For the first seven years of his career, Kevin Gausman was essentially a league-average pitcher with decent stuff, but a propensity for giving up the long ball. However, Gausman has reshaped his arsenal over the last three seasons and emerged as one of the best pitchers in the game, making his first All-Star appearance with the Giants last year and he’s well on his way to another with the Blue Jays in 2022. On Saturday, he’ll take the ball as Toronto takes on Detroit and he’ll be one of the most popular pitching options in the MLB DFS player pool.
The Tigers have scored a total of 13 runs in their last six games and Gausman has topped the 40-point mark on FanDuel in six of his last nine starts, so should you automatically plug him into your MLB DFS lineups on Saturday? And who else should you be targeting on a day where only one game has an over-under in double-digits (Royals vs. Orioles)? Before making any MLB DFS picks, be sure to check out the MLB DFS advice, strategy and projections from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million in his career. And when it comes to daily Fantasy baseball, McClure is at his best. Recognized in the book “Fantasy Football (and Baseball) for Smart People: How to Turn Your Hobby into a Fortune” as a top MLB DFS player, McClure’s proprietary projection model simulates each game 10,000 times, taking factors such as matchups and recent results into account. This allows him to find the best values on every site.
On Friday, he highlighted Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider as one of his core MLB DFS picks on both FanDuel and DraftKings. The result: Strider threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out eight in a win over the Pirates to return 47 points on FanDuel and 29.75 points on DraftKings. Anybody that included him in their lineups was well on the way to a profitable day.