It will be a tough day for daily fantasy players on Monday with a lot of day game action for the Memorial Day holiday. Ten of the 15 games on tap for May 25 have matinee start times, so decisions will have to be made quickly. Watch for players grabbing some rest with all of the teams in action. Mondays usually have lighter schedules with off days built in, but Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and teams want to maximize their attendance possibilities.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 25:
Cleveland – No pitcher costs more than $9,500 at DraftKings on Sunday, so players could be treated to some offense, despite the preconceived notions about weekday day games. The Indians take on Phil Klein, a reliever turned starter with the myriad of injuries and ineffectiveness that have plagued the Texas Rangers over the last couple of seasons. Klein is a fastball/slider guy without a third pitch and those pitchers often have trouble the second or third time through the lineup. The slider could also be mitigated by Cleveland’s lefty-heavy lineup.
Houston – This could be the start that people have been waiting for from Wei-Yin Chen. Chen is one of the best in baseball at inducing weak contact, but his 2.90 ERA with a 4.48 FIP, 4.47 xFIP, and 4.19 SIERA suggests that regression is imminent. The Astros’ power-heavy lineup features a lot of right-handed bats that could do some damage against Chen. Chen has a very low pop up rate given his fly ball rate, so some of these balls are going to start to carry. This is a dangerous start for Chen.
Pittsburgh – The Pirates offense is getting it together and the nice thing about stacking the middle of the Pirates order is that you may be able to get some additional value from stolen bases. No middle of the order has better speed than Pittsburgh’s and that is something worth keeping in mind. David Phelps is a replacement-level pitcher and a guy that allows a lot of contact. A Pirates stack is expensive, but with cheap pitching options, that’s not a bad thing.
Here are the top value hitters for May 25:
Matt Duffy ($3,500) – Duffy is the new everyday third baseman for the San Francisco Giants. The Giants DFA’d Casey McGehee on Sunday and now Duffy is assured regular playing time. Duffy has a .297/.327/.396 slash and he doesn’t have the traditional power profile of a third baseman, but he has been an integral part of the Giants’ offense success thus far.
Chase Utley ($3,800) – After a disastrous start to the season, Chase Utley is coming around. He had Sunday off, so he should be rested when the Phillies take on Bartolo Colon on Monday. Utley has posted an .893 OPS over his last 10 games and the awful start to the season has certainly tempered his DFS expectations. Utley is very familiar with somebody like Colon and that could lead to a strong day at the plate.
Kyle Seager ($3,500) – This is a bargain price for Seager, even though Jake Odorizzi has thrown the ball really well for Tampa. Seager has hit in 10 straight games and has three home runs in that span. He’ll have a platoon split advantage here against Odorizzi. The best thing about Seager is that he makes solid contact and that is always the type of player that you want to key in on for DFS.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 25:
Carlos Martinez ($8,500) – Martinez is a guy that seems projectable from start to start and this start against the Arizona Diamondbacks should be good for him. He’s got a big fastball and swing-and-miss stuff that plays up against right-handed hitters and the big bats capable of hurting him in this start are right-handed. Martinez will be back at home with his elite defense behind him and the Cardinals should give him a bit of run support against Chase Anderson.
Jered Weaver ($8,500) – This is a rare time to like Jered Weaver. The right-handed heavy Padres lineup could be baffled by his arsenal of breaking stuff and Weaver has been better against right-handers most of his career. The Padres swing and miss a lot and their aggressiveness plays right into what Weaver wants to do with changing speeds and mixing pitches.
Brett Anderson ($7,000) – The Dodgers are one of today’s biggest betting favorites, so Anderson is the most likely to grab a win on Monday. He takes on a lineup that is hit-or-miss on a daily basis, but Anderson has some good strikeout upside. The Braves have a lot of veteran bats that hit better from the left side and that plays into Anderson’s strengths as a guy with a healthy platoon split.