I’m going to do things a bit differently on this massive slate. Instead of covering every game i’m only going to highlight the games i am targeting and why. On such a massive slate it’s very easy to get overwhelmed with all the options. I feel it’s much more beneficial or helpful to shine light on the games i think people should target and why. With no further adue away we go!
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
I have no interest in using any of the Red Sox tonight. They are an extremely medicore to below average offense since the all star break. I see no merit in using them against Sonny Gray tonight.
The Yankees are a team i have a ton of interest in using tonight. Doug Fister has struggled a ton against left-handed batters this season. Fister this season is giving up a .370 wOBA, 35% fly ball rate and a 40% hard hit rate. Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner are two of my favorite targets to use tonight. I like all the Yankees but primarily the left-handed ones tonight. Greg Bird is another guy that should fly under the radar when making Yankees Stacks. He will likely find himself in the seventh hole and will definitely be low owned considering the plethora of options at first base tonight. He has homered in his last two games and finds himself in another intriguing spot tonight against Doug Fister. I don’t really have much interest in using Sonny Gray.
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
I dont really have interest in using any of the Blue Jays tonight against Kevin Gausman. It seems that Gausman has turned his season around based off his last few starts in the months of July and some of August. Most of Gausman’s struggles come from the left-handed side of the plate and if the Blue Jays are in fact without Justin Smoak again i could see a scenario in which Gausman has a good outing tonight.
The Orioles are the league’s hottest offense in the past couple of the months and should look to continue this trend against Joe Biagini. There are no glaring weaknesses with Joe Biagini it just looks like he is a terrible pitcher all around. I would stick to the usual suspects if stacking this Orioles team tonight. Biagini does not give up a ton of fly balls or hard contact to either side of the plate but i do see a situation where the Orioles could BABIP him to death tonight. I like Schoop, Machado, and Jones tonight as primary targets from this Orioles lineup.
Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins
There isn’t much information on DIllon Peters. This is his first major league start ever and based off his minor league numbers it seems that he is an extreme groundball pitcher. With that being said i still think there is some merit to using a Phillies stack in GPP’s tonight. The last AA pitcher to be called up was Chris Flexen and he is just terrible. I think the Phillies right-handers are in play tonight i just wouldn’t go too crazy with using them. Rhys Hoskins could be in a good spot tonight and should carry some low ownership considering he has cooled down since his absurdly hot start since being called up.
While Giancarlo Stanton seemed to be in a good spot last night he could be in an even better spot tonight against Nick Pivetta. Pivetta this season in 51 innings is giving up 17 home runs, .423 wOBA, 42% fly ball rate,and a 45% hard hit rate against right-handed hitters. The only concern i have with Stanton is that teams seem to be pitching around him at this point in the season. With that being said i still think he is an elite play on this slate. I think Stanton, Ozuna, and Realmuto are all in play tonight. It’s also worth noting that Pivetta relies heavily on his fastball and Stanton is the 3rd best hitter in the majors against the fastball pitch.
Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
The Indians are in a great spot tonight as a team. Mike Clevinger could be one of my favorite pitchers to use on this night slate. The Tigers traded away Justin Upton last night which certainly makes this already depleted lineup significantly worse. These two teams are also playing a double header today. It looks like the Tigers are running out their A squad in the early matchup meaning they could rest either Kinsler, Castellanos, and or Cabrera for the night game making their lineup similar to a AAA squad. If this is the case i will be likely all in on Clevinger tonight. He has gone over 30 fantasy points in two of his last three matchups striking out right-handed pitchers at a 29% rate and left-handers at a 25% rate. I have a feeling i’m going to have a ton of exposure to Mike Clevinger.
The Tigers are officially in fire sale mode. Last night they traded away Justin Upton and Justin Verlander officially unloading two more valuable pieces from their team. I have no interest in using anyone from this team. They are playing a double header today and it looks like they used all their remaining relevant starters making me believe that they will rest these guys for the second game in this doubleheader.
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
I’m unsure what exactly the Angels plan on doing with their lineup tonight against Cole Hamels but whichever right-handers make this lineup i will most definitely have interest in using. The Angels just acquired Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips last night in two separate trades adding a big boost to their lineup. Brandon Phillips isn’t in the player pool for tonight but Justin Upton is. He is priced down because the DraftKings pricing algorithm hasn’t adjusted to his current matchup against Hamels. I would have a ton of interest in the Trout/Upton mini stack against Hamels if Upton finds himself into this lineup. It doesn’t seem like the neck injury is bothering Trout too much considering he went 4-4 with a homerun and a triple in his first game since coming back from the minor injury. It’s supposed to be a hot and humid atmosphere tonight in Arlington making for a great hitting environment. I’m all aboard the right-handed angels for this game tonight.
Adrian Beltre suffered an apparent injury last night and is scheduled to have an MRI tonight. He most likely won’t be in the lineup tonight against the Angels. I have no interest in using any of the Rangers tonight against Skaggs. Skaggs is a pitcher who has dominated left-handed hitters while striking out right-handers at a fairly high rate too. I see no upside in using any of the Rangers tonight.
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
I like the Royals offense tonight in a vacuum the problem with using them is that their aren’t expensive pitchers i like to make them fit accordingly however on a per dollar basis i think this offense could present the most value. I like all the left-handed hitters from this Royals lineup tonight. I think they make for fine plays in tournaments.
I’m not really too high on the Twins tonight. I think they are find to use but i just think there are a ton of other offenses in much better spots that i have more interest in using. Hammel has had visible struggles against right-handers but this Twins team doesn’t really have any power right-handers in this lineup without Sano. Dozier is a hitter too consider but he hits left-handers much better than right-handers. Byron Buxton is another hitter to consider but his price is too high and he was injured in yesterday’s game.
Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox
Blake Snell has really turned the corner in the month of August. Originally i had a ton of interest in using Blake Snell until i read that the White Sox should get their all star first baseman (Jose Abreu) back tonight for this matchup against Snell. Snell in the month of August is sporting a .278 wOBA, 23% K rate, 3.03 FIP, 3.93 XFIP, 51% groundball rate, and a 21% hard hit rate. It seems that he is doing everything right this last month. If the White Sox for whatever reason don’t use Abreu tonight i will plan on having near 100% exposure to Snell tonight.
Blake Snell has been very good as of late. The White Sox are the worst offense in baseball and i have no interest in using them. However they are supposed to get Jose Abreu back tonight which could add a small boost to their lineup against the left-handed Snell. I do have some interest in using Lopez tonight i’m just unsure of any restricitons he may face considering it is his first start since coming off the DL. He does hold elite strikeout stuff against both sides of the plate making him an intriguing option against this extremely strikeout prone Rays team.
Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers
I really have no interest in using any of the Nationals tonight against Jimmy Nelson. I like Jimmy Nelson a lot as a pitcher and i don’t see a need to target against him tonight. The only hitter i would even consider using is Trea Turner because Nelson does have some struggles keeping men on base but outside of that there’s nothing to really to excited about from this team.
Jimmy Nelson on a per dollar basis is my favorite pitcher play of this slate. He is averaging over 10K/9 this season which is an extremely above average rate. At $8,400 you have to definitely consider him even against this tough Nationals lineup. This price point is too low considering the talent level Nelson has. It’s also worth noting that Nelson has pitched much better at home this season and with a matchup against this Nationals team without Harper nothing really scares me about this matchup.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
The Diamondbacks right-handed hitters are some of my favorite targets on tonight’s slate. They get an extremely plus matchup traveling into Coors tonight to face off against the left-handed Kyle Freeland. Freeland this season is giving up a .336 wOBA and a 30% hard hit rate against right-handed hitters. J.D. Martinez and Paul Goldschimdt are two of my favorite targets to use tonight. With all the cheap pitching available it should be fairly easy to squeeze in these high priced bats from the Diamondbacks tonight.
The Rockies are at home tonight against Taijuan Walker. While Walker has been having a somewhat decent season compared to previous years i still think the usual suspects are in play against Walker. Charlie Blackmon at home is always one of my favorite targets on any given night, I always think he is worth the high price tag that he’s consistently given.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
On a normal night i would be extremely interested in using Clayton Kershaw against the miserable Padres but since it’ll be his first start off the DL i have no interest in using him. Manager Dave Roberts already stated that Kershaw will be on a 75 pitch count which will probably prevent him from working past the fifth inning. He is priced over $13,000 and with these kind of restrictions it is extremely unlikely that he will be able to hit value tonight.
I will be fading the Padres as per usual. They are going up against Clayton Kershaw and probably don’t stand a chance at doing anything.