DFS pitchers for April 22
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.
Joe Kelly: If you’re gonna use Clayton Kershaw or one of the other expensive studs today, you’ll need to come up with a bargain streamer to pair with an ace. Armed with the second-fastest fastball among starters so far this season (96.0 mph), Kelly has been superb in his first two starts with a 2.13 ERA. His strikeout rate is up to 7.8 K/9 and his walk rate is down to 2.8 BB/9, so there’s plenty to like against a punch-less Rays lineup in pitcher-friendly Tampa Bay. All at the bargain price $6,400, Kelly frees up some money to spend on your lineup.
J.A. Happ: The early returns on the 32-year-old lefty’s move from hitter-friendly Toronto to pitcher-friendly Seattle have been good as Happ has posted a 2.70 ERA in two starts. Normally a pretty decent strikeout pitcher (career 7.5 K/9) with less-than-stellar control (career 3.8 BB/9), Happ has been the opposite on both ends so far this season – 2.7 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9. The Astros’ all-or-nothing lineup should be the cure to the low strikeout totals and Safeco Field is a good place for Happ’s fly-balls to die. At the low price of $6,400, Happ is our other favorite value.
We’re stacking lineups in the Rockies-Padres matchup again but focusing on San Diego hitters going against Kyle Kendrick. We also like hitters from both sides of the Twins-Royals game for the weak Mike Pelfrey–Jeremy Guthrie pitching matchup. Yonder Alonso, Eric Hosmer, Justin Upton and Wil Myers are among our favorite hitters today.