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Here are some stacking options for Thursday’s seven-game fantasy baseball slate:
1. DETROIT TIGERSThe Tigers are at home with a 4.7 run projection against Royals RHP Jorge Lopez ($7,400). While Lopez has been solid on the whole this season, he showed us his flaws in August, when he went 0-3 in three starts with a 7.90 ERA. The Tigers are just too cheap to ignore for a team projected for close to 5.0 runs, so even if you don’t stack them, you can find a couple value bats here for your lineup.
Players to ConsiderNick Castellanos ($4,300)
Christin Stewart ($3,900)
Jim Adduci ($3,400)
Victor Martinez ($3,000)
James McCann ($2,700)
2. CLEVELAND INDIANSThe Indians were surprisingly shutdown on Wednesday evening, getting all four of their runs on a walk-off grand slam. With 5.6 projected runs at home against White Sox RHP James Shields ($6,900), this should be a good bounce-back spot for the offense. In two starts against the Indians this season, Shields has been surprisingly strong. But a glance at his career matchup against these bats tells a different story — 13 career homers allowed. Edwin Encarnation ($4,800) and Yonder Alonso ($4,200) each have three homers a piece against Shields, creating a debate as to who you roster at first base if you’re only stacking this lineup once.
Players to ConsiderFrancisco Lindor ($5,800)
Jose Ramirez ($5,700)
Michael Brantley ($5,200)
Edwin Encarnacion ($4,800)
Yonder Alonso ($4,200)
3. WASHINGTON NATIONALSWhile the Nationals are known for their LHBs, Mets LHP Jason Vargas ($4,600) has been terrible against RHBs this season. Vargas is allowing a .303 batting average in opposite hand matchups this season, as 29-of-34 extra-base hits have come off the bat of a righty. Washington has enough pop from the right side to stack here with 5.2 projected runs.
Players to ConsiderJuan Soto ($5,400)
Anthony Rendon ($5,300)
Bryce Harper ($4,800)
Trea Turner ($4,700)
Ryan Zimmerman ($4,600)
Victor Robles ($4,200)
4. CINCINNATI REDSThe Reds have a 4.6 run projection on the road, and although the ballpark in Miami doesn’t favor hitters, the matchup does. Marlins RHP Jeff Brigham ($5,100) has a mere two MLB starts, yet has a 7.36 ERA — the starts game in relatively easy matchups against the Mets and Blue Jays. The Reds have the type of LHBs to do damage here.
Players to ConsiderJoey Votto ($4,700)
Jose Peraza ($4,600)
Scott Schebler ($4,400)
Scooter Gennett ($4,200)
Eugenio Suarez ($4,100)
Mason Williams ($3,300)
5. NEW YORK YANKEESThe Yankees have been floating off the radar with the Red Sox throwing some solid pitching options at them in the Bronx. Yet the Yanks have taken advantage, scoring 10 runs in a matchup against David Price on Wednesday. With another LHP on the mound for the Sox in Eduardo Rodriguez ($9,100), it’s not crazy to expect similar results, even with just a 4.8 run projection. E-Rod’s had his struggles in this matchup in there past.
Players to ConsiderAaron Judge ($5,000)
Giancarlo Stanton ($4,800)
Andrew McCutchen ($4,500)
Miguel Andujar ($4,200)
Gary Sanchez ($4,200)
Gleyber Torres ($4,200)
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