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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 FanDuel Optimizer.

P Marco Gonzales
C/1B Jesús Aguilar
2B Jonathan Villar
SS JT Riddle
3B Josh Donaldson
OF One Tommy Pham
OF Two Rajai Davis
OF Three Billy McKinney
Util Anthony Rizzo
Salary $30,800
Expected Points 164.16

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

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Justin Verlander PIT $11,700 45.63 3.90
Jacob deGrom CIN $11,900 40.17 3.38
Chris Sale BOS $11,500 33.21 2.89
Luis Castillo PHI $8,200 33.21 4.05

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Marco Gonzales TEX $6,300 31.63 5.02
Ross Stripling STL $7,000 31.51 4.50
Nick Pivetta HOU $7,100 30.41 4.28
Antonio Senzatela TB $6,000 25.20 4.20

Catcher/First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Anthony Rizzo ATL $3,900 12.19 3.13
Jesús Aguilar CLE $3,800 11.81 3.11
Ryan Zimmerman CHC $3,200 11.29 3.53
Freddie Freeman NYM $4,100 11.08 2.70

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Victor Caratini ATL $2,000 8.70 4.35
Victor Caratini ATL $2,000 8.70 4.35
Cam Gallagher NYY $2,000 8.28 4.14
Tyler Flowers NYM $2,100 8.16 3.88

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Ramírez LAA $4,600 11.67 0.00
Jonathan Villar CLE $3,100 11.47 3.70
Rougned Odor TOR $3,400 11.37 3.34
José Altuve PIT $4,100 11.36 2.77

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
César Hernández HOU $2,400 10.69 4.45
Logan Forsythe STL $2,200 8.99 4.09
Joe Panik SF $2,200 8.85 4.02
Chase Utley STL $2,000 7.52 3.76

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Asdrúbal Cabrera CIN $2,700 11.37 4.21
Asdrúbal Cabrera CIN $2,700 11.37 4.21
Trea Turner CHC $3,700 11.06 2.99
Didi Gregorius DET $4,000 11.05 2.76

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
JT Riddle ARZ $2,100 10.81 5.15
Asdrúbal Cabrera CIN $2,700 11.37 4.21
Asdrúbal Cabrera CIN $2,700 11.37 4.21
Charlie Culberson NYM $2,500 10.13 4.05

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Josh Donaldson KC $3,500 12.15 3.47
Alex Bregman PIT $4,600 11.57 2.51
Alex Bregman PIT $4,600 11.57 2.51
Eugenio Suárez PHI $3,500 11.31 3.23

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Josh Donaldson KC $3,500 12.15 3.47
Jedd Gyorko WSH $2,400 8.27 3.45
Jedd Gyorko WSH $2,400 8.27 3.45
Brock Holt BOS $2,300 7.86 3.42

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Tommy Pham WSH $3,300 51.16 15.50
Giancarlo Stanton DET $4,300 14.34 3.33
Christian Yelich ARZ $4,400 13.34 3.03
Mookie Betts BOS $4,400 12.37 2.81

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Tommy Pham WSH $3,300 51.16 15.50
Rajai Davis BOS $2,000 10.84 5.42
Billy McKinney DET $2,800 12.10 4.32
Brandon Guyer LAA $2,200 9.40 4.27

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.