Tuesday will probably be a sluggish day for most of us, as we return to normal from a holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer. There’s work to do on DraftKings and Fanduel, as we look at another new day of matchups, lineups, and contests. Whether you play GPPs looking for the winning formula or you grind it out with H2H and 50/50 contests, these tips and tricks will help you win money tonight, tomorrow, and over the long haul.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 31:
Los Angeles Angels – The Angels aren’t exactly thought of as a threatening offense, but everybody has been a threat against Anibal Sanchez. It’s been ugly for the Tigers right-hander, as he has allowed 41 runs on 58 hits over 53.2 innings of work. Sanchez has 48 strikeouts, but he’s also issued 27 free passes. The Angels are a tick above league average against RHP with a 101 wRC+. Sanchez has already allowed 11 dingers on the season.
New York Mets – The Mets finally get a respite on Tuesday. They’ve faced some very difficult lefties lately and they have some sharp platoon splits as a team this season. They get Mat Latos tonight, so that represents a great chance to get back on track. After allowing two runs on 13 hits over his first four starts, Latos has allowed 21 runs on 41 hits in his last five starts. There’s still regression present with an 80.9 percent strand rate and a 4.06/5.25/5.24 pitcher slash.
Baltimore – Eduardo Rodriguez makes his return to MLB after battling with an injury to open up the season. The Red Sox southpaw struggled with command in five rehab starts with the Triple-A affiliate, allowing 13 runs on 28 hits, with six home runs allowed. He only struck out 17 of the 115 batters he faced. It doesn’t seem like he’s ready to come back from a command standpoint, but he’s getting thrown into the fire against a very strong Orioles lineup anyway.
Here are the top value hitters for May 31:
Jose Bautista ($4,300) – The big man has been steadily coming out of a little bit of a slow start to the season. Bautista has hit three bombs over the last 10 games and is up to .237/.371/.489 on the season. He was in danger of having his first sub-.490 SLG since 2009, but that seems to be in the past now as he continues to raise his offensive stats across the board. Bautista has posted a .376 wOBA against lefties this season and he’ll hit against CC Sabathia today.
Greg Garcia ($3,000) – This is a tough one, because it will take the cooperation of the rest of the Cardinals lineup, but Mike Matheny has batted the 26-year-old near the top of the lineup recently, so he can be the table setter against Wily Peralta. Truthfully, the Cardinals are a stacking candidate as a team, but Garcia could be the benefactor as a bat-to-ball guy near the top of the lineup.
Zack Cosart ($3,600) – After an unsustainably hot start to the season, Zack Cosart has leveled off a bit, but this is still a very reasonable price for a hitter at Coors Field. Cosart has shown a little bit of pop with six homers and the Reds put a hurting on Chad Bettis and the Rockies on Monday. Cosart homered in that game and had a big day coming out of a day off on Sunday. Just about any starter at Coors is worth a look at that price.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 31:
Tyler Duffey ($7,200) – This season hasn’t gone all that well for Tyler Duffey, but I’m still a believer. He’s still showcasing excellent control, but has had some sequencing problems. His 3.93 ERA is accompanied by a 3.35 FIP and a 3.81 xFIP, suggesting that some positive regression is on its way. A 67.7 percent strand rate and a slightly high .325 BABIP should both come down soon.
Drew Smyly ($8,800) – I’m not sure I understand this price for Drew Smyly given all of the injuries that the Royals are dealing with, but he seems to be a bargain at this number. He’s up to a 3.92/4.03/3.86 pitcher slash, but the strikeouts are still there with over one per inning and that’s how points add up in DFS formats. He’s an extreme fly ball guy when teams do make contact, so that should keep his hit count down, especially with the spacious gaps at Kauffman Stadium.
Gerrit Cole ($9,600) – Gerrit Cole hasn’t been as dominant this season, as his fastball command hasn’t been up to par. It’s crazy to think that “struggling” is a 2.53 ERA, 3.15 FIP, and a 4.03 xFIP, but you could make that case. The big drop we see is in his strikeout rate, which is a disappointment for DFS players, but it’s all because he’s throwing fewer first-pitch strikes. As he starts working ahead more, that strikeout rate will come back up and a visit to Miami seems like a good place for that to start.