All 30 Major League Baseball teams take the field today, so daily fantasy players have a full complement of players to consider for this evening’s contests. The Phillies and Blue Jays play day baseball at Rogers Centre, however, so that game will mostly be excluded from your selection process. That still gives us more options than yesterday, in which just 20 teams were in action. Let’s see what we have available to us for tonight’s action.
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Here are the top teams to stack for June 14:
San Francisco – Matt Garza returns from the disabled list to take on the Giants tonight as the Brewers look to even up the series. Garza made three rehab starts at Single-A before climbing up the ladder to return to the bigs. Last season, Garza’s K and BB rates reached all-time lows and he posted a 5.63 ERA with a 4.94 FIP and a 4.50 xFIP. There’s very little to like about him at this stage of his career, unless this back injury was plaguing him most of last season and he can get back to being useful.
Boston – We’ve been waiting for some regression from Chris Tillman this season and it could happen here against Boston. Tillman made an arsenal change to use a slider/cutter a little bit more this season and it has given him a ton of success. The Orioles right-hander had struggled for a couple of starts before throwing 7.1 shutout against Kansas City. However, he’s allowed nine runs and 20 hits over his last 19 innings of work. Hitters are starting to adjust and his 3.01 ERA with a 3.97 xFIP and 83.3 percent strand rate are signs of regression.
Arizona – This is a little bit of a gamble, but there’s a method to the madness. As Kenta Maeda goes through the league a second time, he may have some issues. The Padres touched him up for four runs in five innings this last time he faced them. He hasn’t been working very deep into games lately, with less than six innings in four of his last six starts. This isn’t a great park for any pitcher and this will be his first start at Chase Field. It’s not a great day for stacking, so this is one option that makes some sense.
Here are the top value hitters for June 14:
Khris Davis ($3,500) – The slugging outfielder for the Athletics has hit five home runs in just 51 plate appearances against lefties on the season. Davis owns a .630 SLG against lefties in that small sample size, but it’s still an impressive number because four of those home runs have come at home at O.co Coliseum, which is generally regarded as a great pitcher’s park. Finding cheap power is always an asset in DFS and that’s what we’re aiming for here.
Jason Kipnis ($3,900) – Jason Kipnis has proven to be a pretty streaky hitter in his career and he’s in one of his better streaks right now heading into this matchup with Chris Young. Young has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season and Kipnis is batting a robust .283/.346/.482 with the platoon advantage on the season.
Jeff Francoeur ($2,600) – We’ll dig real deep for our last value pick, platoon bat extraordinaire Jeff Francoeur. Frenchy is hitting .329/.375/.452 with the platoon advantage this season, which he’ll have on Tuesday night against Brandon Finnegan. He’s a cheap option with a little bit of pop in this split and he’ll allow you to put better outfielders on your roster.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 14:
Nate Eovaldi ($5,600) – If anybody is capable of getting past the Coors Field factor relatively unscathed, it’s somebody like Nate Eovaldi. Eovaldi is a ground ball machine, which really helps in Colorado. He’s also posted his best career strikeout rate and he does have some Coors Field experience, so he won’t be going in blind. Eovaldi has great raw stuff and the Rockies haven’t really seen him much, which should work to his advantage.
Jaime Garcia ($7,700) – The Astros are a team that has success against certain types of pitchers. Jaime Garcia isn’t one of them. Garcia does a brilliant job of missing barrels and usually showcases good control. He’s struggling a little bit of late, but a high ground ball split with control is a matchup that doesn’t bode well for the Astros, who live off of power and walks.
Drew Pomeranz ($10,400) – This has been a long road trip for the Miami Marlins and now they draw a tough customer in Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz has well over a strikeout per inning on the season and comes at a hefty price, but the Marlins have to be getting fatigued and some of their key offensive contributors, namely Giancarlo Stanton, have been struggling a little bit of late.