Opening Day for Major League Baseball is a triple-header. If you miss out on All-Day DFS at DraftKings (1:05 ET) there are also Late contests at 4:05. What a great appetizer for fans, with two divisional rivalries followed by the Mets visiting the Royals in a World Series rematch.
Tomorrow’s 12-game MLB schedule kicks off the season for everyone else. One of many lucrative events at DK is the $300K Moonshot, with 23,535 cash prizes ($20,000 to first) out of a maximum 115,000 teams. The $3 entry fee is waived for new signups. Closers don’t matter; pick two pitchers and eight hitters within the $50K salary cap.
Today I’m using Marcus Stroman $9300 and Francisco Liriano $9300 on the mound. The hitting strategy is to stack Mets with a couple of Royals.
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Here’s a look at my roster construction for Monday’s MLB, when the $300K Moonshot closes at 1:05 and spans only the seven afternoon ballgames.
Max Scherzer $12300 tops the pay scale by a wide margin against an anemic lineup. Madison Bumgarner $9200 also has a favorable matchup. Rain could be a factor in New York, where Dallas Keuchel $9000 vs. Masahiro Tanaka $8800 is otherwise a tossup. Baltimore and Cincinnati may not have ideal weather either.
Felix Hernandez $8800 vs. Cole Hamels $8400 is another tough one to call. It might be a classic pitcher’s duel, though there are some bargain platoon bats on the Mariners.
There really aren’t any inexpensive probable winners but Jeremy Hellickson $7300 had a good spring and might outpitch Raisel Iglesias $8900.
Using Mad Max and Mad Bum isn’t completely mad. It leaves only $3,652 for each batter, but it can be done. Obviously, if you substitute any other SP for Scherzer, you can afford a lot more pop at the plate.
I’m zeroing in on the Reds and Phillies, hoping for a slugfest. 1B Joey Votto $4600, OF Jay Bruce $4100 and rookie OF Scott Schebler $3400 are all LH batters and there are two inexpensive shortstops. Zack Cozart $3100 is back and may lead off, while SS-eligible Eugenio Suarez now starts at third.
3B Maikel Franco $3700 hit eight HR this spring and 2B Cesar Hernandez $3100 might be on base if he goes deep. We have to scrimp at C; Wilson Ramos $3100 fills the bill.
One of the best DFS plays is an underpriced lefty-masher. Franklin Gutierrez $2800 won’t start against many RHP but will be in an RBI spot against Hamels.
Today’s NBA feature is the $100K Sharpshooter. That $3 entry fee is also free with your initial deposit of $5 or more, and you could win up to $10,000 cash. Is closes early (3:30 ET) so enter before it fills. You can make lineup adjustments until each player’s game begins.
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