MLB DFS Stacks: Friday 6/11

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Welcome to the MLB DFS Stacks article - where we’ll be looking to highlight the best hitting stacks of the day. These recommendations are categorized as “Cash Game Stacks” and “Tournament Stacks” while outlining risk/reward situations. We will add additional context with other hitting/pitching options throughout the article.

Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For MLB contests, always check lineups and weather closer to game time. Rain, wind, or unexpected managerial decisions could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the MLB Headlines and Injuries desk.

CASH GAME STACKS

Astros (at Twins – RHP Bailey Ober)

This was an even juicier opportunity this morning when Matt Shoemaker was the probable pitcher. Shoemaker is now available out of the bullpen and could fill a long relief role. Ober is a little tougher to sink our teeth into because we know so little about him. He’s kind of a mutant – an oafish 6’ 9’’ with bizarrely sharp command of four below average pitches. He’s probably a fly ball pitcher so Alex Bregman might not match up well in this one. The rest of the Astros seven-man core lineup is primed to go off. Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez, Yuli Gurriel, and Kyle Tucker should comprise the most popular five-man combination.

Reds (vs Colorado – LHP Kyle Freeland)

Beware of rain with this one – a delayed start is possible. Freeland has struggled through three starts, lacking the sharpness he requires to stymie Major League opponents. As long as the weather report doesn’t worsen, this looks like a must-play opportunity. His high ground ball rate means Eugenio Suarez is also must-play. His leprous batting average might even convince DFSers to steer clear of an ideal matchup. Jonathan India, Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker, and Tyler Stephenson are core additions. Winker’s lefty-on-lefty matchup might similarly discourage investment. Some down-lineup choices like Joey Votto, Scott Heineman, and Kyle Farmer have value as in-stack pivots.

Top Plays: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez, Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker

Top Value: Kyle Tucker, Michael Brantley, Eugenio Suarez, Tyler Stephenson

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TOURNAMENT STACKS

Angels (at Diamondbacks – RHP Merrill Kelly)

Kelly is a pedestrian right-hander who matches up poorly against much of the Angels lineup. Justin Upton, Jared Walsh, and Max Stassi are the key components. Anthony Rendon and some fringier names like David Fletcher, Taylor Ward, Juan Lagares, and Jose Iglesias all have a place at the table too. Sadly, we won’t get to use Shohei Ohtani’s bat – he’s pitching tonight!

Brewers (vs Pittsburgh – RHP Chase De Jong)

De Jong is a journeyman gimmick pitcher who has yet to find success in the Majors. Low angle hitters work best against him like Christian Yelich, Avisail Garcia, and Daniel Vogelbach. Don’t overlook Luis Urias, Omar Narvaez, or Willy Adames. That last name in particular might struggle versus De Jong but shine against whichever fringy relievers arrive starting in the third or fourth inning.

Dodgers (vs Texas – RHP Mike Foltynewicz)

You can never go wrong with a Dodgers stack against homer prone opponents. Foltynewicz is broken – he’s not inducing whiffs despite recapturing his 94.1-mph fastball. He’s allowed 1.76 HR/9 and has struggled with the long ball since the beginning of 2019. Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and Chris Taylor have the best matchup against Folty. I wouldn’t skimp on Will Smith, Gavin Lux, or A.J. Pollock either. Bellinger looks a little lost and is at least 25% overpriced on most platforms. Use him only as a contrarian play.