DFS Primer – May 1

Gus Elmashni breaks down the DFS slate for Saturday.

Let’s keep this short and sweet. Time is of the essence if you are reading this article with just an hour or two before the first pitch of the main slate. My selections for Saturday did very well and if you followed my advice, you made money. Here is how to follow the money today.

 

Pitchers

 

I am loving Logan Gilbert. Expect him to be engaged in a pitcher’s duel with Sandy Alcantara in Miami. In fact, Alcantara is in play as well. Their salaries are very similar on both DraftKings and FanDuel. I am not so sure if I would start both of them on DraftKings since there are plenty of options and you will need some salary relief for your stacks. Still, Miami plays in a pitcher’s park and both Gilbert and Alcantara are pitching well.

You can also consider Michael Lorenzen. While the White Sox don’t strike out much, they also can’t hit. It also helps that Dallas Keuchel has been terrible so Lorenzen has a very good chance of getting the W with Ohtani and Trout carrying the offense. Lorenzen is mid-priced on both DraftKings and FanDuel so that will allow you to pay up for the bats.

 

Batters

 

There are two stacks I love today: Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. The Brewers are on fire right now. They have won 5 games in a row, have score 38 runs during that winning streak, and are tied with the Mets for the best record in the NL. Interestingly the core pieces in the Brewers lineup are still affordable so keep paying for them until they get priced up. On the hill for the Chicago Cubs is Marcus Stroman who has been subpar so far this season. He has given up a home run in each of his 3 starts and the Cubs bullpen is spent having been overworked the last two days. Ride the hot hand here.

As for the Angels, we all knew this team would be special once you get Ohtani and Trout healthy. Those two are so feared that the batters around them are seeing good pitchers and doing some damage. Taylor Ward and Brandon Marsh are both beneficiaries of the Angels’ star power. You will need to pay up for either Trout or Ohtani but the other pieces are reasonably priced. I would lean towards Trout given that opposing pitcher Dallas Keuchel is a lefty and that Trout has resumed his Hall of Fame ways at the plate.

Here are some sample lineups featuring the players discussed in this article. Each of them consist of strong correlations so get those lineups in there and watch the cash roll in!

DraftKings
P: L. Gilbert
P: M. Lorenzen
C: O. Navarez
1B: R. Tellez
2B: M. Duffy
3B: A. Rendon
SS: W. Adames
OF: M. Trout
OF: A. McCutchen
OF: H. Renfroe

FanDuel

P: S. Alcantara or L. Gilbert (rostering Gilbert leaves $200 on the table and perhaps a more unique lineup)
C/1B: R. Tellez
2B: M. Duffy
3B: A. Rendon
SS: W. Adames
OF: A. McCuthchen
OF: H. Renfroe
OF: M. Trout
UTIL: T. Ward

 

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Gus Elmashni

Gus Elmashni is a San Francisco Bay Area native and an avid fan of the NBA, NFL, and MLB. He has played fantasy sports since 1993 when a few high school friends and he would tabulate daily NBA results from the San Jose Mercury News and draft new teams every month. Gus has been with Pitcher List since April 2022 writing DFS articles and the Best Bets column. Additionally, Gus works full-time as an educator in Northern California and resides in Sacramento with his wife and two young children.

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