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Today’s Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting pitchers for Monday

first_imgWith 10 teams off and only one preseason ace taking the hill, Monday’s SP rankings leave much to be desired. Finding one pitcher for FanDuel contests is doable, but finding two you like on DraftKings could be a challenge, especially with our top two guys pitching in the same game. UPDATE: The Tigers-Red Sox game has been postponed, so ignore the rest of this paragraph. You’ll see it again tomorrow. We had to note “preseason ace” in the last paragraph because Chris Sale (vs. Tigers) has pitched like anything but this year. In fact, his opponent tonight, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd (@ Red Sox), has outpitched him by every metric. Still, we know Sale has the talent to figure it out, and his matchup on paper is just about as good as it gets. We give him the nod over Boyd, but Boyd is priced higher on both DraftKings and FanDuel, making this one of the few times you can qualify Sale as a “bargain”. MORE: Monday DraftKings Lineup Jeremy Hellickson (@ Rockies) is one of the few pitchers with the numbers in his favor, but we know the Rockies are going to start hitting righties better eventually, especially now that they’re back at home. You could make a case he’s a good candidate for a cheap win, but he’ll need to make it through five innings first. In Colorado, that’s never guaranteed.Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings: Monday, April 22RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)1Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Tigers58 (29th)N/A2Matthew [email protected] Red Sox83 (19th)N/A3J.A. [email protected] Angels71 (23rd)N/A4Jack FlahertyCardinalsvs. BrewersN/A104 (15th)5Yonny ChirinosRaysvs. RoyalsN/A107 (T-11th)6Jake [email protected] MetsN/A101 (17th)7Joe MusgrovePiratesvs. D-backsN/A96 (18th)8Zack [email protected] PiratesN/A86 (21st)9Brad [email protected] RaysN/A117 (T-5th)10Brad PeacockAstrosvs. TwinsN/A122 (T-3rd)11Steven MatzMetsvs. Phillies111 (11th)N/A12David HessOriolesvs. White SoxN/A102 (16th)13Jake [email protected] AstrosN/A117 (T-5th)14Manny BanuelosWhite [email protected] Orioles88 (15th)N/A15Mike [email protected] A’s124 (7th)N/A16Jeremy [email protected] RockiesN/A57 (30th)17Adrian [email protected] CardinalsN/A116 (T-7th)18Chris BassittA’svs. RangersN/A113 (9th)19Matt HarveyAngelsvs. YankeesN/A122 (T-3rd)20Tyler AndersonRockiesvs. Nationals119 (8th)N/AwRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJack Flaherty (vs. Brewers) was a borderline ace in preseason rankings, and while his K-to-BB ratio is a stellar 22/4, he’s already allowed four HRs. Three of those have come against tonight’s opponent, and while the Brewers are only 15th in wRC+ against righties, Christian Yelich alone is enough to make you consider fading Flaherty. It’s worth noting both of his starts this year against Milwaukee came in Miller Park, and for his short career, he’s been much better at home (3.03 ERA) than on the road (4.52). It’s not easy to identify many more worthwhile DFS sleepers/season-long streamers just by looking at the matchups on paper. It’s tempting to get excited about Zack Godley (@ Pirates), who seems due for a bounce back and is in a pitchers park on the road, but his career road ERA (4.50) is almost identical to his home mark (4.51), so there isn’t much to go on there. Yonny Chirinos (vs. Royals) has been dominant in three of his four outings this year, but he’s also only gone more than five innings once. Steven Matz (vs. Phillies) couldn’t record an out when he faced the Phillies last week, so the Law of Averages is in his favor, if that’s your thing.last_img

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