Hello and welcome to the MLB DFS Playbook for May 11! We have a tiny 3-game slate on our hands today, so you can expect to see high mlb dfs roster percentages. We have a 7:05 pm ET start time, so plenty of time to read over the playbook today! Make sure to check out our awesome MLB DFS tools as they are always worth going through before building your lineups as are the Vegas OddsHowever, as I am sure you have figured out by now, the new playbook will be a one-stop shop that includes everything from easy-to-read player write-ups and suggestions to MLB Weather Reports to lineup construction tips to our best value plays for DraftKings and FanDuel. You will be given core plays around which to build your lineups, DFS stacks to consider for GPP tournaments and key statistics to help you in your DFS research. Let’s dive in! 


MLB DFS Playbook May 11

MLB Weather Updates


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DFS Lineup Construction Thoughts

With such a small slate, there are only so many options on the table. And on top of that, we have to really look for ways to be different from the rest of the field, as the obvious plays will all see high exposure in tonight’s contests. Pitching is pretty abysmal with only 6 options to choose from and none of them are elite guys. Nathan Eovaldi against the Oakland A’s is what I assume the chalk option will be with the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants being the top lineup stack options. 

Recommended DFS Starting Pitchers

Top Options for Strikeouts

Nathan Eovaldi, Texas Rangers

Drew Rasmussen, Tampa Bay Rays

Alex Cobb, San Francisco Giants

Domingo German, New York Yankees

Best Odds for a Win

Nathan Eovaldi (Texas Rangers -239)

Alex Cobb (San Francisco Giants -136)

Drew Rasmussen (Tampa Bay Rays -126)

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Favorite Starters to Use for DFS Lineups

Nathan Eovaldi, Texas Rangers

Eovaldi, as stated earlier, feels like the chalk of the slate and the highest rostered pitcher. However, I think we just eat the chalk here and try to get different in other ways as pitching is just very thin on this slate and this is a good spot in a pitchers park. 

Alex Cobb, San Francisco Giants

Cobb, along with Rasmussen, feels like how we will round out the top-3 most rostered pitchers. These slates can be very tough because you want to separate yourself from the pack, but also you see someone like Zach Neal facing the Rangers and you just can’t stomach the thought of going that direction. Cobb has been very good this year with a 2.01 ERA and 38 strikeouts across 40.1 innings fof work. 

Domingo German, New York Yankees

This is the route I would go to be different at SP if going a little chalky with your bats. German has been up-and-down but has flashed upside and had a good strikeout rate with 44 strikeouts across 39.1 innings of work. He has a 4.35 ERA, which isn’t great, but his 0.94 WHIP is superb. The Rays are a tough matchup, obviously, but if he is on top of his game it won’t matter. 

Recommended DFS Hitters

Highest Expected Run Totals 

4.93 – San Francisco Giants vs. Tommy Henry

4.78 – Texas Rangers vs. Zach Neal

4.67 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Domingo German

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Favorite Hitters to Use for DFS Lineups

 Marcus Semien, 2B, Texas Rangers

The Rangers are easy to like today against the A’s and Zach Neal; Semien is one of the key cogs in the Rangers offense (the other being Adolis Garcia in my opinion). Semien is hitting .290 with six home runs, five steals, 30 RBI, and 30 runs scored. On top of that, second base is extremely thin today, so I expect Semien to possibly the highest rostered player on the slate, but I want to eat the chalk here. 

J.D. Davis, 3B, San Francisco Giants

Davis is having a nice year, hitting .287 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. He is hitting .321 with a pair of dingers over his last 10 games. He has been FAR better on the road this season too, slashing .340/.421/.660 on the road with five long balls, compared to .241/.318/.362 at home with just two home runs. This is a great spot against Tommy Henry

Casey Schmitt, SS/3B, San Francisco Giants

Schmitt has been fantastic in his first two games in the big leagues, going 4-8 with a home run, double, and three runs scored. He is nearly the minimum price and he is facing a terrible pitcher in Henry. This is another player that I see being pretty popular tonight as this is a great spot and he opens up other avenues with how cheap he is. On top of that, short stop isn’t very deep today. 

Harrison Bader, OF, New York Yankees

Bader is on an absolute roll right now since coming off the IL. He has scored 18, 10, 31, 12, 13, and 18 dk points over his last 6 games and despite all that, he is still a value play or at most a mid-tier cos. Drew Rasmussen has been good this year, but it’s hard not to keep rolling with Bader with how he is. In fact, I expect Rasmussen to probably be a top-3 rostered pitcher today, so going against him could prove to be a good way to be different. 


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