Who doesn’t like Seige Takes?! For today’s early main slate, CJ Kaltenbach provides bonus coverage for tournament action. DOMINATE today’s DraftKings and FanDuel MLB GPP contests with these pitchers, stacks and one-off players!
Tier 1: The Core Pitchers (these are pitchers who will be in majority of my lineups)
- Gerrit Cole – Cole has taken his game to even another level thanks to an increase in change-up usage to left-handed batters, which has led to a 51.4% K rate so far on the season. While I can’t imagine anyone striking out more than 1 out of every two left-handed batters for an entire season, it shows just how elite he is. While pitching against a good team in Yankee Stadium carries its risks, until I see Cole show any kinks in the armor, he’s going to be the top guy every single slate (or until they price him in the 13k range).
- Nathan Eovaldi – Eovaldi doesn’t have the strikeout rate that Cole has (he’s under 30% to both left-handed and right-handed batters), but he does draw a great matchup against a Tigers team that strikes out at a 29.2% clip against RHP on the season (2nd most in MLB). They also don’t pack a huge punch with a .163 ISO and a 79 wRC+. While you could argue he’s more of a Tier 2 pitcher than Tier 1, for me, with Ron Kulpa behind the plate, I’m starting with Cole/Eovaldi and building from there.
Tier 2: Not Quite Core Pitcher
- N/A – With the 2 Tier 1 pitchers, no one makes the Tier 2 list.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Pitchers
Strong and Deep List
- Danny Duffy – As I mentioned on Monday when I wrote up Lynch and Mike Matheny decided to not let us have fun, Cleveland is horrific against left-handed pitching, and nothing changed Monday night. The issue with Duffy is you’re paying the maximum price he’s been all year, and how long can he really keep up this Cy Young caliber pitching?
- Zach Wheeler – The Brewers we thought at the start of the season were going to be one of the best offenses in all of baseball, but they have been injury-plagued and now have 4 (or fewer) members of their opening day lineup in there. Wheeler has been fantastic all season, allowing a sub-175 ISO to both sides of the plate (his numbers against left-handed hitters have been absurd). Wheeler, like Duffy, is near his salary max, which on a slate where I like limited bats, makes me ask if I want to pay the premium.
- Michael Pineda – Anyone with a pulse has GPP winning upside against a Texas Rangers 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. Pineda has been decent, but playing him in MME is more about Texas being bad than him being a dominant pitcher.
Tier 1: The Core Stack
- Toronto Blue Jays – Mike Fiers time as a competent MLB pitcher appears to have come and gone and draws a match-up against the power-heavy Blue Jays. Fiers in a limited sample this year has been tattooed by both sides of the plate and hasn’t struck out a single right-handed bat. While this is surely a product of the small sample size, it wasn’t much better in 2020 when he struck out 10.4% of right-handed batters. With a team that has power up and down the lineup facing a pitcher that can’t get any of them to swing and miss is a recipe for a great day at the ballpark.
Tier 2: The Not Quite Core Stack
- Oakland A’s – I’m really not in love with a ton of the offenses on this slate, so let’s attack the offense facing the pitcher coming off the injured list to make this start. It was only a 10-day minimum stay for his glute injury. How healthy is he? No one really knows, so let’s take a chance on Laureano, Chapman and crew and hope he’s not 100% ready to go here, and then you get to attack the worn down Jays pen.
Tier 3: Mass-Multi Entry Stacks
- St. Louis Cardinals – After the top 2 stacks, there is a pretty big dropoff to the rest of these teams. Taijuan Walker isn’t someone I’m looking to pick on normally, but after the work of the Mets bullpen when the Cardinals do get to it, they can tack on more runs than usual as we’ll be seeing the less talented relievers.
- New York Mets – The Mets would be higher on this list if not for their depleted roster. John Gant is an average MLB starter at best, and 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. The problem is how can I trust that Mets lineup (which has its own issues) is strong enough to take advantage. This ranking might be low, but only so high I can go when I saw Kevin Pillar in the cleanup spot on Wednesday.
Top Players By Position
- Sean Murphy
- James McCann
- William Contreras
- Carlos Santana
- Freddie Freeman
- Paul Goldschmidt
- Whit Merrifield
- Marcus Semien
- Jed Lowrie
- Cavan Biggio
- Matt Chapman
- Austin Riley
- Bo Bichette
- Francisco Lindor
- Dansby Swanson
- Ronald Acuna Jr.
- Ramon Laureano
- Teoscar Hernandez
- Randal Grichuk
- Dylan Carlson
- Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
- Mark Canha
- Joey Gallo
Highest Scoring Hitter: Bo Bichette
Highest Scoring Pitcher: Gerrit Cole
Biggest Bust Hitter: Rhys Hoskins
Biggest Bust Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr.
Top Value Play: William Contreras
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