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Josh Engleman’s MLB DFS Pitcher Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel, July 23 (FREE)

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Josh Engleman's daily article highligting his favorite MLB DFS Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy baseball lineups, July 23.

We only have a two-game slate here, but Josh Engleman has some MLB DFS analysis for your DraftKings + FanDuel lineups, including thoughts on Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer for daily fantasy baseball.


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Fantasy Baseball MLB DFS Picks for DraftKings + FanDuel Opening Day

Gerrit Cole

Given the way this slate is setup, Cole is my number one GPP option on FanDuel and DraftKings. In particular, I like the idea of paying up for Cole on FanDuel. You can get a massive ownership discount compared to Scherzer, which should offset the $700 increase in price. Current projected lineups show the Nationals with three left-handed bats, which is music to the ears of Cole owners. in 2019, Cole struck out 44% of all lefties. It’s not like things were easy for the righties, though. The strikeout rate was only 36%, but he makes up for that with a .242 xwOBA and a .113 xISO. Based on performance, Cole and Scherzer are equals. The reduction in public ownership is what makes Cole my priority.

Max Scherzer

Scherzer is tricky. He’s the no-brainer cash game play on both sites. DraftKings made him $8,600, which means he has to be in your cash lineup. In GPPs, I think he’s a bit over-owned. Luckily for Scherzer, the Yankees projected line-up fits him well. In 2019, righties struck out in 39% of their plate appearances, with a .225 xwOBA and .116 xISO against. That should help him navigate the monster power up and down the order. If you pair these guys, be sure to pay close attention to the rest of your lineup. You’ll need to make some ownership decisions in order to stay unique on a two-game slate.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on the weather. Who knows what happens with this game tonight? It should go without saying that I prefer Clayton Kershaw to Johnny Cueto, but it would be a disaster to lose out on the Nationals/Yankees game.


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Josh is Contributor for Awesemo.com where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing support@awesemo.com.

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