A full slate begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday with plenty of early baseball and a few games later in the day. It’s a very interesting day for pitching because Jose Fernandez is the only ace going in the early games. In fact, the only other pitcher over $9,000 on the early slate is Jaime Garcia. That should give you some kind of idea on what hitters cost for the early contests and how important it will be to sort through the pitchers and find value.
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 2:
Baltimore – The Tigers will go with Daniel Norris on Sunday for his first start with the Motor City Kitties. Norris was the centerpiece of the David Price trade that sent the impending free agent to Toronto. Norris has excellent stuff, but controlling it has not come easy. In 30 Major League innings, he has walked 17 batters. He has also allowed four home runs. Norris will eventually be a quality arm, but he’s not at that point yet, so the Orioles should get some quality swings.
Chicago Cubs – If the Cubs can’t hit Kyle Lohse, they may need to rethink their offensive strategy. Lohse has been horrible this season, posting a 6.24 ERA with a 5.11 FIP and a 4.35 xFIP. His walk rate is the higher it has been in five seasons and his command is virtually non-existent. Lohse has allowed 24 home runs in 119.2 innings of work and is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s already given up more earned runs this season than he did last season in 198.1 innings.
Milwaukee – One of these two teams should go off. The Brewers face Clayton Richard, who was out of the big leagues altogether in 2014 and just recently got recalled in 2015. The stuff doesn’t have a lot of life and the command has been a problem when he has pitched over the last three seasons. Even when he was a contributing member of the Padres, righties had good success and Milwaukee has a lot of those. Righties have hit .281/.348/.460 with a .352 wOBA lifetime off of Richard.
Here are the top value hitters for August 2:
Ben Revere ($3,800) – What a difference a trade makes. Ben Revere went from the lowly Phillies to the thick of the playoff race. Revere has no power, but his .294/.330/.369 slash does show the ability to get on base and score runs. He also has 24 steals on the season. The Blue Jays don’t run a whole lot, but they never really had that dynamic in the lineup either. It remains to be seen where Revere will hit on a regular basis, but he batted leadoff on Saturday and if he does that, he’ll have a ton of DFS value the rest of the way.
Kyle Schwarber ($3,400) – Maybe you don’t like the Cubs stack, but you have to like this matchup for Schwarber at a very low price. Unfortunately, Schwarber has lost his OF eligibility on DraftKings, but who wouldn’t like his upside at the catching position? Against command-less Kyle Lohse, Schwarber’s power should play up in a big way. The concern here is that he gets the day off for a day game after a night game, in which case there are reasonable replacements like Conger, Norris, Castro, Joseph, and Wieters in that same price range.
Jung Ho Kang ($3,700) – It will be a bullpen day for the Reds, with Keyvius Sampson starting and not working very deep into the game. With regular playing time in the absence of Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, Kang is swinging a good stick. Over his last 10, he is batting .393/.420/.728 and is now up to .299/.372/.460 for the season. That’s excellent production at either SS or 3B, so feel free to slot him in either spot.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for August 2:
Adam Morgan ($4,400) – I’m not sure what to expect from the Phillies offense, but the Phillies are now 12-2 since the All-Star Break. Adam Morgan has a big advantage in this start, in that he throws with his left hand and the Braves have been terrible against southpaws. Only the White Sox have been worse overall with a .272 wOBA. The Braves check in at .281 for this matchup, due to a major lack of power. Since Morgan’s biggest issue to date has been command, this is a decent matchup.
Hisashi Iwakuma ($6,800) – Iwakuma has been fighting it a bit this season, performing well below expectations after missing the majority of the first half with an injury. However, outside of two bad starts, Kuma has had two strong starts and one average start over his last three outings. The potential is always there for Kuma to throw a good game and average a strikeout per inning. The Twins aren’t doing a whole lot offensively right now, so this may be a good spot to pull the trigger.
Jake Odorizzi ($8,100) – Prior to their 11-run outburst on Saturday, the Red Sox had averaged just 3.7 runs per game in the second half. Odorizzi will be making his fifth start back off of the DL and his last start against Detroit may be an indication that he is back. He punched out eight over six and allowed a solo home run. As he gets stronger, he should work deeper into games and the right-hander has a good chance to throw another strong outing on Sunday.