The MLB season is roughly a quarter of the way completed, which means that 25% of the action in daily fantasy sports has already taken place. There have been some players who have been huge money makers for the DFS community this season.
Daily Fantasy Monster #1 – Mookie Betts
By any measure, Mookie Betts has been a complete stud. He is hitting .359 with a 1.187 OPS. On the power side, Betts has hit 17 home runs and driven in 37 from the leadoff spot. As if that was not enough, Mookie has also stolen 13 bases.
On some of the daily fantasy sports sites, Mookie Betts now costs more money than quite a few of the starting pitchers do. With all the respect due to Mike Trout, Mookie Betts has been the daily fantasy sports player’s best play this season.
Daily Fantasy Monster #2 – Gerrit Cole
Cole, entering today, is the league leader in strikeouts and has 109 in only 11 starts. His WHIP is a miniscule 0.83, which is the second best mark in the league. In daily fantasy the combination of a small amount of base runners and a mountain of strikeouts is a winning combination.
The argument could be made that Justin Verlander belongs in this spot, but daily fantasy players did not trust Cole in the same way that people know to use Verlander. As a result, people backing Cole benefitted more than JV because so many people use Verlander every time he is on the mound.
Daily Fantasy Monster #3 – Patrick Corbin
Corbin has slowed down a bit recently, but his numbers are right there with the best pitchers in the league. He is 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Perhaps most surprising are his 88 strikeouts, good for 6th in the majors.
While Corbin has not been as good as pitchers like Scherzer or Kluber, he has been a wonderful value. At times this season, Corbin’s price tag has been thousands below his actual fantasy dollar value. Using Corbin has been successful for daily fantasy players.
Daily Fantasy Monster #4 – Ozzie Albies in April
It is a little bit specific, but Albies won DFS players a ton of money for people who put immediate faith in the young Brave. Albies slashed .320/.680/1.023 with 8 home runs and 18 runs driven in during the month of April.
At the start of the season, Albies was a moderately priced option and provided some of the best output of any player, let alone a second baseman. Anyone who used Albies day after day in April likely cashed on a routine basis.
Daily Fantasy Monster #5 – JD Martinez in May
JD Martinez has hit 12 home runs in the month of May, which would be tied for the 14th most in the majors over the course of the entire season. Martinez has not only hit bombs, but he has also batted .310 with 23 runs driven in.
The strange part is that despite his production, Trout, Judge, Harper, and even Stanton on occasion cost more than Martinez does across the daily fantasy industry. DFS players have been rewarded for using Martinez instead of similar options on most days in May.
Throughout the 2018 MLB season Mookie Betts has been a total stud. Just behind Betts is his teammate JD Martinez. Ozzie Albies was a force in the month of April and Gerrit Cole and Patrick Corbin have provided a ton of fantasy value. With three quarters of the season left, it will be exciting to see who wins the money for daily fantasy players.