FanDuel Pitching Primer: Tuesday 9/17/19
In daily fantasy baseball, success starts with nailing the starting pitcher spot in your lineup.
When compared to hitters, pitching performance tends to be much more predictable and stable throughout the course of the season. You know what you're getting from a top-level ace when you roster him: probably a dominant effort with only one or two implosions per season. In contrast, even the game's best hitters have days at the plate when they go 0-for-4.
As a result, lineup construction should begin with the starting pitcher. Each day we will highlight a starter to consider from each pricing tier, and we'll also look at one contrarian play for tournaments. Who should you consider on today's main slate?
Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs
vs. Cincinnati Reds
FanDuel Price: $10,400
So I guess Yu Darvish may not be washed up after all.
It's a season-high 14 strikeouts for @faridyu!#EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/CeKQmGcoHK
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 12, 2019
After a rough start to the year, Darvish has been absolutely on fire since the All-Star break. In 11 starts following the break, Darvish has posted a 2.44 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with a 36.6% strikeout rate. Whew.
Facing an offensively challenged Cincinnati Reds team, an offense that ranks only 22nd in team wOBA (.313), Darvish could be primed for a big scoring night.
Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres
at Milwaukee Brewers
FanDuel Price: $8,700
Rookie Chris Paddack has enjoy a sensational rookie season. Even with his innings being managed, he's averaged over a strikeout per inning while logging a solid 3.38 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
With the Milwaukee Brewers missing middle-of-the-order bat Christian Yelich, they have gone a little cold at the dish. Over the last 14 days, they rank 16th in wOBA (.316), and they are striking out at a 24.8% clip.
For a solid mid-priced option, peep Paddack.
Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
vs San Francisco Giants
FanDuel Price: $6,600
While he isn't pitching very deep into games, he is throwing well -- as evidenced by his one earned run allowed over five frames against the Minnesota Twins -- and he's managed to strike out 17 batters over 13 1/3 innings.
He also gets the added benefit of taking on a struggling San Francisco Giants, an offense that ranks dead last over the last 14 days in both isolated power (.127, ISO) and wOBA (.273). For a very different option on the slate, consider Eovaldi.
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