Yesterday was a really frustrating day because the pitchers suggested in this article were all outstanding, but the hitters didn’t deliver in the same fashion. It underscores just how tough daily fantasy can be, but we keep looking to grind out a profit by any means necessary. For today’s look at possible teams and players, the focus will be on just the night games. There are 10 night games on tap tonight and it could be a good evening to be a hitter. Gerrit Cole is priced at $10,500, with no other pitcher cracking the $9,000 mark.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 24:
Colorado – Allen Webster takes the ball for the Diamondbacks tonight at Coors Field against the Rockies. There is absolutely nothing to like about Webster in this start. He has no command, below average control, and no Major League success. The Rockies have some injuries, but that’s fine, because it keeps their player salaries a little bit lower in DFS formats. Webster is going to allow plenty of baserunners in this start and that’s a problem anywhere, let alone Coors Field.
Baltimore – This one is a bit of a gamble, since Clay Buchholz shows some positive regression in his advanced metrics. There’s something about this start that seems tricky, however. Buchholz hasn’t allowed many home runs this year, but he’s hitting too many barrels, so there are some command issues there. The Orioles have a .324 wOBA against righties, which is tied for seventh and they are sixth in SLG.
Los Angeles Dodgers – I’ve been high on Kyle Hendricks this season, but this is a rough spot for him. The Dodgers are the best offensive team against right-handed pitching by quite a large margin. Their 121 wRC+ is at least 10 percent better than everybody else. Their .344 wOBA is 10 points better than any other team that doesn’t play at Coors Field. They also lead in OBP and OPS.
Here are the top value hitters for June 24:
Kolten Wong ($3,700) – It’s time for Kolten Wong to get it going again. After a .323 BABIP in April and a .349 BABIP in May, Wong’s balls in play haven’t found holes with a .210 BABIP in the month of June. He’s not walking as much either, but Mat Latos doesn’t issue many walks anyway. Wong is part of a left-handed contingent for the Cardinals that should have success against Latos. Lefties are hitting .330/.377/.486 against Latos this season.
Jason Heyward ($3,700) – Once again, a Cardinals player with a good platoon advantage has value. Heyward has found his stroke of late with a 1.167 OPS over his last 10, including three home runs and a couple of steals. Power and speed are the most important things to look for in DFS formats and Heyward has both of those.
Buster Posey ($3,900) – Spending money on catchers is not an easy thing to do, but Posey is one of the few guys that you can bet on with confidence. Posey has run into some bad batted ball luck over the last few games, but he has walked seven more times than he has struck out this season and continues to be one of the top threats at his position. Ian Kennedy has had some command trouble. Perhaps Posey can run into one tonight.
Here are the top value starting pitchers for June 24:
Gerrit Cole ($10,500) – The most expensive pitcher on the board should probably be streamed in all formats. Cole has been dominant this season as his command and control continue to progress at the big league level. His 1.78 ERA won’t last forever, but the Reds have been decidedly better against lefties this season and have struggled with righties. Cole is a workhorse with strikeout upside and a good team. Those are the three things you want to look for when taking a pitcher at this price.
Mike Bolsinger ($7,000) – Pitching has been the name of the game in this series so far and Bolsinger has a good skill set for this lineup. His biggest problem is an elevated walk rate, but the aggressive Cubs youngsters don’t want to be patient. That plays right into his slow and slower with movement pitching style. He has surprising strikeout potential for a ground ball guy and this is a nice matchup for him.
Clay Buchholz ($7,200) – Baltimore was mentioned as a possible stack up above, but this sets up as the type of game where Buchholz will either throw an outstanding game or get shelled. If the stuff is good, he’ll toy with the aggressive Orioles hitters. If it isn’t good, he’ll get knocked around because of a poor defense behind him and command trouble. It’s a boom or bust type of outing for Buchholz in my humble opinion.