We’ve got a new weekend set of games to consider in the daily fantasy baseball world today and that’s very exciting as we’ve passed the midpoint of September. There are only 16 days left in the season, so it’s crunch time for the good teams and a lot of mixed emotions for the bad teams. We’ll focus on today’s 14 night games, with the NL Central-clinching Cubs hosting the Brewers this afternoon. Let’s see what great values we can find.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 16:
Colorado/San Diego – The Rockies return home after a road trip and they welcome Christian Friedrich and the Padres to town. This is a series between two poor baseball teams, but, with nothing to play for, guys may be looking to pad some stats in the altitude. Colorado is probably the better stack given San Diego’s issues with righties, but anytime we get games in Coors Field, you have to consider rostering at least a couple players in that contest.
Toronto – It seems cruel to have a west coast road trip in the month of September. That’s what the Blue Jays are dealing with right now. They went out and hung seven on Thursday night anyway and could do even more damage against Jered Weaver in this one. Weaver is putting the finishing touches on his worst season ever and it’s also his last season under contract. He used to excel at Angel Stadium, but those days are gone and the Blue Jays should contribute to the high home run total he has allowed this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers – It hasn’t been a good look for Zack Greinke last season. The Dodgers fell victim to a terrible situational spot on Thursday by getting into Phoenix really late after a rain delay-filled game in the Bronx. The Dodgers should be ready to get back in the win column here today and they should have success against Greinke. Lefties have given the Dodgers fits, but they’ve been very productive against righties throughout the year. Greinke has an ERA of almost 6.00 over his last 10 starts.
Here are the top value hitters for September 16:
JD Martinez ($3,200) – The Tigers and Indians kick off Detroit’s last gasp in Cleveland this weekend. The Motor City Kitties draw Corey Kluber, which is a tough assignment, but the rate of hard contact Kluber gives up on his sinker is enough to look at a couple of Tigers. The one to highlight is JD Martinez, who has hit 15 of his 20 homers off of right-handed pitching this season. Martinez has a .316/.392/.554 slash against righties on the year with a .400 wOBA and a 152 wRC+.
Aledmys Diaz ($3,700) – The budding young star is back after his fractured thumb and he’s had a few games to get back on track. Diaz is slashing .313/.379/.525 on the season and is coming off of an off day, so he’ll be good to go in this spot. Diaz is slashing .276/.342/.438 against lefties on the season. He’s actually fared better against same-side pitching, but he’s a very reliable player nonetheless.
George Springer ($3,700) – We streamed George Springer on Wednesday and he promptly homered in his first at bat to snap out of a mini slump. He draws a tough assignment in Felix Hernandez, but Springer bats at the top of the Astros order and Felix isn’t the dominant arm that he used to be. Springer owns a 111 wRC+ against righties this season, so he’s fared well with same-side pitching.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 16:
Luke Weaver ($5,200) – I really don’t understand why Luke Weaver keeps getting disrespected in DFS formats. He’s only averaged 17.5 points per start in DraftKings formats and he’s priced low again, even though he’s facing a Giants team that has been putrid since the All-Star Break. Anyway, Weaver has 39 K in 31 IP and his only real issue has been the long ball. That shouldn’t be a problem in San Francisco with the nighttime marine air and the lack of carry.
Bartolo Colon ($7,700) – The Minnesota Twins might get up for division games and the chance to play spoiler, but they should get blasted this weekend in New York against the Mets. It should start with Bartolo Colon on the hill tonight. The Mets right-hander hasn’t been dominant or anything, but he’s a safe pick with some decent upside here against a subpar lineup. Colon has a 3.27 ERA this season and will be facing a lineup down a hitter with the pitcher batting.
Chris Sale ($12,600) – Sometimes with big betting favorites, we say “lay it and play it”. With Chris Sale at this $12,600 price tag, lay it and play it. Sale’s trying to get that Cy Young Award and he’s going to abandon that pitch to contact strategy in his last three starts to do it. He racked up 12 punchouts last time out. The Royals are a bad offense this season and Sale should dominate in this outing.