MLB DFS Stacks: Thursday 8/19

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

CASH GAME STACKS

New York Yankees (vs. Minnesota - RHP John Gant)

The Yankees have the highest run-scoring projection of the night, and it’s not even close. John Gant is starting for Minnesota, but he’ll only toss a few innings. In other words, this is effectively a bullpen game for the Twins. That’s good news for the Yankees because Minnesota has a bottom ten bullpen on the season. Gary Sanchez, Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Joey Gallo all deserve your attention in DFS.

Milwaukee (at St. Louis - LHP Jon Lester)

Jon Lester is not the same pitcher we have gotten to know over the past 10 years. He gives up a ton of contact, which often translates to runs. For example, he has allowed 22 hits with 12 earned runs across 16 innings over his last three starts. Lester has just eight strikeouts over that span. He also carries a vulnerable .369 wOBA split to right-handed bats since the beginning of 2020. That’s good news for Willy Adames, Eduardo Escobar, Avisail Garcia, and Lorenzo Cain.

Top Plays: Gary Sanchez (C ), Anthony Rizzo (1B), DJ LeMahieu (2B), Eduardo Escobar (3B), Aaron Judge (OF), Avisail Garcia (OF), Joey Gallo (OF), Giancarlo Stanton (OF)

Top Value: Luke Voit (1B), Rougned Odor (2B), Lorenzo Cain (OF)

TOURNAMENT STACKS

Miami (at Cincinnati - Luis Castillo)

Luis Castillo is a pretty good pitcher, but he has struggled at times this season. He currently holds a 4.51 ERA, which is the worst of his career. On top of that, Castillo has allowed 12 hits and 11 earned runs (5 BB) across 10 innings over his last two starts. Miami will see a hitter-friendly shift in Great American Ballpark, and the Reds’ bullpen has been suspect at times this season. Jesus Aguilar, Jazz Chisholm, Lewis Brinson, and Jesus Sanchez all carry tournament merit.

Minnesota (at NY Yankees - Jameson Taillon)

Most people will focus on the Yankees tonight, but I’m not completely ignoring the other side of this matchup. While Yankee RHP Jameson Taillon has looked good recently, there’s still room for Minnesota to score some runs. The Twins have been heating up, and the move to Yankee Stadium represents a nice boost for left-handed bats. Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, and Trevor Larnach (if starting) have the power upside to take advantage. Even Brent Rooker has shown some nice pop lately.