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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 Aaron Nola
P Two Trevor Bauer
C Roberto Pérez
1B Lucas Duda
2B Whit Merrifield
SS Andrelton Simmons
3B Brian Anderson
OF One Kole Calhoun
OF Two Joc Pederson
OF Three Teoscar Hernández
Salary $50,000
Expected Points 109.75

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

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Aaron Nola HOU $9,600 22.39 2.33
Trevor Bauer LAA $10,400 21.40 2.06
Noah Syndergaard CIN $10,000 18.63 1.86
Clayton Kershaw STL $9,800 17.04 1.74

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Aaron Nola HOU $9,600 22.39 2.33
Heath Fillmyer SEA $5,000 11.23 2.25
Trevor Cahill NYY $7,100 15.73 2.22
Matt Shoemaker MIL $8,000 16.81 2.10

Catcher

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mitch Garver OAK $4,000 8.48 2.12
Curt Casali MIL $3,200 7.17 2.24
Welington Castillo MIN $3,500 6.67 1.91
J.T. Realmuto ARZ $3,900 6.66 1.71

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Roberto Pérez LAA $2,900 6.58 2.27
Curt Casali MIL $3,200 7.17 2.24
Luke Maile KC $3,000 6.50 2.17
Mitch Garver OAK $4,000 8.48 2.12

First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Cody Bellinger STL $5,200 10.29 1.98
José Abreu MIN $4,300 9.05 2.10
Trey Mancini BAL $10,400 9.03 0.87
Mitch Moreland BOS $9,400 8.94 0.95

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Travis Shaw CLE $3,900 8.74 2.24
José Abreu MIN $4,300 9.05 2.10
Neil Walker CLE $3,300 6.93 2.10
Albert Pujols MIL $3,600 7.50 2.08

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Whit Merrifield NYY $4,600 9.53 2.07
Jonathan Villar CLE $9,800 8.86 0.90
Mike Moustakas NYY $4,300 8.48 1.97
Dustin Pedroia BOS $6,600 7.81 1.18

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Whit Merrifield NYY $4,600 9.53 2.07
José Peraza PHI $3,200 6.58 2.06
Starlin Castro ARZ $3,300 6.73 2.04
Robinson Canó TEX $3,500 7.12 2.03

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Javier Báez ATL $4,900 8.99 1.83
Xander Bogaerts BOS $9,200 8.89 0.97
Trevor Story TB $4,200 8.62 2.05
Andrelton Simmons MIL $3,900 8.21 2.10

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Andrelton Simmons MIL $3,900 8.21 2.10
Trevor Story TB $4,200 8.62 2.05
José Iglesias CHW $3,000 5.77 1.92
Freddy Galvis SD $4,200 8.07 1.92

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nolan Arenado TB $4,500 9.46 2.10
José Ramírez NYM $3,900 9.25 2.37
Matt Carpenter WSH $3,800 8.77 2.31
Yoán Moncada MIN $4,800 8.66 1.80

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Brian Anderson ARZ $2,900 7.27 2.51
José Ramírez NYM $3,900 9.25 2.37
Matt Carpenter WSH $3,800 8.77 2.31
Nolan Arenado TB $4,500 9.46 2.10

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mike Trout MIL $5,600 11.52 2.06
Christian Yelich ARZ $5,400 10.88 2.01
Mookie Betts BOS $10,800 10.59 0.98
Joey Gallo TOR $4,900 9.06 1.85

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kole Calhoun MIL $3,800 8.81 2.32
Dexter Fowler WSH $3,300 7.31 2.22
Teoscar Hernández KC $3,900 8.61 2.21
Curtis Granderson STL $3,400 7.41 2.18

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.