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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Wednesday 6/6

Jake Hari



Loughy & Jake go over their favorite fantasy baseball picks, including Jon Gray and Madison Bumgarner for DraftKings & FanDuel.

The following Spotlight Pitchers were selected by writer Jake Hari. For more analysis on the slate, check out the MLB Strategy Video and Night Shift Podcast.

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Shohei Ohtani ($11,100 DK/$8,600 FD)

Ohtani’s strikeout matchup against the Royals is the only thing negative I can really say about him, as he’s not even the highest-priced pitcher on the slate. He may not have double-digit strikeout upside here against Kansas City, but his 15.5% Swinging-Strike rate and 35.5% Whiffs/Swing rate gives us reason to believe he can get a strikeout per inning tonight. With all the top-priced options in tough matchups, I’ll take the discount on Ohtani as a -224 favorite in GPPs, who, according to our ownership projections, won’t even be a top-3 owned pitcher in tournaments.

Jon Gray ($7,500 DK/$7,300 FD)

Anytime we can get Gray outside of Coors in a good matchup, it’s hard not to take a look at him. On the season against right-handed pitching, the Reds have posted an 89 wRC+, .129 ISO, and just a .694 OPS. Gray is actually striking out more lefties than righties on the year while posting a 2.95 xFIP against LHH, which is much improved compared to his numbers last year. The Reds aren’t a great strikeout matchup, but as noted above, they lack power and have many below average hitters near the bottom of their lineup. At a mid-tier price tag, Gray is one of my favorite tournament plays on the night.

Jake Odorizzi ($7,300 DK/$7,000 FD)

Odorizzi has burned us many times before, but I’m giving him another chance here at home against the White Sox, who currently have a run total under 4 and are no strangers to striking out in bunches. Over the last month, the White Sox own a 24.2% K-rate, .306 OBP, and a 7% walk rate over the last month against righties. Even while making a handful of mistakes in his last start, Odorizzi was still able to get a fair amount of Swinging-Strikes. The White Sox certainly have some power, but their impatience should play right into Odorizzi’s hands and allow him to have a solid start at low ownership and a good price on DK.

Jake Hari is the Director of NHL Content at and contributes to the site's NHL and MLB coverage as a writer of the spotlight stacks articles and host of Strategy Videos and Livestreams. Jake has been dubbed "the Baseball Savant" thanks to his immense knowledge of MLB but he's achieved some of his best success as an innovator in the world of NHL DFS. You can contact Jake by emailing [email protected].

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