Week 1 of DFS Wars goes to Andrew Gould of Bleacher Report

Week one of DFS Wars is in the books and we already have a leadoff hitter Michael Conforto sighting! If that does not excite you, then your name is clearly not Tim Finnegan.

Andrew Gould turned in the winning lineup with a 199.90 FDP squad, highlighted by Sean Manaea‘s 43 FDP effort against the Mariners for a mere $7,400. Saving money at third base with David Freese ($2,500) against a southpaw (Sabathia) allowed Gould to pay up for Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Paul Goldschmidt, and A.J. Pollock…all of whom came through in a big way. Freese managed 13 FDP and Gould also had leadoff hitter Michael Conforto ($2,700) who socked a leadoff home run against Tanner Roark last night. That’s what leadoff Michael Conforto does.

Proving there is more than one way to skin a cat, second place Sammy Reid paid up for Corey Kluber ($9,900) and finished with 185.20 FDP. James McCann ($2,300) banged a home run against southpaw Hector Santiago. McCann is always a viable punt in the RvL split at a funky catcher position, and he proved that again last night. Reid saved enough coin with Jedd Gyorko ($2,500) at third base and Joc Pederson ($2,500) in the outfield to pay up for Mike Trout and Corey Seager.

Third place Jamie Calandro also built around Kluber, but found a different punt option at catcher in Austin Hedges ($2,400) who has been warming up of late. Hedges went deep in the seventh inning against the Marlins bullpen (Phelps). A.J. Pollock, Kyle Schwarber, and Joc Pederson were the double-digit FDP standouts for Calandro.

Fun wrinkle: both Reid and Calandro went with a Cardinals mini-stack against Wily Peralta. Reid had Matt Carpenter/Jedd Gyorko and Calandro had Carpenter/Aledmys Diaz. At Milwaukee against a guy who has a tendency to be a major gas can, that’s a pretty sneaky move that was also pretty cheap. It didn’t go boom for either squad, but the strategy was sound.

I would also like to point out that Yancy Eaton stayed true to his brand and rostered his boy Corey Dickerson. Let the official “will Yants roster C-Dick every time” watch commence. Will he do it against a lefty, even? With a strong fourth place finish (167.10 FDP) and a dinger from Dickerson last night, I’m thinking there’s a good chance we see C-Dick again. Only time will tell.

Another smooth value at the catcher position (and probably the play of the day) was Robinson Chirinos ($2,400) who smacked two home runs against Royals starter Nate Karns–good for 40.4 FDP. Big Italy¬†and yours truly each had a share, but unfortunately for us Chirinos was the best part of respective our squads.

Thanks to everyone for an awesome inaugural week of DFS Wars and we’ll see you all next Friday for the second round of action.

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