Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Pitcher Picks For July 20


Jun 19, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals mascot Slugger breaks up a “fight” between actors Paul Rudd and Kevin Rahm at the mound after the Big Slick Celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

There are still 20 teams in action today, which gives us plenty of choices. It is a day that is light on aces, however, so following the past stats should factor into your lineup decisions.

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NOTE: these picks are based solely on statistics. Some players have never faced their opponents, or have very little experience against them. I am not saying that none of those are good picks. This is based on statistical analysis only. If you have a gut feeling, then by all means, follow that. This is not an exact science.

Here are my FanDuel pitcher picks for July 20:

Next: Who Is Worth Paying For Today?

Jul 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; National League pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) of the Pittsburg Pirates prior to the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

High Priced ($8,000 and up):

Best Bet:

Matt Harvey, Mets ($10,500): There are only four pitchers in this price range and one of them, Yordano Ventura, doesn’t have much of a history against the opponent. That said, Harvey’s numbers are still great against the Nationals. The Nats are only hitting .216 in 102 at bats off of him. He has only given up solo homers to Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman. That’s it. And Zimmerman is still on the DL. Harvey is a great option tonight.

Honorable Mention:

A.J. Burnett, Pirates ($8,900): Burnett has done a pretty good job against the current Royals roster. They are hitting .258 off of him in 93 at bats with two homers and 7 RBI, but they have struck out 20 times. If you don’t feel like paying for Harvey, Burnett is a decent option.

Stay Away:

Gio Gonzalez, Nationals ($9.400): Gio has actually struggled some against the Mets. They are only hitting .236 off of him in 199 at bats, but they do have six homers and an alarming 22 RBI. Given the fact that Harvey has done so well against Washington, that is just another reason to keep away from Gio.

Next: Who Are The Best Mid Range Options?

Jun 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Mid Range Options ($6,500 – $7,900):

Best Bet:

Ian Kennedy, Padres ($7,300): Kennedy has done pretty well against the Giants in his career. The current Giants roster is hitting just .248 off of him with three homers and 25 RBI, but that does encompass 258 at bats. There are very few options in the mid range as well. Kennedy is your best bet if you aren’t willing to spend for the upper tier.

Honorable Mention:

Rubby De La Rosa, Diamondbacks ($6,600): Rubby has held the Marlins to just a .209 average in 43 at bats with one homer and two RBI. He is likely the strongest bet if you are wanting to save money for hitters today.

Stay Away:

Alfredo Simon, Tigers ($7,800): Simon’s body of work against the Mariners is about the same as his counterpart, J.A. Happ. The Mariners are 16 for 54 (.296) with two homers and seven RBI off of him. You are likely talking about a coin toss between him and Happ for the win.

Next: Are There Any Good Cheap Options?

Jul 10, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher David Phelps throws the ball in the first inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Cheap Options ($6,400 and under):

Best Bet:

David Phelps, Marlins ($6,100): Phelps has only pitched against the Diamondbacks once, but he was bordering on dominant against them. He allowed three hits and two walks over seven innings without giving up a run. I wouldn’t bet against him doing it again.

Honorable Mention:

Tim Hudson, Giants ($6,300): Hudson is returning from the disabled list, so that always makes me a little bit nervous. That said, Hudson has done well against the Padres in his career. They are hitting just .234 off of him in 141 at bats with two homers and 13 RBI. Hudson has a little risk attached, but it could be a big reward.

Stay Away:

Clayton Richard, Cubs ($5,500): Richard has struggled against the Reds in his career. The current Cincinnati roster is hitting .328 in 61 at bats with two homers, seven RBI, and more walks than strikeouts. Stay away from this mess.

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