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If you’re playing the all day slate or the early slate, deGrom is the top pitching option. He’ll face the Reds who take a big park hit traveling to Citi Field. DeGrom has a high floor for cash games and strikeout upside for tournaments. He’s a fairly big favorite and has the lowest OTT (see pitcher chart) on the slate. He’s priced at $12,900, and while I may end up taking the discount on another pitcher, deGrom will likely project for the most DK points once opposing lineups are out. At worst, deGrom is a top tournament play, but he’s firmly in cash game consideration as well.
Severino has struggled over his past four starts, averaging 3.13 DK points per game. He’s recorded only 16 strikeouts over those four games and failed to get past the sixth inning in each one. At the same time, his price has dropped, and he has a good matchup against the White Sox in Guaranteed Rate Field. Severino is the biggest favorite of the day and has the second lowest OTT. The White Sox strike out at the highest rate in the league, providing both safety and upside. At the $1,000 discount from deGrom, I’m tempted to take Severino over him in cash games on the all day slate, and will likely use Severino on the main slate as my SP1.
Quintana will face the Royals in Kauffman Stadium. He’s a big favorite and has an OTT of 3.5. The Royals don’t have a high strikeout rate this season, but they rank eighth in strikeout rate over the last 30 days. I typically don’t put a lot of stock into small samples like this, but the Royals offense has changed since the beginning of the season and has more strikeout bats in the lineup now. I’m not sure Quintana will make my cash game lineup, but I’ll definitely take some chances in tournaments.