MLB DFS SP Picks for 7/17

Every day, I will provide my favorite picks for starting pitchers on the DraftKings main slate. The picks are fueled by my projection model; however game theory and other factors are considered within each ranking. I am strictly a cash game player at this point as I look to build my bankroll, but if my projections yield an interesting play or two for GPP consideration I will mention it below.

Top 5 Picks

  1. Clayton Kershaw @ White Sox — $14,000
  2. Robbie Ray @ Reds — $11,200
  3. Brad Peacock vs. Mariners — $10,300
  4. Mike Clevinger @ Giants— $9,100
  5. J.A. Happ @ Red Sox — $7,800

GPP Flier — Dinelson Lamet @ Rockies — $7,000

Cash Game Strategy

My approach is going to largely be a plug-and-play with Kershaw and Ray. I’m tempted to go Kershaw & Peacock, but the Mariners have been hitting well recently and Peacock hasn’t shown the ability to go deeper than 6 innings. This approach will leave us strapped for cash with only $3,100 per player remaining, so I’ll likely be punting C, 2B, and SS. Luke Voit ($2,700) also looks like a mandatory play at 1B.

GPP Considerations

I won’t pretend to be any sort of GPP expert, but Lamet is a very interesting play in Coors. You’ll be highly leveraged against the rest of the field, and he has the strikeout upside to withstand giving up multiple HRs. Also like PIT as a sneakier stack going against Junior Guerra

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