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Introducing MLB DFS Wars for 2021: Daily Fantasy’s Duel of the Degenerates

Everything you need to know about the coolest MLB DFS contest around.

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MLB DFS Wars began back in 2017, essentially as a way for pundits within the fantasy sports industry to duke it out against each other on the large Friday night main slates. So far we’ve tried FanDuel (2017) and Fanball (2019), but this year we are moving the shenanigans over to DraftKings.

Here is the criteria for daily fantasy’s “duel of the degenerates,” in a nutshell:

  1. You produce fantasy baseball content (writing, podcasting, ranking, tweeting, etc.)
  2. You can pony up $100 to play.
  3. You are not a jerk.

And that’s it, and that’s all. We have 20 analysts lined up to participate this year, and I’ll share the list below so you can see who is going to take all my money. Speaking of taking my money, the charity for this year is Lost Boyz Inc. based out of Chicago. Direct from their site, here is their mission to aid Chicago’s youth:

“We do this by working to decrease violence, improve social and emotional conditions, and provide financial opportunities among the youth in Chicago’s most needy communities.”

As a unit, DFS Wars is excited to support this charity! If you are so inclined and able to give on your own, the link to do so is here. If you can’t give, you can always share the post or share their Twitter to spread the word. We will donate 10% of all entry fees from DFS Wars to Lost Boyz Inc. But it doesn’t help if anyone else reading this decides to chip in, too.

The remainder of the entry fees will be played for over the course of 10 weeks, in the form of a custom contest on DraftKings. This will be a contest that runs on Friday nights, so expect some MLB DFS picks right here on Fake Teams ahead of each Friday night’s main slate going down.

You’ll be able to follow along with the leaderboard right here at Fake Teams, and perhaps even hear from some of the degenerates on our very on Double Switch podcast.

Here are this year’s analysts, as well as (some) of the respective sites they produce content for. I may have missed some, if so I will update as needed. Follow along with all of their excellent content on Twitter!

@Heath Capps – Managing editor at SB Nation’s Fake Teams
@BrocNessMonster – FTN Fantasy (2017 winner)
@Ray_Kuhn28 – FWFB, FantasyAlarm
@bigitaly42 – BettingPros (2019 winner)
@SethDaSportsMan – FantasyPros rankings
@MattTruss – Razzball
@coachesser – FSWA, FantasyPros, The Athletic (Fantasy)
@davithius – Pitcher List, Fantrax, Rotoballer
@Roto_Wan – FantasyAlarm
@jac3600 – FTA, FantasyPros
@mdrc0508 – RotoFanatic
@Bankster17 – Bankster DFS
@AndrewGould4 – FantasyPros, Pitcher List, Bleacher Report
@JonPgh – Rotoballer
@Mark_Kieffer – Rotoballer
@FAmmiranteTFJ – Rotoballer
@BChad50 – FantasyPros, numberfire
@DrJesseMorse – The Fantasy Doctors
@DaveShovein – Rotoworld
@ThunderDanDFS – Rotoballer, FSWA

The first contest begins today, May 7th!

Lastly, Giancarlo Stanton is today’s coverboy, since he’ll probably be gracing my inaugural 2021 MLB DFS Wars lineup. Give me all that action against the lefty Patrick Corbin, against whom right-handed bats are slashing .319/.417/.681 thus far—with seven home runs across 17 13 innings. That’s a 3.63 HR/9, which is just ghastly. I wasn’t a fan of Corbin entering into this year, and I’m not going to be a fan tonight.

As for Stanton, he is red-hot at the plate and should be batting second for New York. He hasn’t shown much power against lefties this season (only one of his nine homers) but it’s been his better split historically and he’s only striking out 13.8% of the time against LHP so far. I’ll probably be taking a shot on him...but all of that is to be determined after hours of research this afternoon