Mike Minor is the top DFS pitcher on a schedule with a dearth of pitching options on a light DFS slate. On a Monday the schedule is generally light, but today it is especially so, as there are only six games and only five at night.
DFS Upper-Tier Option
Mike Minor, Angels at Rangers ($10,800 FD, $10,500 DK): On a normal DFS pitcher day/night, I may not even write up Minor, but today I have no choice. Do not get me wrong, Minor has been very good this year but going up against Mike Trout, Justin Upton and the red-hot Shohei Ohtaini in a park that is great for hitters does not sound like my idea of a great DFS pitcher choice. However, Minor is the top arm on the DFS slate and his effectiveness can not be ignored. Minor is looking to extend a three-game winning streak to four as the calendar turns to July. The lefty’s last start in June was terrific, a complete game victory against the Tigers on Wednesday, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. A repeat performance would likely break the slate tonight though it will be a tough encore. He is a GPP-only option for me as I want to spend up on bats tonight.
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DFS Middle-Tier Arm
Logan Allen, Giants at Padres ($9,300 FD, $9,200 DK): Again, another DFS pitcher call I do not love and probably one I would not have used if it was not a six (or five if you play the main) game DFS slate. That being said, there is no denying that this rookie southpaw has been good at the Major League level. Allen twirled seven scoreless frames in his debut, but his second start did not go as well. However, it may have shown more about who he is as a pitcher, as he gutted through an up-and-down outing in Baltimore last week without his best stuff. His third start is his first against a divisional opponent. Logan Allen is likely only a GPP-choice for me this evening.
DFS Bargain-Basement Arm
Ryan Yarbrough, Orioles at Rays ($6,600 FD, $6,500 DK): For DFS pitcher purposes I have not fully embraced the opener/primary pitcher philosophy. Yarbrough will never qualify for the 4-point FD quality start bonus if he doesn’t start! However, tonight I may have no other true choice in DFS cash games. Borrowing a graphic from our Umpire Expert Nicholas Robert, he has been really good against Baltimore:
As long as we are sure Yarbrough will pitch tonight, he looks relatively safe at that price.
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