FanDuel MLB DFS Picks and Helper: Thursday 7/11/24

Austan Kas
Austan Kas@AustanKas

Our daily fantasy helper is available every day to analyze FanDuel's main slate and give you a starting point when you're building lineups.

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Let's check out the top options on today's main slate.

Note: All MLB odds come from FanDuel Sportsbook. All stats come from FanGraphs and Baseball Savant unless noted otherwise.


Pitcher Breakdown

FanDuel Research's pitcher projections have five pitchers projected between 29.3 and 35.3 FanDuel points.

Luis Castillo ($9,300) and Tanner Houck ($10,200) stand out in terms of ability and matchup.

Castillo gets the Los Angeles Angels, who rank 22nd in wOBA (.301) with the 13th-highest K rate in the split (22.9%). Castillo's 2024 numbers are down a touch from where he's been in recent years, but he's still sporting a 3.82 SIERA, 24.3% strikeout rate, and 12.0% swinging-strike rate.

Houck is at home versus the Oakland Athletics. Against righties, the A's sit 27th in wOBA (.293) with the 2nd-highest strikeout rate (26.9%). It's about as good as matchups get, and Houck is thriving this season with a 3.03 SIERA.

If you're looking for a low-salary option, Albert Suarez is a decent value play. Suarez will see the Chicago Cubs, an offense that has the sixth-highest K rate (24.4%) versus righties.

Others to Consider

  • Nestor Cortes ($9.200 at TB) - Interesting pivot off Castillo. Facing a Tampa Bay Rays offense with the night's lowest implied total (3.61).
  • Max Fried ($9,100 at ARI) - Deserves a mention on a smaller slate, but the matchup is a tough one against an offense with the fifth-best wOBA (.336) against southpaws.

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