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Cole is the top pitcher on the all day slate. He’s in a class of his own based on talent, but he’s priced at $14,000. He’ll face the Rangers in Globe Life Park. It won’t be great pitching weather, but the Rangers strike out at the highest rate in the league. With an OTT (see pitcher chart) of 3.5, Cole has the lowest OTT of the day. I have Cole projected for 22-25 DK points depending on the Rangers’ lineup. On a normal day at this price with this matchup, I’d pass on Cole in all formats, but when there are so few quality options, Cole has to be in consideration for cash games.
Berrios is the only other pitcher close to Cole’s projection on Thursday, and he’ll cost $10,900 on DraftKings. He also has an OTT of 3.5, and is a heavy favorite. The White Sox have the sixth highest strikeout rate in the league and have a team full or righties. Berrios faced the White Sox twice this year, with scores of 39.4 and 8.7 DK points. He has a low floor, but a high ceiling, usually the perfect tournament play. On this slate, I’ll likely use him as my SP1 in cash games on any slate I can even if he has a low floor.
SP2 is gross on DraftKings on Thursday. Most of the pitchers in consideration have OTTs of four or more. Taillon will face the Dodgers in PNC Park. The Dodgers are a good offense, but not a great one, and Taillon is a talented pitcher. My main concern is the Dodgers have a 21.9% strikeout rate (19th in the league), and PNC Park suppresses strikeouts. I’m not sure there is a ton of upside with Taillon due to the lack of strikeouts, but I believe he’s fairly “safe” as an SP2 in cash games.