We’ve got a small schedule on Thursday, with six early games and four late games, so we’ll cover both parts of the day in today’s daily fantasy baseball write-up. Getting motivated for the daily baseball grind has to be difficult some days, but it’s always fun to win money and that’s the end game for every DFS player. Our tips are designed to help you plug and play those players to fill out your roster when you’re running out of money.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 11:
Baltimore (early) – It’s going to be a bullpen day for the Oakland A’s on Thursday with getaway day baseball for the Orioles. Baltimore will start against Andrew Triggs, who is making just his second start to go along with 18 relief appearances. Triggs has allowed a .366 BABIP in his 33.2 innings of work and has a 5.35 ERA. It’ll all depend on how motivated Baltimore is to hit today, but they’ll have every opportunity to score runs.
New York (NL) (early) – Braden Shipley enters this start against the Mets with more walks than strikeouts in his 17.1 innings of work at the big league level. He has a 4.15 ERA with a 6.87 FIP and a 5.69 xFIP. He’s been extremely fortunate to strand 89.3 percent of his runners so far. These are all small sample sizes, so they may not be indicative of too much, but on a day without a lot of stacking options, the Mets are near the top of the list.
Cleveland (late) – The Indians have to be excited to get home and stay at home for a while. They open up an 11-game homestand tonight against the Angels and Jhoulys Chacin. After a couple of days with mix-and-match lineups in an NL park, everything will be back to normal for the Tribe. Chacin owns a 5.27 ERA with a 4.29 FIP and a 4.33 xFIP on the year, but he has a 5.22 ERA, a 4.41 FIP, and a 4.67 xFIP in his 70.2 innings with the Angels.
Here are the top value hitters for August 11:
David Dahl (early) ($2,900) – Maybe you’re tired of seeing David Dahl’s name here, but if he’s going to keep putting up numbers, he’s going to keep showing up. Dahl is now slashing .365/.394/.619 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a triple on Wednesday night. Dahl is still well underpriced, especially for a matchup against somebody like Lucas Harrell. He’s a must-stream at these prices just about every day.
Andrew Benintendi (late) ($2,400) – The command-less Michael Pineda has a tricky matchup against Boston tonight. With David Ortiz likely out of the lineup, there’s going to be a spot somewhere for Andrew Benintendi. The rookie outfielder will have a platoon advantage against Pineda, who has allowed a .263/.330/.471 slash to lefties this season, so he’ll be in a good position to put up numbers.
Jhonny Peralta (late) ($3,100) – It’s been a tough season for Jhonny Peralta, but he’s come off the disabled list hitting the cover off the ball. Since August 2, Peralta owns a .345/.367/.552 slash in 30 plate appearances. He’s got dual eligibility at SS and 3B, which is a nice luxury, and he’s got the opportunity to be a great, low-priced stream with a platoon advantage. Peralta has posted wRC+ marks of 165, 148, and 100 against southpaws over the last three seasons.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 11:
Chris Tillman (early) ($8,400) – This is one of those days where you may just have to pony up for pitching. Chris Tillman seems like the best of the bunch for the early games. Tillman has a 3.50 ERA with a 4.06 FIP and a 4.33 xFIP, so there could be some mild regression the rest of the way, but he’s still missing a decent amount of bats and he’s facing the lowly Oakland offense in a getaway day game. That counts for something.
Lucas Harrell (early) ($4,400) – If you want to stream Noah Syndergaard and have something left over for offense, Lucas Harrell might be your best bet. Harrell doesn’t have to do much more than give you 12 to 15 points at this price point to be a great buy. The pitching market is very weak for Thursday’s slate, so gambling on Harrell, with the Rockies heading out right after the game, is a decent play.
Jon Lester (late) ($10,300) – All three pricy pitchers are worthy streaming options in the late games, but we’ll save a little bit of money and focus on Jon Lester. The Cardinals are 25th in wOBA against left-handed pitching and Lester is having a really terrific season. He doesn’t have the strikeout upside of Corey Kluber or Danny Duffy, but Lester still has 133 punchouts in 135.1 innings of work.