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Fantasy Baseball Stacks: Top DraftKings MLB Offenses to Target for August 26

Steve Buchanan gives his top offenses to target for Wednesday’s 10-game DraftKings MLB slate, which locks at 7:10 p.m. ET.

The last time I wrote this stacks article, I wasn’t overly excited about the options that were presented in front of me. This time around, I’m loving this slate for stacking purposes. We have a number of pitchers and bullpens I’m looking to target against and will share that information with you all. What a great guy I am, right? Don’t answer that, actually.

As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Editor’s Note: Tonight’s Reds-Brewers, Dodgers-Giants and Mariners-Padres games have been boycotted and postponed.

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1. Oakland Athletics

How can your top stack not be against the guy who has allowed 10 runs on 13 hits in his last two starts that spanned 3.2 innings? The lefty Kolby Allard ($6,800) has been having a tough go as of late, getting wrecked by the Mariners and Rockies at Coors Field. Now he faces a very strong Athletics club against lefties, who have a .210 ISO, a .329 wOBA and a 9.3 BB% against them. I absolutely love the A’s in this spot, thus making them my top stack on the night.

Players to Consider

Matt Olson ($5,600)
Mark Canha ($5,000)
Marcus Semien ($5,400)
Matt Chapman ($5,700)
Ramon Laureano ($4,900)

Editor’s Note: Matt Chapman was scratched from tonight’s game.

2. Colorado Rockies

The only thing that stops me from making them my top stack is the Rockies are far from the most consistent offense away from Coors Field. Nevertheless, you can’t ignore a game when they opposition is running Robbie Ray ($6,900) to the mound. If you aren’t brushed up on the abysmal season known as 2020 for Ray, he’s allowed a .417 wOBA, a 7.79 FIP, a 3.0 HR/9 (!) and an 18.7 BB%. Like, wow, that’s bad.

The Rockies won’t blow you away with their road numbers with just a .272 wOBA and a .122 ISO but my lord, how can you NOT target against Ray at this point. So this is one of those times where the road numbers are just noise to me and instead, I’ll focus my attention on what the opposing pitcher has allowed.

Players to Consider

Trevor Story ($5,200)
Nolan Arenado ($4,900)
Charlie Blackmon ($5,600)
Matt Kemp ($2,700)
Daniel Murphy ($3,900)

3. Cleveland Indians

So targeting against Jose Berrios ($8,200) isn’t always the best idea. Sometimes, it’s a great idea. I’m hoping for the great idea tonight. Berrios has been uncharacteristically shaky with his command thus far and the Indians currently hold the highest BB% in the league against righties. Not an exciting stat to lead in, I get it, however, I found something interesting. Since last season with men on base, Berrios has a .320 wOBA with a 4.16 FIP and a 1.5 HR/9. The Indians offense is starting to come through and I’m hoping the perceived tough matchup will keep the majority of people at bay in terms of ownership.

Players to Consider

Jose Ramirez ($5,300)
Francisco Lindor ($5,100)
Franmil Reyes ($4,500)
Carlos Santana ($4,100)
Cesar Hernandez ($4,700)

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4. St. Louis Cardinals

Jakob Junis ($7,300) is set to come off the injured list tonight to make this start against the Cardinals. He’s only made two starts thus far, allowing four runs on 11 hits through nine innings against the White Sox and Twins. I imagine he’s not going to go deep into this game so with that, combined with a Royals bullpen that has a 4.74 FIP (8th) and an 11.2 BB% (9th), this could be a great spot for the Cardinals. What really has my eye is the struggles that Junis exhibited last season against lefties, allowing a .352 wOBA, a 4.30 FIP and 13 of his 31 home runs allowed. That would put in play some of the cheaper bats on the Cardinals that you can pair with some of the more expensive ones.

Players to Consider

Paul Goldschmidt ($4,700)
Brad Miller ($4,100)
Matt Carpenter ($3,500)
Tommy Edman ($4,300)
Paul DeJong ($4,000)

5. Detroit Tigers

I try to end each stacks article with an unconventional one that has some upside and you can use in a large field tournament. The Tigers fit that mold tonight going up against Jon Lester ($9,000). Aside from an extreme drop in his strikeouts thus far, going from 21.6% last season to just 15.2% in five starts, Lester has a 5.97 FIP and a 36% hard-hit rate. To their credit, the Tigers have hit lefties VERY well thus far as well, boasting a .380 wOBA and a .231 ISO. I can’t imagine the Tigers will receive much attention on this slate so getting them in a large field tournament could be clutch.

Players to Consider

Niko Goodrum ($4,200)
Jeimer Candelario ($3,500)
Jonathan Schoop ($4,400)
Miguel Cabrera ($2,700)
Isaac Paredes ($2,200)

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