Daily Fantasy Baseball: FanDuel Pitcher Picks For July 21


Jun 3, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres mascot The Swingin Friar gestures before the game against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

All of the teams are eligible for the big tournaments on FanDuel tonight, which gives us many choices. Do you spend big on one of the two pitchers over $10,000? Is there someone under $7,000 that could produce near the numbers of the high priced pitchers? Let’s see what the prior stats say!

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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 21:

Next: Are The High Priced Guys Worth It?

Jun 28, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood (40) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

High Priced ($7,800 and up):

Best Bet:

Alex Wood, Braves ($7,900): Wood has held the Dodgers to a measly .159 average in 63 at bats with just two RBI while striking out 15. Based on past numbers, Wood is by far the best option of the night. It isn’t close.

Honorable Mention:

Jacob deGrom, Mets ($11,100): deGrom is the highest price option of the night, but previous stats say that this could be a rougher outing for him. The Nationals have hit .271 in 59 at bats with a pair of homers and as many RBI as he has strikeouts (11). That said, Ryan Zimmerman has one of the homers and four of the RBI, and he is not in the lineup. That makes this look a little better for deGrom, but after seeing what the Nats did to Matt Harvey, there is no way that I’m paying this premium. The stats say that this is not a sure thing.

Stay Away:

Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays ($7,800): Buehrle has had a strong season, but his past history against Oakland is a bit worrisome. The current A’s roster owns a .310 average in 197 at bats with an alarming nine homers and 35 RBI while only striking out 22 times. Stay far away from this one!

Next: Are Any Mid Range Guys Better Than The Top?

Jun 21, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) throws during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Mid Range ($6,600 – $7,700):

Jeremy Hellickson, Diamondbacks ($6,600): Hellickson has dominated the current Marlins roster. They are hitting just .164 off of him in 73 at bats with a homer and four RBI. Hellickson does not strike out a lot of batters, but he could have very good points for his price tonight. Giancarlo Stanton owns the only homer off of him and half of the RBI. Stanton is still on the DL, so that makes this matchup seem all the better for Hellickson.

Honorable Mention:

Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles ($7,700): Chen has done fairly well against the Yankees. They are hitting only .240 off of him, but he has give up four homers and 12 RBI. That said, he owns 29 strikeouts against them which will help offset the runs he gives up.

Stay Away:

Nate Eovaldi, Yankees ($6,900): Baltimore is hitting .316 with three homers and five RBI off of Eovaldi in just 38 at bats. When you look at this, it also makes Chen look like a very good option. The Orioles have had their way with Eovaldi so far.

Next: Are There Any Cheap Options Worth Using?

Jul 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison reacts after leaving the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cheap Options ($6,500 and under):

Best Bet:

Odrisamer Despaigne, Padres ($5,300): The stats say that Despaigne could give you more points that most of the people that are more expensive than him. The Giants are hitting only .164 off of Odrisamer in 73 at bats with just one homer and three RBI. Despaigne is not a strikeout pitcher, which limits his upside, but he has the potential to dominate the Giants tonight. History says he could do just that.

Honorable Mention:

Matt Harrison, Rangers ($4,900): Harrison has held the current Rockies roster to a pathetic .162 average in 37 at bats with no homers and three RBI. That said, I don’t trust this at Coors Field. Harrison has not pitched there before, and he has walked more Rockies than he has struck out. That said, he is facing Kyle Kendrick, who has an ERA near 6 and just three wins on the season. Oh, and he hasn’t had a quality start in over a month.

Stay Away:

Matt Garza, Brewers ($5,900): You shouldn’t need me to tell you to stay away from Kendrick, so I will give you a different name. Matt Garza is coming off of the DL to make this start, but that is not the only reason not to use him. The Indians hit him hard while he was in the American League. They went an impressive 31 for 86 (.360) with six homers and 12 RBI in only 86 at bats. Kendrick’s stats are marginally worse, but I don’t trust most good pitchers coming off the DL, let alone someone with an ERA near 6.

Stay tuned for the hitter picks!

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