DFS pitchers for April 20
We’re diving into the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) craze and will be bringing you the two pitchers we’re using in Draft Kings with other possibilities as well.
Anthony DeSclafani: Already a favorite sleeper of ours coming into the season, DeSclafani is off to a hot start in his new digs in Cincinnati with a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. Featuring a dominant slider, it’s time to make sure he’s owned in all leagues. This also makes him an excellent play in DFS, as he is still quite a bargain at just $6,200 for today’s start at Milwaukee. Normally we might be leery of starting a pitcher in hitter-friendly Milwaukee, but the Brewers offense has been in a deep freeze to start the season with MLB lows in homers (3), runs (30), steals (2), OBP (.267), SLG (.303) and wOBA (.253). Using DeSclafani also helps create room to add as many Rockies hitters as possible for a sweet matchup against Odrisamer Despaigne in Coors Field.
Edinson Volquez: We were a little concerned that Volquez’s career rebirth under pitching guru Ray Searage in Pittsburgh last year wouldn’t carry over to Kansas City this season. Instead, Volquez has looked even better under Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland with a 2.30 ERA and a career-low 1.2 BB/9. His average fastball velocity is up to 93.5, above his career average and both his curve and changeup are working as well. Volquez gets a matchup with one of the other worst offenses in the Twins – .266 wOBA, .223 average and 39 runs in 12 games – in his pitching-friendly home ballpark in Kansas City. Pairing his cheap $6,600 price point with DeSclafani allowed us to use expensive hitters like Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano against Houston’s Asher Wojciechowski.