The work week ends with a massive MLB DFS slate. It features 13 games, starting at 7:05 pm ET on DraftKings and FanDuel. Today’s DFS primer narrows the colossal player pool to four suggested pitchers, three stacks, three studs and three values/punts.
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Friday's Starting Pitcher Strategy
The suggested pitchers tonight have a wide variety of salaries. The top option has a matchup against another ace. The second choice has an ideal matchup and enters the contest in good form. The third-ranked pitcher is slightly overpriced on FD. However, his salary could enhance his appeal in tournaments if it depresses the percentage of rosters he's on. Finally, a volatile lefty has a perfect matchup to coax a fantasy-friendly start from him.
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Shohei Ohtani (LAA) vs. SEA
Ohtani hasn't been perfect lately, evidenced by his 4.22 ERA in his last five starts. However, per FanGraphs, he had a 3.19 xFIP in those starts. So, Ohtani was rather unlucky.
The ace is also amazing at home. According to FanGraphs, in 235.0 innings at home in his career, he's had a 2.07 ERA, 2.93 xFIP, 0.99 WHIP, 8.2 BB% and 32.6 K%.
The matchup is also appealing. The Mariners are 18th in wRC+ (96) and have a 25.7 K% against righties this year. So, in a battle of aces, per Betting Pros, the Angels are -125, and the game's total is predictably a pitcher-friendly 7.5 runs.
Friday's Hitter Strategy
The Padres are the safest source of hitters tonight. The Brewers are a fun stack for adventurous gamers playing in GPPs. And the Braves are a happy medium, having a compelling case for use in all game types.
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