Daily Pitcher Overview 7/14 (Start/Sit, Streamers, DFS)
Welcome back from the all-star break! Baseball has gifted us with a 15-game slate tonight with all kinds of good pitching to work with. There isn’t much in the way of streamer options and no true aces, however, so we will have to dig for today’s top streamer and recommended DFS plays.
Mike Montgomery (CHC @ BAL)
Most teams are pitching one of their top starters today because everyone is rested and they want to win, obviously. That isn’t the case, for whatever reason with the Cubs, so he is our lone start-worthy waiver wire addition. That is unless you are crazy enough to trust R.A. Dickey or Ricky Nolasco. No thank you. Pitching in Baltimore is a task, as is the addition of the DH, but Montgomery has been putting together a solid season and is a good bet to continue the trend against the Orioles and perhaps even a pick up a win for you.
Top DFS Cash Game Option
James Paxton (SEA @ CHW)
There aren’t many true aces going today because they were fortunate enough to pitch in the all-star game. Carlos Carrasco is about as close at it gets, but he is also more expensive and less of a favorite tonight against Sonny Gray and the A’s than Paxton is against Shields and the White Sox. Both lineups are lackluster, so it is tough to say you could go wrong by picking either, but what it comes down to is saving that extra money. There aren’t many strong hitting options tonight because of the quality of the pitching on the slate so we need all the money we can get. For what it’s worth, Charlie Morton is a nice play too if you want a super-lineup.
Top DFS Tournament Option
Nick Pivetta (PHI @ MIL)
With four of his last five games going for 40+ FanDuel points, I expect him to be higher owned than I prefer to play in DFS games, but at just $7,300, he is also the clear top value on the slate considering his potential. Milwaukee is a difficult environment for a pitcher because of their ballpark and potent lineup, but they also hand pitchers plenty of strikeouts, so there is significant boom or bust potential here. My sneaky play here would be Drew Pomeranz, who has quietly been pitching quite well over his previous five starts and is one of the handful of pitchers on the slate who carries double-digit strikeout potential.
*All stats based on our daily projections
OWN – ownership % between ESPN and Yahoo!
Score – Based on an algorithm that weighs if their ratios are too high to offset the odds of them getting a win and add strikeouts to your team totals
Recommendation – For Roto and H2H season-long leagues
DFS Cash – Not based on value, but performance only. Heavily favors ratios and odds at getting the win and quality start
DFS GPP – Not based on value, but performance only. Built to focus more on strikeout potential and stamina
*The table is sorted by their season-long fantasy appeal
Thanks for reading and good luck today!