The chalky team to stack would be the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays will get to travel to Angel Stadium and face LHP Hector Santiago. Santiago happens to own the 3rd worst xFIP on the board in the L30. Also the Jays have the 2nd best batting average vs. LHP this season. They should be just fine, doing their usual big bad offense type things tonight.
The more interesting team is the Miami Marlins who have scored the 5th most runs in the course of the L14 days. They are going to get Jarad Eickhoff making his ML debut tonight for the Phillies. Sometimes it’s difficult to handicap how a guy will do in his first game, but the Marlins are rolling right now and it’s no small task to keep your nerves under control when making your debut. He’s already thrown 133.1 IP this season which is closing in on the most he’s ever thrown in a professional year.
The Kansas City Royals always seem to fly under the radar in terms of fantasy points, since they are not the sexiest team in the world. That under-the-radar status certainly applies to Ben Zobrist ($4,400) who is on a great run right now. A .419 batting average in his L14 days and take a look at his L5 games:
Zobrist will be swinging from the right side of the plate vs. LHP Henry Owens. Zobrist is a career .296 hitter from the right side and Fenway Park is a haven for doubles, surrendering 28% more two baggers to right handed bats than the league average.
The Mitch Moreland ($4,100) train keeps on rolling! This guy continues to scorch, with a .342 batting average and two longballs in the L14 days. It’s definitely a ballpark downgrade (see below) but it’s not terrible. He’s also seen success vs. today’s starter, Justin Verlander. Moreland is 6-19 (.316) with 4 XBHs in his career.
For some serious value, take a look at Mark Canha ($3,200). This guy has been red-hot hitting .421 with 4 doubles and a HR in the L14. He seems to always find himself in the lineup versus lefties and has shown some significant upside as of late (see below).
You’ll notice the recent success off two tough lefties in Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw. He gets a much more mediocre lefty today in Drew Smyly. I expect Canha to hit in the middle of the order and I am buying stock while he’s hot!
Batter vs. Pitcher Award goes to:
Unfortunately, he hasn’t been swinging the bat too well, only hitting .262 in the L14.
Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.