With the holiday weekend in the rearview mirror and a four-day work week kicking off today, the focus gets back to baseball. We’ve got 15 games and nothing else going on tonight since college football’s five-day opening weekend is in the books. There are only 26 days left to play DFS baseball, unless you attempt to conquer the postseason, so it’s getting down to the stretch run in terms of building that bankroll for football season or taking a hard-earned vacation. Let’s see how things are set up for September 6.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 6:
Los Angeles Dodgers – There is no shortage of cheap arms today in DFS, so there have to be some stacking options, right? We’ll start at Chavez Ravine, where the Los Angeles Dodgers get a visit from Shelby Miller and the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers tattooed Zack Greinke last night and now take on a pitcher with a 6.81 ERA, a 5.46 FIP, and a 5.16 xFIP on Tuesday. Miller had some good BABIP luck in his first start back, but there’s no reason to shy away from stacking against him today.
Chicago Cubs – We haven’t gotten a lot of great opportunities to stack the Cubs because they play so many day games, but they’re at Miller Park tonight and Wily Peralta is on the menu. Peralta’s actually thrown the ball really well since his recall from the minor leagues, but he still owns a 5.53 ERA with a 5.13 FIP and a 4.44 xFIP on the season. The right-hander doesn’t miss very many bats and the Cubs are exceptionally dangerous when they aren’t striking out.
Colorado – Jeff Samardzija has been a bit better of late, but he has to pitch at Coors Field here and that’s never a good thing. Samardzija isn’t missing many bats this season and he’s had some control problems in recent outings. His 4.06/4.17/4.25 pitcher slash is a bit below average for the NL. He’s managed to avoid Coors Field for the most part this season, with only one start there way back in April, but a lot of Colorado’s top hitters will have platoon advantages and lefties are batting .272/.323/.474 against Samardzija this season.
Here are the top value hitters for September 6:
Jonathan Lucroy ($3,300) – Jonathan Lucroy hasn’t had a whole lot of BABIP luck against lefties this season, with just a .234 mark, but he’s got a .486 SLG because he’s hit eight balls that have left the yard. Despite a .243 batting average, Lucroy owns a .323 OBP, so he’s been doing a pretty good job of making things happen against southpaws. James Paxton is the lefty on the docket for today and Lucroy comes at a great price.
Franklin Gutierrez ($3,500) – Unfortunately, we missed out on Franklin Gutierrez against Cole Hamels yesterday, as the platoon bat extraordinaire racked up a 30-point day in DraftKings formats with a dinger, three hits, and four RBI. He gets another lefty today in Martin Perez and has a very reasonable price tag. Gutierrez is slashing .293/.385/.551 against lefties on the season.
Mike Napoli ($3,700) – This one is more of a gut play. Sometimes it takes a dinger to get the ball rolling and that’s certainly the case for Mike Napoli. Napoli hadn’t homered since August 11, but that monkey is now off of his back with Monday night’s shot off the foul pole. Twenty-three of Napoli’s bombs have come against right-handed pitching and Tuesday’s starter, Brad Peacock, is making his first start at the MLB level this season. In 2014, the last time Peacock worked a lot in MLB, he had a 4.72/4.99/4.56 pitcher slash.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for September 6:
Luke Weaver ($4,700) – Through 21 innings, Luke Weaver’s MLB career is off to a decent start. Command has been an issue at times, but the 23-year-old has 26 strikeouts over those four starts and he’s been able to show good poise and pitchability when he’s gotten into a jam. Weaver has the right type of arsenal for PNC Park, a ballpark that really suppresses fly balls, particularly in night games. He’s a great streaming option here tonight.
Matt Boyd ($7,200) – Matt Boyd’s recent demotion had nothing to do with his performance, it was just about getting some extra bodies in town for the weekend. Boyd was recalled from the minors just before the All-Star Break, but his second half numbers are easier to cite. Boyd has held opposing batters to a .222/.290/.392 slash and has posted a 2.64 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 44.1 innings of work. It’s not the biggest sample, but Boyd looks the part now and it appears that he’ll be a fixture in this rotation going forward.
Jason Hammel ($7,500) – After a couple of bad starts, Jason Hammel got back on track and turned in a nice outing last time out. There are clear signs of regression with Hammel, but it may just be time to believe in the help that the Cubs defense has given him. He has a 3.14 ERA and a decent strikeout rate, particularly to be at this price point. The Brewers offense needs walks to generate offense and Hammel has mostly done a good job of limiting those.