Plenty of day baseball is on the schedule for this Father’s Day Sunday as dads, sons, and granddads around the country partake in the national pastime to celebrate. It should be a good day at ballparks, but will it be a good day in your DFS contests? That’s the hope as we run down a list of players that you should consider when filling out your rosters. All 30 teams are in action, but lineups could look a lot different than usual here on June 19.
Remember that our column here at BangTheBook is centered exclusively on finding value. You know who the good players are. So does everybody else. It’s those under-the-radar guys that you pair with those high-salary players that allow you to come out on top.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 19:
Boston – The inconsistency of Taijuan Walker has been on display this season. Walker started out extremely well and then fizzled in the middle as he dealt with a neck ailment. Now, Walker takes the hill with a little bit of a nagging foot injury and that’s not a good thing heading into a start against the Red Sox. Overall, Walker has a 3.69 ERA with a 4.62 FIP and a 3.82 xFIP, but his 1.78 HR/9 is a number that will get challenged at Fenway Park on a warm Sunday afternoon.
Baltimore – Marcus Stroman hasn’t been the same pitcher this season and it seems like his lack of strikeouts is catching up with him. Some bad luck has gotten the best of Stroman as well, as he owns a 4.76 ERA with a 3.87 FIP and a 3.84 xFIP. The Orioles offense has been relentless this season and Stroman has really struggled to get out of high-leverage situations. The Orioles could be a good stack on Sunday.
Detroit – Chris Young has a 6.15/7.46/4.92 pitcher slash on the season and he’s earned every bit of it. Young has a 25 percent HR/FB% with 18 dingers allowed in just 45.1 innings of work this season. He’s given up 31 runs on 51 hits overall and we know how quickly home runs can add up in daily fantasy baseball. After getting blasted last night, the Tigers should be eager to get some swings in against Young.
Here are the top value hitters for June 19:
Hyun Soo Kim ($3,700) – After a bit of a slow start, Hyun Soo Kim seems to have adjusted to the North American game. Kim has a .337/.417/.432 slash line for the Orioles this season against right-handed pitching, which is good for a .375 wOBA and a 135 wRC+. He’s not showing a ton of power, but he’s going to get some opportunities with traffic on the bases against Stroman.
Dae-Ho Lee ($3,400) – Veteran hitter Dae-Ho Lee has also done a good job adjusting to North American pitching. He’s got a better batting average against righties at .317, but he’s hit six home runs in 71 PA against lefties on the season and has a strong .537 SLG. David Price is a tough customer to be sure, but Lee could be the overlooked man in the lineup for Price, which could mean some focus issues for the left-hander.
Kendrys Morales ($3,400) – Slowly but surely, Kendrys Morales is coming out of his slump. He had an historic day on Saturday and is now batting .405/.476/.649 over his last 10 games. As a whole, the Royals offense is firing on all cylinders right now and Morales is right in the middle of it. It seems like Ned Yost’s patience with the switch hitter is paying off.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 19:
Nate Eovaldi ($5,900) – Is this some sort of price algorithm failure? Eovaldi takes on the hapless Minnesota Twins and brings an 8.12 K/9 into this start, so he’s priced below $6,000? Eovaldi has struggled a little bit over his last three starts thanks to some bad luck and bad sequencing, but he’s got 68 K in 75.1 innings of work this season and he’s taking on the Twins. Come on now.
Jameson Taillon ($7,000) – It’s start #3 for the electric rookie and Taillon has the opportunity to go up against the Cubs in a big spot on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Taillon has eight strikeouts in his 14 innings of work and the stuff and the command have looked really advanced from the 24-year-old. The strikeouts aren’t there just yet, but the Cubs do swing and miss quite a bit, so Taillon could certainly rack up some punchouts tonight.
Carlos Carrasco ($8,700) – Carlos Carrasco is still working out the kinks in his return from a strained hamstring, but this is an excellent matchup for the right-hander. The White Sox have done a lot of striking out here in this series so far and Carrasco has 36 K in 39.2 innings of work. He struck out eight Royals last time out, even though they scattered 10 hits against him. With the Indians going for a sweep, expect Carrasco to be on point.