The majority of Saturday’s MLB games will be at night, but the daily fantasy contests are split into early and late, so we’ll include suggestions for both. After a night chock full of awesome pitchers on Friday, Saturday’s slate certainly takes a bit of a step down, though not as big as you might expect. Clayton Kershaw headlines a list of arms that includes Noah Syndergaard, Michael Pineda, Carlos Carrasco, Sonny Gray, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano, and Scott Kazmir.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 19:
Washington – A lot of people will probably opt for the Toronto stack against lefty Wade Miley, but there’s a lot of potential in the Washington stack against Justin Nicolino. Nicolino doesn’t miss bats and keeping an ERA under 4.00 with a strikeout rate of eight percent is not sustainable at all. His 4.86 FIP and 5.21 xFIP are much better indicators of his true talent and the Nationals are going to put a dent in that ERA, as long as they are engaged and excited to play. Hopefully they are.
Philadelphia – Ryan Weber is another starter that doesn’t miss bats. His swinging strike rate of 3.7 percent is laughably bad. The Phillies don’t have a great offense, as we all know, but it’s cheap to stack them and they will be a good complement with the next team on the list. Weber didn’t miss bats in Triple-A either and is a 6-foot right-hander with just three pitches. There’s not a whole lot he can do after maybe having success the first time through the order.
Colorado – I like Robbie Erlin, but he’s making it hard to keep having that stance. After a throwaway 2014 with injuries, Erlin makes his 2015 MLB debut on Saturday in Coors Field. Erlin posted a 5.60 ERA with a 5.24 FIP in 24 Triple-A starts this season with no semblance of command. He gave up 151 hits and 22 home runs in 125.1 innings of work. Erlin hasn’t pitched since September 5. The PCL is a hitter-friendly league, but Coors Field is a hitter-friendly park. He throws left-handed, which might help, but not all that much.
Here are the best value hitters for September 19:
Michael Taylor ($3,400) – Taylor’s biggest flaw is that he strikes out a ton. Justin Nicolino doesn’t strike anybody out. That makes this a great matchup for Taylor, who will be a 15/15 (HR/SB) player this season. The low slash line marks mitigate his fantasy value, but in a format that heavily rewards bombs and bags, Taylor is certainly worth a look for Saturday’s contests.
Ryan Raburn ($2,500) – Raburn had little luck against Chris Sale on Friday night, but he’ll get another crack on Saturday against left-hander Carlos Rodon. Odd-year Raburn owns a .317/.399/.577 slash against lefties on the season. He has a .411 wOBA and a 166 wRC+. He’s the epitome of a platoon player, but he’s been good in that role and he’s batting in the heart of the order when he’s in that role.
Justin Ruggiano ($2,700) – The Dodgers may have found something in Ruggiano. As a part-time player, Ruggiano has a .328/.386/.641 slash against lefties in 70 plate appearances. He draws Francisco Liriano on Saturday and will be batting near the top of the Dodgers order. This isn’t a new development. He had a .305/.333/.512 slash in 2014 and a .330/.415/.714 slash in 2012. He’s a valuable platoon bat and you know how much I like those in DFS formats.
Here are the best value pitchers for September 19:
Jordan Zimmermann ($9,200) – Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of great options in the early games. Zimmermann is probably the best one since he has the most favorable matchup against a Marlins team that struggles badly with righties. Zimmermann is an impending free agent, so it would help for him to pitch well in his remaining starts. He’s probably made his money anyway, but he should be more focused than other pitchers in this situation. He doesn’t have a ton of strikeout upside, but he’s efficient and doesn’t walk batters.
Jerad Eickhoff ($7,400) – Eickhoff struck out eight Cubs over seven innings last start and he seems to be getting more comfortable at the MLB level. He’s got a great park and a great matchup for Saturday’s start against Atlanta and he’s priced a bit too much because of his past outings. He should be in that 15-to-18 point range and that’s a good value at this price. The Braves aren’t much of an offense and they haven’t seen Eickhoff before. The unknown can be valuable the first and second time through the order and that’s all you need from Eickhoff to justify this price.
Taylor Jungmann ($8,600) – Jungmann is still getting it done with a good strikeout rate and good sequencing. His home run rate is still due for some regression, but hopefully that stays away for another start. The thing I really like about Jungmann is that he’s set a new career high in innings, but it’s not an unmanageable number. He should still have something left in the tank and he’s in a good bounce back spot after a couple of rough starts. Regression was coming and it came. Now he can return to pitching well.