MLB DFS GPP Recap: Hakuna Machado
Despite my young age, I consider myself a grizzled veteran in DFS, particularly in MLB, where my heart lies. I’ve played a lot of games and seen some pretty incredible things on the baseball diamond, but last night was perhaps the most peculiar night of MLB DFS history. Runs, runs and more runs. I wouldn’t know where to dig to find a crazy tidbit about last night, but I wouldn’t be shocked if some sort of record was set last night.
In each of the last two weeks of recaps, we’ve seen that it took a special team or set of players to get it done and bring home the top prizes. Yesterday, just about any combination of players worked, making the very top lineups almost mystical.
Below I’ve included a table of the top performers. I could have included like half of all big league rosters, but I cut it down for sanity’s sake.
|Player||Statline||DK Points||FD Points|
|Trevor Bauer||1W, 7K, 7IP, 3BB, 4HA||29.55||18|
|Wilson Ramos||2R, 2H, 2HR, 4RBI||32||13.25|
|Todd Frazier||2R, 2H, 2HR, 2RBI||28||11.5|
|Manny Machado||3R, 3H, 2HR, 3RBI, 1BB||37||15.75|
|Clint Robinson||3R, 4H, 1 HR, 2RBI, 1BB||33||13.75|
|Bryce Harper||1R, 3H, 1HR, 1RBI, 1BB||24||10|
These are just a few of the guys that produced big nights, and I’m leaving a lot of others off this list.
Normally in this part I’d add in some analysis, but I’m going to suspend that until after I display all the winning teams, as there are some really interesting things of note across the winning teams.
$130K Perfect Game, $300 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Trevor Bauer, Matt Harvey, Wilson Ramos, Todd Frazier, Cesar Hernandez, Miguel Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Bryce Harper, Clint Robinson, Odubel Herrera
$120K Payoff Pitch, $27 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Matt Harvey, Chris Young, Wilson Ramos, Miguel Cabrera, Anthony Rendon, Manny Machado, Anthony Rendon, Yunel Escobar, Clint Robinson, Bryce Harper, Denard Span
$4 Million Fantasy Baseball World Championship Qualifier, $1,000 Entry, Ticket and $1,000 to First Place
Trevor Bauer, Garrett Richards, Jonathan Lucroy, Chris Davis, Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado, JJ Hardy, Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Travis Snider
$50K Gold Glove, $1,060 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Garrett Richards, Chris Tillman, Caleb Joseph, Chris Davis, Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado, Ryan Flaherty, Travis Snider, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout
$115K Grand Slam, $25 Entry, $10,000 to First Place
Charlie Morton, Wilson Ramos, Miguel Cabrera, Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado, Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Travis Snider
$125K Monster, $300 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Matt Harvey, Wilson Ramos, Miguel Cabrera, Jimmy Paredes, Manny Machado, JJ Hardy, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis Snider, Lorenzo Cain
$85K Rally, $5 Entry, $10,000 to First Place
Chris Young, Wilson Ramos, Clint Robinson, Jason Kipnis, Manny Machado, Ian Desmond, Travis Snider, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper
I told you I’d hold off my analysis on these teams until you were able to view all of the lineup constructions.
Above all, two things are apparent.
- The Baltimore Orioles were a necessary lineup component, albeit a popular component.
- The Washington Nationals put lineups over the top.
I’ve stressed ownership percentages in the past in both these recaps and also in my Park Factor experiment and how they can make or break a lineup. Your ability to choose someone that thousands of others don’t can really separate you from the field.
Most of the Orioles were decently owned in all GPPs last night thanks to their cakey matchup with Jerome Williams, but the Nationals, in a bad ballpark against a mediocre right-hander were owned considerably less.
The most important Nationals turned out to be Wilson Ramos and Clint Robinson, who combined for 3 home runs, and less than 5% ownership.
Yes, they combined for less than 5% ownership.
As examples, Ramos and Robinson combined for 3.44% owned in the FanDuel Grand Slam and 3.4% in the Payoff Pitch on DraftKings. They also combined for 27, and 65 points respectively on the two sites. Imagine owning both players on your roster, knowing that no one else had them, and essentially leapfrogging 97% of the field with only 22% of your lineup.
After getting Ramos and Robinson right, it took just about any combination of players last night, and if those players were Baltimore Orioles, you probably struck it big.
Congratulations to all of the winners from last night, hopefully I’ll get to talk about my own lineup in one of these spots next week!