All 30 teams are in action here on August 10, but there are three early games that we will exclude from consideration for today’s daily fantasy baseball slate. That leaves us with 12 games and 24 teams, so there’s more than enough of a sample size to make some tough decisions and put together that winning lineup. With football season on the horizon, our goal is to help you build that bankroll through the grind of the MLB year.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 10:
Chicago Cubs – We don’t get a ton of chances to stack the Cubs at home unless they’re available in an early or all day contest, but they get a home game tonight against the Los Angeles Angels and Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco was a positive regression candidate for a while when he was still missing bats, but he no longer is. Nolasco has a 5.23 ERA with a 4.47 FIP and a 4.45 xFIP. Since June 8, Nolasco’s 5.27 FIP and 5.06 xFIP are closer to his 5.54 ERA, so he’s definitely going in the wrong direction.
Pittsburgh – Edwin Jackson gets another start, so we’ll gladly stack against the subpar right-hander. In four starts and eight relief appearances, Jackson has a 5.00 ERA with a 4.80 FIP and a 5.56 xFIP. Jackson has a 20/16 K/BB ratio in his 36 innings, so an argument can be made that he’s really fortunate to have the stat line he has thanks to a .288 BABIP against. The Pirates could use a big offensive showing and they have the opportunity here.
Texas – It’ll be a tough day with Prince Fielder’s retirement announcement, but the Rangers have effectively played without the big man for a while. They’ll take their emotions out on Jorge de la Rosa. JDLR owns a 5.24 ERA with a 4.87 FIP and a 4.85 xFIP on the season over 91 innings of work. His command has really regressed this season, with a .319 BABIP against and 12 HR allowed in 91 innings of work.
Here are the top value hitters for August 10:
Andrew Benintendi ($2,600) – Andrew Benintendi has made quite a statement to start out his big league career. Benintendi is off to a .500/.500/.563 start over his first 16 career MLB at bats. Talented hitters can come up and have success because pitchers try to attack them with fastballs thinking they can get the ball past them, but it doesn’t always work that way. The hard part comes when hitters have to adjust. With a matchup here against Nate Eovaldi, Benintendi should be able to continue his early success.
Kyle Seager ($3,100) – Will Kyle Seager be able to ride the wave of yesterday’s huge game? If he can, he’s a bargain of a price at the hot corner. Seager doesn’t get a whole lot of love, but he’s a .284/.361/.512 hitter on the season with more than 20 HR and over 50 extra-base hits. Maybe it’s East Coast Bias, but he’s an excellent streaming option more often than not and today looks like a good day to ride the wave.
David Dahl ($3,400) – The value will soon be gone on David Dahl, whose salary continues to climb with each passing day. Dahl draws another favorable matchup on Wednesday against Martin Perez. Dahl is off to a .373/.403/.610 start in his first 59 at bats and Perez is a pitch-to-contact lefty that won’t be able to overpower him. It won’t be long before Dahl is drawing $4,000+ salaries, so let’s strike while we can.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 10:
Dallas Keuchel ($7,700) – Maybe Dallas Keuchel is turning the corner. Keuchel fired a complete game shutout last time out as he tried to single-handedly help the Astros keep pace with the Rangers. Keuchel’s still working on his 4.56 ERA, but his 3.87 FIP and 3.55 xFIP are signs that things could be improving very soon. It was a big bounce back for Keuchel, who gave up seven runs in five innings in his previous outing. Before that, he strung together five terrific outings.
Jaime Garcia ($7,800) – As long as Jaime Garcia is healthy enough to pitch, he’s a sneaky good streaming option. He has a 4.04 ERA, but a 3.73 FIP and a 3.67 xFIP on the campaign. His strikeout rate is up a little bit this season from last and the Reds are not an offense to worry too much about. Garcia is coming off of his best start this year, so maybe he can build off of that momentum.
Drew Pomeranz ($9,100) – Drew Pomeranz gets his first taste of the Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry, but it’s actually a pretty good matchup for the left-hander. The Yankees have been in the bottom five in wOBA against left-handed pitching for most of the season and Pomeranz is definitely one of the better lefties in the game. He’s still working through some things with Boston and with the league switch, but this is his fifth start in the AL and things should start improving soon.