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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Friday 8/17

Jake Hari



MLB Twitter has erupted after it was reported that the San Diego Padres were acquiring Nationals ace Max Scherzer in a blockbuster deal

The following Spotlight Pitchers were selected by writer Jake Hari. For more analysis on the slate, check out Awesemo’s Rankings and Ownership Projections.

Max Scherzer ($12,600 DK/$12,200 FD)

Scherzer has a great argument for the number 1 pitcher on the night at a price that is surprisingly affordable on DraftKings. He’ll get a Marlins team that has the league’s lowest wRC+ against righties over the last month that just lost their best left-handed hitter in Justin Bour. Coming off four dominant starts as a whopping -375 favorite, Scherzer makes for a fantastic play in all formats tonight.

Cole Hamels ($8,700 DK/$8,900 FD)

Hamels has looked phenomenal in his first 3 starts with his new team, allowing just 2 runs in 18 innings while striking out 20 hitters. His last start was a masterpiece against a Nationals team that had been crushing lefties before he put a halt to their run, and he posted 9Ks in 5 innings against this same Pirates team with a 13.7% Swinging-Strike rate 3 starts ago. The weather here is worth keeping an eye on, but at low ownership with the ability to go 100 pitches, Hamels is a nice pivot to Robbie Ray if you’re looking to get a little contrarian.

Brian Johnson ($6,800 DK/$6,400 FD)

There’s not a ton to choose from in this range, but Johnson certainly makes for an appealing option as a -173 favorite in his home park. In his prior 2 starts, Johnson threw 104 and 98 pitches along with double-digit Swinging-Strike rates in 4 out of his last 5 outings. Strikeout upside and the ability to go deep is exactly what we’re looking for in a pitcher for under $7K, and the matchup against the Rays (23.6% K-rate, .147 ISO in 2018 vs. LHP) shouldn’t worry you either. Sign me up for some Brian Johnson in GPPs tonight as another pivot off of Robbie Ray.

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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