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Fanball MLB Triple Play – April 9, 2019

by • April 9, 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 Tuesday, April 9…

Leading Off (mid-range play): Anthony Rendon (WSH/3B at Aaron Nola – $6,800 )
Normally we don’t recommend using bats against Nola but he’s been a bit off this year and Rendon has been a monster. Nola faced the Nationals on April 3 and he struggled, giving up 6 ER. Do you want to know who did the most damage? That’s right, it was Mr. Rendon. He was 3 for 4 with a HR, 2B, RBI, and 3 runs scored. This shouldn’t have been a surprise since Rendon has crushed Nola in his career (.333 BA with 3 XBH and 9 runs scored in 33 AB). Since that game Rendon has a .316 BA with 2 HR, 3 2B, 4 RBI, and 5 runs scored in four games. He’s priced down a bit because of the matchup and we are going to take advantage of that to get a high upside bat that won’t hinder our chances of rostering a stud pitcher as well.

Batting Cleanup (stud lock): Jacob DeGrom (NYM/RHP vs MIN- $13,600)
It’s too easy, I know. I really didn’t want to write DeGrom up but he’s been so utterly dominant that it would have been irresponsible to write up any other pitcher for our stud play of the day. Sure, Corey Kluber has a great matchup and Joey Lucchesi has a sexy matchup, but how can you not consider DeGrom the top pitcher on the slate? Not only have his humbers been outstanding (he’s struck out 50% of the batters he’s faced this year), but the Twins won’t have their normal lineup as they can’t roster a DH in a National League park. He’s expensive, sure, but this is a big slate and finding value shouldn’t be too hard. This is one of the few times we will tell you pay up.

Pinch Hitter (sleeper):  Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX/3B at Zack Greinke – $4,800 )
There is so very little to like about Cabrera right now. He hasn’t had a hit in three straight games, and he’s on the road going up against Zack Greinke. That’s a tough pill to swallow…that is until you realize how Cabrera has totally dominated Greinke in his career. In 37 AB he has a .432 BA with 4 XBH, 2 SB, and only 2 strikeouts. Upside may be limited with Cabrera, but he’s a plucky player that is due for a little bit of positive regression. Nobody is going to be on him in this game, so he comes in as a low-owned GPP option or a relatively cheap cash game play to help you spend up on your pitcher. We love our Green Team players at Bankster DFS (players who own a high BvP with a reasonable sample size of 15+ AB).  

Riding the Pine (Fade of the Day): German Marquez (COL/RHP vs ATL – $11,200)
Don’t get cute, kids. Marquez has a really high strikeout upside but the Braves are playing really well offensively and this game is at Coors. Could Marquez come out and give us a 6IP/10K kind of game? He sure could, but he could also get bombed by Freddie Freeman and friends for a 3.2IP/5ER game before getting yanked. I know in theory that could happen to any pitcher but the likelihood of it happening in this situation is higher than it is for someone like DeGrom or Kluber. Heck, I’d probably rather even use a guy like Freddy Peralta since he at least won’t have to face Mike Trout at Coors. Sometimes it’s just better to play it safe and avoid a situation like the one facing Marquez tonight, and if he goes off you take your lumps and hope your pivot did as well as you expected (it’s not like we are fading peak Sandy Koufax; it’s German Marquez).
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.