Despite only a few stud pitchers on the mound for Monday’s seven-game MLB DFS slate, our daily SP rankings are fairly strong. What the slate lacks in aces, it makes up for with a lack of tomato cans — and it doesn’t hurt that several of the top offenses are getting the day off.
Lucas Giolito (@ Red Sox) and Zack Greinke (vs. Dodgers) are two of the three most talented pitchers on the slate, but they also have two of the toughest matchups. It’s tough to pay up for Giolito given the matchup, but Greinke is relatively affordable and worth the risk in all formats. There is disagreement between FanDuel and DraftKings over whether David Price or Eduardo Rodriguez is starting for the Red Sox and whether Jake Arrieta or Zach Eflin is starting for the Phillies. MLB.com lists Rodriguez and Eflin as the SPs, so for now, that’s what we’re going with.
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As far as values, Jon Gray (@ Giants) and CC Sabathia (vs. Blue Jays) have the most favorable matchups, and Brad Keller (@ Indians) is in a good spot, too. The former two should have high ownership, but Keller makes for a sneaky boom-or-bust SP2 on DraftKings.
Steven Matz (@ Phillies) isn’t in a great spot when you factor in Philadelphia’s low K-rate against lefties. He’s had one good start and one bad start against the Phillies this year, with the bad resulting in six earned runs in less than an inning of work. DFS owners might remember that start and be fading Matz tonight, so there’s some GPP appeal with him if you’re willing to take the risk.
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Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Monday, June 24
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|Rank||Pitcher||Team||Opponent||Opp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)||Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)||FD||DK|
|1||Lucas Giolito||White Sox||@ Red Sox||N/A||$10,700||$11,900|
|2||Clayton Kershaw||Dodgers||@ D-backs||N/A||$11,000||$10,400|
|3||Zack Greinke||D-backs||vs. Dodgers||N/A||$9,100||$8,400|
|4||Zach Eflin||Phillies||vs. Mets||N/A||$9,000||N/A|
|5||CC Sabathia||Yankees||vs. Blue Jays||N/A||$6,500||$7,100|
|6||Jon Gray||Rockies||@ Giants||N/A||$8,500||$9,800|
|7||Eduardo Rodriguez||Red Sox||vs. White Sox||N/A||N/A||$8,700|
|8||Julio Teheran||Braves||@ Cubs||N/A||$8,300||$8,100|
|9||Jon Lester||Cubs||vs. Braves||N/A||$7,400||$7,600|
|10||Adam Plutko||Indians||vs. Royals||N/A||$8,200||$6,900|
|11||Steve Matz||Mets||@ Phillies||N/A||$7,700||$6,700|
|12||Brad Keller||Royals||@ Indians||N/A||$7,900||$6,000|
|13||Drew Pomeranz||Giants||vs. Rockies||N/A||$6,800||$6,300|
|14||Aaron Sanchez||Blue Jays||@ Yankees||N/A||$5,500||$4,500|
wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here.