Baseball is back and I couldn’t be more excited. Opening day is always one of the best days of the year to watch baseball as every team has a clean slate with their ace on the mound. This year we get all 30 teams playing and the action start at 1:05 pm ET and in this article, I am going to provide a few pitchers I am targeting for my DraftKings builds.
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Starting Pitcher Targets
On a slate full of aces, Bieber comes in 5th in salary on DK as a -200 favorite on Opening Day and is my favorite option in all formats. He was tremendous in the shortened 2020 season winning the AL Cy Young on the back of a sparkling 1.63 ERA backed up by a 2.04 xFIP and eye-popping 41% K rate.
He also gets the pleasure of opening the season against the Tigers who finished bottom five in almost every hitting category including a low .285 wOBA, 76 wRC+, and 28% K rate vs. right-handed pitching. This may be the lowest we see his price on DK all season so load up on the savings.
At first glance, the 4.08 ERA he posted last year looks concerning but digging deeper, there is zero reasons to worry about him coming into 2021. The main reason is that the xFIP(2.75) was well over a run better than the ERA and he also provides a ton of upside with a 38% K rate. The issue last year was mainly the long ball as he gave up a 23.4% HR/FB rate which is over 6% worse than his career average.
I look for Glasnow to get on track early in 2021 and it starts with a plus matchup vs. the Marlins who finished in the bottom 10 offensively last year with not a whole lot of light at the end of the tunnel this year.
Glasnow is in play in all formats on DraftKings under $9k and at his price on FanDuel, makes an excellent low-owned pivot off the other 10K+ pitchers.
I am very likely going to be paying up for two pitchers in cash games on this slate but for GPP, if trying to load up on bats, I do like Hendricks. He isn’t going to blow away the competition with velo but was very efficient last year posting a 2.88 ERA and 3.78 xFIP while averaging over 6.5 innings per start.
Like Bieber, he also gets a terrific Opening Day matchup against the Pirates who finished dead last with a .279 wOBA and 79 wRC+ last season. Coming into 2021, they unloaded some bats and are in full rebuild mode. Let’s take advantage of this price and matchup today.