Today is quite the interesting day in MLB daily fantasy. For starters, there are only seven games on the schedule and only one of them will be played during the day. In those six night games, there are no pitchers priced above $9,800 in DraftKings formats, so every pitcher is affordable, but the cost of hitting will be increased. Also, it’s the start of the NFL season, so you can bet that there will be some distracted MLB DFS players out there. There’s a lot going on this time of year, so information is more critical than ever. That’s why you should consider these value picks for September 8.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 8:
Texas – With only 12 teams to choose from tonight, selecting 25 percent of them for a possible stack is not an easy exercise, even with the quality of arms on the mound. We’ll start with Texas, who faces the enigmatic Taijuan Walker. Walker hasn’t worked even the bare bones minimum for a quality start in his last five outings. He didn’t even survive the first inning last time out. He was out from July 5 to August 6, but dating back to May 11, Walker has gone at least six innings with three or fewer earned runs allowed in four of his 14 starts. He gave up five, but one earned, in one of those outings.
Washington – It’s bad enough that Alec Asher is making his season debut against Washington, but he’ll place extra pressure on himself based on the circumstances. Asher is returning from an 80-game PED suspension. Obviously, Asher will want to make amends for his transgression in a hurry. He made seven starts for Philadelphia last season and hung a 9.31 ERA with a 6.75 FIP and a 5.66 xFIP. He won’t work deep into this one, since he threw 69 pitches in his last start, which was his first since May 17. That means a lot of subpar arms to bridge the game to the late innings.
New York Yankees – There aren’t a lot of great stacking options because of the teams in action tonight. Almost by process of elimination, we land on the Yankees, who draw Alex Cobb. Cobb is making just his second MLB start in his return from Tommy John surgery. Cobb was great in his first outing, but he showed control issues in eight minor league rehab starts and his command against Toronto was pretty surprising. We’ll have to see how he fares in this one.
Here are the top value hitters for September 8:
Alex Dickerson ($3,300) – Alex Dickerson has cooled off after a power surge very early in his MLB career, but he’s still a decent streaming option tonight against Jeff Hoffman. Lefties are slashing .286/.375/.543 against Hoffman in a small sample size of 40 plate appearances, but five of their 10 hits have gone for extra bases. Seven of Dickerson’s eight home runs are with the platoon advantage and he has a .470 SLG in that split.
Keon Broxton ($3,500) – Keon Broxton has made quite an impact for the Brewers this season. He’s had some issues getting on base, particularly against same-side pitching, but he’s also swiped 21 bases and has only been caught twice. He’s 11-for-13 against lefties, which is quite impressive. Also impressive against lefties is that Broxton has a .288/.422/.493 slash with the platoon advantage in his limited sample. Including his Triple-A performance, Broxton has a .295/.419/.533 slash this season against lefties.
Franklin Gutierrez ($3,500) – You knew this was coming. Franklin Gutierrez against a lefty. In 199 PA against southpaws, Gutierrez has a .292/.382/.544 slash on the season. He has a .392 wOBA and a 151 wRC+. With Derek Holland on the hill for the Rangers, and a limited amount of options, this is a pretty obvious move.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 8:
AJ Cole ($8,300) – While the Nationals and their fans try to process what happened with Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday night, they’ll send 24-year-old AJ Cole to the hill against the Phillies. Cole has been more consistent than consensus top prospect Lucas Giolito, although there are sample size concerns. Cole has 17 K in 18.2 innings, so that’s good enough to take a shot on him with only 12 pitchers to pick from.
Ivan Nova ($9,800) – The most expensive pitcher on the board today, Ivan Nova’s switch to the National League has paid huge dividends. His strikeout rate has stayed about the same, but his walk rate is incredible, so he’s not allowing many baserunners. The Reds aren’t much of an offense right now, so Nova can be streamed with confidence.
Jeff Hoffman ($5,300) – Going to dig really deep and take a shot here with Jeff Hoffman. The results haven’t been pretty thus far, but the Padres offense is awful against right-handed pitching, so maybe this is a chance for Hoffman to break out. He struck out 124 in 118.2 innings at the Triple-A level, so the swing-and-miss stuff is there. It just hasn’t shown up yet. Maybe it will here.