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Fantasy Baseball Stacks: Top DraftKings MLB DFS Offenses to Target for September 4

Garion Thorne gives his top offenses to target for Friday’s DraftKings MLB slate, which locks at 7:10 p.m. ET.

It might not feel like it on the surface, but today is one of the strangest slates of baseball I can remember seeing in my entire life. Curious as to why there’s only a nine-game featured slate on DraftKings this evening? Well, how about the fact that there are not one, not two, but five seven-inning doubleheaders taking place. I’ll say it again. Five doubleheaders.

On top of that, the pitching is setting up to be surprisingly good in the contests we can play, meaning runs might be at a premium. With that in mind, here are my four favorite offenses to stack on Friday on DraftKings.

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1. Philadelphia Phillies

There’s a couple different ways to look at Rick Porcello’s ($7,300) season through seven starts. On the one hand, no pitcher in baseball with at least 30 innings to their name has a larger negative disparity between their ERA (6.00) and their FIP (3.10), as Porcello’s been plagued by a league-worst .389 BABIP. However, on the other hand, the RHP’s expected opponent batting average of .305 is among the highest in the NL and his dismal 5.9% swinging strike rate is clear evidence that the veteran is having trouble missing bats. Even with Porcello’s numbers begging to regress, I’ll take my chances with a red-hot Phillies lineup that’s posted the fifth-highest ISO in 2020 (.201).

Players to Consider

Bryce Harper ($6,100)
J.T. Realmuto ($5,200)
Rhys Hoskins ($4,600)
Andrew McCutchen ($3,900)
Alec Bohm ($3,100)

Editor’s note: Phillies OF Bryce Harper is not in today’s lineup.

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2. Chicago White Sox

At this point, it’s probably easier to count the slates where you couldn’t use Chicago’s offense. This lineup has been a force all season long, and it comes into Friday’s matchup with Brady Singer ($6,500) leading the American League in ISO (.207), wOBA (.343) and wRC+ (120). That doesn’t bode well for the rookie RHP, who has had some serious issues keeping the ball inside the park in 2020. Singer is one of 11 pitchers that’s thrown at least 30 innings and allowed over 2.00 opponent home runs per nine. His 5.56 FIP is also one of the worst marks in the entirety of baseball. Plus, he threw 95 pitches against this very same Chicago team on Saturday, meaning he no longer even possesses the element of unfamiliarity. I think Singer is in serious trouble this evening.

Players to Consider

Tim Anderson ($5,500)
Jose Abreu ($5,400)
Eloy Jimenez ($5,000)
Luis Robert ($4,900)
Edwin Encarnacion ($4,200)

3. New York Mets

It has been a ghastly start to the season for Jake Arrieta ($6,900). The former Cy Young Award winner has surrendered 16 earned runs in his past four outings, a terrible stretch that culminated in lasting just 1.1 innings on Sunday Night Baseball this past weekend. Among pitchers with at least 80 batted ball events to their name, only Alex Cobb and Colten Brewer have a higher expected opponent batting average than Arrieta (.327), while Cobb, Brewer and Ross Stripling are the lone men with a higher expected opponent wOBA (.398). Toss in a zone contact rate of 91.1% and it’s not difficult to figure out why Arrieta’s been unable to string together outs in 2020. This should be one of the higher-scoring matchups on the slate.

Players to Consider

Michael Conforto ($4,800)
Robinson Cano ($4,600)
Dominic Smith ($4,400)
Pete Alonso ($4,300)
Jeff McNeil ($3,500)

4. San Francisco Giants

For his brief career, Taylor Clarke ($4,800) has not found much success starting baseball games at the major league level. To wit, the left-hander has allowed opponents to compile massive marks in both slugging percentage (.544) and wOBA (.362) in these scenarios, the direct result of conceding 2.21 home runs per nine. Sure, Clarke’s survived his two starts in 2020 — including a five inning outing against these same Giants on Sunday — but I don’t think his luck is going to last much longer. Even with southpaw-masher Austin Slater (groin) on the IL, San Francisco has a number of players that tend to thrive within the split, which is why the team comes into Friday with MLB’s fifth-best wRC+ versus LHPs (125). The Giants should light up the scoreboard this evening.

Players to Consider

Mike Yastrzemski ($5,700)
Donovan Solano ($4,400)
Wilmer Flores ($3,900)
Evan Longoria ($3,900)
Joey Bart ($3,800)

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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.