There’s only eight games on the schedule, and since each will be played under the lights, it will give you time to consider how to load your lineup with 8/8 MLB DFS bargain plays and stacks (besides the obvious one in Yankee Stadium). There’s at least two games with the stench of poor lineups along with a game or two that will produce a sleeper.
Top 8/8 MLB DFS Stack: New York Yankees: Blue Jays starter Thomas Pannone has a 7.48 ERA on the road and a 48.1% fly ball rate. Wrong place, wrong time, Thomas. You can start your Pinstripe stack with blistering hot Mike Tauchman ($3,300 at FanDuel), who opened the week with three homers and five RBI. Brett Gardner ($3,000) is hitting .417 with a pair of homers and five ribbies over the past week, and there should be enough available to add Gio Urshela ($3.500), who returned to the lineup on Wednesday to go 3-for-5 with a pair of bombs and four RBI. If Austin Romine gets the start, get greedy and add his $2,700 to the line, as he’s homered in each of his last two starts.
Chicago Cubs 8/8 MLB DFS Stack: Entering Wednesday’s play, the Cubs were batting a composite .295/.356/.515 over the past seven days with 10 homers and 26 RBI. Those numbers should remain on point as they play at hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark and face Alex Wood, who has allowed three homers in his first two starts. Obviously, Javier Baez ($5,100 at DraftKings) will cost, but you’ll pay considering he’s hit .400 with three homers and nine ribbies over the last week. Kris Bryant ($4,300) also comes with a stiff sticker price, but he’s destroyed Reds pitching (.356, three homers, 1.130 OPS) this season. Kyle Schwarber ($4,500) is another high-priced bat, but he’s homered five times against Cincinnati this season.
Detroit Tigers 8/8 MLB DFS Stack: Don’t laugh, but there’s some value in this lineup. Brandon Dixon ($3,100 at FanDuel) is hitting .357 over the past week with a homer and a stolen base to boot. Miguel Cabrera ($3,100) has a .346 average over the same span while also swatting a homer. Cabrera is hidden gold when the Tigers are at home. The ever-versatile Niko Goodrum is batting .333 with six RBI and comes in with a reasonable $3,200 salary.
Now that we’ve stacked, I suppose you’ll want to get some more hitting into your system. Give ‘em what they want, right?
8/8 DFS Hitting Catcher
Francisco Mejia, SD vs. COL
DK ($3,200) FD ($2,200)
The highly-touted bat is coming alive. Mejia has consecutive three-hit games and hit his fifth homer of the season on Wednesday. He’s slowly getting his hard contact rate on the upswing (32.7%) while quietly going .302/.351/.453 since the All-Star Break. Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has a 4.17 ERA outside of Coors Field and has allowed four of his 18 homers to Padres hitting.
8/8 MLB DFS Hitting 1B
Miguel Cabrera, DET vs. KC
DK ($3,500), FD (3,100)
As mentioned earlier, Cabrera is a solid hitter at Comerica Park, where he slashes at .351/.410/.446. His strong start to the month has seen him produce a 1.049 OPS in his first 22 at-bats. With Danny Duffy on the DL, the Royals will pitch Jorge Lopez, who makes his first start since May 28. Lopez will serve as the opener for K.C., but it doesn’t matter considering he’s allowed 10 homers in 48.2 innings on the road.
8/8 MLB DFS Hitting 2B
Jon Berti, MIA vs. ATL
FD ($4,200), DK ($3,000)
The journeyman is making the most of his extended trip to The Show with four multi-hit games in his last five starts. Berti has a 1.087 OPS and will continue to keep highly-touted Isan Diaz on the bench. He’s become a line drive machine, hitting them at a 29.5% rate. The Braves will start the Bad version of Dallas Keuchel, as in the one who has a 4.71 road ERA and has allowed opposing batters to hit .301 against him outside of Atlanta.
8/8 MLB DFS Hitting 3B
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR vs. NYY
FD ($4,500), DK ($3,700)
He’s finally brought his OPS above .800 (.803) as Guerrero opened August with 11 hits in 26 at-bats that includes five extra base hits. What makes him interesting here is whether he become more consistent at home, where he’s hitting .254 with four of his 13 homers coming at Rogers Centre. Guerrero is batting .243 with a homer against New York pitching. Still, the one number that’s intriguing is the .390 OBP he’s established since the ASB, a clear sign The Chosen One is starting to get it.
8/8 MLB DFS Hitting SS
Bo Bichette, TOR vs. NYY
FD ($4,400), DK ($3,800)
Bichette has doubled in eight straight games; 11 of his first 18 hits have gone for extra bases, and it doesn’t hurt that Bichette has a stolen base to his credit. Yankees starter Domingo German is 14-2 overall but has been addicted to giving up dingers, as he’s allowed at least two homers in three of his last four starts. German is also suspect on the road, where his 5.60 ERA is more than double the 2.19 ERA he’s posted in New York.
8/8 MLB DFS Hitting Outfielders
Ronald Acuna, Jr. ATL at MIA
DK ($5,300), FD (4,300)
He’s now one homer and four steals away from going 30-30, damn nifty for a 21-year old who’ll get some serious MVP consideration that Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich won’t hoard. Acuna is locked in, hitting .357/.400/.750 in 28 at-bats this month. As good as his numbers were in the first half, Acuna has been filthy since the break with a .302/.373/.538 slash and a .911 OPS. He loves Marlins pitching, having hit four runs against them this season with a .916 OPS.
Jorge Soler, KC at DET
DK ($4,200), FD ($3,200)
Speaking of impressive second halves, Soler’s .309/.436/.667 (1.103 OPS) would garner more attention if he were playing almost anywhere outside of Kansas City. Soler has raised his walk rate to 9.7% while adding 75 points to his Isolated Power total (.277). He’s never going to win a batting crown, but his reduction in pulling the ball from 53.2% last season to 45.8% this year has helped make him a more complete hitter.
Aristides Aquino, CIN vs. CHC
DK ($3,800), FD ($2,900)
Aquino is swinging the bat in almost the same manner another #44 in a Reds uniform once did. He’s still light years from Eric Davis, but Aquino has a pair of homers and five RBI in his first 16 at-bats and is hitting the ball hard to the tune of a 50% hard contact rate. Aquino is a cheap option with a great upside playing in Great American Ball Park.
Brandon C. Williams has covered Fantasy Sports since 2013 when he was selected as a finalist for the FSWA Newcomer of the Year. He is an award-winning writer/editor who has been in sports media for 30 years, having worked with likes of the Houston Chronicle, Fox Sports Net, CBSSports.com, Rivals.com and RotoExperts.com. Brandon is a Fantasy Content writer for the Canadian Football League and will begin his second season as a Fantasy Football Columnist for the Associated Press.