It seems likely that the regular season will leak over into next week, but we’re down to two MLB daily fantasy baseball tips articles for 2016. Hopefully those of you that have followed along throughout the season have made some money off of these suggestions or have applied them to your handicapping. For October 1, we’ve got seven early games and eight late games, so we’ll look at players from each portion of the day to help whether you’re playing early or late.
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 October 1:
Los Angeles Dodgers (early) – The Dodgers will get their swings in against Albert Suarez today. It’s a big spot for the Giants, who are desperately clawing for one of those NL Wild Card positions. Suarez is a pretty standard five-inning, three or four earned run type of guy. He has a 4.29 ERA with a 4.63 FIP and a 4.58 xFIP. He doesn’t miss many bats, so there’s always the chance of a big blow-up based on batted ball luck and sequencing.
Arizona (late) – The Diamondbacks get a lefty today, so there’s a chance that they have a very big offensive day. That southpaw is Clayton Richard. He’s been surprisingly good this season in eight starts and 27 relief appearances, but his .340 BABIP and 76.2 percent strand rate could indicate some struggles today. He only has a 30/18 K/BB ratio in 48 innings and has allowed 50 hits, but he has mostly worked around it. Arizona has been a top offense against LHP this year and they shouldn’t stop now.
Detroit (late) – Even down a hitter because of the National League, the Tigers are a viable stacking option here today. Detroit will face Aaron Blair, who has an 8.02 ERA this season over his 64 innings of work and he’s given up at least five runs in six of his 14 starts, so it has been a real struggle for him. He’s got just 36 strikeouts against 33 walks and he’s given up 13 HR. He’s just not MLB-ready and teams have let him know that.
Here are the top value hitters for October 1:
Chris Davis (early) ($3,400) – Chris Davis was a good addition to your DFS lineup yesterday at a reasonable price and he should be the same here today. Luis Severino has had some command issues throughout the season and Davis should get at least two cracks at him before pitch count takes Severino out of the game. We all know about the short porch at Yankee Stadium, so that’s a factor also.
Alex Dickerson (late) ($3,700) – Alex Dickerson has slashed .254/.335/.481 against right-handed pitching in his rookie season and he’ll get some cuts in against Archie Bradley here tonight. Dickerson has nine of his 10 home runs against righties and is swinging a hot bat over his last 10 games with a .360/.500/.640 slash, so he’s ending the season on a high note.
Chris Young (late) ($3,800) – This Red Sox platoon hitter has had another fine season against southpaws. He’ll see one today in JA Happ. Chris Young is a .319/.405/.594 hitter when facing a lefty, which is a continuation of the success that he had last season in a different uniform with a .327/.397/.525 slash in the same split.
Here are the top value pitchers for October 1:
Trevor Bauer (early) ($7,000) – With the way that the Indians rotation is going right now, Trevor Bauer represents the best chance for the Tribe to get some length from a starter. Bauer draws the lowly Royals in this outing and should have some success with one of the worst offenses in the American League. He’ll pitch deep into the game and should be around a strikeout per inning.
Jharel Cotton (late) ($6,600) – It has been a very impressive debut for Jharel Cotton. The A’s right-hander has given up just four earned runs over 25 innings to start off his MLB career. Cotton doesn’t walk batters, so he’s been able to have a lot of success with good control and weak contact. He hasn’t carried over his minor league strikeout success, but there’s still some upside in that category as well.
Archie Bradley (late) ($7,500) – If nothing else, there’s quite a bit of strikeout upside with Archie Bradley, who has struggled recently. He’s struck out 132 in 134.2 innings of work and draws a Padres lineup that hasn’t fared very well with right-handed pitching throughout the season. If he can keep the runs to a minimum, he’ll be a great bargain bin opportunity today.