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Fantasy Baseball Stacks: Top DraftKings MLB Offenses to Target for August 12

Steve Buchanan gives his top offenses to target for Wednesday’s eight-game DraftKings MLB slate, which locks at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Stacking is always one of the most used strategies when building your daily fantasy baseball lineup. It’s a quick way to rack up the fantasy points, especially if hitters are getting on base and knocking others in. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of my favorite stacks for Wednesday’s slate and of course, the reasons why.

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1. Minnesota Twins

The Twins are facing a lefty so you know what to do here. Eric Lauer ($6,500) is set to make his second start of the season and let me tell you, his first two appearances didn’t exactly go well. Lauer has been tagged for six runs on six hits with four walks and eight strikeouts (the lone bright spot) through 5 2/3 innings. This really isn’t anything new, however, as Lauer struggled with the Padres last season. Lauer had a 4.23 FIP while giving up a massive 46.7% hard-hit rate. The Twins’ lineup is a force against lefties, even if the early season struggles show otherwise.

Players to Consider

Nelson Cruz ($5,400)
Mitch Garver ($4,900)
Miguel Sano ($4,700)
Max Kepler ($4,600)
Eddie Rosario ($4,200)


2. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have annihilated lefties so far this season, so with Wade LeBlanc ($6,100) coming up this evening, I have to get some exposure. In a shock to likely no one, LeBlanc has not done well in his move to the AL East, as he’s quickly allowed 11 runs on 15 hits with only eight strikeouts through 14 13 innings. That’s amounted to a 6.17 FIP and a 38% hard-hit rate. Now he faces a team that is ranked third in both wOBA (.393) and ISO (.294) so far this season. The only downfall here is that the Orioles’ bullpen has been quite good. If LeBlanc is knocked out early it isn’t a cakewalk for opposing teams like it was last season. Nonetheless, this is a great spot for a team that is crushing lefties, so I’m still more than willing to roll.

Players to Consider

J.T. Realmuto ($5,100)
Rhys Hoskins ($3,800)
Bryce Harper ($5,300)
Jean Segura ($3,800)
Scott Kingery ($3,700)


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3. New York Mets

The Nationals are running out Anibal Sanchez ($7,900), who has had an atrocious start to the 2020 season. Through two starts spanning 10 13 innings, Sanchez has allowed nine runs on 16 hits with a 11:4 K:BB ratio. This isn’t bad luck either, as Sanchez is sporting a 7.09 FIP and a 44.4% hard-hit rate. The Mets haven’t exactly been lighting the offensive world on fire, but I can’t imagine they’re going to struggle with Sanchez. I’m liking the lefties in this spot the most, as Sanchez had a 4.70 FIP with 11 of his 22 home runs allowed against them.

Players to Consider

Michael Conforto ($3,800)
Jeff McNeil ($4,600)
Brandon Nimmo ($3,200)
Dominic Smith ($3,300)
Pete Alonso ($4,800)


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4. Seattle Mariners

The Mariners are ... kind of ... sort of ... hitting well.

This is a great tournament stack as no one will be on the Mariners but Seattle has been putting up some runs lately. Now the Mariners will be facing Jordan Lyles ($7,300), who through three appearances has already been tagged with a 4.88 FIP and a 16.3 BB%. The biggest issue for Lyles has been left-handed bats, as he allowed a .382 wOBA and a 5.90 FIP against them last season. Between the low ownership and the struggles that Lyles has already exhibited, I think this could end up being a surprising stack when all is said and done. It doesn’t hurt that the Rangers’ bullpen has been struggling as well with a 5.11 FIP and a league-leading 14.7 BB%.

Players to Consider

Kyle Seager ($4,500)
J.P. Crawford ($3,900)
Shed Long Jr. ($4,100)
Kyle Lewis ($4,100)
Dylan Moore ($3,700)


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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is Steveazors) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.