MLB Tournament Thoughts with DraftCheat

Tonight on FantasyDraft, we have a glorious $25,000 Home Run with a very managable $25 entry fee and a 30 entry limit so we will not see the field overrun by anyone one player with deep pockets.  There are 14 different stadiums we can look to for our matchups and not much weather to worry about this evening.  There are several different lineup building approaches we can take, so here are a few of my top plays that I am focusing on for tournaments.


Starting Pitcher

Corey Kluber – CLE vs CWS – $24,400 — Kluber will be making his second start since returning from the disabled list and is quite clearly tonight’s number one option at starting pitcher. Kluber was dominant in his first start back, requiring just 76 pitches to strike out 10 Oakland A’s.

With the extra rest, Kluber should be able to approach 100 pitches in this matchup against the strikeout happy White Sox who struggle with right-handed pitching. Kluber could be in line for a huge game here and should also get enough run support from the Indians’ high-powered offense to snag the win.


Brad Peacock – HOU vs LAA – $15,300 — Peacock used to be a pitcher to pick on in previous seasons, but he’s turned a corner this year and has been very impressive in his few starts so far and during the early part of the season he was a dominant arm out of the bullpen as well.

Peacock actually has the highest whiff/swing rate of any right-handed starting pitcher in baseball over his three starts. He’s got a nice arsenal of pitches to use against a weak-hitting Angels’ team that will of course still be without slugger Mike Trout. Peacock isn’t cheap, but he won’t break the bank either. He’s a safe option tonight with plenty of upside as well.



Daniel Murphy – WAS vs TEX – $9,000 — Murphy has been one of the premier middle-infield bats for the last couple of seasons, and tonight he gets a beautiful home matchup against Andrew Cashner, who is giving up a lot of hard contact to left-handed hitters and is not missing any bats at all.

The Nationals in general should be in for a big night with the sticks against Cashner and the Rangers’ bullpen, and Murphy is one of the more reasonably priced ways to get exposure to what should be a dominant offense.


Jake Lamb – ARZ vs MIL – $10,800 — You’re going to have to pay a pretty penny to get Lamb into your lineups, but he’s got a strong claim to be the top overall hitter on the slate tonight with a home matchup in Chase Field against Zach Davies who is certainly nothing special, especially against left-handed hitters. Lamb absolutely crushes bad right-handed pitching, especially in the friendly confines his home ballpark, and he’s got a great shot of taking Davies deep tonight.



Michael Conforto – NYM at ATL – $9,600 — Left-handed hitters against Julio Teheran is something we want to focus on and Conforto has been smashing right-handed pitching all season. Throw in SunLife Park in Atlanta which is very friendly to left-handed power, and Conforto grades out as one of the top outfielders available tonight.

The Mets’ stack in general is one of my personal favorites tonight, as the Mets should line up 5 straight lefties against Teheran. It is difficult to imagine Teheran negotiating the top half of the Mets order with any success at all.


Brett Gardner – NYY vs BAL – $9,000 — Gardner has been phenomenal this season and benefits greatly from the short left-field porch in Yankee Stadium. Gardner truly possesses legitimate power and speed and the combination is very much in play against Dylan Bundy who gets hit hard by left-handed bats and also gives up his fair share of stolen bases.

The Orioles also have just one left-handed arm in the bullpen so Gardner should get quality chances all game long atop the Yankees order. Expect him to go slightly overlooked tonight but he is absolutely in play in all formats.


Good luck out there tonight! ~ DraftCheat

Peter Christiansen

Peter Christiansen

Peter Christensen (aka DraftCheat) has been playing DFS full time since 2014. He’s a multiple time Live Finalist in MLB, NFL, NBA, and CFB, and took home the FanDuel Playboy College Football Championship for $100,000 in 2015. An analytically based player and unapologetic member of #TeamMath, DraftCheat prefers the GPP style of play and is a huge proponent of using Game Theory to improve results. A lifelong Minnesota resident, he grows weary of cheering on his hapless hometown teams. You can find his work on for both articles as well as the Deeper Dive live video show airing regularly at 5pm ET or on Twitter @DraftCheat.

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