We’ve got a full slate of games on Wednesday so DFS players can continue building up their bankrolls. Four early games give all of us something to pay attention during the doldrums of the Hump Day work day. Eleven night games can be played separately or in all day contests, so there is no shortage of options across the daily fantasy landscape today. It’s a huge day for pitchers, with eight of them cracking the five-figure mark at DraftKings, so keep that in mind as you set your lineup.
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.
DraftKings or FanDuel are the industry leaders in ease of use and safe, free transactions. Use these tips and the tips from our daily radio show to improve your abilities and fill out the winning lineup. Our MLB daily fantasy tips and suggestions article is different in that we’re not looking for the top scorers, but for the best values so that you can get the edge that you need in order to save money for the game’s best players.
The salaries listed are from DraftKings:
Here are the top teams to stack for June 8:
St. Louis – Somehow, Alfredo Simon wasn’t horrible in Colorado, but we’re right back on the fade train here tonight. Simon has an 8.94 ERA with a 6.88 FIP and a 5.41 xFIP. On any other team, Simon would be in the bullpen or DFA’d. On the Reds, who just want somebody to munch innings to protect the young arms, they’ll keep trotting Simon out. The Cardinals are the next team to get a crack. The Cardinals have tailed off offensively, but they still rank second in wOBA against right-handed pitching on the season.
New York Yankees – It’s Jered Weaver at Yankee Stadium. What could possibly go wrong? Over the last four years, Weaver has ERAs of 4.00, 4.70, 6.01, and 5.22 on the road. Hitters are slugging .542 in 129 road plate appearances this season after slugging .510 last season. Lefties are batting .282/.336/.520 on the season and that short porch in right is just begging players to hit dingers.
Toronto – The Blue Jays have been stymied offensively in this series against the Tigers, but a matchup against Jordan Zimmermann could be just what they need. Zimmermann has done a good job staving off a visit from the Regression Monster, but it’s coming. He has a 2.58 ERA with a 3.59 FIP and a 4.40 xFIP. His 4.42 SIERA isn’t too fond of his work so far. He’s inducing an unnatural number of pop ups and those could start to leave the yard, forcing his HR/FB% to regress. The powerful Jays could be the team to do that.
Here are the top value hitters for June 8:
Carlos Beltran ($4,300) – The signs of aging have caught up with Carlos Beltran in some ways, but his power is almost better than ever. Beltran has already cracked 15 dingers this season and four in his last 10 games. With Jered Weaver on the mound, Beltran will take his hacks on his more productive side of the split. Beltran has 10 dingers batting left-handed, six of them at home in 70 plate appearances. Beltran has a .560 SLG against righties on the season.
David Peralta ($3,500) – The Diamondbacks outfielder returned to the lineup on Monday and promptly homered off of Chris Archer. Limited to once pinch-hit appearance on Tuesday, Peralta will be back in there on Wednesday against Jake Odorizzi, a fly ball pitcher in a bad environment to be one of those. There’s a lot of value on Peralta on a regular basis against righties because he’s kind of an afterthought in the DFS algorithms.
Tyler Naquin ($2,900) – With a righty on the mound, Tyler Naquin will be back in the lineup for the Indians when they take on the Mariners on Wednesday night. Naquin is a guy with good barrel skills that hasn’t show a ton of power throughout his career, but he’s looked a lot more comfortable since his recall from Marlon Byrd’s PED suspension. The biggest thing is that Naquin has started drawing walks, which has given him better pitches to hit. He’s a good option to fill out your outfield at a decent price.
Here are the top value pitchers for June 8:
Jaime Garcia ($6,700) – The Cincinnati Reds are in the middle of the pack offensively against southpaws, but they are striking out over 22 percent of the time against lefties. That means that Jaime Garcia should be able to have one of those really strong starts that we look for in this price range with some innings and a strikeout per inning or thereabouts.
Ricky Nolasco ($6,900) – We talked prior to Nolasco’s last start against Tampa Bay about some positive regression in his arsenal. He worked 7.2 solid innings and we’re expecting the same here in this one. Nolasco has a 4.93 ERA with a 3.67 FIP and a 3.80 xFIP. His 59.1 percent strand rate will keep going up and he has really strong K/BB rates on the season. He’s a great value pick at this price against a Marlins lineup that ranks 17th in wOBA against RHP.
David Price ($9,400) – This is the second-lowest price of the season for David Price, who gets the ball out in San Francisco. Price is still striking out almost 10 batters per nine innings and his strand rate has kept him from having an ERA closer to his 3.34 FIP or his 3.37 xFIP. He’s given up three runs or less and has worked 6.1 innings or more in each of his last five starts, so that ERA is starting to come down. The Giants aren’t the same offensive team they were last season, so this is a bargain of a price.