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Here are some stacking options for what amounts to a five-game main fantasy baseball slate due to the doubleheader between Marlins and Mets being off the slate:
1. BOSTON RED SOXThe Sox squeezed out an ugly 1-0 win over the Blue Jays to reach their 100th win of the season Wednesday, but a 5.7 run projection suggests this offense is going to come around during this homestand. Toronto RHP Sam Gaviglio ($4,500) has an ERA of over 6.00 since the All-Star break, and is coming off arguably his worst start of the season. The Red Sox have scored six runs in both games Gaviglio started against them this season, leaving them in a nice spot at Fenway.
Players to ConsiderJ.D. Martinez ($5,600)
Andrew Benintendi ($5,400)
Xander Bogaerts ($5,000)
Mitch Moreland ($4,100)
Eduardo Nunez ($3,700)
2. OAKLAND ATHLETICSThe A’s went off for 10 runs in Baltimore on Wednesday, and this slate offers an even more intriguing matchup. RHP Dylan Bundy ($6,300) has been on a historically bad downward spiral for the Orioles, with an 8.29 ERA since the All-Star break. Bundy has continuously gotten worse over that span, losing each of his last five starts, with a 10.27 ERA, allowing more than one home run per three innings. With a 5.2 run projection, this stack is a no-brainer considering these bats have gotten cheaper since they last played.
Players to ConsiderKhris Davis ($5,100)
Stephen Piscotty ($4,900)
Matt Chapman ($4,700)
Jed Lowrie ($4,600)
Matt Olson ($4,500)
Ramon Laureano ($4,300)
3. LOS ANGELES DODGERSThe Dodgers could fly under the radar, at least as much as possible on a five-game slate, given their 4.4 run projection in St. Louis. Cardinals RHP Austin Gomber ($8,100) is a solid pitcher, but the Dodgers will stack their lineup with RHBs who check in at significant discounts. This is more a matter of taking advantage of salaries we often don’t see this low. If you need even more value for your stacks, consider both the Twins and Royals.
Players to ConsiderJustin Turner ($4,900)
Manny Machado ($4,700)
Chris Harris ($4,400)
David Freese ($3,900)
Matt Kemp ($3,900)
Brian Dozier ($3,600)
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