Here on this college football Saturday, we focus on the 11 night games in Major League Baseball for this evening’s daily fantasy tips and suggestions. The season is starting to wind down, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going anywhere. We’ll keep bringing you the top MLB DFS tips right on through October 2. There are a lot of players to consider now that rosters have expanded, so it’s important to peel back all the layers and get the best bargains for your buck.
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 September 10:
Kansas City – For some reason, James Shields still has a rotation spot in Chicago. The White Sox had sprung a leak and tried to stop from sinking with the Shields acquisition, but all he did was tear out the entire bottom of the boat. The Royals offense isn’t very much to get excited about, but just about everybody has hit Shields since he came to the AL. He has a 7.50 ERA with a 7.64 FIP and a 6.18 xFIP. Not much more needs to be said.
St. Louis – It hasn’t gone as planned for Chase Anderson. The Brewers right-hander was getting a change of scenery from one hitter’s park to another and he’s regressed this year. Anderson owns a 4.73 ERA with a 5.17 FIP and a 4.76 xFIP. He’s given up 25 dingers in 129.1 innings of work. The Cardinals have bashed righties all season long and it’s very unlikely that they’ll stop now.
Cleveland – The Indians have had some issues with Hector Santiago at times in the past, but they’re poised for a big performance here on Saturday night. Now that they regularly see Santiago, they should have a better idea of what’s coming and should be able to take advantage. On the year, Santiago has a 4.91/5.38/5.32 pitcher slash and he’s allowed 29 home runs. Since he left the Angels, he’s given up nine in just 31.1 innings and has a 7.47 ERA with the Twins.
Here are the top value hitters for September 10:
Yasmani Grandal ($3,500) – Catchers with consistent power are hard to find, but Yasmani Grandal fits the bill. The Dodgers backstop has hit 22 of his 25 home runs from the left side of the plate, which is where he’ll be swinging from on Saturday night against Tom Koehler. Grandal is only batting .227, due to some bad BABIP luck, but he has a .327 OBP with a great walk rate, and a .511 SLG. He’s a good streaming option here.
Jorge Polanco ($3,600) – Jorge Polanco will start with Mike Clevinger and then face a collection of right-handed bullpen arms, likely including Josh Tomlin, as the Indians pen got some work in last night. Polanco has a better average against lefties, but most of his power comes against righties, with 11 extra-base hits in 139 plate appearances. He’s not a big home run threat, but he has 11 doubles and four triples in his 50 hits, so he’s carried some good value this year.
Andrew Toles ($2,600) – A Dodger-heavy value picks section today, but Andrew Toles has a platoon advantage today against Tom Koehler, so he’s certainly worth some attention. Toles is batting .338/.405/.569 against right-handed pitching in his limited sample size, but he’s a great fill-in if you’re running out of money and have an outfield spot that needs to be filled.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 10:
Drew Hutchison ($6,500) – Drew Hutchison carries enough strikeout upside to stream him today against the Reds. Hutchison has 12 K in 12.2 MLB innings this season, but he has 374 K in his 406.1 career MLB innings. Command has always been an issue, but the Reds aren’t a team likely to take full advantage and Hutchison is also in a more forgiving park and league with his new team.
Bartolo Colon ($7,000) – Turner Field is a tough place to hit, as the ball just doesn’t seem to carry all that well most of the time. Bartolo Colon doesn’t help opposing lineups with the walk and he’s been a really reliable starter all season long for the Mets. Even though he’s regressed in the second half the last two seasons, he’s still rolling along here with a 3.14 ERA and similar K/BB peripherals.
Cole Hamels ($9,500) – Among the high-priced options, Cole Hamels really stands out. His biggest issue early in the season was the long ball. Not only has he cut way down on those, but he’s pitching at Angel Stadium today, which naturally suppresses round-trippers. Hamels was shelled last time out, so we get a little bit of value based on that. He’s struck out over a batter per inning on the season.