Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Pitcher Picks for 4/17


Welcome back to Friday Night Lights – Week 2. This is the place to get the best advice on Starting Pitcher picks for games played on Friday evenings throughout the MLB season.

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These selections are tailored toward FanDuel’s pitcher scoring system where Wins (4 pts), IP (1 pt), ER (-1 pt), and Ks (1 pt) are the only criteria used.

However, these picks can also be helpful in H2H formats with daily roster locks where my recommended mid-to-low priced starting pitchers may be available to pick up off the waiver wire for a start.

Before we look at tonight’s slate, let’s take a look at how I did last week:

4/10 Summary: 20 Starters, Avg. SP Fantasy Score: 6.98, Avg. Salary: $6600.

High #1 – Gio Gonzalez, $9,400 (1st): 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, & 5 Ks for 7.33 points (9th)

High #2 – John Lackey, $7,800 (6th): 6 IP, 4 ER, & 1 K for 3 points (18th)

Mid #1 – Wade Miley, $7,200 (8th): 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, & 6 Ks for 9.33 points (8th)

Mid #2 – Drew Pomeranz, $6,800 (10th): 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks, & a W for 17 points (1st)

Low #1 – Hector Santiago, $6,300 (15th): 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, & 4 Ks for 6.33 points (14th)

Low #2 – Tim Lincecum $6,400 (13th): 7 IP, 0 ER, & 5 Ks for 12 points (3rd)

Week 1 Record (Based on players outperforming salary rank): 3-2-1

Here are my FanDuel pitcher picks for 4-17:

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    ***Shining Star (Higher salaried pitcher that should put up big numbers to reward your investment):

    Bartolo Colon (NYM) home vs. MIA for $8,400:  This hefty Dominican has started hot in 2015 to follow up a strong 2014 campaign (15 wins), going 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 13 Ks in 13 IP. That K/IP ratio won’t hold up through the season, but leading the 7-3 Mets at home against a struggling Miami team who is 5th in the league in Ks, he should continue to put up impressive numbers this time out.

    Honorable mention: Corey Kluber (CLE) at MIN for $10,700.

    **Clearly Visible (Mid-salary pitcher that may put up a star-worthy performance):

    Jeff Locke (PIT) home vs. MIL for $6,800:  The underrated lefty holds a respectable 3.38 ERA vs. MIL in 6 starts over the last 2 seasons. He may not get you a lot of Ks, but at PNC Park where the Pirates have won 101 games in the same span (2nd in MLB) and against a Brewer team that has scored a league low 23 runs, Locke should be in for a solid outing.

    Honorable Mention: Adam Warren (NYY) at TAM for $7,200.

    *In the Shadows (Low salary bargain that could produce a decent outing thus giving you extra money to spend on bats):

    Joe Kelly (BOS) home vs. BAL for $6,600:  Kelly had an impressive 2015 début, holding the Yankees to 1 run and 1 hit over 7 IP with 8 Ks. Although facing a good Baltimore team, he’s pitching at home and is backed up by the 2nd best offense in the MLB (6.2 runs per game). At only $6,600, he is a great value that may get you double-digit fantasy points.

    Honorable mention: J. A. Happ (SEA) home vs. TEX for $6,600.

    Good Luck!

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