It could be a Sunday Funday for you if you win big in your daily fantasy sports contest(s) today. Sundays are always the toughest days to be a winner because of the way the schedule shakes out and the number of players that are getting a day off. It’s important to pay close attention to those lineups and the bullpen usage stats over the weekend to see what players will be available and which teams will be shorthanded. There are some underrated pitchers in action on Sunday, so let’s see which ones to buy and which ones to buy and which ones to sell on the final day of May.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 31:
Houston – How much longer can the White Sox trot John Danks out there? The team’s highest-paid player has been one of the worst pitchers on the staff this season. Danks has a 5.69 ERA with a 5.15 FIP and a 4.86 xFIP. Ground balls appear to be a thing of the past for Danks, who is inducing just 31.6 percent grounders on balls in play. That plays right into the skill set of an Astros lineup with a lot of power. For the fourth straight season, Danks’s HR/FB% is above 10 percent and he has given up 62 home runs over his last 381 innings pitched.
Arizona – You probably don’t know a lot about Tyler Wagner. The 24-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the Brewers in 2012 and he is capable of a blow-up in this start. Wagner is a sinker/slider guy that sits low 90s and lacks a third pitch. His arm action is unconventional, according to scouts, which could baffle Diamondbacks hitters the first time through the lineup. But, Wagner has 53.2 innings at Double-A and no Triple-A experience. He’ll be very dependent on his defense and that’s scary at Miller Park.
San Diego – More like Jeff Rocked, am I right?! Actually, Jeff Locke pitched fairly well his last time out, but a right-handed heavy Padres lineup has to like this matchup. Locke has done well to induce ground balls this season, but his 4.07 SIERA shouldn’t instill a whole lot of confidence. Locke’s two-seamer has been among the worst in the league and he’s missing fewer bats than last season. The Padres have struggled against LHP because of strikeouts, but Locke is not a strikeout pitcher.
Here are the top value hitters for May 31:
Yan Gomes ($3,800) – I was a little surprised to see Gomes priced this high given his struggles since returning from the disabled list, but he’s due to go off. He fouled back a couple of pitches that he put good swings on during Saturday’s game and he’ll be playing back-to-back days for the first time since his return. JA Happ is not an overpowering guy and righties are slugging .407 off of him this season.
Mark Reynolds ($3,000) – Platoon bat extraordinaire Mark Reynolds will see a lot of playing time with Matt Adams on the DL. This start will come against southpaw Brett Anderson, so Reynolds will definitely have a platoon advantage against the left-hander. Of Reynolds’s 227 home runs, 60 have come against lefties in just 1,234 plate appearances. Reynolds has a couple this season and has underperformed against lefties, but it’s hard to pass on this type of value for a guy with a good platoon track record.
Ichiro Suzuki ($2,700) – You won’t get any power from Suzuki, but picking up a bat-to-ball guy at a low price might not be a bad idea. Two months into the season, Colon is starting to show some signs of age and the Marlins’ left-handed bats could take advantage. Ichiro had the day off against Jon Niese on Saturday, so the veteran outfielder should be ready to swing it on Sunday.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 31:
Chase Anderson ($5,500) – You know how much I love Chase Anderson. He’s still undervalued at this price. He has dominated right-handed batters this season to the tune of a .187/.230/.221 slash and a .204 wOBA. He induces a lot of weak contact and has been brilliant in the month of May with a .205/.273/.259 slash against. The Brewers have a lot of right-handed batters and the Diamondbacks offense should give him a little bit of run support against a Double-A pitcher making his Major League debut.
Tanner Roark ($6,000) – Tanner Roark was banished to the bullpen after the Nationals signed Max Scherzer, but he is in the rotation now with the injury to Doug Fister. Roark has a heavy sinker and doesn’t walk many batters. Pitching out of the bullpen was not a good transition for Roark because he doesn’t miss a whole lot of bats. A matchup against the light-hitting Reds should work out well for him on a chilly day in Cincinnati.
Matt Shoemaker ($7,800) – Matt Shoemaker has continued to miss bats and avoid walks. His 5.44 ERA and 5.23 FIP are due to an abnormally high home run rate allowed. His 3.83 xFIP and 3.55 SIERA suggest that improvement is coming. Shoemaker has allowed a lot more fly balls this season, which is rather surprising. It probably has to do with reduced usage of his slider in exchange for more changeups and curveballs. It’s dangerous to go with pitchers against the Tigers, but I’m of the mind that his .218/.263/.347 slash against versus righties last season is more accurate than the .279/.306/.534 this season.