A nice looking slate for this Saturday in the middle of August. Plenty of pitching choices to consider for 8/17 MLB DFS play.
MLB DFS 8/17 Top Tier Arm
Jacob deGrom, Mets at Rotals ($11,500 FD, $11,600 DK): The most expensive arm by far on each site and for good reason. The defending Cy Young Award winner in the N.L. has pitched very well for the last two months or so. Although the optics of deGrom’s last start were not great, fantasy-wise things were not terrible as an error resulted in three unearned runs. In fact, deGrom hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a start since June; he’s 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA over that stretch. If there were ever a game that the Mets really needed, this would be the one. A cash game staple, he will make bats tough to afford from teams in great spots like the Red Sox and the game at Coors.
MLB DFS 8/17 Middle Tier Arms
Eduardo Rodriguez, Orioles at Red Sox ($8,400 FD, $9,000 DK): Much like the Mets, the Red Sox need almost every game from here on to make the playoffs. Despite having a better record than the Mets, the Sox are further back in A.L. wild card chase than the Mets are in the N.L. However, there are fewer teams to leapfrog. ERod, despite being inefficient with his pitches, has certainly earned Alex Cora’s trust. 113, 113, 108, 113, 99, 105 are the number of pitches he has thrown over his last six starts. If he can get a couple of easy 1-2-3 innings today against the hapless Orioles, an eight inning start is possible. He is the first pitcher I am locking into my DK contests due to a combination of being in a good spot, price and a great chance at a win.
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Jordan Lyles, Brewers at Nationals ($7,400 FD, $7,700 DK): I am starting to think that the Brewers are the Astros of the N.L. when it comes to reclamation projects with pitchers. Last night in Washington D.C., we saw Adrian Houser toss another good game for the Brew Crew. And since Jordan Lyles came from the lowly Pirates to Milwaukee, we have seen steady improvement. There is no reason in my mind that he can not repeat what Houser did last night. Very possibly, he is my second pitcher to pair with ERod on DK.
MLB DFS 8/17 Bargain Basement Arm
Trent Thornton, Mariners at Blue Jays ($6,400 FD, $6,400 DK): Two of his last three starts have resulted 15 DK fantasy points. In his last start at home against the mighty Yankees he was especially impressive. He gave up only one run on three hits over six innings while striking out six. Thornton’s biggest challenge in 2019, though, has been consistency between starts. This makes him a GPP only option today.
I am going back to Fenway Park and I want the Boston bats today against the Woj bomb. This starting pitcher for the Orioles came out of nowhere and shut down the Red Sox a few Sundays ago in Camden Yards. Since then, he has not been able to repeat his success that he had that day. Now that the Red Sox have a book on him, look for them to tee off in a game they desperately need.
I like three homers from this trio today. Go for broke!
DFS meteorologist concentrating on MLB and the NFL, I graduated from UMass-Lowell with a degree in meteorology in 1996. I worked at AccuWeather as a meteorologist for almost a decade. I combined my two loves, weather and sports, and like to think I help 1000s of DFS'ers out each day. Huge Boston sports fan, lover of nature and animals and a proud father of 4 boys (2 biological).