Starting Nine 6/27/17
The data displayed will be from the start of this 2017 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.
Justin Verlander – I’ve been riding the Verlander train for a while now, and finally it looks like it’s going in the right direction. The raw stuff has been there all season, but it looks like he’s getting his command back. Last start against Seattle he issued just one walk which had been his problem on the season. We know the Royals have been in the bottom tier when it comes to every offensive category and Verlander should do well. The Royals don’t have as many strikeouts as I would like, but they don’t showcase power or speed which was what derailed Verlander’s last outing. I like him in all game types as he has a solid floor and the upside to go deep into this one.
Max Scherzer – I hate recommending top-tier pitching but here I am once again. Similar to yesterday, there are some stacks that I love which allow me to roster Scherzer. The Cubs aren’t half of what they were last year and that has been evident. There are a ton of strikeouts in this lineup, he’s at home, and there’s a pitcher in the lineup. All the boxes are checked for me, so even though I do prefer the point-per-dollar option at pitching, Max Scherzer has a path to 30+ fantasy points and I’ll be using him with my cheaper bats. On the other side, Arrieta hasn’t been good this season and could give up runs to one of the best offenses in the league. Love Scherzer in all game types.
Drew Pomeranz – Pomeranz has quietly been putting up good numbers over the last month. Even with tough matchups, he’s put up a solid floor pretty much every game and has showcased upside in the matchups he’s needed to dominate. I love this spot for him against a Twins team who has been struggling recently. Not only did Sale perform yesterday, this Twins team didn’t hit in their last series against the Indians. I like Pomeranz as a tournament play where he’s priced in the mid-tier. At just $7,200 on DraftKings, Pomeranz has the ability to give up a couple runs and still outperform his salary, which is what I look for in GPP’s.
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!