Daily Fantasy Pitchers and Stacks – 7/28/16

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Doug Norrie

We’ve got a pair of early games, but the action picks up in earnest tonight with seven-game evening slate, replete with solid arms and a handful of offenses in good spots. But the real focus today is the pitching. With so many good arms we’ll need to make solid decisions for the bump. 


Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez FD 11800 DK 13400
Opponent – STL (Wacha) Park – @MIA
FD – 42.22 DK – 27.75

The pitcher position is pretty loaded tonight, though there is nobody that really stands up above the other elite options. That being said, there is only one team with a team total under 3, and that is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are a right-handed heavy that has struggled pretty mightily against right handers with high strikeout rates on the season. Jose Fernandez on the other hand, has demolished righties on the season as evident by the .216 wOBA against. Along with a great wOBA, he has sported a 28.7% hard contact rate and a 15.34 K/9. While there is a ton of top pitching options on the slate, Fernandez is on the top of the list for me. 

Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto FD 10700 DK 11900
Opponent – WSH (Roark) Park – @SF
FD – 35.73 DK – 23.78

In tournaments, Jose Fernandez is definitely the guy I am looking at the most. However, in cash games, Johnny Cueto is right up there. He has been very consistent this season with 16 of his 20 starts being that of quality. In 140 innings, he has sported a .263 wOBA to go along with 3.26 xFIP and a 26% hard contact rate. He will be taking on a Washington Nationals team struggling a bit against righties with a .314 wOBA and a 0.48 BB/K rate. The game will be taking place in AT&T Park, which is one of the absolute best for right handed pitchers. Cueto is just another guy in the high priced range to consider at pitcher, though he is a better play on FanDuel at $10700. 

Aaron Nola

Aaron Nola FD 8000 DK 8400
Opponent – ATL (Wisler) Park – @ATL
FD – 30.37 DK – 19.77

Nola comes in a bit cheaper and a lack of upside definitely comes with the discount. That being said, there is a ton of safety in this match up. While the Braves don’t strikeout a ton against righties, they are one of the worst teams in the league and lack the ability to hit home runs and string together hits as a team. The game will be played in Turner Field, which comes in as a bottom 10 ballpark in the league for left handed batters. While Nola is a righty, he has actually been better against lefties on the season. In 49.1 innings, he ha sported a .297 wOBA to go along with a 29.5% hard contact rate and a 17.3% line drive rate. While he is not recommended for tournaments, he makes for a very SP2 on a site like DraftKings at only $8400.

Boston Red Sox vs. Jered Weaver (LAA)

The Red Sox are my top stack of the night, and it isn’t even close. They will be going up against Jered Weaver, who has struggled mightily this season. He is coming into this contest sporting an ERA, SIERA, and Fielding Independeng Pitching- well over five. It just sets this Boston Red Sox team perfectly. This is as good as a matchup you’ll see in DFS, so don’t try to be cute and fade a team that has the highest wOBA against right-handed pitchers, especially against one whose peripherals are just awful. The Sox lineup runs deep and have tough outs even at the bottom of the lineup

My top 4 hitters to stack: David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez

Minnesota Twins vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL)

With all these aces on the mound, there are not many stacking options, but I like the Twins tonight. They will be going up against Ubaldo Jimenez; another guy struggling this season. He is coming into this contest boasting a 1.97 WHIP to go along with a 7.38 ERA. His xFIP indicates that his ERA will drop, but not to any great degree. He is putting two base runners on per inning, which just yells out trouble. I know the Twins don’t have the best offense in the big leagues, but this is one gorgeous matchup and it will be interesting to see how there ownership percentages look today.

My top 4 hitters to stack: Miguel Sano, Eduardo Nunez, Joe Mauer and Brain Dozier.

Daily Fantasy Pitchers and Stacks – 7/27/16

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It’s a double slate of baseball, but we’ll cover the shorter evening slate of games here. Today’s biggest theme is how much quality pitching takes the bump. The afternoon featured Bumgarner, Strasburg, Carrasco and Conley among others. But the evening has it’s own arms as well.

This glut of arms do make the hitter decisions a bit closer, but there’s value there as well.


Lance McCullers

Lance McCullers FD 9100 DK 10100
Opponent – NYY (Tanaka) Park – @HOU
FD – 33.28 DK – 21.87

McCullers is a high upside play today in a matchup against the Yankees who are only projected for just over three runs tonight. He is a bit of a mystery as he comes with huge K upside (11.52 K/9 for the season) but has had a ton of issues with walks (5.37 BB/9). He has been able to control the ERA(3.33) and xFIP(3.27) as he is serving up 57.2% ground balls. The Yankees don’t strike out a ton (18.7% vs. RH pitching) but they also don’t walk much either which should help neutralize the awful walk rate. McCullers has also been a much better option at home this season with a 2.39 ERA and has limited opponents to a .239 average. I don’t fully trust him for cash games but think he makes a great GPP play tonight and worth some exposure in the optimizer.

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish FD 9600 DK 11300
Opponent – OAK (Manaea) Park – @TEX
FD – 31.01 DK – 20.5

If the Rangers can put together some offensive production for Darvish tonight he will be an elite option. In his two starts since coming of the disabled list he has struck out 20 batters in just 10.1 innings and it appears they will stretch him out past 90 pitches tonight. While the A’s don’t strikeout a bunch vs. right handed pitching(18.1%) they rank 27th in wOBA(.301) and 24th in ISO(.145). I feel comfortable with Darvish in any format tonight though I understand the risk is there with the pitch count. If you think his pitches are managed then it’s a bit risky.

Chicago Cubs vs. Anthony Ranaudo (White Sox)
Park – Wrigley Field
The Cubs are currently projected at around 5.5 runs tonight at home in a great matchup vs. the White Sox. I can easily see them going over that total as they face a complete gas can in Anthony Ranaudo. This will be his first start of 2016 after making two previous relief appearances. In those appearances he pitched 3.2 innings and gave up just two hits but an absurd eight walks which lead to seven earned runs. If he continues down this path as a starter today the Cubs could hit the over in the first couple of innings.

Top Hitters in the Stack – Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo

Value Hitters to Stack – Ben Zobrist, Willson Contreras, Javier Baez

Punt Play – Jason Heyward

Minnesota Twins vs. Michael Foltynewicz
Park – Target Field
The Twins, as a team, are coming rather cheap on this slate with one of the higher run totals on the board. Right now we have them projected to score 4.78 runs against Folty (whose name I don’t even try and pronounce). The latter isn’t bad mind you with an 8 K/9 rate and a manageable 4.21 xFIP. But I love some of the prices on the Twins today with Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano coming cheap on both sites. The former adds speed to the equation which helps his floor and Sano has as much power upside as anyone in the game. 

Top Hitters in the Stack – Miguel Sano, Eduardo Nunez, Brian Dozier, Max Kepler

Daily Fantasy Pitchers and Stacks – 7/26/16

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Nick Rodriguez and Blake Pender

We have a full 15-game slate on our hands tonight and no clear-cut cash game pitcher taking the mound. Combine that with quite a few stacking options and we just might have ourselves an interesting Rage-Tweet-Tuesday.

If Leon gets the start, we are interested

Danny Salazar

Danny Salazar FD 10100 DK 9500
Opponent – WSH (Gonzalez) Park – @CLE
FD – 35.47 DK – 23.4

Yes, Danny Salazar has to face Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, but besides those two guys, no one on that squad devours right-handed pitchers. They are in the middle-of-the-pack when it comes to facing righties, which puts Salazar in a great position.

Besides a solid matchup, Salazar is one of the top pitchers on the slate (if not the top pitcher), when it comes to raw talent. He owns a 27.4 K% (upside!) to go along with a 2.75 ERA. It’s not the best of days for pitchers, but Salazar is very affordable and you have to love his upside. He has the highest ceiling on today’s slate along with, Chris Archer.

Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks FD 9200 DK 10900
Opponent – CHW (Shields) Park – @CHW
FD – 29.93 DK – 19.39

I gave you a guy with a whole lot of upside, and now I present to you a "safe play" in, Kyle Hendricks. Besides being the “safest” option on today’s slate, he has also been one of the most consistent pitchers this season. He owns a 2.27 ERA to go along with a 3.32 FIP. A little luck but watching him I am pulling for a no-regress day. Not only does he have one of the best ERAs this season, but he also draws a favorable matchup going up against the White Sox, who are in the bottom half of the spectrum when it comes to facing right-handed pitchers. So go ahead and use Hendricks in cash games tonight.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Matt Garza (MIL)

It’s another day with Garza on the bump! Which means the D’backs are going to make it into at least a few of my stacks tonight.

Matt Garza has had a rough going this season and I see that trend continuing tonight. He is coming into this contest sporting a 1.76 WHIP, 5.94 ERA and 4.96 xFIP. All of those numbers are terrible, but there are even more reasons on why you should pick on the veteran. The other thing that stood out to me, besides his high ERA and WHIP, was the fact that opponents own a 39.3% hard contact rate along with a .325 AVG against him. Sure the D’backs don’t have the same firepower as some of the offenses in the league, but if you’re looking to be different with your stack tonight, then go with Goldy and company in the optimizer.

Houston Astros vs. C.C. Sabathia (NYY)

C.C. Sabathia sure looked good in the beginning of the year, but he’s been struggling as of late. In his last five starts, he owns a 7.04 ERA to go along with a 1.57 WHIP. He’s had trouble keeping opposing batters off base, which is why I will go ahead and stack the Houston Astros. Besides the fact that they are facing a pitcher that has had a tough time on the mound as of late, we all know the type of upside this offense has, especially against a left-handed pitcher. So guys don’t be shy and get some exposure to the Houston Astros in our optimizer tonight.

Boston Red Sox vs. Mike Pelfrey (DET)

This stack target probably has the most raw data going for it. Which is why we are listing it last. It almost seems too obvious and so we expect to see plenty of sox batters in use tonight. Pelfrey is the cheapest option on Fanduel, so even Fanduel agrees with DFSR’s projection, which is the lowest of the day across all pitchers. With 100+ innings pitched, he is still rocking a 1.76 WHIP, he cant strike guys out at 4 K/9, and his ERA is hovering around 5. wOBA allowed is .385 which is the 3rd highest of the day. Vegas has the game at 10 runs. This just screams crowded play so I’m not too excited. But if you can snag 1-2 of the less obvious guys then you might be able to make BOS part of a winning GPP lineup.

Personally, I like the prices, hand matchups, and wOBAs of Jackie Bradley J.R. in OF and I like Sandy Leon at Catcher if he gets the start, with his .470 wOBA and 1.1 OPS. He only has 80 AB’s so so keep that in mind. But if the confidence continues and Pelfrey gives him meat on the plate, we will all be happy we played him. As usual, Ortiz looks super beastly as well. Go look at his numbers in Player Lab. Those stats, .330 batting average, and slugging .664, and nearly a 1.1 OPS…. all this at 327 at-bats into the season?

Gah, don’t retire bro.

Honorable Mentions, OAK & SF/CIN

Finally, OAK, and both sides of the SF/CIN game deserve mentioning. With OAK, Nick Martinez is still looking for his stride, with a 2+ WHIP in the last 20 Innings pitched. The reason I’m bullish though is his almost 5 xFIP. So I’ll be mixing in some OAK in the lineup optimizer when I throw together a few double stacks tonight. With SF/CIN, we have 2 pitchers at the bottom of the pile, with Matt Cain being a tad lower with more sample size and a higher xFIP. IF and only IF the wind continues to blow in the double digits out to center, I will keep this one on my radar. After all, AT&T isn’t the most hitter friendly park.

Told you there were quite a few interesting stacks tonight! Good luck everyone!

Daily Fantasy Pitchers and Stacks – 7/25/16

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Nick Rodriguez

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! And I hope you read James Davis’ article yesterday. The Astros sure did give poor Tim Lincicum a whipping. Our Instagram (@lineuplab) followers received a very poignant message about that late Saturday night! We have an 11-game slate on our hands tonight and will be going over our top GPP stacks and pitchers of the night. These picks might catch you a little off guard, but lets get right into the action!

You. Fan. Catch this homer.

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez FD 9500 DK 11400
Opponent – NYM (Syndergaard) Park – @NYM
FD – 31.59 DK – 21.28

Carlos Martinez going up against Noah "Thor" Syndergaard will scare a lot of people away, but not me. Martinez has a better matchup between the two and Syndergaard’s inconsistencies as of late, has shied me away from him.

Like I said before, Martinez has an excellent matchup going up against the Mets. On the year, they own own a .308 wOBA (20th in MLB) to go along with a 22.8 K% (8th in MLB). This matchup provides Baby Pedro with the K upside we look for with rostering a pitcher and pitching at spacious Citi Field certainly gives him a boost (just from a general pitching standpoint). He’s more of a GPP play for me, as he will be going up against Thor, but you got to love the matchup Martinez and his 2.83 ERA have today.

Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel FD 8600 DK 8000
Opponent – NYY (Pineda) Park – @HOU
FD – 32.39 DK – 21.38

Let me start off by describing how dominant Keuchel is when pitching at Minute Maid Park. Since 2014, he owns a 1.03 WHIP, 2.36 ERA and has held opponents to a .215 AVG. I can’t figure out what he loves so much about pitching at home, but let me tell you: he’s a completely different animal when he steps foot on that rubber at Minute Maid Park. Not only is he pitching at home, but he also draws a favorable matchup going up against the Yankees.

On the year, the Yankees have struggled against left-handed pitchers. They own a .304 wOBA (27th in MLB) and .127 ISO (28th in MLB). They have been awful against southpaws and moving away from Yankee Stadium will hurt their numbers even more. I know some of you will be scared to roster a pitcher with a 4.70 ERA, but he’s been much better than his ERA suggests, as he owns a 3.55 xFIP.

Oakland Athletics vs. Martin Perez (TEX)
Now this is something you don’t see everyday! The Oakland Athletics as a top stack of the night! I love the position they are in tonight going up against Martin Perez. Not only is this a favorable matchup for the A’s, as they will be going up against a southpaw (.159 ISO/ 105 wRC+ vs. lefties), but they will also be moving from Oakland (pitcher-friendly park) to Arlington (hitter-friendly park), which will help their numbers. Also, being the away team gives them a small edge on overall plate appearances.

What makes this matchup even better, is the fact that they will be going up against a southpaw that has struggled this season. On the year, Perez owns a 9.9 BB% and 5.03 xFIP. He struggles with control and command in his pitches, which is part of the reason why he has allowed 19 earned runs in his last three outings. Go ahead and get some exposure to the A’s tonight by stacking or double stacking the A’s in our MLB optimizer.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chase Anderson (MIL)
Chase Anderson has been awful this season. He is coming into this contest with a 5.50 ERA to go along with a 5.51 FIP. It has been a year to forget for the 28-year-old, which is why I will go ahead and stack Paul Goldschmidt and company. Not only is his ERA through-the-roof, but there are other reasons why I am stacking against him. One of the reasons why is because of his hard contact rate. On the year, opponents own a hard contact rate of 37.5%. This has been one reason why he has struggled and pitching at Miller Park won’t help his cause. Another reason why I will be stacking against him is because he owns a 1.80 HR/9. That typically isn’t something you look to target, but that number yells out upside to me! Dingers = tons and tons of fantasy points. I know the D’backs won’t be a very high-owned stack, which is perfect for tourneys! Crowd mentality is not how you win tournaments.

Daily Fantasy Pitchers and Stacks – 7/24/16

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James Davis

It’s Sunday morning and you are reading this at church. Your spouse is pissed and might blow your cover. So less talky more picks.

I’m coming after you Timmy

Pitchers for today

Jon Lester
Jon Lester – FD 10200 DK 10600

Opponent – MIL (Guerra) Park – @MIL

Lester is looking great in big tournaments today. Lester’s resume is well known at this point, but it bears repeating. Yes, his ERA has outperformed his xFIP this season. Yes, the strike-outs are down. And, yes, the walks are up. None of these are good. But! You’re still getting Lester at a discount to top tier aces, and while that’s fair enough, it’s not just about Lester here.

How about those Brewers? They’re in the bottom half of the league in terms of wOBA against left handed pitching, but what really makes this an interesting match-up is the absurd strike-out rate. Their 24.2% K rate vs. southpaws is the worst in the league, and pairing that with their .145 ISO (5th worst in the league) means they’re good for big games and don’t usually beat pitchers down even when things are going right. The Cubs are a -154 favorite at this point as well, so a win looks plenty likely here as well. I frankly like Lester in any format today. And of course, lost stuff and a dirty name can make for a smart tournament play.

Corey Kluber
Corey Kluber – FD 10300 DK 10900

Opponent – BAL (Worley) Park – @BAL

To get the bad out of the way first, Kluber is no longer a true ace’s ace. But he’s still pretty darned good. He strikes out a guy per inning, goes deep into games, and hasn’t lost his trademark control. I prefer Lester over Kluber today, in spite of Lester’s lost stuff, simply because of the match-up. The Orioles present opposing pitchers considerable upside with their top 10 K rate against RHP, but their top 5 wOBA is fairly scary to me. Vegas likes this as a game with a relatively low total, so I’m not totally spooked here, but I’ll likely just go with Lester.

Rick Porcello
Rick Porcello – FD 8600 DK 9200

Opponent – MIN (Milone) Park – @BOS

The most interesting thing about today’s pitching options is how tough things get when you get past the top options. I’m not a big believer in Porcello necessarily, but his now-reasonable K rate and still excellent BB rate gives him a decent floor for these bargain prices.

The Twins, meanwhile, are a perfectly adequate match-up for him. They’re top 10 in terms of K rate vs. RHP, and bottom 10 in terms of wOBA. Tommy Milone is a truly terrible pitcher, and the Red Sox can still hit… so if you want to fade the top 2 guys and hold your breath through a Porcello start here, I think it’s a perfectly reasonable GPP play.

Consider: Jameson Taillon.

Stack Targets

The Coors game is obviously going to be a pretty significant target for daily fantasy baseball players trying to put up huge totals tonight, but we’re going to list a few other stacks to target today.

Houston Astros vs. Tim Lincecum (Angels)
Park – Minute Maid Park

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve stacked against Lincecum this season… wait, I have WAY more than a nickel to show for every time I’ve stacked against Lincecum this season. To say that he is a shell of himself is an understatement – his 4.27 xFIP is the 2nd worst of his career, just behind the absolute disaster that was the 2015 season. While his K/9 is up quite a bit, you have to keep in mind that he’s also facing way more batters than usual on account of his 6.59 ERA. So yeah, stacking against Mr. Lincecum is a very very good thing.

As for the Astros, they match up a number of high profile stack targets (Altuve, Correa, Springer) with some lesser known options that should definitely be on your radar if you’re looking to shoot the moon in a big tournament. I’m thinking specifically Luis Valbuena (.827 OPS vs. RHP this year) and Preston Tucker (+.350 OPS points better with pop against RHP in his career) – two low-owned guys who should get you plenty of separation even in a rather chalk match-up.

The Cincinnati Reds vs. Zack Godley (Diamondbacks)
Park – Great American Ballpark

This one is a little bit goofy, given that the Reds have been a bottom 5 team against right handed pitching this season. But hey, we’re looking for interesting GPP plays, am I right? The Reds have a solid implied run total around 5 today on account of two major factors. The first is the opposing pitcher. It’s been a tough start to the season for Godley, whose ERA would actually be quite a bit worse if it weren’t bolstered by a bunch of appearances out of the bullpen.

The next is the ballpark – the Great American Ballpark remains one of the most favorable hitters’ parks in the league. Another interesting point about stacking – keep in mind that you don’t need to play every single guy on a team to make a stack worthwhile. Grabbing just 3 guys from the middle of the order can get you most of the way home in a big tournament. The Votto/Bruce/Duvall combo up the middle is very capable of putting up a huge total all by themselves, and you could also consider getting a little off beat with Billy Hamilton. Again, this is off board, but it’s very interesting.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tommy Milone (Twins)
Park – Fenway Park

No surprise here. It’s the highest non-Coors line of the day, and for good reason. Fenway is a fine place to hit, and Tommy Milone’s 4.35 xFIP rides even higher than his sub-par 4.23 career number. The key to stacking against Milone has always been the lack of strike-outs – 5.80 K/9 is just bad, and the Red Sox are already the third hardest team in the majors for opposing pitchers to strike out.

As for the particular stacking targets, it’s all of the usual suspects here with one exception – I’ll probably pass on Ortiz for big tournaments given the high price tag and his historical struggles against left handed pitching. Everyone else? Totally in play.

Daily Fantasy Picks – Pitchers and Teams to Stack in our MLB Lineup Optimizer – 7/22/16

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Chris Durell

Welcome to another exciting Friday edition of daily fantasy baseball. We have another night where it might pay off to stack the bats and save up at the pitcher position, especially on FanDuel where you only need 1 SP. Madison Bumgarner sits atop the pitcher salaries tonight but only comes in as a small favorite on the road against the Yankees who only strikeout 17% of the time vs. southpaws. There are some other mid tier options who come in as big favorites tonight and will be in favorable spots to pick up the win. Let’s take a look at the slate.



Tanner Roark

Tanner Roark FD 8700 DK 10500
Opponent – SD (Perdomo) Park – @WSH
FD – 37.49 DK – 23.61

Roark is one of these pitchers in a great spot as the Nationals open the series against the Padres as -230 favorites. In his last four starts plus two innings of relief, Roark has limited opponents to six earned runs in 31.1 innings bringing his season ERA down to 2.82 to go with a 3.67 xFIP. The Padres present a great matchup as they rank 29th in wOBA and wRC+ vs. right handed pitching while striking out 24.5%of the time. Roark is safe in all formats tonight.

Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel FD 8600 DK 7900
Opponent – MIL (Nelson) Park – @MIL
FD – 33.9 DK – 21.18

The Brewers lost 5-3 to the Pirates yesterday and struck out a whopping 13 times making Francisco Liriano look elite again. Believe it or not the Brewers are even worse against right handed pitching as they rank 23rd in wOBA(.306) and have an absolutely horrible 26.2% strikeout rate. Hammel isn’t a dominating presence with his 7.56 K/9 rate but should definitely get a bump today. I think the Brewers can make it back to back games where they make the opposition pitcher appear much better than he actually is.


Toronto Blue Jays vs. James Paxton (Mariners)
Park – Rogers Centre

The Jays welcome the Mariners to town for a weekend series and game one has the Jays pitted against another southpaw in James Paxton who just hasn’t been able to get it together this season. In nine starts he has allowed 72 hits in 53.1 innings pitched and holds a 4.53 ERA and the xFIP of 3.81 suggests his numbers are not going to improve much going forward. He has limited the long ball(8% HR/FB rate) this year but could get into trouble tonight vs. the left smashing Jays who have quickly jumped up the ranks of team batting vs. southpaws. They now rank 8th in wOBA(.332) on the season and carry a 105 wRC+ against lefties into tonight’s matchup. Consider stacking them in the optimizer and look for some fireworks and a short outing from Paxton.

Boston Red Sox vs. Kyle Gibson (Twins)
Park – Fenway Park

The Rockies are at home in Coors Field and will be the chalk again tonight. IF you are looking for a pivot with similar upside I suggest rolling with the Red Sox who have scored 24 runs in their last two games. They lead all of baseball with 529 runs scored so far this season and also rank #1 in wOBA(.359) and wRC+(120) vs. right handed pitching. They get another favorable matchup vs. a weak righty in Kyle Gibson tonight. He has struggled to a 5.12 ERA and 4.39 xFIP this season with a below average strikeout rate(6.39 K/9) and awful walk rate(3.41 BB/9). Look for the Red Sox to keep piling on runs as they now try to hold onto the top spot in the American League East division. Another good night for BOS as an optimized stack.

Daily Fantasy Picks – Pitchers and Teams to Stack in our MLB Lineup Optimizer – 7/21/16

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Doug Norrie

Well after a full day of MLB yesterday, we get a smaller Thursday slate of evening games. Nice to ease into the weekend like this. Like slowly sliding into a warm bath. If the bath was made of cheap, light beer because we have a game at Coors. Oh baby, it’s bath time!

rosario at the plate. nap time.

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright FD 9200 DK 10400
Opponent – SD (Cashner) Park – @STL
FD – 36.12 DK – 23.61

If you’re craving safety, you’ll probably feel at least okay-ish with this pick. Wainwright’s not the guy he used to be, but he’s been pretty good this season if you wipe away a horrendous April, with an improving xFIP in each successive month. But arbitrary end points aside, the matchup is a nice one. The Padres have been marginally better lately, but they’re still one of the worst offenses in baseball against RHP, with an upside-boosting 24.5 percent K rate in the split. And when it comes to upside, Wainwright could use a little help. He’s never been a big-time strikeout guy, and his whiffs have been in decline over the last few seasons as injuries and age have taken a toll. That said, like the rest of his stats, the Ks have been much better lately. He fanned more than a batter per inning in June, which is better than double what he was doing in his first five starts of the season. The Cards are also a massive favorite (-230) as of this writing, and we always like to see that. So if you plan on stacking in the optimizer tonight, you can opt to lock Wainwright instead of taking the generated result.

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray FD 7700 DK 6100
Opponent – TB (Moore) Park – @OAK
FD – 32.88 DK – 20.71

I’m going to be very honest with you: Pitching is awful today. Every game on the slate has an O/U of at least eight, and there are no "safe" or "cash game" plays outside of, Adam Wainwright. I’m not going to lie, I got excited when I saw Stephen Strasburg was taking the mound today, but then realized he was pitching in the early only slate. That broke my heart. What I’m trying to say is that the pitching options aren’t pretty today (so manage your bankroll accordingly).

Yes, Sonny Gray has an ERA over five, but he sports a 4.29 xFIP, which shows us that he has not been as bad as his ERA suggests. Additionally, he owns a 54.4 GB%, which will helps him out quite a bit going up against this powerful Rays’ lineup. And finally, the Rays will strikeout as evidenced by their 24% K rate against righties. Gray is cheap on DK which helps slide him into the SP2 slot.


Colorado Rockies vs. Mike Foltynewicz (Braves)

The game is in Coors after all (remember the bath?) and the Rockies have the highest implied run total on the day (6.9 as of this writing). While Folty is a somewhat decent arm (8 K’s per nine, 4.01 xFIP) there’s only so much a pitcher can do in this park. Guys like Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez are in the better side of their splits and I’d even roll Nolan Arenado in a reverse platoon situation. The runs are just much going in. It’s a tough fade in cash games considering the Rockies aren’t priced out of consideration with pitching relatively cost effective. So if you want to move on to other teams, you might consider just plucking 2 guys, like Cargo/Arenado or Cargo/Blackmon, and give the next stacking option a look when optimizing lineups tonight.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tyler Duffey (BOS)

The Red Sox will be playing at home in Fenway, a hitter-friendly park, against a pitcher who owns an ERA over five. It doesn’t get much better than this folks. Not sure what else I have to say to get you on board, but if you’re not yet; maybe this will do it: The Red Sox rank 1st in wOBA (.354), 1st in wRC+ (117), 5th in ISO (.188) and 1st in OPS (.831) against right-handed pitching. David Ortiz isn’t hitting like a guy headed toward retirement with an OPS over 1.000 and top of the order guys like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have seen a small price dip in the short term. It doesn’t get prettier than this; this is where you can almost fade Coors in tournaments with the Sox coming at advantageous price points. Keyword ‘almost’. Because… Coors.

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Daily Fantasy Picks – Pitchers and Teams to Stack in our Lineup Optimizer – 7/20/16

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Chris Durell

We have another busy day in daily fantasy baseball this Wednesday. The slate is split down the middle with eight early games and seven main slate games starting at 7:05 pm et tonight. It is going to be an easy day to go ahead and pay up for bats as there are few safe options at pitcher. With all the weather concerns causing issues last night, the forecast looks clear as of now so I am giving an all systems go for the day but be sure to check all weather prior to lineup lock. Let’s take a look at a few viable pitching and stacking options for today. 


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Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander FD 9600 DK 11000
Opponent – MIN (Santana)
Park – @DET
FD – 34.55 DK – 22.82

Verlander comes in as the top option on the early slate today vs. the Twins. He has been hot in July limiting opponents to two earned runs or less in three straight starts while striking out 23 batters. The Twins come in ranked 21st in wOBA(.309)  vs. right handed pitching while striking out 21.7% of the time and hold the majors worst road record at 14-32. Look for Verlander to continue his streak of great pitching making him a safe option in all formats.

Wei-Yin Chen

Wei-Yin Chen FD 8400 DK 6800
Opponent – PHI (Young)
Park – @PHI
FD – 29.85 DK – 20.02

Chen is a much better second pitcher option on DraftKings at $6.8K but playable as a GPP play on both sites tonight. As of now the Marlins are slight favorites(-133) on the road while the Phillies are projected to score under four runs tonight. The Phillies also rank dead last in wOBA(.296) and wRC+(64) vs. left handed pitching while striking out 23.9% of the time. There is enough going on in Chen’s favor to consider rostering him tonight in GPP’s. Good luck!


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks)
Park – Chase Field

The obvious choice is to stack Coors Field today, especially the Rays who hit left handed pitching quite well. The Jays will be quite chalky as well but I feel they are in a much better spot on Wednesday. They rank 12th in wOBA vs. left handed pitching for the season and 1st over the last two seasons combined. They will face Patrick Corbin today who has struggled in 2016 after two fairly impressive season in 2015 and 2014. His strikeout rate(6.73 K/9) has dropped considerably while the hard contact rate(38.8%) has jumped up over 7%. All Jays hitters are in play even left handed Michael Saunders who has hit lefties well; and Corbin has actually struggled more against left handed hitters giving up over 46% hard contact. I’ll be stacking me some jays tonight in the lineup optimizer.

Boston Red Sox vs. Matt Cain (Giants)
Park – Fenway Park

Drew Pomeranz will be making his debut with the Red Sox and should get lots of run support tonight. They lead the league in total runs scored(501) and rank 1st in wOBA(.355) and wRC+(118) vs. right handed pitching so far this season. Matt Cain will make his return after a month on the disabled list and will get an awful park shift in Fenway Park as he tries to find signs of life in his right arm. He struggles to miss bats with a 90 mph fastball which has resulted in a below average 8% swing strike rate. Look for the Red Sox to get to him early and tax the Giants bullpen in game two of the series. All of this makes BOS a great stacking contender in the lab’s optimizer tonight.

Daily Fantasy Picks – Pitchers and Teams to Stack in our Lineup Optimizer – 7/19/16

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Nick Rodriguez … & some Coors ranting from Blake Pender

We have a full 15-game slate on our hands tonight and considering the struggling aces, Coors, and other stacking options today- this should make for an interesting day of baseball. Let’s dive in!


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Pitching Targets

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta FD 10600 DK 12100
Opponent – NYM (Syndergaard) Park – @CHC
FD – 36.98 DK – 24.35

Arrieta has looked like doo doo the last 3 starts, but it may be time to buy low. But he’s expensive you say? Compared to his average salary this is still a good play. We are definitely looking for him to bounce back tonight and expect his ownership wont be as high as he typically is. Look at what Jon Lester did last night. He was struggling before the break and started the second half with a [bang]. Remember, there are 3 seasons in baseball. Pre All-Star, Post All-Star, and Postseason.

He will be pitching at Wrigley where he owns a 1.65 ERA, 1.81 FIP and 23.0 K-BB%. He is a completely different animal at home and look for him to take advantage of a Mets’ squad thats in the bottom half of the rankings against right-handed pitchers. The matchup is there for him — now it’s time for him to prove to us why he is "one of the top pitchers in the game."

Danny Salazar

Danny Salazar FD 10300 DK 11300
Opponent – KC (Young) Park – @KC
FD – 33.18 DK – 22.1

If you’re looking for a guy with upside tonight, Danny Salazar is your guy. He owns a 27.6 K% to go along with a 82.6 LOB%. He is a tournament only play for me as he can have some control issues (10.8 BB%), but you can’t deny his upside. He will be going up against the Royals, whose offense isn’t as good as you may think. They own a .309 wOBA (20th in MLB) 90 wRC+ (22nd in MLB) and .131 ISO (29th in MLB) against right-handed pitchers. The matchup is there for him and will be pitching in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, so go ahead and do your thing, Mr. Salazar!

Cash Option
Looking for a cash-game play for tonight? Then Carlos Martinez may be your guy. Our system loves him!

Stack Targets

Lets start with the obvious. Coors is in play, and Tampa Bay and Colorado are projected by Vegas at the top of the list with 11 runs. Nothing new. The pitchers: Tyler Chatwood is an average guy, with almost 100 IP’s logged and is pretty much down the middle regarding WHIP, xFIP, wOBA, but one of the lowest K/9’s on the day (5th worst at 5.5). Snell’s also very much down the middle but sports a 1.58 WHIP over his 32 innings in the majors. However, during his last 300 IP’s in the minors, he’s maintained a 1.0-ish WHIP and fanned batters at an impressive rate… roughly 11/K9. Yes this is in the minors and spans A-AAA, but his last 100 IPs in AAA were low 12’s K/9.

To further complicate things, wind is blowing in & to the right at double digits at game start, and then slowing down and moving sideways as the game continues. Rain chances are around 15%-20%. But it is still a bit early to be worrying about wind and rain at Coors. Keep an eye on it with our MLB weather page here.

In the end, I’m just not excited about Coors. Hell the degenerate in me just wants to play Snell in a single lineup tonight so I can screenshot it. Have fun with your Coors-ing.


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Zack Godley (MIN)
Chase Field

The Blue Jays will be playing at "Baby Coors" (Chase Field) and will be going up against right-hander, Zack Godley. You gotta love it! Godley has a lot of control issues (10.3 BB%) to go along with a 1.50 WHIP.

The Jays’ are one of the top teams when it comes to facing right-handed hitters. They own a .334 wOBA (6th in MLB) 106 wRC+ (6th in MLB) and .192 ISO (4th in MLB). Yes they are expensive, but they have one of the best offenses in the league and will be going up against a guy with an ERA over five.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kyle Loshe (TEX)
Angel Stadium

Let’s be honest: Kyle Lohse isn’t the same pitcher he once was, so I’m going to be picking on him today. Since, 2014, Loshe owns a 4.63 ERA, 4.51 FIP and 34.2% hard contact rate. He’s 37 years old; and his velocity is down, so look for Mike Trout and company to take advantage.

Not only do the Angels draw a favorable matchup, but they are also coming into this contest red-hot. They own a .325 wOBA (8th in MLB) and .106 wRC+ (7th in MLB) in their last 14 contests. I just see the Angels devouring Loshe tonight and this is an excellent late-night stack.

Daily Fantasy Picks – Pitchers and Teams to Stack in our Lineup Optimizer – 7/18/16

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Nick Rodriguez

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! We have an 11-game slate on our hands today and it’s going to be a wild one. We have Fernandez and Sale on the mound today – and a game in… Denver. I’ll be targeting my top GPP stacks and pitchers in a more contrarian manner on today’s slate, so lets get right to it!


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Pitching Targets

Jon Lester

Jon Lester FD 9900 DK 6900
Opponent – NYM (Matz) Park – @CHC
FD – 38.58 DK – 25.45

I know he’s had it rough in his last two outings allowing 13 runs, but look for him to turn things around. He’s had the All-Star break to regroup, so look for him to start the second half with a [bang]. He owns a 1.08 WHIP, 24.4 K% and 3.01 ERA, so don’t be fooled by his last two starts. He is one of the best pitchers in today’s game and will be low-owned in today’s contests, with Fernandez and Sale on the mound, which is perfect for tournaments! The Mets own a 24.3 K% against left-handed pitchers (2nd in MLB), so don’t be surprised if he scores the most fantasy points tonight. A smart lock into the Fanduel optimizer for some of your exposure.

Mike Fiers

Mike Fiers FD 9000 DK 9900
Opponent – OAK (Graveman) Park – @OAK
FD – 31.78 DK – 21.04

^ [Edit: Wrong Face!] But we still like the spot he’s in. He will be taking his talents to the Oakland Coliseum, which is one of the friendliest parks for pitchers. Not only does he have that in his favor, but he will be going up against a team struggling against right-handed pitchers. They own a .299 wOBA (28th in MLB) and .142 ISO (26th in MLB). The matchup is a thing of beauty in this contest, but the only problem is his upside. Fiers isn’t a guy that fans a lot of hitters and the A’s SO rate leaves some to be desired, so his ceiling isn’t as high as you’d like it to be. But, I do like his chances to pick up the win and deliver a quality start, so I’ll go ahead and user him in the lineup optimizer for two-pitcher sites.

**Stack Targets**

Detroit Tigers vs.Ricky Nolasco (MIN)

The Tigers will be going up against right-hander, Ricky Nolasco. He isn’t a guy that gives up a ton of homers (1.27 HR/9), but does give up a ton of runs. He owns an ERA just over five to go along with a 4.34 xFIP. The other reason why I love the Tigers in the matchup is because Nolasco is a guy that pitches to contact. He owns an 18.4 K% and going up against a Tigers’ ballclub that owns a .328 wOBA (9th in MLB) against right-handed pitchers won’t help his cause. I know everyone will be attacking Coors, but this is definitely a nice pivot and team to seriously consider stacking in the optimizer.

Houston Astros vs Kendall Graveman (OAK)

Looking for a low-owned or late-night stack? Then look no further than the Houston Astros. They will be going up against right-handed pitcher, Kendall Graveman, who owns a 4.37 ERA to go along with a 4.60 xFIP. He has struggled this season and going up against the Astros certainly won’t help. Sure, he delivered a quality start his last time AND against this Astros’ squad, but the Astros know him well (faced him last time and same division), and we think this is just too perfectly contrarian to pass up. so look for them to put on a show.