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The MLB DFS Pitching Primer on FanDuel & DraftKings – May 12, 2022

MLB DFS: Breaking down the top daily fantasy baseball pitchers on FanDuel & DraftKings for May 12, 2022.

Today’s best MLB DFS pitching picks to help you win your contests on FanDuel & DraftKings.

The sites all have different slates today. DraftKings Main Slate starts at 1:05 PM EST and has four games in it with a three-game late slate that starts at 8:05 PM EST tonight. FanDuel has a four-game Earl Slate that includes the games on DraftKings Main Slate while their Main Slate is a four-game slate that starts at 6:35 PM EST. Yahoo’s Main Slate includes all eight games that take place today. For the purpose of this article, we will be using DraftKings slates and giving you our top pitcher on each of the two slates.

MLB Weather Outlook

Luckily there does not look to be any weather issues on the small slates.

Vegas Odds & Insights

Highest Win Probabilities Main Slate

  • Taijuan Walker (57.4%)
  • Beau Brieske (53.5%)

Lowest Team Totals Main Slate

  • Oakland Athletics (3.61)
  • Detroit Tigers (3.89)

Highest Win Probabilities Late Slate

  • Tyler Anderson (59.8%)
  • Dylan Cease (59.2%)

Lowest Team Totals Late Slate

  • Philadelphia Phillies (3.57)
  • New York Yankees (3.59)

Top Overall Play – Main Slate

James Kaprielian – I do not love any of the pitchers on this small four-game slate. None of the eight guys taking the mound really stand out above the others. With that said I do think there are a couple of solid options to pick from today with Kaprielian being the guy I have the most exposure to of the bunch. Kaprielian struggled in his first start of the season after his call back up to the majors against Cleveland but bounced back nicely in his second start against the Twins. In that start, Kaprielian pitched 5.2 innings while allowing just one run and striking out seven on his way to 21.75 fantasy points. While asking for 20 plus fantasy points from Kaprielian again today is likely pushing it I don’t think it is out of the question due to the match-up against the Tigers. The Tigers are just a bad lineup and they have struggled mightily this season, especially against righties. Coming into today’s game the Tigers rank in the bottom two in runs scored per game, team ISO, team wOBA, team OPS, and team wRC+ against right-handed pitching while having the tenth highest team K rate at 24.1%.

Top Overall Play – Late Slate

Dylan Cease – Let me start by saying that JT Brubaker is my favorite pitcher on the FanDuel Main Slate on sites that include the Reds/Pirates game. Since not all sites include that game in a slate I decided to not write him up and went with my second favorite pitcher and the most talented pitcher on this slate in Cease. In his six starts, this season Cease has allowed more than two runs just once. Cease has an ERA of 2.38, an even lower FIP of 1.98, a WHIP of 1.00, and a K rate of 34.3%. Cease has at least 20 fantasy points in five of those six starts. The only real drawback for me when it comes to Cease tonight is the fact he does face the Yankees who have a great lineup but even in this match-up Cease should be able to dominate as he dominated the Angels who have been the best hitting team in the majors this season against right-handed pitching.

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About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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