After a couple days away from the keyboard due to illness, we’re back with a new look and a new day of daily fantasy baseball tips, tools, and tricks. There are nine games early and six games late here on August 7, so we have plenty of matchups to consider throughout the day. For many, Sunday is a tricky DFS/handicapping day because of commitments early, so we’ll make it as easy as we can.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 7:
Toronto (early) – Getaway day games are always tough stacks, but there are some solid opportunities here today. One of them is the Blue Jays against the Royals. The Bluebirds get their swings against Yordano Ventura in this one and Ventura has had a tough season. He has a 4.83 ERA with a 4.87 FIP and a 4.72 xFIP. Ventura has given up 17 HR in 119.1 innings of work, after allowing just 14 in 163.1 innings last season.
St. Louis (early) – The Cardinals get another look at Mike Foltynewicz today. Folty owns a 4.60/4.79/4.32 pitcher slash on the year, as the long ball has given him fits. He’s given up 13 dingers in 72.1 innings and home runs are the fastest way to rack up points in a DFS stack. Foltynewicz has a 5.54/4.88/4.46 pitcher slash since he was recalled on June 30.
Arizona (late) – The Diamondbacks have proven to be a much worse team than anybody anticipated. Offensively, however, they’ve been pretty decent. Sunday’s opponent is Jimmy Nelson, who ran into some regression last time out. Nelson gave up six runs on eight hits against the lowly Padres, but his 3.74 ERA, 4.79 FIP, and 4.77 xFIP would suggest that he’s not done running into trouble.
Here are the top value hitters for August 7:
Tyler Naquin (early) ($3,800) – The Indians rookie, and potential Rookie of the Year, Tyler Naquin draws an assignment that looks very tough, but may actually play to his favor. On the year, Naquin has one of the best offensive slash lines in baseball on offspeed pitches. We know about Tanaka’s recent switch to be more of a pitch-to-contact guy. That’s relevant here.
Aaron Altherr (late) ($3,000) – The DFS algorithm isn’t a believer in Aaron Altherr yet because of sample size, but this is a kid that had a solid 2015 season as well. Altherr has three bags and two bombs with a .250/.357/.472 slash on the campaign. He draws Jarred Cosart here, a below average hurler, so there’s a good chance that Altherr will do some damage at this low price.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (late) ($3,600) – Jackie Bradley Jr. is batting .296/.374/.570 on the season, with 15 of his 17 home runs, against right-handed pitchers. Brandon McCarthy is still a bit of a wild card from start to start in his return from Tommy John surgery. JBJ has actually fared a tad better in the split against righties on the road, even though Fenway is such a premier hitting environment, so stream him with confidence.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 7:
Tanner Roark (early) ($8,000) – Tanner Roark is legit and he’s proving it every time he takes the ball. The Nationals right-hander is a very reasonable streaming option against a Giants team that hasn’t done much offensively for a while now. Roark has a 3.02 ERA with a 3.52 FIP and a 3.89 xFIP. His K/BB peripherals fall around average and his high GB rate makes it hard to put innings together against him.
Adam Wainwright (early) ($8,000) – The best bargain on the board today is undoubtedly Adam Wainwright. Wainwright got off to a rocky start, but his 4.14 ERA is gradually lowering towards his 3.32 FIP and 3.90 xFIP over the last several weeks. In 92 innings since May 18, Wainwright owns a 2.84 ERA with a 2.82 FIP and a 3.47 xFIP. The Braves are a good matchup for any pitcher.
Matt Shoemaker (late) ($8,400) – Since finding his splitter a couple months ago, Matt Shoemaker has been one of the American League’s top hurlers. Shoemaker has a 4.08 ERA with a 3.52 FIP and a 3.87 xFIP. Over his last 96 innings, Shoemaker has over a strikeout per frame with a 2.72 ERA, a 2.74 FIP, and a 3.44 xFIP. He’s been a tremendous streaming option start after start and that’s true here as well.