MLB-Stacks

Wednesday night’s main MLB fantasy baseball slate has eight games. Evan Longoria returned to the Giants’ lineup Tuesday after missing three games with a shoulder injury. Khris Davis (hip) initially was in the Athletics’ lineup Tuesday after leaving Sunday’s game early after crashing into the outfield wall making a catch but was a late scratch.

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Here are five different hitting stacks fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:

1. Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have played less home games than road games to start 2019, which has hurt some of their overall hitting numbers to this point. Colorado has a game in hitter-haven Coors Field against LHP Derek Holland in a good matchup Wednesday. Holland has been homer-prone through six starts in 2019, allowing nearly two home runs per nine innings. Holland has allowed batters to produce an elevated .221 isolated power and has allowed a contact quality derived expected wOBA of .349, higher than the league average of .321.

In particular, Trevor Story ($5,600) has had monstrous numbers vs. lefties in his career in Coors Field. In 243 plate appearances vs. LHP in Coors Field, Story is hitting .321 with a .405 OBP and .761 SLG, good for a 1.166 OPS and .471 wOBA. Story has hit for huge power off lefties in Coors Field, posting a .440 isolated power and hitting 23 dingers in only 209 at bats. Story is a strong player to build a stack around in this setting.

Players to consider

Trevor Story ($5,600)
Nolan Arenado ($5,500)
Charlie Blackmon ($5,500)
Ramel Tapia ($4,900)
Daniel Murphy ($4,800)


2. Boston Red Sox

Boston has a road matchup in hitter-friendly Camden Yards, where it will face poor pitching opposition. The Orioles are starting RHP Andrew Cashner, who has allowed more home runs than average and has allowed opposing batters to produce an elevated .381 expected wOBA based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .321.

Cashner also is backed by the worst bullpen in baseball. The Orioles’ ‘pen has allowed a league-high 34 dingers, 11 more than anybody else has allowed. Its 5.97 FIP is last, and its 6.03 ERA is second worst. Boston being on the road is also helpful, as it will get to bat in the ninth inning even if it has a large lead.

Players to consider

Mookie Betts ($5,400)
J.D. Martinez ($4,900)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,900)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,900)
Rafael Devers ($4,800)
Mitch Moreland ($4,700)


3. Houston Astros

The Astros face poor pitching opposition in RHP Jorge Lopez. Lopez’s contact quality derived expected wOBA allowed to batters is an elevated .357, and he has been extra-base hit prone, allowing an isolated power of .215. Lopez’s 4.81 FIP, 21% strikeout rate and 1.55 home runs per nine innings also are worse than average.

By wOBA, the Astros have been the best offense in baseball this year, and better sequencing going forward likely will drive up their run-scoring total, which ranks eighth.

Players to consider

George Springer ($5,700)
Alex Bregman ($5,300)
Carlos Correa ($5,100)
Michael Brantley ($5,100)
Jose Altuve ($4,400)


4. San Francisco Giants

The Giants’ offense has been foul to start 2019, posting park-adjusted numbers that are more than 30 percent worse than the league average, tied with the putrid Miami Marlins for dead last. The good news is Coors Field can fix even the most foul offenses. The spacious outfield leaves more room for balls to find a place to land for hits, the thin air helps fly balls travel farther and pitches move less due to the altitude.

The Rockies are starting RHP Jon Gray, who has allowed batters to produce a contact quality derived expected wOBA of .343 with an isolated power of .209 through seven starts, both of which are worse than average. Gray also has allowed more home runs than average.

Brandon Belt ($4,400) has hit significantly more home runs away from his pitcher-friendly home park in San Francisco, which is designed in ways that take away home runs on well-struck balls from Belt. Seventy-four of Belt’s career home runs have been hit on the road, compared to just 43 at home. In 203 career plate appearances in Coors Field, Belt is hitting .319 with a .379 OBP and .562 SLG (.941 OPS), much greater than his career OPS of .810.

Players to consider

Brandon Belt ($4,400)
Buster Posey ($4,300)
Steven Duggar ($4,300)
Evan Longoria ($4,200)
Joe Panik ($3,900)


5. Toronto Blue Jays

Like the Giants’, the Blue Jays’ offense has been very bad in 2019, but if fantasy owners are looking for a cheap stack, the Blue Jays are facing soft competition in a hitter-friendly park at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays face RHP Kyle Gibson, who has allowed opponents to produce an expected wOBA of .360 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, worse than the league average of .321. Gibson’s 4.46 FIP is below average, as is his 20% strikeout rate.

Stud prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,700) is off to a cold start to his big league career, but is one of the most talented young hitters in baseball and could take advantage of this matchup at an affordable salary. Guerrero was the undisputed No. 1 prospect in baseball prior to his call-up and destroyed the minor leagues, striking out in just 9% of his plate appearances while hitting .376 with a .433 OBP and .629 SLG (1.063 OPS) in 458 plate appearances dating back to the start of 2018.

Players to consider

Eric Sogard ($4,400)
Justin Smoak ($4,100)
Randal Grichuk ($3,900)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($3,700)


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