One more day of daily fantasy action for this week features a variety of pitchers and a variety of prices on this Sunday. The daily grind of participating in DFS can be pretty taxing at this time of the year, but every day has new opportunities to find the right matchups and to put the pieces into the right slots to be that next big winner. A big part of the puzzle is to find guys at reasonable prices. That’s what we’ll do here today.
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 12:
Cincinnati – The Redlegs have been one of the better offensive ballclubs over the last five weeks and they draw a favorable matchup on Sunday against Kendall Graveman. It’s been very surprising to see two low-scoring matchups in this series with warmer temperatures at Great American “Small” Park, but maybe some daytime baseball will fire up the offense. Graveman has a 5.49 ERA with a 5.50 FIP and a 4.55 xFIP on the year.
San Diego – Tyler Anderson will make his Major League debut for the Colorado Rockies today with uninspiring peripherals and a lineup that hits lefties pretty well. The Padres are the eighth-ranked offense by wOBA against southpaws on the season and we all know what Coors Field does to inflate numbers. Anderson doesn’t miss many bats. He has showcased decent command in his MiLB career, but Coors Field may have other ideas.
Detroit – The command-less Michael Pineda takes on a powerful Tigers lineup here today. Pineda has been working on some arm slot adjustments and the returns have been fairly positive, but the Tigers are seeing him for the second time in 10 days and his other start was against a subpar Angels lineup. Pineda still has a 6.14 ERA on the season with 84 hits, including 12 home runs, allowed in 66 IP.
Here are the top value hitters for June 12:
Randal Grichuk ($3,000) – Mike Matheny is trying to get Randal Grichuk going and he actually batted the outfielder in the leadoff spot on Saturday. It didn’t work out all that well, as Grichuk was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but he may opt to do the same against Jon Niese today. That would give Grichuk some significant value. Obviously he’d have to get some hits and runs, but leadoff hitters rarely come at this price point. Even if he doesn’t lead off, he has plus power, so maybe he’ll snap out of it.
Cheslor Cuthbert ($2,600) – We’re digging really deep for a cheap 3B option here today. Cheslor Cuthbert has batted .324/.342/.595 over his last 10 games, with a nice uptick in power that could have some value against Carlos Rodon. Righties are batting .296/.369/.472 against Rodon this season with a .360 wOBA, so, at the very least, Cuthbert has a big platoon advantage in this one, even if he hasn’t hit lefties at the MLB level just yet.
Salvador Perez ($3,000) – The same thing applies to right-handed backstop Salvador Perez. It’s always tough to pick out catchers on Sundays because many of them get a chance to take a seat and observe the game. If Perez is out there, Rodon has had a lot of issues with right-handed hitters and he’s a great, cheap option for DFS players.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 12:
Julio Urias ($5,500) – The rookie is getting a lot more comfortable at the big league level and this shouldn’t be that bad of a spot for him. He hasn’t been economical with his pitch counts and has had some struggles, but he did well against a Colorado lineup that was easily the weakest he had faced. The Giants aren’t the type of lineup you would expect them to be and Urias has good stuff and it’s only getting better. He’s worth a look at this price because he doesn’t have to do much to validate it.
Cole Hamels ($8,500) – Cole Hamels’s weird season continued last time out, as he increased his LOB%, but gave up another home run and had four walks against four strikeouts. He always has upside, though, and he’ll draw a Seattle lineup that is very left-handed-heavy. He hasn’t seen the Mariners since April 4, so he might be able to have additional success the first couple times through the lineup. That’s all you need to get a solid start in DFS.
Michael Pineda ($6,700) – If you want, you can gamble on the Yankees starter here today. There’s reason to believe he can pitch well, since his stuff and command have been a little bit more effective over his last two starts with the mechanics change. The Tigers have one of the worst K/BB ratios in baseball against righties, so they have been striking out a lot and haven’t been working a lot of counts. Without a lot of strikeout upside on the board today, Pineda does make some sense.