This article is part of our DFS NPB series.
Thursday proved to be a much better night for offense in the NPB than Wednesday, as five teams scored eight runs or more, including a co-nightly-high of nine runs tallied by Nippon in a wild comeback victory over the Hawks. The Lions and Swallows matched that total in their wins as well. Ironically, the highest combined total of the night was the 17 runs scored by the Fighters and Hawks in a game that featured the best pitching matchup on paper.
Friday's slate features a minimum of four projected starters with unblemished 2020 records, but there will still be several exploitable matchups for hitters, as we'll highlight below. That includes multiple bats in spots that could result in them paying off relatively modest salaries handsomely. Conversely, there are multiple sub-$10K pitchers that draw matchups capable of leading them to outperforming their four-figure costs.
Tomoyuki Sugano ($12,200) comes at a slight discount over highest-priced pitching option Shota Imanaga, and he draws a matchup against a Dragons squad that came into Thursday's action with an NPB-low six home runs. Sugano did scuffle his last time out, allowing five earned runs over 5.2 innings to the Swallows. However, he offered a glimpse at his considerable upside in his season debut a start earlier, posting 28.2 DK points on the strength of an eight-strikeout effort over seven innings against Hanshin. Sugano also has a solid chance at a win with the powerful Giants offense supporting him, and he typically offers a formidable