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Fantasy Baseball Stacks: Top DraftKings MLB Offenses to Target for July 27

Julian Edlow gives his top offenses to target for Monday’s DraftKings MLB slate, which locks at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Detroit Tigers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Let’s just say it wasn’t a great Monday morning for baseball.

Obviously, the situation with several members of the Marlins organization threw a wrench in MLB’s plans after just one weekend of games, so we’ll have to closely monitor how this all plays out.

So far, the Orioles and Marlins game was an easy call to cancel. But the Yankees and Phillies game in Philly also won’t be played on Monday — which makes perfect sense, given the Marlins spent the weekend in the ballpark there.

So that chops our nine-game main slate down to a seven-gamer, but the show must go on.

Here are the top five teams to consider stacking bats from on the main slate.

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1. Detroit Tigers

As if 2020 wasn’t already weird enough, I didn’t think I’d be writing my first stacks article of the season leading off with the Tigers. Detroit scored nine total runs in its past two games — a pair of wins over a Reds squad that many of us are high on this year because of pitching.

Mike Montgomery ($6,500) is nothing special to begin with, but he was an absolute dumpster fire on the road in 2019 — posting an 8.19 ERA in 18 appearances (six starts). The Royals’ pitching staff ranked 27th in MLB in 2019 with a 5.20 ERA and did virtually nothing to improve. I’ve talked myself into these cheap Detroit bats, giving you the flexibility to easily pay up for any pitching duo you want. The Tigers are projected for over five runs, standing out as the top value on the slate.

Players to Consider

Niko Goodrum ($4,300)
Jonathan Schoop ($3,400)
C.J. Cron ($3,300)
Miguel Cabrera ($3,100)
Jeimer Candelario ($3,100)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeimer Candelario is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Royals.

2. New York Mets

The Mets are coming off an embarrassing 14-1 loss in the Sunday night spotlight and now transition into a perfect bounce-back spot. After putting a hurting on the Orioles on Opening Day, the Red Sox gave up seven runs to the O’s in each of the next two games. Pitching is a nightmare right now for Boston, and it’s only getting worse as we slide down the rotation.

Some dude named Josh Osich ($4,000) is expected to take the mound for the Sox this time around. Osich actually had a great 2019 by his standards, making 57 appearances out of the bullpen for the White Sox and finishing with a 4.66 ERA. Prior to that, he had an 8.25 ERA in his final season pitching for the Giants in 2018. This will be the first career start for the six-year veteran, but don’t expect him to last too long. Once Osich does get yanked, the Red Sox are going to have to scramble around for below-average arms the rest of the way. The Mets have a 5.7-run projection here, and likely a higher ceiling than the Tigers, we just have to pay more for the bats.

Players to Consider

Pete Alonso ($5,600)
Jeff McNeil ($5,300)
Amed Rosario ($5,000)
Michael Conforto ($5,000)
Yoenis Céspedes ($4,300)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yoenis Céspedes is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Red Sox.

3. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers got shut out on Opening Day and were held to just one run Sunday against the Cubs. Hopefully, those down games scare people away from looking at rostering Milwaukee’s bats because there’s tons of upside here in the right matchup. We saw that on Saturday when Milwaukee went off for eight runs and this is another spot with that kind of upside.

Steven Brault ($4,300) was a back-end of the rotation piece that also got some bullpen work in 2019, finishing with a 5.16 ERA in 25 appearances. His stuff was better early in the season, though, as the last few times we’ve seen him pitch got progressively worse. Over the last month of the season, Brault posted a 9.12 ERA in five starts. Loading up on righty bats should be a recipe for success here. Milwaukee has a 5.4-run projection.

Players to Consider

Keston Hiura ($4,400)
Ryan Braun ($4,200)
Avisaíl García ($4,200)
Lorenzo Cain ($3,700)
Jedd Gyorko ($2,800)

4. Houston Astros

The Astros continue to face the Mariners on Monday after scoring at least six runs in all three games against Seattle over the weekend. No reason to think that should top on this slate, with Kendall Graveman ($4,900) taking the mound for Seattle. Graveman, who was out of baseball last season, made seven starts for the A’s back in 2018, posting a 1.66 WHIP and 7.60 ERA.

Houston might have some pitching concerns this season, but the bats have already proven not to be an issue. The ‘Stros are projected for 5.6 runs on this slate.

Players to Consider

George Springer ($5,400)
Alex Bregman ($5,100)
Jose Altuve ($5,000)
Michael Brantley ($3,300)
Josh Reddick ($2,700)

5. Boston Red Sox

The pitching issues might prevent the Red Sox from winning many games, but we saw on Opening Day that this offense is still a problem for opposing pitchers — even without Mookie Betts. The Sox dropped 13 runs on Friday night, and should find themselves in plenty of shootouts this season.

Michael Wacha ($7,900) had a pretty rough final season in St. Louis, especially pitching away from home. Wacha had a 5.30 ERA in his 17 road appearances, unable to pitch as deep into the majority of games. The 14 runs the Braves hung on the Mets on Sunday Night Baseball should give you an idea of what this bullpen can give up. Boston’s projected for 5.5 runs.

Players to Consider

Rafael Devers ($5,200)
J.D. Martinez ($4,700)
Xander Bogaerts ($4,200)
Andrew Benintendi ($3,700)
Mitch Moreland ($3,700)
Jose Peraza ($2,500)

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