Sports from the Basement

MLB FanDuel Picks for Thursday, May 16, 2019

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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 FanDuel Optimizer.

P Trevor Bauer
C/1B Dominic Smith
2B Jason Kipnis
SS Francisco Lindor
3B José Ramírez
OF One Ben Gamel
OF Two Willie Calhoun
OF Three Alex Dickerson
Util Rhys Hoskins
Salary $34,600
Expected Points 132.6

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

Pitchers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Trevor Bauer LAA $11,400 47.38 4.16
Zack Wheeler CIN $9,500 39.56 4.16
Luis Castillo PHI $10,300 37.83 3.67
Chris Bassitt SEA $10,000 34.60 3.46

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Trevor Bauer LAA $11,400 47.38 4.16
Zack Wheeler CIN $9,500 39.56 4.16
Michael Pineda OAK $6,500 25.49 3.92
Marcus Stroman KC $7,400 27.69 3.74

Catcher/First Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Rhys Hoskins HOU $4,300 11.80 2.74
Daniel Vogelbach TEX $3,700 11.54 3.12
Freddie Freeman NYM $4,000 11.41 2.85
Matt Olson SEA $3,000 11.24 3.75

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Dominic Smith CIN $2,100 9.47 4.51
Curt Casali MIL $2,000 8.17 4.08
Elias Díaz LAD $2,000 8.11 4.06
Welington Castillo MIN $2,300 9.11 3.96

Second Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Whit Merrifield NYY $3,800 11.67 3.07
Jason Kipnis LAA $2,800 10.61 3.79
Jonathan Schoop BAL $3,000 10.36 3.45
Dee Gordon TEX $2,800 10.34 3.69

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Ian Kinsler MIL $2,100 8.79 4.18
Yolmer Sánchez MIN $2,200 8.46 3.85
José Peraza PHI $2,200 8.39 3.81
Jason Kipnis LAA $2,800 10.61 3.79

Short Stop

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Francisco Lindor LAA $4,000 13.11 3.28
Jorge Polanco OAK $4,300 11.59 2.69
Javier Báez ATL $4,100 11.36 2.77
Paul DeJong WSH $4,000 10.71 2.68

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
J.P. Crawford HOU $2,300 9.16 3.98
José Iglesias CHW $2,400 8.90 3.71
Greg Garcia WSH $2,500 8.51 3.41
Wilmer Difo CHC $2,100 7.05 3.36

Third Base

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
José Ramírez NYM $3,700 12.20 3.30
Eugenio Suárez PHI $3,900 11.80 3.03
Matt Carpenter WSH $3,200 11.51 3.60
Matt Chapman SEA $3,800 11.47 3.02

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Miguel Sanó OAK $2,500 9.53 3.81
Renato Núñez SEA $2,200 8.02 3.65
J.D. Davis PIT $2,300 8.36 3.63
Matt Carpenter WSH $3,200 11.51 3.60

Outfield

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Christian Yelich ARZ $4,700 14.94 3.18
Joey Gallo TOR $4,300 12.33 2.87
Mitch Haniger TEX $4,000 12.06 3.02
Bryce Harper CHC $4,100 11.67 2.85

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Ben Gamel TEX $2,200 10.15 4.61
Willie Calhoun TOR $2,100 9.31 4.43
Alex Dickerson SD $2,000 8.57 4.29
Kyle Schwarber ATL $2,400 9.87 4.11

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.

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