Starting Nine 4/18/17

The data displayed will continue to be from the 2016 season until we get a big enough sample size this season. I like displaying this information on one page so I can see which pitchers have the most strikeout opportunities on a given night. We know strikeouts are huge in MLB DFS and looking at this information as lineups come out help me pinpoint which pitchers have the best matchups. With this info in front of us, here are the pitchers I think are in the best spots tonight.

Yu Darvish – If you have the salary, which everyone should considering the amount of games, Darvish possesses the most upside when factoring in price. This year’s Oakland team features more strikeouts than they did last year. Guys like Rajai Davis, Matt Joyce, and Adam Rosales who is forced into action, are all candidates to strikeout multiple times. It also helps that seven hitters in this projected lineup are below-average hitters against right-handed pitching. If Darvish can be efficient tonight, he can go the distance with ease.

Zach Wheeler – Wheeler faced this same Phillies team in Philadelphia last time out and performed very well. If it wasn’t for the bullpen coming in and allowing the bases to clear, he would have finished with a 20+fp night. He’ll get the same Phillies team who still has strikeouts all throughout the lineup. I’m counting four different hitters who can strikeout multiple times and that’s not including the pitcher. The Mets are also heavy favorites and for less than $8k on DraftKings he makes a great SP2 option that will help you stack your lineups with studs.

Matt Andriese – Matt Andriese just held the Yankees to one run in Yankee Stadium. The stuff is clearly there for Andriese this year and once again looks like a promising start in DFS tonight. He’ll face the righty-dominant lineup from Detroit that also is susceptible to strikeouts. Whenever your lineup is made up of Upton, Castellanos, Collins, and McCann, strikeouts will come easily. Andriese is another favorite tonight that most casuals wouldn’t expect. If he goes six or seven innings of one run ball or less, he will easily pay off that salary and leave you looking pretty in tournaments.

Feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) with any questions regarding todays slate. I will confirm these plays and more on the Deeper Dive later today. I’ll also be in the premium slack chat answering questions leading up to lock. Till next time, party animals!


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