Eleven games are on tap for today, with a “Civil Holiday” day game between the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays. We’ll focus on the 10 night games for today’s daily fantasy baseball tips and suggestions article. Several top pitchers are on the mound tonight, including the lowest price of the season for Felix Hernandez due to the hitter-friendly conditions of Coors Field.
As you know, this DFS article is a lot different from others, because we’re not projecting the best hitters and pitchers to take, rather trying to seek out the best values to add to your lineup. Keep that in mind as you peruse today’s suggestions looking for the magic formula to cash a big winner.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 3:
Washington – The Nationals have to be eager to wash the taste of the weekend’s results out of their mouths in a hurry. They can do that on Monday night against Zack Godley. Godley dominated the Brewers in his first start, but was very hittable against the Mariners his second time out. He allowed three runs on seven hits and gave up a couple of home runs. The Nationals have gotten Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, and Jayson Werth back and a lot of those guys are still at low salaries because they have not played much and have struggled when they have played. It’s time for Washington to get things going offensively and Godley in his last start before Chase Anderson comes off the DL is a good place to start.
San Francisco – Mike Foltynewicz will be making his second start since getting recalled and returning to the rotation. Command has been an issue for Foltynewicz, who has a plus fastball, but average or below secondary pitches. His four-seam fastball has been good. Hitters are posting a 1.007 OPS against the two-seamer, an .884 OPS against the curve, a 1.082 OPS against the slider, and a 1.300 OPS against the 30 changeups he has tried to mix in. A smart, talented lineup like the Giants should be able to take advantage.
San Diego – The Padres wound up not trading anybody at the deadline, which made no sense, but it leads to a decent matchup on Monday against Wily Peralta. The Brewers right-hander just returned from the DL last time out and held the Giants at bay, but he still isn’t striking batters out. Command has been a problem for Peralta, as righties have a .285/.339/.426 slash and lefties are even better at .292/.341/.513. Padres stacks aren’t expensive and Peralta is a guy with questionable control and command when in a groove, let alone in his second start off the DL.
Here are the top value hitters for August 3:
Anthony Rendon ($3,200) – To illustrate what I mean about the Nationals and a fairly cheap stack, Anthony Rendon is a great value play on Monday night. Rendon had three hits and popped his first homer of the season on Sunday and seems to be getting back into a groove offensively after missing significant time. Rendon was touted as a great hitter coming up the system and lived up to his potential with a .287/.351/.473 slash last season. The numbers will come this season.
Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,600) – He doesn’t have it yet, but Lonnie Chisenhall will be adding OF eligibility here very soon. Chisenhall was one of the few Indians that swung the bat well against the Athletics over the weekend and it will be interesting to see where he will be slotted in the lineup. With Jason Kipnis out, Chisenhall batted leadoff on Sunday. At this price, he may be worth a look depending on where he hits on Monday.
Evan Gattis ($3,900) – Over his first 40 games, Gattis batted .192/.221/.404. Since the game on May 23, Gattis has batted .283/.314/.491 with 24 extra-base hits. Against Colby Lewis, in a hitter-friendly ballpark like Arlington, Gattis is certainly worthy of consideration. Lewis has shown some command problems this season and all it takes is one Gattis bomb to get some excellent ROI on this pick. He’s swinging a much better bat of late and he’s been driving the ball to all fields.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for August 3:
Bartolo Colon ($6,000) – It’s been rough lately for Colon, but this start presents a great opportunity to get back on track. He hasn’t been that much worse than last season from an advanced metrics standpoint, though his 4.96 ERA suggests otherwise. Colon draws a Marlins lineup that is dead last in hitting against right-handed pitching with a .286 wOBA. Even with park adjustments applied to their wRC+, the Marlins are still 22 percent below league average and six percent worse than the 29th-ranked offense. This is as good a matchup as it gets for Colon. If he doesn’t perform here, the Mets may want to consider cutting the cord.
Nate Karns ($7,500) – Karns draws a White Sox lineup that has performed better of late, but still ranks 20th in wOBA against right-handed pitchers on the season. Karns is just shy of a strikeout per inning and has some spotty control, but the White Sox have one of the lowest walk rates against righties this season and a strikeout rate above 20 percent. Karns is definitely worth a look in this one, especially because the Rays have a top-10 wOBA against lefties on the season.
Tyson Ross ($9,300) – If Tyson Ross had a better defense behind him, he’d be a no-hitter candidate on Monday. Against the right-handed heavy Brewers lineup, Ross is a great matchup. Righties are batting an anemic .237/.309/.291 against him on the season. He has a higher walk rate this year, though he’s also pitching to avoid contact with the bad defense behind him. He’s posting the best strikeout rate of his career with 137 in 127.2 innings of work. The Brewers are 19th in wOBA against righties, but are tied with five other teams for 21st in wRC+.