We’re back to our regularly scheduled programming in Major League Baseball on Friday. The Cubs play early, so their game against the Cardinals is eliminated from today’s DFS slate, but we still have 14 games and 28 teams to choose from on August 12. We’ve been pushing our way through the grind for over four months now, but hopefully you’ve increased the size of your bankroll in that time. We’ll still be here through the rest of the regular season with these daily fantasy baseball tips.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 12:
Colorado – The Rockies are always worthy of consideration at home, but they’re in Philadelphia tonight to face Jake Thompson. Thompson was viewed as one of the centerpieces of the Cole Hamels deal with the Rangers a little over a year ago. Thompson hasn’t put together the types of MiLB numbers that inspire confidence for me. At the upper levels of the minors, his strikeout rates haven’t been all that impressive. In his debut start, he gave up six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work with two walks and just one strikeout. Expect more of the same tonight.
Texas – Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Tigers tonight and that’s not a good thing for the road team. On the season, Sanchez sports a 5.88 ERA with a 4.87 FIP and a 4.65 xFIP. Sanchez has allowed 19 HR in 108.2 innings of work and has really struggled with his control. To make matters worse in this start, his GB% is the lowest of his career, so he’s working up in the zone and the ball carries in Arlington.
Los Angeles (NL) – The Dodgers take on Ivan Nova on Friday night as they look to continue their winning ways. Nova tossed a quality start in his Pirates debut, but he still owns a 4.83 ERA with a 5.11 FIP on the season so far. He gave up two more home runs in that start for Pittsburgh, so he’s allowed 21 dingers in 104.1 innings of work. The Dodgers have plenty of guys capable of getting after Nova and they should do that tonight.
Here are the top value hitters for August 12:
Chris Davis ($3,900) – Finding cheap hitters is a tough task today, so we’ll have to pay some prices for production. Chris Davis is in a very good spot, even though he’s at home run-suppressing AT&T Park. Davis has a decent chance of finding the bay against Matt Cain, who has allowed a .314/.390/.508 slash to left-handed sticks on the season. Davis has slumped periodically throughout the season, but he’s still hit 23 home runs and has a good shot at another today.
Danny Valencia ($4,100) – The A’s couldn’t trade Danny Valencia before the deadline because of his platoon issues. They won’t be a factor on Friday night when Valencia draws southpaw Ariel Miranda. Valencia mashes lefties. He’s slashing .348/.414/.618 against them on the season, with a .436 wOBA and a 182 wRC+. That’s in line with recent years of production with the platoon advantage.
Brandon Guyer ($3,800) – A similar story in Cleveland, where Brandon Guyer and the Tribe will take on southpaw Tyler Skaggs. The Indians acquired Guyer at the Trade Deadline because of his offensive prowess against lefties. Guyer owns a .347/.495/.583 split against southpaws on the year and has posted wRC+ marks the last three years of 124, 141, and 201 with the platoon advantage.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 12:
Ross Stripling ($5,000) – Ross Stripling seems like the ideal streaming candidate tonight. He’s working in a pitcher’s park against a bad offense at a reasonable price and his salary is definitely workable with guys like Stephen Strasburg. Stripling is kind of a swingman, but he keeps the ball on the ground and forces the opposition to string hits together. If he can work five or six innings with minimal damage and four or five strikeouts, he’ll easily validate this price.
Carlos Carrasco ($6,900) – Carlos Carrasco is working through some mechanical flaws right now, but his recent losses are your gains here today. Righties are only hitting .201/.254/.394 off of Carrasco this season, so he should be able to neutralize the more potent bats in the Angels lineup. He has 96 K in 102.1 innings of work, so he’s still missing bats and he should get back on track in short order because his raw stuff is just that good.
Sean Manaea ($6,800) – Sean Manaea drew a tough assignment last time out and held his own against the Chicago Cubs. Since he came off the disabled list on June 29, Manaea owns a 3.12 ERA with a 4.05 FIP and a 3.65 xFIP. He has 43 strikeouts against just nine walks in that span of 49 innings. He’s becoming one of the few silver linings for the A’s during this lost season and he’s worthy of a look today against Seattle.