Sundays are always tricky days for daily fantasy baseball players because there are a lot of unconventional lineups due to scratches and getaway day games. This Sunday is no different, as some key players will be spending the day on the bench. It’s still important for those that live and die by the daily grind to get the tips that they need to succeed and that’s one of the many services we provide here at BangTheBook.com. That’ll be the case here for August 14, as we try to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 14:
Cleveland – It was a very late night in “The Land” on Saturday, but there should be a lot of fights at the bat rack to get some swings against Jered Weaver. Weaver owns a 5.19 ERA with a 5.54 FIP and a 5.79 xFIP, so things could be even worse for the veteran right-hander. His assortment of junk balls has led to the lowest K rate of his career along with the highest home run rate. He’s also continued to be awful on the road, where opposing batters are hitting .295/.353/.537.
Washington – If you polled oddsmakers, many of them would say that Tyrell Jenkins is the lowest-rated starter in the National League. Jenkins draws the Washington Nationals here on Sunday. Jenkins has only allowed three runs over his last three starts, but with BABIPs against of .222, .167, and .143 and LOB% of 87.5, 85.7, and 100. That’s a sign of regression if I’ve ever seen one. The Nationals should get some good swings against him today.
San Francisco – Wade Miley makes his second start for the Baltimore Orioles and it comes against a Giants lineup that may be starting to work its way out of the second half funk that has plagued the team. Miley has a 4.98 ERA with a 4.67 FIP and a 4.34 xFIP on the season. His below average K rate and high HR rate are not really conducive to his new location, so he’s a guy to fade when he gets back into AL play, particularly at home. But, there’s also a lot of reasons to stack against him today with a quality Giants team.
Here are the top value hitters for August 14:
Melky Cabrera ($2,900) – Melky Cabrera has a couple of things going for him on Sunday. He’s batting third in the White Sox lineup, which means he’s in a premier spot for driving in runs and setting up rallies. He’s a .287/.341/.423 hitter on the year against right-handed pitching, which is a little bit above average. On a day where a lot of things are thrown for a loop, Cabrera is a safe pick against Tom Koehler, a below average starter.
Corey Dickerson ($3,100) – Command has been the downfall of youngster Luis Severino early in his career. That’s where somebody like Corey Dickerson comes in. Dickerson has had his issues getting on base, but he has cracked all 15 of his home runs off of right-handed hurlers this season. Dickerson has a .462 SLG against righties this year, which has basically salvaged his season.
Michael Saunders ($3,500) – Michael Saunders will be hitting cleanup in the Toronto lineup for Sunday’s matchup against Mike Fiers. Fiers actually has some reverse platoon splits this season, as righties are slugging .500 and lefties are slugging .435, but Saunders has a 120 wRC+ and a .352 wOBA against righties this season, so he’s been very productive with the platoon split.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 14:
Trevor Bauer ($7,700) – It will be very surprising if the Mike Trout-less Angels come to play for this getaway day contest against the Indians. Trevor Bauer draws a lineup that will be ready to get out of town after a rainy weekend in Cleveland. Bauer also has some strikeout upside with 111 K in 125.1 innings of work and he has a very good opportunity to improve on some of those numbers here.
Steven Matz ($8,800) – Even though the Padres have hit lefties very well this season, there really aren’t a lot of good value pitching candidates today. We’ll play the percentages and hope that the Padres mail it in on a getaway day in New York City. Matz has thrown the ball well with a 3.60/3.47/3.32 pitcher slash and just shy of a strikeout per inning.
Tanner Roark ($9,800) – When all else fails, pick the guy facing the Braves. Tanner Roark is the guy facing the Braves today and Roark is in the midst of his best season as a professional. Roark has a 2.88 ERA with a 3.52 FIP and a 3.96 xFIP, but he won’t be posting a league average HR/FB% anytime soon. Roark has had decent strikeout numbers this season, so seven innings with six strikeouts and minimal runs allowed seems like a good bet today.