Today's Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Wednesday, May 15Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)
Wednesday offers a full day of baseball, with the first game of the day starting at 1:10 p.m. ET and the last getting underway at 10:10 p.m.. Not every team is in action, but today's starting pitcher rankings are still fairly loaded. The bulk of the talent throws in the evening, but there are still some high-quality options for afternoon daily fantasy baseball contests.
Justin Verlander (@ Tigers) is the easy call for the top pick tonight, though given his sky-high price on both FanDuel and DraftKings, he'll limit some of your other choices. Mike Minor (@ Royals) makes for a good consolation prize when you factor in Kansas City's splits against lefties. Patrick Corbin (vs. Mets) and Mike Soroka (vs. Cardinals) both have suboptimal matchups on paper, but they're still decent options. Soroka in particular looks like decent value on DraftKings.
Eduardo Rodriguez (vs. Rockies) is a good value on both sites, especially after watching Colorado flail helplessly at Chris Sale pitches all night on Tuesday. Rodriguez isn't as dominant, but he's another nasty lefty who could easily rack up a lot of strikeouts. Sonny Gray (vs. Cubs) also seems underpriced despite a tough matchup in a bad park. His peripherals and advanced numbers all suggest he's been solid this year, and he's worth a shot in GPPs that include the Cubs-Reds game.
As far as fades, Jake Odorizzi (vs. Angels) stands out despite his recent hot streak, and Matt Strahm (@ Dodgers) seems slightly overpriced given his inability to go deep into games. Yu Darvish (vs. Reds) remains overpriced despite being terrible virtually all season.
There's about a 50-percent chance of rain out in San Francisco for the Blue Jays-Giants, but things look clear around the rest of the league. Of course, it never hurts to check with the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock.
Today's Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Wednesday, May 15
|Rank||Pitcher||Team||Opponent||Opp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)||Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)||FD||DK|
|1||Justin Verlander||Astros||@ Tigers||N/A||75 (27th)||$12,000||$11,000|
|2||Mike Minor||Rangers||@ Royals||73 (26th)||N/A||$8,800||$9,400|
|3||Zack Greinke||D-backs||vs. Pirates||N/A||91 (19th)||$10,500||$10,200|
|4||Chris Archer||Pirates||@ D-backs||N/A||94 (18th)||$8,200||$8,400|
|5||Patrick Corbin||Nationals||vs. Mets||115 (5th)||N/A||$9,400||$10,000|
|6||Mike Soroka||Braves||vs. Cardinals||N/A||110 (8th)||$9,600||$8,800|
|7||J.A. Happ (G1)||Yankees||vs. Orioles||77 (25th)||N/A||$8,700||$9,500|
|8||Domingo German (G2)||Yankees||vs. Orioles||N/A||87 (T-20th)||N/A||N/A|
|9||Gio Gonzalez||Brewers||@ Phillies||95 (T-16th)||N/A||$7,400||$7,300|
|10||German Marquez||Rockies||@ Red Sox||N/A||104 (T-11th)||$8,700||$9,000|
|11||Eduardo Rodriguez||Red Sox||vs. Rockies||89 (21st)||N/A||$8,400||$8,200|
|12||Matt Strahm||Padres||@ Dodgers||110 (9th)||N/A||$8,500||$8,900|
|13||Kenta Maeda||Dodgers||vs. Padres||N/A||86 (22nd)||$8,300||$9,200|
|14||Sonny Gray||Reds||vs. Cubs||N/A||114 (T-5th)||$6,800||$6,900|
|15||Jake Arrieta||Phillies||vs. Brewers||N/A||99 (T-16th)||$8,100||$8,000|
|16||Jake Odorizzi||Twins||vs. Angels||N/A||118 (3rd)||$9,200||$8,200|
|17||Michael Wacha||Cardinals||@ Braves||N/A||100 (T-14th)||$7,600||$6,700|
|18||Shaun Anderson||Giants||vs. Blue Jays||68 (27th)||N/A||N/A||$7,300|
|19||Yu Darvish||Cubs||@ Reds||N/A||72 (28th)||$8,600||$8,000|
|20||Wilmer Font||Mets||@ Nationals||N/A||78 (T-25th)||$5,500||$7,500|
|21||Jose Urena||Marlins||vs. Rays||N/A||114 (T-5th)||$6,900||$5,300|
|22||Jorge Lopez||Royals||vs. Rangers||N/A||104 (T-11th)||$6,600||$5,000|
|23||Edwin Jackson||Blue Jays||@ Giants||N/A||84 (23rd)||N/A||N/A|
|24||David Hess (G1)||Orioles||@ Yankees||N/A||109 (9th)||$5,700||$4,800|
|25||Trevor Cahill||Angels||@ Twins||N/A||114 (T-5th)||$6,700||$5,400|
|26||Andrew Cashner (G2)||Orioles||@ Yankees||N/A||109 (9th)||N/A||N/A|
|27||Ryne Stanek (O)||Rays||@ Marlins||N/A||63 (30th)||$5,500||$5,000|
|28||Gregory Soto||Tigers||vs. Astros||149 (1st)||N/A||$5,500||$5,500|
wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as "[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average." For more on the stat, click here .