Sundays are always tricky days in daily fantasy because players get days off and sometimes hitters aren’t too invested in playing the early games. Guys look ahead to Monday off and all those sorts of things. It can be a rough day to set a lineup, especially with so many day games. But, every day at BangTheBook, you get daily fantasy insight and analysis to try and help you pick the winning lineup. With five starters costing five figures at DraftKings, value should be on your mind for Sunday.
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 23:
New York Yankees – It doesn’t get more obvious than this. The Yankees are at home, against a pitcher with shoddy command, and hit for a lot of power. They have struggled of late, with a 76 wRC+ over the last 14 days, so there are some concerns. No stack is ever a slam dunk and the Yankees are no exception. But, against Trevor Bauer, a pitcher that owns a 7.05 ERA since the All-Star Break, the Yankees have to be a strong consideration when filling out a lineup. Bauer’s command is creeping into his control stats as well and he’s a guy that has things snowball on him.
Washington – I feel like the Nationals are coming out of it. The players that spent most of the season injured as starting to get some consistency in their swings. Enter Matt Garza, a pitcher that has declining command and skills due to years of injury. He seemed to get it together after the All-Star Break, but had a setback last start against Miami and I’m not buying into some small sample size batted ball luck. What I see is a pitcher with a declining strikeout rate in each of the last five seasons and the highest walk rate of his career since 2009. Give the Nats a look.
Colorado – Logan Verrett is getting a spot start for the Mets with Matt Harvey getting some extended time off. Verrett has been pretty decent in his relief appearances and was being stretched out at Triple-A in the event that the Mets needed another starter, but this is a bad time to be giving him his first start of the season. After some long slugfests, the Mets need length from somebody. This will end up being a bullpen game for the Mets and that should match up well with Colorado’s offensive prowess at home. Plus, stacking teams at Coors is never a bad idea.
Here are the best value hitters for August 23:
Aaron Altherr ($3,100) – Going back to the Aaron Altherr well for Sunday. The rookie homered in Saturday night’s game and draws another lefty in this one. Altherr posted a .324/.432/.602 against lefties in the minor leagues and has the power and speed combination that you look for in daily fantasy formats. It will take a little while for pitchers to find his weaknesses. The 24-year-old also showed some pretty good knowledge of the strike zone this season in the minors, so he’s going to swing at strikes.
Marlon Byrd ($3,200) –Marlon Byrd has hit lefties extremely well this season and throughout his career. Also, Francisco Liriano hasn’t really looked right since getting hurt right before the All-Star Break. Byrd has a .306/.366/.565 slash against lefties this season and a .288/.340/.468 slash overall for his career. The Giants are one of the best offenses in road games this season, so Byrd could also get some help from his friends.
Michael Taylor ($3,300) – Nobody seems to be talking much about Michael Taylor, probably due to a .240 batting average and a .286 OBP entering play on Saturday. But, he has 12 bombs and 15 bags in 106 games and that’s extremely valuable from a fantasy perspective. Now, it’s hard to deal with the variance of his games for a one-day fantasy format, but he’s got a lot of upside if he can run into a pitch and/or take a bag. Against Matt Garza, both of those things are a possibility.
Here are the best value pitchers for August 23:
Aaron Nola ($6,500) – The worst offense in baseball against right-handed pitching is the Miami Marlins. That’s by wRC+ and wOBA. They have a .297 BABIP against RHP, which ranks in the middle of the pack, and that’s a sign of just how bad their offense has been. It’s not like they’re getting unlikely, like the Mets, who have a .282 BABIP. They’re just not very good. Aaron Nola should get some run support and could be a strikeout per inning guy against a very poor offense.
Raisel Iglesias ($7,000) – I’ll keep beating this drum until Iglesias starts to get the respect he deserves. He’s averaging about a strikeout per inning and we all know how valuable that is in DFS formats. This game could also be a big struggle for the Diamondbacks. With a win on Saturday night, they improved to 5-4 on this 10-game road trip. Teams are often content with a .500 record on a long roadie and that’s certainly possible for the Diamondbacks, who return home to host the Cardinals on Monday. That could help Iglesias with some early swings and maybe even some days of rest for key players.
Taijuan Walker ($7,700) – Taijuan Walker is the ultimate boom or bust DFS player. He’s had dominant stretches this season and also some really ugly stretches with bad command. I don’t think very much of the White Sox offense, so I like Walker in this one. Like Iglesias, he’s just shy of a strikeout per inning and Walker has also had some bad sequencing luck that has led to a 4.60 ERA. He has a 3.75 xFIP and a 3.60 SIERA on the season. It’s not too late for some positive regression and that could very well be the case with Walker on Sunday.