The Daily Overlay: Opening Day

We have an 11 game slate on DraftKings for Opening Day! Don’t forget to check your lineups before lock.

The Daily Overlay DK Contest
Casual Weather
Favorite Stacks
Favorite Hitting Plays
Favorite Pitching Plays

1. The Daily Overlay DK Contest
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2. Casual Weather
MIA at PHI- Philly has 25% chance of rain in the evening, but it is raining as of this morning and if it lingers it could be at risk of delay or postponement.

Slight chances of rain in Chicago, St.Louis, and San Diego, but all should still play.

3. Favorite Stacks
Right-Handed Padres versus Madison Bumgarner. MadBum struggled outside of San Francisco last season and now he is playing for the Diamondbacks. Cue up Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Tommy Pham, and Wil Myers for this one.

Astros versus Marco Gonzales. Gonzales was actually worse versus lefties than righties last year so all the Astros are in play. They won’t be cheap, but there are a ton of cheap options to allow you to afford the big dogs in this lineup.

Indians versus Danny Duffy. Duffy was pretty bad all around last year, so you can pretty much stack any Indians hitters in this one as well.

Red Sox versus Tommy Milone. You know it is going to be a long 60 game when Milone is your top starter available. This will be a popular stack that should be reserved for cash games because it will be chalky for tournaments.

4. Favorite Hitting Plays
Catcher (Expensive) J.T. Realmuto vs MIA
Catcher (Punt/Value): Sean Murphy vs LAA – Hits lefties well and faces Andrew Heaney.

1B (Expensive): Carlos Santana vs KC
1B (Punt/Value): Justin Smoak vs CHI –  Smoak has power and the ability to walk. Not the best matchup, but he is very affordable.

2B (Expensive): Scott Kingery vs MIA
2B (Punt/Value): Cesar Hernandez vs KC – Hernandez is likely leading off and affordable for those wanting to stack Indians versus Danny Duffy.

3B (Expensive): Yoan Moncada vs MIN
3B (Punt/Value): Ty France vs ARI- Righty vs MadBum that could be in the starting lineup for very cheap.

SS (Expensive): Francisco Lindor vs KC
SS (Punt/Value): Jose Peraza vs BAL – He is the new starting second baseman and has a great matchup with Milone on the mound.

OF (Expensive) J.D. Martinez vs BAL
OF (Punt/Value): Edward Oliveras vs ARI- Oliveras is one of the reasons the Padres traded Franchy Cordero. He is a righty and should be playing against Bumgarner. Sneaky punt play.

5. Favorite Pitching Plays
Cash Games: Justin Verlander vs SEA, Shane Bieber vs KC, Aaron Nola vs MIA, Lance Lynn vs COL, Ross Stripling vs SF, Jack Flaherty vs PIT.

Tournament: Brandon Woodruff at CHC, Joe Musgrove at STL, Aaron Nola vs MIA, Lance Lynn vs COL, Nathan Eovaldi vs BAL, Frankie Montas vs LAA.

Contrarian Plays: Kyle Hendricks vs MIL, Danny Duffy at CLE, German Marquez at TEX.


The Daily Overlay will be running Monday through Friday this season, so stay tuned for more DFS content next week.

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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Darvish isn’t pitching today – Hendricks is.