Shake off a case of the Mondays by winning money in daily fantasy contests today. With nine night games on tap, there are plenty of good options to fill out your lineup. The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs are excluded from today’s look at the top values because that game is during the day and that makes it easier to simply focus on the night contests. Elite pitchers are also at a minimum, so it could be a good night for offense.
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 24:
Cincinnati – If the Reds are interested in Monday night’s makeup game, they can hang a big number on Buck Farmer. Farmer, who sounds like a character in a bad romance novel, has not fared very well in his two Major League stints. Over 34 innings, Farmer has a 9.26 ERA with a 6.42 FIP and a 5.05 xFIP. He has allowed 49 baserunners and has allowed six home runs. The big concern here is how invested the Reds are going to be in this game. If they care, they have some potential.
Boston – The Red Sox offense has really stepped it up of late. Boston owns a .410 wOBA over the last two weeks with an incredible .342/.391/.578 slash. It’s not sustainable, but the Red Sox stranded a lot of baserunners earlier this season and that could have had a big impact on their season if they hit as well with RISP as they did with the bases empty. As free agency approaches, Jeff Samardzija’s stuff has declined, as his strikeout rate has plummeted and his command has worsened. With a high HR/FB rate and a decline in ground balls, pitching at Fenway is a scary proposition for him.
Kansas City – You never know what Ubaldo Jimenez will show up, but if it’s the one that has been there since the All-Star Break, he’s in trouble. Jimenez allowed 31 earned runs in 99.1 innings before the Break. Since the Break, he has allowed 29 earned runs in 36.2 innings. He allowed eight home runs in those 99.1 and has allowed eight home runs in these 36.2 innings. The Royals haven’t done a whole lot offensively of late, but they hit a lot of mistakes and Jimenez is throwing a lot of them right now.
Here are the best value hitters for August 24:
Adonis Garcia ($2,400) – Adonis Garcia owns a .591 SLG against lefties in a pretty small sample size this season, but he batted .290/.325/.402 over an extended sample in the minors this season and has been contributing in a big way at the Major League level this season. At this price, he really doesn’t need to do a whole lot to pay for himself and that’s what you’re looking for out of players in this price range. If you get a few points and can spend on bigger positions, that’s where the value lies.
Tommy Pham ($2,900) – Pham has been batting near the top of the order for the Cardinals lately and he has some very impressive minor league splits against left-handed pitching. Pham posted a .316/.418/.513 slash against lefties this season and .315/.379/.467 last season. Against Robbie Ray, the Cardinals will be looking for a spark from somebody and Pham could very well be that guy. He has a solid power/speed combination that has a lot of value in DFS formats.
Pedro Alvarez ($3,200) – Alvarez has been on a nice clip since the Break with a .289/.333/.567 slash. Alvarez has posted his best line drive rate and lowest ground ball rate of the season this month and that has allowed him to generate more power and drive the ball with more authority. Eighteen of his 20 home runs have come against right-handed pitching and he will be looking to continue his good run against Tom Koehler on Monday night.
Here are the best value pitchers for August 24:
Tom Koehler ($6,000) – Koehler is a much different pitcher at home than he is on the road. In this start, he draws a Pirates lineup that played late into the night on Sunday and now takes on a lesser team in a place where hitting is hard. Koehler has held the opposition to a .216/.272/.347 slash at Marlins Park and owns a 3.07 ERA. Over the last two seasons, Koehler owns a low-3 ERA at home and slash lines against in the .220/.285/.345 range, which is pretty good all things considered. The strikeout rate isn’t ideal, but he doesn’t have to do a lot to justify this price.
Lance Lynn ($9,300) – Lance Lynn has an interesting matchup here because the Diamondbacks are a great offensive team, but they’re returning home from a 10-game road trip and, despite their offensive prowess, they rank right around league average in hitting fastballs. Lynn throws a lot of fastballs. He’s a highly underrated pitcher. Lynn works deep into games and is having the best season of his career from a strikeout standpoint. That’s worth a lot.
Jacob deGrom ($12,000) – Sometimes you just have to pay the price. That’s the case with deGrom today. He’s one of the game’s elites and can be penciled in for a strikeout per inning and productive innings. The pitching slate today is pretty rough, so a guy like deGrom is worth finding a way to fit into your lineup. That’s part of the reason this article is so valuable. You can afford pitchers like this by using some of the above hitters.