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Cole will face the Mariners in Safeco Field. He is a big favorite, is tied for the lowest OTT (see pitcher chart) on the slate, and has the highest strikeout rate this year by a wide margin. While he costs $13,300, and may be slightly overpriced, he’s the clear top option with Corey Kluber pitching against the Red Sox. I haven’t decided whether to pay for Cole in cash games, but he’ll have the highest pitcher projection on the slate by 3-5 DK points on Monday.
Wheeler will face the Giants in Citi Field. He’s tied with Cole for the lowest OTT at 3.5. Wheeler has pitched well recently, recording double-digit DK points in each of his last ten games while averaging 22 DK points. The Giants rank 10th in strikeout rate this season and rank 24th in wRC+. It’s a good, not great matchup for Wheeler, but at a $4,000 discount from Cole, I’m very interested in him for cash games.
Estrada will face the Orioles in the Rogers Centre. He’s also a big favorite and has an OTT of four. It’s an exploitable matchup against the Orioles who traded away their top bats at the deadline. For $6,800, Estrada is a boom/bust tournament option, but one I can see putting up a solid stat line that exceeds value.
It’s not the best matchup or park, and Archer has struggled since joining the Pirates, but I’ll have tournament exposure to him on Monday. I still believe in the talent and he’s $7,800 in the National League.