It’s time to wrap up another week of daily fantasy baseball analysis with a Saturday slate of games split between the afternoon and night. Eight games are during the day and seven are under the lights as the weather starts to cool down in many parts of the country. There will be no DFS article on Sunday due to all of the early starts and not as much as lead time for the article, so cash in big today and take tomorrow to enjoy football.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 26:
San Francisco – Barry Zito is going to get the start against the Giants on Saturday. He’ll be going up against Tim Hudson as a sign of respect for both pitchers, who were such big parts of the early 2000s. Zito threw one inning on September 20 and gave up two runs on two hits with a walk. This is a great story and a great gesture by the A’s, but Zito’s command is a major concern for this outing. I’d definitely look to stack the Giants because it’s tough to expect Zito to be sharp with so little action of late.
Minnesota – Alfredo Simon is bad. Simon has given up at least six runs in a game on six different occasions since the start of July and has an ERA of 5.21 with a FIP approaching 5.00. The Twins should get a lot of good swings against Simon, who has a 37/33 K/BB ratio in the second half. Defensively, the Tigers are not a great team. It’s hard to tell from day to day how focused the Tigers will be, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them ride the struggle bus against the Twins after winning on Friday night.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Coors Field. Kyle Kendrick. You don’t need much more than that. Kendrick has a 7.35 ERA at home with a .309/.379/.638 slash against. That includes a .428 wOBA. For a frame of reference, Joey Votto has a .433 wOBA and Paul Goldschmidt has a .415 wOBA. That’s an idea of just how horrible Kendrick has been at home. Add in a Dodgers lineup that feasts on right-handed pitching and it simply has to be done.
Here are the best value hitters for September 26:
Josh Reddick ($3,700) – Josh Reddick has found his power stroke of late after a lengthy slump. Against Tim Hudson, Reddick should be in line for a solid day. Lefties have a .323/.391/.437 slash off of Hudson this season and he has 14 strikeouts against 20 walks with a lefty at the dish. Reddick has a .288/.345/.485 slash with a platoon advantage this season.
Andre Ethier ($3,300) – You can read all about Kyle Kendrick’s struggles further up the article. Getting a guy like Ethier with a huge platoon advantage in Coors Field at this price is borderline incredible. Ethier owns a .303/.381/.500 slash against righties this season. His .379 wOBA and 145 wRC+ are two really impressive figures. All 13 of his home runs and 16 of his 18 doubles have come against right-handed pitching this season over 375 PA.
Domingo Santana ($3,400) – I’ve tried to catch Domingo Santana in platoon advantage spots at a reasonable price throughout the season and here’s one of them. Santana has a .313/.400/.625 slash against left-handed pitching at the big league level this year. For the season, between Triple-A and the Majors, Santana’s performance against lefties has been strong. He has a spectacular .349/.438/.605 slash on the year over 176 plate appearances. He has 30 doubles and 26 home runs between Triple-A and the bigs and extra base hits add up quickly in DFS.
Here are the best value pitchers for September 26:
Adam Warren ($4,500) – The White Sox aren’t a great offense. Adam Warren should easily be worth this low price tag at just $4,500. The Yankees swingman has pretty respectable numbers as a starter with a 3.80 ERA, a .249/.314/.364 slash against and a decent K% at 17 percent. None of it is great or exciting, but this is a good matchup and his return on investment potential is pretty high at this price.
John Lamb ($7,200) – I’ll continue looking at John Lamb as a great value option because of his strikeout upside. He’s had some tough starts mixed in, but he has struck out almost 26 percent of opposing batters. His command needs some work, but the Mets are facing an unfamiliar lefty and that’s an angle that I really like to play. He isn’t working all that deep into games because of the high pitch counts, but six innings with a handful of strikeouts and some effective pitching should be more than enough.
Andrew Heaney ($7,500) – Any time you can get Andrew Heaney at a reasonable price at home, you have to do it. He’s a very valuable asset at Angel Stadium. His strikeout rate isn’t exciting, but he won’t rack up a lot of minuses, since he doesn’t walk many batters and doesn’t give up a lot of runs. He’s got additional value today because he faces Felix Hernandez, theoretically lowering the chances of a win. But, Hernandez has some major issues right now and Heaney is the safer of the two pitchers.