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MLB Draftkings Picks for Aug 18, 2021

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Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Freddy Peralta MIL $10,200 22.97 2.25
Charlie Morton ATL $9,700 20.36 2.10
Jack Flaherty STL $9,100 19.66 2.16
Tyler Mahle CIN $9,000 19.43 2.16

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Tarik Skubal DET $7,400 17.46 2.36
Freddy Peralta MIL $10,200 22.97 2.25
Anthony DeSclafani SF $8,300 18.51 2.23
Marco Gonzales SEA $7,600 16.83 2.21

Catcher

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Will Smith LAD $5,200 9.37 1.80
Salvador Perez KC $5,100 9.12 1.79
J.T. Realmuto PHI $4,900 8.48 1.73
Robinson Chirinos CHC $2,700 8.00 2.96

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Yohel Pozo TEX $2,000 7.01 3.50
Curt Casali SF $2,200 7.15 3.25
Robinson Chirinos CHC $2,700 8.00 2.96
Ryan Jeffers MIN $2,700 7.74 2.87

First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Joey Votto CIN $5,100 11.81 2.32
C.J. Cron COL $4,700 10.85 2.31
Frank Schwindel CHC $2,300 10.21 4.44
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR $6,100 9.75 1.60

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Frank Schwindel CHC $2,300 10.21 4.44
Yohel Pozo TEX $2,000 7.01 3.50
Curt Casali SF $2,200 7.15 3.25
Robinson Chirinos CHC $2,700 8.00 2.96

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Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Jonathan India CIN $4,400 11.69 2.66
Ozzie Albies ATL $5,000 10.96 2.19
Brandon Lowe TB $5,300 10.33 1.95
Jorge Polanco MIN $3,400 9.54 2.80

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Jorge Polanco MIN $3,400 9.54 2.80
Jonathan India CIN $4,400 11.69 2.66
Andy Ibáñez TEX $2,800 6.22 2.22
Ozzie Albies ATL $5,000 10.96 2.19

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Trevor Story COL $5,200 10.78 2.07
Dansby Swanson ATL $4,800 10.47 2.18
Jake Cronenworth SD $4,000 10.01 2.50
Bo Bichette TOR $5,500 9.72 1.77

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Richie Martin BAL $2,100 6.23 2.97
Nick Ahmed ARI $3,000 7.63 2.54
Jake Cronenworth SD $4,000 10.01 2.50
Amed Rosario CLE $3,800 9.42 2.48

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Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Ramírez CLE $5,300 11.08 2.09
Austin Riley ATL $4,600 10.23 2.22
Manny Machado SD $5,900 9.92 1.68
Kyle Seager SEA $4,700 9.09 1.93

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Matt Duffy CHC $2,300 6.54 2.84
Aledmys Díaz HOU $3,400 8.98 2.64
Carter Kieboom WAS $2,300 5.96 2.59
Josh Donaldson MIN $3,300 7.82 2.37

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Teoscar Hernández TOR $5,200 11.47 2.21
Bryce Harper PHI $6,000 10.92 1.82
Starling Marte OAK $6,100 10.64 1.74
Randy Arozarena TB $4,600 10.09 2.19
Yordan Alvarez HOU $5,200 9.88 1.90
Juan Soto WAS $5,800 9.75 1.68
Rafael Ortega CHC $3,300 9.48 2.87
AJ Pollock LAD $4,300 9.43 2.19

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Jake Meyers HOU $2,200 8.06 3.66
Myles Straw CLE $2,400 8.43 3.51
Alex Dickerson SF $2,100 7.34 3.50
Jake Lamb CWS $2,000 7.01 3.50
Oscar Mercado CLE $2,000 6.94 3.47
Lewis Brinson MIA $2,200 7.41 3.37
Tyler Naquin CIN $2,300 7.52 3.27
DJ Peters TEX $2,200 7.19 3.27

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.

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