2016 Draft Kit

Draft Kings starting pitchers and hitters to start for Sunday, May 3

Yesterday, hitters did well in my lineups, but I didn’t do a good job pairing pitchers.

Yes, the Jorge de la Rosa advice paid off with an 18.45-point performance. And Mike Fiers, our No. 2 pitcher, went ballistic for 36.5 points in the early games.

Gio Gonzalez and David Price combined for 60.7 fantasy points for the winner of the .25-cent arcade yesterday. Second-place paired Price and Miguel Gonzalez for 58 points.

Pairing a star with a mid-priced sleeper feels like the key to taking down a big tournament, but it’s not exactly easy.

There are a bunch of potential pitchers in play today. I’ll give you my top six then a list of a couple more you should consider.

1. Jason Hammel, $7,400 — Hammel is my top sleeper choice in the mid-priced range. He gets the Brewers, who have struck out a lot and his weighted on-base average matchups both in handedness and at home are favorable.

2. Johnny Cueto, $11,000 — Rostering Cueto isn’t easy today, but he’s pitching lights out and is among the pitchers most likely to win today in the projected lowest-scoring contest. The Braves have been good about not swinging and missing to much this season.

3. Michael Wacha, $8,400 — If Wacha got more strikeouts he’d be elite. Instead he’s just extremely good. Today, he faces the Pirates, who have struck out fifth most this season. That should be good for a few extra points out of Wacha today.

4. Julio Teheran, $8,100 — Another mid-priced option for you is the pitcher on the other side of that ATL-CIN game. The Reds don’t strike out a ton, but Teheran is a good strikeout pitcher and should pitch late into the game.

5. Sonny Gray, $8,400 — Gray’s WHIP indicates there is a negative regression on the way, but everything else points to another big game from Gray against the Rangers.

6. Nathan Karns, $5,500, and Severino Gonzalez, $4,000 — In this last spot I try to give you a basement option. Gonzalez definitely fits that description. He has a 4.50 WHIP and a laughable 23.63 ERA. Unless he made a bad deal with a demon to be the worst pitcher in the history of the universe, he’s going to be better than those numbers and going to be worth more than $4,000. If he puts in a serviceable performance, against one of the most strikeout prone lineups in MLB, you probably cash. There’s also a good chance Giancarlo Stanton goes yard twice and Gonzalez gets lifted after four innings. In a few words I’m going to tell you the Orioles are a decent team to stack today, making Karns a risky play. The Orioles also don’t strike out a bunch. However, Karns will pitch late into the game and has a high strikeout profile. He’s also third on that list, behind only James Shields and Cueto.

Other pitchers to consider: Shields, Joe Kelly, Trevor Bauer.

Lineups to stack

  1. Minnesota vs. John Danks, especially righties, Brian Dozier, Torii Hunter, Trevor Plouffe and switch-hitter Kennys Vargas
  2. Houston vs. J.A. Happ, especially Colby Rasmus and George Springer
  3. Detroit vs. Jeremy Guthrie, especially Anthony Gose, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Alex Avila
  4. Boston vs. Adam Warren
  5. Baltimore vs. Karns
  6. Oakland vs. Yovani Gallardo

At least one of the lists I made has Pittsburgh against Wacha as an option. That stack will be super low-owned and if it connects you win.

If you don’t stack, use hitters from those games, especially the ones with good matchups, to fill out your lineups.

Also consider: SS/OF Hanley Ramirez, 2B/3B Justin Turner, OF Justin Upton, OF Mike Trout, OF Jose Bautista, C/OF Evan Gattis, 1B/3B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Brian Dozier and 1B Justin Morneau.

Get on the hot streak before it’s hot. Hitters with breakout potential (Extremely low batting average on balls in play and a low batting average in the last two weeks): OF David Peralta, batting .190; OF Jay Bruce, .150; 1B/3B Frazier, .233; Wil Myers, .232; Ryan Braun, .250; Trout, .227, Gattis .220; Bautista, 250.

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