It’s time to get the weekend started in style and that means killing it in your daily fantasy baseball contests today. All 15 games are under the Friday night lights, so you’ll have plenty of time to finish up the work week and study the matchups. The pitching market seems a little bit skewed today, so we’ll have to make some tough decisions and dig for value as we make those H2H, 50/50, and GPP dollars on July 22.
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Here are the top teams to stack for July 22:
Detroit – Former top prospect Jacob Turner has never been able to put it together at the big league level, but he’ll get another crack on Friday. Turner made his 2016 debut last weekend and parents tried to shield their children from the horror. Turner allowed eight runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts over four innings against the Angels. He had a 4.71 ERA in Triple-A over 107 innings and hit a lot of barrels. Expect more of the same here tonight.
Arizona – I’m having a hard time buying in to what Dan Straily is doing. Straily has a 4.07 ERA with a 4.60 FIP and a 5.09 xFIP. The Diamondbacks have excelled against lefties this season, but Straily’s below average K rate and high BB rate have to catch up with him in greater fashion soon, don’t they? Straily does have a lower BABIP because he’s a fly ball guy, but it’ll be a hot and humid night in the Queen City and that could mean Great American Ball Park plays even smaller than usual.
Tampa Bay – The Rays got the sticks going a little bit in Colorado, which may not carry over to Oakland, but hopefully it does against Sean Manaea. Manaea has a 5.13 ERA with a 4.42 FIP and a 4.43 xFIP over his first 72 MLB innings and he draws a Rays lineup that has been among the league leaders against left-handed pitching all season. Entering Friday night’s tilt, the Rays are tied for fourth in wOBA against LHP and are second in wRC+, trailing only the San Diego Padres.
Here are the top value hitters for July 22:
Eric Hosmer ($2,600) – Eric Hosmer is mired in a little bit of a slump, but he draws Yu Darvish on Friday night and that could be what he needs to shake out of it. It’s hard to expect Darvish to have his best stuff making just his second start after another DL stint. Hosmer is batting .310/.377/.455 against righties on the season, posting a .360 wOBA and a 124 wRC+ in the process. It’s not the breakout season Hosmer and the Royals were hoping for, but these are really solid numbers and Darvish could still fight with his command in this outing.
Yangervis Solarte ($3,000) – As I mentioned earlier this week, Yangervis Solarte is almost always worth consideration in your lineup. He’s swinging a good stick against all pitchers on the season and eight of his 10 home runs have come off of right-handed hurlers. The switch hitter draws right-hander Tanner Roark here as he looks to improve his .285/.349/.517 slash. Dual eligibility at 2B and 3B is a great asset to have as well.
Matt Joyce ($3,300) – Zach Eflin has had some issues with lefties in 86 plate appearances and that’s what makes Matt Joyce an attractive value play here tonight. Joyce owns a .274/.397/.547 slash against right-handers on the season with eight home runs. Eflin has given up four HR to lefties already and has been really fortunate with batted ball luck, since he has five walks and six strikeouts. A lot of balls in play have gone at fielders and that isn’t always going to be the case.
Here are the top value pitchers for July 22:
Eduardo Rodriguez ($5,000) – The Red Sox have been really patient with the health of Eduardo Rodriguez this season and they are hoping to be rewarded for their efforts. Rodriguez came back from the minors and threw a gem last time out against the Yankees. He draws the Twins tonight, who are better against lefties than the Yankees, but Minnesota’s offensive output is pretty hit-or-miss and he should have plenty of run support to work with.
Jake Odorizzi ($6,600) – O.co Coliseum is an excellent fit for a guy like Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi slants towards the fly ball side and home runs are a big reason why his numbers have ballooned from last season. He had a 3.35/3.61/3.96 pitcher slash last season, but it has risen to 4.39/4.32/4.29 this season. Odorizzi is a little bit shy of a strikeout per inning pace, but this is an excellent spot for him today.
Gerrit Cole ($7,400) – We’ll buy low on Gerrit Cole, who hasn’t been his usual self this season. Cole has a 3.11 ERA with a 3.03 FIP and a 4.01 xFIP, but it just hasn’t looked the same. His strikeout rate is down and his command has been spotty. He’s making his second start back in the rotation and it comes against a Phillies lineup that is 28th in wOBA against right-handed pitching. He’s a great streaming option today.