We’re gonna get down on Friday with a full slate of games and teams to consider for August 19 daily fantasy baseball contests. All 30 teams are in action under the lights, so we have no shortage of players to evaluate for those GPPs, H2Hs, and 50/50s. We’re reaching that time of year where there are a lot of pitcher injuries, call-ups, swingmen making starts, and below average pitchers in the spotlight. There shouldn’t be any shortage of stacking options the rest of the way and that’s certainly the case tonight.
Remember that our column here at BangTheBook is centered exclusively on finding value. You know who the good players are. So does everybody else. It’s those under-the-radar guys that you pair with those high-salary players that allow you to come out on top.
DraftKings or FanDuel are the industry leaders in ease of use and safe, free transactions. Use these tips and the tips from our daily radio show to improve your abilities and fill out the winning lineup. Our MLB daily fantasy tips and suggestions article is different in that we’re not looking for the top scorers, but for the best values so that you can get the edge that you need in order to save money for the game’s best players.
The salaries listed are from DraftKings:
Here are the top teams to stack for August 19:
Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers did some big offensive damage at Citizens Bank Park in their series with the Phillies. They’ll take their show to the Queen City in Cincinnati for a weekend set that begins against Tim Adleman. Adleman is a 28-year-old right-hander that has four Major League starts under his belt. He’s posted a 3.72 ERA in 19.1 innings, but has a 5.06 FIP and a 4.86 xFIP. Walks and dingers have been Adleman’s biggest problems and those have a way of adding up quickly in DFS.
Baltimore – The Orioles were a tremendous stack on Thursday, which, unfortunately, we did not tip. We won’t make that same mistake twice. The hit-or-miss command for Collin McHugh in 2016 is a massive concern as the right-hander takes on the Orioles. McHugh has given up 160 hits, 18 of them home runs, in 134 innings this season. Command has been an ongoing problem with a .362 BABIP against and a lot of hard contact. That’s not a good thing facing this lineup at Camden Yards.
Pittsburgh – Perhaps the Pirates will fly under the radar a little bit as a stacking option on Friday night. Tom Koehler has some significant home/road splits yet again this season. Koehler has a 4.29 ERA on the road compared to a 3.36 ERA at home. This follows a multi-year trend and Koehler has a 4.49 career road ERA. The Pirates have gotten things together a little bit and a day off after a big series in San Francisco should have recharged the batteries.
Here are the top value hitters for August 19:
Aaron Judge ($3,100) – It’ll be interesting to see how Aaron Judge handles Jered Weaver’s assortment of junk balls, but we all know about Judge’s prodigious power and that’s a good matchup against Weaver, who gives up a lot of long balls. Weaver used to be the type of guy that could survive at Angel Stadium, but he’s not even doing that this season. He’s given up 12 of his 26 HR at home and everybody hits for a high SLG. Judge seems like a good gamble here today.
Victor Martinez ($3,400) – Victor Martinez is a save pick and a good way to save money at a crowded, overpriced position. Martinez has a .302/.355/.496 slash on the season and has a decent draw in former Detroit Tiger Rick Porcello. Sixteen of V-Mart’s 22 dingers have come while swinging it from the left side and 15 of his 17 doubles. With Miguel Cabrera back in the lineup, he’s got some extra RBI opportunities as well.
Hyun Soo Kim ($3,600) – We tipped Hyun Soo Kim yesterday and he delivered with four hits and two runs scored. We’ll look at him again here against righty Collin McHugh. With that four-hit night, Kim is now slashing .355/.424/.485 against RHP on the year. Lefties own a .297/.356/.467 slash against McHugh this year, so this seems like a match made in heaven.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 19:
Adam Wainwright ($6,600) – Adam Wainwright has had a reversal of fortunes over his last couple of starts, allowing 13 runs on 15 hits over his last eight innings. Recency bias can do some fun things with the salaries in DFS and this seems like an overreaction, particularly with a matchup against the Phillies on deck. Wainwright had a 2.84 ERA with a 2.83 FIP and a 3.49 xFIP in 14-start stretch from May 18 to August 2. He should be just fine.
Tyler Anderson ($5,800) – Sometimes taking risks can be profitable. Tyler Anderson at Coors Field against the Chicago Cubs is a massive risk. Frustration boiled over for the rookie when he was tossed in his last start, but maybe that’s a beneficial thing for us here. He’ll be looking to do right by his teammates for his embarrassing outburst. Anderson has a great ground ball rate and solid K/BB peripherals. The Cubs draw a ton of walks, but their team batting average is around league average, so stringing together hits without walks may be tougher than we think. It’s a big roll of the dice, but it could pay off.
Zack Greinke ($8,800) – Another roll of the dice is Zack Greinke, although his situation would certainly seem to be friendlier than Anderson’s. Greinke draws the San Diego Padres, who have been putrid against righties all season long. Greinke is coming off of a horrible start against the Red Sox and he’s having a tough year in general. There’s plenty of risk attached to Greinke, but he would probably be $1,000 more expensive had he not gotten rocked so badly last time out.