Clayton Kershaw (LAD) $12000 on Fanduel/$11,800 on DraftKings-
Kershaw had yesterday’s start pushed back a day and let me be the first to say, “Hallelujah!”. The starting pitching options are bleak on this slate, so the addition of Kershaw certainly helps (25.4 K%, 12.3 SS%).
He’s been “lights out” at home, however, I have faith that he’ll get the job done when he takes on the Marlins in Miami (ranked 27th in wRC+ versus left-handed pitching). He’s a -280 favorite and the Marlins have an implied run total of 3.0, so Vegas has my back on this one.
Kershaw won’t come cheap, but he’s a cash game “must have” as far as I’m concerned.
Aaron Nola (PHI) $10,100 on Fanduel/$10,200 on DraftKings-
Nola has slightly higher strikeout upside than Kershaw (26.5 K%, 10.0 SS%), however, his matchup against the Chicago Cubs isn’t as tasty (ranked seventh in wRC+ versus right-handed pitching).
His salary is quite a bit lower than Kershaw’s, which puts him in the running as a cash game SP1 or SP2. He’s a -115 Vegas favorite and the Cubs have an implied run total of 4.4, so I’m not expecting a complete game shutout.
That being said, on this slate Nola represents one of your better options at starting pitcher.
Cole Hamels (CHC) $8300 on Fanduel/$9300 on DraftKings-
I expect Hamels to be a lower owned commodity on tonight’s slate, especially after giving up four earned runs over only 3.0 innings in his last start at Cincinnati.
While Hamels is a +105 road underdog at Philadelphia (implied run total of 4.6), he does have a respectable strikeout rate of 23.3 K% (12.4 SS%). He also has a favorable matchup, as the Phillies are ranked 18thin wRC+ versus left-handed pitching.
On slates where good starting pitchers are few and far between, we find ourselves with a plethora of “beefcake” hitters to choose from. Rostering Hamels in GPPs will allow you to fit in all the “beefcake” you can handle.
Marco Gonzales (SEA) $7700 and Fanduel/$8700 on DraftKings-
Despite having an eight and a nine strikeout outings in two of his last three starts, Gonzales shouldn’t be considered a starting pitcher with strikeout upside (17.5 K%, 7.5 SS%).
He does have a very favorable matchup against the Detroit Tigers (ranked 26th in wRC+ versus left-handed pitching), which puts him in play as a GPP option. He’s a -140 Vegas favorite and the Tigers have an implied run total of 4.6, so put Gonzales in the “beggars can’t be choosers” bin.
Edwin Jackson (DET) $6200 on Fanduel/$5000 on DraftKings-
Hey man, I don’t like it any more than you do, but Jackson’s last outing is proof that even bad starting pitchers can have good outings (one earned run surrendered over 6.1 innings versus Kansas City in his last start).
I’m including him, not because he’s a good starting pitcher. I think we can all agree that he isn’t (13.6 K%, 8.7 SS%). I’m including him because based on my early roster constructions, I’m coming up with lineups that are very “heavy-handed” when it comes to Seattle Mariners. (That’s not necessarily a bad thing, given their implied run total of 5.5.)
These guys will be very heavily owned in GPPs, making Jackson the ultimate tournament leverage play at the position. If he can “capture lightning in a bottle” and tame the Seattle Mariners bats while having another 20 fantasy point outing he could catapult your team to the top of the leaderboard.
If he reverts to his usual self (0.395 wOBA/0.269 ISO versus lefties, 0.545 wOBA/0.459 ISO versus righties) your lineup will sink to the depths of the Atlantic and no one will be the wiser.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Los Angeles Angels
5. Pittsburgh Pirates *my personal low owned favorite stack (Do you want another one? Consider using the New York Mets going up against Dallas Keuchel.)
Hitters by Position
1. Omar Narvaez (SEA)
2. Tyler Flowers (ATL)
3. John Hicks (DET)
4. JT Realmuto (PHI)
5. Max Stassi (LAA) *viable punt option on DraftKings if you’re trying to fit both Kershaw and Nola.
1. Daniel Vogelbach (SEA)
2. Josh Bell (PIT)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (STL)
4. Freddie Freeman (ATL)
5. Brandon Dixon (DET)
1. Max Muncy (LAD)
2. Ozzie Albies (ATL)
3. Niko Goodrum (DET)
4. Kolten Wong (STL)
5. Nicky Lopez (KC) *I don’t love him, but he’s another cheap option if trying to jam in both Kershaw and Nola.
1. Josh Donaldson (ATL)
2. José Osuna (PIT)
3. Justin Turner (LAD)
4. Matt Carpenter (STL)
5. Kris Bryant (CHC)
1. JP Crawford (SEA)
2. Amed Rosario (NYM)
3. Kevin Newman (PIT)
4. David Fletcher (LAA)
5. Corey Seager (LAD)
1. Mike Trout (LAA)
2. Domingo Santana (SEA)
3. Joc Pederson (LAD)
4. Mallex Smith (SEA)
5. Ronald Acuna (ATL)
6. Shohei Ohtani (LAA)
7. Cody Bellinger (LAD)
8. Starling Marte (PIT)
9. Justin Upton (LAA)
10. Dexter Fowler (STL)