USATSI_12566378_168381090_lowres

Wednesday night’s main MLB fantasy baseball slate has seven games. Gary Sanchez (calf) is expected to be activated from the injured list prior to the Yankees’ game against the Angels in Anaheim. Clint Frazier (ankle) did not start Tuesday after injuring his ankle during Monday’s game and his status will need to be monitored, which fantasy owners can do by downloading the DK Live app, where fantasy owners receive up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter at @DKLive.

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

1. Philadelphia Phillies

Foul left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas is on the mound for the Mets. Vargas is not a major league-quality pitcher anymore and primarily is being run out to the mound due to the Mets refusing to cut their losses on his $8 million salary. Vargas sits 86 mph on his fastball — a terrifyingly low number — which gives him almost no margin for error. He has struck out just 11% of the batters he has faced, so plenty of balls will be put into play where good things can happen.

Vargas’ contact quality derived expected wOBA against of .451 is also vile, significantly higher than the league average of .322. His .298 isolated power allowed to hitters essentially turns his average opponent into the 2018 version of J.D. Martinez. Phillies hitters, especially right-handed batters, will be in position to feast against a non-major league-quality arm.

Players to consider

Bryce Harper ($4,800)
Rhys Hoskins ($4,700)
Andrew McCutchen ($4,500)
J.T. Realmuto ($4,400)
Maikel Franco ($4,400)


2. Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles have had a below-average offense in 2019, but they will be in prime position against right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana in hitter-friendly Camden Yards. Santana has been horribly ineffective since the start of 2018 and has allowed batters to produce a wOBA of .564 in seven starts over that timeframe — a number equivalent to peak Babe Ruth. Santana’s contact quality derived expected wOBA against over that timeframe is also a hideous .503.

Santana has allowed 14 home runs in just 33 1/3 innings over those starts, contributing to an unspeakably high .571 isolated power allowed to hitters. He also has struck out just 13% of the batters he has faced in that timeframe.

Players to consider

Trey Mancini ($5,000)
Jonathan Villar ($4,700)
Dwight Smith Jr. ($4,700)
Renato Nunez ($4,600)
Rio Ruiz ($3,600)


3. Houston Astros

The Astros will face below-average pitching opposition as Kohl Stewart is being called up from Triple-A to make a spot start for the Twins. Stewart faced 159 batters in the majors last year and struck out just 15% of them, showcasing a lack of bat-missing that will help the Astros put the ball in play where good things can happen. Stewart generated a swing and a miss on just 7% of his total pitches, also a poor number. In three starts in Triple-A prior to his call up this year, Stewart posted an ugly 5.67 FIP and allowed more home runs than average.

Players to consider

George Springer ($5,300)
Jose Altuve ($5,000)
Alex Bregman ($4,800)
Michael Brantley ($4,800)
Carlos Correa ($4,600)
Josh Reddick ($4,100)


4. Boston Red Sox

Despite a strong 3.38 ERA through four starts, Tigers RHP Tyson Ross has below-average peripheral statistics, most notably a 4.98 FIP and contact quality derived expected wOBA against of .355, significantly higher than his actual wOBA allowed of .297. Ross also is getting a park downgrade in hitter-friendly Fenway Park. Ross has struck out just 17% of the batters he has faced and generated a swing and a miss on just 8% of his total pitches, both below average numbers. His average fastball velocity of 90 mph is also poor.

Players to consider

J.D. Martinez ($5,200)
Mookie Betts ($4,800)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,600)
Mitch Moreland ($4,500)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,300)


5. New York Yankees

The Yankees get a park downgrade in Anaheim but face below-average pitching opposition. RHP Felix Pena has an ugly 6.22 FIP through four starts and has been home run prone, allowing more than two home runs per nine innings. Pena’s contact quality derived expected wOBA against of .407 is poor, and his isolated power allowed of .206 is also elevated.

Players to consider

Gary Sanchez ($4,500)
Clint Frazier ($4,400)
Brett Gardner ($4,300)
Luke Voit ($4,200)
Gleyber Torres ($3,900)


Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.


I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is timfinn521) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.

Odds and lines subject to change. See website for actual odds.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800-GAMBLER.