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The MLB DFS Pitching Primer on FanDuel & DraftKings – October 2, 2021

MLB DFS: Breaking down the top daily fantasy baseball pitchers on FanDuel & DraftKings for October 2, 2021

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

Saturday night’s Main Slate gives us nine games on the docket, so while we don’t have the full set of games like we did on Friday night, there are still a number of pitchers worth considering in builds.  Let’s have a look at some options to consider adding to your player pool for MME formats on the second last day of the MLB regular season on Saturday, October 2nd!

Corbin Burnes leading the way?

Burnes has been electric all season long, and coming into this one making his final push for the NL Cy Young award voters, it’s hard to make a case against him in this one – even with a tough match-up against the Dodgers.  He has 12.55 K/9 on the season, a xERA of 2.00 – and has been utterly dominant.  Sure the match-up isn’t great, but I think he’ll be able to get through 5-6 innings, missing plenty of bats and getting out of this one without going too deep into his pitch count in his final regular season start.

Giolito right behind….

I’m not 100% sure how long he will go in this one – but either way, if he can efficiently pitch through 5-6 innings against a strike-out prone Tigers line-up (25.3% whiff rate), it’s hard to argue with the spot for the big righty today.  The price point is reasonable, the match-up is outstanding, and this late in the season with many decent value bats in play – he’s a reliable, safe option for a high spend on the mound on Saturday.

Flexen in a key game?

While his season long metrics leave a lot to be desired from a DFS standpoint, Chris Flexen gets the ball for the Mariners in a must-win game tonight against the Angels, after the M’s dropped a disappointing 2-1 game on Friday night to fall a game back of the Red Sox in the WildCard race.  Flexen has been great in his past two starts, punching out 14 – and with this being the final weekend of the season, he is one of the few on the slate that will pitch deep in the game if he is throwing well, which gives him a nice boost.  The Angels are in the middle of the pack league wide in terms of punch-outs, and while he’s more expensive than I’d like – I definitely think he’s worth mixing into builds based on his recent form.

One for the road….

On the flip side of a key game, Triston Mackenzie takes the ball for Cleveland today and draws a great match-up against the Rangers, who come into this one with a wOBA of .295 and a middle of the pack whiff rate against RHP.  Mackenzie has struggled in each of his last two outings, but I like his chances of righting the ship and building on a great stretch that he had since being re-called from the minors.  With nothing on the line today, I think that he offers one of the better risk/reward profiles out of the SP slate on Saturday night, and I think he’s worth mixing into a fair number of builds in MME GPP’s.

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

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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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