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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 Odrisamer Despaigne
P Two Clayton Kershaw
C Chris Gimenez
1B Chris Gimenez
2B Logan Forsythe
SS Trevor Story
3B Nolan Arenado
OF One Whit Merrifield
OF Two Mike Trout
OF Three A.J. Pollock
Salary $49,900
Expected Points 102.76

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

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Clayton Kershaw STL $11,900 20.67 1.74
Eduardo Rodríguez BOS $9,100 18.89 2.08
Dylan Bundy BAL $6,300 14.06 2.23
Mike Leake TEX $7,600 13.22 1.74

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Odrisamer Despaigne ARZ $4,100 9.69 2.36
Dylan Bundy BAL $6,300 14.06 2.23
Sam Gaviglio NYY $4,500 9.96 2.21
Eduardo Rodríguez BOS $9,100 18.89 2.08

Catcher

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Salvador Perez NYY $3,900 7.69 1.97
Blake Swihart BOS $3,600 7.28 2.02
Chris Iannetta TB $3,600 7.08 1.97
Yadier Molina WSH $3,700 6.85 1.85

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Chris Gimenez OAK $2,700 6.48 2.40
Mike Zunino TEX $2,900 6.41 2.21
Austin Barnes STL $3,000 6.05 2.02
Blake Swihart BOS $3,600 7.28 2.02

First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Anthony Rizzo ATL $5,100 9.57 1.88
Daniel Murphy CHC $4,000 9.17 2.29
Ryan Zimmerman CHC $4,500 9.00 2.00
Matt Olson SEA $4,500 8.48 1.88

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Chris Gimenez OAK $2,700 6.48 2.40
Daniel Murphy CHC $4,000 9.17 2.29
Hunter Dozier NYY $3,400 7.40 2.18
Ryan Zimmerman CHC $4,500 9.00 2.00

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Whit Merrifield NYY $4,800 9.91 2.06
DJ LeMahieu TB $4,700 9.84 2.09
Daniel Murphy CHC $4,000 9.17 2.29
Jed Lowrie SEA $4,600 8.67 1.88

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Logan Forsythe STL $2,900 7.73 2.67
Yangervis Solarte SD $3,500 8.21 2.34
Daniel Murphy CHC $4,000 9.17 2.29
Yairo Muñoz WSH $3,800 8.03 2.11

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Trevor Story TB $5,300 9.96 1.88
Eduardo Escobar OAK $4,400 8.84 2.01
Xander Bogaerts BOS $5,000 8.72 1.74
Javier Báez ATL $5,000 8.50 1.70

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Alcides Escobar NYY $2,900 6.24 2.15
Yairo Muñoz WSH $3,800 8.03 2.11
Eduardo Escobar OAK $4,400 8.84 2.01
Jorge Polanco OAK $4,000 7.63 1.91

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nolan Arenado TB $5,200 10.38 2.00
Matt Chapman SEA $4,700 9.56 2.03
Eduardo Escobar OAK $4,400 8.84 2.01
Anthony Rendon CHC $4,800 8.79 1.83

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Yangervis Solarte SD $3,500 8.21 2.34
Hunter Dozier NYY $3,400 7.40 2.18
Kyle Seager TEX $3,200 6.75 2.11
Matt Chapman SEA $4,700 9.56 2.03

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mike Trout MIL $5,500 11.35 2.06
Andrew Benintendi BOS $5,400 10.01 1.85
David Dahl TB $5,100 9.93 1.95
Whit Merrifield NYY $4,800 9.91 2.06

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Jorge Bonifacio NYY $3,300 7.29 2.21
Gerardo Parra TB $3,600 7.75 2.15
Mitch Haniger TEX $4,200 8.94 2.13
Kole Calhoun MIL $3,700 7.89 2.13

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.