Analysis by Josh Collacchi
With the daily fantasy world slowly taking over the industry of fantasy sports, more and more research is available to maximize your lineups. ProjectRoto already has a cheat sheet for you, so be sure to use that to your advantage in your research for the perfect lineup. In addition, we will provide you with a DFS outlook this week, to keep ahead of the game when it comes to your daily fantasy research.
This will provide you with some good matchups during the week, and some low-priced players to take a chance on.
Without further ado, this week’s DFS Outlook – Pitchers.
Keep in mind, some of these schedules change due to off-days. The picks are still legitimate, but it may be on a different day.
Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros
Chavez faced the Astros last week, but could only muster 5.2 innings of work. It was a successful outing though, as he was able to strike out seven, allow just six base runners and just two earned runs. But he will look for an even better outing tonight against the Astros yet again. Houston is hitting .226 against righties this season and have struck out 667 times in 2508 at-bats, so expect Chavez to be one of the higher volume plays tonight.
Brandon McCarthy, New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
McCarthy has seemed to find his groove in New York, which is exactly what Yankees fans wanted from the former Diamondback. But fantasy baseball fans have been rewarded too, as he was a cheap add and a cheap play in his last few starts. This week, he will take on the Rangers in his first of two starts. The Rangers reach base at a low .308 clip against righties this season, and McCarthy will look to pound the strike zone and continue to get ground balls, which is what he does best. McCarthy has allowed six earned runs in his last five starts, so get him into your lineups on Tuesday.
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners
Kluber has been fantastic of late, and has been one of the best pitchers in daily fantasy. In his last 38.2 innings of work, he has 40 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.83 to go along with a WHIP of 0.83. He is a perfect choice for a SP1 in your fantasy leagues, especially on sites where strikeouts net a lot of fantasy points. He faces the Mariners who have struck out 828 times in 105 games, which is good for just under eight times per nine innings. Get Kluber into your lineup, and expect at least seven strikeouts.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies fans will never forget that Gonzalez was once in their organization, and they’ll be thinking of that once again this week when he faces his former organization. The Phillies are getting on base at just over a .300 clip this season, and are hitting just .241 as a team. In his career, Gonzalez is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA against the Phillies, and that is relevant because the Phillies have the same lineup as they’ve had for the last few years. The Phillies have also been shut out a lot this year, so that possibility alone attracts DFS players to Gonzalez this week.
Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins
Latos faces the Marlins, who hit 16 points lower against righties this season. In addition, Miami has struggled to score runs in the last two weeks, scoring just 33 runs in their last 10 games. Latos is 2-3 with a 3.31 ERA this season, but has only allowed more than three runs twice all season. Start him against a struggling Marlins lineup for a relatively cheap price this week.
Ervin Santana, Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres
In what may be the best week in the history of one pitcher’s career in terms of matchups, Santana takes on the Padres. As of this article being written, Santana has seven innings pitched with 11 strikeouts and he is still going. Now while it may be tough to repeat that again, he faces the Padres again on Saturday. Expect another terrific outing because San Diego is getting on base 27.9 percent of the time, as a team.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
Hamels has been the lone star for the Phillies this season, pitching his way to a 2.72 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, despite a 5-5 record. His record is not indicative of how he has pitched this season, and he is a great option against a Nationals team who actually hits lefties very well at .279. Some will see that number and be scared away, but remember that the Nationals faced Hamels before this season and only got six hits. Expect Hamels to pitch well against the Nationals this week, if he is still a member of the Phillies.