It’s an interesting schedule across Major League Baseball here to kick off a new week. There’s only one day game, a getaway day affair between Cincinnati and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Other than that, we’ve got eight games all starting later tonight. There are some really interesting pitching options on this evening’s daily fantasy slate and that means that there are some good opportunities for making money on August 22, as we look ahead to another week of baseball.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 22:
Seattle – Former Mariner Michael Pineda will take the hill at Safeco Field for the Yankees on Monday night. Pineda’s ongoing command issues have detracted from his excellent strikeout rate and it’s hard to see anything different here tonight. Pineda has a 4.89 ERA, despite glowing peripherals, because he can’t stop allowing hard contact. Pineda has given up 144 hits in 136.1 innings and 21 of those have left the yard. Opposing hitters have a .334 BABIP against him. Lefties are slugging .454 and righties are slugging .479, so a variety of Mariners are worth consideration today.
Colorado – Jimmy Nelson was due for regression for a while and it has hit in a big way. Nelson has a 4.31 ERA with a 5.06 FIP and a 4.85 xFIP. His BB rate and his HR rate are both the worst marks of his career and his HR/FB% continues to rise. The Rockies have some guys capable of taking advantage. Over his last six starts, Nelson has allowed 34 runs, 25 earned, in 28 innings of work with a 29/17 K/BB ratio. He’s not getting much defensive help and hasn’t worked out of many jams this season.
Chicago Cubs – The Cubs will be a very popular stack tonight against Edwin Jackson. The former Cub has a 5.36 ERA with a 4.72 FIP and a 5.41 xFIP with two different teams this season. His K/BB peripherals are horrible and his BABIP should be on the rise with a porous Padres defense in support. In six starts, Jackson has been able to lower his HR/FB% a little bit, but the Cubs bring a lot of lumber to every party they attend.
Here are the top value hitters for August 22:
Wil Myers ($3,500) – Not all lefties are created equal, and Jon Lester is a good one, but Wil Myers has mauled left-handed pitching this season. A big reason for San Diego’s offensive success against southpaws has been Myers, who has a .304/.381/.554 slash against them on the season with eight home runs in just 126 plate appearances. Myers has also racked up 21 stolen bases this season and opposing runners do like to take off on Lester, so you might scoop some points that way as well.
Alex Bregman ($3,800) – Alex Bregman had a huge series against Baltimore up until Sunday’s 0-for-4 performance. The nice thing is that the 0-for-4, coupled with a park factor change, dropped Bregman’s price by $600 in DraftKings formats for Monday night’s action. Bregman faces another promising prospect in Jameson Taillon and he should be able to get some good swings against the youngster, as he still feels his way through the big leagues. After a slow start, Bregman is batting .333/.375/.600 over his last 10, including three dingers.
Hyun Soo Kim ($3,600) – Stephen Strasburg is having a dynamite season, but strength meets strength when he faces Hyun Soo Kim on Monday night. Kim absolutely owns right-handed pitching this season with a .346/.416/.471 slash line when in the box with the platoon advantage. Strasburg has held lefties down this year, but he is coming off of his worst start of the season and may be working through some adjustments.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 22:
Blake Snell ($6,800) – I’m a big believer in Blake Snell and have no qualms about streaming him against the Boston Red Sox here in this one. Snell has a 3.06 ERA with a 3.34 FIP and a 4.29 xFIP on the season. His walk rate is a bit too high, but he’s struck out over a batter per inning and he’s done an excellent job of keeping the ball in the park. The Red Sox have played a lot of baseball lately and there could be some tired swings in those bats today.
Dylan Bundy ($6,600) – A rocky outing last time out shouldn’t worry DFS players. As a starter, Bundy has held the opposition to a .210 average with a .268 on-base percentage. He has given up eight home runs, but solo home runs are manageable for starters. He has a 3.65 ERA and a 3.89 xFIP, with a 25.5 percent K%, so Bundy certainly has viability as a starter. The Nationals are a decent offensive club, but Bundy has some strikeout upside at a very reasonable price.
Chad Bettis ($5,200) – In the interest of rostering Carlos Carrasco, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, or Jon Lester, Chad Bettis is your guy! Bettis comes at a very cheap price because there’s not a ton of upside. His strikeout rate is low. But, Bettis is a guy that can be tough to score on at times because he induces so many ground balls. The Brewers are near the bottom of the league in batting average because they work so many deep counts that they are forced to protect with two strikes. That plays into Bettis’s hands and he could twirl a good one here tonight.