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Wednesday’s fantasy baseball main slate has nine games. Kris Bryant (upper-body) is a candidate to return to the Cubs’ lineup after missing two games. Tim Anderson (wrist) is also a candidate to return to the White Sox’ lineup. Fantasy owners can receive up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, including the statuses of Bryant and Anderson, 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. Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks play in Coors Field, the greatest hitter’s park in the game, and take on poor pitching opposition. Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman ($6,300) got smashed in Triple-A this year, allowing two dingers per nine innings while posting a 7.57 ERA and 5.83 FIP over seven appearances against Triple-A competition. In two big league starts in 2019, Hoffman has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .423 based on the exit velocities and angles of their batted balls, significantly above the league average of .321. Diamondbacks hitters will be in position to crush in this matchup given the park and opponent.

Players to consider

Jarrod Dyson ($5,800)
Eduardo Escobar ($5,700)
Ketel Marte ($5,500)
Adam Jones ($5,300)
Christian Walker ($4,300)


2. Colorado Rockies

The other half of the Coors Field game is the Rockies, who face LHP Robbie Ray ($8,200). Ray has been an effective pitcher this year, but even effective pitchers can fall victim to Coors Field’s horrific pitcher-play due to the spacious outfield, thin air and the environment’s effect on pitch movement. In six career starts in Coors Field, Ray has allowed batters to produce an OPS of .778, higher than the league average of .744. In his previous start in Coors Field this year, Ray allowed five runs on six hits and three walks. Ray is much harder on left-handed batters than right-handed batters, making RHBs such as Nolan Arenado ($5,600) and Trevor Story ($5,200) the preferred targets.

Players to consider

Nolan Arenado ($5,600)
Trevor Story ($5,200)
Raimel Tapia ($4,100)
Daniel Murphy ($4,100)
Ian Desmond ($3,900)
Mark Reynolds ($3,500)


3. Philadelphia Phillies

RHP Genesis Cabrera ($7,000) is starting for the Cardinals in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Cabrera had terrible numbers in Triple-A against minor league competition, allowing more than two dingers per nine innings with a 6.84 FIP and 6.35 ERA over nine appearances. Philadelphia’s home run friendly park should make it a power-threat against a pitcher who was prone to giving up dingers in a level below the major leagues.

Players to consider

Rhys Hoskins ($4,900)
Andrew McCutchen ($4,800)
Jean Segura ($4,800)
J.T. Realmuto ($4,600)
Bryce Harper ($4,500)


4. Baltimore Orioles

A matchup in hitter-friendly Camden Yards against LHP Ryan Carpenter ($5,400) is appealing for Baltimore. Carpenter has allowed a ton of dingers in his nine appearance exposure to major league batters, allowing more than three home runs per nine innings, which has contributed to an ugly 7.22 FIP and 7.93 ERA. In three starts in 2019, Carpenter has been similarly home run prone and has allowed batters to produce an expected wOBA of .356 based on their contact quality, higher than the league average of .321. Carpenter’s .317 isolated power allowed to batters in 2019 is extremely elevated. The park and opponent gives the Orioles power-hitting upside.

Players to consider

Trey Mancini ($5,000)
Renato Nunez ($5,000)
Jonathan Villar ($4,900)
Dwight Smith Jr. ($4,700)
Hanser Alberto ($4,200)


5. Atlanta Braves

The Braves have a home matchup against Anibal Sanchez ($7,200) and the Nationals. Sanchez hasn’t been effective this season, posting a below-average 4.79 FIP, and Sanchez is backed up by one of the worst bullpens in baseball. Washington’s bullpen ranks third worst by FIP (5.26) and worst by ERA (7.12). The Nationals’ ‘pen has been bitten by the long ball, allowing the third highest home run rate among bullpens.

Players to consider

Freddie Freeman ($5,200)
Ronald Acuna Jr. ($5,000)
Dansby Swanson ($4,800)
Josh Donaldson ($4,300)
Ozzie Albies ($4,300)


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