I'm taking a more value approach to the pitchers that I add for this Saturday's MLB DraftKings squad. Spending so much on pitchers hasn't yielded the desired results. It's time to switch it up. Who knows? Maybe, my luck will change by taking a different approach?
We're going to find out!
Top 3 Value Pitchers to Add
1. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
Salazar's form (finally!) appears to have turned around. In his last 13 innings pitched, Salazar has allowed a total of 2 earned runs off 4 total hits. He's struck out 16 in his last 13 innings pitched.
I think Danny's going to offer some value on Saturday. He faces the Yankees vaunted batting line-up. Plus, his overall ERA is 4.63.
2. Zach Davies, Milwaukee Brewers
Davies overall stats, 4.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, should make him a lower cost pitcher to add on August 5. Just like Robbie Ray at Arizona, Davies has a great road ERA. His road ERA is 2.80.
In fact, Davies has been close to unhittable in his last 3 road starts, yielding a total of 3 earned runs off 20 hits in 20.2 innings pitched. He's struck out 14 in those 20.2 innings pitched. Davies faces the Tampa Bay Rays on the road this Saturday. I think he's worth a long look at what should be a nice salary cap cost.
3. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds
The St. Louis Cardinals have never faced Cincy's Saturday listed starter Luis Castillo. Castillo has a decent 3.56 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He's struck out 51 batters in 48 innings pitched. He could have a monster game from the mound versus the Cards on August 5. Or, he could fail miserably. Those are the chances you take when you look for value on the mound.
Top 3 Pitchers to Avoid
1. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
He hasn't thrown that well in his last 3 starts. But, he only allows Minnesota to bat .238 against him. Cole might be on this Saturday. I don't believe his salary cap cost is going to be worth a might. His form his last couple of games hasn't been that inspiring. There's too many questions for me to add Cole Hamels to my MLB fantasy baseball team.
2. Danny Duffy, Kansas City
Duffy looked great in his last start. He yielded a single earned run off 7 hits in 7 innings. He also struck out 6. But, Duffy should be one of the high-dollar pitching options on Saturday. He faces a team, the Seattle Mariners, that bats .250 against him. I'm worried he might bounce, which means I'm going to avoid putting him on the team.
3. Drew Pomeranz, Boston Red Sox
Pomeranz faces the Chicago White Sox on August 5. That alone means he's going to be a hot pitcher to add. I'm not adding him. The main reason is because the White Sox bat .286 against Pomeranz. Yes, Pomeranz has only faced White Sox batters 28 times. Still, I'm not positive he'll have made the necessary adjustments to keep CWS from going off. I'm taking a pass.