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Wednesday’s fantasy baseball main slate has 12 games. Tommy Pham (calf) is a candidate to return to the Rays’ lineup Wednesday. Fantasy owners can receive up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups by downloading the DK Live app. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter at @DKLive.

Here are five different hitting stacks fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings’ main slate on Wednesday:

1. Boston Red Sox

Boston gets a park downgrade on the road at Kansas City but faces below-average pitching opposition. RHP Jakob Junis ($7,000) has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .356 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .321. He has been extra-base hit prone, allowing batters to produce an isolated power of .201, higher than the league average of .177, while allowing more home runs than average. Junis’ 4.89 FIP is also worse than the league average of 4.40. Boston has the sixth best offense by wOBA and third best since May 1.

Players to consider

Xander Bogaerts ($5,600)
Rafael Devers ($5,300)
Mookie Betts ($4,800)
J.D. Martinez ($4,800)
Andrew Benintendi ($4,600)


2. Houston Astros

The Astros face right-handed pitcher Mike Leake ($6,000), who has been a below-average pitcher this season. In particular, Leake has been extra-base hit prone, allowed more than two home runs per nine innings pitched, which has contributed to Leake allowing batters to produce an elevated .252 isolated power, higher than the league average of .177. Leake has allowed poor contact quality, allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .367 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .321. Leake has struck out just 16.5% of batters, worse than the league average of 23%, and the low strikeouts combined with a lot of home runs allowed has resulted in a poor FIP of 5.62, higher than the league average of 4.40. The proneness to allowing dingers makes Leake a useful fantasy target, especially given he misses less bats than average, which will help put more batted balls into play.

Players to consider

Alex Bregman ($5,200)
Michael Brantley ($4,600)
Derek Fisher ($4,100)
Robinson Chirinos ($4,000)
Josh Reddick ($3,900)
Yuli Gurriel ($3,600)


3. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have a home matchup in hitter-friendly Miller Park against right-handed pitcher Sandy Alcantara ($6,600). Alcantara has allowed worse contact quality than average, allowing hitters to produce an expected wOBA of .330 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls. He has been poor at generating strikeouts, striking out just 15% of batters, which will help the Brewers put the ball into play where good things can happen. Alcantara’s 4.67 FIP is also worse than average. Alcantara is backed by a poor Miami bullpen that ranks third worst by bullpen ERA and seventh worst by bullpen FIP, giving Milwaukee a soft matchup even after Alcantara departs.

Players to consider

Christian Yelich ($6,000)
Mike Moustakas ($5,600)
Yasmani Grandal ($5,100)
Eric Thames ($5,100)
Ryan Braun ($4,600)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,400)


4. New York Yankees

The Yankees play in hitter-friendly Rogers Centre against mediocre to below average pitching opposition in RHP Trent Thornton ($7,300). Thornton’s contact quality expected wOBA allowed of .325 is slightly worse than average, as is his 4.60 FIP. Thornton has allowed more home runs and more extra-base hits than average, which has contributed to a .191 isolated power allowed to batters, also higher than average.

Players to consider

Gary Sanchez ($5,600)
Luke Voit ($5,300)
Gleyber Torres ($4,700)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,500)
Clint Frazier ($4,400)
Aaron Hicks ($4,000)


5. San Francisco Giants

The Giants’ offense has been impotent this season, which generally makes them an unappealing stack option. However, they are getting a park upgrade on the road and face a Mets team that is starting poor LHP Jason Vargas ($7,200). Vargas has pitched better lately but still owns below average numbers on the season, including allowing batters to produce an expected wOBA of .350 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, higher than the league average of .321. Vargas’ 4.90 FIP is also worse than average. Vargas has very little margin for error due to incredibly soft fastball velocity, sitting at about 85 mph, about eight mph less than the league average of 93 mph. Vargas is backed by a shoddy Mets bullpen that ranks in the bottom 10 in bullpen ERA and has a below-average bullpen FIP.

Players to consider

Tyler Austin ($4,200)
Brandon Belt ($4,100)
Evan Longoria ($3,800)
Buster Posey ($3,700; DTD, hamstring)


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