A couple of day games are on tap for Wednesday, but most of the schedule will be played under the lights on August 26. The New York Yankees and Houston Astros, as well as the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics, will be left out of this look at the top value picks for your daily fantasy lineups. Yesterday’s article went fairly well with value picks on Byron Buxton, Domingo Santana, and Tommy Pham, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going with hitters and improve on yesterday’s pitching selections.
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 26:
Pittsburgh – There are a lot of stacking options for Wednesday night, so narrowing them down will be kind of tough. Pittsburgh is an obvious stacking candidate against Chris Narveson. Who? Narveson hasn’t started a game since April 15, 2012 when he gave up five runs in four innings to the Atlanta Braves. Narveson made two Major League starts in 2012, two MLB relief appearances in 2013, didn’t play anywhere in 2014, and latched on with the Marlins. In six relief appearances, he has given up four home runs in 11.2 innings, but has struck out a batter per inning. This stack sort of speaks for itself.
Los Angeles Dodgers – David Holmberg is not a very effective Major League pitcher. He owns a 5.71 ERA with a 7.48 FIP and a 6.01 xFIP in his 58.1 innings of work with more strikeouts than walks and more home runs than appearances. The Dodgers have been gradually creeping up the ranks against lefties throughout the season and draw a very hittable one here. The Reds are fading fast, with poor middle relief and porous defense. The Dodgers still have a lot to play for and after getting called out by Clayton Kershaw last week, a lot of guys have regained their focus.
Detroit – I’ll go back to the well with the Tigers again on Wednesday night. After a good showing on Tuesday, the Tigers draw Hector Santiago, a pitcher whose stat profile shows some regression. Santiago has a 2.91 ERA with a 4.12 FIP and a 4.54 xFIP. His .256 BABIP against and 83.2 percent strand rate still have time to show regression. The Tigers are the second-best offense in baseball against lefties on the season and Santiago couldn’t make it out of the fourth in his last start against Toronto, the best lineup in the league against southpaws.
Here are the best value hitters for August 26:
Tommy Pham ($2,800) – Might as well go right back to Tommy Pham, who draws another lefty on Wednesday night. Pham was batting second for St. Louis’s onslaught against Robbie Ray on Tuesday and racked up three knocks and three runs. Pham entered play on Tuesday with a .316/.418/.513 slash against lefties this season and .315/.379/.467 last season in the minor leagues, so he can clearly swing it with the platoon advantage.
Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,900) – Chisenhall has been swinging a good bat since he was recalled from Triple-A. He owns a .387/.441/.548 slash in 68 plate appearances since the recall and owns a .274/.315/.439 slash against righties between Triple-A and the Majors this season. Eight of his nine home runs and 24 of his 27 doubles have come with the platoon advantage. Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee’s starter, has allowed a .292/.367/.494 slash to left-handed hitters this season.
Adonis Garcia ($2,800) – This one has worked out on a couple of occasions for us this season. Garcia draws lefty Yohan Flande and he owns a .680 SLG over 28 plate appearances against lefties at the big league level. That’s a small sample size, but Garcia has a .291/.325/.427 on the season against lefties. He’s good for cheap power and Flande has already allowed eight home runs in 45.2 innings on the season.
Here are the best value pitchers for August 26:
Tyler Duffey ($4,600) – Duffey draws a tough opponent in Chris Archer, but that shouldn’t stop him from being a good return on investment in this one. The 24-year-old has average more than a strikeout per inning at the big league level this season in three starts and that’s even with some control problems. He had low walk rates throughout the minors, so the control numbers should definitely improve. Duffey is a ground ball guy, so he can limit damage, and the Rays offense is slumping a bit once again.
Kyle Hendricks ($7,200) – With Hunter Pence out and Brandon Crawford experiencing some side discomfort, the Giants lineup looks a lot different now than it did a couple of weeks ago. Kyle Hendricks has a strikeout rate north of 20 percent and has had some unfortunate sequencing luck to drive up his ERA. He has a 4.03 ERA with a 3.45 FIP and a 3.40 xFIP on the season. In a good park for pitching, Hendricks should be considered as a streaming candidate today.
Tyson Ross ($8,900) – There’s a lot to like about Tyson Ross. He has struck out more than a batter per inning and has kept the ball in the park. The right-hander takes on a Nationals offense that is just now getting everybody back in the fold, so this is still a good matchup. With his strikeout upside, 2.93 FIP and 3.16 xFIP, he’s a good streaming option against a lot of teams.