Only 10 games are on the docket for Tuesday with four five-figure arms to choose from if you’re so inclined. With 20 pitchers to choose from, it’s a good opportunity to take a top guy and a value guy and see if you can put the pieces of the puzzle together in order to win big in those GPPs. Of course, our tips and tricks can also help with your 50/50 and H2H contests as well. It’s important to be smart with your salary cap dollars and that’s why we always focus on finding the best bang for your buck.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 12:
San Diego - San Diego is never a fun team to stack, but they do draw one of the worst starters of the bunch in Charlie Morton. The Philadelphia Phillies are not a particularly strong defensive team this season and that could create some opportunities for the Padres to take advantage. The nice thing about this stack is that it will be quite cheap, so you should be able to take two of the top starters. Morton was rocked in his first start and it will probably end up that he was a big benefactor of Pittsburgh’s defensive shifting and he no longer has that luxury.
Cleveland - The new-look Indians lineup features a lot of right-handed twigs and that could make for a long day for Matt Moore. Moore is still trying to find that groove after coming back for a few starts last season after Tommy John surgery. With Michael Brantley out, the Indians can conceivably throw eight right-handed hitters at Moore. Righties haven’t had a ton of success, relative to other platoon splits around the league, but he does have a high walk rate and does give up some long balls.
Toronto - The Blue Jays are a great stacking candidate against just about any left-handed starting pitcher, but they could be a good option against Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is a guy that is pitching hurt and that has negatively impacted his command. The Blue Jays, as we know, punish mistake pitches. For being a good right-hander with above average stuff, Tanaka still has allowed a .410 SLG against righties in his career. That certainly doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence.
Here are the top value hitters for April 12:
Adonis Garcia ($3,100) - One thing that you will notice about this article is that we will try to scoop value until the DFS sites adjust. Adonis Garcia is a great value against any left-handed pitcher and his struggles against righties will continue to give him a low salary. Garcia takes on Gio Gonzalez in this one, as he makes his first start of the season after a very long layoff. In just 61 PA last season against LHP, Garcia hung a .328/.344/.638 slash line. There’s good power here at a low price.
Yan Gomes ($3,200) - Now healthy after struggling through a pretty significant knee injury last season, Yan Gomes has great streaming value against left-handed pitching. In his career, Gomes has a .286/.323/.472 slash line against southpaws. He’s going to carry some big value because of last year’s injury-plagued season. He got some of his power back later in the year, but that knee was a nagging injury. As a result, he had a bad season and people jumped ship. It’s time to climb back aboard.
Danny Valencia ($3,500) - The first time that Danny Valencia pops up in our DFS piece this season is a really good spot against a bad lefty in Hector Santiago. Santiago had a 3.59 ERA with a 4.77 FIP and a 5.00 xFIP last season. If the A’s had more bats capable of doing damage against left-handed pitching, they’d be a streaming option. Unfortunately, Valencia is one of the few. The 31-year-old owns a .320/.369/.491 slash against lefties in his career.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 12:
Derek Holland ($8,300) - Overall, I’m not big on Derek Holland, but the Seattle Mariners have had major issues with left-handed pitching so far this season. He’s not a high strikeout guy, so he doesn’t generate a lot of DFS value. But, he’s worthy of some consideration here because of the park factor and because this is not a good matchup at all for the Mariners. Seattle carries some stacking value against righties, but lefties are a different story.
Hector Santiago ($6,900) - Hector Santiago is a regression candidate in a big way. The Oakland A’s have been awful against left-handed pitching for the last couple of seasons and things are not going well for them against southpaws this season either. In 94 plate appearances, Oakland has 24 strikeouts and three walks. They’ve had some batted ball luck, but those are some very ugly ratios in play here during this start.
Noah Syndergaard ($10,400) - Thor is a beast. He draws a pretty favorable matchup against the Miami Marlins here in this one, who have a lot of potential against lefties, but good righties will give them fits. The big thing about Syndergaard is his massive strikeout upside, which we saw against a really good Kansas City lineup in his first time out. If he remains efficient with his pitches this season and limits walks, he’s going to be a top-five fantasy starter and a guy always worthy of consideration at any DFS price.