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Each day of the MLB season will bring us some major price differences among starting pitchers on all sites. These price discrepancies and the site's roster differences can alter the way we use pitchers on each site, as well as how the field of opponents will use them. Listed below are five of today's top pitchers, each with their salary listed as well as the cafe value that takes into account both the total salary cap on the site and points-per-dollar. We've also provided some betting info for you reference. The higher the cafe value, the better the points-per-dollar play is.

NameOpponentFanDuel SalaryDraftKings SalaryYahoo! SalaryFD Cafe ValueDK Cafe ValueY! Cafe ValueOpp Vegas Run TotalMoney Line
Noah SyndergaardPHI$11,200$11,800$5714.2810.947.332.75-184
James Paxton@OAK$9,000$9,600$5013.339.935.863.5-164
Carlos Martinez@MIL$9,300$9,000$4914.3311.786.664-121
Patrick Corbin@ SD$6.900$5,800$259.298.393.563.5-119

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard is off to a terrific start again in 2017. Despite the fingernail and blister issues, Syndergaard is the safest play on the board tonight. He is a huge home favorite, and Philadelphia has one of the lowest run totals on the board. Syndergaard is inching closer to Kershaw like dominance, and in my opinion is already there. He has yet to walk a hitter, which is why I give him that honor. He has 20 strikeouts and zero walks in 19 innings so far this season. On top of those numbers, Syndergaard has a 15.2% swinging strike rate, and the velocity is up here early on to 98.4 on the fastball. In four career starts against Philadelphia, he is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA. He as averaged just a shade under seven innings pitcher per start, and averaging over a strikeout per inning. Philadelphia ranks 16th in wOBA against right-handed pitching, and have the eighth highest strikeout rate. Philadelphia is also bottom five in hard-contact. While the offense has improved from last season, but Syndergaard is as dominant as they come.

FanDuel

GPP Ownership: 20-30%

Cash Game Ownership: 60-70%

Verdict: Elite Option In All Formats

DraftKings

GPP Ownership: 10-20%

Cash Game Ownership: 60-70%

Verdict: Elite Option In All Formats

Yahoo!

GPP Ownership: 10-20%

Cash Game Ownership: 60-70%

Verdict: Elite Option In All Formats

James Paxton

While Syndergaard hasn't walked anyone all year, James Paxton has yet to allow a run this season. Paxton was a buy low draft darling this season and it has translated very well here early on. He is going deep into games, and the strikeout upside is an added boost. While a .163 BABIP will come up, his ERA estimators are strong. He isn't allowing hard-contact, and has a 15% infield flyball rate. Paxton had an increase in velocity last season, and that is holding the same this year. He is also throwing the knuckle curveball a lot more, which has led to a higher strikeout rate. His cut fastball is also a lethal strikeout pitch for him. The A's have been a bottom five team against cutters and curveballs, which bodes well for Paxton's success to continue. Oakland currently ranks 27th in wOBA against left-handed pitchers, with just a 26.9% hard-contact rate. They are also striking out at a higher rate than previous years (21.9%). Paxton is pitching in a friendly environment, and is number two on pitcher rankings for me this evening.

FanDuel

GPP Ownership: 10-20%

Cash Game Ownership: 20-30%

Verdict: Cash/GPP Option

DraftKings

GPP Ownership: 15-25%

Cash Game Ownership: 30-40%

Verdict: Cash/GPP Option

Yahoo!

GPP Ownership: 15-25%

Cash Game Ownership: 30-40%

Verdict: Cash/GPP Option

Carlos Martinez

Milwaukee's offense has been scary to start the year, and especially Eric Thames and Travis Shaw from the left side. Well, mainly Thames. Overall this lineup has been very good, but are still striking out at a high rate. This puts Carlos Martinez in GPP only territory because the strikeout upside is there, but I don't feel comfortable using him in cash games on any site. Putting this game in Miller Park is another knock against Martinez. The Cardinals right-hander has a 13.8% swinging strike rate so far this season which has gone hand in hand with a 30% strikeout rate. The Brewers are right behind Tampa Bay in strikeout rate against right-handed pitching (26%). Over 72 at-bats, the current Milwaukee lineup has a 34% strikeout rate against Martinez. Vegas has Milwaukee pegged for right around four runs, and on the slate we can still go lower in cash games. Save Martinez for tournaments.

FanDuel

GPP Ownership: 10-20%

Cash Game Ownership: 5-10%

Verdict: GPP Option

DraftKings

GPP Ownership: 10-20%

Cash Game Ownership: 10-20%

Verdict: GPP Option

Yahoo!

GPP Ownership: 10-20%

Cash Game Ownership: 10-20%

Verdict: GPP Option

Patrick Corbin

The Padres in Petco Park present us with a solid matchups to target, and make average pitchers better. Patrick Corbin pre-injury was solid, and 2017 indicates some steps in the right direction. He is still allowing a lot of baserunners, and usually more than my liking in cash games. He also isn't striking out a ton of bats, but Cleveland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are not high strikeout teams. Two of those games were also in Coors South, aka Chase Field. Corbin isn't allowing a ton of hard-contact, with just a 25% rate to lefties, and a 28% to righties. Petco Park is tough on right-handed power, and the Padres offense ranks 19th in ISO against southpaws this season. They also boast a 21% strikeout rate. Corbin is cheap on two-pitcher sites, and not a bad option if you are looking to have some free money to use on bats.

FanDuel

GPP Ownership: 0-10%

Cash Game Ownership: 0-5%

Verdict: GPP Option

DraftKings

GPP Ownership: 5-15%

Cash Game Ownership: 20-30%

Verdict: Value SP2

Yahoo!

GPP Ownership: 5-15%

Cash Game Ownership: 20-30%

Verdict: Value SP2



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