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We’ve got a 13-game main slate for 9/24 DFS and while a playoff picture is finally emerging and the season is winding down, there are still some high-upside hitters and stacks to get you prepped to win some green!

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9/24 DFS Hitting Stacks of the Day

Red Sox at Edinson Vólquez/Ariel Jurado

The Red Sox shouldn’t have problems getting to either Vólquez, who’s having a last hurrah in the big leagues before retiring, or Jurado, who has a 5.73 ERA this season and has trouble getting Ks. You may want to skip Betts, who’s been getting rest since coming back from a foot injury, but grab shares of J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and some of the more inexpensive bats (Mitch Moreland, Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley) that should help you make salary. I think the 2-5 plus Christian Vazquez (the projected 7 hitter) might be my favorite stack among the Red Sox bats.

Houston Astros at Justin Dunn/Tommy Milone

The Astros are always worth looking to considering their 121 team wRC+ and .349 wOBA, but they face a couple mashable pitchers and you don’t have to worry about splits since they rake just about everybody. Get some shares of the red-hot George Springer (three HRs on Sunday) as well as Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yuri Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez. they have the highest implied total among the teams with set lines so far.

TorontoBlue Jays at Dylan Bundy

These teams have been bashing each other’s brains in, and while I prefer the Blue Jays side of this offensive tilt, the entire game stack is in play. It’s been a GPP winner recently, so I have no qualms about rolling out the usual suspects again: Cavan Biggio, Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez, and value bats like Brandon Drury and Teoscar Hernandez – especially if Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. (illness) sits for a second consecutive day.

9/24 DFS Hitting Stacks to Consider 

Chicago Cubs at Mitch Keller – The Cubs are nearly out of the playoff picture thanks to the Cardinals, but for 9/24 DFS you shouldn’t consider them officially dead yet – and they’re a bunch who can still pile on the runs. The Pirates home park isn’t the best venue for stacks, so ownership should be relatively low.

Atlanta Braves at Danny Duffy – Plenty of bats to like for this potent Braves lineup facing the lefty in Kansas City, you’ll just have to leave out a couple since they’re all so good. I may be fading the Yankees in Tampa, but I’m not worried about the Braves against a hittable pitcher in the heartland.

Cleveland Indians vs. Hector Santiago – The Indians aren’t as consistent as the Braves offensively, but they have a bunch of lefty mashers with a special affinity for Santiago. The implied run total is over 5.5, which means you should have shares of the 1-5 bats along with some exposure to Franmil Reyes and Jordan Luplow. I might take a wait-and-see approach with Jose Ramirez, who’s set to be activated from the IL.

Oakland Athletics at Dillon Peters – The A’s aren’t as good against LHPs (.305 team wOBA), but it’s a viable contrarian stack to consider for 9/24 DFS. The implied total is also over 5.5 runs and seems a bit high — so tread lightly with this bunch.


9/24 DFS Hitting Catcher  

Christian Vazquez, BOS at TEX

DK ($4,600)   FD($3,200)

Vazquez got a day off yesterday against the Rays, but he should beback in the lineup Tuesday in Texas. He’s got 3 homers in his last seven gamesand his overall numbers in 2019 have been impressive: .273/.316/.472 with 22 HRs.Digging a little deeper, we find a .232 road ISO, with 14 of his dingers comingaway from Fenway Park.

9/24 DFS Hitting First Baseman 

Carlos Santana, CLE at DET

DK (4,900)   FD ($4,000)   

Santana is having a career year, and I’m plugging him into most ofmy GPP builds against Hector Santiago. Hisseason slash sits at .288/.403/.529 with a 139 wRC+ and he’s destroying LHPsthis season (1.015 OPS, 162 wRC+ and .421 wOBA). There are many ways to go at1B on this slate, but Santana is my bet for a monster game.

9/24 DFS Hitting Second Baseman 

Cavan Biggio, TOR at BAL

DK ($4,900)   FD ($3,700) 

Did you expect me to play some other than Biggio? He hit anotherbomb last night and has ben raking every time I use him in GPPs – from lastTuesday’s cycle and Thursday’s home run to helping me spike some decent cashesin last night’s Rally contests on FanDuel. He’s way too cheap on that site andhis price tag on DK should keep him from being chalk – especially with so manyhigh-priced arms.

9/24 DFS Hitting Third Baseman 

Manny Machado, SD vs. LAD (3B/SS on DK)

(DK $3,700)   FD($3,000)

It’s been a disappointing season for Machado, but he’d like to endit with some standout performances against his old team, the Dodgers. I lovethe matchup against LHP Rich Hill since Machado – with some really pronouncedsplits this season – hits .314/.401/.683 against southpaws. The price is rightfor Machado, and using him as a one-off or with OF Hunter Renfroe ($4,000 onDK, $3,100 on FD) – who’s another viable Padres power hitter with a 132 wRC+against LHPs – makes a lot of sense if you’re trying to find some value and buildingmultiple lineups.

9/24 DFS Hitting Shortstop 

Corey Seager, LAD at SD

DK ($4,700)   FD($3,800)

Seger is finally hitting his groove as we near the postseason, andnow is a great time to plug him in at SS in the 9/24 DFS main slate. He’s got a123 wRC+ against RHPs and has a .381 WOBA and .314 ISO sine the start of September.There’s no time like the present, and presently, Corey Seager is raking.

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9/24 DFS Hitting Outfielders 

Cody Bellinger, LOS at SD (1B/OF on DK)

DK ($4,800)   FD($3,200) 

Cody might just ring that bell again on Tuesday night against “BadRonald” Bolanos, who’s given up three homers in 14 innings. Bellinger’s 166wRC+ and ridiculous .314/.414/.641 slash line vs. RHPs means he’ll be in all thelineups I can afford him in, regardless of the venue and the fact he’s on the road(149 wRC+ in away games this season).

Ronald Acuna, Jr., ATL at KC

DK ($5,300)   FD ($4,400)

He makes for a fine one-off if you’re not using the Braves stack, and he’s putting up obscene numbers against both LHPs and RHPs. Another interesting stat about Acuna is that he’s slashing a robust .281/.370/.510 with a 125 wRC+ at home and .279/.361/.527 with a 128 wRC+on the road. There’s not a day that I don’t consider him, even against the league’s top pitchers and regardless of the lofty price tag.

Austin Hays, BAL at TOR
DK ($3,800)   FD ($2,700) 

Hays had a monster night in Toronto on Monday and he’s once again in a good spot facing a lefty. The 24-year-old slugger is slashing .302/.362/.535 in the 15 games he’s played in the majors, and he’s still very inexpensive on both sites. If he’s in the Orioles lineup on Tuesday, I’ll be grabbing shares.

9/24 DFS Additional Stack Options:

C: Wilson Contreras ($4,400 DK, $3,200 FD), Sean Murphy ($4,000DK, $3,100 FD)

1B: Anthony Rizzo ($4,900 DK, $4,100 FD), Trey Mancini ($4,700 DK,$3,900 FD)

2B: Jose Altuve ($4,700 DK, $4,200 FD), DJ LeMahieu ($5,000 DK)($4,200 FD – 3B)

3B: Gio Urshela ($4,100 DK, $3,000 FD) Vladimir Guerrero Jr, ($3,800DK, $3,200 FD)

SS: Francisco Lindor ($5,400 DK, $4,300 FD), Nico Hoerner ($3,700DK, $3,000 FD)

OF: Anthony Santander ($4,000 DK, $3,400 FD), Brett Gardner ($4,500DK, $3,500 FD), Randal Grichuk ($4,100 DK, $3,000 FD), Ramon Laureano GPP($3,100 FD), Austin Riley GPP ($2,200 FD), Adam Duvall GPP ($2,400 FD)

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We’ve got a loaded 14-game 7:05 EST main slate for MLB 9/17 DFS – one that we’ve got some high game totals for, including another big-time stack at Coors. The lineups get unstable toward the end of the year, but that just gives us more opportunities to embrace the variance and make it fun on this enormous slate.

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9/17 DFS Hitting Stacks of the Day

NewYork Mets at Tim Melville (NYM at COL)

The Mets are expensive but have the highest implied total on the slate. Last night they scored just four runs in Coors but on Tuesday get to face Melville, who’s been torched in his three home starts (.516 xwOBA, 9.00 ERA, 6.31 xFIP). I’ll be applying a liberal smattering of Mets hitters in most of my lineups, with most of my exposure coming with the first five hitters: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso. Wilson Ramos is a very affordable $2,900 on FD as well, where he can be used in one of two spots.

Boston Red Sox vs. Logan Webb (BOS vs. SF)

The Sox may be missing Mookie Betts (foot) but they’re still a powerful bunch of bats in a hitter’s park. Logan Webb has been tuned up for a .400 xwOBA vs. RHP) during his short time in the Majors, and he’s not going to like the ballpark shift from Oracle. The usual suspects (Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi) are all $5,000 or under on DK, and Mitch Moreland is just $4,200.

Toronto Blue Jays at Dylan Bundy/Chandler Shepherd

The Blue Jays are a sneaky stack in a slate with Coors Field on the docket, and they’ll be playing in Baltimore, where the homers fly out and the Orioles pitching staff has reached a new nadir in allowing the long ball. I’m stacking the 1-5 with occasional shares of Randal Grichuk ($4,300 DK) and Billy McKinney ($3,300 DK).

Cleveland Indians vs. John Schreiber/Spencer Turnbull (CLE vs.DET)

The Indians are underpriced for the matchup on this 9/17 DFS slate, whether it’s against Schreiber (the possible opener) or Turnbull, who’s really struggled this season (3-15 in 27 starts with a 4.77 ERA and 1.48 WHIP). I’m leaning toward mini-stacks considering there are so many other great matchups on this slate, but feel free to grab shares of the 1-5 hitters and get some exposure to the value bats (Franmil Reyes, Mike Freeman and Jordan Luplow, if he’s in the lineup).

9/17 DFS Hitting Stacks to Consider 

Atlanta Braves at Vince Velazquez (It’s tough to fadeFreeman and Co. in a hitter’s park)

Miami Marlins at LHP Alex Young (all the righties –including my guy Starlin Castro)

Colorado Rockies vs. Marcus Stroman (The contrarian side ofCoors against a decent RHP)


9/17 DFS Hitting Catcher  

J.T. Realmuto, PHI at ATL

DK ($4,600)   FD ($3,900)

I’m a huge fan of Realmuto, who sports a .443 xwOBA and .227 ISO against LHPs over the past two seasons. It’s a one-off play that should command low ownership and provide a decent floor – as well as immense upside in GPPs.

9/17 DFS Hitting First Baseman 

Rowdy Tellez, TOR at BAL

DK ($3,900)   FD ($2,600)   

Tellez has four homers in his last 11 games, crushes right-handedpitching (.453 xwOBA, .245 ISO since 2018), and bats fourth between Lourdes Gurrieland Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. Tellez is my double-dinger call of the day, and he’snot really thrown off by lefty relievers, either (.430 xwOBA against LHPs since2018).

9/17 DFS Hitting Second Baseman 

Cavan Biggio, TOR at BAL

DK ($4,500)   FD ($3,700) 

Biggio is another Jays bat I want exposure to in Camden Yards, where he’s already got three homers in five career games and a 168 OPS+ that screams GPP play. As part of stack or simply a value bat at a reasonable price, Biggio makes a solid play for his speed and power.

9/17 DFS Hitting Third Baseman 

Matt Chapman, OAK vs. KC

DK ($4,200)   FD ($3,600) 

Chapman and his surging power numbers (4 HRs in September so far) couldbe overlooked on this slate, and if you’re wary of spending more than $5K for J.D.Davis but still want to get some other Coors bats in, he could be a big help.All these games matter for the A’s, and Chapman (.423 xwOBA and .250 ISO vs.RHPs since 2018) is the heart and soul of their lineup along with Matt Olsonand Marcus Semien, the other two Oakland bats with 30+ homers this year.

9/17 DFS Hitting Shortstop 

Francisco Lindor, CLE vs. DET

DK ($4,800)   FD ($4,000) 

Lindor is my favorite shortstop of this slate. He gets lotsof ABs and benefits from a circular Indians lineup that has some decent hittersat the bottom of the order – giving him some run-creating opportunities alongwith table-setting ability. His price is cheaper than Xander Bogaerts, Trevor Storyand Bo Bichette on DK (with just as much GPP upside) and he’s playable in allformats at home (where he owns a .386 wOBA and .403 xwOBA sine 2018) against theTigers.

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 9/17 DFS Hitting Outfielders 

J.D. Martinez, BOS vs. SF

DK ($4,000)   FD ($3,200) 

Idiscussed the Red Sox stack up top, but if there’s one bat from Boston I’d likein this matchup, it’s J.D. His .506 xwOBA vs. RHPs since 2018 (over a hugesample of 998 plate appearances) means he can hit all types of pitching (it’s apreposterous .560 vs. LHPs) and he’s still surrounded by Bogaerts andBenintendi, who both hit RHPs well. I’m banking on a three-run homer for the RedSox OF/DH in hitter-friendly Fenway against young Logan Webb (.400 xwOBA vs. RHP).

Oscar Mercado, CLE vs. DET

DK ($4,100)   FD ($3,000) 

Thehome numbers for Mercado are impressive (.290/.340/.477) and his bat has beenshowing some life again (10 hits in his last 26 AB). You’re getting thetalented young OF at a discount on both sites, and he’s a great piece to havein Indians mini stacks along with Lindor and Carlos Santana.

Garrett Hampson, COL vs. NYM

DK ($3,500)   FD ($3,200) 

Hampson is red-hot at the plate and is dirt cheap onDK. He’s played much better since getting more regular time, starting in theRockies’ last five straight and games and going 11-for-22 over that stretch(counting Monday night). He’s easy to overlook in the lineup as the No. 7 hitterand makes plenty of sense in both cash games and GPPs.

Additional options:

C:Roberto Perez ($3,600 DK, $2,900FD), Reese McGuire ($3,900 DK, $2,800 FD)

1B: Pete Alonso ($5,600 DK, $4,300 FD), Carlos Santana($4,300 DK, $3,900 FD)

2B: Robinson Cano ($4,700 DK, $3,600 FD), Jonathan Villar($4,700 DK, $3,800 FD)

3B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr, ($3,900 DK, $2,900 FD), EugenioSuarez ($4,500 DK, $3,900 FD)

SS: Bo Bichette ($5,400 DK, $3,900 FD), Xander Bogaerts ($5,000DK, 3,800 FD)

OF: Austin Meadows ($5,600 DK, $4,400 FD), Yordan Alvarez ($5,200DK, $4,100 FD), Brandon Nimmo ($4,500 DK, $3,900 FD), Khris Davis ($3,800 DK,$3,200 FD), Michael Brantley ($4,000 DK, $3,800 FD), Matt Joyce ($4,100 DK, $2,400FD)

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Today we’ll be examining a fine 12-game Tuesday 9/3 DFS MLB slate (one without a super-obvious Coors Field game), looking to embrace the variance, find some compelling stacks to focus on in our lineup builds, and list some viable hitters in GPPs – as well as some additional plays that might be worth a punt or contrarian pivot.

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9/3 DFS Hitting Stacks of the Day

AtlantaBraves vs. Wilmer Font/T.J. Zeuch

The Braves have the highest implied total (6 runs) on the 12-game 7:05 slate, with the Dodgers close behind. Both Font and Zeuch (the proposed primary reliever who’ll be making his MLB debut) are RHPs — so it’s safe to stack the 1-5 hitters as there are no weak links in the bunch. Don’t overthink this one – the Braves have punished RHPs, are a better offense at home this season, and have plenty of value bats if you’re building a non-traditional stack.

LosAngeles Dodgers vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez

The Dodgers have six hitters in their projected lineup with ISOmarks north of .200 against RHP, including some of the best xwOBA marks on the slate(Will Smith at .487 and Cody Bellinger at .446). Feel free to attack Chi Chi’sterrible splits against lefties regardless of the barely beneficial shift awayfrom Coors. Joc Pederson (who you will have to double check on because he leftMonday’s game after a leaping catch at the wall), Corey Seager, Bellinger, A.J.Pollock and Matt Beaty should be the core of this group.

ClevelandIndians vs. Dylan Cease

It’s been a few days, but the Indians bats came alive last night and knocked around Ross Detwiler, and the matchup against Dylan Cease shouldn’t offer too much resistance. Cease is vulnerable to both RHBs and lefties, so it doesn’t really matter which side of the plate your stacked players hit from – just make sure you’re building around a core of Francisco Lindor, Oscar Mercado and Carlos Santana. You have myriad options for additional power bats in the heart of the lineup and a bit further down (Yasiel Puig, Franmil Reyes, Jakob Bauers), so it might be worth it to build some variety if you’re multi-entering in GPPs.

9/3 DFS Hitting Stacks to Consider 

Minnesota Twins at Rick Porcello

Boston Red Sox vs. Randy Dobnak

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Matthew Strahm

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Dereck Rodriguez

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Sandy Alcantara

9/3 DFS Hitting Catcher  

JasonCastro, MIN at BOS

DK ($3,700)   FD($2,400)

We’re looking for some value at catcher given some of the prices of these bigger bats in the stacks we need to fit, and Castro is exactly the type of hitter we’re looking for – a sneaky option with ample power and plenty of bats surrounding him. If the Twins roll out Castro against Porcello, I’d be comfortable with the BvP data (5-for-13 with a HR) and overall against RHP (.476 xwOBA).

9/3 DFS Hitting First Baseman 

JoshBell, PIT vs. MIA

DK ($5,100)   FD($4,400) 

You’re going to get Josh Bell at a very low ownership, and while the $5,100 price seems oppressive, the Pirates still sport a decent implied total and Bell (.426 xwOBA vs. RHP) might fly under the radar in this slate. The Pirates aren’t the safest stack, but Bell stands out as an excellent one-off, especially if you’re steering clear of Freddie Freeman and looking for a more contrarian play.

9/3 DFS Hitting Second Baseman 

KoltenWong, STL vs. SF

DK($4,300)   FD ($3,100) 

Wong is red-hot at the plate, with a seven-game hitting streak and a triple in three straight games (the record is five, by Chief Wilson in 1912). A streaky hitter who’s having an excellent second half (.381/.462/.545 in 42 games since the break), Wong’s got an affordable price tag and could be banging out some more extra base hits from that 2-slot against the Giants.

9/3 DFS Hitting Third Baseman 

RafaelDevers, BOS vs. MIN

DK ($5,400)   FD($4,100) 

Devers and the Red Sox are a formidable stack against just about anyopposing pitcher, but this is an especially tasty matchup with rookie Randy Dobnakon the mound for the Twins. Since Anthony Rendon and Alex Bregman aren’t in idealspots Tuesday, I’m rolling with Devers and his obscene metrics vs. RHP (.429xwOBA, .247 ISO). He’s never far from a run-producing spot and he’s got all theprotection he needs surrounded by the Boston sluggers.

9/3 DFS Hitting Shortstop 

AdalbertoMondesi, KC vs. DET

DK ($5,200)   FD($3,100) 

Mondesiobviously missed being a part of the Royals lineup, because he went 4-for-5with two runs scored and three SB in the Royals’ 6-4 comeback win against theOrioles on Sunday. He’s facing a LHP in Daniel Norris on Tuesday and he’sclearly recovered from his shoulder injury – and while the price on DK issteep, he’s very affordable on FD.

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9/3 DFS Hitting Outfielders 

MattJoyce, ATL vs. TOR

DK ($3,900)   FD($2,400) 

Joyceis a classic value GPP play because of his power potential and assault on RHP(.392 xwOBA). It’s also helpful that both the projected starter and primaryreliever are right handers – which could give him an extra AB or two before he mustface a lefty out of the bullpen or get pulled for a pinch hitter or defensivereplacement. In a search for some bargains to offset the rest of the Bravesstack, Joyce could be a key cog.

MaxKepler, MIN at BOS

DK ($5,300)   FD($3,500) 

MaxKepler is batting leadoff for one of the top stacks of the day, so he’s definitelya fly ball hitter to build around despite his steep price tag on DraftKings. He’scoming off a 2-for-5 day in a win over Detroit and is slashing .258/.339/.537with 36 home runs and 90 RBI over 127 games in 2019. He’s an excellent roadhitter (.266/.357/.548) and he’s a real bargain on FanDuel at just $3,500.

Kyle Schwarber, CHC vs. SEA

DK ($4,300)   FD($3,100) 

It’s always a weather-dependent recommendation to use or fade batsin Wrigley, so make sure there’s not a stiff breeze blowing in before youcommit to Schwarber here. The enigmatic Schwarber does his best work at homevs. RHP (125 wRC+ in 2019, .250/.355/.545 slash), and while he’s not the besthitter in high leverage spots (65 wRC+), that’s a figure that’s bound toimprove. King Felix is not the pitcher he once was, and it’s a fine spot forlefty mashers against him.

Additional 9/3 DFS hitting options (by position):

C: Carson Kelly, Chris Herrmann (value)

1B: Anthony Rizzo, Matt Olson

2B: Brock Holt (value), Eduardo Escobar

3B: Matt Carpenter, Abraham Toro

SS: Corey Seager, Nick Ahmed

OF: Matt Beaty, Dexter Fowler, Nick Castellanos, Adam Jones. Franmil Reyes, Oscar Mercado

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8/24 DFS Hitting and Stacks

With the Giants and A’s playing tonight, Saturday offers a full 15-game slate with just three games scheduled before 7:00pm Eastern. The 8/24 DFS Hitting and Stacks is the calm before the storm that begins next Saturday when college football bogarts its way into the sports schedule.

We’ve got you covered with college football, so keep your attention to the diamond while looking to make some long green as August makes the slow turn to September.

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8/24 DFS Hitting Catcher

Wilson Ramos, NYM vs. ATL

DK ($3,900), FD ($2,400)

Ramos extended his hitting streak to 17 games on Friday, continuing an August that has seen his OPS approach the gilded 1.000 mark. He’s helped his cause with a career-best 9% walk rate that has offset the dip in Isolated Power (.133) and BABIP (.294). He will get a very favorable matchup in Braves starter Max Fried, as Ramos wears out lefties with a .341/.424/.541 (.965 OPS) with five homers. That he’s managing this stretch of consistent hitting feels odd considering he’s hitting grounders at a 60.1% rate and manages a modest 31.6% hard contact rate.

Sometimes, the numbers can trick the hell out of us; in Ramos’ case, you take them for what they are and get the solid results.

8/24 DFS Hitting First Baseman

Carlos Santana, CLE vs. KC

DK ($5,400), FD ($3,700)

Why not roll with Santana again? He reached base three times in Friday’s win over the Royals to continue an August in which he has nearly as many walks (18) as he does hits (25). Santana has a .473 OBP this month but has reached base at a .627 clip against Kansas City pitching this season with three homers and 10 runs scored. Royals starter Glenn Sparkman makes for another easy mark for Santana, as he comes into the game allowing 1.89 HR/9 and a 23.6% line drive rate.

Sparkman has given up nine walks in 21 innings this month and has been treated like chum by Indians batters, who have hit eight homers against him in just 16.1 innings pitched this season.

8/24 DFS Hitting Second Baseman

Howie Kendrick, WAS at CHC

DK ($8,000), FD ($2,600)

If he’s in the lineup, I’m playing him. Kendrick has three multi-hit games in his last four starts, including a pair in Friday’s win at Wrigley. Kendrick is .462/.533/1.154 over the past two weeks with five extra base hits. The 36-year-old jack of all trades has a .934 OPS this season with a career-best .235 Isolated Power, the result of Kendrick delivering hard contact at a 44% rate and a 32.6% fly ball rate. He’ll be licking his chops at the thought of hitting Cubs starter Jose Quintana, as Kendrick has a .912 OPS in 93 at-bats against lefties this season.

8/24 DFS Hitting Third Baseman

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR at SEA

DK ($4,000), FD ($2,900)

Prior to Friday’s opener against the Mariners, Guerrero was hitting a robust .583/.667/1.083 over the past week with a pair of homers. He’s been more effective on the road, sporting an .896 OPS before Friday night while his walk rate has finally reached double digits at 10.1%. Guerrero’s .191 Isolated Power will continue to rise while his line drive rate (18.1%) has steadily climbed since the All-Star Break.

Both he and his dad will have something to else to share, as Guerrero will get the chance to face Mariners icon Felix Hernandez, who will be making his first start since May 11.

8/24 DFS Hitting Shortstop

Tommy Edman, STL vs. COL

DK ($4,500), FD ($2,800)

Edman had his third multi-hit game this week in Friday’s win over the Rockies, making him 4 for 9 (.444) against the Rockies. Teeing off on Colorado pitching isn’t the only reason for considering Edman. He’s produced a .902 OPS over the past two weeks and has been decisively more dominant at, where his .839 OPS far outweighs his .661 OPS outside St. Louis. Edman is living up to his projections as a line drive hitter (22.8%) with the ability to scald the ball (42.4% hard contact rate) with occasional power outbursts (10% HR/FB rate).

Look for Edman to thrive off Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, whose control issues (4.40 BB/9) is worsened by his 2.05 HR/9 rate. I won’t be shocked if Edman takes advantage of Gonzalez’s 45.2% hit rate and takes him deep.

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8/24 DFS Hitting Outfielder

Ryan Braun, MIL vs. ARI

DK ($4,800), FD ($2,900)

If it feels like the Brewers love facing Diamondbacks pitching, it’s because….well, they do. Braun rapped out a pair of hits and drove in a run in Friday’s win, giving him a slash of .438/.444/.688 (1.132 OPS) with a homer in 16 at-bats against Arizona this season. This feels like a vintage Braun campaign, evidenced by a .212 Isolated Power and .331 BABIP along with the fact he can still swipe a base or two.

He’s pulling the ball more (42.1%) than in previous years while experiencing a slight uptick in both line drive rate (19.5%) and fly ball rate (29%). The 43.8% hard contact rate helps drive his numbers, but it’s the 6.1% walk rate that’s worth keeping an eye on since Diamondbacks rookie Zac Gallen has struggled with walks. That is all the more reason to Brew up in the 8/24 DFS Hitting and Stacks.

8/24 DFS Hitting Outfielder

Marcell Ozuna, STL vs. COL

DK ($4,900), FD ($3,500)

He’s homered in consecutive games against the Rockies and gets a pitcher (Chi Chi Rodriguez) who is exceptionally homer-prone tonight. I’ll triple my long ball bets with Ozuna, who is hitting .500 with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored in his last four games. Gonzalez, who has also suffered control issues, is an ideal target for Ozuna, whose 10.4% walk rate and .254 Isolated Power has been major factors in the resurgence of his bat. Ozuna sports a 50% hard contact rate, which makes him more viable in 8/24 DFS Hitting Picks and Stacks.

8/24 DFS Hitting Outfielder

Willie Calhoun, TEX at CWS

DK ($4,800), FD ($3,700)

Calhoun homered for the third time in five games, accounting for all of Texas’ offense in an 8-3 loss on Friday. The homer also continued displaying Calhoun’s slight edge as a more offensive hitter on the road, where his .911 OPS nudges past his .883 mark in Arlington.

Fly ball hitters are worth targeting when playing in Guaranteed Rate Field, and Calhoun certainly fits the bill with a 44.9% rate. He’s also equaled the strong run he had in the minors earlier in the season, flashing identical 20% HR/FB rates along with displaying an extreme pull nature (53.2%).

8/23 DFS Hitting Stacks

8/24 Hitting Stack of the Day: Cleveland Indians: On top of Santana, I’m tossing in Francisco Lindor ($5,100 DK). Jason Kipnis ($3,900 DK) is a good value play. Make sure Jose Ramirez ($5,100 DK) is part of the party, as he owns a pair of homers off Sparkman. Roberto Perez ($2,900 FD) is a good add as well. This will be a handsome payoff in the 8/24 DFS Hitting and Stacks lineup.

8/24 Hitting Stack Runners-Up: New York Yankees: Coming off a five-HR assault, the Yankees should feast off the the Dodgers. Gleyber Torres ($5,100 DK) has been off the chain during this West Coast swing. Aaron Judge ($3,900 FD) is showing signs of breaking out of a sluggish August. Pay up for Gary Sanchez ($4,100 FD) and smile while doing so.

8/24 Hitting Stack to Consider: Cincinnati Reds: Pirates starter Trevor Williams has a 8.03 ERA in his last 10 starts. He has allowed 18 homers in that span. That’s blood in the water for Aristides Aquino ($4,900 DK), who went deep on Friday night. Jose Iglesias ($3,700 DK) could be a bargain. Catcher Tucker Barnhart ($3,400 DK) has four hits in eight at-bats against Williams. Keep in mind Jesse Winker ($4,100 DK) has a pair of hits in six ABs vs. Williams.

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Stay focused!!! I know we’re all giddy to eventually dive into NFL DFS and various Fantasy football drafts, but the 8/23 DFS Hitting Picks and Stacks are set for you to make plenty of the long green.

There are 14 games awaiting, with all but Nationals-Cubs being played under the lights, highlighted by a Yankees-Dodgers series that will feel like an October tease. There’s not a monster stack here, but there’s a couple worth considering.

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8/22 DFS Hitting Catcher

Christian Vazquez, BOS at SD

DK ($3,800), FD ($2,700)

Vazquez brings a 1.007 OPS over the past week to Petco Park. While his plate discipline is questionable on the road (.309 OBP), it’s more than made up for by Vazquez’s .509 slugging percentage and .818 OPS in away games, as Vazquez has swatted 10 of his 18 homers away from Fenway. The .202 Isolated Power and 33.9% hard contact rate — both career highs — are continuing to hold up, as his .862 OPS this month is marked improvement over the .778 OPS he produced in July. He gets a good matchup in rookie hurler Chris Paddack, who leads the league with a 70.1 strikeout rate, but has a 43.1% hard contact rate that has made him suspect to brutality at times.

8/23 DFS Hitting First Baseman

Carlos Santana, CLE vs. KC

DK ($4,600), FD ($3,700)

Few have mauled pitchers in the manner Santana has over the past two weeks, as he’s gone on a .364/.485/.745 (1.230 OPS) with six homers, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored. He borders on Must-Start as he’s worn out Royals pitching to the tune of .292/.460/.542 (1.002 OPS) with three homers, 10 runs scored and 15 walks. Santana’s 17% walk rate and 14.8% strikeout rate pairs well against the Royals’ pitching staff, which is 23rd in walks allowed and 27th in Ks from their hurlers.

Santana’s damage to pitchers is more impressive considering he has just a 16.1% line drive rate and a modest 36.8% fly ball rate. The 43.8% hard contact rate is loud when adding his patience at the plate.

8/23 DFS Hitting Second Baseman

Keston Hiura, MIL vs. ARI

DK ($4,800), FD ($3,600)

Yeesh, that 30.5% strikeout rate. Yet if you can live with the whiffs, you’ll take the upside of Hiura, who has scored seven runs and produced five extra base hits (all doubles) in the past week. Hiura has shaken off the lack of plate discipline with a .414 BABIP along with a .267 Isolated Power that is better than expected at this stage. You have to like the balance that comes from his batted ball rates, as he’s spraying line drives (24.5%) and getting the ball in the air (40.3%) while delivering a solid 43.4% hard contact rate and a 40.9% medium contact rate.

Hiura has thrived well against Diamondbacks pitching, going .389/.389/.667 in 18 at-bats. He’ll get the inconsistent Merrill Kelly on the mound for Arizona, which should translate into a good Friday for Hiura.

8/23 DFS Hitting Third Baseman

Mike Moustakas, MIL vs. ARI

DK ($4,100), FD ($3,800)

Bah Gawd! Are we playing our hand when it comes to an 8/23 DFS Hitting and Stacks Stack? Well…um….maybe. Moustakas has hit the D’Backs well this season, going .313/.389/.688 (1.077 OPS) with a homer and five RBI in 16 at-bats. He’s also coming into Friday having homered four times in the past week along with 11 RBI and a 1.550 OPS. Moustakas is riding the wave of a career year in Isolated Power (.269) with a 19.3% HR/FB rate that has bolstered those totals.

Both he and Hiura should thrive against Merrill Kelly, who has a .329 OBA this month. Kelly has a 5.40 ERA in August despite allowing just one run in his last outing.

8/23 DFS Hitting Shortstop

Tim Anderson, CWS vs. TEX

DK ($4,800), FD ($3,100)

Anderson has quietly produced a heck of a breakout season, one that has seen him hit .433 over the past week along with scoring at least one run in seven of his last eight games. That he’s competing for the A.L. batting title despite a 2.6% walk rate is one of the more befuddling things you’ll see this season, but Anderson is living large due in part to a .391 BABIP and the ability to spray the hell of out the ball throughout the field.

He’s still a good play against Rangers ace Lance Lynn, as Anderson has hit Texas pitching to a .462/.462/.779 slash with a homer and five ribbies this season.

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8/23 DFS Hitting Outfielder

Michael Brantley, HOU vs. LAA

DK ($5,300), FD ($4,000)

Let’s try to forget the fact he’s hitting .440-2-4 over the past week. Instead, look at how he’s owned Angels pitching this season. The 8/23 DFS Hitting and Stacks MVP, Brantley has a .484/.515/1.000 (1.515 OPS) with four homers, nine RBI and 12 runs scored. Career year? Damn straight it is, as Brantley sports a .206 Isolated Power and .345 BABIP along with a 14% HR/FB%. The Angels have yet to decide who will get the start, but seriously, is it going to matter to Brantley?

8/23 DFS Hitting Outfielder

Aristides Aquino, CIN at PIT

DK ($5,400), FD ($4,300)

He’s looked human over the past week, hitting just .174, but he’s quietly improved his plate discipline to a 9.3% walk rate. The freakish .507 Isolated Power is still there, while his 44.9% hard contact rate has cooled off. For all the uncertainty about using him, Pirates starter Mitch Keller’s 4.22 BB/9 and 8.86 ERA are tempting enough to use Aquino with the bet that Keller will continue to let hitters pound him with a .977 OPS and 29% line drive rate. It’s an expensive play, but I’m willing to suggest rolling the dice on Aquino paying off.

8/23 DFS Hitting Outfielder

Willie Calhoun, TEX vs. CWS

DK ($4,800), FD ($3,700)

Don’t count on Calhoun going hitless against White Sox hurler Dylan Cease tonight. Calhoun has three homers over the past week, which makes his bat attractive to Cease’s pitching, as the rookie has allowed 10 homers over 44 innings. Calhoun’s 43.6% fly ball rate will play well in gopher-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field. as will a 52.3% pull rate when it comes to assaulting the foul pole in right field. He is also a more potent away hitter, producing a .939 OPS outside of Arlington.

8/23 DFS Hitting Stacks

8/23 Hitting Stack of the Night: Houston Astros: Brantley is the anchor of an H-Town stack, with Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman (1.253 OPS, four homers, 12 RBI versus the Angels) a pair of monster options. You’d have to choose between two of the three, but Jake Marisnick, who is hitting .455 with an 1.174 OPS against the Angels, is cheap enough to add in the outfield, allowing you to spend elsewhere.

8/23 Hitting Stack Runner-Up: Milwaukee Brewers: Hiura and Moustakas are the beginning of a stack that would include Ryan Braun, who has a pair of homers over the past week with a suddenly revived Lorenzo Cain (.462 over the last week). The makings are there for a very potent stack that appears ready to make some serious cake.

8/23 Hitting Stack to Consider: Cincinnati Reds: Aquino is expensive but utility man Josh VanMeter (.364 the past week) should be a good add at a reasonable price. Eugenio Suarez has gone deep against the Pirates, while Nick Senzel has hit .462 versus the Bucs. Had Joey Votto not gone on the DL, the Reds might have been Stack of the Night.

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Today we are here to celebrate and congratulate one of our own, @TenaciousDJONES, on his six figure win last night. He rode an Indians/Mets stack to FanDuel glory. Details and how to get advice from David are included in this 8/16 MLB DFS Report.

8/16 MLB DFS Winner: David Jones of Win Daily

DFS Pro David Jones, one of our featured analysts on Win Daily, took down the $200,000 MLB Colossus on FanDuel with a grand prize of $100,000 on Thursday night. The contest had an entry fee of $1,650. The following lineup put David at the top of the tournament: Sonny Gray, Carlos Santana, Joe Panik, Jose Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, Greg Allen, J.D. Davis, Pete Alonso. You can get advice regularly from David on Win Daily as a free member or talk to him one on one in our Premium Gold Slack Chat throughout the week.

8/16 MLB DFS Winner: Mets/Indians

Both teams exploded last night and Tenacious D was all over them in pregame:

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The Mets, led by Todd Frazier and Pete Alonso homers, scored 10 runs on 23 hits. Alonso went five for five with six RBI including his N.L. rookie-record tying 39th homer. Amed Rosario, batting leadoff after Jeff McNeil was injured, had five hits in six official ABs with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored.

The other games Tenacious D loved was in the Bronx. Though he mentioned the Yankees, he stacked the Indians in his winning lineup.

Some highlights from the 19 runs the Indians scored: Carlos Santana with four runs and three RBIs, including 2 HRs; Greg Allen with four each of RBI, runs and hits including a HR and Jose Ramirez with two HRs and six RBI. Ramirez had his counting stats by the end of the second inning.

8/16 MLB DFS Outlooks: Not surprisingly, the Indians are in the playoff hunt. In the lead for the AL wild-card by two games over Tampa Bay, three and a half over Oakland and nine and a half over Boston, they are also chasing Minnesota for the A.L. Central lead. They are only one-half game behind the Twins.

The Mets are surprisingly in the N.L. playoff chase. They are two games behind the current second wild-card leader, the Cubs. However, the Mets have many more teams to deal with than the A.L .contenders do, with Arizona, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Milwaukee all on the outside looking in but within three and a half games.

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This Saturday August 10th slate is all about landing the right bats. Follow my stud and value plays and lock in the MLB DFS Picks of Destiny.

MLB DFS Stacks: Astros World

Houston Astros: They didn’t go bananas last night, but I didn’t really expect them to. Today is a different story. They go against Aaron Brooks and his 5.45 ERA. Brooks usually only goes a couple innings and when the Orioles try to stretch him out, he is getting hit. In his last two starts he has given up three home runs and eight earned runs. He does not have a single game this season where he has pitched over three innings and not given up a run. The Astros lineup is lethal. I am expecting Houston to be the highest scoring team on the slate. They have scored double digits in two of their last three games. As a team they are batting .325/.646 SLG/1.047 OPS in August. In 47 at bats vs Aaron Brooks the Houston Astros starters have only struck out five times. I will personally be stacking four Astros and home run hunting on the other positions. They are without a doubt my favorite MLB DFS stack. 

Listed in order of preference: Yordan Alvarez, George Springe, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Michael Brantley, Robinson Chirinos. Breakdown and prices of my favorite MLB DFS bats are listed below.

San Diego Padres: They face Chi Chi Gonzalez at home tonight. Chi Chi has a 5.95 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. He has never made it to six innings and has never given up less than two runs this season. The Padres have plenty of power in their lineup and have been hitting under the radar lately. I expect low ownership and high upside. 

Listed in order of preference: Fernando Tatis, Manny Machado, Hunter Renfroe, Will Myers, Eric Hosmer, Josh Naylor, Francisco Mejia. Breakdown and prices of my favorite MLB DFS bats are listed below.

Position Rankings and Values

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Catcher: Travis d’Arnaud ($3,700 FD; $4,200 DK ) has nine home runs this season vs left handed pitching in 96 at bats. He is hitting leadoff with a .329 ISO/.411 wOBA vs Tommy Milone (L). He has a .433 ERA and has reverse splits, being worse at home. In his last four starts he has given up 15 runs. Travis d’Arnaud has not put up a fantasy goose egg since July 19th. You can play him with a safe floor and home run upside. 

Catcher Value: Alex Avila ($2,600 FD; $4,000 DK) is batting seventh, on the road, vs. the struggling Kenta Maeda. Avila has seven homers and is hitting .329 ISO/.411 wOBA vs righties this season. Maeda has given up 13 runs in his last three starts, with two of those coming at home. Avila is cheap and has two home runs in his last two games and still nobody will be on him, besides us. 

Value Catcher: Martin Maldonado TOP CATCHER

First Base Stud: Carlos Santana ($3,700 FD; $4,600 DK) is contributing every game and no one is talking about him. He has gotten at least six FanDuel points over his last 10 contests. He has a solid MLB DFS floor. He takes on Jake Odorizzi, who has been good some starts and bad some starts. In July he had a 7.43 ERA. The Indians are starting to heat up and I think they get to him today. Carlos Santana has 19 home runs on the season and is batting .269 ISO/.400 wOBA vs righties. I like Santana a lot.

First Base Mid Value: Yuli Gurriel ($3,500 FD; $5,300 DK) is tied with George Springer for most home runs against right handed pitching this year vs righties. It’s surprising, I know. He is cheap for an Astro, and will have six or seven bats in front of him I love. He should be getting on base, getting RBI and has just a good of chance to go deep as any Astro today, at a fraction of the price (on FanDuel). There is nothing not to like. He is batting .253 ISO/.384 wOBA on the season and gets to go against Aaron Brooks. He pays off. 

Second Base: Jose Altuve ($4,400 FD; $5,400 DK) Houston is going off today, and that means Altuve will get a piece like always. He is batting second in my favorite stack vs Aaron Brooks. Altuve has three homers in his last six game and carries a .337 wOBA on the season. If Altuve doesn’t go deep a I would expect a couple hits, a couple runs and a couple RBI which would work just fine. Lock him in a second base and get cute somewhere else. 

Second Base Value: Mike Brosseau ($2,700 FD; $3,600 DK) of the Tampa Bay Rays hits lefties well. Batting .256 ISO/.398 wOBA vs them for the year, Brosseau is due after a minor cold streak. I prefer to pay up at this position, but if forced to punt I think Brosseau makes sense. 

Second Base Honorable Mention: Kestin Hiura

Shortstop Stud: Fernando Tatis ($4,500 FD; $5,600 DK) is on fire. Batting leadoff with three home runs in his last four games. He goes against Chi Chi Gonzalez (5.95 ERA) Just keep riding the train. Tatis is hitting .300/.633 SLG in August. 

Shortstop Stud/Mid: Carlos Correa ($3,900 FD; $5,500 DK) 12.5, 34.9, 12.5, 12.2, 25.3, 9, 27.9. Those are Correa’s last seven FanDuel scores. He is officially back and not everyone knows it yet. He has 12 homers on his shortened season this year vs righties. He hits .277 ISO/.381 wOBA and should be batting sixth behind five other studs. Lock button. 

Third Base Base: Jose Ramirez ($3,500 FD; $4,300 DK) has gone against Jake Odorizzi 20 times and hit three home runs off him in his career. He is batting .211 ISO/.335 wOBA this year but has been hot lately with over 25 FanDuel points in each of his last four games. I like hot streaks, and he is on one, vs a pitcher he owns. Sold. 

Third Base Mid/Value: Miguel Sano ($3,500 FD; $5,000 DK) has 11 home runs on the season and hits .288 ISO/.362 wOBA vs righties. He is batting third vs Adam Plutko. He has given up at least a run in every single MLB game he has ever played in (11). It feels like the right spot for Sano with an Indians team that should win this game. 

Outfield Stud: Yordan Alvarez ($4,300 FD; $5,800 DK) We are targeting Aaron Brooks. Alvarez bats fifth and is swinging that bat just as well as any Astro right now. He has nine home runs vs righties and hits .325 ISO/.458 wOBA. Alvarez is also HOT with 12 hits, eight RBI, four runs and two homers in his last seven games. Stack Astros and figure the rest out. 

Scratched Outfield Mid: Will Myers ($2,800 FD; $3,900 DK) also goes against Chi Chi Gonzalez. Myers should be batting sixth. He has been somewhat cold but I like him to get back on track today. He has nine home runs and hit .308 vs righties this year. 

New Outfield Mid: Aristides Aquino, Josh Naylor (prefer both over Grisham)

Outfield Value Trent Grisham ($2,900 FD; $3,300 DK) is batting leadoff vs Pedro Payano. While I don’t think Payano is terrible, I do think the Brewers get to him. Grisham is consistent in his brief MLB career. He is batting .278 ISO/.359 wOBA and has one home run in his first seven games. Tonight will be his second home game and I bet he tries to show off after putting up zero stats last night. I like him as a cheap MLB DFS outfielder. 

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This Sunday August 4th slate is all about landing the right bats. Follow my studs and value plays and lock in the MLB DFS Picks of Destiny.

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MLB DFS Hitters: Crushing At Camden Yards

Catcher Stud:. Travis d’Arnaud ($3,600 FD; $4,200 DK). Catcher is a bit thin today so we have to choose a play against a pitcher we respect. Caleb Smith (L) is on the mound for the Marlins and has been slightly worse on the road with a 4.17 ERA. Travis d’Arnaud hits lefties at .337 ISO/.398 wOBA with nine home runs on the season. We should all know by now the d’Arnaud can win you a slate. He should be hitting cleanup this afternoon in the state rivalry game.

Catcher Value: Roberto Perez ($3,300 FD; $4,000 DK) has three home runs in his last three games and is hitting .237 ISO/.331 wOBA vs righties. He bats against Jaime Barria (R) and his 6.28 ERA. He has given up at least one home run in every game he has pitched in since April. Get this, Barria’s road ERA is an astounding 10.62! Indians all the way.

First Base Stud: Carlos Santana ($3,900 FD; $4,800 DK) also goes against Jaime Barria and should get in on the action. There are only a few pitchers I want to target today and Barria is one of them. Santana has 18 homers with .279 ISO/.397 wOBA on the season and has one of the best chances to go deep for the Indians. He is a great MLB DFS play.

First Base Mid/Value: Justin Smoak ($3,300 FD; $4,300 DK). The Toronto Blue Jays are one of my favorite stacks today because Tom Eshelman is pitching to them. He has a 8.68 road ERA and is in a hitters park in Baltimore. He has given up 16 runs in only five games. Smoak has 16 home runs and a .265 ISO/.375 wOBA on the season. I am expecting fireworks for the Blue Jays today. I will be listing several of them.

Second Base: Jose Altuve ($4,300 FD; $5,100 DK) vs a lefty is always a good MLB DFS idea. He is absolutely on fire as of late. His last FanDuel scores are as follow: 31.1, 28.7, 15.4, 9, 15.2, 31.7, 15.2. He goes against Tommy Milone (L) and his 4.39 ERA. He has given up seven home runs his last three games. He is, um, struggling. Altuve is truly in his MVP form right now. He hits lefties at .439 ISO/.546 wOBA. Lock.

Second Base Value: Cavan Biggio ($3,700 FD; $4,400 DK) I am targeting Tom Eshelman today as mentioned above. Biggio is in the two hole and hits .228 ISO/.346 wOBA vs righties and Eshelman is a bad one. Locking in a few Blue Jays stacks.

Shortstop Stud: Bo Bichette ($3,500 FD; $4,300 DK). Both of my shortstops are Blue Jays. I can’t be talked off them today. Bichette is batting first and hits .276 ISO/.428 wOBA (small sample size). He has played in six MLB games and has 11 hits and a double in his last four contests. I will roster almost guaranteed MLB DFS production.

Shortstop Mid: Freddy Galvis ($3,000 FD; $4,100 DK) has three home runs in his last four games. I like hot streaks in baseball. He is the cheap glue in my Toronto stacks at $3,000. He has a .207 ISO/.330 wOBA vs right handers. Again, target Eshelman.

Shortstop Honorable Mention: Carlos Correa

Third Base Stud: Alex Bregman ($3,900 FD: $4,800 DK) is hitting .327 ISO/ .408 wOBA with nine home runs vs southpaws this year. As noted above, Tommy Milone is on a home run giving spree and the Astros are about to reap all the benefits. Bregman statistically has one of the best chances to go yard.

Third Base Stud: Vladimir Guerrero Jr ($3,900 FD: $4,900 DK) vs Tom Eshelman. Mmmmk. He has a .208 ISO/.370 wOBA and is an absolute powerhouse at the plate slugging .964 in his last seven days. He has eight hits in his last four games. Let’s go Toronto!

Third Base Honorable Mention: Renaldo Nunez, I don’t have any value plays. Pay up today.

Outfield Stud: Yordan Alvarez ($4,100 FD; $5,700 DK) also gets the pleasure of hitting vs. Tommy Milone (L). Alvarez bats .462 IS0/.495 wOBA which surprisingly leads the Astros. He is batting fifth and has huge upside.

Outfield Honorable Mention: George Springer

Outfield Mid: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ($3,500 FD; $5,500 DK) vs Eshelman and his 8.68 road ERA in a hitters park. I feel like I’ve exhausted the point enough.. Gurriel Jr has eight homers and .230 ISO/.359 wOBA against righties so far this season and is batting third.

Outfield Mid/Value: Randal Grichuk ($3,100 FD; $4,100 DK) vs Eshelman. Grichuk is very boom or bust, but today I’m expecting the Blue Jays to boom. He has 14 homers on the season with a .205 ISO/ .303 wOBA. I will take all the Blue Jays exposure I can get.

Top Stacks:

  1. Houston
  2. Blue Jays
  3. Cleveland

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This report will provide recommended DFS stacks for today’s 14-game main slate. I will also include my favorite pitching picks.

**All plays are listed in order of preference. Please check back between 5-6 PM EST as some players can receive rest days or get limited at bats especially as we get closer to the postseason. Make sure you are watching the weather as well.

New York Yankees Stack

vs. LHP Kyle Freeland (COL): 6.90 Runs

I glared at the computer for awhile this morning trying to figure out how to get away from this Yankees chalk tonight and I can’t do it. Kyle Freeland is just downright terrible. He carries a 7.39 ERA, 6.13 FIP, and 5.18 SIERA on the season. He has allowed 43 earned runs across 53 innings to right-handed batters. Freeland is allowing a massive 2.27 HR/9 innings and 43% hard contact. Freeland is not at Coors, but he is in very hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have been slumping off just a bit coming off the break, but this team is jam packed with talent and it would be foolish to fade them. The Yankees are slashing to a .365 wOBA, .225 ISO, and 128 WRC+ over the last month. I’m typically an advocate against using the Yankees on most nights, but I feel confident using these right handed power bats this evening.

Preferred Plays: Aaron Judge ($4500 FD|$5300 DK), DJ Lemahieu ($3800 FD|$4700 DK), Gary Sanchez ($3900 FD|$4600 DK), and Luke Voit ($3800 FD|$4600 DK). Also consider: Gleyber Torres ($3400 FD|$4500 DK) and Edwin Encarnacion ($4100 FD|$5000 DK).

Cleveland Indians Stack

vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (KCR): 6.15 Runs

Mike Montgomery was a top prospect not long ago but has not had a good 2019 campaign. I doubt he’s stretched out all the way so he should be limited today. We have a small sample size to go off of here, but Montgomery carries a 5.67 ERA, 6.21 FIP, and 5.25 SIERA over 27 innings pitched this season. His splits indicate he struggles more with lefties. They are slashing to a .556 wOBA, .868 SLG, and .512 OBP. Montgomery is not much better against righties (thus far). They are slashing to a .336 wOBA, .464 SLG, and .338 OBP. Obviously these numbers are inflated due to limited action this season but most tend to go for the handedness matchup, so don’t be afraid to differentiate with some Cleveland lefties. Cleveland bats are red hot right now. They are slashing to a .369 wOBA, .255 ISO, and 128 WRC+ over the last couple of weeks.

Preferred Plays: Roberto Perez ($2800 FD|$4100 DK), Carlos Santana ($4300 FD|$4900 DK), Jordan Luplow ($2600 FD|$4100 DK), Francisco Lindor ($4100 FD|$5100 DK). Also consider: Oscar Mercado ($3300 FD|$4900 DK) and Tyler Naquin ($3000 FD|$4200 DK).

Toronto Blue Jays Stack

vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (DET): 5.90 Runs

Jordan Zimmermann heads into tonight’s matchup carrying a 7.01 ERA, 4.64 FIP, and 5.35 SIERA. That ERA is a little elevated compared to his FIP and SIERA. That is because of his .344 BABIP and a lowly 58% LOB. Some of it can be attributed to bad luck but he also has a poor defense behind him, so that will drive his ERA up whereas FIP measures things only the pitcher can control. Bats are slashing to a .350 wOBA, .508 SLG, and .348 OBP on the season against him. Zimmermann has allowed 41 earned runs across 52.2 innings pitched. He has only allowed seven home runs in that span. Blue Jays batters are slashing to a .351 wOBA, .234 ISO, and 120 WRC+ over the last month. They have seen a dip in their batting averages recently, but this is a good spot for Toronto to do some damage.

Preferred Plays: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ($4000 FD|$4900 DK), Eric Sogard ($3300 FD|$4300 DK), Freddy Galvis ($3200 FD|$3800 DK),Randal Grichuk ($3400 FD|$3700 DK), and Vlad Guerrero Jr. ($2900 FD|$3700 DK) Also consider: Justin Smoak ($3100 FD|$3700 DK) and Billy McKinney ($2400 FD|$3400 DK).

Honorable Mention

Boston Red Sox Stack

vs. LHP John Means (BAL): 6.00 Runs

Preferred Stack: Christian Vazquez ($2800 FD|$4700 DK), Xander Bogaerts ($4500 FD|$5700 DK), Rafael Devers ($4400 FD|$5400 DK), and J.D. Martinez ($4000 FD|$4700 DK).


  1. RHP Jacob deGrom (NYM): 3.13 Runs
  2. LHP Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD): 2.45 Runs
  3. RHP Marcus Stroman (TOR): 4.20 Runs
  4. LHP Brendan McCay (TAM): 3.29 Runs

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This report will provide recommended DFS stacks for today’s nine-game main slate. I will also include my favorite pitching picks.

**All plays are listed in order of preference. Please check back between 5-6 PM EST as some players can receive rest days or get limited at bats especially as we get closer to the postseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers Stack

vs. RHP Nick Pivetta (PHI): 5.80 Runs

**Another game with rain out potential. At the moment it looks like the storms should hold off until after the game but i advise you to monitor the weather here as it looks shakey up and down the east coast tonight.

Nick Pivetta is on the mound this evening for the Phillies. He carries an average 5.81 ERA, 5.75 FIP, and 4.89 SIERA on the year. Pivetta has fairly identical splits, with batters slashing to a .360 wOBA, .530 SLG, and .340 OBP across 66.2 innings. He has given up 27 earned runs across 33 innings to right handed batters. He has also allowed 16 earned runs in 33 innings to left handed batters. The core of this Los Angeles Dodgers team is their left handed power and they have been tearing up right handed pitching. They are slashing to a .355 wOBA, .223 ISO, and 121 WRC+ over the last month to righties.

Preferred Stack: Cody Bellinger $4800 FD|$5800 DK, Max Muncy $3900 FD|$5100 DK, David Freese ($2800 FD|$4400 DK, A.J. Pollock $3300 FD|$3800 DK, and Joc Pederson $2800 FD|$4600 DK).

Boston Red Sox Stack

***Weather is a legitimate concern here, possible PPD. Pitching and bats risky. If you want to play a Boston stack, I would reserve it for GPP’s and monitor the weather.

vs. RHP Aaron Sanchez (TOR): 6.90 Runs

The Red Sox get a lofty 6.90 implied run total in this matchup against Aaron Sanchez (surprising, I know) and this is one we cannot ignore. I know we have some weather concerns here, so tune in with our weather man Mark for updates as we get closer to lock. Aaron Sanchez carries an average 6.22 ERA, 5.50 FIP, and 5.62 SIERA. Sanchez is allowing batters to slash to a .362 wOBA, .456 SLG, and .388 OBP across 97 innings. He has allowed 67 earned runs in that span. Aaron Sanchez is a ground ball pitcher, averaging a 48% ground ball rate. Although he doesn’t give up many home runs, he has a .330 BABIP and LOB of 66%. The Red Sox are slashing to a .374 wOBA, .252 ISO, and 131 WRC+ over the last two weeks to right handed pitching. These are the best hitting numbers on the slate by a long shot.

Preferred Stack: Rafael Devers ($4200 FD|$5700 DK), Xander Bogaerts ($4400 FD|$5600 DK), Andrew Benintendi ($3400 FD|$4500 DK), and Mookie Betts ($4300 FD|$5400 DK).

Arizona Diamondbacks

vs. RHP Jesse Chavez (TEX): 5.45 Runs

We have Jesse Chavez taking on the Diamondbacks in Coors South this evening. Chavez carries a 3.84 ERA, 4.51 FIP, and 4.24 SIERA into tonight’s matchup. He is a reverse splits pitcher, allowing righties to slash .353 wOBA, .519 SLG, and .329 OBP. He has fallen off recently after having a somewhat successful start to the year. I expect him to stay in this rough patch and we will see his ERA line up with close to his FIP as the season comes to a close. Arizona batters are slashing to a .300 wOBA, .161 ISO, and 82 WRC+ in recent weeks. These are by no means the averages I look for when picking my stacks, but I feel with the ballpark upgrade to the bats and Chavez’s recent struggles we could end up with a nice lower owned Diamondbacks stack.

Preferred Plays: Ketel Marte ($3700 FD|$5200 DK), Eduardo Escobar ($3700 FD|$5200 DK), Christian Walker ($3000 FD|$4700 DK), Adam Jones ($2900 FD|$4200 DK), and Jarrod Dyson ($2700 FD|$4800 DK).

Honorable Mention

Cleveland Indians

vs. RHP Spencer Turnbull (DET): 5.78 Runs

Preferred Plays: Francisco Lindor ($4000 FD|$5000 DK), Carlos Santana ($4200 FD|$5300 DK), Jason Kipnis ($2900 FD|$3600 DK), Jose Ramirez ($3600 FD|$4400 DK). Jakob Bauers for value ($2900 FD|$3600 DK). Mike Freeman ($2100 FD|$3700 DK and Tyler Naquin ($2800 FD|$4000 DK) are also good value plays.

Washington Nationals

vs. RHP Aaron Brooks (40-50 pitches) & RHP Gabriel Ynoa (BAL)

**Another trouble spot with weather otherwise I’d have them as the top stack. I think the game starts on time, but a good chance we do not get a full 9 innings.

Preferred Plays: Juan Soto ($4000 FD|$5500 DK), Howie Kendrick ($2600 FD|$4900 DK), Anthony Rendon ($4300 FD|$5500 DK), Victor Robles ($3400 FD|$4400), and Brian Dozier ($2600 FD|$3900 DK).


  1. Chris Paddack (R) (SDP): 3.15 Runs
  2. Mike Clevinger (R) (CLE): 3.27 Runs
  3. Danny Duffy (L) (KCR): 5.01 Runs

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