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Daily Baseball 101: Breaking Down DraftKings Pitching

Michael Rathburn

Michael Rathburn

Known as “Rath” in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) community, he has helped run operations for two prominent daily fantasy sports startups. Michael has taken his insider knowledge and expertise in daily fantasy sports to the content side. He was also nominated by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association for Best Baseball Series in 2011.

Throughout the baseball season I have broken down each site and indicator when playing daily fantasy sports. With the recent merger of Draftkings and Draftstreet, it is a perfect time to analyze the Draftkings data starting with the pitching side. With two starting pitchers, the need to find value every day is key.

One of the key differences between Fanduel and Draftkings is you need the second starting pitcher, but also look at the range of scoring on DK. The max was Clayton Kershaw’s no hitter game at 59.25 and the lowest was Colby Lewis at -22.55. While on Fanduel, the scoring for Kershaw was 28 and Lewis was -7.67. The downside for pitching is very little on Fanduel, making it necessary to avoid those cheap pitchers on Draftkings.

Your target score for Draftkings should be at least 100 points in cash games (head –to-head and double ups), so if you alloc

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