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The Reasons Why Stephen Strasburg Is A Top-Five Pitcher In Baseball

Stephen Strasburg is a completely different and much more dominant pitcher this season. In 2015, Strasburg struggled with injuries. This led to an 11-7 record, 3.46 ERA, 155 strikeouts, 26 walks, and a 2.81 FIP in 127.1 innings. So far in 2016, Strasburg is 8-0, with a 2.79 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 18 walks, and a 2.29 FIP in 67.2 innings. Something has clicked and Strasburg is thriving in 2016.

 

Strasburg’s elite strikeout rate is what propels him to a top-five starting pitcher in fantasy baseball. He is averaging 11.44 strikeouts per nine innings in 2016. On top of his strikeout rate, he is also limiting his earned runs, but his FIP suggests that his ERA should reduce even more.

 

His mid-to-upper 90’s fastball and filthy breaking pitches are keeping hitters off balance and limiting consistent contact. From a statistical standpoint, see the link below that compares some of the top pitchers in the game and helps depict why Stephen Strasburg is a top-five pitcher in baseball:

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/23/16

 

P- Ian Kennedy (vs. Minnesota Twins): $10,400. Kennedy has been fairly reliable this year, but the Twins offense is the exact opposite of reliable. In the last seven days, the Twins’ lineup has struck out 76 times, which is the second worst rate in Major League Baseball. They are also batting .227 with a .272 OBP, which is second worst in the league.

Kennedy has a 4-3 record in 2016, throwing 50 innings, with a 3.24 ERA, 50 strikeouts, and 17 walks. He is averaging 19.6 points per game on DraftKings this season. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for this game since there is a good chance of rain.

 

P- Taijuan Walker (vs. Oakland A’s): $8,100. Walker is a steal at only $8,100 on Monday. He is facing an Oakland offense whom has struggled a lot recently. In Oakland’s last seven games, they are batting .232 with a .276 OBP.

Walker has been absolutely filthy all year long. In his first 42.2 innings, he has a 2-3 record, 2.95 ERA, 41 strikeouts, and only eight walks. Based on his success this season and the A’s struggles recently, this should be a great play for Monday. He is averaging 16 points per game on DraftKings this season.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/21/16

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P- Jose Fernandez (vs. Washington Nationals): $12,500

P- Kevin Gausman (vs. Los Angeles Angels): $7,500

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Draft Kings 5/19/16

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P- Matt Harvey (vs. Washington Nationals): $9,700. Harvey has really struggled this year, but Thursday could be the day that Harvey comes out of his slump. In 134 career at bats against Harvey, the Nationals lineup is batting .209, with only 9 RBIs, and a .271 OBP. Harvey’s price has dropped significantly due to his regression, but this could be time to buy him when he is low. Staying away from the incredibly expensive pitchers (Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, etc) has helped my offensive lineup for Friday.

 

P- Marco Estrada (vs. Minnesota Twins): $8,100. Estrada has been lights out in 2016. In 43.2 innings pithed, he has a 2.89 ERA, 41 strikeouts, and 18 walks. He will be facing a struggling Twins lineup on Friday, so this should be a great matchup for Estrada. In 62 career at bats versus Estrada, the Twins lineup is batting .226, with 12 strikeouts, and a .294 OBP.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/18/16To se

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P- Francisco Liriano (vs. Atlanta Braves): $10,400. Liriano is facing one of the worst teams in the league on Wednesday. Clearly, this is a great matchup for the left-hander. In 112 career at bats against Liriano, the Braves’ lineup is batting .205. The Atlanta Braves have recorded the most strikeouts versus a left-handed pitcher in 2016 by a landslide. They have struck out 125 times versus lefties, compared to the second place team, the Milwaukee Brewers, at only 105 strikeouts. This could be a great source of points for Liriano on Wednesday. Liriano is averaging 13.9 points per game on DraftKings this season.

P- Jake Odorizzi (vs. Toronto Blue Jays): $7,900. Odorizzi will be facing the 28th ranked offense in the league, which is hard to believe after the numbers the Blue Jays offense put up in 2015. In 97 career at bats against Odorizzi, the Blue Jays’ lineup is batting .134. Odorizzi is scoring an average of 12.7 points per game on DraftKings this season.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/13/16

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P- Chris Tillman (vs. Detroit Tigers): $7,900

P- Josh Tomlin (vs. Minnesota Twins): $7,500

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/12/16

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P- David Price (vs. Houston Astros): $11,100

P- Vincent Velasquez (vs. Atlanta Braves): $10,900

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/11/16

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P- Francisco Liriano (@ Cincinnati Reds): $9,000. Liriano has been fairly consistent over his first few starts in 2016. He has thrown 35 innings, with a 3-1 record, 3.60 ERA, 39 strikeouts, and 19 walks. He will be facing the 25th ranked offense on Wednesday, which is a great matchup for Liriano. The Reds’ lineup has really struggled against the left-handed throughout his career. In 170 career at bats against Liriano, the Reds’ lineup is batting .224, with 5 home runs, 40 strikeouts, and a .298 OBP. These numbers are very much in favor of Liriano on Wednesday. He is currently averaging 15.8 points per game on DraftKings this season.

P- Wei-Yin Chen (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $7,800. Chen is facing another struggling offense on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Brewers are currently ranked as the 22nd overall offense in Major League Baseball. In 62 career at bats against Chen, the Brewers’ lineup is batting .210, with 1 home run, 17 strikeouts, and a .258 OBP. There will be a 12 MPH wind blowing towards home plate, which is a great sign for Chen considering this should limit the number of potential home runs. Chen has faced the Milwaukee lineup one time this year and he got the win after throwing 6.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Chen is averaging 12.1 points per game on DraftKings this season.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Draft Kings 5/8/16

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P- Jose Quintana (vs. Minnesota Twins): $10,600

P- Justin Nicolino (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $5,300

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Draft Kings 5/6/16

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P- Noah Syndergaard (vs. San Diego Padres): $12,900. This is a no brainer, even at this steep price. Syndergaard is one of the best pitchers in baseball and he is facing the worst offense in baseball. To top it all off, he is facing this offense in a pitcher’s park. In his first 5 starts, he has thrown 32.1 innings, with a 2.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts, and only 6 walks. Keep an eye on this game though because there is a good chance of rain. Syndergaard is averaging 26.1 points per game on Draft Kings this season.

P- Danny Salazar (vs. Kansas City Royals): $8,800. Salazar’s price has dropped, but his value continues to rise. He will be facing the Royals offense on Friday, but they haven’t been great this season. They currently rank as the 16th best offense in the Major Leagues. Also, the weather is in Salazar’s favor. There is a 10 MPH wind towards home plate, which means baseballs should stay in the park. In 175 at bats against Salazar, the Royals’ lineup is only batting .234, with 42 strikeouts. Salazar is currently averaging 21.6 points per game on Draft Kings this season.

 

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