We crushed it last weekend and are ready to keep rolling here. As per usual, we have every team in action on this Saturday slate. The games are spread throughout the day, though, and we’ll zone in on the players from the two main slates. That means we will avoid the Tigers-White Sox matchup and the doubleheader between the Rays and Rex Sox. We’re going barefoot for this Saturday card, so let’s get into it!
Starting Pitcher Rankings
|PLAYER||DK SALARY||FD SALARY||VALUE||RISK|
|Spencer Strider (ATL) at ARI||$12,400||$11,100||Low||Low|
|Sonny Gray (MIN) vs. CLE||$9,500||$9,700||Low||Low|
|Eury Perez (MIA) vs. OAK||$8,700||$9,300||Medium||Medium|
|Jordan Montgomery (STL) at PIT||$7,800||$8,300||High||High|
Starting Pitcher Strategy
This is a captivating slate from a pitching perspective. We have two top-notch aces and two unknown pitchers for our four recommendations. All of these guys get some of the best matchups in baseball, and it should be easy to mix and match one stud with one cheaper guy to build an optimal lineup. It’s up to you to choose which guys you want to pair with, but we hope these write-ups will make that easier!
Cash Game Recommendations:
Spencer Strider (ATL) at ARI
Strider has been the best pitcher in baseball since the start of last year. The NL Cy Young runner-up has a 2.76 ERA and 0.99 WHIP since the start of last season. His biggest asset is his strikeout stuff, picking up 308 scalps across 195 innings. That’s one of the best K rates of all time, making him an easy play against Arizona. The Diamondbacks rank 22nd in xwOBA and are only projected to score 3.5 runs in this spot.
This should be a fun slate from a lineup construction standpoint. The first thing I will do is put in Strider and pair him with Belt and Ozuna. Those hitters are way too cheap, and it’s a great pairing with an overpriced pitcher like Strider. From there, we can choose whatever stacks we want. The teams we want to use include the Rangers, Braves, Yankees, Royals, Rockies, Yankees, Nationals, Marlins, Reds, Brewers, Cardinals, and Blue Jays. That’s a large group of teams to build with, and it should make things easy on us!
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