MLB DFS Stacks: Friday 5/21

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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.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our MLB News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We will be looking at the 15-game main slate beginning at 7:05 ET.

CASH STACKS

Arizona Diamondbacks (vs. Colorado Rockies - SP German Marquez)

Pointsbet.com has the Diamondbacks vs. Rockies game as the highest over-under of the slate. The Rockies are favored by -160 with an 11.5 O/U. This will undoubtedly be the most popular investment on tonight‘s DFS slate. The question is as to whether you invest in either Colorado, Arizona, or stack the full game. Coors Field has allowed the fifth-most home runs in the majors this season at an average of 1.281 HR/per game. Both the Diamondbacks and the Rockies have underperformed in the home run category so far this season, the Diamondbacks have 49 home runs and the Rockies have 41 home runs (this ranks them 17th and 19th in the league). The Arizona Diamondbacks are sending Seth Frankoff to the mound while the Rockies are sending German Marquez. Frankoff is a 32-year-old right-handed pitcher who is allowing a 3.86 ERA in one game start this season. This game was against the Washington Nationals, he lasted 4.2 innings allowing three hits and two earned runs. Control was a problem as he allowed four free bases over 16 at-bats. If Arizona’s starter can control his pitches better, I actually believe he can limit the Rockies to a normal offensive outing. With that said, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be my top stack of the night against a Colorado starter who is allowing a 6.07 home ERA. Marquez is a 26-year-old right-handed pitcher who has significant issues with left-handed batters. Lefties are batting .297 with two home runs in 101 at-bats against Marquez. Left-handed Arizona Diamondbacks have the top advantage of the night. Marquez has allowed five home runs this season, two of which were against opposing lefties. The Arizona Diamondbacks have already seen Marquez this season tagging him for three earned runs over six innings. Left-handed Diamondbacks that I would roster are Pavin Smith, Ketel Marte, David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar, Stephen Vogt, Josh Rojas, and Josh VanMeter. The Diamondbacks have plenty of talented left-handed batters. I fully expect the Diamondbacks to exceed value tonight but they will almost certainly be upwards of 30 - 50% owned around the industry. Fading this matchup is not an option - 11.5 O/U is massive.

Other Cash Stacks: Colorado Rockies

GPP STACKS

Houston Astros - (vs. Texas Rangers - vs. Kyle Gibson)

Although Kyle Gibson has stellar numbers against five specific Houston Astros (the backend of the lineup), he also has allowed four specific Astros to hit him for average and length over a 95 AB sample size. Alex Bregman is batting 6 for 15 with one home run and two doubles against Gibson. Michael Brantley is batting 10 for 33 with a double and a home run. Jose Altuve is batting 8 for 26 with a double and two RBI and Kyle Tucker is batting 300 with a stolen base vs. Gibson. If the back end of Houston’s lineup can get anything going against Texas’s starter, the Astros main batters in Bregman, Brantley, Altuve, and Tucker could significantly benefit from more RBI opportunities as well as advantageous matchups against the pitcher. Gibson has allowed a .45 home ERA over three game-starts the season. The Rangers will be at home tonight but Gibson will not maintain a sub 1.00 home ERA all season. He is due to allow earn runs at home and tonight is the perfect night. Gibson is allowing a .204 batting average in 103 at-bats to opposing righties while left-handed batters are hitting just .181 over 83 at-bats this season. Tonight is Kyle Gibson’s regression night, you heard it here first.

Other GPP Stacks: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers & Pittsburgh Pirates

TOP PLAYS

P Carlos Rodon & Kyle Gibson

C Stephen Vogt

1B Freddie Freeman & Paul Goldschmidt

2B Ozzie Albies & Jose Altuve

3B Eduardo Escobar & Alex Bregman

SS Ketel Marte

OF Michael Brantley

OF Marcell Ozuna

OF David Peralta

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BARGAIN BIN

C Stephen Vogt

1B Pavin Smith

2B Josh VanMeter

3B Ian Happ

SS Jeimer Candelario

OF Robbie Grossman

OF David Peralta

OF Kyle Tucker