With five pitchers priced over $9,400 on DraftKings, you may want to find cheaper options to build your lineup around.
There are 12 games in Wednesday’s DraftKings main slate. The first BOS/BAL game, MIA/WSH, HOU/TOR and KC/CIN are not included but there are still some great pitching matchups to take advantage of. If you want to stack up on top hitters, there are three cheaper starting pitchers worth using in your lineup.
For DFS, I consider a cheap pitcher costing under $9,000, which is about 18 percent of your total budget. And by needing two pitchers, you are handicapping yourself when picking the rest of your lineup.
By saving a few thousand on pitching, you can add a couple of top hitters to give your lineup a chance. Those expensive pitchers are Zack Greinke ($9,400), Masahiro Tanaka ($9,500), German Marquez ($10,200), Chris Sale ($11,100) and Jacob deGrom ($13,200). That is a lot to spend on one pitcher despite how good he is.
Based on their matchup and recent performance, these pitchers are worth saving a few bucks on.
Jose Quintana, $7,500
Quintana had a bad stat line against the Chicago White Sox in his last start. But with the Cubs still trying to clinch the National League Central, they are all hands on deck.
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Quintana will face a Pittsburgh Pirates team that is hitting .258 with 89 runs scored in September. Their lineup has some interesting pieces but outside of Starling Marte, I don’t think they will hit Quintana like the White Sox did.
With the Cubs offense behind him, Quintana has a good chance to earn a win.
Andrew Heaney, $8,000
Heaney got rocked by the Houston Astros in his last start but earned 42 DraftKings points against the White Sox three starts ago.
The only downside to playing Heaney is the lack of innings. He needed 60 pitches to make it through three innings. He is the riskiest pitcher of the three but there is room for a potentially big game.
Sean Newcomb, $8,100
Newcomb and the Braves face the New York Mets. He has two 30-point games in his last five starts but that only includes two single-digit games and a negative-scoring game.
Newcomb allowed a few crooked numbers in those games. The matchup against the Mets couldn’t come at a better time. They are hitting .238 this month with 110 runs scored.
Newcomb has a great offense behind him, which helps with his win potential. The Mets also strike out a lot, 200 in September, so you’ll be able to rack up some points that way.
If you don’t want to spend more than 20 percent of your DraftKings budget on one of those starting pitchers, then these three are worth adding to your lineup. With high strikeout and win potential, these pitchers are looking at 20-plus points in their starts.