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Fanball MLB Triple Play – April 5, 2019

by • April 5, 2019


Did you know that on even a ten game MLB slate, there are approximately 250 TRILLION lineup combinations you can make? To be able to hit on the 1 lineup out of those combinations is harder than winning the lottery. A reduced player pool, though, can give you a significant advantage by reducing the possible lineup combinations you can make. If we limit our choices to only 5 players per position (a few extra for OF), you now have far fewer possible lineup combinations you can make (pricing helps reduce this number even lower). Sure, it’s still a lot of lineup choices (in the millions) but it’s only .000008% of the total possible lineup combinations everyone else is working with. That is a SIGNIFICANT advantage for you if you’re choosing from a strong reduced player pool. That’s where we come in to help.

    Bankster DFS, The Home of the Reduced Player Pool, has teamed up with Fanball to give you a daily sneak peak of three of the plays we have included in our Bankster DFS reduced player pool. We aren’t lineup sellers; we write full articles that explain which players we like, why we like those players, and how we like to build our teams. We are a learning site more than anything, and you can see that in heavy member interaction on our various Slack Chat channels (we have one for every sport that we cover – NBA, AAF, NFL, NHL, MLB, EPL, PGA, MMA, CBB, WWE, sports betting, and Best Ball 10’s). You can get the rest of our reduced player pool, our daily articles, our members only slack chat, and Fanball exclusives with a Bankster DFS membership. That membership costs only $2.99/wk and you get everything mentioned above with it. You can contact me about membership on Twitter @bankster17 or sign up for service here.

Let’s look at the MLB Triple Play for Friday, April 5…

Leading Off (mid-range play): Shane Bieber (CLE/RHP vs TOR – $11700 )
    From the mouth of Zac Green (@okiecowpoke14), “Bieber is my lock pitcher on this slate for cash. The Blue Jays cannot hit the broadside of a barn right now. Bauer had a no-hitter going into the 8th but was pulled due to pitch count. The Jays are hitting .190 with 67 Ks on the young season. Versus RHP it is even worse with a .169 average. Bieber only has one start in history against the Blue Jays. He recorded 6 Ks in 6.1 IP. Basically, I regret not playing Bauer because of price and it is obvious the Jays cannot hit on anyone. They almost were no-hit by David Hess as well from the Orioles. Load him in cash and feel safe doing so.”

Batting Cleanup (stud lock): Mike Trout (LAA/OF vs Lance Lynn- $9000)
    Originally we had Bryce Harper in this spot, but the weather doesn’t look ideal for his game and there’s a very real chance it gets rained out. We don’t want to leave you hanging without a big bat. It’s pretty obvious to pull out Trout, but sometimes obvious is ok. If we take a look, we will see that Trout only has a .111 BA in his career against Lance Lynn so that may lower his ownership a little bit. At $9.0k we are going to have to pay up to roster him, but nobody has more upside than Trout. He went yard last night, and when he gets hot there’s generally nothing that will slow him down; that’s what a little home cookin’ will do for a guy.

Pinch Hitter (sleeper): Starlin Castro (MIA/2B at Kevin Gausman – $4500 )
    We had Chris Iannetta in this spot but apparently the Rockies don’t care about BvP and they’ve removed him from the lineup. No worries here, we’ve got you covered at Bankster DSF. Castro isn’t an upside guy, but at only $4500 he’s a player you can use in your lineup to offset some of the cost of paying up for someone like Bieber and/or Trout. What Castro does do is give you a nice floor as a player who is a perennial .300 hitter. He has a hit in all but one game this year; it’s very comforting to have that consistency in your lineup. Today he faces a guy he’s got a great history against. In 35 AB against Gausman, Castro has a .311 BA with 3 XBH. Again, not a huge upside but a decent enough floor to keep you competitive. I really like him as an option in cash games especially, were upside is far less important than consistency.

Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): Colin McHugh (HOU/RHP vs Oakland Athletics – $11900)
    It’s not that we don’t like Colin McHugh. It’s not that we don’t think McHugh can come out and put up a strong game against the A’s tonight. What worried us about McHugh is his price point; he’s just far too expensive given the other options on the slate. The A’s are hitting the ball really well this year, and even though McHugh has seemed to find his rhythm with the help of the Astros coaching staff, we just don’t feel like this a risk or price we are willing to take on. Give me Jack Flaherty or Shane Bieber all day over McHugh as their respective prices.
Don’t forget that you can access the rest of our Reduced Player Pool as a Bankster DFS member. $2.99 per week gets you access to all the content we produce for all the sports we cover, our members only Slack Chat, and exclusive Fanball bonuses. Contact me @bankster17 or you can sign up for a membership here. Thank you for checking our our Fanball MLB Triple Play. You can find us here every day throughout the MLB season.