A full slate of games is coming your way on Saturday, but it’s the 11 night games that we’ll put under the microscope for some daily fantasy baseball advice. We’re moving closer to the roster expansion date on September 1, so we’ll have a lot of new faces and probably some different value options here in the near future. For now, it’s business as usual and we’ll keep digging for those top options at low prices.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 27:
Detroit – The Tigers are going to get their hacks against soft-tossing southpaw Brett Oberholtzer on Saturday night and that could spell trouble for the Angels lefty. The Tigers have a .428 team SLG against lefties on the season. It’s not at the level of last year’s performance, but there are a lot of dangerous right-handed hitters in this lineup and that could be problematic for Oberholtzer. In 29 relief appearances this season, Oberholtzer has a 5.27 ERA with a 5.79 FIP and a 4.81 xFIP.
St. Louis – The Cardinals will take some swings against Zach Neal of the Athletics on Saturday night. The Cardinals have put a hurting on right-handed pitchers so far this season and Neal has a 5.49 ERA with a 4.98 FIP and a 4.41 xFIP in his 39.1 innings at the big league level. If you look at Neal’s minor league performance, he missed very few bats and had a ton of issues at the higher levels. He’s overmatched against good hitters and there are a lot of them in the Majors.
San Francisco – At some point, the Giants are going to break out offensively. There’s too much talent for them not to and perhaps that day will be Saturday. Mike Foltynewicz gets the ball for the Braves here and he brings a 4.55 ERA with a 4.49 FIP and a 4.26 xFIP to the table. Foltynewicz has given up 35 home runs in his 200.1 career MLB innings because his straight fastball simply doesn’t fool enough hitters. The Giants should get some good cuts.
Here are the top value hitters for August 27:
AJ Pollock ($3,200) – Hopefully AJ Pollock is ready to come out of the gates with guns blazing in his return from the DL. Pollock will play two days and then sit a day as he looks to get back into a rhythm. He draws Anthony DeSclafani on Saturday and could put together a really solid game. Lefties are teeing off on DeSclafani at a .316/.351/.534 clip, so Pollock definitely has a platoon advantage here in this matchup.
Chris Young ($3,300) – If there’s anybody that can get to Danny Duffy, Chris Young is a good candidate. Young has made a living out of killing left-handed pitching over the last few years. This season, in just 55 plate appearances, he has a .354/.436/.667 slash line, which is pretty consistent with his 2015 success. Last year, Young slashed .327/.397/.575 in 175 plate appearances against southpaws.
Franklin Gutierrez ($3,100) – It hasn’t been a pretty season for Franklin Gutierrez, but he continues to be effective with a platoon advantage. Gutierrez has nine home runs in just 171 plate appearances against lefties and has a .267/.363/.493 slash on the season. Last season, Gutierrez had a .411 wOBA in 112 plate appearances against southpaws, so he’s definitely a platoon bat extraordinaire at this stage of his career. Against lefty Jose Quintana, we’ll see what kind of value he provides.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 27:
Blake Snell ($7,600) – It’s not a great day for value pitchers at all, but Blake Snell has some strikeout upside against the free-wheeling Houston offense. Snell has racked up 69 strikeouts in 65.1 innings of work this season. He wasn’t all that efficient last time out against Boston and has had walk issues throughout the year, but he’s been able to work around them and induces a lot of weak contact. He’s worth a gamble on Saturday.
David Price ($10,000) – The surging Kansas City Royals might meet their match on Saturday against David Price. Price has been very unfortunate with fly balls and sequencing this year, which is why he has a 4.00 ERA, but a 3.44 FIP and a 3.46 xFIP. Price has struck out over a batter per inning and has kept his walk rate low, so he should be a great streaming candidate in this matchup.
Jose Quintana ($9,400) – Jose Quintana’s excellent season continues, as he’s worked to a 2.55 ERA over his last 10 starts. He’s got a 142/38 K/BB ratio and he’s managed to be one of the brightest spots in another terrible White Sox season. Quintana has held lefties to a .213/.246/.316 slash, which should neutralize some of Seattle’s better hitters. Also, for whatever reason, Quintana has only walked eight batters in 69 innings and 262 plate appearances at home this year, so he’s not creating problems.