Welcome to the DRAFT Dissection, which will feature rankings and strategy for today’s slate. Following the rankings will be a quick rundown of how I see today’s drafts shaping up. Included there will be my general strategy of how I will be drafting. We will essentially dissect the slate, and figure how we want our teams to look.
Today we have a decent eight-game slate, with some weather to keep an eye on. At the moment, it looks like the spots to watch are in Kansas City and Detroit. Minnesota is also a threat for some showers. So far, it looks as though none of these games are a fade, but things could change quickly. The most impacted game will be in Kansas City, where right now models show about an 80% chance of a thunderstorm rolling in mid-game. All weather and all things about the slate can be discussed with our experts via chat from the Discord App. Contact FanCave.com for details.
My rankings are pretty easy to follow. I have ranked the top 30 overall. We will go six deep at pitcher, and twelve deep at IF and OF. The main reason for this is that I play mostly six-man drafts, and do my personal rankings this way. Rankings will be broken down into positions, and following each players name will be their overall ranking in parenthesis.
1. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – (1)
2. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks – (9)
3. Joey Lucchesi – San Diego Padres – (10)
4. Rick Porcello – Boston Red Sox – (17)
5. Tyler Anderson – Colorado Rockies – (25)
6. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – (30)
Kind of a mixed bag today for pitching options. For me, Carrasco is a clear cut favorite today, and worthy of the top pick, considering some stacks we can make happen in the later rounds. My interest also lies in Lucchesi. Although they have been better this year, Colorado still tends to struggle a bit on the road. There is also the park factor in this game, which makes Tyler Anderson a viable play as well, if you should decide to attack your hitters early. So far in my drafts I am just letting it fall by rankings. More strategy will be discussed later, but for now, let’s move on to the infield rankings.
1. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians – (3)
2. JD Martinez – Boston Red Sox – (4)
3. Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians – (5)
4. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins – (8)
5. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds – (12)
6. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies – (15)
7. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks – (16)
8. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros – (19)
9. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros – (20)
10. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies – (21)
11. CJ Cron – Tampa Bay Rays – (25)
12. Scooter Gennett – Cincinnati Reds – (27)
Not a terrible group of infielders, with the Indians top guys being the clear top picks today, as they host Mike Fiers and the Detroit Tigers. If you want Lindor and Ramirez you will have to grab them early. I personally do not have much interest in the guys have ranked 4-7, so I am more likely to be grabbing my outfielders and pitchers early. Due to their low projections, grabbing an Altuve/Correa stack in rounds three and four or even four and five is easily attainable. They face Angels young lefty Andrew Heaney, and if he isn’t on, he could get hit hard today.
1. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox – (2)
2. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels – (6)
3. Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians – (7)
4. AJ Pollack – Arizona Diamondbacks – (11)
5. David Peralta – Arizona Diamondbacks – (13)
6. Lorenzo Cain – Milwaukee Brewers – (14)
7. Dee Gordon – Seattle Mariners – (18)
8. Justin Upton – Los Angeles Angels – (22)
9. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies – (23)
10. George Springer – Houston Astros – (24)
11. Jorge Soler – Kansas City Royals – (28)
12. Carlos Gomez – Tampa Bay Rays – (29)
We will always start with pitching here when it comes to strategy. For me, pitching shapes how I want to attack my drafts. Unfortunately it does not look like there is any clear method to draft today. The pitching is so spread out, it makes it tough to start here. Carrasco is great if you can get him, but look also to Lucchesi in rounds two or three, Porcello in round four if still available, and Anderson as a last resort last pick.
The top stacks for early rounds to target are the Red Sox and Indians. If you are lucky enough to land Betts and Martinez, that is a great start. Lindor and Ramirez are also being drafted in the first round, making it hard to land those top stacks. In my opinion, infield is pretty deep today, while outfield drops off fast.
Just for some tidbits, Upton has been a popular final pick for me in drafts where I have landed Trout early. I also happen to easily land that Altuve/Correa stack a few times, which I had mentioned above. And for those that want a fairly bold call that you can easily draft, It might not be a bad idea to draft Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts in the final two rounds, especially if you draft Betts. All in all, the way it is turning out is that if I can grab my outfielders early and land Lucchesi in the third round, I am happy with that.
You should be all set for DRAFT. Go set your pre-draft rankings and dig in. Good luck in all your MLB DFS contests today! If you have any questions I can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JuanBondDFS.