Per usual on Friday, we have a full 15-game main slate. Without any lack of options, here are my top-5 teams to stack heading into the holiday weekend.

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1. TAMPA BAY RAYS

Believe it or not, the Rays are projected for a slate-high 5.8 runs tonight. They’ll be in Baltimore going up against RHP Chris Tillman, who’s 8.39 ERA this season is almost double his career average. Earlier this season, Tillman was hit by Tampa when he surrendered five runs in just 4.1 innings of work. Evan Longoria might be the best play on this slate given his outrageous success against Tillman in the past. Even the biggest BvP-haters can’t deny this type of production — 20-for-66 (.303) with four doubles, a triple and NINE homers.

Players to Consider

  • Evan Longoria ($4,600)
  • Mallex Smith ($3,800)
  • Corey Dickerson ($4,900)
  • Logan Morrison ($4,700)
  • Scott Souza ($4,300)
  • Wilson Ramos ($3,600)


2. DETROIT TIGERS

The Tigers are at home against RHP Josh Tomlin and the Indians. The projection of 5.1 runs feels almost modest given the difficulties Tomlin’s had with this lineup in the past. Five different players have homered off Tomlin in the past, including multiple dingers from V-Mart and Avila. With a 6.09 ERA on the season and a lineup that knows they have the upper hand in this matchup, it’s hard not to like the Tigers to go off.

Players to Consider

  • Ian Kinsler ($3,700)
  • Victor Martinez ($3,100)
  • J.D. Martinez ($4,500)
  • Miguel Cabrera ($3,900)
  • Alex Avila ($3,900)
  • Nick Castellanos ($3,900)


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3. CLEVELAND INDIANS

In the opposite dugout, Cleveland is actually projected to outscore the Tigers with 5.5 runs. RHP Anibal Sanchez will take the hill, and is in a very similar situation to Tomlin. Sanchez has a 6.75 ERA this season, and it’s almost a full run higher at home. In two outings out of the bullpen against the Indians this season, Sanchez has allowed four runs in five innings. He too has surrendered homers to five separate players that he should face tonight, highlighted surprisingly by Yan Gomes — 7-for-20 (.350) with a double and triple and a pair of bombs.

Players to Consider

  • Yan Gomes ($2,300)
  • Jose Ramirez ($5,100)
  • Edwin Encarnacion ($4,600)
  • Francisco Lindor ($4,200)
  • Carlos Santana ($3,800)
  • Michael Brantley ($4,100)


4. BALTIMORE ORIOLES

My top-4 stacks come from the same two games, this time the O’s will be trying to keep up with the Rays’ lofty expectations tonight. Projected for 5.4 runs at home, Baltimore will face RHP Jacob Faria — who does have an excellent 2.10 ERA this season. He has pitched just over 25 innings this season, though, his worst start coming against the O’s, of course (three runs in six innings, sparked by two homers by Castillo and Jones). That game was in Tampa, though, so Baltimore should be more comfortable at home and is expected to do more damage.

Players to Consider

  • Adam Jones ($3,700)
  • Manny Machado ($3,800)
  • Mark Trumbo ($3,900)
  • Jonathan Schoop ($3,800)
  • Seth Smith ($3,500)
  • Welington Castillo Q ($3,400)


5. NEW YORK METS

Even without Conforto and Duda lately (both are questionable tonight), the Mets have been scoring runs. They’re projected for 5.3 tonight at home against RHP Ben Lively. Lively has pitched just 32 innings in his career and has an ERA of 4.66 away from Citizens Bank Park. The Mets have the bats to get to him, particularly from the right side.

Players to Consider

  • Yoenis Cespedes ($4,500)
  • Curtis Granderson ($4,300)
  • Jay Bruce ($4,500)
  • Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,300)
  • Lucas Duda Q ($4,400)
  • Michael Conforto Q ($4,500)

 


I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is jedlow) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.