With MLB quickly approaching, I will be answering the most common question asked around the industry, “Do I pay up for a pitcher, or do I punt and pay up for hitters?”
*This is the way I usually approach MLB DFS, those who love the big bats may argue, but in my opinion, this is the safest way to go*
The answer to that question is to pay up for a pitcher — not a hitter! It is common for guys like Bryce Harper and Mike Trout to go 0-4 on any given night, but not as common for guys like Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw to have a bad outing. There is simply more consistency when it comes paying up for the top-tier pitchers, especially when they are going up against a weak lineup.
Let’s say you punt at pitcher for a guy like Chad Bettis and pay up for Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Todd Frazier — it might not end up so well for you. Bettis is pitching and gives up five runs. He finishes the night with only two fantasy points, but then Stanton goes 0-4 and so does Frazier. Those two guys you invested in hurt you badly and you don’t have your pitcher to pick up the slack. Sure this could work at times, but I recommend going with the best possible pitcher in the best spot, regardless of their price tag.
I hope this helps all you DFS fanatics out there! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have and make sure to follow me @NRodriguezDFS
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