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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 20, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Put your favorite MLB daily fantasy baseball lineup stacks from the article below in our MLB Lineup Optimizer and hit calculate. You can let it fill in the rest of the spots for you or choose your personal favorites from the MLB Player Lab.

 

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*STARTING PITCHERS*

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Chris Sale @ Boston Orioles
Park – Camden Yards
Opp implied total – 3.42

I’m not exactly sure how the general public will react to this standoff between Chris Sale and Robbie Ray at the top. I do suspect Sale will be higher owned, but I’m not sure by how much. I think it’s a lot closer than some may have it, but still have Sale just a bit higher. The Red Sox are just 3 games ahead of the Yankees and they will allow Sale to go 110 if he’s sailing. The Orioles are an explosive offense, but extremely weak past the surface. They strikeout close to 26% of the time and have held just a .321 wOBA since the break. We know Sale has had a few rough starts this season, but they’re bound to happen with how he throws. You can’t use them to dissuade yourself from exposure tonight. He’s striking out close to 12 batters per 9 and has been the black plague to lefties at the plate. I’m not saying Chris Sale is a must by any stretch, but I do think this will be the first time his ownership under 30% in quite a long time. It just might be something to think about in tournaments. I may end up with 100% in hopes of a crazy game that boosts me way above the field.

Brad Peacock Vs Chicago White Sox
Park – Minute Maid Park
Vegas O/U – 3.30

There’s also the strategy of paying down, which is just as solid on this slate. We have a few different offenses to pay up for and going down to Peacock could very well let you fit 1 or 2 more elite bats. It doesn’t seem like much, but topping off a stack or getting an HR is nothing to scoff at. Peacock has also just been really good. He has demolished righties to a .238 wOBA and lefties a .322. He’s striking out close to 12 batters per 9 and allowing a hard contact rate of just 32%. The White Sox are one of the worst offenses in the league and them also K nearly 26% of the time. Vegas has them expected for just 3.30 runs, which is the lowest on the entire slate. Peacock is a solid value play across the board and a guy you shouldn’t ignore.

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Houston Astros Vs James Shields (White Sox)
Park – Minute Maid Park
Implied Total – 6.20

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. When James Shields is on the mound, I stack the opposing hitters. A whopping 6.20 implied total on the Astros tells you all you need to know. Him being on the road in Houston is just an utter joke. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong and throw a gem, but we all know how likely that is. The reality of the situation is that he’s given up a .394 wOBA to lefties and a .356 to righties. He’s one of the worst arms in the entire league and struggles to make it 6 innings on a regular basis. I highly doubt he gets out of the 4th tonight, facing such a lethal set of bats. Altuve and Reddick are my 2 favorites and I wouldn’t make a stack without either. After that, any mix of Springer, Bregman, Correa, Gonzalez, and McCann works. The Astros are going to put up runs and you’ll need exposure to get anything done.

Main Stack – Jose Altuve, Josh Reddick, Marwin Gonzalez, George Springer
Sneaky Stack – Jose Altuve, Josh Reddick, Carlos Correa, Brian McCann

St. Louis Cardinals @ William “Rookie” Davis (Reds)
Park – Great American Ballpark
Implied Total – 5.28

Believe it or not, we may have a pitcher worse than James Shields on the slate. While William “Rookie” Davis is very young and still likely to improve, it’s not often you can find numbers this bad. Against righties, a .438 wOBA. Lefties, a .436. He has only pitched a few games, so I wouldn’t say it’s completely fair. However, he wasn’t great in the minors and this is no surprise. The Cardinals offense is dangerous in this ballpark and they can hit righties well. Matt Carpenter should be back in there tonight and is the top guy you want. Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler are close behind. After those 3, I think you can go anywhere. Wait for the lineup to come out and grab someone who’s seen a shift in the lineup. The Cardinals are rarely projected for over 5 runs and we should probably take advantage of this situation. I’m hoping for a repeat of that run-fest last night in Cincy.

Main Stack – Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, Paul Dejong, Jose Martinez
Sneaky Stack – Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, Paul Dejong, Yadier Molina






MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Put your favorite MLB daily fantasy baseball lineup stacks from the article below in our MLB Lineup Optimizer and hit calculate. You can let it fill in the rest of the spots for you or choose your personal favorites from the MLB Player Lab.

 

*STARTING PITCHERS*

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Max Scherzer @ Atlanta Braves
Park – SunTrust Park
Opp implied total – 3.22

Did you expect anyone else? We do have a full slate on our hands tonight, but there aren’t a ton of pitching options to choose from. Scherzer is the clear top option and I suspect his ownership will certainly reflect that. You can still play him in cash games, though, as the performance he puts up could force you to the bottom if you fade. He has a great match-up with the weak Braves, who are easily one of the worst offenses in baseball. The still have the dangerous Freddie Freeman in the middle of the order, but Scherzer should be able to pitch around him rather easily. Scherzer has been as good as ever, sporting a .187 wOBA against righties and a .283 against lefties. He’s one of the undisputed best pitchers in the league and is just getting into playoff mode. I suspect him to go well over 100 pitches if things are going well and for the win to be in the bag with Luiz Gohara on the other side. Scherzer is the safest option by a longshot and he belongs in every cash game you make.

Zach Godley @ San Diego Padres
Park – Petco Park
Vegas O/U – 3.39

In tournaments and on 2 pitcher sites, you’ll need exposure outside of Max Scherzer. I’m just as uncomfortable with as you are, but it’s necessary. We, fortunately, have a few options who have some real upside and don’t rely on K’s or a terribled offense. Zach Godley has been a very consistennt pitcher for the D-Backs and one of the reasons they still have a chance to make the playoffs. Godley has held both righties and lefties to a sub .283 wOBA and has struck out close to 10 batters per 9 innings. He faces the Padres tonight, who we all know are atrocious. They are a bit better against righties, but a .311 team wOBA is far from impressive. Petco Park is the toughest bark in the league to hit HR’s in and with Godley playing most of his games at Chase Field, this is a monstrous upgrade. He should be able to go at least 6 or 7 innings and strikeout close to 10. He’s still a bit riskier than Scherzer, but his price is also lower, giving you more upside with the bats.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks - Nelson Cruz - Lineup Lab

Seattle Mariners Vs Martin Perez (Rangers)
Park – Safeco Field
Implied Total – 5.27

Even with so many games on the slate, I can’t find any complete gas cans to pick on. We do have a lot of younger guys, and of course, they can bust at any point, but they have a lot of talent and it’s tough to predict. For example, I’m not willing to bet on Jose Berrios having a bad game. It can still happen, but I’d much rather look towards a guy like Martin Perez. The Mariners hold the highest implied total on the day and should have no problem putting up some numbers. Martin Perez isn’t the worst lefty around, but he’s given up a .365 wOBA and 19 homers to righties in just under 130 innings. The Mariners are extremely dangerous against righties and you can also target the lefties in hopes we see a bullpen game. Nelson Cruz is the easy choice, as one of the absolute best hitters in baseball against lefties. Mitch Haniger isn’t a big name, but he has posted a .382 wOBA against left-handers. Jean Segura, Danny Valencia, and Taylor Motter are all pretty good against lefties as well and don’t be afraid to get some exposure. Cano and Seager are still amazing hitters, so I’m not willing to leave them off a stack. All in all, the Mariners are going to put up some runs and you should probably find a way to get exposure.

Main Stack – Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura, Robinson Cano
Sneaky Stack – Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Danny Valencia

Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves
Park – SunTrust Park
Implied Total – 5.16

The Nationals faced this kid just a few days ago and he was actually decent. He went 6 innings and gave up just 1 run on 6 hits. I suspect the Nats will have a much better idea of what’s going on in this one after going into last game with virtually no film. They now have his pitches on file and I’m a big fan of the righties. Anthony Rendon is one of the best hitters against lefties and I will have close to 100% exposure to him at 3B. He’sheld nearly a .500 wOBA against them on the season. Ryan Zimmerman isn’t far behind, either, and I wouldn’t put a stack together without either of them. Trea Turner is better against righties, but he’s still at the top of the order and has an immense amount of upside with the speed. The back of the order has studs against lefties with Werth and Kendrick that are a bit cheaper and have just as much upside. Don’t be afraid to play Daniel Murphy, who could see 2 or 3 at-bats against righty out of the pen.

Main Stack – Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Trea Turner, Jayson Werth
Sneaky Stack – Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Howie Kendrick

 

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Monday, September 18, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Monday, September 18, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks - Sammy Kershaw - Dodgers - Lineup Lab.com

Clayton Kershaw @ Philadelphia Phillies
Park – Citizens Bank Park
Opp implied total – 2.38

We only have 7 games on the slate tonight, so are pickings are quite a bit slimmer out. Fortunately, we do have Clayton a Kershaw against the Phillies. The biggest concern for Kershaw recent has been his pitch count. He saw 91 last time out and I think he gets there again. The Phillies are obviously a trash defense and they’ve sported just a .299 wOBA vs L since the break, while striking out nearly 24% of the time. We know how great Kershaw is, but a 12 K/9 and 2.64 xFIP solidify it. The Dodgers are -330 favorites and implied to put up nearly 6 runs. The win will be there for Kershaw, even if he just goes 5 or 6. The problem here is the lack of pivots. We’ll touch on one next, but he’s it. The bottom is ugly and there isn’t any arm that I have hope in. Kershaw is the clear top option on the slate and a guy you’re almost forced into in cash games.

Patrick Corbin @ San Diego Padres
Park – Petco Park
Vegas O/U – 3.39

Fortunately, we do have 1 solid pivot off of Clayton Kershaw. Patrick Corbin and the D-Backs enter San Diego to face the Padres in spacious Petco Park. Corbin has made a name for himself on the season, striking out 10 batters per 9 and holding a respectable .291 combined wOBA. He’s death to lefties and not much worse against righties either with a 63% GB rate. The Padres are one of he worst offenses in baseball and happen to call Petco Park, the worst hitting park in baseball, home. Corbin should be able to get up to 110 pitches if he’s slicing and dicing, which does give him substantially more upside for the price than even Kershaw. All in all, these are 2 guys who are extremely skilled and you’ll certainly have to pick at least 1 of them.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks - Miami Marlins - Lineuplab

Miami Marlins Vs Matt Harvey (Mets)
Park – Marlins Park
Implied Total – 4.73

Boy oh boy, how the great have fallen. Once an ace that could be counted on to dominate, now a so-so 4 starter with not much upside. I don’t know what the problem is with Harvey, bits it’s certainly more than just 1. Literally, every single thing he was good at just 2 years ago is out the window to never be found again. For god sake, Harvey has allowed a whopping .394 wOBA to lefties. He’s also given up 17 homers in just 70 innings, so the HR issue looks to be here to stay. This Miami Marlins offense isn’t full of stars, but they are lethal. It all obviously starts with Stanton, who’ still chasing the 60 HR mark. You then get to Yelich and Gordon, who smash righties consistently. After that, the Marlins lineup is pretty spread out and I think you can go anywhere. Ozuna would be the obvious one to go with. You also have Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich, who hit righties extremely well and won’t be nearly as high owned.

Main Stack – Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna
Sneaky Stack – Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Justin Bour, Derek Dietrich

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Nick Pivetta (Phillies)
Park – Citizens Bank Park
Implied Total – 5.27

With just 7 games to choose from, we don’t have a bunch of offenses with crazy totals. I’d say the Marlins, Dodgers, and Yankees will e the 3 stacks who garner some attention. After that, everything else will be contrarian and off the board. The Dodgers, as I’ve mentioned, enter into this game as -330 favorites against Nick Pivetta. Pivetta has actually been worse against righties, but is still not any good vs lefties with a .331 wOBA. The Dodgers are moving from spacious Dodgers Stadium to Citizens Bank Park, where it’s much easier to hit homers. Justin Turner and Corey Seager are my 2 favorite options as they both drill righties and don’t rely on power for production. Next are Cody Berlinger and Yasmani Grandal. 2 power bats that can send one to the moon at any point. The Dodgers lineup is expected to put up close to 6 runs and you have to get some exposure in cash games.

Main Stack – Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Yasmani Grandal
Sneaky Stack – Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Curtis Granderson






MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 13, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks - Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals - Lineuplab

Max Scherzer Vs Atlanta Braves
Park – Nationals Park
Opp implied total – 2.58

When looking at a slate as a whole, you have to consider what steps you will need to take to play a pitcher. For example, if there were 2 8-run projected offenses in Coors Field tonight, I may have to reconsider paying up for pitcher. This slate, however, doesn’t have any of that. With plenty of similar offenses in similar spots, you should have no issue paying up for an elite arm. Max Scherzer and the Nats face off with the Braves, who they’re favored -315 over. Vegas is expecting a blood bath here and I simply can’t disagree. He’s held both sides of the plate to a sub .271 wOBA and he’s struck out over 12 batters per 9 innings. Scherzer did have one of his very rare disappointing starts last time out, so maybe that’ll keep 5-10% of the field on their toes. If you watched that game, you saw that absolutely nothing was wrong with him. He will bounce back tonight and have a stellar performance against a weak Braves team.

Jon Lester Vs New York Mets
Park – Wrigley Field
Vegas O/U – 3.19

For your 2nd arm, there are a lot of different ways to go. Working from the bottom, Jack Flaherty will draw some consideration. He’s a strong young arm out of St. Louis and he should have a very strong 4 or 5 innings of work. You then get Doug Foster, who’s still a bit shaky, even with his recent stretch. He’s in Fenway Park and faces a team I hate picking on with sinker ballers, especially in Fenway. That leaves us with Yu Darvish and Jon Lester. Darvish is fine and he should have a great game, but we can’t guarantee more than 85 pitches, so the upside is tough to see. We know the Cubs are in need of wins and Lester will stretch to 120 if he’s pitching well. The Mets stink and they’ve posted a .295 wOBA over the last 30 days. They will try to fit a bunch of righties in there, but it doesn’t really matter when Lester is good against them and they are AA/AAA players. Expect another W out of the Cubs here and for Lester to put them on his back and deliver a classic stat line. Maybe something like 7 innings, 8 K’a, 1 ER, and the win.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

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Washington Nationals Vs Luiz Gohara (Braves)
Park – Nationals Park
Implied Total – 5.68

Just like with the pitchers, we have a clear top offense here in the Nats, who are a bit expensive. They figure to be around 20-25% owned and are very much in play across the board. They face off with Luiz Gohara, who is just 21 years old and making his debut in the rotation. While he did move up the ranks fast and I can’t say he’s. a bad pitcher, he was certainly rushed. He never got his BB rate below 3 in A+ and was demolished by righty power for the last 2 months in AA/AAA. He now moves up to the majors, facing off with one of the leagues most lethal offenses. Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman are the top 2, both hitting lefties for a .420+ wOBA, literally. They are 2 of my favorite plays on the slate and guys I’ll have exceedingly high exposure to. Next, you get Werth and Hendrick in the OF and Turner/Difo at SS. Depending on how your lineup is looking, they all make sense. They all get it done against lefties and come in at different price points. All in all, the Nationals are the safest offense to choose from and we have to pay for that safety.

Main Stack – Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Howie Kendrick
Sneaky Stack – Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Howie Kendrick, Jayson Werth

Boston Red Sox Vs Jharel Cotton (Athletics)
Park – Fenway Park
Implied Total – 5.37

The Red Sox aren’t a team I stack often, but I always seem to end up with a 1 or 2-off in tournaments. It’s often Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, due to their pure dominance across the board. Tonight, I’m a fan of the entire top 6. Jharel Cotton and the Athletics move into Fenway, giving way to a 5.82 implied run total out of the home team. It only makes sense. Jharel Cotton was decent for a few starts at the beginning of the year, but offenses have surely figured him out. He’s held a .359 wOBA against lefties and a .357 against righties, with most of the contests played in the spacious O.Co Coliseum. Both sides of the plate are in play here and that’s great news with the monster in right field. Mookie and Benintendi remain my top 2 options, but are joined with Mitch Moreland, who’s one of the top HR plays at 1B. The rest of the order is a bit scattered, but feel free to go with anyone in the top 5 or 6. Jharel Cotton is a below average pitcher and a team like the Red Sox should jump on that in September.

Main Stack – Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland, Rafael Devers
Sneaky Stack – Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland

 

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks - Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber Vs Detroit Tigers
Park – Progressive Field
Opp implied total – 2.32

At the top tonight, there are 2 guys who stand far above the rest. Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber are by far the best 2 pitchers on the slate and in cash games, I don’t see how you can get away without exposure to at least one. For me, it’s Corey Kluber. Kershaw has a few more question marks (pitch count, need to win) than Kluber, who is putting the Indians on his back to go for 19 straight. The Indians are the hottest team in baseball right now and I don’t see Matt Boyd and the Tigers coming in here and ending it with Klubot on the mound. He’s been better than any other pitcher this year. Sorry, Chris Sale, but you’ll never do anything when your arm is a piece of spaghetti by September. Kluber has exhibited a 12.04 K/9 that’s backed up a league-leading 2.49 xFIP and a 1.65 BB/9. This Tigers lineup is watered down and to be quite honest, insanely bad. I’m not one to jump off the Miguel Cabrera train, but C’mon man. Miggy has been a shell of his own shell this season. The rest of the team hasn’t been any better, either, striking out close to 25% of the time and pulling just a .309 wOBA against right-handers. Kluber is the top arm on the slate and as things sit now, I’ll have 100% exposure in cash games.

Jose Quintana Vs New York Mets
Park – Wrigley Field
Vegas O/U – 3.64

If we’re looking at raw points, it’s Clayton Kershaw against the Giants here. Even though we like Kluber a tad bit more, Kershaw can easily have one of the his performances where we all look back and wonder why we were such idiots. Still, if you need to pay down a bit, Jose Quintana is a fantastic pivot. Great against both lefties and righties, it doesn’t really matter what funk lineup the Mets toss out there. No matter how you break it down, it stinks. Everyone besides 2 guys in the order should be in the minors. The only 2 above average bats are Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera, which is a sad, sad statement for the city of New York. They both belong in the 7/8 hole of a good team and certainly don’t scare me away from an ace in Jose Quintana. Quintana may fly under the radar for some, but he is a top 15 pitcher in baseball and he will solidify that down the stretch with the Cubbies. The Cubs are in mus-win mode at this point and Quintana will pitch as long as he possibly can. He will be my 2nd most popular pitcher, but still, has a lot more risk than either of the top 2 options.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

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Cleveland Indians @ Matt Boyd (Tigers)
Park – Progressive Field
Implied Total – 5.68

We’re going to stay right here in Cleveland and hope the Indians can put up some runs for our man Corey Kluber. I sure hope they can, as they will see one of the best match-ups of their entire streak. Matt Boyd, a lefty, has run into some major problems against both sides of the plate. Against lefties, a .349 wOBA 19 innings. Against righties, a .373 wOBA and 15 home runs in just under 100 innings. He’s also pitched most of his games in Comerica, so this will be a bump down for Boyd. The Indians have some lefty mashers and they’ll be right in the mix of things. Austin Jackson is a lefty specialist, so I’d expect him to be at the top of the order and be a fantastic player. The cast of regular character will take over there, with the likes of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Edwin Encarnacion. We do know this lineup is pretty spread out, however, so don’t be afraid to take a bat or two lower in the order. I expect the Indians to put up some runs tonight and I doubt they are over 20% owned.

Main Stack – Edwin Encarnacion, Austin Jackson, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor
Sneaky Stack – Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Francisco Lindor

Miami Marlins @ Nicholas Pivetta
Park – Citizens Bank Park
Implied Total – 4.40

I know the Marlins don’t have the 2nd or even 3rd highest implied total on the board, but I like them a lot as a stack. The first reason is they have the perfect 4-man stack. Gordon, Yelich, Ozuna, and Stanton take up for most of the Marlins production and you don’t really miss anything by fading the rest. They also face-off with Nicholas Pivetta, who’s been horrible against righties with a .409 wOBA. That immediately puts Stanton and Ozuna at the top of my list. He hasn’t been good against lefties, but a .319 isn’t horrible either. Dee Gordon and Yelich both dominate righties and I like them both just as much as the others. I don’t feel the need for a sneak stack with this lineup, as the main one won’t be very popular. We’re all watching Stanton and his path to 60, which he may get closer to tonight. Citizens Bank Park is a lot friendlier than Marlins Park and Stanton can probably bunt it out against Pivetta.

Main Stack – Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna






MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks for September 6, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Wednesday, September 6, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

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Carlos Carrasco @ Chicago White Sox
Park – Guaranteed Rate Field
Opp implied total – 3.20

A lot of people were on Danny Salazar last night, who didn’t even get out of the 1st inning against these same White Sox. He just wasn’t on his pitches and as soon as the bullpen came in the Sox got shut down. If Salazar was at all on his game, he would have shut them down. Carlos Carrasco is also a step up from Salazar, who is a bit more volatile. Carrasco will typically give you a guaranteed 6 innings and 7 strikeouts, while Salazar will be up and down all year long. Carrasco has posted a .288 combined wOBA on the season and has backed it up with some fantastic peripherals. He’s striking out 10.2 batters per 9 innings while walking just 2.19, giving him his personal career best K: BB. Carrasco is an elite pitcher any way you look at it and his opponent is extremely weak. The White Sox have ranked in the bottom 5 in every offensive category since the ASB. Jose Abreu is the only real bat in the order and Carrasco should be able to deal with him with ease. He’s the top play in cash games and it’s not too close at all, at least in my book.

Kenta Maeda Vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Park – Dodger Stadium
Vegas O/U – 3.70

After Carrasco, there is a ginormous drop to the 2nd guy(s). I’m not exactly sure who ends up being highly owned out of this 2nd tier, but it could be Kenta Maeda for cash games. To be clear, I don’t like him in tournaments as I can’t see the Dodgers letting him eclipse 90-1000 pitches. With that being said, it could very well be enough for a cash game at his price. He faces off with the Diamondbacks, who are a good offense, but they outside of Chase Field and even more so in pitcher-friendly parks. The 2 bats to be most wary of are Jake Lamb and David Peralta. Maeda is a bit worse against lefties (.318 wOBA), so he could have some trouble with those guys. On the flip side, his numbers against righties (.264 wOBA) are fantastic. The majority of this D-Backs lineup will be right-handed and we know they can strike out with the best of them. Vegas has a 3.70 implied total and Maeda should end up as one of the more conservative

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

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Cleveland Indians @ Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox)
Park – Guaranteed Rate Field
Implied Total – 5.80

The Chicago White Sox rotation is just 1 big pitching machine with legs. The IQ seems non-existent if you watch and they go through putrid starters like they’re easy to come by. Reynaldo Lopez, in particular, is pretty bad. He’s just 23-years-old and walked 4.50 batters per 9 in AAA. He’s obviously not ready for the majors just yet and it’ll be a few years until we get there. The Indians are one of the most dangerous offenses and one of the most difficult to contain. Guaranteed Rate Field is small and the Indians should put up plenty of runs. The cream of the crop is Jose Ramirez and the 1 1B. they all destroy righties and have more than enough HR upside. After that, you can go anywhere. Vegas has the Indians implied at 5.80 runs, which is the highest outside of Coors Field. I like Jay Bruce a lot, actually, as he’s struggled lately and should go low-owned. He sets up well for Lopez and could send a heater back where it came from. The rest of the order has upside, but not to the point where you need to reach.

Main Stack – Edwin Encarnacion, Austin Jackson, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor
Sneaky Stack – Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Francisco Lindor

Texas Rangers @ Julio Teheran
Park – SunTrust Park
Implied Total – 4.74

For a larger slate, there aren’t many great teams to stack. Sure, you can go into Coors Field and get a team with a 6.5 implied total, but good luck paying for anyone else, including your pitcher. It’s not necessarily a bad strategy, but I’d rather pay up for safety in my arms and find a cheaper offense that can put up similar production. Here we have the Texas Rangers, facing off with predictable righty Julio Teheran. Teheran has allowed a .335 wOBA against lefties and nearly a 2 HR/9. He calls in the Rangers to SunTrust Park, which has been a top 7 park for lefty power on the season. We all know the Rangers have plenty of that. The first guy that sticks out is Joey Gallo. Gallo is my pick for HR of the night and I wouldn’t have a Rangers stack without him. The rest of the lefties (Choo, Mazara, Odor) are the way to go in cash games. In tournaments, feel free to throw a righty in there and hope for some production off the bench. Either way, I don’t see the Rangers walking away with less than 2 dingers in this contest.

Main Stack – Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara, Elvis Andrus, Joey Gallo
Sneaky Stack – Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos/strong>

 

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks for September 5, 2017

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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, September 5, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

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Jacob DeGrom Vs Philadelphia Phillies
Park – Citi Field
Opp implied total – 3.31

When I first looked at this slate, Jacob DeGrom immediately stuck out to me as the top option. When deciding whether or not to play DeGrom, this first thing I look at is if he’s at home. In Citi Field, DeGrom has sported a .276 wOBA, compared to the .308 on the road. He’s also held lefties and righties to a combined .246 wOBA and 10 K/9. He’s dotted the edges extremely well over his last few starts, striking out 23 to just 2 walks. DeGrom has slipped with injuries this year, but he’s still one of the brightest young arms in baseball. His velocity is as high as ever and his change-up has induced an incredible 52% GB rate. He faces off with the Phillies tonight, which doesn’t need much explanation. They’ve posted a .286 wOBA against Phillies in the last 2 months and only have a few guys who deserve to be in a major league lineup. They strikeout close to 25% of the time and make hard contact just 24%. They also move from Citizens Bank Park (top 10) to Citi Field (23rd for hitting). DeGrom should have an extremely solid performance tonight and I’m a big fan in both cash games and tournaments.

Danny Salazar @ Chicago White Sox
Park – Guaranteed Rate Field
Vegas O/U – 3.62

At this point in the season, there’s a whole lot of attacking offenses. We have a few offenses in the league that stand out as being far worse than the field. The White Sox are certainly in that grouping. Jose Abreu is the only hitter to be afraid of and to be honest, I’m not that worried against a righty with one of the more devastating sliders around. The rest of the order is pretty garbage, with guys like Yolmer Sanchez and Matt Davidson surrounding Abreu. Looking further down the lineup may induce some gag reflex, so be cautious. Guys like Rob Brantly and Adam Engel are AA talent hitters that are pretty solid in the field. Good thing that doesn’t matter in the slightest. As for Danny Salazar, you know what you’re going to get. He is predictably unpredictable. No matter the opponent, Salazar can b one of the more frustrating pitchers to watch. I can vividly remember multiple occasions of wanting to pull my hair out as Salazar walks the pitcher or goes 3-0 to a catcher in the 8 hole. On the other side of things, he can be one of the more rewarding pitchers to have. Those same memories are matched by Salazar on the mound, dicing and dealing for 7-9 innings of no-run baseball. He has been dominant against both sides of the plate this year and has held a K rate over 10. He has one of the best match-ups he’ll see al year, so if his stuff is on, you will see 7+ innings and 10+ strikeouts. If he’s off, there’s no telling when the wheels will fall off. You will know by the 2nd inning.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

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Cleveland Indians @ David Holmberg (White Sox)
Park – Guaranteed Rate Field
Implied Total – 6.11

We’ll stick right in Chicago here with the Indians, who are facing off with David Holmberg and have the highest Vegas O/U outside of Coors on the day. it only makes sense when you look at the match-up. David Holmberg has struggled (.341 wOBA) against both sides of the plate since coming up and a .250 BABIP just tells me some more impending doom is on the way. To put it simply, the Indians aren’t a team to mess with. You won’t go out and throw weird pitches that get them to chase. They will happily walk all night long and wait for some in the zone. The targets are pretty obvious but you will have to choose between Encarnacion and Santana. I personally prefer Encarnacion against a lefty, due to Santana being far better against righties. Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor are also locks and I wouldn’t consider an Indians stack without either. After that, you can go anywhere. Austin Jackson is actually the guy I have a lot of interest in, as he hits lefties well and should go relatively ignored.

Main Stack – Edwin Encarnacion, Austin Jackson, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor
Sneaky Stack – Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Francisco Lindor

Colorado Rockies Vs Ty Blach (Giants)
Park – Coors Field
Implied Total – 6.38

I know, you can’t get any more obvious than this. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of stacking any other teams than the 2 we’re touching on. I like mixing and matching in tournaments today and there are quite a few options I like across the board on different teams. As for the Rockies, they could easily put up double digits tonight. Ty Blach is a left-handed pitcher that fully relies on the ballpark to save him. He strikes out just over 3 (YES, 3!) batters per 9 innings and has a GB rate that doesn’t do much. In turn, he is giving up more fly-balls than any other pitcher. In the spacious AT&T Park, it’s perfect. it takes a tank to get one over the wall. With this move into Coors Field, the same cannot be said. Those same routing flyouts to left field are going to be 10 rows deep in CoorLiterallyitterally. This Rockies team can certainly hit lefties and there are a few guys that have to be licking their chops. My 2 favorites are Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. I know Story might sound a bit crazy, but listen. He strikes out about 100% of the time and hits an HR the rest. Against Blach, those K numbers fall dramatically. When you can guarantee me a guy with 52% hard contact against lefties is going to see at last 2 at-bats with contact, I’ll take it. The rest of the order is pretty spread out and you can go wherever you’d like. Charlie Blackmon isn’t a must, but he will likely see some righties out of the pen, so don’t count on him busting.

Main Stack – Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Mark Reynolds, Ian Desmond
Sneaky Stack – Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds, Trevor Story, Jonathan Lucroy

 

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks for September 4, 2017

*Austyn Varney*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Monday, September 4, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

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Jake Arrieta @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Park – PNC Park
Opp implied total – 3.59

When we step back and look at this day as a whole, we have an early/main slate and a late slate. Both of them stink at pitching, but the earlier slate is a bit friendlier. You have a few guys to choose from, with Jake Arrieta coming out as the top option. Now it may be a bit too soon to speak, but the old Jake “The Snake” Arrieta may be back. He’s allowed just 4 runs over his last 4 starts and has struck out 24. He’s still holding an elite .287 combined wOBA and striking out around 9 batters per 9 innings. He moves into PNC Park and faces off with a very underwhelming offense against righties. They’ve posted the league’s 3rd worst wOBA against them on the year at .306. The game is also in PNC Park, which is the 4th hardest place to get a ball out for righties. Arrieta is a strong play in all formats and should be set for another solid performance.

Dallas Keuchel @ Seattle Mariners
Park – Safeco Field
Vegas O/U – 3.82

This night slate is a lot less forgiving in terms of pitching. After our top option in Dallas Keuchel, it gets extremely thin. When I say extremely thin, I mean basically nobody. Dallas Keuchel and the Astros travel to Seattle and will look to pick up a few easy wins. The first one will come against Erasmo Ramirez, who doesn’t have much of a shot against the Astros offense. Keuchel has been one of the better pitchers this season with a .233 combined wOBA and 8.23 K/9. He now moves into one of the friendliest ballparks in baseball for pitchers, Safeco Field. The Mainers are a much worse team against lefties, with Cano, Seager, Gamel, and Segura all considerably worse against them. There is still the danger of Nelson Cruz, but I’m assuming Keuchel will give him a few change-ups in the dirt and let him either strike out or walk to first. Let’s hope. If you don’t like Keuchel, well, too bad. Go complain to the baseball gods.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

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Cleveland Indians @ James Shields (White Sox)
Park – Guaranteed Rate Field
Implied Total – 5.87

Every 5th day, we’re reminded that anyone can make an MLB roster if you were good at one point. That reminder comes in the flesh of James Shields. Shields, who continuously gets pummeled and is somehow still jogging out there and tossing it to the catcher. I don’t see a pride POV how he’s doing this, but I guess it’s the money. I can guarantee that in his interviews 10 years from now he will admit to not really caring at this point. It’s actually quite obvious by his reactions. He’s prone to giving up home runs and runs. Looking at his stats, he’s probably the worst pitcher in the game against lefties with a .424 wOBA and 15 home runs allowed in 45 innings. Yes, that’s a home run every 3 innings or a 3 HR/9. An average HR/9 is around 0.90. Getting to the Indians, we know they are a tough offense with a ton of options. Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, and Francisco Lindor stand out above the rest and are locks in any Indians stack I create. There are a few more interchangeable guys and it’ll just come down to the batting order and who sees a bump. Play the lefties.

Main Stack – Carlos Santana, Bradley Zimmer, Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor
Sneaky Stack – Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce, Francisco Lindor

Washington Nationals Vs Adam Conley (Marlins)
Park – Nationals Park
Implied Total – 5.11

This late slate has a few offenses you can stack, but the Nationals are my favorite and they will likely b e the most popular. Adam Conley is admittedly a fine pitcher, but he’s nothing special. He’s allowed a .330 wOBA against righties, though a .265 BABIP leaves that a bit worrisome. This Nationals offense is elite against lefties and it’s why they’re projected to put up nearly 5.5 runs. Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman are the top 2 options and I wouldn’t put a Nats stack together without either. You then get the 2 stud OF’s against lefties in Jayson Werth and Howie Kendrick. Both are in play as safe plays with plenty of upside. You may have to choose Trea Turner over one of them, however, as he will lead-off and be a big reason if they do have success. I prefer Werth, but you can go Kendrick with no qualms from me. All in all, this offense is going to put up some runs and they may break loose. You want exposure, even if it’s in a minute way. Personally, I’ll have a ton of ownership in the form of stacks.

Main Stack – Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner
Sneaky Stack – Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Wilmer Difo, Jayson Werth






MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks for August 30, 2017

*Austyn Varney*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Wednesday, August 30, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

Carlos Martinez @ Milwaukee Brewers
Park – Miller Park
Opp implied total – 3.97

On this early slate, you get to choose between a few quality options. Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Martinez, and Aaron Nola are my favorite 3 options and I like all of them in cash games and tournaments. With that being said, Carlos Martinez is my favorite. This Brewers lineup is just weak against righties and they strikeout more than anyone at 25.6%. Carlos Martinez is one of the brightest young pitchers in the game and he’s been very consistent. He’s a bit like Gerrit Cole, as in being so dominant, yet struggling against lefties to a pretty high degree. Fortunately, there’s only going to be 3 or 4 of them to worry about in the order. Against righties, Martinez has posted a .254 wOBA backed up by a 26% strikeout rate and 27% hard contact. Miller Park is pretty tough on lefties and while I don’t expect a clean slate out of Martinez, he should go 7 or 8 innings and give up only a couple runs. The win should be safe and he’ll let you pay up for some bats that Strasburg won’t.

Dallas Keuchel Vs Texas Rangers
Park – Minute Maid Park
Vegas O/U – 3.50

The later slate is a tough one in terms of pitching. There isn’t any one pitcher that stands out as an uber-safe cash game option. Even Dallas Keuchel, who we’ll touch on here, has some risk. The Rangers are a talented offense and they showed their upside just last night. With that being said, they can strikeout a lot and they are much worse against lefties. Choo, Gallo, and Odor are horrible against lefties and strikeout over 30% of the time. The rest of the order is decent against lefties, but are also better at home. They are implied to score just 3.50 runs and while there’s some risk, I don’t think there’s anymore here than there is with Robbie Ray or Jose Quintana.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

Washington Nationals Vs Adam Conley (Marlins)
Park – Nationals Park
Implied Total – 5.11

This early slate does have a few offenses to consider stacking, but the Nationals stand out to me. They face off with Adam Conley, who is a very average left-handed pitcher. He’s struggled against righties with a .335 wOBA and we know the Nationals can hit lefties as good as anyone. Both Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman are top 15 hitters against lefties and both have sports +.375 wOBA’s against them so far. You then run into the rest of the lineup that is just extremely solid. Guys like Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, and Jayson Werth all do damage against lefties. It may seem like a weird stat, but the Nats have worked lefties for the most pitches/AB in the entire league. Conley shouldn’t last long and the Marlins bullpen isn’t very good. The Nats can be stacked in a lot of different ways, but I’d make sure to have Rendon and Zimmerman. They are lefty-mashers and I don’t see the Nats having a good day and them not.

Main Stack – Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner
Sneaky Stack – Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth

Minnesota Twins Vs Derek Holland (White Sox)
Park – Progressive Field
Implied Total – 5.75

I’m definitely not going anywhere else with my top stack on this main slate. Derek Holland is absolutely atrocious against righties and when I say atrocious, I mean possibly the number 1 worst. He’s allowed a .404 wOBA to them and 26 home runs in just 88 innings of work. It doesn’t get any worse than that. Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier are the top 2 options and you really can’t stack the Twins without them. After that, you have a ton of options to consider. Polanco, Escobar, Garver, and Gimenez all hit lefties well and have HR upside in Progressive Field. They have an implied 5.75 implied total and you have to think they’ll be one of the higher owned offenses on the slate. I’ll definitely have my fair share of it.

Main Stack – Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, Eduardo Escobar
Sneaky Stack – Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Mitch Garver, Jorge Polanco

 

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks for August 29, 2017

*Austyn Varney*

MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineup Stacks – Tuesday, August 29, 2017

*STARTING PITCHERS*

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Chris Sale @ Toronto Blue Jays
Park – Rogers Centre
Opp implied total – 3.29

On the high-end, you have Chris Sale and Jake Arrieta. While Arrieta is great and he can throw a CGSO at any point, he’s no Chris Sale. Sale is one of the 3 best pitchers in baseball and should have no problem bouncing back after struggling last week against the Indians. They’ve owned him in his career and he didn’t show any signs of injury or fatigue. They were just hitting balls that most teams whiff on. When looking at the numbers, you’d think Sale is one of the best arms to walk this planet. He’s allowed just a .247 combined wOBA while striking out 12.77 batters per 9 innings. Sale and the Sox now move into The Rogers Centre to face off with the lowly Blue Jays. While they are better against lefties, a .321 wOBA and 22$ strikeout rate is nothing to be afraid of. Expect Sale to have another one of his typical starts where he goes 7+ innings, strikes out 9+, and gets the W. There is no pitcher on the slate that compares to Sale in safety, at least in my opinion.

Luke Weaver @ Milwaukee Brewers
Park – Miller Park
Vegas O/U – X

Even though we have a lot of games on this slate, pitching isn’t pretty in the slightest. Fortunately, we do have a couple options that stand out. On the lower end, it’s Luke Weaver. Weaver is a 1st round pick just a couple years back out of FSU. He hasn’t stopped dominating since and it looks like he doesn’t have any plans of slowing down. Albeit a very small sample size, Weaver has dominated at the pro level so far. He’s striking guys out at a 27% clip while holding both lefties and righties to a sub .310 wOBA. He’ll likely run into a few road blocks like most young arms do, but I don’t think it comes in the form of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers aren’t a “bad” offense, but they have a lot of holes. They strikeout 25.6% of the time and have trouble putting together big innings. I don’t think Weaver leaves with a clean slate here, but he should get 6 or 7 solid innings. At his price, you can’t ask for more.

*OFFENSIVE STACKS*

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Minnesota Twins Vs James Shields (White Sox)
Park – Progressive Field
Implied Total – 5.82

The Twins and James Shields just faced off in Shields’ last start, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Twins respond to a walking pitching machine they saw under a week ago. Typically, hitters gain the edge in this spot. With that being said, there’s no real merit in that. The real merit comes in James Shields being horrible. He’s a bottom 5 pitcher in the entire league and I’m not sure he’s mentally or physically capable of having a good start. At 35 years old, Shields has given up a .422 wOBA to lefties and a .300 to righties. You can definitely target the filler righties like Dozier or Buxton, but the real value comes in the left-handers. You then get to the White Sox bullpen, which is undoubtedly one of the worst. The Twins are an extremely safe offense and you can pencil in at least 4 or 5 runs here. The prices are solid and you should be able to fit 4 of them while also fitting Sale as an SP1.

Main Stack – Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario
Sneaky Stack – Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, Eduardo Escobar

Houston Astros @ Martin Perez (Rangers)
Park – Minute Maid Park
Implied Total – X

There are some very nice offenses on this slate, but not many that you want to stack fully. The Astros are a team that can put up 10+ runs on any given night and the HR upside they possess in this match-up is hard to find. They will host the Rangers and Martin Perez, who is bad against righties. He has a huge HR problem and has had it for about 10 years. It’s going nowhere. Through 114 innings, Perez has allowed a .364 wOBA and 17 home runs. He is great against lefties, so I don’t see a reason to target those guys. With that being said, the combo of Altuve+Springer+Bregman is extremely dangerous and can bring you to the top of a tournament. I also don’t think the ‘Stros will be too highly owned. There are a lot of different options and I would think these guys come in around 15-20% owned.

Main Stack – Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel
Sneaky Stack – Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Marwin Gonzalez