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MLB Spotlight Pitchers for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo, June 30 (FREE)

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I wanted to put a different spin on Spotlight DFS Pitchers, so I’m giving everyone a peek behind the curtain on how I look at them. Below you’ll find two tables, one for DraftKings and one for FanDuel, with the pitcher pool for today’s slate. In the table, you’ll find the pitcher’s name, salary, my projection and my percentage likelihood that they hit a particular target score.

This is the information that helps me make my decisions for which pitchers to roster. Using my projected stat line for a pitcher, I can estimate their chances of scoring 45+ FD points or 30+ DK points. These targets ignore the points acquired for getting the win, as I use the Vegas odds to set those scores for my pitchers.

Since I am a strict MME player in baseball, these are the thresholds I’ve determined I want on a day-to-day basis to try and win a tournament. Because of the difference in roster construction between the sites, I end up with a concentrated pool on FanDuel and a more spread out pool on DraftKings.

FanDuel

NameFD$FDFD%
Walker Buehler$1020039.213.7%
James Paxton$980034.29.0%
Jose Berrios$960035.711.0%
Dallas Keuchel$900028.43.7%
Tyler Glasnow$880027.53.1%
Anthony Desclafani$840030.44.2%
Mike Fiers$830027.91.6%
Dakota Hudson$790025.40.9%
Marcus Stroman$780030.53.4%
Eric Lauer$770024.11.9%
Austin Voth$760023.70.9%
Vince Velasquez$760030.23.5%
Zach Plesac$740023.11.4%
Jose Urquidy$700026.61.5%
Justus Sheffield$690021.40.6%
Pablo Lopez$680026.03.9%
Alec Mills$680021.90.6%
Johnny Cueto$670022.91.2%
Nathan Eovaldi$650025.01.9%
T.J. Zeuch$630015.90.2%
Asher Wojciechowski$600019.00.9%
Steven Brault$590025.41.1%
Zach Davies$570018.61.0%
Taylor Clarke$560018.40.3%
Antonio Senzatela$560018.80.4%
Patrick Sandoval$550015.70.2%
Joseph Palumbo$550011.60.1%
Eric Skoglund$550015.30.3%

DraftKings

NameDK$DKDK%
Walker Buehler$1170021.812.4%
James Paxton$1120018.38.4%
Jose Berrios$1080019.19.9%
Marcus Stroman$1030016.23.2%
Anthony Desclafani$990016.54.1%
Dallas Keuchel$960015.43.4%
Johnny Cueto$930012.01.2%
Austin Voth$900012.00.9%
Justus Sheffield$870010.50.6%
Zach Plesac$850011.41.4%
Dakota Hudson$810012.60.9%
Mike Fiers$790014.61.6%
Jose Urquidy$750014.01.4%
Eric Lauer$720012.51.9%
Tyler Glasnow$690014.83.1%
Alec Mills$690011.00.7%
Patrick Sandoval$67007.40.2%
Pablo Lopez$650014.03.7%
Vince Velasquez$620016.03.3%
T.J. Zeuch$59007.50.2%
Eric Skoglund$56007.10.3%
Antonio Senzatela$54008.60.4%
Joseph Palumbo$54005.50.1%
Asher Wojciechowski$52008.80.9%
Zach Davies$47008.81.0%
Taylor Clarke$45009.30.4%
Steven Brault$430012.81.1%
Nathan Eovaldi$410013.11.9%

Yahoo

NameY$YY%
Walker Buehler$5423.311.4%
James Paxton$4520.09.0%
Mike Fiers$4216.31.7%
Jose Berrios$4221.29.0%
Tyler Glasnow$3915.84.5%
Vince Velasquez$3817.43.8%
Anthony Desclafani$3718.24.3%
Taylor Clarke$3510.40.6%
Dallas Keuchel$3417.63.3%
Pablo Lopez$3416.14.0%
Marcus Stroman$3317.93.2%
Zach Plesac$3313.21.5%
Nathan Eovaldi$3314.52.6%
Eric Lauer$3214.52.1%
Steven Brault$3214.31.3%
Johnny Cueto$3213.61.5%
Dakota Hudson$3214.21.0%
Alec Mills$3112.60.8%
Austin Voth$3113.71.0%
Jose Urquidy$2815.81.7%
Asher Wojciechowski$2610.41.1%
Justus Sheffield$2612.00.8%
Antonio Senzatela$2610.40.5%
Patrick Sandoval$258.60.3%
T.J. Zeuch$259.00.3%
Joseph Palumbo$256.30.2%
Eric Skoglund$258.60.4%
Zach Davies$2510.51.2%

A pitcher on today’s slate has the highest strikeout projection of the year. Any guesses?

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Max Scherzer is my number one pitcher, and it’s not close. Even at $12500, Scherzer projects as a good value. In my model, Scherzer projects for 11.1 strikeouts, which is the largest I’ve seen this season. It really doesn’t get much better than this. I’ll be playing a lot of Max, regardless of the big salary. The crazy thing is Gerrit Cole looks fantastic, too. Cole is $1300 cheaper than Scherzer on FanDuel and sports a strikeout projection of 9.8 That’s probably the best combo of two pitchers on one slate that I can remember this year. I prefer Scherzer to Cole, but I’m happy to get a bit of both.

After that, things get scary. Blake Snell has not been great in his last two starts, but at $8500 against the Rangers, I’m not sure how you ignore him. There’s simply way too much upside at that price. He has the ability to have a game comparable to Scherzer/Cole, but you can save $2700+ by doing it. That’s hard to pass up. I think the price drop is too aggressive, so I’ll be loading up. I expect these three guys to soak up the majority of my exposure. But if you need some additional savings, Lewis Thorpe is priced at the FanDuel minimum. He has big time strikeout stuff and gets a date with the White Sox. He won’t go deep into the game, but his combo of price and stuff lets you pay up aggressively for bats.

DraftKings MLB DFS Picks

DraftKings tells the same story at the top. Scherzer > Cole. Snell is somehow priced lower on DraftKings than on FanDuel, so feel free to use him as a super SP2 or as the king of paydown SP1s. On a different slate, I would have a ton of interest in Shane Bieber, but he’s priced too close to Scherzer and Cole for me to make the choice. The rest of pitching is rough. I don’t really expect Jesse Chavez to catch lightning in a bottle again. Thorpe is a bit too expensive for what his ceiling is. Jon Lester is kind of interesting, but a summer game in Cincinnati against a team that doesn’t strikeout all that often is rarely a recipe for success. For now, I don’t expect to pay down much further than Trevor Richards at $7300. This is a ballpark play, for sure. There are a lot of scary power bats in the Philadelphia lineup, but I’m hoping the park can help negate that advantage.

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Yahoo MLB DFS Picks

Yahoo completes the tripod with regards to my favorites. Scherzer is still ahead of Cole. Snell is still crazy underpriced. Thorpe at $33 is a fantastic pairing with either of the expensive guys or with Snell. It pains me to type this, but if I’m paying all the way down, I think it’s with Jordan Zimmerman. Trust me, I know. He’s not good. He fails more often than he succeeds. Unfortunately, his projection is a slight value on his price, which is all I need to know for decisions like this. The goal is to win the contest, and not to feel the best before it starts.


Of course, please do stop by our Awesemo YouTube channel for loads of FREE MLB DFS content, including fantasy MLB lineup advice on The Strategy Show with Josh Engleman and Loughy, as well as MLB picks on Four Corners with Chris Spags, and the MLB Deep Dive with Awesemo, Loughy and ShipMyMoney, where they’ll discuss Awesemo’s MLB rankings.

Josh is Contributor for Awesemo.com where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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