It’s a 13-game Friday night slate here on DK, so there are plenty of teams to consider stacking. That said, somehow not one of these 26 teams in action tonight are projected to score five runs. At any rate, it’s shaping up to be a great night of baseball. Let’s get to it!

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Here are my top-five stacks:


1. Toronto Blue Jays

Forget waiting until the last stack to talk contrarian, let’s do that right off the bat. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Blue Jays, but they’re 1-8 now and just can’t seem to figure it out. Josh Donaldson is likely to be put on the DL, so that certainly doesn’t help Toronto’s offensive hopes. However, Wade Miley feels like the perfect LHP for Toronto to spark its season against at home. Multiple Blue Jays have fantastic BvP against Miley … something’s got to give.

Players to Consider

  • Steve Pearce ($3,400)
  • Troy Tulowitzki ($3,900)
  • Jose Bautista (($4,500)
  • Kendrys Morales ($3,700)
  • Kevin Pillar ($3,300)
  • Darwin Barney ($2,500)

2. Minnesota Twins

RHP Dylan Covey was picked up on waivers by the White Sox, and is making his Major League debut tonight. Although he’s shown potential, his overall record in the minors was 18-25 with a 4.20 ERA, so he sounds like a guy you’d want to target batters against. Minnesota is projected for 4.9 runs, which is tied for the most on this slate. LHB for the Twins sound good to me!

Players to Consider

  • Max Kepler ($3,900)
  • Jason Castro ($3,000)
  • Joe Mauer ($3,800)
  • Miguel Sano ($4,200)
  • Brian Dozier ($4,700)
  • Jorge Polanco ($3,500)


3. Cincinnati Reds

The Reds will face LHP Tommy Milone — who posted a 5.71 ERA last season, and allowed on-base percentages of .333 to LHB and .352 to RHB. Basically, this guy hasn’t been very good, and the Reds tend to hit well in their home ballpark in general. Cincy’s offense is off to a solid start, and is projected for 4.7 runs tonight. What’s not to like?

Players to Consider

  • Adam Duvall ($4,300)
  • Eugenio Suarez ($3,700)
  • Billy Hamilton ($4,200)
  • Jose Peraza ($3,900)
  • Joey Votto ($4,900)
  • Zack Cozart ($3,600)

4. Cleveland Indians

The Indians are tied with the Twins for the most projected runs on the slate at 4.9. LHP Daniel Norris got smacked around by RHB last season, but also wasn’t great against LHB either. He should have his hands full with this lineup that can attack you from both sides of the plate, as the Indians have had success against him in very limited exposure.

Players to Consider

  • Edwin Encarnacion ($4,600)
  • Carlos Santana ($4,700)
  • Jose Ramirez ($4,300)
  • Brandon Guyer ($3,400)
  • Francisco Lindor ($4,700)
  • Michael Brantley ($4,500)

5. New York Yankees

Michael Wacha is off to a good start this season, but it’s hard to forget his 7-7 record in 2016, when he got hammered for a 5.09 ERA. RHB actually give Wacha more of a problem than LHB (which the Yankees feature a lot of), but he also wasn’t good against them either. I like the idea of targeting NL pitchers coming into hitter-friendly AL ballparks. I’d start my stack with Castro, who’s very familiar with Wacha from his Cubs days, and is 10-for-22 lifetime against him with a pair of doubles and a pair of homers.

Players to Consider

  • Starlin Castro ($3,500)
  • Chase Headley ($3,200)
  • Aaron Judge ($3,900)
  • Matt Holliday ($3,900)
  • Chris Carter ($4,100)
  • Jacoby Ellsbury ($3,700)

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