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1. Pitchers

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Gerrit Cole

I would love to play Clayton Kershaw against the Padres, but I assume he’ll still be on a limited pitch count. This puts Cole as the default top pitcher. Cole will face the A’s in Minute Maid Park. He’s a big favorite and has an OTT of three (see pitcher chart). After a blazing start, Cole hasn’t recorded double-digit strikeouts since May 4 which has some DFS players concerned. I’m not as worried since he’s finally pitching to what we expected at the beginning of the year, not the unsustainable level he showed at the start of the season. Cole might be a bit overpriced, but on this slate, he’s a safe SP1.

Chris Archer

Initially, Archer stood out as a perfect SP2 against the Tigers in Tropicana Field. He’s priced appropriately, has a low OTT and is a big favorite. The issue is Archer will be limited to 75 pitches in his first start since June 2. I’m avoiding Archer in all formats.

Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez will face the Rangers in Fenway Park. He’s a big favorite and has an OTT of 3.5. The Rangers have the fourth highest strikeout rate in the league. Rodriguez has the third highest strikeout rate on the slate, behind Cole and Kershaw. At $8,400, Rodriguez is the preferred SP2 in cash games and is a solid SP1 on tournament rosters.

Luis Perdomo

The bottom tier of pitchers is terrible on Monday. Kyle Hendricks and Chase Anderson look like solid SP2 options, but they lack upside. Perdomo is priced at $4,500 and realistically needs just 11-14 DK points to be worth his price and allow you to attack the slate through your bats. A stat line as follows is realistic and would be enough for Perdomo to reach value:

5.0IP, 4H, 1BB, 3ER, 5K = 12.25 DK Points

I’m not sure how the slate will shake out with value bats, but if value is scarce, I’m intrigued by Perdomo at his price to fit in the bats I want.

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