Twenty-two teams are in action on Monday, with a couple of day games and nine games under the lights. We’ll put those night games in the spotlight in today’s daily fantasy baseball tips article. There are a lot of considerations this time of year, as younger players may start to get more playing time for teams that are struggling and managers may try to push younger arms out of their comfort zones before managing their innings or shutting them down. Keep it all in mind as you fill out your lineups.
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.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 25:
Washington – Obvious stack is obvious. Ubaldo Jimenez is pitching for Baltimore today, so, as a result, we’ll look at a Nationals stack. Jimenez is starting in place of Chris Tillman, which could be a particularly devastating injury for the Birds. Jimenez has a 6.94 ERA with a 4.76 FIP and a 4.93 xFIP in his 94.2 innings. He used to get by with low batting averages against that hid his ghastly walk rate, but opposing batters are hitting .308 this season. He’s allowed almost two baserunners per inning. He’s awful.
Pittsburgh – Wily Peralta returned from the DL like a new pitcher. He added velocity and looked competent in his first two starts. His last start against Seattle wasn’t bad, but four earned on eight hits is more like what we’ve come to expect from Peralta. Never let two starts cloud your judgment too much. This is still a guy with a 6.00 ERA, a 5.32 FIP, and a 4.69 xFIP this season. For his career, Peralta has a 4.29/4.40/4.10 pitcher slash.
Texas – Josh Tomlin in a hitter’s park is a terrifying proposition. The Indians and Rangers start what could be a spirited series given Jonathan Lucroy’s decision not to join the first-place Tribe. Tomlin is now up to a 4.39 ERA with a 5.11 FIP and a 4.15 xFIP. He recently returned from a stop on the family emergency list, so something is going on in his personal life and his professional life has been has been going poorly. He has a 6.85 ERA with a 5.80 FIP and a 4.03 xFIP in his last eight starts.
Here are the top value hitters for August 25:
Francisco Lindor ($3,200) – Cole Hamels is definitely a terrific starting pitcher, but he has allowed a .394 SLG to righties this season and has given up 16 home runs in 540 plate appearances, so he hasn’t been invincible. Francisco Lindor is batting .318/.339/.439 from the right side of the plate this year. The youngster is coming off of a scheduled day off in Oakland, so he had a chance to recharge the batteries and he could scratch out some points at a cheap price on Thursday.
Jose Abreu ($3,700) – Righties own a .282/.312/.416 slash off of James Paxton on the season, so Jose Abreu has a chance to add to his .285/.340/.453 slash. Abreu has really struggled against lefties for one reason or another, but it’s hard to see a guy like him carrying a .239 BABIP in that split for a whole lot longer. The sample size of facing lefties is pretty small, so there’s still room for regression the rest of the way.
Mark Trumbo ($3,900) – Power vs. power. Mark Trumbo faces Max Scherzer tonight. Obviously, Trumbo has some swing-and-miss in his profile, but he’s also bombed 38 home runs for the Orioles this season. Scherzer, as great as he is, has given up 25 dingers in his 174 innings of work this season. If Trumbo catches a hanger, he’ll bang it. This is one of the lowest prices you’ll find Trumbo at, so he’s worth a gamble.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 25:
Ross Stripling ($5,300) – It feels like you can throw any warm body at San Francisco lately and have success. On Thursday night, it’ll be Ross Stripling’s turn for the banged up Dodgers rotation. Stripling has a 4.04 ERA with a 3.77 FIP and a 4.11 xFIP in 11 starts and four relief appearances this season. He had a strikeout per inning in the minor leagues this season in small spurts, so there is some swing-and-miss upside in there.
Adam Wainwright ($6,900) – Adam Wainwright has had a tough season for a variety of reasons, as his 4.71 ERA can attest. He has a 3.63 FIP, however, which is a byproduct of a very low strand rate and a high BABIP. For a while, Wainwright was back on track and in a groove, but he has struggled lately. He doesn’t have a lot of strikeout upside, but he’s the type of guy that can turn mechanical issues around in a hurry, so that’s what we’ll hope for today.
Tom Koehler ($7,100) – It’s a bad day for value arms with a limited number of games, so Tom Koehler slides in today. Koehler draws a Royals lineup that is the worst in the AL in run scoring and won’t have the services of the DH by virtue of playing at Marlins Park. Koehler has a useful 3.36 ERA at home and has kept opposing batters to a .227/.319/.357 slash. He also has 56 K in 61.2 innings at home. That comfort factor does make Koehler a decent streaming option, all things considered.