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Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks to Target for Friday, September 11, 2020
I sure wish I’d written up the Braves as one of my best MLB DFS stacks on Wednesday. I promise I was looking at them, and almost added them to my list.
Heck, I even stacked them all over the place. Unfortunately, my pitching largely let me down.
Did I think they’d pop off for 29 (!!) runs? Of course not, but this is a lesson in instinct, folks. The good news, however, is I did tell you to stack Brewers that day, and they generated 19 runs of their own.
I’ll try to listen to my gut a bit better going into Friday, where we’ll once again want the top MLB DFS stacks as we try to take down a tourney. Here are four I love for today’s action.
Kansas City Royals
I totally understand any hesitation with stacking Royals. Steven Brault has actually been passable in 2020, the park isn’t exciting, and Jorge Soler is on the DL.
That said, Kansas City still has a bunch of righties, nobody will be on them for reasons stated, and Brault isn’t very good.
In fact, Brault has major issues with right-handed power and he gave up 12 of 15 home runs to that side of the plate in 2019. Brault hasn’t truly gotten lit up yet this year, but I sense it’s coming.
Whether Brault gets chased or not, KC also has a good matchup against the Pittsburgh bullpen, which is bottom-10 in ERA.
You could just as easily go back to the Rangers as they prepare to face Mike Fiers, but I honestly would be a bit more inclined to roster him at this point.
Oakland, on the other hand, is chasing 30 wins already, and they have an awesome matchup against Jordan Lyles. While talented and capable of being better than he’s shown, Lyles (1-4, 8.07 ERA) has been really bad in 2020, as he owns a weak 13% K rate, and is giving up loads of contact.
Lyles has shown serious reverse splits this year, giving up a nasty .435 wOBA and .290 ISO versus right-handed hitting. Included in that is a 12.8% whiff rate, a 41.7% fly-ball rate, and a 38.3% hard-hit rate (per RotoGrinders’ PlateIQ).
This is all bad, while Lyles historically gets obliterated by the left side of the plate. I just don’t see things turning around for him, while Oakland is a dangerous fly ball offense that could force him to exit early.
Oakland doesn’t whiff much, and they have loads of power. Matt Olson heads a potent offense that will surely be among the most popular daily fantasy baseball stacks on Friday.
Is the Brew Crew about to hang 19 runs on Jon Lester? No, but I’m still excited to go back to the well. There are a lot of reasons to like the Brewers here, but the list can be broken down to this.
- Jon Lester isn’t elite
- Milwaukee can mash lefties
- This park breeds runs
Lester is totally capable of slicing the Brewers up, to be sure. However, his 20% K rate isn’t that scary, and he gives up too much contact. His .198 ISO and .346 wOBA against right-handed hitting puts him in a bad spot here.
We saw how nasty the Brewers can be against left-handed pitching on Wednesday, and now they’re back home against a southpaw they know.
Lester had admittedly been really sharp on the road this season, but the Brewers roughed him up (five runs, 2 HR) last time he faced them, and this park is dangerous. I love me some Brewers tonight.
Chicago White Sox
I’ll cap things off with Chicago, who get to face a struggling rookie in Casey Mize. I am sure Mize will eventually figure everything out and be a star, but his 6.75 ERA leaves a lot to be desired.
He’s also in an impossible spot against a stacked White Sox lineup that can dong you at every turn.
That’s bad news for Mize, who hasn’t performed well as of late and has shown issues (.418 wOBA, .214 ISO) against right-handed hitters. The sample size is small, but that isn’t what you want to see for a rookie arm on the road against this lineup.
Mize has given up multiple runs in every start this year, but he’s yet to get truly shelled. That could happen tonight.
I love these four MLB DFS stacks, and would expect at least one of them to challenge for the best stack of the slate. That’s likely going to be Oakland, but I’ll sprinkle all of these lineups into GPPs on Friday.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t trust our own research, projections, and manipulate projected ownership. But these stacks stand out as the best lineups to target today, and that logic could even trickle into MLB betting.
If you go that right, of course, head over to our sports betting picks section for a little extra betting advice.