Thursday’s card of action features several getaway day games and a handful of night games. A lot of intriguing pitchers are on the card and have reasonable prices as well. As usual when there are schedules like Thursday, today’s article will feature players from both the early and the late games.
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 6:
Detroit – Beanball hijinks aside, Yordano Ventura has had a rough season. The advanced metrics suggest improvement, but Ventura hasn’t been able to escape innings with traffic on the bases. Ventura’s LOB% has dropped by more than 11 percent this season, leading to a 4.98 ERA. The Tigers still have some dangerous hitters in their lineup. Frankly, there aren’t a ton of stacking options for weekday day games because you never know how invested teams are going to be. This probably has the best upside because the Tigers have more upside than the other stacking candidates.
Toronto – Surprise, surprise, somebody advocating for a Toronto stack. I won’t be the only one doing this on Thursday night, but it makes a lot of sense. Gibson doesn’t give up a whole lot of home runs, but he allows a lot of contact and the Blue Jays have a lot of dangerous hitters with high exit velocities. Gibson got back on track some in his last start, but gave up six runs in each of his two previous outings. To be honest, Toronto is a stacking option every game. Most will do it without a second thought against lefties, but this is a spot against a righty that could yield good results.
San Francisco – The Giants are taking on Jason Hammel, the most expensive pitcher on the board in the night games. There aren’t a lot of great nighttime pitching options, but the Giants are one of the most dangerous lineups to face. Most people probably don’t know this, but the Giants lead all of MLB in road batting average, wOBA, wRC+, OBP, and SLG. Hammel hasn’t been the same since he aggravated a hamstring injury in early July and this stack is unquestionably worth a chance with a GPP entry.
Here are the top value hitters for August 6:
Anthony Rendon ($3,300) – The power hasn’t come back just yet for Anthony Rendon, but he’s swinging a pretty good stick over his last 10 games with a .332/.415/.457 slash. Power will take a little bit of time as he gets his swing mechanics back, but a matchup against Jeremy Hellickson should be a pretty favorable one. Command has not been Hellickson’s strong suit this season and 11 of the 17 home runs he has allowed have been to righties.
Kyle Schwarber ($3,700) – Kyle Schwarber continues to be underpriced for whatever reason. Joe Maddon has slotted him into the second spot in the Cubs batting order and that’s a great spot for his power and plate discipline combination. Schwarber draws Chris Heston, a guy with some lopsided platoon splits on the season. Heston also has worse numbers on the road, which is no surprise given AT&T Park. But, Schwarber has been very impressive in his small sample size and has a 1.110 OPS against righties in his brief MLB stint.
Rusney Castillo ($2,900) – Castillo has swung a better bat since his recall after probably being thrown into the fire too early by the Boston Red Sox. Righties have destroyed CC Sabathia this season with a .325/.371/.554 slash as his fastball velocity and command continue to decline. Castillo may also be able to use his speed to get a bag or use the short porch to hit one out. He’s worth a shot at this low price as the right-handed platoon complement to Alejandro de Aza right now.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 6:
Joe Ross ($8,700) – The Diamondbacks head home after Thursday’s game to wrap up a 10-game road trip. There may be a lot of early swings against Joe Ross, who has some pretty good stuff. Ross has an explosive fastball and a pretty decent slider, which is why he has managed better than a strikeout per inning this season at the big league level. He’s also done an excellent job of limiting walks. The concern for Ross is that he’s a ground ball guy with Washington’s defense, but you have to like this situation and matchup quite a bit.
Matt Wisler ($7,400) – I really like the value on Matt Wisler tonight. His minor league strikeout numbers haven’t shown up at the Major League level just yet, but the takes on a Marlins offense that has been inept for a while now. The Marlins can still scratch out some success against lefties, but they rank dead last in offensive performance against righties in both wOBA and wRC+. Wisler is a fly ball guy in a good park to be one and should limit damage nicely throughout the game.
Mark Buehrle ($8,900) – Mark Buehrle is the nicest 0-for-4 you could ask for. He doesn’t throw overpowering stuff, but he locates and sequences so well. Since Buehrle gave up eight runs in 4.1 innings on May 1, he has a 2.47 ERA with a 3.42 FIP and a 3.95 xFIP. He has only walked 14 batters in 113 innings in that span. The Twins are really scuffling right now and the last thing they want to see is another pitcher that will frustrate them. This is high price for a pitcher that doesn’t strike out many batters, but it may end up being worth it.