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Below are some stacking options to consider on Friday’s 13-game fantasy baseball slate. Thanks to all of you readers for another season of this article! Hopefully, we’ve won more than we’ve lost!
1. NEW YORK YANKEESThe Yankees aren’t perceived to be in as strong of a position as these other stacks, but I think they’re being extremely overlooked. New York is still battling to make sure it hosts Oakland in the AL Wild Card Game, and these big RHBs get to come into Fenway Park and face LHP Brian Johnson ($8,100). The only motivation the Red Sox have in this series is to force the Yanks to play on the road, which is still something, but we know which team’s going to be playing harder. Johnson has a higher ERA at home this season, and 12-of-15 home runs allowed have been to RHBs (and two of the LHB HRs were by Didi Gregorius, who’s day-to-day with a wrist injury). A 4.8 run projection feels light.
Players to ConsiderAaron Judge ($5,100)
Giancarlo Stanton ($4,700)
Miguel Andujar ($4,700)
Luke Voit ($4,500)
Gleyber Torres ($4,000)
2. COLORADO ROCKIESThe red-hot Rockies have pulled ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West, thanks to 39 runs in their last four games. They’ll look to keep their foot on the gas at Coors Field on Friday against RHP Joe Ross ($6,000) and the Nationals. Ross has pitched just 11 innings this season, but with the Nationals out of it, this spot is more just about how much the Rockies need this. Projected for 6.2 runs, they’re an offense we can trust.
Players to ConsiderCharlie Blackmon ($5,400)
David Dahl ($5,400)
Trevor Story ($5,100)
Nolan Arenado ($5,000)
Carlos Gonzalez ($4,600)
DJ LeMahieu ($4,400)
3. MILWAUKEE BREWERSTigers RHP Jordan Zimmerman ($7,200) has been a decent pitcher lately, but Detroit has absolutely nothing to play for. The Brewers still have a division race going on, and will be going all-out to get these games at home over the weekend. Projected for 5.3 runs, this is another offense we can trust not to shut it down. Slight edge to LHBs for as long as Zimmerman’s in the game.
Players to ConsiderChristian Yelich ($6,000)
Jesus Aguilar ($4,900)
Travis Shaw ($4,500)
Lorenzo Cain ($4,300)
Mike Moustakas ($4,200)
4. MINNESOTA TWINSThe Twins are a different story, but they’ve been surprisingly hot at home recently, totaling 20 runs in their last two games. White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito ($5,800) has had his stretches this season, but he’s fallen off since with a 6.86 ERA in September. With super cheap bats and a 4.8-run projection, Minnesota is a terrific place to find some value on this slate.
Players to ConsiderJorge Polanco ($4,500)
Tyler Austin ($4,100)
Joe Mauer ($4,000)
Max Kepler ($3,900)
Robbie Grossman ($3,800)
5. SEATTLE MARINERSThe season is over for the Mariners, but Rangers LHP Martin Perez ($4,700) is someone this offense generally hammers. Perez owns a 6.64 ERA on the road this season, and three members of this Seattle lineup, which is projected for 4.9 runs, have hit three or more career homers off him. On a late-season slate like this, these are the types of things we have to work with outside of teams battling for postseason position.
Players to ConsiderRobinson Cano ($4,700)
Mitch Haniger ($4,600)
Nelson Cruz ($4,400)
Jean Segura ($4,400)
Mike Zunino ($3,600)
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