Daily Fantasy Quick Hits – August 23

I gave you some good guidance on pitchers and platoon split players yesterday as Jameson Taillon, David Price, David Dahl and Hanley Ramirez all came through.  I didn’t do as well with my stacks though, as the Rockies were not a great play and the Red Sox were average.  Hopefully you came away with a winning day though.  We have a full 15 game night slate today, so there is a lot of data to sift through.  Let’s see if I can help.

As always, all stats are courtesy of rotowire, rotogrinders, fangraphs, baseball-reference and ESPN. Here are your quick hits of the day.

Batter versus Pitcher Warriors:

  1. Mike Trout vs. R.A. Dickey – 6/11 with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 walks
  2. Logan Morrison vs. Clay Buchholz – 5/12 with 2 homers and 2 doubles
  3. JD Martinez vs. Kyle Gibson – 8/19 with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 2 walks
  4. David Ortiz vs. Chris Archer – 13/34 with 4 doubles, 3 homers and 4 walks

Stacks to Target:

  1. Tigers vs. Kyle Gibson – Gibson did throw a complete game his last time out, but it has not been a banner season for him.  His peripherals are not great either as he is allowing a career high in both line drive rate and hard contact.  The Tigers are not the match-up the Twins’ righty wants to see as they have a collective .330/.411/.491 line against him.  I like them to do some damage today.
  2. Cardinals vs. Jon Niese – Niese has struggled along this season and has been especially bad on the road where he allows a .392 wOBA and an ugly slash line of .311/.371/.563.  The Cardinals have enjoyed hitting against Niese as they have a collective .351/.403/.533 line against him.  The Cards have faced Niese twice this season:  the last time out, Niese escaped many jams allowing 8 hits and walk over 5.2 innings, but only one run.  However,  the time before that he allowed a season high 11 hits and 8 runs against St. Louis.  I expect more of the latter today.

Pitchers of the Day:

  1. Dan Straily vs. Rangers – Straily has stymied the current Rangers line-up throughout his career, allowing a .176/.272/.236 line to the current group of Texas bats.  He faced off against them once already this season and was a bit unlucky on June 22 as he allowed only 3 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings, but those turned into 4 runs.  Straily has also been hot as of late with a 2.25 ERA and .269 wOBA since the All-Star break.  I like him for another good game.
  2. Jonathan Gray vs. Brewers – I always like strikeout pitchers against the Brewers in GPPs.  The Brewers K-Rate versus righties remains prohibitively high at 25.5% while Gray has a good K-Rate of 24.8% this season.  Gray is actually not that great a pitcher – even away from Coors – so the potential for a blow-up is there, but I love this play in GPPs as it is entirely possible that Gray strikes out double-digit Brewers today.

Weather to Target or Avoid:

  • NONE!  Let’s play ball

Platoon Split Hitters:

  1. Eugenio Suarez vs. Derek Holland – Suarez loves facing southpaws with a .401 wOBA and 150 wRC+.
  2. Cameron Rupp vs. Carlos Rodon – Rupp is having a great year against lefties with a .431 wOBA and 172 wRC+.

Any more questions? Hit me up on Twitter @AssemblyNeil

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Neil has been an avid fantasy sports player since 1991 and a profitable low stakes DFS grinder since 2014. Neil is ranked in the top 20% of DFS players in 3 sports and in the top 10% of DFS players for his stakes per RotoGrinders rankings. As a native Montrealer Neil hopes to get a Major League Baseball team back to his hometown some day soon.