This article is part of our DFS MLB series.
About a month ago, I wrote an article on how to find value pitching and gave five names. For the most part, that group (Caleb Smith, Joe Musgrove, Brad Keller, Matthew Boyd and Max Fried) has done well since, outside of Joe Musgrove's last two starts.
It is about time we go digging again to find five more pitchers who qualify as a SP2 on DraftKings. The criteria is the pitchers' salary must be $8,000 or less.
Martin Perez, Twins
Perez was an offseason free-agent signing for the Twins and he was a former top prospect in the Rangers system. He was never able to figure it out in Texas whether it was the park or his health. But he made a major change to his pitching arsenal coming into the season. He scrapped his slider for a cutter which has made a world of difference. Also, his velocity was hitting upper 90s in spring training, which started to turn heads.
Perez has the benefit of the Twins offense backing him up at a tune of 7.8 runs per game, but Perez has been crazy good also. He posted 32.4 points against Houston at a $5,900 salary and 35.35 points on the road against Toronto at $6,600. I'm figuring his salary makes a jump close to the $8,000 range soon, so keep an eye and use him as much as you can now.
Luke Weaver, Diamondbacks
Weaver came to the Diamondbacks via