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MLB GPP Recap: First Time for Everything

MLB GPP Recap: First Time for Everything
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MLB GPP Recap: First Time for Everything

I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone, but I love to use old cliches. Writing professionals or teachers will tell you to monitor  usage and to keep them out of the ledes of your story, but thankfully, no one is here to yell at me, so why not use one?

“There is a first time for everything.” It’s short, it’s simple, and it speaks to the manner in which the GPP’s played out last night in MLB DFS. In heavy multi-entry, large field tournaments, it’s often the odd, crazy lineup construction that no one could have predicted that sweeps away the field. Last night however, it was short and concise. Stacks on stacks on stacks of Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians is all it took…and for the real winners, mini-stacks of each.

Here’s a look at the top performers from the night. Take notice, there is a Cub at the top (again…there is a first time for everything).

Player

Statline

DK Points

FD Points

Jake Arrieta 8K, 6IP, 1BB, 4HA, 1W 30.5 18
Evan Gattis 3R, 2H, 1HR, 4RBI 2BB 31 13.5
Michael Brantley 1 2B, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R, 1BB, 1SB 44 18.75
Carlos Gomez 1 2B, 1HR, 4RBI, 2R 27 11

 

And…here’s a look at the players that best combined players from the top performers table.

FanDuel

$400K Monster, $300 Entry, $80K to First Place
Winner: cr0pduster
Team: Stephen Strasburg, Evan Gattis, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Jed Lowrie, Francisco Lindor, Colby Rasmus, Carlos Gomez, Michael Brantley
Score: 88

$160K Grand Slam, $25 Entry, $15K to First Place
Winner: taco933
Team: Noah Syndergaard, John Jaso, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Justin Turner, Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Yasiel Puig, Colby Rasmus
Score: 79.25

$100K Rally, $5 Entry, $10K to First Place
Winner: curtispainter
Team: Stephen Stasburg, Evan Gattis, Jason Kipnis, Luis Valbuena, Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Colby Rasmus, Carlos Gomez
Score: 93

DraftKings

$300K Mega Gold Glove, $1,060 Entry, $100K to First Place
Winner: pianoclub
Team: Jake Arrieta, John Lamb, Jonathan Lucroy, Evan Gattis, Jose Altuve, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Correa, Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutchen, Colby Rasmus
Score: 198.35

$175K Perfect Game, $300 Entry, $25K to First Place
Winner: pianoclub
Team: Jake Arrieta, John Lamb, Jonathan Lucroy, Evan Gattis, Jose Altuve, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Correa, Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutchen, Colby Rasmus
Score: 198.35

$160K Moonshot, $3 Entry, $12K to First Place
Winner: james_thief
Team: Dallas Keuchel, Stephen Strasburg, Jonathan Lucroy, Evan Gattis, Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, Carlos Gomez, Colby Rasmus
Score: 232.65

This is perhaps the first time ever that recapping MLB GPPs has been “simplistic” two weeks in a row, hence the aforementioned cliche.

Most of the teams from last night, from both FanDuel and DraftKings had a combination of players from the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians, with specific attention paid to those from the top performers table. However, as I’ve mentioned in the past, you can nail the top stack, but it often takes a “fill-in” player as well as a top shelf pitcher to take down a tournament.

While last night wasn’t filled with a myriad of pitching options, the ownership levels in the major GPPs was certainly sporadic.

Pitcher

DK Moonshot

FD Rally

Jake Arrieta 13.8% 6.5%
Dallas Keuchel 10% 3.9%
Noah Syndergaard 20.4% 9.2%
Stephen Strasburg 41.4% 24.8%

 

The numbers indicate that given his salary and matchup, the general public was on Strasburg last night, and a lot of the winning teams were built around him as well. However, the ownership percentages that surrounded the other three top options in the game really puzzled me from last night, especially given the rather small portion of pitchers that were viable options last night.

Granted I know that in tournament play, essentially anyone is a viable option, but it seems that starting with higher salary, high upside starting pitchers are great ways to build a tournament lineup. Arrieta, Keuchel and Syndergaard all had fantastic games fantasy wise, and rewarded the owners that did use them.

If you’re scratching your head at the crazy ownership jumps from DK to FD, make note that on DK you’re forced to roster two starting pitchers, therefore doubling that amount of “pitcher selections” required.

I didn’t happen to come away with any tangible prize from last night’s games, but the fact that a Cub snuck into the top performers table is a win in itself.

Congratulations to the winners, and here is to next week!

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