We’ve got 14 games to pick from for Friday night’s DFS slate. Unfortunately, we’ll have to look past the Chicago Cubs, who are playing the only day game against the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are going to be interesting away from Coors Field. Speaking of which, we have no Coors Field to take this week, so that opens up a world of possibilities. Lots of chilly baseball under the lights will be coming up on Friday, so let’s dive right in and see what value plays and stacking options we can find to make you a big winner to kick off the weekend.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 15:
Houston – Mike PeLOLfrey is on the mound for the Tigers here in this one as he looks to improve upon his first start of the season. It doesn’t take much to improve from a 3.2 8 6 6 1 3 line, but, hey, he’s Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey misses approximately five bats per start (may or may not be an exaggeration) and even against the Astros, he’s not going to miss many bats. His silver lining is that he doesn’t give up a lot of home runs, so Houston stackers will need them to manufacture runs. Don’t worry, they can do that, too, and they also steal some bases to grab some cheap points.
Boston – The Red Sox get a second look at RA Dickey and the first time they saw him, they liked what they saw. Boston struck out nine times, but Dickey still allowed six earned runs on eight hits and that was in the controlled environment of Rogers Centre. We’re going to assume that Fenway Park is even less forgiving. Hitting knuckleballs early in the season while trying to get your timing down is difficult and Boston still excelled. Getting another crack at Dickey here should work out just fine.
Miami – Miami is a nice little stacking option against bad pitchers. Williams Perez qualifies as a bad pitcher. In his MLB career, he owns a 4.90/4.95/4.85 pitcher slash with 77 K against 54 BB over 121.1 innings of work. Miami brings everything that you would want in a stack. They’ve got some decent power and they like to steal bases. Don Mattingly may be a wet blanket as it pertains to stealing bases, but they have the speed and the capability. What’s nice about this is that Miami is a cheap stack outside the mark-up for Giancarlo Stanton.
Here are the top value hitters for April 15:
Buster Posey ($3,100) – The health of Buster Posey has been a bit of a question over the last few days, but you’re never going to get him at this price except for when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. Not all lefties are created equal, but Posey owns a .332/.389/.569 slash against southpaws over the course of his career. Pitcher vs. batter statistics, on the whole, are irrelevant because the sample sizes aren’t nearly big enough. Yes, Posey has struggled against Kershaw. But, he’s also an elite hitter at a bargain bin price.
Domingo Santana ($3,300) – Any time Domingo Santana has a platoon advantage, he’s a dangerous hitter. Santana has posted an .887 OPS with a .235 ISO against lefties thus far in his short MLB career and he had similar platoon splits coming up through the big leagues. Jeff Locke is about as league average as it gets for a left-handed starter. Santana has prodigious power and even PNC Park may not be able to contain him here against Locke.
David Peralta ($3,300) – Like Buster Posey, when you get a great hitter in a situation with a platoon advantage and he’s coming at a bargain bin price, you can’t pass it up. Peralta isn’t on Posey’s level overall, but he has a .319/.368/.534 slash against right-handed pitching in 722 career plate appearances. James Shields has had command issues with the Padres and that’s enough incentive to take a look at Peralta here in this one. A lot of really great pitchers are on the mound on Friday night, so a lot of good hitters are in this price range. It’s all about picking out the right ones.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 15:
Joe Ross ($7,700) – There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies right now, but it has nothing to do with their offense. Their pitching staff has been tremendous this season. Joe Ross draws this Phillies lineup on Friday night against “ace” Jeremy Hellickson, who was the Opening Day starter. Ross picked up where he left off in 2015 with seven strong against an underrated Marlins lineup in his first outing. At this price, against this lineup, Ross is a good guy to pair with a top arm if you can afford one.
Luis Severino ($7,900) – The first start jitters are out of the way for Luis Severino and the degree of difficulty is a couple notches lower with the Seattle Mariners in town. His first start came against the Detroit Tigers. Severino did everything you would want a pitcher to do. He had a strikeout per inning and 58 percent of balls in play were hit on the ground. They just weren’t hit at anybody. The Mariners have been struggling offensively at the outset of the season. You don’t really want to pick a guy based on this, but if Severino leaves with a lead, there aren’t many bullpens in baseball better equipped to protect it.
Carlos Martinez ($9,000) – On a day that features Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale, Zack Greinke, Dallas Keuchel, Garrett Richards, and James Shields, the forgotten man is Carlos Martinez and he may have the best matchup of any of those guys. Actually, that distinction probably belongs to Garrett Richards with how things have gone for the Twins, but Martinez registered more than a strikeout per inning last season and possesses a ton of upside. The ball was up a little bit in his last start and he was somewhat erratic, but he’ll make adjustments and should be able to shut down a lackluster Cincinnati Reds lineup.