Yesterday was Day 1 of the three-day survivor tournament with the winner getting a ticket and travel package to the DraftKings Championship where someone will win $1 million. Day 1 had a maximum of 3,500 entries with 750 advancing to Day 2, but the tournament didn’t fill (as usual!) and just 2,515 people entered. Still, 750 had to advance and I was one of them with an entry different than my Official Lineup (left below). See below for all three I used yesterday.
Yesterday’s survivor entry (left) and my other two entries (click to enlarge)
Per the Weather Dashboard at Daily Baseball Data, we have potential weather systems to watch in Miami and Houston. Thankfully, both of those parks have roofs so we’re in the clear today!
If you missed out on Day 2 of the three-day survivor tournament, maybe give their Step Tournaments a try. They work as follows:
- Step 1: $2 entry | Top 2 advance to Step 2 | 3rd and 4th get a re-do at Step 1
- Step 2: $7 entry | Top 2 advance to Step 3 | 3rd and 4th get a re-do at Step 2
- Step 3: $27 entry | Top 2 advance to Step 4 | 3rd and 4th get a re-do at Step 3
- Step 4: $88 entry | Top 2 get $200 in a six-man contest (not 10)
On my first attempt to climb the ladder I went from Step 1 to Step 4 in three days and then finished right on the cusp in Step 4 just a few points out of the money. Last night I won my Step 1 tournament and I’m on to Step 2 today. For a $2 buy-in you can win $200 if you can successfully climb the ladder, and you only need to finish in the top 40% to advance or get another try. They’re a lot of fun.
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Thursday’s Official DraftKings Lineup
Note: Lineup subject to change due to weather and released MLB lineups. Check back before contest lineups lock for our final lineup.
- C: Mike Zunino (SEA) vs. Z. McAllister (CLE) — $3,200
- 1B: Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) vs. J. Teheran (ATL) — $4,300
- 2B: Hidden
- 3B: Kyle Seager (SEA) vs. Z. McAllister (CLE) — $4,200
- SS: Jose Reyes (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $5,000
- OF: Adam Jones (BAL) vs. T. Skaggs (LAA) — $4,700
- OF: Josh Harrison (PIT) @ J. Collmenter (ARI) — $4,100
- OF: Hidden
- SP: Yordano Ventura (KC) vs. K. Correia (MIN) — $6,400
- SP: Hidden
Johnny Cueto is going to be the universal selection today so if you really want to differentiate yourself, stay away from him. Ventura will be another very popular pick given his price point, his reputation, and his opponent. His last four starts have been mostly bad, but I wouldn’t say any of them are particularly worrisome. Last time out at Cleveland he went 6.1 IP with 3 ER and 7 K, and Cleveland hits RHP well. Before that it was 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 0 K at Boston, but anyone can have a bad day at the Red Sox. Prior to that it was 1.2 IP at Detroit so ignore that start, and before the Detroit game it was 4 ER in 5 IP with 4 K against a surging Rays team. There’s definite blow-up potential here (think 5 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) but I think the upside is way too good for the price.
With Zunino, strikeouts are the issues because you can’t rack up points if you don’t put the ball in play. Zach McAllister should help the upside catcher put his power to good use as Cleveland’s starter isn’t known for fanning batters. Zunino went 0-for-3 yesterday but had five hits, including two homers, in his previous two games.
Gonzalez is just $4.3K and has five multi-hit games in his last eight, three of which have been three-hit games. He did go 0-for-5 with 3 K yesterday, but the Dodgers faced the left-handed Alex Wood. Today it’s Julio Teheran, a very good pitcher in his own right but a righty nonetheless. For the price this is a tough matchup to ignore.
The Blue Jays will be a popular stack today against Jarred Cosart, who’s been downright pitiful in his last four starts (19 ER in 21.1 IP, 14 BB, 13 K), so I advocate any Blue Jays batter in their lineup. For what it’s worth, though, Cosart doesn’t allow many HR.
Jones and the Orioles draw the left-handed Tyler Skaggs. Jones has homered in his last two games and is slashing .396/.455/.723 against LHP this season.
I’ve been on the wrong end of Josh Collmenter all season, stacking against him when he does well and cheaply selecting him during his absolute worst outings. Still, the numbers say he’s a good candidate to pick against so I’ll go with Josh Harrison. For $4.1K, Harrison has been raking. In his last 10 games he’s batting .347 with 4 HR and 4 SB, and this game will be played in a great hitter’s park.
Safe Matchups for H2H and Double-Up Play
If you only need to finish in the top 50%, safer plays are the way to go.
- C: Salvador Perez (KC) vs. K. Correia (MIN) — $3,900
- C: Dioner Navarro (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $3,900
- 1B: Albert Pujols (LAA) @ B. Norris (BAL) — $4,700
- 1B: Nick Swisher (CLE) vs. C. Young (SEA) — $3,800
- 2B: Neil Walker (PIT) @ J. Collmenter (ARI) — $4,400
- 2B: Howie Kendrick (LAA) @ B. Norris (BAL) — $4,300
- 3B: Todd Frazier (CIN) @ T. Koehler (MIA) — $4,300
- 3B: Carlos Santana (CLE) vs. C. Young (SEA) — $5,400
- SS: Billy Hamilton (CIN) @ T. Koehler (MIA) — $4,900
- SS: Jordy Mercer (PIT) @ J. Collmenter (ARI) — $3,700
- OF: Kole Calhoun (LAA) @ B. Norris (BAL) — $4,300
- OF: Michael Brantley (CLE) vs. C. Young (SEA) — $4,700
- OF: Melky Cabrera (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $5,000
- OF: Jayson Werth (WAS) vs. C. Lee (PHI) — $4,500
- OF: Colby Rasmus (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $4,200
- SP: Johnny Cueto (MIA) @ T. Koehler (MIA) — $9,400
- SP: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) vs. J. Teheran (ATL) — $13,800
High-Risk, High-Upside Matchups for Multi-Player Play
You don’t win the big bucks without hitting on a few lottery ticket picks!
- C: Jordan Pacheco (ARI) vs. J. Locke (PIT) — $3,400
- C: Yan Gomes (CLE) vs. C. Young (SEA) — $4,100
- 1B: Juan Francisco (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $4,300
- 1B: Steve Pearce (BAL) vs. T. Skaggs (LAA) — $3,800
- 2B: Aaron Hill (ARI) vs. J. Locke (PIT) — $4,300
- 2B: Omar Infante (KC) vs. K. Correia (MIN) — $3,600
- 3B: Lonnie Chisenhall (CLE) vs. C. Young (SEA) — $3,700
- 3B: Danny Valencia (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $3,000
- SS: Chris Taylor (SEA) @ Z. McAllister (CLE) — $2,400
- SS: Khris Negron (CIN) @ T. Koehler (MIA) — $2,500
- OF: Raul Ibanez (KC) vs. K. Correia (MIN) — $3,500
- OF: Marc Krauss (HOU) vs. D. Hutchison (TOR) — $2,700
- OF: Delmon Young (BAL) vs. T. Skaggs (LAA) — $3,300
- OF: Mark Trumbo (ARI) vs. J. Locke (PIT) — $4,100
- OF: Gregory Polanco (PIT) @ J. Collmenter (ARI) — $4,400
- SP: Drew Hutchison (TOR) @ J. Buchanan (HOU) — $6,500
- SP: Zach McAllister (CLE) vs. C. Young (SEA) — $4,700