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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 Matthew Boyd
P Two Joe Musgrove
C Jesús Sucre
1B Joey Votto
2B Josh Harrison
SS Javier Báez
3B José Ramírez
OF One Shin-soo Choo
OF Two Tommy Pham
OF Three Brandon Nimmo
Salary $46,700
Expected Points 106.27

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

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Stephen Strasburg CHC $10,300 21.35 2.07
Matthew Boyd CHW $8,100 21.04 2.60
James Paxton TEX $8,500 20.06 2.36
Tyler Glasnow LAD $10,600 19.68 1.86

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Matthew Boyd CHW $8,100 21.04 2.60
Joe Musgrove PIT $7,300 18.55 2.54
James Paxton TEX $8,500 20.06 2.36
Chris Sale BOS $7,900 18.07 2.29

Catcher

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Francisco Cervelli LAD $3,500 7.87 2.25
Yasmani Grandal STL $4,300 7.77 1.81
J.T. Realmuto ARZ $4,100 7.61 1.86
Willson Contreras ATL $4,400 7.20 1.64

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Francisco Cervelli LAD $3,500 7.87 2.25
Welington Castillo MIN $3,300 6.99 2.12
Cam Gallagher NYY $3,000 6.14 2.05
Tyler Flowers NYM $3,400 6.74 1.98

First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Anthony Rizzo ATL $4,400 8.60 1.95
José Abreu MIN $4,300 8.29 1.93
Luke Voit WSH $4,600 8.24 1.79
Joey Votto PHI $4,000 8.24 2.06

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Ji-Man Choi DET $3,600 8.10 2.25
Kendrys Morales KC $3,300 7.22 2.19
Travis Shaw CLE $3,600 7.80 2.17
Rowdy Tellez KC $3,800 8.15 2.14

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Altuve PIT $4,800 9.50 1.98
Whit Merrifield NYY $5,000 9.41 1.88
Jonathan Villar CLE $4,000 8.36 2.09
Ozzie Albies NYM $4,000 8.24 2.06

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Josh Harrison LAD $3,100 7.20 2.32
Robinson Canó TEX $3,700 8.24 2.23
Joe Panik SF $3,000 6.41 2.14
Starlin Castro ARZ $3,300 7.01 2.12

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Javier Báez ATL $4,800 9.50 1.98
Trevor Story TB $4,500 8.58 1.91
Jean Segura TEX $4,400 8.37 1.90
Elvis Andrus TOR $4,900 8.30 1.69

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Brandon Crawford SF $2,900 6.10 2.10
Andrelton Simmons MIL $3,700 7.43 2.01
Javier Báez ATL $4,800 9.50 1.98
Corey Seager STL $4,200 8.22 1.96

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Ramírez NYM $4,200 9.59 2.28
Anthony Rendon CHC $5,400 9.57 1.77
Alex Bregman PIT $4,600 9.17 1.99
Matt Carpenter WSH $4,400 9.02 2.05

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Ramírez NYM $4,200 9.59 2.28
Josh Donaldson KC $4,000 8.63 2.16
Eric Sogard CLE $3,200 6.89 2.15
Rio Ruiz NYM $3,000 6.35 2.12

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mike Trout MIL $5,700 10.80 1.89
Christian Yelich ARZ $5,400 10.74 1.99
Mookie Betts BOS $5,200 10.54 2.03
Joc Pederson STL $4,800 9.54 1.99

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Yasiel Puig STL $3,700 8.18 2.21
Joey Rickard BAL $2,900 6.33 2.18
Brandon Nimmo CIN $4,100 8.76 2.14
Dwight Smith Jr. KC $3,600 7.56 2.10

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.