As with every Tuesday, I’m back again for my weekly MLB SuperDraft breakdown. Once a week I will be bringing this article to SuperDraft to break down the slate of MLB games for the night. I will also be providing an article recapping my results.
With the unique twist of the projection “multiplier,” rather than the standard salary cap adding an extra layer to the lineup building process, it’s important to measure a player’s upside in comparison to their multiplier. With baseball being a sport with a ton of variance, it is difficult to find players with extremely safe floors. Even the best players in the game will have games where they produce 0 fantasy points.
However, the absence of a salary cap also gives us the flexibility to roster any player. This means we can still “stack,” or pair several players from the same team in order to achieve correlation in fantasy point scoring and upside. But we can also treat the players with the higher multiplier as a priority. Now, let’s dive right into the slate!
As always, be sure to monitor weather issues and confirm that each player listed in the article is in the starting lineup before rostering them in your SuperDraft lineups.
We have arrived in the postseason season, and that means we have a showdown slate on our hands. Keep in mind that with his format you will roster a “Champion” player that will receive a 50% scoring boost. You can roster any position as your “Champion”. Naturally, the more optimal route is going to be using pitchers in the “Champ” slot. With that information, let’s take a quick look at some math to back that up.
Huascar Ynoa, Atlanta Braves (1.95x score multiplier)
Ynoa has one of the best matchups on a slate with a lot of tough matchups, so that isn’t necessarily a huge factor in his favor. However, he does have the second-best multiplier among pitchers. The only one with a better multiplier is Tony Gonsolin, who I am not expecting to go very deep into the game by the design of the Dodgers strategy.
Carlos Rodón, Chicago White Sox (1.75x)
Rodón is probably the most talented pitcher on the slate. He was the AL Cy Young favorite earlier in the year before being injured, and the playoff atmosphere should push his usage up.
With the small slate and tough scoring environments across many of the games, using less stacking and more one-offs is the optimal strategy. Playoffs create a different atmosphere compared to the regular season and your lineup should adjust accordingly.
Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox (1.8x)
Robert has been a staple of this article all year long. A 1.8x is just far too appealing of a multiplier for a guy who can put up points in so many different ways.
Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (1.5x)
Playoff Seager has made a name for himself in the postseason. I think that persona comes out in a big way in this matchup against a pitcher who has struggled against left-handed power so far this season. The Dodgers are in a must-win game and I think playoff-Seager rises to the challenge.
This article expresses the personal views of the writer and does not reflect the view(s) of SuperDraft in any way.