FanDuel Pitching Primer: Tuesday 8/25/20
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. Which pitchers should you consider on today's main slate?
Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
vs Pittsburgh Pirates
FanDuel Price: $10,400
While there is a tinge of sadness that I will not be recommending Shane Bieber or Gerrit Cole, there's an equally impressive candidate we need to consider at the pitching slot, and it is Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox.
Why Giolito? A few reasons. He is cheaper than Cole ($11,000) or Bieber ($12,000). He also faces a much worse offensive attack in the Pittsburgh Pirates -- an offense that ranks worst in the league in team wOBA in 2020 and has a strikeout rate of 24.1%. Cole and Bieber take on the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, respectively.
We like a few top-end arms tonight, but for the point-per-dollar production he offers, Giolito is tough to beat.
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
vs Kansas City Royals
FanDuel Price: $8,200
The Royals have long-ball ability, but they are not the best offense -- they rank 22nd in hard-hit rate (40.4%) and 23rd in wOBA (.306) and own a hefty 24.0% strikeout rate.
For his career, Wainwright has resurrected some magic at Busch Stadium -- in 2019, he recorded a .303 wOBA at home and limited bats to a .396 slugging percentage. He could post an explosive evening and may fly under the radar with guys like Brandon Woodruff ($7,800) and Chris Paddack ($8,900) priced around him.
Spencer Turnbull, Detroit Tigers
Vs. Chicago Cubs
FanDuel Price: $7,200
Last night, the low-priced option I backed was a Detroit Tigers starter. That did not go well.
Tonight, let's go back to that well and see if Spencer Turnbull can do the trick. The Chicago Cubs sport an average offense in terms of team wOBA (.321), but they strike out at a very hefty clip (26.8%). While the hard-hit rate is solid for the Cubs (43.7%), they also check in with the second-highest ground-ball rate (47.5%).
If you need a salary-saving option at pitcher, Turnbull is worth a look, though this probably isn't the night to spend down on the bump.
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