We’re wrapping up a solid week of daily fantasy advice here on BangTheBook with a very interesting Sunday card. A lot of elite starters take the ball today, so prices on DraftKings and Fanduel are definitely going to leave you scrambling for those value picks. We’re looking at Noah Syndergaard, Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Archer, Kenta Maeda, Jaime Garcia, and Danny Salazar and we’re trying to figure out who will actually hit the ball today. Don’t worry, we’ll help.
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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The salaries listed are from DraftKings:
Here are the top teams to stack for May 22:
Seattle – This is an easy stack to start of your day. The Mariners draw Alfredo Simon. There doesn’t need to be a whole lot of support for this point, but we’ll give you some anyway. Simon gave up 10 runs on 14 hits in his last start against the Indians. In 31.1 innings this season, Simon has a 10.34 ERA with a 7.05 FIP and a 5.24 xFIP. He can’t locate anything right now. Even when Simon leaves the game, the worst bullpen in the history of baseball will enter the game and that’s not providing any relief.
Toronto – Something has to give at Target Field, right? Phil Hughes is taking the mound with some of the worst command in baseball and the Blue Jays have all of those big-time power hitters. Hughes has given up 36 HR over his last 198 innings of work. In his career, he has given up 164 dingers in 1,188.1 innings. Home runs add up very quickly in DFS formats, so this is definitely an angle to pursue.
New York Mets – Chase Anderson flirted with a no-hitter against the World Champion Chicago Cubs last time out. That, in and of itself, suggests some regression. He was in line for a good start, but the peripherals and the command do not inspire confidence. He has a 5.32 ERA, but also sports a 5.77 FIP. His xFIP and SIERA are lower than that, but those assume a reasonable level of command and Anderson doesn’t have that with a hard-contact rate of 38.2 percent. The worry on Sundays is about who rests, so this may not be as great of a stack as the others.
Here are the top hitters for May 22:
JD Martinez ($3,900) – The perception of Chris Archer has made some of the Tigers decent value options here today. Martinez is one of several Tigers, including Miguel Cabrera, that has turned it on of late. Power hitters can be streaky in nature and Martinez is locked in right now, hitting .342/.432/.842 over his last 38 at bats. It’s a small sample, but this is more like the hitter that we expected. With Archer having command problems, it’s not a long shot that Martinez hit a dinger today. He has five in his last 10 games.
Yasmany Tomas ($3,300) – Platoon advantages have been kind to Yasmany Tomas in his short MLB career. He owns a .306/.356/.537 slash against southpaws over a modest sample size of 160 plate appearances. He’s batting .389 with three dingers and three doubles in 41 PA this season. On a day where it could be pretty tough to be a hitter, this is an excellent price for a guy with upside.
Troy Tulowitzki ($4,200) – Slowly, but surely, Troy Tulowitzki is coming out of his funk to open the season. He has an .846 OPS over his last 10 games and his exit velocities are starting to come up. Against Phil Hughes, he should get plenty of pitches to hit and could be part of the Toronto onslaught. He’s a really good hitter, even with some of those Coors-inflated numbers, and he’s a decent value play here at shortstop today.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 22:
Ubaldo Jimenez ($6,200) – Enigmatic Ubaldo Jimenez probably has the best strikeout upside of the guys with low price tags on Sunday, so he’s worthy of consideration. Unless you go with two middle-tier guys, a pitcher in this price range is necessary to take one of the aces, so Jimenez makes some sense. He’s got 41 K in 45 IP on the season and maybe Angel Stadium will help with his home run problems.
Jerad Eickhoff ($7,200) – Those with Jerad Eickhoff in fantasy leagues or those that like to use him in DFS formats should be very happy. He said after his last start that he was going to incorporate the slider more, which is excellent news, because that’s a plus pitch for him. It will induce swings and misses and weak contact, two things we really want to see. There’s a lot more upside here now than there was before. His slider was a good pitch last year and it should elevate his entire arsenal.
Danny Salazar ($9,100) – It’s a bit risky to roll with an opposing pitcher at Fenway Park, but Danny Salazar is not your average pitcher. Salazar’s walk rate is a little bit concerning so far, but there are two really phenomenal developments. His strikeout rate is up and his ground ball rate sits at 51.4 percent. He’s a guy that has had home run issues in the past, but he’s been sequencing better this season and balls on the ground are not as hurtful, especially with Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, and Mike Napoli around the horn. He’s worth buying, even at Fenway Park.