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MLB Daily Fantasy Primer: Saturday (5/1)

by Brendan Tuma | @toomuchtuma | Featured Writer
May 1, 2021

Saturday’s main slate consists of six games, which normally narrows things down quite a bit for DFS purposes. However, there are a lot of borderline aces starting on Saturday, which means it’ll be critical to nail our starting pitcher selections. Of course, hitting on SPs is always the most important aspect of playing DFS. We’ll also look to supplement our high-priced arms with some cheaper bats in good lineups. Let’s dive in.

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Saturday’s Starting Pitcher Strategy

My core philosophy when it comes to playing DFS is to build my lineups around high-end starting pitchers. It’s the most important position to get right when it comes to daily fantasy, and it’s nearly impossible to overcome a situation where your SP falls short of expectations. Innings pitched and strikeouts are just worth too many points, which is why I only consider aces when they’re available on a given slate.

Cash Game Recommendations:

Dustin May (LAD) @MIL
It’s admittedly tough to nail down who the best option is between the four names above. However, May’s price is reasonable on both sites, and he has a great matchup going against the Brewers sans Christian Yelich. Furthermore, the young right-hander has completely reinvented himself as a pitcher this year. His “stuff” has always been good, which leads to a lot of GIFs from Pitching Ninja on Twitter. However, it never really led to the amount of strikeouts you’d expect. In 2021 May’s K% has increased from 19.6% to 37.2%, and this figure is backed up by his whiff rate. The matchup, chances for a win, and the potential for strikeouts make May a fantastic cash game option tonight.


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