If you like offense, Monday’s daily fantasy card should be right up your alley. In terms of DraftKings formats, no pitcher costs more than $8,400 and that pitcher is CJ Wilson, who doesn’t get a whole lot of trust or respect. There are only nine games on the schedule as several teams enjoy their last scheduled off day before the All-Star Break. A lot of lineups will end up matching on days like this, which is why the different tone of our DFS article is important to consider.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 29:
Los Angeles Dodgers – The league’s top offense against right-handed pitching draws a very hittable righty in Allen Webster. The betting market poured in on the Dodgers overnight and with good reason. Webster has a 6.28 ERA, 5.28 FIP, and 5.08 xFIP in his MLB career and he has not performed well in three starts this season, with more walks than strikeouts and three home runs allowed in 15.1 innings. Dodgers will be expensive to stack, but in a hitter’s park against Webster, it may be worth it to use them anyway.
Kansas City – Is this the start where Lance McCullers struggles? His list of opponents to date has not been very impressive and teams are starting to make adjustments. Over his last three starts, McCullers has a 16/10 K/BB ratio and he hasn’t worked deep into games. His resume so far is Oakland, Detroit, Chicago White Sox x2, Baltimore, Seattle x2, and the Los Angeles Angels. Kansas City is certainly above those teams, especially from a contact standpoint. A lot of people will stream McCullers based on his success to date. Maybe the contrarian route wins out.
Baltimore – Was Wandy Rodriguez’s last start the exception or is it the new normal? The oft-injured southpaw has given Texas some excellent innings this season, but he was blasted by Oakland in his last start and now takes on a tough Baltimore lineup. The Orioles had some fun with Indians pitching in the nightcap on Sunday and Adam Jones is back in the lineup now. Command is always dicey with Wandy and Camden Yards is a good hitter’s yard.
Here are the top value hitters for June 29:
Adam Lind ($4,300) – It remains to be seen what the Brewers offense will do as a whole, but Adam Lind is a juicy candidate for streaming on Monday. Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan has allowed a .717 SLG to left-handed batters this season. Lind has been swinging a good stick of late, but he’s also been good most of the season with a .291/.362/.494 slash. He’s been one of the few bright spots for the Brewers this season.
Evan Longoria ($4,300) – It’s kind of surprising that Evan Longoria is tied for the 10th-most expensive third baseman on Monday, but that’s the case. Longo hasn’t had the same season that he has put up in the past, with a .279/.359/.426 slash, but he takes on a pitcher that he just saw a week ago and he has been swinging a better bat in the middle of the Rays lineup for a little while now after a slow start.
David Murphy ($3,000) – We’ll go back to the well with David Murphy again in hopes that the Indians offense can wake from its slumber. Murphy didn’t have much success in the early game on Sunday, but he had four singles in the nightcap. The Indians are going to get it figured out offensively and could make some lineup changes before Monday’s game to try and spark things. What won’t change is that Murphy will be batting in the middle of the order with a platoon advantage.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for June 29:
Kendall Graveman ($6,200) – It’s not a big surprise that the Rockies are struggling away from home. They are averaging 3.6 runs per game away from hitter-friendly Coors Field. Normally an extra bat in the lineup would help Colorado, but with their injury problems, it’s just another below average hitter in the box. Since coming back on May 23, Graveman has not allowed more than three runs in any start and has worked at least seven innings in each of his last four starts.
Mike Bolsinger ($6,700) – I’ve really come around on Mike Bolsinger after not believing in him early in the season. This will be a big start for him against his former organization. His high ground ball rate should play well at Chase Field, which makes it a bit questionable why Arizona let him go. He has held righties to a .203/.276/.311 slash, which should be good enough to keep the Diamondbacks at bay.
Lance McCullers ($7,700) – I know that I have the Royals up there as a stacking option, but the pitcher market is really bare for DFS today. Strikeouts are one of the most valuable commodities and McCullers gets those. One of the things that holds him back is that he doesn’t work deep into games, but the Royals are not a patient lineup. That’s why he has boom or bust potential. If the command is good, he’ll succeed. If not, the Royals will swing early and attack.