Tuesday is an extremely interesting day for daily fantasy players. There are 15 pitchers at DraftKings priced under $6,000, so half of the starters for July 19. That creates a lot of stacking possibilities and chances to take either Noah Syndergaard or Jake Arrieta by saving money with your SP2. All of the games are late, so there’s plenty of time to study the matchups and set the lineup that will be a big winner.
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Here are the top teams to stack for July 19:
Colorado – We’ll start with an easy one. Blake Snell makes his first start at Coors Field and the rookie left-hander could be in for a rough ride. Snell has thrown the ball fairly well, but his K and BB rates are not all that great and he’s had some difficulty pitching out of high-leverage situations. Fastball command has been a major issue, as hitters are batting .385/.506/.431 against the heat and offspeed pitches aren’t great options in the thin air. It could get pretty ugly.
Detroit – The Tigers will get their cuts in against Tommy Milone on Tuesday night. Milone owns a 5.23 ERA with a 5.09 FIP and a 4.38 xFIP in his 41.1 MLB innings this season. At the big league level, Milone has allowed seven HR in 51 hits, so command has been a big problem for the southpaw. Detroit hasn’t been as prolific as we would expect against lefties, but they do have a very good walk rate and decent power.
Houston – Dillon Overton may have needed a little bit more seasoning in the minor leagues. Through two starts, the left-hander has given up 11 runs on 15 hits with five HR allowed and more walks than strikeouts. The Astros haven’t fared well against lefties on the season, but they should see some positive regression in their .282 BABIP and they have a good walk rate. Regardless, with a guy like Overton on the mound, year-to-date numbers may not matter.
Here are the top value hitters for July 19:
Eric Hosmer ($2,900) – Some regression is coming for Danny Salazar and the Royals are actually a really sneaky stacking option tonight. One guy that should be in your lineup is Eric Hosmer. The All-Star Game MVP is swinging it at a .302/.360/.474 clip and fares well against fastballs and changeups, the bread-and-butter pitches for Salazar. If the Royals get some traffic on the bases, Hosmer could have a big night.
Yangervis Solarte ($3,300) – Perhaps it’s East Coast Bias, but it’s quite incredible how little press Yangervis Solarte has gotten for his season. For our purposes in DFS, he owns two-position eligibility and is swinging it at a .273/.342/.490 clip against right-handed pitching on the season. Solarte has excelled from both sides of the plate this season and is a viable streaming candidate on a nightly basis.
Ian Desmond ($3,900) – Ian Desmond’s resurgence has a lot of general managers wondering what could have been. He’s working on a 25/25 season and could take additional steps towards that against Tim Lincecum. Desmond is slashing .282/.343/.484 against righties on the season and is 10-for-12 in stolen base attempts against right-handed pitchers. He’s a very versatile point-scorer in DFS formats.
Here are the top value pitchers for July 19:
Reynaldo Lopez ($4,000) – If you need to save money and want to pick Noah Syndergaard or Jake Arrieta, Reynaldo Lopez is the best of the bunch at the $4,000 price point. Lopez has 109 strikeouts in 87.1 innings of work between Double-A and Triple-A this season, so there’s some swing-and-miss in the arsenal. He boasts premium velocity and a decent secondary pitch, so the Dodgers will see an interesting, unfamiliar arsenal from the right-hander.
Cody Reed ($8,100) – We’re paying a bit of an inflated price on the left-hander because he’s facing the lowly Atlanta Braves, but he could very well justify it. Reed has 29 K in 24.2 MLB innings thus far and missed a lot of bats during his climb through the minor leagues. Strikeout upside is one of the most important things in daily fantasy and Reed certainly has that against a terrible lineup.
Carlos Martinez ($10,200) – Among the five-figure arms, Carlos Martinez would seem to be the best buy. Martinez takes on a Padres lineup that can’t hit any right-handed pitcher, so he’s a great streaming option. The Padres have one of the worst K/BB rates against RHP and only the lowly Braves are keeping the Padres from being the worst offense in baseball against righties. Martinez hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since May 25.