Daily Fantasy MLB Pitchers for FanDuel and DraftKings - 6/17/17
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We touched on Strasburg, Stroman, and Arrieta in the main picks article, and they all remain great plays. All 3 of those guys have solid match-ups and can be played in any format. However, there are a few more guys to consider. Chris Archer is priced just as high as Strasburg and arguably has more upside. Archer is striking out over 11 batters per inning and walking close to 3. He's actually been unlucky this season, allowing a .356 BABIP to righties. That number will inevitably fall and Archer will see his numbers get even better, which is just crazy. One thing that does worry me a bit is the road game. Archer is a lot more consistent at home, but has just as much upside on the road if his slider is working. This Tigers lineup is full of righties and if Archer does have his slider working, double-digit strikeouts are an easy possibility. Comerica Park is a pitcher's park and ranked in the bottom 10 for both lefties and righties in 2016. The Tigers obviously have some dangerous bats that can do a lot of damage. Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez are 2 of the top 10 hitters in the game, but can strikeout a ton against right-handers. You then get into guys like Justin Upton and Nick Castellanos, who strikeout A TON (26%+) against righties. Victor Martinez will be out of the lineup, so don't worry about his annoying, 11-pitch at-bats. Archer has as much upside as anyone on the slate and should be a lot lower owned than Strasburg. In cash games, this isn't a spot I love. The Tigers are a good offense and can get to a guy if at all off their game.
We liked Tanaka last week, when he finally came out and had a solid performance against the Angels in Anaheim. We know Tanaka is a talented pitcher and something has to happen. He is either going to go on the DL for an injury or start producing like he always has. Personally, I think last week shows what we need to know. He's been struggling this year and will end up having much better numbers at the end of the year than he currently does. Tanaka has historically held sub .310 wOBA's against both sides of the plate. He doesn't strikeout a ton, but can usually get 6 or 7 together on an average start. With the Yankees on a long road trip, they find themselves in Oakland, the home of the Oakland Coliseum. The O.Co is one of the 3 biggest ballparks in baseball and flyballs go nowhere. The A's still have some guys that can hit it out like Khris Davis or Ryo Healy, but they also K a ton and have to really connect to get it out. The Yankees outfield can handle the space and I think the Athletics are held to a couple runs on the game. Tanaka is still priced down and we would have no problem paying $10k in this match-up last year. If you subscribe to the thinking that he's the same pitcher as he was, you have to jump on this opportunity to get him at extreme savings.
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