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5/23 MLB DFS Review: Naturally, King Cole Ruled the Land

5/23 MLB DFS Review: Naturally, King Cole Ruled the Land
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5/23 MLB DFS Review: Naturally, King Cole Ruled the Land

If two is a crowd and three is a party then what do you call the seven billion perceived solid pitching options that were available in DFS on Friday Night? A super-fiesta?

The plethora of pitching made the “super-fiesta” slate on Friday evening that much more frustrating to prepare for but also a pleasure to follow along. Names like Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Gerrit Cole, Carlos Carrasco, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Collin McHugh, Chris Archer, Michael Pineda, Noah Syndergaard and Jon Lester all pitched in the same night (to name a just a few). I’m not sure there has ever been a more difficult night to select the correct starting pitcher especially on FanDuel (FD). How do you limit that list down to just one?

When the smoke cleared, Cole separated himself from the pack of aces. For the first time in a while, no six man stacks won any of the DraftKings (DK) large tournaments. Tonight it took a pretty well-rounded lineup to get it done. Here were some of the top performers of the night:

Player Stat Line DK FP FD FP
Gerrit Cole 8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 10 K, W 37.95 22.33
Paul Goldschmidt 1 R, 2 1B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB 36 14.5
Ryan Braun 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 RBI 34 15
Felix Hernandez 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 8 K, W 30.15 18
Dee Gordon 1 R, 1 1B, 4 SB 28 10.25
Evan Longoria 1 R, 1 1B, 1 BB, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB 28 11.75


…And here were the guys who gave their owners all the sads:

Player Stat Line Approximate Ownership %
Michael Pineda 6 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 ER, 4 K 20
Ubaldo Jimenez 4 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 4 K 16
Brad Miller 0 9
Jace Peterson 0 9
Robinson Cano 0 7
Nolan Arenado 0 6


What a bummer for Nolan Arenado owners as he plays in a game where 19 combined runs are scored and he does nothing. Fortunately for the names below, none of them happened to roster him. Let’s take a look at the winning lineups and those who set them across multiple DFS sites:

DraftKings $1 Million Perfect Game – Username: hotmajik – 198.85 FP

Carlos Carrasco, Gerrit Cole, Buster Posey, Paul Goldschmidt, Joe Panik, Aramis Ramirez, Hector Gomez, Ryan Braun, A.J. Pollock, Mark Trumbo

DraftKings $130K Payoff Pitch – Username: Daut44 – 210.05 FP

Carlos Carrasco, Felix Hernandez, Brian McCann, Paul Goldschmidt, Cory Spangenberg, Aramis Ramirez, Erick Aybar, Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock

DraftKings $100K Moonshot – Username: Ponston – 216.75 FP

Chris Archer, Alfredo Simon, Buster Posey, James Loney, Tim Beckham, Evan Longoria, Erick Aybar, Ryan Braun, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout

DraftKings 50K Gold Glove – Username: dandydon – 172.85 FP

 Carlos Carrasco, Gerrit Cole, Buster Posey, Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Owings, Kris Bryant, Nick Ahmed, Ender Inciarte, A.J. Pollock, Mark Trumbo

FantasyAces FAWBC Qualifier – Username: TheGoldenJ – 95.50 FP (Congraulations to Nir who is one of my favorites in the industry!)

Jeff Samardzija, Alfredo Simon, Christian Bethancourt, Jason Kipnis, Ian Kinsler, Paul Goldschmidt, Logan Morrison, Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Sam Fuld, Michael Brantley

FanDuel $4 Million World Fantasy Baseball Championship Qualifier – Username: McJester – 70.83 FP

Gerrit Cole, Wellington Castillo, Paul Goldschmidt, Robinson Cano, Aramis Ramirez, Erick Aybar, Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Shin-Soo Choo

FanDuel $200K Grand Slam – Username: golftwins – 76.08 FP

Gerrit Cole, Roberto Perez, Kendrys Morales, Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado, Jose Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Paulo Orlando

FanDuel $150K Monster – Username: benjilyons – 67 FP

Jeff Samardzija, Robinson Chirinos, Prince Fielder, Kolten Wong, Jason Rogers, Starlin Castro, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Khris Davis

Congratulations to all the winners and again congratulations to @DugFister for taking down the FantasyAces Qualifier. Love seeing friends in the industry succeed and it just motivates you that much more to go out and win it the next night yourself. That said, it’s time to find out what we learned last night:

Lesson #1 to take from Friday: It’s not over until it’s over

After returning home from a flight on Friday, I was absolutely exhausted but decided to tough out the slate of baseball games until it was time to write. Invested in Michael Pineda in about 60 percent of lineups and Brad Miller in nearly all of them which I know can be risky. Nearly two hours into the slate, Pineda imploded due to a two error inning and hanging breaking ball to Prince Fielder while Brad Miller just grounded out to make him 0-3. It was at that point I decided I needed a nap before recapping the games/tournaments for this article later in the night. When I awoke, I checked the scores on DK and was making back around 20 percent of my investment. Put simply, I was in the situation I thought I was going to be in when I made the decision to sleep. I walked downstairs, turned on the TV and hoped to watch my beloved Cubbies close out a win; another player I had invested heavily in was Paul Goldschmidt. The game was in the bottom of the 10th and Hector Rondon came in to nail it down. The rest from there, as they say, is history because Goldschmidt sent one into orbit. That one swing changed my fortunes from winning back 20 percent to 200 percent as I was saved by the bell (well by the ‘Schmidt). Let this be a lesson that in baseball it is never over until it is over. Just because a player has not done anything (or enough) in his first three at-bats doesn’t mean he isn’t going to in his final plate appearance. It’s easy to tilt too early but never lose faith. Productive hitters can make up for pitching that has been rocked and vice versa. Don’t lose hope in your night’s lineup especially if you have players slated in the later games because it ain’t over til the fat lady sings (or in this case until the final out is recorded).

Lesson #2 to take from Friday: To skew a quote from Remember the Titans slightly, “You think you something (just because you won)? Man, you don’t know nothing y’all.”

In other words, just because you predicted an event right or wrong doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a genius. Tonight, Michael Pineda‘s outing imploded because he hesitated on a throw to first and Didi Gregorious misplayed a routine one hopper. If both those plays are made, maybe he never has that implosion inning and becomes the starting pitcher play of the night. A rain delay caused Nolan Arenado to be removed from the game where under other circumstances he may have taken the at-bat and made an impact. An A.J. Pollock double in the 10th is the only reason Goldschmidt came to the plate, giving him the opportunity to tie the game with one swing (like he did). Just because your players produced doesn’t mean it was all skill and genius. All these scenarios just as easily could have gone the other way with a very different outcome. As Mike Leone told me, do not let the highs get too high and certainly don’t get too down on yourself when things don’t work out perfectly. The great thing about DFS is there’s always tomorrow.

How did you do on Friday night? Did that Goldschmidt late home run put you over the edge or send you tilting? Discuss now on the forums:



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