If you watched baseball yesterday, you probably have a pretty good feel for who the best performers were. If you were sweating your lineups on DraftKings, you probably have a pretty good feel for who the best performers were. But the Perfect Lineup? Well that’s what we’re here for. Check out the daily perfect lineup below!
MLB Headlines – August 30th
– Jake Arrieta Tosses No-No, Finishes a Dominant August
– Arrieta averaged 32.12 fantasy points per start in the month of August.
– The 57.65 fantasy points were the most of any start for Arrieta since the beginning of the 2012 season.
– Last night’s fantasy point total for Arrieta was the 3rd highest of the 2015 season – behind only Max Scherzer’s near perfect game and Cole Hamels final start as a Philly at the end of July.
– The 57.65 fantasy points were the most by any pitcher in the month of August. The 2nd highest was Madison Bumgarner’s 54 points on 8/16 against the Nationals.
– The 3rd highest FP output by a pitcher this month was also a no-hitter against the Dodgers. Mike Fiers tossed a no-no just 9 days ago and racked up 52.45 fantasy points.
– Edwin Encarnacion One Game Away from “Perfect” August
– Edwin Encarnacion’s 56 fantasy points on Saturday were the third highest of August – behind only Yoenis Cespedes and Jackie Bradley Jr.
– Encarnacion has had at least 1 fantasy point in every game this month – meaning he has not had a game in August where he hasn’t positively contributed on the offensive end.
MLB PERFECT LINEUPNOTES:
- There was a mixture of popular and under-the-radar plays in Sunday’s perfect lineup. Three guys were over 10% owned (Arrieta, Martin and Altuve). 6 players were under 2% owned.
- The duo of Yankees infielders were huge surprises who carried more than their fair share of the workload on Sunday. At just .9% and .8% owned each, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew were the two highest scoring batters with 36 and 37 fantasy points respectively.
TOP 20 FANTASY POINT SCORERSNOTES:
- As long as you avoided Stephen Strasburg and Noah Syndergaard on Sunday, it was hard to go wrong on pitching. A range of starters from high-priced studs (Jake Arrieta) to mid-range arms (Derek Holland) to bargains (Ervin Santana) were in the Top 20 fantasy performers on Sunday.
- Overall, 7 pitchers were in the top 20 fantasy performers.
- The Yankees were the highest scoring team on average for the 2nd time in 3 days. They averaged 14.94 fantasy points per player on Sunday.
- The Twins were a surprise on Sunday, finishing as the 2nd highest scoring team on average with 12.56 fantasy points per player.
- The Orioles were far and away the worst team on Sunday. They were shut down by Derek Holland and averaged a measly 1.70 fantasy points per player
TOP 20 HIGHEST OWNED PLAYERSNOTES:
- Fading the popular pitchers was the way to play Sunday’s slate. Strasburg and Syndergaard were the two highest owned pitchers and totaled only 11.6 fantasy points combined for $20,600.
- If you rostered both Strasburg and Syndergaard you spent 41.6% of the $50,000 DraftKings Salary Cap to yield only those 11.6 fantasy points in return.
- The Blue Jays and their high powered offense were again the highest owned team on average on Sunday.
- The lowest owned team on Sunday (on average) was again Miami. That’s twice in three days that DraftKings users have avoided the Marlins and both times (on Friday vs. Scherzer, Sunday vs. Strasburg) they pushed an ace to having a subpar start.
TOP 20 VALUE PLAYS
1 – Value Plays defined by top 20 players in terms of $/Pt (salary divided by total fantasy points).NOTES:
- No player in the top 10 value plays on Sunday was over 10% owned and only 1 player in the top 20 was at least 10% owned.
- The Phillies struggled on Sunday against James Shields but put together just enough (and were cheap enough) to finish as the best $/Pt team. The Marlins and Reds rounded out the top 3 for best $/pt teams.
- The Blue Jays may have finished as the highest scoring team on average but they were so expensive that they ended up being the 4th worst team in terms of DraftKings value on Sunday.
TOP 20 KEYS TO SUCCESS
1 – Keys to success defined as highest owned players on winning lineups. This stat is a derivative of percentage owned, except it includes only lineups that finished in the money on DraftKings.NOTES:
- Stephen Strasburg was so highly owned on Sunday that it didn’t really matter that he struggled. He was still on 47% of lineups that finished in the money.
- Jake Arrieta was obviously a huge key to winning in Sunday’s contests. He was owned on 21% more teams in the money than his overall ownership.
- The Blue Jays were the highest owned team on average on winning DK lineups. Blue Jays players were on 8.48% of winning teams.
BUSTS OF THE NIGHT