FanDuel Pitching Primer: Wednesday 9/16/20
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?
Dylan Bundy, Los Angeles Angels
Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
FanDuel Salary: $9,800
Bundy, after a change of scenery from the Baltimore Orioles to the West Coast, has been downright brilliant this season. Over 9 starts and 58 1/3 innings pitched, he's posted a 29.3% strikeout rate to match that sparkling 2.48 ERA.
The Diamondbacks aren't a perfect matchup -- they do have a lowly 21.2% strikeout rate, but against righties this season, they have only logged a .300 wOBA and .160 ISO. Expect another stellar Bundy outing tonight.
Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals
At Detroit Tigers
FanDuel Price: $8,000
The good news is that rookie right-hander Brady Singer gets the ball, and that's outstanding for two reasons -- the first is that while he may be flying under the radar to some, he's been really solid as of late, recording a 52.4% ground-ball rate this season.
The second reason is that the Detroit Tigers, Singer's opponent, have stunk against righties this year. They sport the league's highest strikeout rate in this split (27.6%), and their .294 wOBA and 32.6% hard-hit rate are nothing to be afraid of.
Play Singer with confidence tonight.
Tarik Skubal, Detroit Tigers
Vs. Kansas City Royals
FanDuel Price: $6,400
While fellow prospect Casey Mize gets a lot of the shine, it's Skubal who possesses what we want more for DFS purposes. He's got plenty of swing-and-miss upside, as evidenced by his double-digit strikeout rate at every stop of his professional career.
In addition, the Royals have been dreadfully bad in this split in 2020 -- they own a 27.4% hard-hit rate against lefties. It's not even close to a spicy take to tell you that's not good.
This play isn't without risk -- Skubal's allowed 2.08 home runs per nine (HR/9) and he gives up a lot of fly balls. But, if he can control those two problem spots, he makes for an intriguing choice for a low salary.
Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.