We have a 9 game main slate today with some interesting spots for some of these pitchers. Chris Archer ($10,800) tops my list because he draws probably the best matchup on today’s slate in the Kansas City Royal. This Royals team is not good at all, lowest wRC+ in the MLB, low wOBA and ISO, this team doesn’t have any upside at all. Archer has had back to back starts with 20+ fantasy points without a win. With a 25.7K%, strikeout upside from the Royals, and a good park to pitch in, starting out with Chris Archer is the right move.
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Danny Salazar ($9,700) draws a favorable matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays. Assuming Donaldson and Tulo are still out , there are few bats that scare me in this lineup (See Yesterday’s article). Salazar can rack up the K’s with the best of them, but struggles to get deep into ball games. He is a GPP only pitcher today, but Lance Lynn or Kenta Maeda should be considered for cash games. Lynn ($8,400) and Maeda ($9,200) both draw favorable matchups in pitchers parks.
I think Matt Boyd is a underrated pitcher, but this spot in Arizona is not good for him. The D-Backs can run a right handed heavy lineup for Boyd and his .322 wOBA vs Right handed hitters into a bad spot. And in a small sample size this season, Boyd has been far worse on the road. Pollock, Owings, Goldy, Tomas, Drury and whoever catches will all be in play. Also, we should see lower ownership on Jake Lamb assuming he starts, and he is a good way to differentiate your -Backs stacks.
Kyle Kendricks isn’t very good and neither is Chase Anderson. This sets up a hitter friendly matchup in Miller Park, where we should look to both sides to jump on these starters. Kendricks will be in this Boston rotation until Price comes back, and there will be opportunities to stack against him. Since he has only one start this year, we will look to his career number to find out where he struggles. He has a .327 wOBA to righties not good and .362 wOBA to lefties even worse. He is not going to miss many bats which will help the strike out happy Brew Crew. Everyone is in play, with Thames and Shaw being my favorite one offs.