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Spotlight Pitchers: Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel with Julio Urias | Today, 5/29/21




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Saturday gets the action started early with a 10-game itinerary of MLB DFS then followed by a five-game schedule on the main slate. Ian Anderson will give it another go today after Friday’s postponement in New York while Julio Urias heads into a rematch with the Giants, who pulled off a win against the Dodgers in extra innings last night. With weather looking like an improvement from yesterday, here are the Spotlight Pitchers for DraftKings and FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups on Saturday, May 29.

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Early Slate Spotlight

Luis Castillo (CIN) at CHC

DraftKings $6,900; FanDuel $6,400
Proj. Points: DraftKings 16.89; FanDuel 30.65
Proj. Ownership: DraftKings 48.6%; FanDuel NA
DraftKings Points B, Value A
FanDuel Points B, Value A

Deivi Garcia (NYY) at DET

DraftKings $6,800; FanDuel $7,800
Proj. Points: DraftKings 14.87; FanDuel 27.26
Proj. Ownership: DraftKings 18.2%; FanDuel 10%
DraftKings Points C, Value B
FanDuel Points C, Value C

Nathan Eovaldi (BOS) vs MIA

DraftKings $9,000; FanDuel $7,500
Proj. Points: DraftKings 16.94; FanDuel 31.7
Proj. Ownership: DraftKings 24.2%; FanDuel 26.7%
DraftKings Points B, Value C
FanDuel Points B, Value A

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Ian Anderson: ATL at NYM — DraftKings $9,800; FanDuel $9,000

Ian Anderson draws the start against the Mets averaging 18.7 DraftKings and 34.2 FanDuel points with a 25.2% strikeout rate in nine starts. Awesemo’s MLB Top Pitchers Tool gives Anderson a 44.9% chance of becoming a top-two pitcher on DraftKings and a 19.9% chance of being the top pitcher on FanDuel. His MLB DFS projections combine with an attainable price tag to give Anderson a 29% chance of becoming a top-two value on DraftKings and a 13.3% chance of being FanDuel’s top value pitcher. MLB daily fantasy ownership projections of 56.1% on DraftKings and 44.6% on FanDuel signify the smaller slate’s evident chalk play with little to argue against in regards to salary and matchup value.

Scheduled to face five righties, two lefties and two switch-hitters from the Mets, Anderson currently has a 23.6% strikeout rate against right-handed hitters. The problems New York provides are few and far between, while leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar could be troublesome from both sides of the plate. The Mets currently have a .225 team batting average, 23.2% strikeout rate, and 86 wRC+ against right-handed pitching. Staying under five figures in salary and facing one of the best matchups for a righty pitcher, Anderson remains one of the best options to top the mound on Saturday’s main slate despite the massive ownership in tow.

Awesemo’s FanDuel Grades: Points A, Value A

Awesemo’s DraftKings Grades: Points A, Value B

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Julio Urias: LAD vs SF — DraftKings $10,000; FanDuel $11,500

Julio Urias draws the start at home against the Giants, averaging 23.4 DraftKings and 40 FanDuel points with a 29.4% strikeout rate in 10 starts. Awesemo’s MLB Top Pitchers Tool aligns Urias with a 39.8% chance of reaching top-two pitcher status on DraftKings and a 17% chance of being the top pitcher on FanDuel. Some of the slate’s highest MLB DFS projections intersect with a lofty price tag to give Urias a 19.5% chance of being a top-two value on DraftKings, while a 4.3% chance of being the top value on FanDuel. MLB daily fantasy ownership projections of 40.6% on DraftKings and 19.1% on FanDuel make Urias the clear-cut number two option on both sites, behind Anderson as a much costlier alternative.

With Urias due to face six righties and three lefties from the Giants, he’s striking out right-handed batters at a 28% rate with a 0.97 WHIP this season. Buster Posey (third) has resurrected World Series form with a .394 ISO against left-handed pitching this season, while Evan Longoria (fourth) has been as impressive with a .371 batting average against lefty pitchers. The Giants have earned a .237 batting average, 22.5% strikeout rate, and 108 wRC+ against the split in 2021. The salary cost is a lot to handle on FanDuel but Urias still represents one of the best pitching selections available on Saturday’s condensed main slate, at a fraction the ownership of Anderson.

Awesemo’s FanDuel Grades: Points A, Value E

Awesemo’s DraftKings Grades: Points B, Value C

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Mike Folynewicz: TEX vs SEA — DraftKings $5,600; FanDuel $7,100

The bargain bin find of the day is Mike Foltynewicz in Seattle, averaging 11.2 DraftKings and 23.1 FanDuel points with a 17.9% strikeout rate over 10 starts. Awesemo’s MLB Top Pitchers Tool gives Folty a 20.3% chance of being among the top-two pitchers on DraftKings and an 11.3% chance of being the top pitcher on FanDuel. With decent MLB DFS projections at a major discount on DraftKings give him a 39% chance of being a top-two value while a slight price hike gives Folty a 15.5% chance of being the top value pitcher on FanDuel. MLB daily fantasy ownership projections  indicate the discount popularity for Folty on DraftKings while remaining a fairly unpopular investment on FanDuel.

Scheduled to face five lefties and four right-handed Mariners hitters, Foltynewicz is striking out righties at a 20.9% rate while having his share of struggles against left-handed opposition. Kyle Seager (third) has a .235 ISO against right-handed pitchers this year where Folty’s 2.7 HR/9 against lefties glare as a top concern. Yet, the Mariners have a .204 batting average, 25.8% strikeout rate, and 85 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers this season. Although his issue against lefty power is one that’s hard to ignore, the Mariners offensive ineptitude is a mutually evident soft spot for Foltynewicz to take advantage of at a discount.

Awesemo’s FanDuel Grades: Points B, Value D

Awesemo’s DraftKings Grades: Points C, Value A

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Once a man of 12-team teaser parlays and an abundance of season-long fantasy leagues, Chris "TopherSquints" Giordani gradually honed his fascination for sports and plus-money wagers toward Daily Fantasy Sports. A homegrown Awesemo student from the early stages of the site's inception, he became infatuated with the contrarian DFS mindset and eventually combined his passion for writing with Daily Fantasy at the Sports Gambling Podcast's website blog. Currently, Chris Giordani resides in Orange County, California, enjoys binging on stand-up comedy, and long strolls through the DraftKings lobby.

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