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If you’re playing the early slate, Kluber is the top option. He’ll face the White Sox and has an OTT of three. He’s the biggest favorite on the slate, and the White Sox strike out 24.6% of the time, sixth highest rate in the league. It’s a four game slate, and Kluber has the highest floor and the highest ceiling. Kluber is viable in both cash games and tournaments.
Paxton will face the Rangers in Safeco Field. The Rangers strike out at the third highest rate in the league, and Paxton has a strikeout rate of 32.7% this season. He’s a huge favorite and has an OTT of three, tied for the lowest on the slate. Considering Max Scherzer costs $2,200 more on DraftKings, I’ll take the savings with Paxton and use him as my SP1 in cash games.
Stripling will face the Phillies in Dodger Stadium. The Phillies strike out at the fourth highest rate in the league, giving Stripling some upside. Even after back-to-back 30+ DK point performances, Stripling costs just $7,300 on DraftKings. Stripling is also a big favorite and has an OTT of three, tied with Paxton and Scherzer for lowest on the slate. Stripling will be popular, so there is merit to fading him in tournaments, but he’s locked in as my SP2 in cash games.