FanCave Pitching Breakdown: Is the Price Right?

Opening day went well for our team and we hope it went well for your team as well. I personally had Ty Blach, Jon Gray, and Chris Sale as my pitchers. Blach had 17.65 at 5,500 on Dk and 30 at 5,500 on FD, I also had some #criminalownership on FD at .6% owned on main. Gray wasn’t the best at 15 points on FD, and well Sale was Chris Sale with 49 points. Anyway enough about opening day lets get into the slate for day 2 of MLB.

Top Tier

David Price ($8,500 FD / $10,100 DK)

It’s hard to not like the former Cy Young, five time all star, and two time AL Outstanding pitcher of the year. He has a cute dog that helps people like him too, but now to the stats. In his career Price has pitched to a 2.88 ERA, 8.7 K/9, and .222 baa at Tropicana Field. Price disappointed in his first season in Boston in 2016, but seemed like he was back to his former self pitching to a 3.38 ERA, .226 BAA, and 9.16 K/9 over 74 innings last season. If you’re thinking last season could have been a fluke let’s see how he did in spring training this season. In Spring Training Price pitched to a 3-0 record, 2.25 ERA, .132 baa, 9.75 K/9, and .75 whip. David Price it seems like has pitched for every team in this division, but he started with the Rays so for those of you who like narrative there is a slight revenge narrative here being back in Tampa. I would say Price is cash safe on FD, but his price might be too high on DK it depends on who your SP2 is on DK.

Kyle Hendricks ($8,200 FD / $9,900DK)

The former NL Outstanding Pitcher of the year had an “off” year in 2017 based on his 2016 season, but it was still a very dominant season. Hendricks pitched to a 7-5 record, 3.03 ERA, .242 baa, and 7.93 K/9 over 139.2 innings in 2017. In his four game career vs the Marlins Hendricks has a 2-1 record, 1.32 ERA, 7.9 K/9, and .206 baa, he even has a shutout vs the Marlins. Miami’s current roster also has a career .214 average vs Hendricks. Hendricks price is cheap enough on FD that you can stack Judge/Stanton/and Sanchez , and he should get the win with his offense going against a pitcher with a career 7.71 ERA in the majors. He is still cash safe on DK and there is enough value on the slate to fit Hendricks and Price with Stanton and Judge.

Mid Tier

Dallas Kuechel ($9,200 FD / $11,800 DK)

The former Cy Young, two time all star, and World Series Champion pitcher had a disappointing 2016, but bounced back in a huge way in 2017. In 2017 he posted a 14-5 record, 2.90 ERA, .218 baa, and 7.72 K/9. Now normally one of the highest priced options on the slate would be considered high tier, but I have him here because he is more of a gpp play than cash. He is the most expensive option on DK and second most expensive option on FD. Kuechel has elite stuff on his pitches, and will continue to show why he and Verlander should be considered pitcher 1A and 1B. I am reserving Kuechel for GPP because Beltre, Mazara, and Rua have good BvP against Kuechel, and because of his price.

Johnny Cueto ($7,800 FD / $7,900 DK)

The two time all star and former World Series champion is going off a bad year. His baa and homeruns allowed went up from 2016 to 2017, but Cueto has always come through when his team needed him. With Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija going down with injuries this team will be leaning on Cueto for the first few weeks. The current Dodgers have a career .284 average against Cueto, but that is skewed a little by players with not many at bats or players who faced him early on when he was on the Reds. At Dodger Stadium in his career Cueto has a 4-5 record, 2.67 ERA, .239 baa, and 7.9 K/9. I like Cueto a lot for gpp’s with his history at Dodger Stadium.


Low Tier

Aaron Sanchez ($5,900 FD/ $7,000 DK)

Sanchez had a down year in 2017 but that was also only pitching 8 games because he was hurt for a good amount of the year. In 2016 he had a 15-2 record, 3.00 ERA, .224 baa, and 7.55 K/9 over 192 innings. Sanchez gets overshadowed by teammates Marcus Stroman and J.A. Happ, but the kid has some huge potential if he can return to form. In Spring training he looked to be back posting a 3.06 ERA, .231 baa, and 8.15 K/9. The current Yankees roster is 10 for 40 against Sanchez for a .250 average, but he’s held them to 1 homerun. Sanchez is an extreme ground ball pitcher especially at home where he had an almost 2 to 1 ground out to fly out ratio. In his career vs the Yankees he has a 2-2 record with a 2.40 ERA, .200 baa, and 6.3 K/9. Sanchez is a gpp play, but at his price he is a great value pitcher and you could get some #criminalownership.

Fade of the Day

Masahiro Tanaka ($8,700 FD / $9,400 DK)

After how he pitched last season Tanaka might worry a few people, and I completely understand the worry. On Fanduel last season, Tanaka averaged 13 FD points at Toronto and around 43 at home vs Toronto. On DK he averaged a total of 20.2 DK points vs Toronto. Tanaka also had a 4-7 record with a 6.48 ERA and .292 baa away last season compared to a 9-7 record with a 3.22 ERA and .223 baa at home. In Toronto for his career he has a 2-2 record, 3.68 ERA, 7.9 K/9. Tanaka’s velocity spring training on his fastball was around 88-90 MPH. However he will be chalky after seeing the Blue Jays inability to score runs yesterday, and their career 29 hits over 147 at bats vs Tanaka for a whopping .197 batting average. I am fading the chalky Tanaka in all formats tonight.

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