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Welcome to the MLB DFS Stacks article - where we’ll be looking to highlight the best hitting stacks of the day. These recommendations are categorized as “Cash Game Stacks” and “Tournament Stacks” while outlining risk/reward situations. We will add additional context with other hitting/pitching options throughout the article.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.
CASH GAME STACKS
Brewers (at Pirates – RHP Max Kranick)
Kranick is a depth starter with an over-5.00 ERA in limited Triple-A and Major League action. He has an extreme fly ball profile so hitters with lower angles of attack like Kolten Wong, Avisail Garcia, and Lorenzo Cain pair best. Others, such as Willy Adames, Omar Narvaez, Rowdy Tellez, and Tyrone Taylor could fare better against the relief corps.
The real draw of this stack is price. They’re expected to perform comparably to the top offenses while also offering some of the best dollar-for-dollar values. This means you can tie together a Brewers stack with something like Zack Wheeler, Max Fried, and a couple top supporting bats.
Reds (at Cubs – RHP Zach Davies)
Cincy is lined up for some serious thump tonight. Although Davies isn’t homer prone and weather conditions are neutral, the Reds feature quite a few hitters who simply match up well against the Cubs right-hander. The best of those include Jonathan India, Jesse Winker, and Joey Votto, all three of whom are also priced affordably. Tyler Stephenson has a valuable lineup role. This would be a nitro matchup for Eugenio Suarez but for his mystifying season-long slump. It’s too bad Aristides Aquino is batting eighth. He’s still a valuable play at his price.
Top Plays: Avisail Garcia, Kolten Wong, Jesse Winker, Jonathan India, Joey Votto
Top Value: Rowdy Tellez, Tyrone Taylor, Eugenio Suarez, Aristides Aquino
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Angels (vs Rockies – RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez)
Gonzalez is comically exploitable, and the Angels offense is a little less top heavy than in recent weeks. Still, you’ll want to focus on expensive Shohei Ohtani along with the core stack of Jared Walsh (if healthy), Max Stassi, and Justin Upton. Complementary pieces include David Fletcher (poor value), Brandon Marsh (good value), and Jack Mayfield (wild card!). In addition to Gonzalez’s 6.06 ERA, the Rockies have already traded one of their best relievers today, Mychal Givens.
Cubs (vs Reds – RHP Tyler Mahle)
The Cubs have several low-angle contact hitters who could thrive against Mahle. The Reds right-hander has a luck neutral 5.17 ERA since the new grip enhancement rules went into effect accompanied by an uncharacteristic 5.46 BB/9. He’s always been homer prone too, although that’s partly a function of his home park. The Cubs stack is pricier than others today which could suppress its usage somewhat. Mahle also has an outsized reputation. Kris Bryant, Patrick Wisdom, and Anthony Rizzo form the core of the stack. Jason Heyward, Robinson Chirinos, and Rafael Ortega work as complementary plays.
Marlins (at Orioles – RHP Jorge Lopez)
Lopez isn’t quite as bad as Gonzalez, but he’s still highly exploitable. It’s unfortunate the Marlins will be without Starling Marte. The top of the order still looks potent although the laggards at the bottom could sap them of plate appearances. Miguel Rojas is a tad overpriced and should only be used in the stack. Adam Duvall is a volatile GPP play. Besides Ohtani, he has the best chance to homer. He’s also a risk to zero out. Jesus Aguilar and Jorge Alfaro can also stand alone or in the stack at their prices. Brian Anderson is a value. Consider Lewin Diaz if he finds himself in the heart of the lineup.