A short slate of MLB action today, so we have limited (and mostly overpriced) options. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.
There is a tremendous amount of risk involved with the most expensive pitcher, Corey Kluber ($12,300). He’s been cleared to start today against the Royals despite DraftKings still listing him as out (at the time of this writing). I would LOVE to roster him for that reason since it will drive his ownership way down, but I can’t bring myself to do it. Kluber hasn’t pitched since the end of August with a hamstring injury. I am always a little concerned that he could re-injury it and the matchup is less than ideal. The Royals simply do not strike out which should limit Kluber’s upside in this game. If you were to roster him, please only do it in GPPs and hope his ownership bottoms out.
Kluber’s counterpart today is Yordano Ventura ($9,500) who has scored the most DK points per game (23.94) over the L30 than any other pitcher on the slate. Ventura owns the best xFIP (2.80) and the highest K/9 (12.30) on this slate. Considering the short slate, he is priced quite reasonable compared to his peers.
If you went to spend less on pitching, Tommy Milone ($7,800) is a volatile, yet reasonable option. Milone’s range of outputs has been between 0.3 and 32 points over his last three starts. That wide range lends itself toward GPPs and the matchup is outstanding. The Angels have the 4th worst wOBA in the league in the L7 and second worst since the All-Star Break.
For pure value, Jarred Cosart ($4,900) might be your guy. Cosart earned 17.1 DK points in his last start vs. the Nationals. He’s going to get the Nats again today. If he has that identical game, you’d be thrilled and he wouldn’t need to do much to pay for himself. He has only surrendered one ER over his last 9.2 IP since he returned from the DL.