We have another bevy of options to choose from Thursday with 10 games making up the main evening slate in DFS. Some of the league’s most prolific lineups will be in play with the Yankees, Twins and Dodgers all scheduled to take the field
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Here are five hitting stacks to consider while compiling your DraftKings entry.
1. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
With Mike Trout at the helm, the Angels continue to boast a dangerous lineup. They received some reinforcements earlier in the week with the return of Justin Upton. Andrelton Simmons (ankle) might not be too far away, either. Among their impressive team stats is that they have struck out the fewest times (490) in baseball. In fact, the next closest team is the Astros with 520 strikeouts, so there is quite the gap there.
They are set up to keep things rolling against Clayton Richard ($5,200), who allowed 12 runs over 7 2/3 innings in his last two starts against the Diamondbacks and Astros. You would think that the Blue Jays would have better options, but this is also the team that continued to trot Edwin Jackson onto the field until he mercifully ended up on the IL. Look for the Angels to be one of the more popular stacks for this slate.
Players to ConsiderMike Trout ($5,800)
Justin Upton ($4,200)
Albert Pujols ($4,000)
David Fletcher ($3,900)
2. NEW YORK METS
The Mets have dealt with their share of injuries this season, but this is the healthiest that they have been in a while. Improved health will be key if they are going to get back into the hunt in the NL East. Even with their limited depth chart, they’ve still remained in the middle of the pack in most major offensive categories.
The Cubs will be forced to start Tyler Chatwood ($4,600) in this game after placing Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) on the IL. Chatwood’s first season with the team last year was nothing short of a disaster based on his 5.30 ERA and 5.60 FIP. He’s improved his ERA to 3.60 this year while mostly pitching out of the bullpen, but don’t get too excited. He still has a 5.17 FIP and a 1.46 WHIP. The Mets could be primed for an offensive explosion.
Players to ConsiderPete Alonso ($5,300)
Michael Conforto ($4,800)
Jeff McNeil ($4,500)
Dominic Smith ($4,300)
Robinson Cano ($3,400)
3. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
With Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas leading the charge, the Brewers have hit the third-most home runs (128) in baseball. They also rank inside the top-seven in steals, showing they are more than just a one trick pony. Also working in their favor Thursday is that this game will be played at Miller Park, where the Brewers have a 110 wRC+. For comparison, their wRC+ checks in at 94 on the road.
Opposing the Brewers will be Tanner Roark ($6,500), who has actually pitched well with a 3.63 ERA that is supported by a 3.30 FIP. However, the wheels have started to come off a bit lately with him allowing 12 runs (10 earned) across 18 innings in his last three starts. He also allowed three runs and nine baserunners across 4 1/3 innings against the Brewers earlier this season. The Brewers are a team to target, especially their lefties since Roark has allowed a .381 wOBA to left-handed batters.
Players to ConsiderChristian Yelich ($5,900)
Yasmani Grandal ($4,800)
Eric Thames ($4,900)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,100)
Travis Shaw ($3,200)
4. CHICAGO CUBS
The Cubs continue to put forth a productive lineup with their .786 OPS ranking eighth-highest in baseball. With Chatwood on the mound, they sure could use a big performance from their hitters in this contest. They also don’t have a ton of margin for error right now with them, the Cubs and the Cardinals all separated by two games in the loss column in the NL Central.
The Mets are dealing with their own depleted starting rotation now that Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) is on the IL. Walker Lockett ($6,800) will be called up to make this start, marking his first appearance in the majors this season. He certainly hasn’t been overpowering Triple-A since he has nine strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings. He also struggled at that level last year while in the Padres organization, posting a 4.58 FIP and a 1.34 WHIP. We could be looking at a shootout here.
Players to ConsiderAnthony Rizzo ($5,100)
Kris Bryant ($5,000)
Javier Baez ($4,500)
Kyle Schwarber ($4,500)
Jason Heyward ($3,900)
5. MINNESOTA TWINS
It’s not hard to make a case for stacking the Twins most nights. They’ve turned into a prolific offense, leading all of baseball in runs scored (425), home runs (140) and OPS (.846). Even with all of their power, they’ve managed to strike out the third-fewest times (577), which is no small feat.
Tasked with trying to slow them down is Glenn Sparkman ($4,200), who will be facing them for the second time in as many starts. The first time didn’t go well with him allowing five runs (four earned) across five innings. Add his 13 percent strikeout rate with the Twins ability to avoid strikeouts and they could have baserunners galore in this contest.
Players to ConsiderMax Kepler ($5,300)
Jorge Polanco ($4,900)
Eddie Rosario ($4,800)
Jonathan Schoop ($4,100)
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