After a few days off, the MLB daily fantasy lineup tips and suggestions article returns, ready to close out the month of August on a positive note. As meaningful football draws closer, baseball keeps getting pushed to the backburner. That’s a mistake in both betting and fantasy formats. There are always opportunities to make money on the diamond and we’ll continue to try and do that throughout September.
As you know, this DFS article is a lot different from others, because we’re not projecting the best hitters and pitchers to take, rather trying to seek out the best values to add to your lineup. Keep that in mind as you peruse today’s suggestions looking for the magic formula to cash a big winner.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 31:
Arizona – Teams at Coors Field are always worth consideration for stacking purposes. The one to focus on for Monday night is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chad Bettis will be making his second start back from a stint on the disabled list, so his command is sure to be a work in progress. He threw five innings against Atlanta last time out, which meant a lot of work for a terrible Colorado bullpen. The Diamondbacks are in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories, but Coors Field elevates offenses.
New York Mets – The Mets have been a much different offense over the last 30 days and have the third-best wOBA in baseball at .353 and they are tied for the best wRC+ at 129. Jerad Eickhoff has thrown two quality starts in his first two outings, but he has to face the Mets once again after facing them the last time out. Eickhoff’s doesn’t have a polished third pitch and the Mets offense should be able to adjust when facing him for the second time.
Toronto – A Toronto stack may be more affordable on Monday night because the Blue Jays face Danny Salazar. Salazar works up in the zone with his fastball, so there could be some balls elevated to the outfield in this one and that could mean some positive ROI from Blue Jays hitters. With Salazar priced over $10,000 at DraftKings, the Blue Jays may not be a popular stack. Opportunities to stack Toronto at a reasonable cost are few and far between at this point.
Here are the best value hitters for August 31:
Travis Shaw ($3,000) – Shaw was one of our top value plays when the Indians were in town, when he was still priced around the minimum salary. Now, Shaw is up to $3,000, but he’s still a good pick here because of the power potential and because of Nova’s spotty command. Nova has run into some trouble lately, which is to be expected with a guy coming off of Tommy John. Lefties are batting .298/.358/.463 against Nova this season.
Marlon Byrd ($3,600) – A favorite of this daily column has been Marlon Byrd when facing a left-handed pitcher. Byrd owns a .304/.366/.565 slash against lefties this season and will face Brett Anderson in this matchup. Fourteen of Byrd’s 28 hits against lefties have gone for extra bases. With Hunter Pence out, Byrd is hitting in a premier spot right in the middle of the Giants order.
Jonny Gomes ($2,400) – Gomes should feature prominently in the Braves lineup on Monday night against left-hander Chris Narveson. Gomes owns a .247/.412/.466 slash against lefties on the season. He has always been a useful bat with a platoon advantage. You can carve out a nice niche as a .275/.379/.484 player against lefties. After Narveson’s awful start against Pittsburgh last time out, he could get shelled again.
Here are the best value pitchers for August 31:
Colby Lewis ($7,800) – Except for the fact that Lewis has to go up against Tyson Ross, there’s a lot to like about him in this start in San Diego. As an extreme fly ball pitcher, Petco Park should be rather forgiving. He owns a 62/14 K/BB ratio against right-handed batters this season and a lot of the Padres lineup is comprised of righties. Lewis has been a big part of Texas’s resurgence with a 3.57 ERA over 53 second-half innings.
Gio Gonzalez ($7,200) – Gonzalez has seen his strikeout rate drop a big this season, but his advanced metrics are still very respectable and he takes on a Cardinals lineup that struggles with left-handers. Gonzalez has a 4.11 ERA thanks to a .350 BABIP against. He has a 3.20 FIP and a 3.62 xFIP on the season. The Cardinals rank 24th in wOBA against lefties at .299 and have the sixth-highest strikeout rate in MLB.
Hector Santiago ($7,700) – Santiago has seen a little bit of regression lately, but a matchup against the Athletics should take care of that. Santiago will be in a friendly pitching environment and draws an Oakland lineup that ranks 22nd in wOBA against lefties on the season. Santiago’s a buy-low candidate for this one because his last two starts have come against Detroit and Toronto, two of the best offenses in baseball against left-handed pitching. This is a good bounce back opportunity.