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DFS pitchers for April 15
We’re diving into the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) craze and will be bringing you the two pitchers we’re using in Draft Kings with other possibilities as well.
Drew Pomeranz: We’re already big fans of the A’s lefty to have a breakout season, then we saw his cheap price for today ($6,100) and jumped. On a day when the pickings are slim for aces (Francisco Liriano against Detroit and Lance Lynn vs. Milwaukee are the most expensive options at $8,700), it’s a great value on Pomeranz. On top of the fact that we already love Pomeranz’s skill set, we like the idea of taking strikeout pitchers against the whiff-prone Astros. We’d rather have a right-handed pitcher to go against Houston’s righty free-swingers (Evan Gattis, Chris Carter and George Springer), but Pomeranz is very effective against RHB too (.563 OPS vs. R last year compared to .663 vs. L). And Pomeranz was better on the road last year (1.42 ERA compared to 3.48 at home), so we aren’t too concerned about the game being at Houston. The biggest concern is just that his opposing pitcher is a tough one in Collin McHugh. Picking Pomeranz allows you to load up on superstars in your hitter lineup (we got Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Reyes).
Chase Anderson: Another bargain is the D-backs right-hander at $5,900 for his matchup at San Diego. Anderson also has a reasonably tough opposing pitcher in Brandon Morrow, but you gotta love the ballpark. Anderson was tough on righties in his first start, holding them to 1-for-7 with a walk, and the Padres lineup is heavily tilted to the right. If you prefer Morrow in this matchup, he’s also a decent bargain at $6,700, so he wouldn’t cost you too much more.
Other pitchers we like today besides our two picks and a third in Morrow are Mark Buehrle ($6,200 at home against Rays and Erasmo Ramirez, just a bit worried about mediocre start in hitter’s park), Taijuan Walker ($7,400 at Dodgers and Brett Anderson, seemed a bit too expensive coming back from bad start against tough opponent on the road) and Edinson Volquez ($6,200 at Twins and wildly inconsistent Kyle Gibson, but don’t trust Volquez just yet).
One last tip would be to stack your hitter lineups with Royals going against Gibson and Yankees and Orioles in what should be an offensive game at Baltimore against the mediocrity of Nathan Eovaldi and Bud Norris.