Less than half of the league is in action on Monday night. Only seven games are on the docket for August 10 and it could be a good night for hitters given some of the pitchers that are slated to go. Two clear-cut aces are on the hill as Chris Sale takes on the Angels and Johnny Cueto takes on the Tigers. Picking contest lineups today should be a lot of fun with the smaller slate and the chances to find good values.
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 10:
Arizona – The Diamondbacks could catch a couple of Harangers against Aaron on Monday night. Harang is a fly ball pitcher and Chase Field is the best park for extra-base hits in all of baseball. Harang was 2-5 with a 2.02 ERA over his first 11 starts. In his last eight starts, Harang is 1-7 with a 7.46 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .340/.405/.543 off of him in that span. Only once in that span has Harang allowed less than four runs and it happened against Atlanta on July 30 when he managed to scatter nine hits over five innings.
Baltimore – Everybody will be trying out this stack on Monday night, but it makes perfect sense. The Orioles take on Vidal Nuno, who is making just his second start of the season. When teams have to piggyback spot starters with bad relievers, the potential is there for a team to have a big offensive showing. Nuno has shown good numbers in a relief role this season, but he has a 4.15 ERA with a 4.49 FIP and a 4.24 xFIP in his career as a starter at the Major League level.
Kansas City – There aren’t a lot of stacking options with the small card. Philadelphia is an option against Rubby de la Rosa and his below average command. Instead, we’ll go with a safer bet in the Royals against Matt Boyd. He shut down the Royals in his first outing with the help of all sorts of batted ball luck. He allowed seven hits over seven innings and only struck out two batters. The Royals are getting a second straight look at him and that should help them quite a bit.
Here are the top value hitters for August 10:
Matt Wieters ($3,100) – You want to try and spend as little as possible on production from the catcher position because it’s really inconsistent. Matt Wieters may be the guy to look at for Monday. Wieters owns a career .280/.338/.493 slash against left-handed pitching. In a limited sample this season, it’s a .289/.304/.533 slash with three home runs in just 46 plate appearances.
Odubel Herrera ($3,600) – Batting in a prominent spot in the order, Odubel Herrera has been a big part of the Phillies’ offensive surge since the All-Star Break. Herrera is batting .299/.328/.445 against righties, which is 13 percent above league average. Rubby de la Rosa has some enormous splits on the season and lefties are batting .303/.360/.571 off of him this season. Herrera has some big value in this matchup.
Alex Guerrero ($2,300) – Alex Guerrero basically has to play now with both Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick on the disabled list, so he suddenly generates some value at this extremely low salary. For whatever reason, Don Mattingly has not wanted to play Guerrero much this season, who has some good power against lefties. He’s 14-for-56 with three home runs and a couple of doubles against southpaws this season. That’s good enough for a .446 SLG.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 10:
Jon Gray ($5,600) – Jon Gray’s first Major League start did not go as planned, but that came at Coors Field against a red hot Mariners lineup. He wasn’t bad, per se, but had some deep counts that limited his ability to work deep into the game. Gray can get away from the fanfare and into a much better pitcher’s park for this one. Gray has a plus fastball and two strong secondary pitches and could be a tough matchup for the Mets as they look to erase a tough series in Tampa. Gray has strikeout per inning upside and could work deeper than usual given the park factor.
Jon Niese ($6,800) – We’ll stay right in the same spot and look at Jon Niese, who draws the worst lineup in the league by wRC+ against lefties. The Rockies are 39 percent below league average per wRC+ because they have been terrible against lefties and wRC+ adjusts for the Coors Field effect. Without Troy Tulowitzki, it’s basically up to Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario against lefties and Rosario is not reliable. Niese could have one of his seven K over seven inning games in this one and that’s well worth this price.
Matt Shoemaker ($8,400) – Shoemaker has been victimized by some shoddy command to start this season, but he’s gotten unlucky as well. He’s still working to erase his poor start to the season. Over his first eight starts, Shoemaker posted a 6.29 ERA with a .266/.306/.555 slash against. He gave up 13 home runs in 44.1 innings. Since then, Shoemaker has a 2.47 ERA with four home runs allowed in 65.2 innings of work. The White Sox are a bad offense and Shoemaker’s command has steadily improved. He has two 10-strikeout games over his last three outings and a 27/6 K/BB over that span.