MLB DFS GPP Recap: Schwingin’ with Schwarber
by Logan Hitchcock
Have you ever tried imitating Wayne or Garth from Wayne’s World? Despite my youth, I’m familiar with some of their skits, and their love for the word “schwing.”
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please watch the following clip before proceeding with the rest of the article.
Now that you’ve seen the clip. Imagine a short, chubby kid “schwinging” after the glorious sound of a Kyle Schwarber home run. It happened not once folks, but twice. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one taking advantage of Schwarber’s highlights for a moment of reminisce as Kyle Schwarber was one of the most popular plays of the night, and he certainly paid his dues.
Schwarber might have been your hero, but here is a look at some of the other impressive plays from last night.
|Kyle Schwarber||2R, 4H, 1 2B, 2HR, 4RBI||
|Shin-Soo Choo||3R, 4H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1HR, 3RBI, 1SB||
|Matt Holliday||2R, 2H, 1HR, 4RBI, 1BB||
|Chris Heston||7.1 IP, 6K, 2BB, 1HA, 1HBP||
A common theme in the last few weeks of these recaps has seen the fade of the “popular” game or setting. Completely fading Coors Field last night was not in your best interest as without some of Prince Fielder, Delino DeShields Jr. or Shin-soo Choo, you probably had a hard time making your way to the top of the leaderboard.
You didn’t need all of these guys however, as combining someone like Holliday or Heston with even a few of the more popular top performers helped one jolt up leaderboards. Holliday was merely 3.3 and 5.3 percent owned in the Slugfest and Grand Slam at FanDuel and DraftKings respectively.
On a night with few pitching options, Heston followed in his footsteps, garnering ownership percentages of only 19.6 and 8.9, respectively.
While I’ve discussed a lot about the successes of being contrarian, tonight was not one of those nights. Chalk marked up all of the leaderboards.
Here are the guys that found themselves there.
$500K Super Slugger, $1,065 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Team: Chris Heston, Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder, Rougned Odor, Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Shin-soo Choo, Delino DeShields Jr. , Michael Brantley
$100K Monster, $300 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Team:Aaron Nola, Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Nolan Arenado, Troy Tulowitkzi, Delino DeShelds Jr., Josh Hamilton, Shin-soo Choo
$150K Grand Slam, $25 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Team:Chris Heston, Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Carlo Correa, Nick Markakis, Shin-soo Choo, Delino DeShields JR.
$100K Rally, $5 Entry, $10,000 to First Place
Team:Chris Heston, Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre, Brandon Crawford, Randal Grichuck, Shin-soo Choo, Matt Holliday
$500K Sweetspot, $20 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Team:Jacob deGrom, Matt Shoemaker, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Correa, Shin-soo Choo, Matt Holliday, David Peralta
$50K Gold Glove, $1,060 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Team: Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Justin Turner, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley, Nelson Cruz, Odubel Herrera
$130K Perfect Game, $300 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Team: Mark Buehrle, Chris Heston, Kyle Schwarber, Edwin Encarnacion, Rougned Odor, Josh Donaldson, Jose Reyes, Shin-soo Choo, Delino DeShields Jr., Josh Hamilton
$120K Moonshot, $3 Entry, $10,000 to First Place
Team:Chris Heston, Mat Latos, Kyle Schwarber, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Nolan Arenado, Troy Tulowitzki, Shin-soo Choo,Nelson Cruz, JD Martinez
You might notice that every winning team including Kyle Schwarber and some amounts of Coors Field last night. However, certain exposures to Coors Field provided an overwhelming dud performance (I’m looking at you, Tulo). While the Rockies team total skyrocketed with their matchup against Matt Harrison, the right-handers deployed to mash up Harrison essentially took the night off. If you were stuck rostering Troy Tulowitzki, Wilin Rosario and Drew Stubbs, sorry, but you didn’t win.
For those of you that did win, congrats. To the losers, “schwing” harder next time.