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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Tuesday 7/24

Jake Hari



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

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Masahiro Tanaka ($8,600 DK/$8,800 FD)

Tanaka is coming off an impressive performance in a tough spot on the road against the Indians, as he allowed 2 runs on 6.1 innings while racking up 5 strikeouts. Just as importantly, though, he was able to post one of his highest O-Swing rates of the season (43.5%) as well as a double-digit Swinging-Strike rate on 77 pitches. Tonight’s matchup will be much friendlier in Tampa Bay versus a Rays team that strikes out above league average against righties, as well as a bottom-5 ISO against them on the year. For $8,600, Tanaka makes for a high-upside GPP play on DraftKings at a discount from his true talent.

Zack Wheeler ($7,700 DK/$9,000 FD)

Wheeler will likely be one of the most popular plays on the night in about as good of a spot as you can imagine, especially coming off a 7.2 IP 7 K performance against the Nationals, but it’s hard to argue against him as a great value. Wheeler has shown the ability to miss bats all season despite some up-and-down results, but his numbers against righties overall are solid, and he’s going to see at least 5 of them tonight, including the pitcher slot. It is also encouraging that the Mets have let him go past 100 pitches in each of his last 5 starts, getting up to 113 pitches in his last start before the All-Star Break, so he’s tough to get off of tonight on a slate that lacks depth at pitcher.

Felix Pena ($5,500 DK/$7,100 FD)

Pena is not going to have as long of a leash as many of the top guys on this slate, but for $5,500 on DK, I love him for tournaments. His slider has recorded the highest Whiffs/Swing% of any starting pitcher this year (min 100 pitches) at 57.1% with righties having an especially tough time tracking it. The Swinging-Strike rate for Pena looks very good as well, as he’s posted rates of 14.8%, 12.2%, 18.1%, 11.8%, 10.5%, and 16.2% over his last 6 outings. The strikeout matchup against the White Sox and the price is hard to ignore on a slate with Coors and many other expensive teams in great spots.

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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