Fifteen games, 30 teams, and all day to decide. It’s one of the best setups you can have for daily fantasy contests and that’s what players have today. All 15 games will conclude under the lights in their respective cities, so we’ll have a lot of opportunities to study the matchups and break down the advantages before locking in for the night. With a lot of expensive pitchers on the mound tonight, it’s important for contest players to save money whenever possible.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 24:
Los Angeles Angels – As exciting as the top of the pitcher market is today, the bottom of the pitcher market is just as bad. There are a lot of stacking options among the teams facing these stiffs. The Angels are one of them, as they face Eric Surkamp. Surkamp is coming off of his best start of the season against these Angels, but they’re seeing the lefty for the second straight time and third time overall. Surkamp owns a 7.20 ERA with a 6.64 FIP and a 6.50 xFIP after his last start, so that gives you some idea of just how bad he’s been.
Colorado/Arizona: The Coors Field factor comes into play here with two really strong stacking options. The Rockies draw Archie Bradley, who has allowed 10 home runs in his 76.2 career MLB innings. He’s also issued 42 walks, so he creates his own problems. That’s never a good thing at Coors. Tyler Anderson goes for the Rockies against a Diamondbacks lineup that ranks in the top 10 in wOBA against left-handed pitching. There are a lot of viable stacking options between these two teams.
New York Yankees – Tommy Milone is back in the big leagues for some reason. His first assignment is at Yankee Stadium. Milone has a 4.04 ERA with a 4.26 FIP and a 4.21 xFIP in his career, but he really struggled with the Twins this season over 23.1 innings with a 5.79/5.18/3.89 pitcher slash. He gave up five home runs. The Yankees haven’t fared well against lefties this season, but Milone is a subpar one and I’m not buying his small sample size ground ball increase from earlier this season.
Here are the top value hitters for June 24:
Steven Moya ($2,000) – You can’t argue with power at the lowest possible price point in DFS. A matchup against Danny Salazar isn’t an ideal one, but Salazar has had some home run issues throughout his career. Moya is going to get every opportunity to prove himself with the Tigers and he has a chance to run into a Salazar fastball here in this one. For $2,000, it’s a very good gamble that allows you to spend more money elsewhere.
Willson Contreras ($2,800) – Be mindful of the fact that a lot of people will be using Willson Contreras, so if you don’t mind matching up, then he’s certainly worth a gamble. Contreras will catch Kyle Hendricks, John Lackey, and Jason Hammel, so he’ll be a viable option at the position any time he’s in there. Yesterday, he actually played first base. He’s one of the best options at C until he keeps raking and the price adjusts.
Ryan Rua ($3,400) – Ryan Rua has mauled left-handed pitching this season, so he’s a reasonable pick, even against a guy like David Price. In 63 PA, Rua is batting .396/.476/.642 on the season with a .464 wOBA and a 192 wRC+. Over his career, he’s a .319/.372/.533 guy against southpaws. Price is a good one, but Rua is a very good hitter with the platoon advantage.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 24:
Jameson Taillon ($7,500) – Jameson Taillon is quickly becoming the only bright spot of the Pirates season, even as he struggles to show consistency at the big league level. Through three starts and 18 innings, Taillon has shown flashes of brilliance, but he’s also shown a lack of polish. He’s allowed four home runs and has a 13/4 K/BB ratio. He faced the same team twice and then made a start at Wrigley Field, which is tough. This is a much better situation with the Dodgers in town, who are 23rd in wOBA against right-handed pitching and don’t hit for much power in that split.
Masahiro Tanaka ($8,800) – Recently, Masahiro Tanaka has opted to pitch to contact a little bit more, which is a surprising development on a lot of levels. Fortunately, strikeouts may just come naturally against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins offense is terrible. It ranks 22nd in wOBA against right-handed pitching with a .298 BABIP, so the Twins aren’t getting unlucky like some of the teams around them. Even if he doesn’t rack up strikeouts, expect an impressive stat line from Tanaka tonight.
Aaron Sanchez ($11,400) – In the mix of five-figure pitchers, Aaron Sanchez stands out to me. Sanchez has a 3.35/3.36/3.19 pitcher slash on the season with almost a strikeout per inning. The right-handed-heavy White Sox lineup is 24th in wOBA against righties on the season and Sanchez has held righties to a .277 wOBA. This is a really good matchup for him and I feel like he’s the safest bet among the expensive arms.