DOMINATE today’s DraftKings and FanDuel MLB GPP contests with these pitchers, stacks and one-off players!
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Authors Note: Going to CWS/KC game, so if you see game stacks of that in my lineups, that’s why. I always stack games I’m going to.
Tier 1: The Core Pitcher (these are pitchers who will be in majority of my lineups)
- Trevor Rogers – Most articles across the industry will have Jack Flaherty as the must-have pitcher, and I get it, but in tournaments, I’m gonna pivot to an option I feel better about (at way lower ownership). Trevor Rogers has struck out 33% of hitters on both sides of the plate this year and draws a very watered-down Milwaukee Brewers lineup. How weak is this lineup? Brent Suter (yes, that Brent Suter) is on the other side, and the total is still 6.5! There isn’t one Brewers hitter since the start of 2019 with an ISO over .190 against left-handed pitching. If I need one pitcher for the quality start, I’m choosing Rogers over Flaherty (and know this is a big stand).
Tier 2: Not Quite Core Pitcher
- Jack Flaherty – I personally envision myself fading Flaherty in tournaments, but I understand his appeal. Flaherty has been very good this season limiting opponents to a .125 ISO from the left side of the plate and a .149 ISO from the right side. I have three issues with Flaherty. A) His ownership will be absolutely insane; from what I’ve seen he’s everyone’s no-brainer option. B) He’s been VERY lucky this season – Flaherty’s expected ISO allowed to left-handed batters is .184 and is .210 vs. right-handed batters. The expected wOBAs aren’t much better, especially to the right side where he’s allowed a .264 wOBA compared to a .350 expected. C) His swinging-strike rate is way down. In 2020, he had a swinging-strike rate of 16.92% to right-handed batters, and that’s been cut all the way down to 11.42% this season. This Rockies lineup isn’t the same as last year to be sure, but it still has McMahon, Cron, Blackmon and Story that are real threats. And if Flaherty struggles, he could be left out to dry given the Cardinals bullpen use.
End of the day, I think the Flaherty ownership is too high, so I’ll be passing (and stacking Rockies in large field GPP’s), but I couldn’t not mention him as a top couple tier option, considering he’ll be around 50% owned.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Pitchers
Strong and Deep List
- Zach Plesac – He has the talent of a 10k pitcher, but he’s been pitching like a 7k pitcher so far this year, which is how we get his 8.4k price tag tonight. If he figures it out, he’s got GPP winning upside, and if he doesn’t, he could torpedo your team. Sounds perfect for multi-entry.
- Chris Flexen – I know Texas has been hot, but I’m not buying it. Other than a bad start vs. the Twins, Flexen has been very solid this year and is totally worth his 7.4k price tag in tournaments.
- Matt Shoemaker – Anyone with a pulse has GPP winning upside against a Tigers team that strikes out 30.2% of the time against right-handed pitching and has lacked a power punch as well with a .155 ISO.
- Brad Keller – He’s been bad this season, but he has WAY too much talent to be a 4.9k pitcher. Definite winning upside if he puts it all together.
Tier 1: The Core Stack
- New York Yankees – Patrick Corbin is a shell of his former self, and a left-handed pitcher who can’t overpower this lineup is going to get hit around at some point. Yes, it’s chalky, but it’s hard to avoid on this slate. Andujar coming up and being super cheap won’t help the ownership.
Tier 2: The Not Quite Core Stack
- Minnesota Twins – Not re-inventing the wheel here, but Skubal has been bad vs. right-handed hitters, and the Twins have a bunch of good ones. The only thing preventing this from being a Tier 1 stack is the park. On a slate this large, can they hit enough HR’s to win the slate?
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Stacks
- Chicago White Sox – If Keller doesn’t have it, you get to score on him and then the Royals bullpen, which has also had a rough week against the Indians. Lots of upside here at what won’t be huge ownership.
- Colorado Rockies – The Cardinals bullpen has been ravaged by injuries and heavy use over the last few weeks as they played a 17 game in 17 day stretch and walked 11 batters yesterday, which didn’t help things. The Mets lineup was so bad they didn’t take advantage, but if Flaherty isn’t the good version, he could A) get left out to dry, or B) the overly used bullpen will have to roll out there again. Both situations lead to GPP winning upside.
- Seattle Mariners – Mike Foltynewicz has been better of late, but this Seattle team doesn’t get the respect it deserves. They have depth in this lineup and pop/speed throughout. I’m going to be rostering Mariners every day I MME if they are gonna be under 3% owned.
Top MLB GPP Players By Position
- Sean Murphy
- Mitch Garver
- Christian Vazquez
- Jose Abreu
- Max Muncy
- Freddie Freeman
- Whit Merrifield
- DJ LeMahieu
- Ryan McMahon
- Miguel Andujar
- Rafael Devers
- Mike Moustakas
- Corey Seager
- Xander Bogaerts
- Tim Anderson
- Giancarlo Stanton
- Aaron Judge
- Ronald Acuna
- Alex Verdugo
- Michael Brantley
- JD Martinez
- Mike Trout
- Franmil Reyes
Highest Scoring Hitter: Giancarlo Stanton
Highest Scoring Pitcher: Trevor Rogers
Biggest Bust Hitter: Rhys Hoskins
Biggest Bust Pitcher: Jack Flaherty
Top Value Play: Franchy Cordero
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