DraftKings Early MLB Picks September 19: Pay for Flaherty?

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 14: Jack Flaherty #32 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Busch Stadium on September 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 14: Jack Flaherty #32 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Busch Stadium on September 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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DraftKings Early MLB Picks September 19: Pay for Flaherty?

There are only three games in our early DraftKings tournament today, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good pitching options. We have one debut, a couple of phenoms, a bullpen day, and a tomato can. There is something for everyone!

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LAKELAND, FL – FEBRUARY 20: Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a photo during photo days on February 20, 2018 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

Jack Flaherty ($11,400): Flaherty has never faced the Braves, but he has faced two of them with their former teams. At any rate, Flaherty has not gone past six innings this month, so the Cardinals seem to be saving him. Add to that his opponent, who are a good offensive team, and we have every reason to fade Flaherty at this price. The options aren’t great below here, but I don’t know that I can justify paying this much unless a lot of high priced bats end up sitting.

Middle Tier:

Touki Toussaint ($8,100): Toussaint has been decent enough as a starter, but like Flaherty, he doesn’t go deep into game. On top of that, the Cardinals have some dangerous left handed bats in this lineup. I want to just leave this entire game alone, but that would give us just four pitchers to choose from, and at least one of those is a disaster waiting to happen. Flaherty probably has the highest upside if you can swing him, but pitching as a whole is a wreck this afternoon.

Spencer Turnbull ($6,900): Turnbull has precisely one major league inning to his credit. It was a clean inning in Cleveland on Friday. There is a chance that he may not go deep in this game, but making your first major league start in a pitcher’s park against a pretty weak lineup is a huge boost to Turnbull’s value. I can find value with this pick, but it is also pretty risky due to his 3.92 ERA at AAA Toledo this year.

Bargain Pitchers:

Ryan Yarbrough ($6,300): With Beeks working last night in relief, it appears as though Yarbrough will be the pitcher of record today. This is the time that you want to pitch in Texas during the summer. It usually isn’t quite as hot at 1pm. There is good potential with Yarbrough here since Texas still has issues with lefties.

Stephen Gonsalves ($5,200): Some sites have Berrios starting this game, including DraftKings. I tend to think that the Twins will deploy the opener to Gonsalves move again. That worked last time. Of course, the pressure is off when the opener already gave up two runs in the first. Gonsalves had his best outing to date, going three innings and allowing only one hit. That said, if he is only going to pitch three innings, the upside is severely capped. If Berrios does indeed start this game, he is my favorite option of the afternoon.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts to a called strike three in the second inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Top Tier:

I really like Matt Carpenter against Toussaint today. Matt Adams and his power potential is tempting as well. A hot Paul DeJong may be my favorite play here today though.

Once again, the Rays bats are expensive, but if you are looking for the best place to stack, it has to be against Yohander Mendez. Mendez has struggled at home, and the Rays have the righty power to make him pay. Cron, Matt Duffy, and Willy Adames top my list. Pham and Carlos Gomez could be worth a look as well.

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Middle Tier:

If Gonsalves is going to be the pitcher of record for the Twins this afternoon, I want some exposure with Castellanos and Niko Goodrum for sure. James McCann is worth a look if he starts as well.

Bargain Shoppers:

Adam Duvall did homer against Flaherty earlier this season while with the Reds. I also like Freeman at home with a righty on the mound.

I may put a couple of cheap Twins like Kepler and Jake Cave in there just in case Turnbull has a lackluster outing. At any rate, using Twins isn’t a bad idea since Detroit’s bullpen isn’t much better than their own.

I’m not that crazy about Texas, but I do like a cheap Elvis Andrus leading off, and the possibility of Odor getting a crack at the right handed opener.

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