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Baseball season is finally here and so is DraftKings baseball.

Throughout the year, I will be writing a daily article to help you win more money at MLB DFS. The plays will be based solely on DraftKings pricing, but most players will have value on other DFS sites as well.

Call me crazy, but the baseball season is my favorite time of year…Why? Because it’s every single day. So, if you have a bad night, don’t worry, tomorrow you’ll have the opportunity to redeem yourself. It’s not like football where there’s a build-up of anxiety leading up to Sunday.

Wait, no one else gets anxiety about fantasy sports? I’m the only psycho?

Anyway, my picks will be those that are less expensive. Most people can figure out who the top plays on a given slate are, it’s a bit tougher to find the diamonds in the rough. As a bonus, I will list the three most important stats that I and other successful fantasy baseball and DFS players use to help build lineups.

1. ISO-Isolated Power

To avoid sounding like a total idiot, let me give you the FanGraphs definition of ISO.

Isolated Power (ISO) is a measure of a hitter’s raw power and tells you how often a player hits for extra bases. We know that not all hits are created equally and ISO provides you with a quick tool for determining the degree to which a given hitter provides extra-base hits as opposed to singles.

Basically, ISO evaluates a player’s raw power. There is a strong correlation between home runs and ISO leaderboards, so naturally, we want to target players with a high ISO because they’re more likely to hit home runs or extra-base hits. Just think of ISO as a better version of batting average and slugging percentage combined. 

2. wOBA – Weighted On-Base Average

FanGraphs: 

Weighted On-Base Average combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value. While batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage fall short in accuracy and scope, wOBA measures and captures offensive value more accurately and comprehensively.

wOBA is a bit more complicated than ISO. wOBA combines OBP (on-base percentage) and SLG (slugging percentage), which makes it more valuable. If a player has a high wOBA more times than not they are a productive player that has fantasy value.

3. K% – Strikeout Rate 

I don’t need fancy FanGraphs for this one. K% is pretty simple…Think of it as the number of times a pitcher strikes out hitters. It really doesn’t get much easier than K%. Everyone should want to target players with a high K%.  Why?

Strikeouts are valuable to fantasy players. The higher the K%, the higher the strikeout total, the more fantasy points by the pitcher. Easy as 1, 2, 3…

Pitchers

Chris Paddack $9.1K

It’s Paddack and everyone else on this slate. He’s been pitching well as of late. It also helps that the Reds have a K% of 25. Don’t be stupid – lock Paddack in tonight as your SP1.

Hitters

Justin Bour $3.8K

King Felix is on the mound tonight for the Mariners, meaning we need to load up on Angels’ hitters. Bour, who hits righties well is way too cheap on a night he’s facing one of the most mediocre pitchers in the game. He was actually decent in his last start against the Astros, going six innings, but that was at home. Now, he’s on the road. Mike Trout isn’t a bad play tonight either.

Stack: Rays against Andrew Cashner 

Obvious play here. Don’t let Cashner’s 3-1 record fool you. The O’s bullpen is also awful and leads the MLB in homers given up. Again, this is a obvious move tonight.

Nick is the editor-in-chief atTheLoopSports.com & owner of TheChalkTLS.com. He also is a fantasy sports junkie, DFS player, and prop play guru. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS

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Nick Petro

Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

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