DFS Baseball 101: Finding Value at Starting Pitching
DFS Baseball 101: Finding Value at Starting Pitching

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After the first week, starting pitching looked like it was in good shape. But then we got games in Coors, Camden and Texas, which are huge hitters' parks and runs exploded. Then we got the Red Sox and Indians pitchers getting shelled repeatedly. Vegas totals from week one to week two rose significantly along with road runs scored.

That trend has continued through week three to the point where the "J" word is being tossed around. That is a "juiced ball," and I can see why people would think that. If you saw the Dodgers-Diamondbacks series to open the season and how many home runs were hit, the ball was just flying out of a notorious pitchers' park. I am seeing more games with totals of 10 or more than ever. When did you ever see games in Kaufmann Stadium over 8?

All that said, the lack of stability in the starting pitching market has made cash games in DFS a risky proposition, so much that I have completely backed off until I can get a handle on it.

Let's look at under-the-radar starting pitchers who can get you into the win column.

(Salaries and DFS Data is from DraftKings.)

PITCHERS TO TARGET

Matthew Boyd, Tigers

For the better part of a year, Boyd has been a good pitcher flying under the radar. That is all about to change, as he has gotten off to a hot start in 2019. The Tigers are 9-1 in his last 10 home

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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. Rath won the 2016 FSWA "Baseball Article of the Year, Online" award and was a finalist for the FSWA Best Baseball Series in 2011.
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