MLB Spring Training DFS Picks & Starting Lineups
Spring Training MLB DFS is all about getting the right information! Our preseason expert @LucasJensenDFS will gather playing time notes and DraftKings recommendations for each preseason MLB slate below.
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- In spring training, hitters typically see 2 AB EXCEPT for designated hitters (DH), who usually see 3-4. By rostering DHs, we gain an extra AB or two over non-DHs.
- MLB DFS players' brains are wired (rightfully so) to roster top-of-the-order hitters because they see more ABs in a regular season game environment. As a result, 1-5 hitters carry significantly more ownership than 6-9 hitters, even in spring training despite seeing equal number of ABs. Playing high ISO hitters at the bottom of the order is massive leverage in spring training DFS. Players with higher stolen base likelihood also become more valuable than in the regular season.
- Knowing who is scheduled to pitch is important. In some cases, starters only pitch an inning or two and we can get a significant ownership savings by rostering high-K pitchers who relieve the starter.
Today's MLB DFS Spring Training Odds:
PHI @ TB (-150) | O/U 9
NYY @ WAS (-177) | O/U 9
ATL @ DET (-122) | O/U 11
TOR @ PIT (-115) | O/U 10.5
Contest Selection/Bankroll Recommendations:
To start off Spring Training DraftKings is only providing the 40-man rosters in the player pool- therefore you may come across players listed on the team’s lineups/bullpen schedule that are not in the player pool, this is indicated with a "N/A" next to their name in the Team Notes section.
Bankroll allocation: 1-2 percent.
Low-risk lineup strategy: As the starting pitchers begin to get stretched out we will see more of the regular season MLB game-like play. Keep your low-risk pitcher pool down to Patrick Corbin, Mike Foltynewicz & Spencer Turnbull. When selecting hitters focus on Top Plays that rank to the front of our lists, as well as bolded hitters-indicating they are DHing and could be in for additional at-bats.
Low-risk contest selection: The best ROIs will likely be found in single game 50/50s and H2Hs, so look there first. Try to find H2Hs and small field double ups with inexperienced entrants.
High-risk lineup strategy: Follow our 'Top Plays' section to select players for your player pool. Pitchers outside of the Top 3 offer some upside due to the length they "hope" to pitch- all around 20% K rate. The more lineups you are creating the more players that should be in your player pool. Don't count out players low in their team's lineup, lineups posted at the bottom of the Daily Plug.
Moose’s Power Hitters: TB Hunter Renfroe .273 ISO, TB Austin Meadows ..268 ISO, NYY Mike Ford .267, WSH Juan Soto .266 ISO
Weather: Weather looks clear for the Grapefruit League.
High-risk contest selection: Spring Training is a great time to implement the Occupy Fantasy Satellite Strategy, as mentioned in the Occupy Ultimate Guide. With satellites ranging anywhere from $0.10 - $7; there is a contest for everyone’s bankroll -- DK is now offering MLB Opening Day satellites, aim for those. Outside of satellites the high-risk contests that are best for targeting will be the $0.25 $750 Quarter Jukebox (20 entry max), $1 MLB $2K Solo Shot (20 entry max) and $11 MLB $10K Spring Dinger (32 entry max).
- ATL P Kyle Wright will start
Bold players indicate DHs likely to see an extra AB or 2.
P: WAS Patrick Corbin, DET Spencer Turnbull, ATL Kyle Wright
ATL Mike Foltynewicz, PIT Joe Musgrove, NYY Johnathan Loaisiga, PHI Jake Arrieta, TB Brenden McKay, TOR Trent Thornton
C: NYY Kyle Higashioka, NYY Chris Iannetta, ATL Travis d'Arnaud
1B: PIT Josh Bell, PHI Rhys Hoskins, WAS Eric Thames, NYY Mike Ford, TB Nate Lowe, PIT Jose Osuna, DET C.J. Cron, ATL Peter O'Brien
2B: TOR Cavan Biggio, DET Johnathan Schoop, PHI Neil Walker
3B: ATL Austin Riley, NYY Gio Urshela, ATL Charlie Culberson, TB Yoshi Tsutsugo
SS: DET Niko Goodrum, PHI Scott Kingery, TOR Bo Bichette, WAS Trea Turner, PHI Didi Gregorious
OF: TB Austin Meadows, WAS Juan Soto, TB Hunter Renfroe, ATL Austin Riley, TOR Lourdes Gurriel Jr., PIT Bryan Reynolds, PHI Scott Kingery, PIT Jose Osuna, NYY Clint Frazier, NYY Mike Tauchman, DET Jacoby Jones, ATL Rafael Ortega, DET Cam Maybin
High-Risk Stacks: PIT, NYY, ATL
Stolen Base Watch: OF Jarred Dyson, OF Roman Quinn, OF Victor Robles, 2B/OF Tyler Wade
Stolen Base + Power Upside: SS Trae Turner
DHs: 1B Josh Bell, OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr., OF Peter O'Brien, C Chris Iannetta, 1B/2B Neil Walker, 3B/OF Yoshi Tsutsugo, OF Adam Eaton, 1B Miguel Cabrera
MLB Spring Training Lineups & Playing Time Expectations:
Bolded players = .170 ISO or higher
Phillies @ Rays (-150 O/U 9) 1:05 pm EST
1. Andrew Knapp (S) C
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
3. Jean Segura (R) 3B
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B
5. Scott Kingery (R) 2B
6. Logan Forsythe (R) RF
7. Josh Harrison (R) LF
8. Neil Walker (S) DH
9. Roman Quinn (S) CF
Jake Arrieta (R) - 4-innings last outing, expect 5+ innings
1. Austin Meadows (L) LF
2. Mike Zunino (R) C
3. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (L) DH
4. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
5. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
6. Jose Martinez (R) 1B
7. Joey Wendle (L) SS
8. Nate Lowe (L) 3B
9. Daniel Robertson (R) 2B
Brenden McKay (L) - 1-inning last outing, expect 2-3 innings
Yankees @ Nationals (-177, O/U 9) 1:05 pm EST
1. Mike Tauchman (L) CF
2. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
3. Mike Ford (L) 1B
4. Miguel Andujar (R) RF
5. Clint Frazier (R) LF
6. Kyle Higashioka (R) C
7. Chris Iannetta (R) DH
8. Tyler Wade (L) 2B
9. Thairo Estrada (R) SS
Johnathan Loaisiga (R) - 2-innings last outing, expect 3-innings
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) DH
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Eric Thames (L) 1B
6. Yan Gomes (R) C
7. Yadiel Hernandez (L) RF
8. Carter Kieboom (R) 3B
9. Victor Robles (R) CF
Patrick Corbin (L) - 3-innings last outing, expect 4-innings
Braves @ Tigers (-122, O/U 11) 1:05 pm EST
1. Charlie Culberson (R) SS
2. Johan Camargo (S) 3B
3. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
4. Austin Riley (R) 1B
5. Rafael Ortega (L) RF
6. Peter O'Brien (R) DH
7. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
8. Shane Robinson (R) LF
9. Drew Waters (S) CF
Mike Foltynewicz (R) - 3 ⅔ innings last outing, expect 5-innings Kyle Wright (R) - 3 1/3 innings last outing, expect 4-5 innings
1. Cameron Maybin (R) RF
2. Niko Goodrum (S) SS
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) DH
4. C.J. Cron (R) 1B
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B
6. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
7. Victor Reyes (S) LF
8. Grayson Greiner (R) C
9. JaCoby Jones (R) CF
Spencer Turnbull (R) - 3-innings last outing, expect 4-5 innings
Blue Jays @ Pirates (-115, O/U 10.5) 1:05 pm EST
Blue Jays Lineup:
1. Bo Bichette (R) SS
2. Cavan Biggio (L) CF
3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (R) DH
4. Gabriel Guerrero (R) 3B
5. Travis Shaw (L) 1B
6. Reese McGuire (L) C
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Forrest Wall (L) LF
9. Josh Palacios (L) RF
Blue Jays Pitchers:
Trent Thornton (R) - 2 ⅔ innings last outing, expect 4-5 innings
Nate Pearson (R)
Sean Reid-Foley (R)
Marc Rzepczynski (L)
1. Kevin Newman (R) SS
2. Bryan Reynolds (S) LF
3. Adam Frazier (L) 2B
4. Josh Bell (S) DH
5. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
6. Colin Moran (L) 3B
7. Jose Osuna (R) 1B
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
9. Luke Maile (R) C
Joe Musgrove (R) - ⅔ of an inning last outing, expect 4-innings
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