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MLB DFS GPP Recap: Archer shoots owners to the top

MLB DFS GPP Recap: Archer shoots owners to the top
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MLB DFS GPP Recap: Archer shoots owners to the top

Is anyone in the mood for a riddle?

What do a Nordic God and a man with two different colored eyes have in common?

If you guessed that they both reek of failure, you are correct.

Of course the Nordic God I’m referencing is Thor, or Noah Syndergaard who while posting a career high in strikeouts, also posted a career high in earned runs.

The man with two colored eyes? That is Max Scherzer, and he too disappointed us to the tune of only six innings, five strikeouts and four earned runs.

While the aforementioned criminals stole the night from a myriad of contending lineups, the following players lived up to their hype, sporting mini-capes and flying their teams to the top of leaderboards.

Player Stat Line DK Points FD Points
Chris Archer, P 8 IP, 6 HA, 15 K, 1 ER, 1 W 46.4 26
Clay Buchholz 8 IP, 3 HA, 2 BB, 8K, 1 W 35 20
Evan Gattis, C 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R , 3 RBI 21 8.5
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 1 H, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB 18 7.25
Ender Inciarte, OF 1 H, 2 R , 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB 25 10.5
Kike Hernandez, 2B/OF 2 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI 19 7.5
Joc Pederson 2H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 RBI 24 9.25

 

Perhaps you notice a few trends from the table above.

1)   A lot of the players from above are on the winning lineups from the big tournaments around the industry.

2)   A lot of those players were playing in Coors Field.

It takes a lot to win a tournament. You need just the right amount of oomph, as displayed by the table above, but you also need to miss enough duds to make your lineup stout. Dodging Scherzer and Syndergaard and selecting one of the few starting pitchers that flourished last night went a long way to taking down a significant tournament. I’ve listed below the lineups and the winners from all of the featured tournaments on FanDuel and DraftKings last night.

FanDuel

$700K Mega Monster, $300 Entry, $75,000 to First Place

Winner: beepimajeep

Clay Buchholz, Evan Gattis, Adrian Gonzalez, Enrique Hernandez, Luis Valbuena, Jimmy Rollins, George Springer, Preston Tucker, Joc Pederson.

Total Score: 71.25

$150,000 Grand Slam, $25 Entry, $20,000 to First Place

Winner: dallasdonn

Chris Archer, Yasmani Grandal, Prince Fielder, Enrique Hernandez, Alberto Callaspo, Elvis Andrus, Joc Pederson, Shin-Soo Choo, Mitch Moreland

Total Score: 73

$200,000 Super Rally, $5, $20,000 to First Place

Winner: dallasdonn

Chris Archer, Yasmani Grandal, Prince Fielder, Enrique Hernandez, Alberto Callaspo, Elvis Andrus, Joc Pederson, Shin-Soo Choo, Mitch Moreland

Total Score: 73

First off, is anyone shocked that “beepimajeep” has won another big tournament? This guy is seriously hot fire. If you added up all the flame emojis from every iPhone in the world, I’m not sure you would radiate as much heat as this guy has coming off his account balances.

Onto the actual breakdown of these lineups. Some of the biggest takeaways I have when looking at these winning lineups is the major presence the pitching had. Last night when people were so focused on fitting in Mad Max Scherzer, especially on FanDuel thanks to the soft position player pricing, it was those who stayed away from Scherzer that benefitted most.

Also, notice that there was no direct need to be entirely contrarian. Often I think we focus on the fact that we need to separate ourselves from the field to be at the top. However, both of these players were littered with the maximum exposure to the Dodgers in Coors Field. Perhaps the most puzzling piece of all this was that Adrian Gonzalez, fairly affordable and maybe the top offensive target of the night, was only 16.1% owned in the Mega Monster. Yes, roughly 16% is fairly high for a large field tournament, however, on a night where he was the consensus option at the first base position, I find it odd that there wasn’t more chalk thrown down.

Kudos to both “beepimajeep” and “dallasdonn” who enjoyed themselves a killer night on FanDuel.

DraftKings

$4M Fantasy Baseball World Championship Qualifier, $1,000 Entry, $1,000 Plus Fantasy Baseball World Championship Ticket to First Place

Winner: underjones

Team: Chris Archer, Lance Lynn, Jordan Pacheco, Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Altuve, Yasmany Tomas, Jimmy Rollins, Ender Inciarte, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock

Score: 178.05

King of The Hill Battle, $10,000 Plus King of the Hill Ticket to First Place

Winner: MSteinberg09

Team: Collin McHugh, Max Scherzer, Nick Hundley, Adrian Gonzalez, Kike Hernandez, Alberto Callaspo, Jimmy Rollins, Andre Ethier, Tyler Moore, Joc Pederson

Score: 149.65

$100,000 Moonshot, $3 Entry, $10,000 to First Place

Winner: khoward

Team: Chris Archer, Collin McHugh, James McCann, Mitch Moreland, Delino DeShields, Luis Valbuena, Elvis Andrus, Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton

Score: 191.35

First off, sympathies go out to our very own Dinkpiece, Drew Dinkmeyer, for taking the short end of the stick in the King of the Hill. Drew was snubbed by Noah Syndergaard and just couldn’t recover. Drew, if you’re looking for some rationale, maybe it’s because you picked him on a Tuesday? Also, if it’s any consolation, Syndergaard’s first big league start resulted in a win for our Cubbies! (I know that isn’t much of a consolation).

There are two things I really want to point out when looking at the DraftKings winners. First, look at the difference in lineup construction from the FanDuel teams to those on DraftKings. The big difference is the fact that on DraftKings you can use 6 hitters from a team as opposed to the four that are allowed on FanDuel. As a result, you would have expected that the winners from the tournaments to have a lot of exposure to the most popular game of the night, the game in Coors Field that yielded 17 runs.  However, in the tournament winning lineups from DraftKings, only one player from Coors Field was used (excluding Steinberg, which was actually a H2H game).

This is where going “contrarian” benefitted both underjones and khoward. Notice though, that the most important part of both of those winning teams was that the teams were not sunk with the starting pitchers. Both underjones and khoward used the night’s best pitcher, Chris Archer, while selecting Lance Lynn and Collin McHugh to finish off their squad, respectively.

The other thing I want to point out about the games I’ve tracked was the difference in lineup construction between underjones and khoward and the King of the Hill winner, MSteinberg09. Given our understanding of the difference between GPP and cash game plays, it was no surprise that MSteinberg09 loaded up on the game in Coors Field, the chalk play of the day. MSteinberg09 put together a solid lineup overall, but one that would have only finished 5th in the $1K Q and just inside the top 1,000 in the Moonshot.

One way or another, all of the lineups that took down tournaments last night used a solid base of pitching, and found enough of an offensive presence to win. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to all those trying to be featured in this piece next week!

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