Daily Fantasy MLB Pitchers for FanDuel and DraftKings - 4/21/17
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It's a really interesting night for pitchers. We've got lots of nice arms going, but it's a 15-game slate and there's no clear chalk, so you can probably get just about anybody you want at low-ish ownership rates. But with Coors Field on the slate, not to mention the Cubs at the Great American Smallpark, we feel obliged to give you some low-cost options at SP. Manaea certainly fits the bill in that regard. The second-year lefty hasn't yet made good on the promise he showed in the second half of his rookie campaign, but the upside is definitely there, as evidenced by the 20 Ks he's racked up in 16.1 IP through three starts this season. But he's been burned intermittently by walks and an absurdly low LOB% that will surely normalize as the season progresses. The walks are probably a fluke of small sample size also, because control has never been an issue for Manaea at any level. Still, it's a little hard to completely dismiss the fact that he handed out five free passes in five IP last time out. The Mariners also aren't an ideal lineup to pick on, ranking second in baseball in wRC+ since the beginning of last year, but they're a little softer against LHP -- just ask Wei-Yin Chen, who held them hitless through 7 on Tuesday. The ballpark is major consideration here, too, ranking as one of the best pitching environments in baseball in overall park factors.
Sticking with the park theme, Petco isn't the offense killer it once was, but it's still not a bad spot to target, especially against the Padres. Sure, there's some punch in this lineup with Wil Myers supported by a solid young crop of hitters, but it's not exactly an intimidating bunch at this point. So far in 2017 they rank 24th in wRC+, and they're worse against lefties, with a healthy 23.5 K%. Small sample warnings apply, but we're ok picking on them with Conley at these prices. They 26-year-old southpaw isn't a big strikeout guy, and he's walking too many to make him a reliable play. But his fly-ball tendencies should play well here -- especially considering Petco is really only friendly to left-handed power, and Conley owns a career .41 HR/9 vs. same-handed hitters.
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