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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Thursday 8/16

Jake Hari



Jake Hari's MLB DFS Picks highights his favrite pitchers for DraftKings MLB, FanDuel MLB and Yahoo MLB fantasy baseball lineups.

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

Tanner Roark ($9,100 DK/$8,900 FD)

Roark is a clear overprice on DraftKings tonight, but there aren’t many places to spend your salary anyways, so I’m looking for good plays regardless of price. He’s not a spectacular pitcher, but there are very few that I like, and he’ll get mostly righties tonight in St. Louis and he’s been solid at creating ground-balls (47%) and soft-contact (29%) against them all year. He’s gone at least 7 innings in each of his last 4 starts, but 6 and a few strikeouts with a chance at a win may do the trick on a slate that has limited options.

Julio Teheran ($8,200 DK/$8,000 FD)

Teheran will likely be one of the chalkiest options on the entire slate, but whenever a righty gets the Rockies outside of Coors, he deserves consideration. Teheran, like Roark, is much better against right-handed bats, as he’s striking them out over 25% of the time with a WHIP under 1 and an xFIP under 4 this season. Colorado has been as bad as any team outside of their home park this year (82 wRC+ versus righties on the road), so despite the ownership tax, Teheran is clearly one of the best plays of the night.

Clay Buchholz ($9,500 DK/$8,500 FD)

Playing Clay Buchholz for $9,500 on DraftKings in the year 2018 almost feels wrong, but looking at the numbers and the nature of the slate, he makes a lot of sense. Again, pricing isn’t going to be a huge issue with no pitchers above $10K on DK, so a guy that has shown strikeout upside as well as the ability to go 6+ innings is certainly in play. Add in the matchup against San Diego (25.7% K-rate, .127 ISO, .299 OBP vs. RHP) in one of the pitcher-friendliest parks in the MLB, and you’ve got yourself a guy that has upside for 20+ DK points. As a -125 favorite in the best pitching environment on the slate, I’m in for another solid Buccholz performance at (hopefully) low ownership.

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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