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Daily Fantasy MLB Pitchers for FanDuel and DraftKings - 6/24/17
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We do have a lot of pitching options on this slate, and we touched on a few studs already in the main picks article. Corey Kluber is coming in as the top dog for the early slate, with Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn repping the main slate. After those 2, there are a few other ways to go. We'll touch on 1 guy in DeGrom who is very safe and 1 in Faria, who we don't know much about. DeGrom has worked himself into the "workhorse" role for this New York Mets team. He's worked 8 and 9 innings over his last 2 and has struck out an impressive 12 batters to just 1 earned run. He has been good all year, but injuries problems are always seeming to linger with DeGrom. He does hold a .320 wOBA against lefties and a .293 against righties, he's as elite as you may have thought. He faces off with the SanFrancisco Giants at home in AT&T Park. AT&T Park is one of the more spacious parks in all of baseball and the Giants themselves don't have much fun with it. In fact, they are the league's worst team against righties and by a very healthy margin. Holding a .271 wOBA and a 72 wRC+, this is one of the weakest Giants teams we have seen. You can target DeGrom in both cash games and tournaments with confidence. This ballpark is huge and the only way DeGrom has a bad game is if he's completely off. Even if he is decent tonight, the park and opposing lineup should save his tail.
I could of went with a Robbie Ray or Jon Lester here, but we know who those guys are and what they bring to the table. Ray can get you either 100 or 0. Don't be surprised either way. Lester is a bit riskier and with the addition of his 1st-base throwing ability, we may see some big games. However, we have another guy in the same price range who deserves a lot of attention. He entered into the majors at 23 years old and has started just 3 games. In those games, he's gone 6.1, 6.1, and 7 innings. He's given up 1 run in each start and has struck out 22 in total. Faria is a huge prospect and has 3/4 max grades on FanGraphs. Faria is going to be one of the top pitchers for the Rays this season and I don't see the Orioles coming in here and lighting him up. The Orioles are actually projected to be one of the least successful offenses of the slate, with an implied run total of 4.04. It's a team that can hit 10 homers, but also has the innate ability to K 14 times and score just 1 lucky run. Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and Mark Trumbo are very strikeout-heavy and give Faria the type of upside you need in tournaments. While we're definitely going to prefer the other guys we've talked about in cash games, Faria will be lower owned
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