Will it be a Sunday Funday for you in your daily fantasy contests? It certainly could be with the help of today’s DFS value picks and stacking options. The start of the MLB season has been pretty interesting so far, as we all expected, but there are definitely some players that should be on your radar as cheap options for those DFS pools. We’ve had some mixed returns thus far, but finding value so that you can fill out your rosters with some of the game’s best is a skill that every DFS player needs to have at his or her disposal.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 10:
New York Mets - The Mets draw Jeremy Hellickson on Sunday. That, in and of itself, is a good enough reason to look to stack the Mets. The big worry about Hellickson is his command, even transitioning over to the National League. As a result, the Mets are definitely in a good spot because we know how quickly offensive points can add up from dingers.
Washington - Tom Koehler is going to be worthy of consideration when he pitches at home. The road, however, is not kind to him at all. Koehler’s road splits feature ERA marks of 4.23, 4.62, and 4.82 over the last three seasons. Overall, opposing batters have hit .259/.335/.424 off of him in road starts. The Nationals certainly have the talent needed to do some damage against a well below average road starter.
Chicago White Sox - This is a gamble that you can make and expect to get points out of somebody. The Pale Hose face Josh Tomlin in Sunday’s rubber match between the Indians and the White Sox. We know that Tomlin has excellent control, but we also know that he is susceptible to giving up the long ball. He has allowed 83 home runs in 513.1 innings over the course of his career. Again, we know that points add up from dingers and it would be a surprise to see the White Sox not hit a couple against a guy that hasn’t worked in 10 days.
You also can’t go wrong with stacking Seattle vs. Chris Bassitt or Texas vs. Jered Weaver.
Here are the top value hitters for April 10:
Eugenio Suarez ($3,800) - We’ll go back to this well again because Suarez will have a platoon advantage once again on Sunday. The Reds third baseman draws Jeff Locke in what should be a very favorable matchup. Including a grand slam this season, Suarez is now batting .269/.340/.427 in his career against southpaws. His 2014 sample is really dragging those numbers down, especially compared to last season’s returns. He’s a guy to stream with regularity against lefties.
Corey Dickerson ($3,900) - Corey Dickerson has always been a good hitter against right-handed pitching, even without the Coors Field factor. He is a .311/.356/.580 hitter against righties for his career. His road splits aren’t all that inspiring, as you would expect for a guy that plays in Colorado, but it’s worth pointing out that there are studies about how the Coors Field effect has a negative impact on road performance. He’s just a solid hitter, irrespective of where the game is being played.
David Peralta ($3,500) - Sure, Jake Arrieta is on the mound for the Cubs and he’s one of the game’s best pitchers. On the other hand, David Peralta is a very good hitter against right-handed pitching. Peralta owns a .323/.371/.540 career slash line vs. right-handers and it’s fair to assume that some pretty good pitchers have been included in those numbers. Arrieta is a good one, but all that does for us here is create value on Peralta.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 10:
Joe Ross ($7,500) - Another guy with strikeout per inning upside is Joe Ross. Ross had 69 in 76.2 innings last season and should be able to start off on the right foot against the Marlins at home on Saturday. The Marlins actually have a pretty decent offense, so this should be a good test and it’s part of the reason why we’re catching Ross at a good price. A 3.66 SIERA and a 3.62 xFIP suggest that Ross is at least a middle of the rotation caliber arm.
Jose Quintana ($8,900) - The Indians have a ton of trouble with Jose Quintana. In his career, Quintana is 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA in 12 starts and two relief appearances against Cleveland. Normally I don’t worry much about small sample sizes like pitcher vs. team, but this is significant and I’m an Indians fan, so I know these things. This year’s lineup does have some extra right-handed pop, but Quintana is one of the game’s most underappreciated starters.
Josh Tomlin ($8,100) - While the White Sox are mentioned above as a possible stacking option, Tomlin could also net some serious value. Finally healthy for the first time in his MLB career, Tomlin hung a 3.02 ERA with a 3.77 xFIP in the second half of last season with a K/BB ratio of better than 7/1. If the ball isn’t traveling at US Cellular on Sunday, Tomlin could be a sneaky pick for 15-18 points.