Pitchers In Daily Fantasy Sports
From time to time in MLB Daily Fantasy Sports, the question arises, “Do I go with a high priced pitcher or do I spend my money on hitters”. In this article, we will show you the importance of spending your money wisely on a valuable MLB Pitcher.
Whenever I start my DFS lineups, the first thing I always do is analyze the pitching on the slate. Usually, there are 2-3 very high priced pitchers and they go down in price from there. I have to decide if I will spend my money on a high dollar pitcher or if there is someone lower on the list that is in a better pitching situation that can get me equal or better points without spending up for the high dollar guys.
My first tip is to always use common sense and don’t get sidetracked simply by brand name pitchers. Just because someone is more expensive does NOT mean that they are always better. In DFS, the statement, “You pay for what you get” isn’t always true.
You can pretty much be certain that whenever someone like Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale or any top pitcher in the league is on the mound, he will most likely be the most expensive pitcher on the slate that nigh. But being a well known pitcher and being able to be valuable to a lineup sometimes are two totally different things.
The first thing we want to consider is which platform you are playing DFS on. Various platforms have different styles of play. On Fanduel and Fan Picks, you only pick one pitcher. Some DFS players enjoy only having one pitcher but you have to make sure you play your cards right and get a pitcher that is going to score you points. On Fantasy Draft, you select two pitchers on your team and that leaves you a little more flexibility on how you want to pay for the pitchers on your team. Whichever platform you decide, pitching is equally important.
Now that we know what platform you are playing on, the next thing you have to do is figure which pitcher you want. I start out by not even looking at the actual pitcher but looking more at the teams that have weak offenses and that strikeout a lot. Nothing pads your pitchers points more than strikeouts. If you can find a pitcher that can rack up K’s against a team that has a high K rate, that is about as good as finding free money!
The next thing to consider is the park factor. Many pitchers will do much better in a ball park that is favorable to a pitcher. You’re not going to want to play a pitcher who is on the road in Coors Field but a pitcher that is playing at Petco Park in San Diego or AT&T Park in San Francisco could be worth their weight in gold! Make sure you always check the park factor!
The other thing I look for is pitch/inning count. Never choose a pitcher that has a low innings count or one that is on a inning restriction. Many times, pitchers coming off an injury or off surgery, will have a restriction and will only be expected to be in the game for a certain amount of pitches. As a rule of thumb, I NEVER pick a pitcher that has a cap on him.
Last thing, many people will tell you that you should always look for pitchers that will secure the win. In Fanduel, a win counts as 6 points. On Fan Picks, a win counts as 7.5 points. On Fantasy Draft, a win is only worth 4 points. As you can tell, a pitcher that will get the win is much more valuable on Fan Picks compared to Fantasy Draft where you only get 4 points.
In closing, everyone will have a different opinion on what is better, pitching or hitters. I look at it like this, a good pitcher can score you 50-60 points, sometimes more. A decent hitter is going to score you 20-25 points. You be the judge but a pitcher can easily double most hitters on your team!