Daily Fantasy Strategy – 9/29 – For Draftstreet

As the season wraps up, there isn’t much to do but look back. With that in mind, I pulled all of the pitcher data and converted it into total DraftStreet points for the year.

Ideally, we’d have average price or purchase history to compare it to, but we don’t. The best we can do is look at the leaders and if anyone sticks out to you as a surprise, we can discuss in the comments.

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Name Team G GS BB H HBP ER IP SO L SV W CG BS Pts
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 32 32 52 160 3 48 230 224 9 0 15 3 0 292.8
Max Scherzer Tigers 32 32 56 152 4 69 214.1 240 3 0 21 0 0 285.19
Yu Darvish Rangers 31 31 78 141 8 64 204 269 9 0 13 0 0 279.9
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 33 33 34 221 6 79 236.1 214 9 0 18 5 0 263.04
Craig Kimbrel Braves 66 0 20 38 3 9 65 96 3 49 4 0 4 251.45
Greg Holland Royals 67 0 17 38 0 9 66 101 1 46 2 0 3 247.6
Cliff Lee Phillies 30 30 32 190 4 70 214.2 209 7 0 14 1 0 246.83
Chris Sale White Sox 29 29 45 175 13 69 209 221 13 0 11 4 0 243.55
Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners 33 33 42 179 2 65 219.2 185 6 0 14 0 0 238.78
Madison Bumgarner Giants 31 31 62 146 6 62 201.1 199 9 0 13 0 0 233.04
Felix Hernandez Mariners 30 30 45 180 3 66 198.1 210 9 0 12 0 0 230.04
Matt Harvey Mets 26 26 31 135 4 45 178.1 191 5 0 9 1 0 228.49
Jose Fernandez Marlins 28 28 58 111 5 42 172.2 187 6 0 12 0 0 224.38
Anibal Sanchez Tigers 28 28 54 154 2 52 177 194 8 0 14 1 0 219.6
Aroldis Chapman Reds 68 0 29 37 3 18 63.2 112 5 38 4 0 5 217.03
Mat Latos Reds 32 32 58 197 10 74 210.2 187 7 0 14 1 0 215.08
Homer Bailey Reds 31 31 50 177 8 77 204 196 11 0 11 2 0 214.55
Jordan Zimmermann Nationals 32 32 40 192 7 77 213.1 161 9 0 19 4 0 212.74
James Shields Royals 33 33 67 211 8 79 221.2 186 9 0 12 2 0 211.78
Justin Verlander Tigers 33 33 74 209 4 84 212.1 207 12 0 13 0 0 211.54

And here are the leader’s on a per-start (min: 15 starts) and per-inning appearance (min: 100 innings) basis:

Name Team G GS BB H HBP ER IP SO L SV W CG BS Pts Pts/ip Pts/start
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 32 32 52 160 3 48 230 224 9 0 15 3 0 292.8 1.27304347826087 9.15
Yu Darvish Rangers 31 31 78 141 8 64 204 269 9 0 13 0 0 279.9 1.37205882352941 9.02903225806452
Max Scherzer Tigers 32 32 56 152 4 69 214.1 240 3 0 21 0 0 285.19 1.33204110228865 8.9121875
Clay Buchholz Red Sox 15 15 36 68 1 18 101.1 92 1 0 11 1 0 132.39 1.30949554896142 8.826
Matt Harvey Mets 26 26 31 135 4 45 178.1 191 5 0 9 1 0 228.49 1.28293093767546 8.78807692307692
Chris Sale White Sox 29 29 45 175 13 69 209 221 13 0 11 4 0 243.55 1.16531100478469 8.39827586206896
Cliff Lee Phillies 30 30 32 190 4 70 214.2 209 7 0 14 1 0 246.83 1.15233426704015 8.22766666666667
Jose Fernandez Marlins 28 28 58 111 5 42 172.2 187 6 0 12 0 0 224.38 1.30301974448316 8.01357142857143
Adam Wainwright Cardinals 33 33 34 221 6 79 236.1 214 9 0 18 5 0 263.04 1.1141041931385 7.97090909090909
Tyson Ross Padres 34 15 43 93 6 41 119 112 8 0 3 0 0 117.75 0.989495798319328 7.85
Name Team G GS BB H HBP ER IP SO L SV W CG BS Pts Pts/ip
Yu Darvish Rangers 31 31 78 141 8 64 204 269 9 0 13 0 0 279.9 1.37205882352941
Max Scherzer Tigers 32 32 56 152 4 69 214.1 240 3 0 21 0 0 285.19 1.33204110228865
Clay Buchholz Red Sox 15 15 36 68 1 18 101.1 92 1 0 11 1 0 132.39 1.30949554896142
Jose Fernandez Marlins 28 28 58 111 5 42 172.2 187 6 0 12 0 0 224.38 1.30301974448316
Matt Harvey Mets 26 26 31 135 4 45 178.1 191 5 0 9 1 0 228.49 1.28293093767546
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 32 32 52 160 3 48 230 224 9 0 15 3 0 292.8 1.27304347826087
Tony Cingrani Reds 23 18 43 72 2 34 104.2 120 4 0 7 0 0 130.53 1.25268714011516
Anibal Sanchez Tigers 28 28 54 154 2 52 177 194 8 0 14 1 0 219.6 1.2406779661017
Francisco Liriano Pirates 26 26 63 134 0 54 161 163 8 0 16 2 0 189.25 1.17546583850932
Chris Sale White Sox 29 29 45 175 13 69 209 221 13 0 11 4 0 243.55 1.16531100478469

The Daily Five
Bruce Chen – $8,784
This is me giving up and/or crossing my fingers for a reverse jinx. Chen inexplicably has a 3.79 ERA despite striking out nobody and subjectively just not having it. After weeks of betting against him, I’ll put myself at his mercy and the sweet, sweet mercy of the White Sox lineup, who have a .294 wOBA against southpaws.

Sonny Gray – $11,872
You already know by now that Gray has good #stuff, stirking out a batter a frame in 59 major league innings after doing the same in 118.1 Triple-A innings. Gray heads to Safeco on Sunday to face a Mariners squad that is decent against righties, below-average at home and downright terrible in September.

I’m taking a player each from Tampa Bay, Texas and Cleveland because they’re the only teams with something left to play for.

Evan Longoria – $6.902
Hey, Todd Redmon has been good and misses bats, but writing this on Saturday evening, we’ve gotta go with guys assured of playing time. Longoria comes quite cheap here and we’ll see if he’s got #TheWilToWin #clutch.

Adrian Beltre – $6.747
Jason Vargas is another guy who’s been better than expected but again, go with playing time. We already pegged a third baseman but plug Beltre in as the DH because I can’t figure why he’d come at a below-average price.

Yan Gomes – $8,275
And finally, we come to Scott Diamond. Nobody would blame you from stacking up against the soft-tossing lefty but DraftStreet is making you pay an expectant price on all these guys. Go for Gomes as the cheapest regular (and a catcher with assured playing time) who can hit southpaws.

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Blake Murphy is a news editor at The Score, and is a freelance sportswriter covering baseball, basketball, hockey and more. Think Bo Jackson, without the being good at every sport part. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeMurphyODC.


4 Responses to “Daily Fantasy Strategy – 9/29 – For Draftstreet”

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  1. jon says:

    With all the last minute SP changes – who ware the bad SPs you would pick on for HR and RBI potential? I’m looking at Diamond, Redmond, Webster. Agreed? I also noted that Viciedo and Konerko have crazy good numbers against Chen, whose FB% is way up there and he’s in US Cell.

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    • jon says:

      Maybe Matt Joyce against Redmond too?

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    • Blake Murphy says:

      I wouldn’t look much into career numbers pitcher v hitter. Chen’s FB% is enticing for sure (ditto for Redmod/Webster) but I’m done betting against Chen haha.

      As for the names you listed, Joyce would be the choice but I’d also grab any Indians you could because Diamond is terrible. Jeff Francis too, though you’re at the mercy of who the Dodgers play.

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  2. jon says:

    Yeah – so I need 3 of Carter, Adams, Konerko, Napoli with HR and RBI in mind.

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