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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Pitchers, Wednesday 8/1

Jake Hari



Josh Engleman's daily MLB DFS column highlighting his favorite pitchers on DraftKings, FanDUel and Yahoo for 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.

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Rich Hill ($9,600 DK/$10,000 FD)

With pricing not being much of an issue on the main slate because there are no Coors bats (and really no expensive stacks at all), Hill should be a very popular option at home against Milwaukee. He’s striking out over 28% of righties this year and has done a better job at limiting hard-contact as of late, which should be helpful in his home park. In his last 2 starts, Hill has Swinging-Strike rates of  13.7% and 15.8% which is very encouraging after struggling to reach double digits many times in prior starts. I’m usually lower than the field on Hill, but on a slate where you’re mostly looking for your pitchers to get you 18-20 points, he is arguably the safest option and it won’t be tough to fit him in your lineups.

Cole Hamels ($7,900 DK/$7,700 FD)

Hamels gets a solid matchup in his Cubs debut tonight against a Pirates team that has struggled against lefties all season, and looks even worse as of late. Versus southpaws over the last month, the Pirates have a just a 69 wRC+ with a 23.4% K-rate, and Hamels has shown he can miss bats at a solid rate, as he’s posted a 12.3% Swinging-Strike rate on the year. With no real lefty-mashers in the Pirates lineup, Hamels is a solid value at under $8K on DraftKings, and has a decent shot at pacing all starters in points on a rough main slate for pitching.

Kyle Freeland ($8,600 DK/$8,300 FD)

Going with the theme of safety, Freeland is someone that’s shown a good floor, scoring at least 11 DK points in every start away from Coors this year. The Cardinals have a bunch of righties, but many of their hitters (Fowler, Munoz, Bader, DeJong, Carpenter) are striking out above 23% against lefties on the season, so there is certainly some swing-and-miss for Freeland to take advantage of. He is not the sexiest of options, but he should be able to create a lot of ground balls, and the ability to get near 100 pitches (98+ in 9 out of his last 10 starts) on this shallow of a slate is valuable when looking at some of the risky low-tier options.

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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