If you are playing on the two-game early DraftKings slate,
you will be locked into Kenta Maeda at $8800. You will have to hope he pretends
he is at home, where he has a 1.64 ERA as compared to his 5.64 road figure.
Maeda is the best pure starter on the short slate and the only other real
respectable choice to pair him with seems to be Jake Arrieta (8000), as the Padres
certainly appear to be an inviting matchup. Arrieta has been a bit more
effective in the K department on the road.
At first glance, James Paxton would appear to be well worth
the 11,300 against Toronto, but we still cannot be fully certain how far he
will be allowed to go into the game. If you want to risk it with Paxton he is
strictly a GPP play and he will not help your salary structure, either.
You could be looking at a bounce-back spot for Martin Perez
against Cleveland, Perez is just 7400 and the Indians are ninth in MLB strikeouts
vs. lefties. On the other side of that matchup, I am not taking chances with
the erratic Carlos Carrasco against that potent Minnesota lineup.
Charlie Morton appears to be a quality cash game play and
worth the 11,600 against a Tigers team that is fifth in strikeouts. But Spencer
Turnbull may not make it easy on the Tampa Bay bats and garnering a victory might
not be easy for Morton.
Jimmy Nelson (8200) cannot be used yet in his first start
back, even against Miami, which could go hitless against him for five innings
after scoring 16 runs last night.
The Orioles are Top 10 in the league vs. LHPs and John Means
could hold the Rangers offense in check, so don’t spend 10,800 on Mike Minor.
German Marquez is worth the GPP play at 10,800. The Cubs are
middle of the road in team hitting and Marquez is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in away
games, with 42 Ks in 43.1 IP. He has struck out at least six batters in all of
his road starts.
Chris Sale is the apparent cash game play at 10,600 vs. the
Royals but I would pivot off him with Marquez in GPPs.
Brad Peacock is a very appealing pick at 9600 against the
Mariners, who pace the league in strikeouts. They are also 19th in team
batting over the past seven days. Perez is my favorite non-Sale pick on the
night slate, followed by Peacock and Marquez.
This seems to be a very attainable feat for Perez, who has at least seven strikeouts in four of his past six games. He may continue to regress soon, but will get a break from a possible upcoming and recent downturn here. I’d go with the under vs. Carrasco too, as Minnesota is 28th in strikeouts overall. Punch Your Ticket to a Win with Perez here and get 100 percent Bonus!
Scott Engel is a 20-plus year veteran of the Fantasy Sports industry and an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Association’s Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA Award winner and nine-time finalist. He won the CBS SportsLine Hall of Fame Award for his longstanding service and was a featured Fantasy analyst for ESPN.com. Scott is a longtime and award-winning host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He was the Managing Director and driving content force behind RotoExperts.com for more than a decade and helped launch the FNTSY Sports Network.