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Best MLB team stacks for DFS on Thursday, May 20th

We go over some of the best MLB teams to stack for DFS on DraftKings for Thursday’s main slate.

Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after hitting a walk-off homer in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Truist Park on May 19, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After a full 15-game slate on Wednesday, we only have 11 games in the majors on Thursday, which means there are still multiple opportunities to come away with a win in DraftKings baseball DFS. The main slate has four games starting at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Sometimes with a plus-matchup on the MLB game slate, we get an opportunity to slot multiple players from the same team into our DFS lineups. You can learn more about MLB DFS strategy, including team stacks, here.

Here, we’ll break down three of the best team stacks for the MLB slate on Thursday, May 20th.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays, 7:37 p.m. ET

Xander Bogaerts ($5700)
J.D. Martinez ($5500)
Rafael Devers ($5400)
Alex Verdugo ($3800)
Kike Hernandez ($3500)

We highlighted this matchup for Wednesday night’s slate as the Red Sox won 7-3 over the Blue Jays. We’ve seen a ton of offense scored throughout the first two games of this three-game set and appears that it could happen again on Thursday. DraftKings Sportsbook has the run total set an astronomical 10, which is the highest total for the main slate.

Unlike last night’s pitching matchup between Richards and Stripling, we have a potential good duel on the mound with Nick Pivetta (BOS) and Steven Matz (TOR). Between the two pitchers, Pivetta has been the better player thus far. Therefore, we are going to go back to the well one more time for a Red Sox team stack. This season, Matz has a record of 5-2 and an ERA of 4.29 through eight starts. Both left and right-handed batters are hitting solid vs. Matz, slugging .250 with six home runs and 20 RBI.

Pirates vs. Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET

Ronald Acuna Jr. ($6100)
Freddie Freeman ($5200)
Dansby Swanson ($3800)
William Contreras ($3700)
Austin Riley ($3500)

The second DFS team stack we are going to look at will involve the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta defeated the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night, thanks to a walk-off home run from Ronald Acuna Jr. DraftKings Sportsbook has the run total set at 9, which is the second-highest total on the board.

Wil Crowe will start for the Pirates, who has a record of 0-2 with an ERA of 4.35 through four starts this season. The 26-year-old has pitched well away from PNC Park with an ERA of 3.38 and 10 strikeouts this year. However, he has struggled against right-handed hitters, who are slugging .289/.360/.378 with a home run and six RBI. Acuna Jr. is the hottest hitter and best offensive player in the Braves’ lineup thus far, however Riley is a great value play.

Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Mookie Betts ($5600)
Justin Turner ($5000)
Max Muncy ($4900)
Will Smith ($4600)
Gavin Lux ($3600)

For our last team stack, we are going to focus on the Los Angles Dodgers, who will wrap up their four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers have outscored the Diamondbacks by an average of four runs in the first three contests.

Merrill Kelly will get the start for Arizona, who has a record of 2-4 and 5.24 ERA through eight starts this season. But in five starts on the road, he has struggled mightily with a record of 1-3 and 6.75 ERA. Right-handed hitters are slugging .298/.350/.468 with three home runs and 12 RBI. With that in mind, Justin Turner could be a solid play as he’s in the midst of trying to snap a 0-for-11 slump. This season, the veteran third baseman is hitting .303/.386/.495 with five home runs and 15 RBI.