MLB DFS Stacks: Wednesday 5/26

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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

Red Sox (vs Atlanta – LHP Drew Smyly)

As we discussed early and often in today’s MLB Top Plays, most Red Sox hitters have an ideal batting profile to hammer Smyly. He’s already homer prone even in a neutral matchup. Although he’s posted some solid starts lately, he’s at serious risk this evening. Enrique Hernandez, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts form the core stack with left-handed hitters Alex Verdugo and Rafael Devers checking in as utility plays. Hunter Renfroe, Bobby Dalbec, and Christian Vazquez are down-lineup options. Dalbec in particular might play the role of Rob Refsnyder (yesterday’s big performer).

Nationals (vs Cincinnati – RHP Jeff Hoffman)

Hoffman makes short starts and isn’t especially effective. Top reliever Tejay Antone isn’t available. The rest of the Reds relief corps has combined for around a 6.00 ERA. This one could quickly get out of hand. Trea Turner, Juan Soto, and Kyle Schwarber are the likeliest to deal deadly damage. Josh Bell is warming up at the plate and batting third while Starlin Castro, Josh Harrison, Alex Avila, and Andrew Stevenson round out the options.

Top Plays: Trea Turner, Juan Soto, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts

Top Value: Kyle Schwarber, Enrique Hernandez, Starlin Castro, Hunter Renfroe, Josh Harrison

TOURNAMENT STACKS

Braves (at Boston – RHP Nick Pivetta)

A close examination of Pivetta’s performance reveals nothing new – besides shaking off a dreadful 2020 campaign. Although he’s avoided home runs to date, he should be considered a homer prone pitcher. The Braves have a top-heavy offense with very interesting utility pieces lower in the lineup. In particular, Pablo Sandoval is scalding the ball off right-handed pitchers. He’s hitting .297/.381/.622 from the left side of the plate. Red hot Austin Riley is a huge value as the cleanup hitter.

Indians (at Detroit – RHP Jose Urena)

Urena, like Hoffman above, isn’t bad by himself. However, he’s a pitch-to-contact mid-4.00s ERA hurler backed by potentially the worst bullpen in baseball. The Indians offense has plenty of interesting pieces beyond Jose Ramirez. In particular, I like fliers on Amed Rosario, Harold Ramirez, and Owen Miller. The Cleveland stack is one to use if you’re trying to fit Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Bauer in the same lineup.

Yankees (vs Toronto – RHP Alek Manoah)

This could be a very active game in DFS circles. Manoah was mispriced so he’ll be popular even if he can’t be expected to outperform the top arms tonight. He only needs to last something like five innings with five strikeouts to return value. Knowing he’ll draw attention, the first-order contrarians will load up on Yankees hitters. The likes of Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Judge seem like sharp targets while we await their exact lineup. Down-order options like Rougned Odor, Kyle Higashioka, and Clint Frazier could be bargains.

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