MLB DFS GPP Recap: Crush
The word “crush” has a lot of different uses. Allow me to demonstrate.
“Hey man, do you want some of this delicious orange soda?”
“Hey girl, I have a crush on you.”
“Hey man, did you see Chris Davis crush those balls last night?”
Maybe you did see “Crush” Davis clobber a pair of homeruns last night. And odds are, if you rostered him, you were pretty excited about it, as Davis was a common thread in winning lineups around the industry last night.
Davis wasn’t the only winner though. I’ve included the chart below to depict some of the top studs from last night.
|Chris Sale||8IP, 6H, 1BB, 1ER, 12K||
|Chris Davis||2H, 2HR, 2R, 4RBI||
|Mitch Moreland||2H, 2HR, 2R, 4RBI, 1BB||
|Yasmani Grandal||2H, 1 2B, 1HR, 1R, 4RBI||
You’ll notice when you start glancing through the winning teams, these players show up a lot.
$1 Million Mega Monster, $300 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Team: Chris Sale, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Davis, Howie Kendrick, Kris Bryant, JJ Hardy, Mitch Moreland, Joc Pederson, Shin-Soo Choo
$150K Grand Slam, $25 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Team: Dallas Keuchel, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Davis, Jason Kipnis, Adrian Beltre, Brandon Crawford, Andre Ethier, Mitch Moreland, George Springer
$100K Rally, $5 Entry, $10,000 to First Place
Team: Chris Sale, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Davis, Dee Gordon, Kris Bryant, Jordy Mercer, Josh Hamilton, Mitch Moreland, Kole Calhoun
$250K Slugfest, $33 Entry, $25,000 to First Place
Team: Mike Montgomery, Chris Sale, Robinson Chirinos, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Chris Davis, Brandon Crawford, Shin-Soo Choo, Josh Hamilton, Travis Snider
$150K Perfect Game, $25,000 to First Place, $300 Entry
Team: Dallas Keuchel, Chris Sale, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Howie Kendrick, Manny Machado, Ivan DeJesus, Chris Colabello, Chris Parmalee, Matt Szczur
$115K Moonshot, $3 Entry, $10,000 to First Place
Team: Mike Montgomery, Chris Sale, Yasmani Grandal, Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Eugenio Suarez, Torii Hunter, Eduardo Nunez, Eddie Rosario
$4M Fantasy Baseball World Championship Q, $1,000 Entry, $1,000 and Ticket to First Place
Team: Ian Kennedy, Chris Sale, Tucker Barnhart, Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe, Cesar Hernandez, Torii Hunter, Eduardo Nunez, Eddie Rosario
As I’ve mentioned frequently in the last few weeks, the biggest factor of separation in these tournaments is avoiding the duds. That is pretty obvious, right?
But in your dud avoidance, you need to roster the studs – and that is the hard part. Most of the players that took down tournaments last night had a similar focus that drew them away from the high powered bats of the Toronto Blue Jays and on to cheaper, less frequently used alternatives.
Despite their juicy matchups and ball park, Chris Davis and Mitch Moreland (double-dong buddies) were less than 12% owned in both the Slugfest on DraftKings and the Grand Slam on FanDuel. In fact, Moreland was only owned by an astounding 3% of Slugfest teams. If you were slick enough to stick him on your squad, you enjoyed a nice leg up on the competition.
Of the top performers, Chris Sale and Yasmani Grandal were used fairly frequently. Grandal enjoyed a healthy ownership thanks to his matchup at a shallow position. His spot in the batting order didn’t end up diminishing his output, as once again he was the top backstop last night.
Sale was as dominant as was advertised, but you didn’t have to have him to make it work. On a night where the top starting pitching option was so obvious, I was curious to see which pivots others made in tournaments to try and separate themselves.
The best ended up being the use of Mike Montgomery. Montgomery twirled a complete game shutout (good for 39.65 DK points) and was only 12.9% owned in the Slugfest. The matchup, park and salary were in his favor, yet, the vast majority of lineups didn’t include him.
Sale hovered over 30% ownership levels on both sites last night and he didn’t let anyone down, but I’m interested to monitor this trend as the weeks go on. Typically you can make up a lot of ground on the herd by deviating to a different path, but is it right to do when their is such a clear cut choice, and can it work even if that option performs?
I guess we’ll find out.
Congratulations to all the winners, and to the losers, at least you tried.