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The MLB DFS Pitching Primer on FanDuel & DraftKings – October 1, 2021

MLB DFS: Breaking down the top daily fantasy baseball pitchers on FanDuel & DraftKings for October 1, 2021

Diving into today’s MLB DFS slate to uncover your best pitching plays.

Friday gives us a deep slate with 14 teams to choose from when it comes to building line-ups.  Let’s dive in and look at some of the best options on the board to consider mixing into your builds for MLB action on FanDuel and DraftKings for Friday, October 1st!

A slate with no clear cut lead dog…

Tonight, no one jumps out at me as the overwhelming chalk.  What I find usually happens in these instances is a couple of options that are in marginally better spots than others end up with a disproportionately high ownership levels.  It could prove to be a prudent strategy to ignore a couple of the options (or go under-weight) on the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn.  Sure – they are in good spots tonight and are two of the most talented (if not the two most talented) pitchers taking the ball, but if they are going to be the chalk tonight in games where they may see limited pitch counts, I think you can make a strong argument to go down a little bit at likely lower ownership levels for the likes of some of the options listed below.

A must-win game?

After dropping two out of three and with the Mariners seemingly unable to lose – tonight’s game for Boston against Washington is a key one, and they turn to lefty Eduardo Rodriguez to try and get them back into the win column.  The price point on him is very reasonable – and while he has had his share of bumps in the road this season, he does miss bats at a great clip (10.5 K/9).  He has pitched much better than his surface stats indicate, sitting with a x ERA 1.3 runs lower than his 4.93 ERA, and I like the spot for him tonight.  Given the fact that Washington has been very strong against LHP this season (1st in wOBA at .343) – I think this may help keep his ownership levels in check, making a great risk/reward to use him in a significant amount of line-ups.

He may fly under the radar….

Marco Gonzales is worth mixing into some builds tonight.  Sure – he doesn’t miss too many bats – but on a slate where a lot of teams are playing out the string, or in the case of playoff teams – may cut the workload short in the last regular season start for some good options, I like the fact that Gonzales is likely going to pitch deep into this one as he goes up against the Angels.  If you like some of the value bats on the board tonight, I think he makes  a lot of sense to get exposure to in a fair number of builds as your SP2 on DK tonight.

How Deep will he go?

The spot for Nestor Cortes Jr is outstanding tonight as he goes up against the strike-out prone Rays, who may or may not be giving some rest to key players this weekend.  The downside here is that he has struggled to pitch deep into games, but the surface stats do look outstanding.  His last two starts didn’t see him finish 5 strong – but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have a longer outing in this one, and going up against the Rays who have a 25.5% whiff rate against LHP, the upside is great for the young lefty tonight.

That will do it for our version of the Pitching Primer today. Best of luck in your contests and enjoy the games tonight!

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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