enough points to cash. Put differently, I find myself sacrificing a lot of value just to stack, and because so many tournament lineups stack, maybe the prices have gotten weird enough on players like Robbie Cano ($2,600) and Jose Abreu ($3,300) it’s worth going the other way on occasion. In any event here are my eight $5 lineups for tonight’s games:

$115 K Tuesday MLB Rally

Pos Player $ Player $ Player $ Player $
P Kershaw 11000 Kershaw 11000 Kershaw 11000 Kershaw 11000
C Perez 2600 Plawecki 2200 Posey 4000 Molina 2200
1B Davis 3000 Encarnacion 4400 Belt 3600 Abreu 3300
2B Paredes 3100 Cano 2600 Panik 2800 Wong 3200
3B Machado 3600 Donaldson 3700 Donaldson 3700 Donaldson 3700
SS Escobar 2400 Flores 2200 Flores 2200 Peralta 3100
OF Gordon 3200 Bautista 4500 Lagares 2200 Cabrera 2200
OF Jones 3000 Cuddyer 2200 Cuddyer 2200 Holliday 3300
OF Cain 2900 Cabrera 2200 Pence 3000 Pence 3000
34800 35000 34700 35000


Pos Player $ Player $ Player $ Player $
P DeGrom 9700 DeGrom 9700 DeGrom 9700 Shoemaker 8100
C Molina 2200 Castillo 2200 Perez 2600 Gattis 3700
1B Encarnacion 4400 Encarnacion 4400 Abreu 3300 Davis 3000
2B Franklin 2200 Cano 2600 Cano 2600 Altuve 3800
3B Solarte 2200 Donaldson 3700 Beltre 2800 Machado 3600
SS Flores 2200 Reyes 3000 Flores 2200 Flores 2200
OF McCutchen 4600 Bautista 4500 Jones 3000 Springer 3800
OF Trout 5200 Smith 2200 Stanton 4200 Jones 3000
OF Cabrera 2200 Jackson 2600 McCutchen 4600 Trumbo 3500
34900 34900 35000 34700


DeGrom has been pretty tough at home, and Kershaw’s obvious, so they start in seven of my eight lineups. Shoemaker is a wild card because he has strikeout upside and a decent matchup at home against a righty-heavy opponent.

For the hitters, I have a lot of Wilmer Flores, both stacked with other Mets and orphaned as his price ($2,200) is too low given the pop in his bat. Same with Cano, who keeps sinking, but I have to stick with him almost reflexively at his cost ($2,600.) Incidentally, I had a Red Sox stack, but as that seemed to be the game most likely to get rained out, I scratched it. Just for the right to complain later, I’ll note it had Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, Pablo Sandoval and David Ortiz.

DraftKings MMA: Previewing Saturday’s UFC Fight Night

The “Natural Born Killer” returns from a 16-month absence to headline UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Goiania, Brazil. It should be an action-packed card as the octagon once again heads to South America.

If you’re hoping to turn the event into an opportunity to build your DFS bankroll, DraftKings.com has you covered with a full slate of contests. Players get a $50,000 budget to select five fighters, and the scoring is distributed as follows:

Moves Scoring

  • Significant Strikes (SS): +0.5 PTS
  • Advance (ADVC): +1 PT
  • Takedown (TD): +2 PTS
  • Reversal/Sweep (REV): +2 PTS
  • Knockdown (KD): +3 PTS

Fight Conclusion Bonuses

  • 1st Round Win (1rW+): +100 PTS
  • 2nd Round Win (2rW+): +70 PTS
  • 3rd Round Win (3rW+): +50 PTS
  • 4th Round Win (4rW+): +40 PTS
  • 5th Round Win (5rW+): +40 PTS
  • Decision Win (WBD+): +25 PTS
  • Scoring Notes:
    • Significant Strikes are any Distance Strike or Clinch/Ground Strikes that are considered “Power Strikes” by official scorers.
    • Advances include:
      • To Half Guard
      • To Side Control
      • To Mount
      • To Back Control


Now, on to the fights…

Week 8 FAAB Results

This was a relatively quiet week on the waiver wire, but sometimes the quiet weeks present good free agents too. Remember to set your lineups early this week – Memorial Day always features a lot of day games.

NFBC Main Event (15-team mixed)

Team Player Bid Runner-Up
Bad Brad and Wild Will Mike Wright (SP) 95 27
Welcome to Stevieland Mitch Moreland (1B) 60 15
On The Jazz Lance McCullers (SP) 38 38
RotoWire – Erickson Seth Smith (LF) 35 5
RotoWire – Erickson Scott Van Slyke (LF) 35
Bad Brad and Wild Will Matt Duffy (2B) 33 16
Sasha’s Team Rougned Odor (2B) 28
ALL-IN MAIN Preston Tucker (LF) 27
DT & Gut Jose Ramirez (SS) 26 10
Team Warner Chris Heston (SP) 24 23
DT & Gut Roberto Osuna (MR) 23
Philbys Enrique Burgos (MR) 19
ALL-IN MAIN Kendall Graveman (SP) 17 14
Team Warner Randal Grichuk (RF) 17 9
Giancarlo…A Gift Gerardo Parra (RF) 13 8
On The Jazz Shaun Marcum (MR) 12
The Weasel Peckers Luis Sardinas (2B) 8
Philbys Tom Koehler (SP) 8 5
Giancarlo…A Gift Michael Bourn (CF) 8
ALL-IN MAIN Adam Warren (MR) 7
Welcome to Stevieland Mike Aviles (SS) 5
Welcome to Stevieland Mark Canha (1B) 5
Philbys Chris Johnson (3B) 3
Welcome to Stevieland Colby Lewis (SP) 2

NHL Eastern Conference: Lightning Strikes and Triple Jock Protection

Just a few things that caught my eye:

  • Thank gawd most goalie jocks these days use a double-cup design. And that most pro goalies further protect the crown jewels by donning a third cup. That’s probably why Ben Bishop was able to shake off the nut shot during warmups. Ouch.
  • A goal and assist give Steven Stankos seven points in his last four games. Rick Nash has the same … in 14 games. Just saying.