Daily fantasy players are eager to start a new day on the diamond. This Hump Day edition of our DFS tips article will serve the same purpose it always has – helping you find those good value buys to fill out a competitive lineup. It’s nice to be able to change gears and tactics every day, unlike your full-season leagues, and that has been the appeal of DFS. Being creative helps every contest player differently, but the astute ones will come out on top more often than not.
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 June 15:
San Diego – Getaway day baseball on the west coast will be difficult for the Miami Marlins, but it could be made even more difficult by the fact that Justin Nicolino is on the mound. If he qualified, Nicolino would have the 47th-ranked K% among 1,436 qualified pitchers since 2000. His 4.6 percent swinging strike rate would be the eighth-lowest since 2002. The Padres aren’t a great offensive team, but they are eighth in wOBA against lefties. There are a lot of compelling reasons to stack the Padres.
St. Louis – The Cardinals will get their swings in against Collin McHugh, who still can’t seem to figure things out this season. McHugh owns a 5.22 ERA because his command has been off, as evidenced by a .358 BABIP against and 10 home runs allowed in 70.2 innings of work. St. Louis is second in wOBA against RHP on the season, including a .479 SLG, so they have punished mistakes.
Chicago (AL) – Any time Mike Pelfrey pitches, there are opportunities to stack the opponent. The Tigers right-hander is sporting a 4.68 ERA with a 5.41 FIP and a 5.03 xFIP, so the advanced metrics say he should be even worse. Even against a mediocre White Sox lineup, Pelfrey is one of the worst pitchers on the board today and will have yet another opportunity to prove it.
Here are the top value hitters for June 15:
Salvador Perez ($2,900) – The Royals catcher draws a tough assignment in Corey Kluber on Wednesday, but he’s swinging a great bat right now. Kluber does allow some early-count hard contact on his sinker and Perez likes to attack early in the count. Over the last 10 games, Perez has three dingers with a .368/.368/.658 slash and now has a .294/.322/.525 on the season.
Dae-Ho Lee ($3,100) – Drew Smyly hasn’t been the same dominant pitcher that he was early in the season. That’s why Dae-Ho Lee is a good player to use against the southpaw. Lee has a .375 wOBA with a 141 wRC+ against lefties in his rookie season. His .574 SLG is among the best in the league in that split.
Trayce Thompson ($3,900) – Trayce Thompson’s addition to the Dodgers was one of the most underrated moves of the offseason and he has paid big dividends for the team thus far. In 48 PA against lefties this season, Thompson is slugging .533, a continuation of the .327/.362/.636 slash that he put up against southpaws in 2015. He’s been great against all pitchers in his short MLB career, but he will tend to lean towards battering lefties a bit more.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 15:
Luis Perdomo ($4,000) – For those interested in using Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, Johnny Cueto, or Stephen Strasburg, this is your opportunity. Luis Perdomo has 31 K in 36 innings this season, which is passable at this price, and he’s taking on a team wrapping up a long road trip with a getaway day game in San Diego. You have to hope and pray a little if you want to add the pricy pitchers and Perdomo is one of the better options we’ve seen at this price.
Nate Karns ($8,000) – Nate Karns takes on his old team here in this one as the Mariners battle the Rays. Karns is exactly what we’re looking for in a value pick. He’s racked up over a strikeout per inning this season and he’s taking on a lineup that struggles against right-handed pitching. He’s a great value at this price and should have a little something extra against his former teammates.
Anthony DeSclafani ($8,100) – Anthony DeSclafani should keep getting stronger every time he gets the ball. He made his 2016 debut last time out and scattered eight hits over six innings. The strikeouts weren’t there, but he was able to throw a lot of strikes and worked all of his pitches into the mix. Against the lowly Atlanta Braves, this is a good “JV” type of start before he starts to face varsity teams soon.