Pitchers need to be the cornerstone of your lineup building in both tournament (large field gauranteed prize pool) and cash (50/50s, head-to-heads) games.
Pitchers are going to be the highest, most consistent scorers for your daily fantasy lineup.
Here are the pitchers I’m considering for my lineups on opening day, and a few words about why I’m considering them:
1. Clayton Kershaw, vs. SDP, $12.400 — Kershaw’s the best pitcher in fantasy baseball. The only downside is his salary.
2. David Price vs. MIN, $10,400 — Las Vegas thinks Price is hurling for the team most likely to win tomorrow. He’s also the No. 3 pitcher on my strikeout chart.
3. Corey Kluber vs. HOU, $9,800 — Kluber tops my strikeout chart for opening day and he’s in the top 10 in weighted on-base average, a strong all-encompassing batting statistic. One concern is Vegas. The Indians are favored, but not by much against the Astros in Houston.
4. Felix Hernandez vs. LAA, $11,000 — He’s probably too expensive considering his spring struggles and that he faces Mike Trout and Co. Still, Vegas feels Seattle is likely to win and King Felix is No. 4 on my strikeout chart.
5. Henderson Alvarez vs. ATL, $6,200 — Here’s our value pick for today. Alvarez is shaky because you don’t really want to start a pitcher who doesn’t get strikeouts. But he’s facing an expected awful Braves lineup and might be able to have a few Ks above his season average. He likely will also be able to stay out of trouble, pitch into the late innings and his team is favored to win.
6. Sonny Gray vs. TEX, $8,300 — Here’s another pitcher with low strikeout potential who is expected to win and get outs (low wOBA).
7. Max Scherzer vs. NYM, $11,500 — Scherzer’s price is high because he should begin his quest to 260 strikeouts against a suspect Mets lineup. Nationals Park is favorable place to pitch and the Mets are the least likely team to win on opening day, according to the Las Vegas sportsbooks.
8. Madison Bumgarner vs. ARI, $9,800 — Bumgarner is likely to win and have a low wOBA. He’s not on my K chart. Last season, Arizona struck out just more than six times per game, the fourth-least in MLB. But Bumgarner plays late into games — pitchers get 2.25 points per inning pitched at Draft Kings.
EP has been playing fantasy sports since 1996. He is among the top third of overall tournament players at RotoGrinders.com. He won two NBA GPPs this season, his first dedicating significant time to NBA lineups, and is among the top 32% among hockey players. He’ll use the same methods during MLB season.