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MLB Opening Day DFS Special Edition
Chris Robin

Opening Day is here! Thursday starts the condensed and shortened MLB season. There are going to be a lot of twists and turns and I plan on being here every step of the way!

I foresee a lot of unorthodox lineups, prospects and strange starting pitching rotations. This is going to be a sprint folks! Buckle up!

I didn’t gather you here to discuss my personal opinions on the upcoming MLB season. I gathered you all here to discuss Thursdays DFS slate! It feels great to have the wheels turning and the DFS cylinders firing again! It’s a way of life, a different way of thinking. You either love it or you don’t.

Enough nonsense! Let’s dissect this outstanding two game slate!

NYY @ WSH 7:08p EST
SFG @ LAD 10:08p EST

What are your first thoughts? It’s not a trick question! Just part of my first step in a long line of breaking down slates. Heavy Yankees and a ton of Dodgers was my first thought but it’s not realistic. Both teams are loaded with talent and their prices reflect that.

Let’s talk starting pitchers on Thursday.

In Washington it’s heavyweight fight.
Gerrit Cole (FD-$11,400)(DK-$10,00) vs. Max Scherzer (FD-$10,700)(DK-$8,600).

The later game is Clayton Kershaw (FD-$10,300)(DK-$7,700) and Johnny Cueto (FD-$6,600)(DK-$5,000)

I’ve never been one to spend up on pitching. Thursday is a tad different given the fact you can only choose from four guys! I sure as hell won’t be owning Cueto willingly!

As I said earlier, my first thought was stack NYY and LAD but that’s not possible. After some time away from my computer I came up with another way. Fade NYY and LAD! Go heavy WSH and the heart of the SFG batting order. Mind you this is for a big GPP contest.


In terms of a cash line we’re obviously going to want safe plays. Quick question, what is safe? These are the first games of the MLB season! Talent will always win out right? Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Soto to name a few. Again, it’s going to be an odd season and it’s going to start Thursday and push our limits of analysis. Whatever we thought we knew can be thrown right out the window. Personally, I know nothing. This is a daily game. We can only take so much with us from last season and the few spring games played so far this year.

I’m asking you to think wild. Get crazy! If it doesn’t make sense then that’s probably the key to a good DFS lineup in 2020.

I look forward to providing many more articles and sample lines for all of you this baseball season. Hang with me and I’ll do my best to make it a fun and enjoyable MLB DFS season!

Here are a few more sample lines I’ve been fooling around with! All these lines are for entertainment and fun!

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MLB Opening Day DFS Special Edition

Bottom of the Barrel
Chris Robin

What a relief! How excited are you? To say I’m pumped for baseball would be an understatement. It’s mid-July and there hasn’t been an ounce of sports for several months! Unless you woke up at 4a to set your KBO lines.

Realistically we’d be coming up on three months of full time MLB action. So given the lack of baseball this summer this week is exciting.

For those of you who are new to my content I want to say hello. To those you have followed my content this far I want to say thank you!

Bottom of the Barrel is a DFS article highlighting those cheaply priced players to go along with the high priced studs. This article is where it all started for me and my writing career.

Fast forward to right now and we are all on the verge of shortened yet fascinating baseball season. I have this unwavering feeling that this season will be unlike any MLB season we’ve seen before. It’s going to be a sprint instead of a marathon. Teams may start some of their young prospects without hesitation. Mangers may toy with their lineups like never before. I’m fully expecting a wild anything goes type season.

In terms of DFS it’s going to keep us on our toes! Specifically Friday! Part of Opening Day weekend! Enough with the chatter! Lets get into the slate!


Chris Paddock ARZ @ SDP (FD-$8,900)(DK-$8,600)

SDP SP Chris Paddock

There’s a new sheriff in town! He won’t be this cheap again. Take advantage while you can! The kid gloves are off and Chris is the next big thing!

Frankie Montas LAA @ OAK (FD-$7,600)(DK-$8,800)

Frankie has all the makings of a stud but was cut down due to a suspension. Before the SUS he was on pace for career type numbers. Another guy who’s price is expected to skyrocket. Jump on board while you can!

Nathan Eovaldi BAL @ BOS (FD-$7,100)(DK-$7,100)

Relief pitcher who Boston wants to stretch out. Don’t care if it was the bat boy pitching vs. Baltimore. Eovaldi is a nice cheap SP who only needs 20-25 fantasy points to hit value. Go spend up elsewhere.

Sandy Alcantara MIA @ PHI (FD-$6,800)(DK-$6,800)

MIA SP Sandy Alcantara

Sandy finished just shy of 200 IP’s last season with 151 K’s. The shortened season should help him shy. For $6,800k on Fanduel I’m all in!


Christian Walker ARZ @ SDP (FD-$2,800)(DK-$4,000)

How many homeruns do you think Walker hit last season? Really? That’s it! You’re wrong! He smacked 29 HR’s! He’s dealing with a sore groin so pay attention but I’m confident he’s in the starting lineup Friday.

Evan White SEA @ HOU (FD-$2,700)(DK-$2,600)

SEA 1B Evan White

I love this kid! He had an outstanding season in Double-A last year. He’s an extra base hit machine!


David Fletcher LAA @ OAK (FD-$2,500)(DK-$3,500)

LAA 2B David Fletcher

If Fletch is leading off for the Angels then you roster him. It’s that simple.

Luis Arraez MIN @ CWS (FD-$2,500)(DK-$3,800)

Talk about average and extra base hits? Luis is a high average kid and he could make a run at a batting title in 2020 and the shortened season! For $2,500 and all the base hits that follow it’s a no-brainer!


Colin Moran PIT @ STL (FD-$2,300)(DK-$2,900)

PIT 3B Colin Moran

Moran will be the Pirates everyday 3rd baseman in 2020 but so what? We live day to day with DFS! Colin had 80 RBI in 2019 and for only $2,300 he’s a nice filler at 3B if you pass up Bregman or Nolan.

Rio Ruiz BAL @ BOS (FD-$2,200)(DK-$3,500)

Rio was absolutely on fire in spring training before they shut it all down. Kid has it in him. Again, long term prospects aren’t there but just for today!


Chris Taylor SFG @ LAD (FD-$2,400)(DK-$3,600)

LAD 2B/SS Chris Taylor

The Dodgers sent Lux back to Triple-A meaning Taylor should see time at 2B. I want any and all pieces of this Dodger line-up and for only $2,400 you can own a piece of it with Taylor.

Orlando Arcia MIL @ CHC (FD-$2,400)(DK-$2,500)

Realistically you’re going to spend up at SS, I get that. On the off chance you want to punt the position give this guy a look. He’s feeling the heat behind him.


Jonathon Villar MIA @ PHI (FD-$2,900)(DK-$4,000)

MIA OF Jonathan Villar

I’m shocked Villar is so cheap! I’m going to roster hum every time MIA is playing at this price. The stolen bases alone make it worth it!

Max Kepler MIN @ CWS (FD-$2,800)(DK-$4,500)

MIN OF Max Kepler

The Belgian bruiser! Don’t know if anyone calls him that but, I do! Max hit 36 HR’s and batted in 90 last season. This Twins line is chalked full of power. $2,800 is just too cheap for me to pass up. Another kid I’m riding until the price changes! You’d be wise to do the same thing!

Mark Canha LAA @ OAK (FD-$2,600)(DK-$4,200)

A sneaky good play! Mark does a lot of things good. He’s the starting left fielder for the A’s with 25+ HR power. He’s your prototypical bottom of the barrel roster fill in.

Wil Myers ARZ @ SDP (FD-$2,500)(DK-$3,400)

SDP OF Wil Myers

I’ve always had a soft spot for Wil. He recently changed his swing around, something with the approach. I love this young and hungry roster the Padres have put together. I have a feeling Wil is a mainstay in my B&B’s this season.

Any questions or comments? Here’s an early look at my line for Friday. This line is for entertainment. Should be used for fun and with caution.

FD 7/24/20

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Here’s to a successful and fun MLB season! Talk soon!

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