MLB DFS Starting Points for Friday 5-10

Things are going to be a little different this year. Here’s what to expect from this article. Each day, the first thing I do is go through each game and look at the matchups for both the pitchers and hitters, highlighting things that stand out to me. Some of the research may present glaringly obvious plays, but other stuff may require a little bit more research. Regardless,  I make a full list of notes on everything that jumps out.

I’m going to share this full list of notes with you to use however you’d like. Whether you want to blindly take plays from it or use it as your own research starting point, it’s yours to use how you see fit. I personally use this list to dive deeper into my research before making any final decisions. Sometimes that makes me more excited about a play, but other times, I uncover things that steer me away from a particular play. I will note that I compile this list each day before reading anything else around the industry, so my thoughts aren’t influenced whatsoever. Lastly, keep in mind, I primarily play tournaments and on DraftKings.

As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you have on Twitter, and I’d love to hear your feedback on the new format. You can find me here: @mrclutchdfs

Today’s Starting Points

My time is limited today, so I’m going to use bullet point format to narrow down your research and share the points that really stood out to me.

  • Dan Straily has been terrible! One of the rare times I like a LAA stack: Trout, La Stella, Goodwin, Ohtani, and Kalhoun are my favorites, but anyone is in play really. I’m gonna wait for lineup.
  • Trevor Cahill, in limited sample size (63 plate appearances against), has been as bad as I’ve ever seen against lefties. Every lefty in the lineup for Baltimore is in play.
  • Dakota Hudson is almost as bad against lefties. Yoan Moncada is maybe the best bat on the slate.
  • Boston righties are in a great spot, with Betts and Martinez as one off options. Add a righty or two for a full stack if you have hte money.
  • Pablo Lopez will be in my pitcher pool at a fair price.
  • Zack Wheeler, in the same game, is an elite option.
  • Jake Odorizzi has nearly put up two straight 30 point DK outings. Now he faces the Tigers who are awful. Every guy in their projected lineup strikes out over 20% to righties. He’s a great option.
  • Tyson Ross has been reverse split(sy) this year so far. Opposing teams have scored 18 runs (15 earned) in 18.1 innings over his last four starts. The Twins are always an excellent stack option. I also like Nelson Cruz as a one-off.
  • A case can be made for both Justin Verlander and the Houston bats, but I probably won’t be spending for either on this slate.
  • What’s up with pitchers being so bad against lefties? Adam Wainwright joins the group and I like a sneaky Pirates lefties stack. I’d play Frazier, Polanco, Bell, Reynolds, Moran. 
  • You can definitely play a Rockies righty stack.
  • I don’t think Cody Anderson is any good. I have a sneaky suspicion that the Athletics are going to blow up tonight. Even if I’m not stacking, I love Matt Olson, who will probably hit his first dong tonight.
  • Dodgers lefties will be fully stacked on one of my 3-entry max teams. Pederson, Muncy, Bellinger, Seager, Verdugo
  • Luis Castillo is elite! He’s unlikely to have a bad outing and I like his strikeout ability to win out over the Giants low strikeout rate.
  • I will target Winker and Dietrich as one-offs against the below average righty. Prioritize Dietrich.


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Eric has played fantasy football for over 20 years now and is primarily a GPP player in DFS. He estimates he enters lineups in football, basketball, baseball, golf, MMA, and Nascar contests roughly 350 days a year. As primarily a DFS tournament player, Eric is currently ranked inside the top 3% in Rotogrinders Tournament Player of the Year rankings, as well as being in the top 20% in the Heavyweight rankings. His favorite teams include the Detroit Lions, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and the Atlanta Braves.