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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

Optimal lineups are generated to demonstrate groups of players that work well together. This should be used only as a thought-starter for your lineups. This lineup may not conform to exact requirements of DraftKings (ie. players from one team), and may cross over multiple slates. For more detailed and customizable lineup generation, please use the MLB DraftKings Optimizer.

P One Madison Bumgarner
P Two Carlos Carrasco
C Gary Sánchez
1B Edwin Encarnacion
2B Greg Garcia
SS Greg Garcia
3B Tim Beckham
OF One Kole Calhoun
OF Two A.J. Pollock
OF Three Giancarlo Stanton
Salary $50,000
Expected Points 111.43

Player expected costs and values are calculated every thirty minutes throughout the day.

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Justin Verlander PIT $13,500 26.04 1.93
Carlos Carrasco LAA $10,200 21.30 2.09
Madison Bumgarner SF $10,900 20.87 1.91
Clayton Kershaw STL $11,900 20.45 1.72

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nick Tropeano MIL $5,200 11.66 2.24
Anthony DeSclafani PHI $6,300 13.62 2.16
Carlos Carrasco LAA $10,200 21.30 2.09
Justin Verlander PIT $13,500 26.04 1.93

Catcher

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Gary Sánchez DET $4,100 9.50 2.32
Yasmani Grandal STL $4,600 8.23 1.79
John Hicks CHW $3,800 7.62 2.01
J.T. Realmuto ARZ $4,600 7.48 1.63

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Gary Sánchez DET $4,100 9.50 2.32
Josh Phegley SEA $2,900 6.41 2.21
Chris Iannetta TB $3,300 7.01 2.12
Buster Posey SF $3,500 7.39 2.11

First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Edwin Encarnacion LAA $4,400 10.50 2.39
Joey Votto PHI $4,600 9.54 2.07
Anthony Rizzo ATL $4,300 9.52 2.21
Brandon Belt SF $3,900 8.58 2.20

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Abreu MIN $3,300 7.97 2.42
Edwin Encarnacion LAA $4,400 10.50 2.39
Chris Davis BAL $2,900 6.66 2.29
Pablo Sandoval SF $3,300 7.42 2.25

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Altuve PIT $4,400 9.56 2.17
Yoán Moncada MIN $4,000 9.55 2.39
Brian Dozier OAK $4,500 9.22 2.05
Scooter Gennett PHI $5,000 9.02 1.80

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Greg Garcia WSH $2,500 6.16 2.46
Yoán Moncada MIN $4,000 9.55 2.39
Yangervis Solarte SD $3,500 8.32 2.38
Jonathan Schoop BAL $3,600 8.47 2.35

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Francisco Lindor LAA $5,500 11.47 2.09
Manny Machado BAL $5,000 9.63 1.93
Xander Bogaerts BOS $4,800 8.87 1.85
Javier Báez ATL $5,200 8.84 1.70

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Greg Garcia WSH $2,500 6.16 2.46
Sean Rodríguez LAD $2,600 6.25 2.40
Paul DeJong WSH $3,800 8.56 2.25
Andrelton Simmons MIL $3,200 7.06 2.21

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Alex Bregman PIT $5,100 9.56 1.87
Nolan Arenado TB $4,700 9.31 1.98
Yolmer Sánchez MIN $3,400 8.58 2.52
Eduardo Escobar OAK $4,000 8.47 2.12

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Tim Beckham BAL $2,900 7.44 2.56
Yolmer Sánchez MIN $3,400 8.58 2.52
Yangervis Solarte SD $3,500 8.32 2.38
Pablo Sandoval SF $3,300 7.42 2.25

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Giancarlo Stanton DET $5,000 12.02 2.40
Mookie Betts BOS $5,800 11.28 1.94
Aaron Judge DET $5,200 10.94 2.10
Andrew Benintendi BOS $5,400 10.58 1.96

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kole Calhoun MIL $2,900 7.06 2.43
Giancarlo Stanton DET $5,000 12.02 2.40
Sean Rodríguez LAD $2,600 6.25 2.40
Curtis Granderson STL $3,700 8.85 2.39

Picks are based on historical performance and match-up. Picks are updated regularly, but we advise that you keep up to date on late-day roster moves and injuries – those are not taken into consideration. Sports from the Basement provides no warranty on these suggestions and readers should make picks at their own risk. Sample lineups are provided as thought-starters, and are not intended for direct use.