What’s up, #EliteMafia!? Welcome to “The Early Bird,” where we’ll cover the pitchers, stacks, and one-off players you’ll need to dominate today’s early MLB DFS slates on DraftKings and FanDuel!
Today, this article will focus exclusively on the DraftKings/FanDuel “Early Slate” starting at 1:10 PM EST. FanDuel stuck with the first five games, while DraftKings added two games. There’s a ton of weather concerns, so keep an eye on things.
MLB DFS Pitchers
CASH: Michael Pineda, RHP, Twins ($8,100 DK / $9,500 FD) – On such a small slate, Pineda is the highest-priced pitcher on FD, but you get a slight discount on DK. Pineda owns a 27.4% K rate against this Pittsburgh lineup. Overall this season, he is sitting at a 25.4% K rate. Pittsburgh has the 28th ISO at .139 with a 22.5% K rate.
CASH: Nathan Eovaldi, RHP, Red Sox ($8,900 DK / $8,500 FD) – Boston takes on Seattle with Eovaldi on the mound. The Mariners have a 25% K rate with a .165 Team ISO. Eovaldi has limited hard contact to 32% as well as walks at just 4.3% BB%.
CASH/GPP: Brady Singer, RHP, Royals ($6,500 DK / $7,700 FD) – Singer is coming off two solid outings and should be higher owned in the matchup against Detroit. Singer has seen some success against this Tigers roster with a 34.5% K rate and allowing them to a .227 wxOBA.
Other GPP Options:
Matthew Boyd, LHP, Tigers ($7,900 DK / $8,400 FD)
Wade Miley, LHP, Reds ($8,300 DK / $7,500 FD)
MLB DFS Stacks
- Boston: They have the highest Vegas implied total today, and there’s some threat of rain. JD, Verdugo and Bogaerts is where I start the stack.
- Twins: The stack of Buxton and Cruz is expensive. You can still save with Arraez and Donaldson on FanDuel.
- Angels (DK): Odorizzi allowed 2.63 HR/9 in the shortened season. The status of Trout will impact things, but Walsh and Ohtani should be part of the stack.
Value plays listed last.
C: Perez, Contreras, Barnhart
1B: Alonso (DK), Santana, Votto, Walsh (DK)
2B: Whit, Kike, Edman
3B: Devers, Donaldson, Suarez
SS: Lindor (DK), Bogaerts, Baez
OF (HIGH $$$): Ohtani (DK), JD, Buxton, Cruz
OF (MID $$$): Casty, Verdugo, Soler, Dom Smith (DK)
OF (LOW $$$): Renfroe, Benintendi, Lewis
Best of luck!