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Fantasy Baseball Stacks: Top DraftKings MLB DFS Offenses to Target for September 11

Garion Thorne gives his top offenses to target for Friday’s DraftKings MLB slate, which locks at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

You know that one day a year where you get to turn your clocks backwards a bit and you technically get a 49-hour weekend? Well, the fantasy baseball equivalent is sort of taking place this evening. DraftKings’ 10-game featured MLB slate doesn’t lock until 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, meaning you’ve got an extra 60 minutes to agonize over roster decisions and tinker.

For what it’s worth, I’m here to help. He are my top offenses to stack tonight on the diamond.

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1. Chicago White Sox

I have little doubt that Casey Mize ($5,700) is well on his way to becoming a very good starting pitcher in this league, but the former first-overall pick has been getting beat up since making his MLB debut last month. Specifically, Mize has already surrendered six barrels and three home runs in just 14.2 innings of work for the Tigers. He’s also seen his strikeout rate fall to a mere 16.7% across his last three outings, as teams continue to get more and more tape on the young right-hander. Add in a Detroit bullpen that’s pitched to an ugly 6.09 FIP across the past two weeks, and you’re left with a great spot to utilize your favorite White Sox bats.

Players to Consider

Tim Anderson ($5,700)
Jose Abreu ($5,500)
Yoan Moncada ($5,300)
Yasmani Grandal ($5,300)
Eloy Jimenez ($5,100)

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2. Colorado Rockies

This is not a night that I’d like to switch places with Griffin Canning ($7,300). On the surface, I probably don’t need to do much more than simply point out that the 24-year-old will be making this start at Coors Field. Still, even in a vacuum, Canning’s numbers so far in 2020 are nerve-wracking. Among the 91 pitchers who have allowed 100-plus batted ball events, Canning’s opponent barrel per BBE rate of 11.0% is the eighth-highest of the group. On top of that, in Canning’s past five starts, he’s surrendered 2.49 home runs per nine with just a 17.3% strikeout rate. In general, a pitcher doesn’t often survive being both fly ball oriented and contact oriented. In Colorado, that combination is a death sentence.

Players to Consider

Charlie Blackmon ($5,800)
Trevor Story ($5,800)
Nolan Arenado ($5,600)
Kevin Pillar ($3,800)
Raimel Tapia ($3,700)

3. Oakland Athletics

It’s a serious struggle to say anything positive about Jordan Lyles’ ($6,400) 2020 campaign. There have been 109 different pitchers that have managed to throw at least 30 innings so far this season and none of the 108 not named Lyles have a higher ERA than the veteran’s mark of 8.07. Lyles is walking 10.9% of the hitters he sees, he’s allowed a putrid 1.77 opponent home runs per nine and, maybe worst of all, his whiff rate sits in just the third percentile among all qualified arms. The Rangers will try and get creative and use an opener in front of Lyles this evening, but the RHP has faced 20 or more batters in each of his last six appearances. He’ll be in there long enough for Oakland to do some damage.

Players to Consider

Matt Olson ($5,000)
Tommy La Stella ($4,600)
Mark Canha ($4,500)
Marcus Semien ($4,100)
Ramon Laureano ($3,800)

4. Milwaukee Brewers

Stacking the Brewers in 2020 hasn’t been the most beneficial process, but Jon Lester ($8,300) is going to test the boundaries of that trend this evening. Dating back to Aug. 16 — a span of 23.1 innings for the veteran — Lester has pitched to a nightmarish 9.26 ERA, all while allowing opponents to compile a massive .688 slugging percentage and a .455 wOBA. Heck, for the season as a whole, Lester’s .553 expected slugging percentage is the seventh-worst mark of the 87 pitchers who have faced at least 150 batters. It’s gotten so dire, even manager Dave Ross admitted following Lester’s most recent outing that “the concern is real.” Well, the concern might grow even more when Ross realizes that Milwaukee possesses a 121 wRC+ versus LHPs as a team.

Players to Consider

Keston Hiura ($5,300)
Christian Yelich ($5,300)
Jedd Gyorko ($3,900)
Luis Urias ($3,100)
Avisail Garcia ($2,700)

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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is theglt13) 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.