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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

Optimal lineups are generated to demonstrate groups of players that work well together. This should be used only as a thought-starter for your lineups. This lineup may not conform to exact requirements of DraftKings (ie. players from one team), and may cross over multiple slates. For more detailed and customizable lineup generation, please use the MLB DraftKings Optimizer.

P One Lucas Giolito
P Two Justin Verlander
C Mike Zunino
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Daniel Murphy
SS Trea Turner
3B Nolan Arenado
OF One Grégor Blanco
OF Two Billy McKinney
OF Three Tommy Pham
Salary $49,300
Expected Points 109.83

Player expected costs and values are calculated every thirty minutes throughout the day.

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Justin Verlander PIT $12,100 25.97 2.15
Rich Hill STL $9,500 19.58 2.06
Jon Lester ATL $9,000 18.26 2.03
Mike Fiers CHW $8,400 18.25 2.17

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Lucas Giolito MIN $4,700 11.05 2.35
Zach Davies CLE $5,600 12.24 2.18
Mike Fiers CHW $8,400 18.25 2.17
Mike Minor TOR $8,000 17.20 2.15

Catcher

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Salvador Perez NYY $4,200 7.98 1.90
Yasmani Grandal STL $4,200 7.57 1.80
J.T. Realmuto ARZ $4,600 7.45 1.62
Willson Contreras ATL $3,800 7.00 1.84

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kevan Smith MIN $2,900 6.47 2.23
Mike Zunino TEX $3,300 6.95 2.11
James McCann CHW $2,600 5.44 2.09
Tucker Barnhart PHI $3,000 6.17 2.06

First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Freddie Freeman NYM $5,000 8.92 1.78
Anthony Rizzo ATL $4,300 8.84 2.05
Joey Gallo TOR $4,400 8.72 1.98
Matt Carpenter WSH $4,900 8.58 1.75

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Chris Davis BAL $2,900 6.72 2.32
Rowdy Tellez KC $3,800 8.36 2.20
Victor Martinez CHW $3,000 6.34 2.11
Ryon Healy TEX $3,700 7.74 2.09

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Daniel Murphy CHC $4,000 10.17 2.54
José Altuve PIT $4,700 9.18 1.95
Javier Báez ATL $5,300 8.99 1.70
DJ LeMahieu TB $4,200 8.51 2.03

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Daniel Murphy CHC $4,000 10.17 2.54
Joe Panik SF $3,300 7.16 2.17
Rougned Odor TOR $3,900 8.00 2.05
DJ LeMahieu TB $4,200 8.51 2.03

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Trea Turner CHC $4,800 9.73 2.03
Didi Gregorius DET $5,300 9.38 1.77
Francisco Lindor LAA $5,300 9.36 1.77
Javier Báez ATL $5,300 8.99 1.70

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Elvis Andrus TOR $3,500 7.98 2.28
Amed Rosario CIN $3,900 8.79 2.25
Pete Kozma TOR $2,500 5.51 2.20
Miguel Rojas ARZ $3,200 6.85 2.14

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nolan Arenado TB $4,800 9.50 1.98
Anthony Rendon CHC $4,900 9.47 1.93
Matt Chapman SEA $4,500 9.23 2.05
Matt Carpenter WSH $4,900 8.58 1.75

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Pete Kozma TOR $2,500 5.51 2.20
Miguel Rojas ARZ $3,200 6.85 2.14
Matt Chapman SEA $4,500 9.23 2.05
Todd Frazier DET $3,700 7.46 2.02

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Tommy Pham WSH $4,900 11.45 2.34
Joc Pederson STL $5,200 10.04 1.93
Aaron Judge DET $5,400 9.96 1.84
Christian Yelich ARZ $5,800 9.83 1.69

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Billy McKinney DET $3,400 8.55 2.51
Tommy Pham WSH $4,900 11.45 2.34
Austin Jackson LAA $2,800 6.30 2.25
Kole Calhoun MIL $3,000 6.73 2.24

Picks are based on historical performance and match-up. Picks are updated regularly, but we advise that you keep up to date on late-day roster moves and injuries – those are not taken into consideration. Sports from the Basement provides no warranty on these suggestions and readers should make picks at their own risk. Sample lineups are provided as thought-starters, and are not intended for direct use.