Friday night brings us a 14-game fantasy baseball slate, and we have some of baseball’s top offenses in position to dominate against far lesser teams. Here are the stacks that standout the most.
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1. NEW YORK YANKEES
Kyle Freeland ($4,900) has been an absolute mess this season, with a 7.39 ERA through 13 starts. After posting a 10.17 ERA in May, Freeland went to the minors to try and fix things, and things didn’t get better in his return — five runs in four innings of a 17-9 loss to the Reds. While this game’s in New York, Yankee Stadium might not be all that far off from Coors Field with the heat wave on the East Coast.
The Yankees are projected for seven runs in this one and have the RHBs to smash Freeland right out of the gates. Colorado’s once highly ranked bullpen has completely crumbled of late and ranks just 22nd in baseball. So even after the Yankees knock Freeland out of this game, they’ll have favorable matchups at the plate. The bats aren’t even all that expensive in this smash spot.
Players to ConsiderAaron Judge ($5,300)
Edwin Encarnacion ($5,000)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,700)
Luke Voit ($4,600)
Gary Sanchez ($4,600)
Gleyber Torres ($4,500)
2. CLEVELAND INDIANS
The Indians just put on a show against the Tigers, taking all four games in the series, scoring 29 total runs. Now they’ll welcome in another AL Central punching bag in the Royals and are projected for 6.5 runs against them. Mike Montgomery ($5,000) will be on the mound for the Royals but should be limited to fewer than 50 pitches in his first start of the season. Montgomery has made 20 appearances out of the bullpen — the 3 1/3 innings he pitched in his most recent outing was the longest he’s gone since early May.
Montgomery has a 9.88 ERA on the road this season and is part of Kansas City’s 19th-ranked bullpen, which will be even more thin with him making the start. This is an easy spot to continue riding a hot offense that’s in a groove at home and continues to face horrible pitching.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($5,100)
Carlosa Santana ($4,900)
Oscar Mercado ($4,900)
Jose Ramirez ($4,500)
Jordan Luplow ($4,100)
Jason Kipnis ($3,600)
3. BOSTON RED SOX
After a dominant series offensively against the Blue Jays in Boston, the Red Sox will travel to Baltimore, where they’re projected for 6.3 runs. It’ll be a steamy night at Camden Yards, a place the Sox are familiar with putting up high run totals. John Means ($6,800) will get the start for the O’s, and while he’s having a great rookie season, he’s begun to show signs of slowing down.
Means has given up nine runs in 13 innings in his past two starts, including six in six innings in his most recent start, which was against the Rays in Baltimore, an eventual 12-4 loss. He also faced Boston at home in mid-June, and while he was solid in five innings, the Sox still escaped with an 8-6 win. Boston has the highest scoring per game offense in baseball, and while I’m not convinced Means will pitch a good game, this still could be a great stack even if he does. Baltimore’s bullpen ranks dead last and will have a tough time slowing down these red-hot bats.
Players to ConsiderXander Bogaert ($5,700)
Rafael Devers ($5,400)
Mookie Betts ($5,200)
J.D. Martinez ($4,700)
Christian Vazquez ($4,700)
Michael Chavis ($4,700)
4. TAMPA BAY RAYS
The Rays welcome in the White Sox with a 5.5-run projection against Reynaldo Lopez ($5,800). The only upside Lopez has shown this season is the ability to consistently make starts, but in 19 of them he has a 5.97 ERA. One of his worst outings of the season came against Tampa, giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, including three home runs.
The Rays are coming off a tough offensive series against the Yankees and will need to beat up on the bad teams to make up some ground. Chicago’s bullpen ranks below average and has been particularly poor of late. The White Sox have dropped seven straight, giving up 7.15 runs per game during that span.
Players to ConsiderAustin Meadows ($4,600)
Tommy Pham ($4,400)
Yandy Diaz ($4,300)
Nate Lowe ($4,200)
Kevin Kiermaier ($4,100)
Ji-Man Choi ($3,600)
5. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
It’s an AL East-themed Friday for stacks. The Blue Jays are in Detroit to face Jordan Zimmermann ($4,600) and a terrible Tigers pitching staff. While the Jays aren’t the Indians, I mentioned the Tigers just couldn’t stop Cleveland, giving up 29 runs in that series. Toronto’s projected for 5.7 runs in this one after showing some offensive upside in Boston (aside from getting shut out by Chris Sale on Thursday afternoon).
Zimmermann has a 7.01 ERA this season and has been getting worse as the year progresses. His ERA jumps to 8.46 over the past 30 days, and he’s given up an insane 14 runs in just over seven innings in his past two starts. The opposition’s averaging nine runs per game in those two starts, and Detroit’s 25th-ranked bullpen leaves plenty of upside for the Jays after Zimmermann’s yanked from this one.
Players to ConsiderLourdes Gurriel Jr. ($4,900)
Eric Sogard ($4,300)
Cavan Biggio ($3,900)
Freddy Galvis ($3,800)
Vladamir Guerrero Jr. ($3,700)
Randal Grichuk ($3,700)
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