MLB DFS Stacks: Thursday 5/20

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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 four-game main slate beginning at 7:05 ET.

CASH GAME STACKS

Atlanta (vs. Pittsburgh - RHP Wil Crowe)

Wil Crowe isn’t necessarily a bad pitcher, but he could struggle tonight. Crowe holds a 6.52 ERA across 29 MLB innings to go along with an inflated 5.59 BB/9 rate. He wasn’t great at the Triple-A level in 2019 either, holding a 6.17 ERA through 54 IP. Now he’s squaring off against a legitimate top ten offense on the road. Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, and Ronald Acuña Jr. are the obvious plays within this Atlanta stack. Austin Riley has been heating up, and Dansby Swanson deserves some love as well.

Boston (at Toronto - LHP Steven Matz)

Toronto LHP Steven Matz has been up-and-down this season. He’s no stranger to getting hit hard, allowing five or more earned runs in two of his last four starts. Boston has the necessary weapons to make that a reality tonight. Of course, J.D. Martinez leads the way with Xander Bogaerts not far behind. Christian Vázquez, Kiké Hernández, and Hunter Renfroe represent the next tier with Bobby Dalbec serving as a tournament extension of this Red Sox stack.

Top Plays: Christian Vázquez (C ), Freddie Freeman (1B), Xander Bogaerts (SS), Ronald Acuña Jr. (OF), Marcell Ozuna (OF), J.D. Martinez (OF)

Top Value: Kiké Hernández (2B), Austin Riley (3B), Dansby Swanson (SS), Hunter Renfroe (OF)

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TOURNAMENT STACKS

Pittsburgh (at Atlanta - LHP Drew Smyly)

This is obviously a deeper stack in large-field tournament settings. There are only four games on this slate, so swerving away from popular plays comes with more risk. Having said that, I believe the Pirates have a chance to score some runs tonight. Atlanta LHP Drew Smyly has been much better lately, but we can’t forget that he allowed five earned runs in three straight starts to close out April. He has also allowed four or more walks in two of his last three outings, which could come back to bite him. Jacob Stallings (if playing), Kevin Newman, and Bryan Reynolds represent this sleeper stack.

Miami (at Philadelphia - RHP Vince Velasquez)

Velasquez is very similar to the previous write-up of Smyly. Both pitchers have been better in recent outings, but I’m not 100% sold on their entire body of work. For Velasquez, he still owns a .349 career wOBA to left-handed bats. Miami will see a nice park upgrade in Philadelphia, so don’t count out lefty hitters such as Corey Dickerson or Jazz Chisholm Jr. Keep an eye on the ever-present GPP upside of Jesús Aguilar as well as the hot bat of Miguel Rojas.

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