Ten games are on the Major League Baseball slate, but it still feels hard to get excited about the season or the playoff races after the tragic death of Jose Fernandez on Sunday. He would have faced Bartolo Colon today in the Marlins/Mets game. We’ll do the best we can to keep going through the week. For us at BangTheBook, that means getting back to our daily fantasy baseball discussion. Let’s see what’s in store for Monday’s action.
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 26:
St. Louis – After a tough series against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals get back to some friendlier competition against the Cincinnati Reds and Tim Adleman. Adleman sports a 4.06 ERA with a 5.91 FIP and a 5.16 xFIP on the season. He’s been fortunate to have similar rates to teammate Dan Straily, with a .247 BABIP and an 85 percent LOB%. He trends towards the fly ball side, so home runs and aerial contact have allowed him to carry a high strand rate. The Cardinals have hit righties well all season and should do so again here.
Seattle – Collin McHugh has been so hit or miss this season. Lately, he’s been a hit, with four solid starts in his last five outings. But, he’s leaving the ball up a lot lately and he’s been able to work around some baserunners. That might not be the case against the Mariners on Monday. McHugh has not shown great command against either split, with a .453 SLG against versus lefties and a .483 SLG against versus righties. There’s always the chance that he gets rocked with the command inconsistency that he has shown.
Texas – Matt Garza in an American League park against a solid lineup seems like a pretty optimal stacking opportunity. Garza has worked 95.2 innings this season and sports a 4.52 ERA with a 4.42 FIP and a 4.45 xFIP. He’s got some ugly K/BB peripherals as well and that’s problematic going into a game where there will be an extra hitter in the lineup. It should be a good night for the Texas hitters.
Here are the top value hitters for September 26:
Ryon Healy ($3,600) – It’s been a few days since we’ve looked to Ryon Healy as our DFS savior. Healy has a .303/.336/.519 slash on the season and snapped out of a mini skid with a dinger and a couple knocks on Sunday. He’s still slashing .310/.326/.595 over his last 10 games and he has a date with Jered Weaver today. Several A’s hitters are worthy of streaming consideration today.
Willson Contreras ($3,700) – Willson Contreras had the day off on Sunday, save for a pinch hit appearance and a couple innings behind the plate. He should be back out there catching Kyle Hendricks tonight. Contreras has a .273/.348/.475 slash and he’s finishing the season on a high note. He also has dual C/OF eligibility, which adds to his value here tonight.
Robinson Cano ($4,200) – During the final week of the season, it’s probably best to look at players that have been through the grind before. It’s so deep into the season that a lot of players are tired and beat up, but those younger players with value, like the two above, are bigger gambles at this time of year. Robinson Cano is having a monster season and should end on a high note as the M’s push towards the playoffs.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 26:
Hisashi Iwakuma ($7,500) – Hisashi Iwakuma stopped giving up as many home runs and everything changed for him this season. Iwakuma posted a 4.25 ERA in the first half with a .279/.326/.473 slash against, but he’s posted a 3.72 with a .268/.314/.422 against in the second half. Iwakuma gave up 17 of his 28 home runs prior to June 28. Since then, he’s posted a 3.63 ERA and a 3.97 FIP. He’s a bit of a risk against Houston, but the savvy veteran should be able to use the Astros’ aggressiveness to his advantage.
Sean Manaea ($7,700) – Sean Manaea has a 4.03/4.12/3.97 on the season over his 131.2 innings of work. He has a 2.84/3.76/3.56 since he returned from the disabled list in late June and has 76 strikeouts in 82.1 innings of work. He’s definitely in a position to finish out the season strong and draws a pretty good matchup here in the Angels. He missed some time from August 29 to September 14, but he’s looked good in his two starts since.
Bartolo Colon ($7,900) – The Mets are making a push for a playoff spot and they’ll rely on old man Bartolo to push them a game closer on Monday. Colon owns a 3.12 ERA with a 3.93 FIP and a 4.19 xFIP on the season. Surprisingly, the 43-year-old is getting better as the season goes along, which is something I certainly didn’t expect. It’s hard to see him struggling in this start.