The Major League Baseball season is winding down and there are only six more opportunities for daily fantasy players to grab a share of that cash. All 15 teams are in action and all 15 games are at night on Tuesday’s card, so there will be plenty of time to consider the matchups. At this point in the season, it’s important to look at players going for those milestone numbers like a .300 average, 25, 30, or 40 home runs, and 100 RBI. Those are motivated players at this time of year because they like those round numbers.
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 27:
Kansas City – The Royals have been a terrible offense most of the season, but Jose Berrios hasn’t had much success against anybody. The rookie right-hander owns an 8.88 ERA with a 6.55 FIP and a 5.48 xFIP. He’s only worked the bare minimum for a quality start one time, with three earned over six against the Indians on August 1. Outside of that, it’s been ugly for Berrios and he’s allowed four or more runs in eight of his 12 starts.
Detroit – It could be a rough night for the Indians as they nurse the hangover of a Central Division title celebration. Mike Clevinger will get the ball for the Tribe, as the Tigers look to get back into the AL Wild Card race. Expect the entire Indians starting infield to get the night off, which means a huge drop in defensive prowess and that won’t help the chances of Clevinger or the bullpen. The Tigers have some guys that can rake, as we know.
Texas – Yesterday’s Rangers stack didn’t work out real well, but they have another chance today. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson has issued a lot of walks this season and now he takes on an American League lineup in an American League park. Those are usually good chances to fade NL pitchers with bad control and that should be the case again here. Nelson has given up 42 runs, 40 earned, over his last 50.1 innings of work.
Here are the top value hitters for September 27:
Josh Donaldson ($4,700) – Yeah, this is a lot higher of a price point than I usually promote in this segment, but this is an example of the last point in the intro. Josh Donaldson is four dingers away from 40 for the season. Kevin Gausman has allowed a .287/.348/.471 slash to right-handed hitters this season, including 16 of his 25 home runs against. That’s why Donaldson, even at a bigger price point, is a worthy stream here today.
Ian Desmond ($3,700) – Ian Desmond has 22 homers and he’s posted a really impressive 20/20 bounce back season for the Rangers this year. He’s looking for some round numbers like 25 HR and 90 RBI over the final six days of the season as the Rangers push for home field advantage. Desmond has that great matchup against Jimmy Nelson on tap today.
Chris Carter ($4,000) – The slugging first baseman has 38 dingers on the season for the Brewers and he’s a very good streaming option here today. Chris Carter takes on fly ball pitcher AJ Griffin in Arlington, so the ball is still carrying well down there and that means that Carter can get a couple up into the jet stream.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 27:
Daniel Mengden ($6,900) – This is a nice price for Daniel Mengden, who has turned in a few good starts recently. He’s struck out 19 over his last 19.2 innings of work, which is something that we always look for in a pitcher. He missed time from July 25 to September 3 and got shelled in his first start back, but he’s in a decent rhythm now and that means some decent opportunities to stream him this week.
Matt Moore ($7,300) – Matt Moore is coming off of a terrible outing against the Dodgers, so this is a good bounce back spot at home against the Colorado Rockies. Moore has been up and down with the Dodgers, but he’s also shown some excellent strikeout upside in some of his starts. The upside and the potential are there for a plus outing and that’s the hope at this reasonable price point.
Justin Verlander ($11,600) – Justin Verlander will see a very watered-down Indians lineup on Tuesday night as many of the regulars sit after the Indians punched their tickets to October on Monday night. This could look like a Triple-A lineup or a split squad lineup here tonight, so Verlander should have no issues mowing through a bunch of guys called up as a result of expanded rosters.