All 30 teams are in action on Wednesday, but there is a trio of west coast getaway games. With that, we’ll focus solely on the nighttime slate for daily fantasy baseball purposes today. There are a lot of things left to be decided in both leagues, so there shouldn’t be a lot of variance in the lineups here tonight. There are some high-end arms on the mound tonight, so it might be a good night to take a chance on some good hitters at lower prices.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 21:
Texas – The Rangers have a great chance to put up a big number on Jered Weaver tonight. Weaver has allowed a lot of big numbers this season. In his 29 starts, he’s allowed four or more runs in 16 of them. He has a 5.17 ERA with a 5.75 FIP and a 5.73 xFIP. Away from Angel Stadium, opposing hitters own a .297/.360/.541 slash. Even though his ERA is lower in the second half, he’s allowing a higher average, OBP, and SLG. He’s given up 15 HR in 66.1 innings.
Baltimore/Boston – If you create a couple GPP entries, one with a Baltimore stack and one with a Boston stack, one of the two should work out really well. The Orioles are facing Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox are facing Ubaldo Jimenez. Buchholz owns a 5.20/5.31/5.41 pitcher slash in his 126.1 innings and Jimenez has a 5.94/4.58/4.74. One of those two, at the least, should be good for a blow-up against a good offense.
Chicago Cubs – Robert Stephenson has shown control problems all season long, both in the minors and in the big leagues. He’s fighting with his command with six homers allowed in 25.1 innings of work. There’s a lot working against him in this start against the Cubs. We don’t know what the Cubs lineup will look like on a day-to-day basis, so there’s some inherent risk, but even their backups seem to be hitting this season.
Here are the top value hitters for September 21:
Anthony Rendon ($3,400) – Anthony Rendon is having a strong season across the board. He’s got 18 home runs and 12 stolen bases with his .271/.350/.450 slash. Of those 18 home runs, 17 have come against same-side pitching and the right-handed hitter faces right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler in this outing. Rendon is having a terrific second half with a .298/.364/.519 slash after missing a good chunk of the 2015 season.
Giancarlo Stanton ($3,800) – It’s rare to get Giancarlo Stanton at a price like this when he’s swinging well. He’s swinging very well right now. Over his last 10 games, Stanton only has 16 at bats, but he’s batting .375/.476/.938 and looks like a guy that didn’t miss a beat during this disappointing season. Stanton has a matchup here against Max Scherzer, so it’ll be power against power. As great as Scherzer is, he has given up 26 HR this season.
Josh Bell ($2,900) – With the playoff prospects dwindling, the Pirates are getting an extended look at Josh Bell. He looks pretty good, posting a .312/.416/.462 slash thus far. Jimmy Nelson is a pretty decent matchup for the switch hitter, so expect him to keep building on his quality season. Both of Bell’s home runs and all eight of his doubles have come while batting from the left side.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 21:
Luis Perdomo ($6,300) – The Diamondbacks do a lot of damage against lefties, but they struggle quite a bit with righties. Luis Perdomo has had a mixed bag of starts lately, but when he’s been good, he’s been really good. He has strikeout per inning upside over five or six innings and has a favorable matchup at Petco Park against a team that is not all that invested in the season anymore.
Alex Cobb ($7,000) – It’d be great if Alex Cobb could stay healthy because he’s a really fun pitcher to watch. Cobb has posted a 3.06 ERA in his 17.2 innings this season and owns a 3.21/3.44/3.38 pitcher slash in 516.1 career MLB innings. Cobb draws the Yankees here at Tropicana Field, so it’s a decent spot and he’s showcased good control and the ability to induce ground balls already so far.
John Lackey ($8,800) – Now that John Lackey has been able to make three starts since coming off of the DL, he should fall back into a rhythm and be a very effective starter. The Reds aren’t much of a lineup to face and Lackey is now looking to round into playoff form. Prior to his last start, he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since his first start out of the All-Star Break.