We’ve got a full set of games on tap for Saturday, but, we have a lot of them played at night, which is a welcomed change. Thirteen of the 15 games scheduled for August 20 will conclude under the lights, so daily fantasy baseball players have plenty of time to get today’s errands and responsibilities out of the way before checking out all of the matchups. In the meantime, we’re working hard to find you those top value plays to fill out your lineup and make some cash.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 20:
Arizona – We’ll start with a very easy stack, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Left-hander Clayton Richard takes the mound for the San Diego Padres today and he could be in for a rough ride. The Snakes own the league’s top offense by wOBA against southpaws with a .351 mark. Their SLG of .484 blows away every other team. Petco Park doesn’t play as small as it once did, so Arizona is a terrific stacking option here today.
Seattle – The Mariners get a look at Wily Peralta here on Saturday night and players will be pushing and shoving to get to the bat rack. Peralta has made two good starts since his return from the minor leagues, but I’m not convinced. He has a 6.00 ERA with a 5.10 FIP and a 4.56 xFIP on the season to date. Lefties are batting .313/.390/.542 and righties are hitting at a .341/.405/.545 clip. He hasn’t really gotten anybody out outside of these last two starts and now faces a good AL lineup with a DH.
Colorado – Mike Montgomery is spot starting for the Cubs in place of John Lackey, though he may get some additional opportunities down the line. This is expected to be a tandem start with Montgomery piggybacked by Trevor Cahill. Coors Field isn’t going to be a great place for this, so the Rockies are undoubtedly worth a stack, for a variety of reasons.
Here are the top value hitters for August 20:
Danny Valencia ($3,400) – It’s tough to find really cheap hitters today with so many replacement-level or worse starters on the mound. Danny Valencia has a tough matchup against Chris Sale, but Valencia’s bread and butter is hitting left-handed pitching and he does it very well. He owns a .340/.407/.588 slash this year against southpaws and has a career mark of .324/.375/.505 with the platoon advantage. He’s a great streaming option, even against a tough opponent.
Ian Kinsler ($3,800) – It feels like we’re getting a few dollars off on Ian Kinsler, who takes on left-hander Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz hasn’t had the same level of success in the American League, so he’s being a bit overvalued in these DFS contests. Kinsler, in 150 plate appearances, owns a .319/.367/.543 slash against lefties this year. He bats at the top of the lineup, so he should get several cracks at Pomeranz in an attempt to improve upon his .385 wOBA and 142 wRC+.
Alex Bregman ($3,900) – Alex Bregman is starting to get more comfortable at the big league level. He’s batting .221/.279/.347 overall, but he’s hit .326/.375/.558 over his last 10 games, including a 3-for-5 showing on Friday. Chris Tillman has been a solid starter throughout the season, but it’s fair to wonder when he’s going to run into some regression. So far, both games in this series have been slugfests with Bregman right in the middle.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 20:
Aaron Sanchez ($7,400) – The Indians have been a terrific offensive team throughout the season, but Aaron Sanchez has the stuff to keep the Indians at bay. It’s a very difficult DFS day because there aren’t a lot of great values anywhere, so we’re left to give it a try with Sanchez. On the season, Sanchez has a 2.84 ERA with a 3.30 FIP and a 3.55 xFIP. With a high ground ball rate, there’s some game-to-game variance, but he’s avoided most of the bad stuff so far.
Chad Kuhl ($6,800) – It’s a really tough day for pitching. Chad Kuhl may be the second-best value option for his matchup against the Marlins. Kuhl hasn’t issued many walks and you’re trying to limit risk any way you can today. Kuhl has a 3.73 ERA with a 3.94 FIP and a 4.84 xFIP in his six starts. He’s had good command coming up through the system, so the xFIP isn’t a worry. The Marlins are missing a key component of their lineup in Giancarlo Stanton and PNC Park is a decent pitcher’s yard, so we’ll hope for the best.
Max Scherzer ($13,600) – If you can find a way to do it, you basically have to with Max Scherzer tonight. The Braves are one of the worst offenses in the league and Scherzer has 211 strikeouts in 167.2 innings of work. He clearly has the highest upside of any starter tonight and the other high-priced guys aren’t even all that promising. Somehow, some way, get Scherzer in your lineup.