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Hitting Picks and Stacks for 5/11 – Dare to Try Detroit



Welcome to the Saturday MLB slate here at Win Daily DFS. Today we will be covering a few of my favorite hitters, going position by position, and then we will end with two of my favorite stacks for the day. Let’s do it:


Mitch Garver, MIN vs. DET (DK: $4,800 FD: $3,100)

The way that I see it, there are two ways to handle the catcher position on DraftKings. You either pay way down and punt it, or you pay way up and get a stud catcher like Garver. If we have the salary on a particular slate, obviously the preferred option is to pay up and that is likely the route that I take on Saturday. Garver’s price on FanDuel is criminally low, which is a direct result of the fact that we are not forced to roster a catcher on FD.

First Base

Christian Walker, ARI vs. ATL (DK: $4,500 FD: $3,800)

The Diamondbacks head to Atlanta to take on Kevin Gascan, excuse me Gausman, and the Braves Saturday night. Gausman’s ERA of five is one of the higher figures on the slate, and he is letting up walks and long balls at a concerning rate so far this season. Walker is having a surprisingly solid start to the year, hitting for .295 along with seven homers and 16 RBI. His price is a small step below some of the other elite batters on the slate, and he is an elite play.

Second Base

Robinson Cano, NYM @ MIA (DK: $3,800 FD: $2,900)

Second base is usually not the flashiest position day in and day out, so why not try to save a little salary cap and roster Cano? He will be swinging against Sandy Alcantara, who has an ERA approaching five on the season. Sandy has a sky-high 1.62 WHIP, which means that we can probably expect his ERA to bump up over five sometime soon. Not to mention, he is averaging over a walk per inning and Cano will have the platoon advantage batting third in this Mets lineup.

Third Base

Nolan Arenado, COL vs. SDP (DK: $5,800 FD: $5,000)

This play will cost us a pretty penny, but Arenado facing off against a lefty in Coors Field is just too tough to pass on. When a guy is priced up with some of the cheap pitchers on a slate, you know that he must be in a great spot. If we can afford Arenado in Coors against a lefty, do not second guess it, just pull the trigger. The lefty happens to have a five ERA to pair with Arenado’s .322 average, 10 homers, and 30 RBI, so we have ourselves an elite play.


Jorge Polanco, MIN vs. DET (DK: $5,300 FD: $4,100)

Another Twin worth taking a close look at for Saturday is Jorge Polanco, especially on FanDuel. Polanco is priced a full $1,200 cheaper on FD than he is on DK for the slate today, making him an elite play in all formats. I already mentioned my love for this Twins offense, which has been clicking on all cylinders lately with a plethora of hitters that boast high fly ball rates. These guys love to hit the ball out of the park, and even if Polanco does not go yard against the Detroit starter, his stellar .344 average will ensure that he is on base when one of his teammates do so.


Josh Reddick, HOU vs. TEX (DK: $3,700 FD: $2,800)

Looking for some value in the outfield is always tricky with all of the high-priced studs that this position offers, but Josh Reddick fits the bill. Priced just under $4K on DK and $3K on FanDuel, Reddick will be licking his chops to get a piece of Drew Smyly and his sparkling 6.63 ERA. Reddick will have the platoon advantage in this matchup and if he makes the lineup, he is a good bet to reach base with his .336 average.

Nicholas Castellanos, DET @ MIN (DK: $4,200 FD: $3,300)

Castellanos and the Tigers get to face off against a Triple A pitcher that is being called up to make a spot start. Time and time again we see these scenarios work out in favor of the hitters and not the pitcher. Kohl Stewart is a pitcher that I will be targeting heavily Saturday. Stewart’s last spot start involved five runs in just six innings of work and I can see his second start going similarly. The Tigers are never a team that we can fully trust, but if they start to fly under the radar we can stack batters from both sides of the plate from this squad.

Jeff McNeil, NYM vs. MIA (DK: $4,500 FD: $3,200)

McNeil is one of a few strong lefties that the Mets have to throw against right-handed pitchers that struggle against lefties. He has a solid OBP that he should be able to use to his advantage against Alcantara and his troublesome WHIP. Whenever the Mets are facing a righty, we can look to their lefties and Saturday is no different.

Best Teams to Stack

  1. Detroit Tigers – As you can see from my hitting picks above, I definitely showed my hand when it comes to my two stacking picks. Whenever there is a Triple A call-up making a spot start on a slate we should take a look at the hitters that he is facing and if they are priced reasonably, we should target them with confidence. The Tigers are never an overly expensive stack, but with that comes the potential for them to put up a dud. The Tigers are also one of those teams that tends to go unnoticed and if we can get them at low ownership against Kohl Stewart then we should absolutely fire them up.
  2. New York Mets – The Mets are heavily on my radar for this slate, particularly the lefties. Between McNeil, Cano, Conforto, and Nimmo, the Mets have no shortage of solid lefties to throw at Alcantara. On top of the major platoon splits, the Mets are another team that will not break the bank and never tend to garner the chalkiest ownership of the slate. Play the Mets lefties with confidence Saturday.

Clayton is a baseball lifer who hails north of the border, his Blue Jays works can be found at Jays Journal where he is the site co-editor. Clayton is branching into DFS with Win Daily where he will look to apply his baseball and fantasy knowledge moving forward.

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