MLB DFS Top Stacks for Saturday 5/6/23
Royals vs Ken Waldichuk
When it comes to Saturday’s MLB DFS slate, the Kansas City Royals going against Oakland A’s pitcher Ken Waldichuk could be a top stack to consider. While Waldichuk has limited experience in the majors, his performances so far have been lackluster, with a 6.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP.
The Royals have several players in their lineup who could perform well against Waldichuk. One of the top targets is Bobby Witt Jr., who has been on fire lately with an OPS of 1.186 in his last 14 at-bats over the past five days. Another player to consider is Salvador Perez, who has been slugging .667 in his last 39 plate appearances against left-handers who rely heavily on the fastball, like Waldichuk, over the past two seasons.
For potential low-owned value plays, Vinnie Pasquantino is a left-handed batter who could benefit from Waldichuk’s left-handed pitching. Pasquantino has an OPS of 1.074 in 17 at-bats over the past five days. MJ Melendez is another left-handed batter who could perform well against Waldichuk, with a .576 slugging percentage in his last 64 plate appearances against left-handers with high flyball rates over the past two seasons.
Edward Olivares is a right-handed batter who could also be a low-owned value play, as Waldichuk has allowed an OPS of .883 against hitters like him over the past two years. While Olivares is currently batting just .091 over his last five games, he could still be a sneaky play in tournaments.
Other players in the Royals’ lineup who could be considered include Hunter Dozier, Matt Duffy, and Maikel Garcia. However, they may be riskier plays as their matchup data is limited. Nick Pratto, Kyle Isbel, Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Massey, and Freddy Fermin are all lower-priced options who could be used to differentiate your lineup in tournaments, but they come with greater risk due to their limited playing time and matchups.
Core 4 in the Kansas City Royals Stack:
Bobby Witt Jr. (SS): Witt Jr.’s recent hot streak and his success against left-handed pitchers make him a core player to target in the Royals stack.
Salvador Perez (C): Perez’s power against left-handed pitchers and his recent success against pitchers who rely heavily on the fastball add to the core strength of the Royals stack.
Vinnie Pasquantino (1B): Pasquantino’s recent success against left-handed pitchers and his left-handed bat could make him a valuable asset in today’s lineup.
MJ Melendez (C/OF): Melendez’s slugging percentage against left-handers with high flyball rates and his potential as a low-owned tournament play make him another key player to consider in the Royals stack.
Low-Owned Tournament Plays:
Edward Olivares (OF): Olivares’ potential against left-handed pitchers and his low ownership percentage make him an intriguing value play in tournament lineups.
Hunter Dozier (3B/OF): Dozier’s strong track record against left-handed pitchers who rely heavily on the fastball, like Oakland A’s pitcher Ken Waldichuk, and his low price point make him an interesting option for tournament lineups.
Phillies vs Corey Kluber
With a solid three-star average matchup, the Philadelphia Phillies appear to be a top stack for today’s MLB DFS slate against Boston Red Sox pitcher Corey Kluber. Several players within the Phillies stack have favorable individual matchups against Kluber, making them enticing options for DFS lineups.
Bryce Harper has a potential third-spot in the batting order and has been slugging .667 in his last 115 plate appearances against soft-throwing right-handed pitchers like Kluber over the past two seasons. Another lefty swinger, Kyle Schwarber, has a potential first-spot and has been slugging .608 in his last 120 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers with a similar repertoire to Kluber over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Trea Turner has a potential second-spot and has slugged .450 in 640 at-bats when hitting at home over the last year.
Other notable Phillies hitters include Nick Castellanos, who has an OPS of 1.012 in his last 52 plate appearances, and J.T. Realmuto, who batted .290 when hitting at home over the last year. Brandon Marsh has a favorable but limited matchup, while Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm, Edmundo Sosa, Josh Harrison, Garrett Stubbs, Kody Clemens, and Dalton Guthrie could be used as low-owned value plays to differentiate DFS lineups in tournaments.
Overall, with a solid three-star average matchup and several individual favorable matchups, the Philadelphia Phillies could be a top stack for today’s MLB DFS slate against Corey Kluber and the Boston Red Sox.
Core 4 in the Phillies Stack:
Bryce Harper – A left-handed slugger with a potential third-spot in the batting order, Harper has been hitting well against soft-throwing right-handed pitchers like Kluber over the past two seasons.
Kyle Schwarber – Another lefty swinger, Schwarber has a potential first-spot in the lineup and has been slugging well against right-handed pitchers with a similar repertoire to Kluber over the past two seasons.
Trea Turner – With a potential second-spot in the batting order, Turner has a solid track record when hitting at home and could provide some power and speed for DFS lineups.
J.T. Realmuto – A reliable catcher with a good home batting average over the past year, Realmuto could provide some consistency and potential for RBI’s in the middle of the Phillies lineup.
Low-Owned Tournament Plays:
Bryson Stott – A young prospect who could provide some upside as a low-owned value play in tournaments.
Kody Clemens – Another low-owned option with some power potential, Clemens could be a solid GPP play if he gets the start.
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Giants vs Colin Rea
On today’s MLB DFS slate, the San Francisco Giants stack against Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Colin Rea looks promising. Rea has struggled against right-handed batters with high flyball rates, which is a favorable matchup for Giants hitters.
Thairo Estrada is a top option as he has been slugging .543 against right-handers with high flyball rates in his last 130 plate appearances. Joc Pederson is another strong choice, having slugged .689 against right-handers with a similar repertoire to Rea in his last 117 plate appearances. LaMonte Wade Jr. is a value play to consider as he has a good matchup and is positioned in the leadoff spot.
In addition, J.D. Davis has a strong history against right-handed pitchers with a similar repertoire to Rea, slugging .714 in his last 38 plate appearances. Michael Conforto is a contrarian option with a lower ownership percentage, and Brett Wisely is a value play to consider for differentiation in tournaments.
Overall, the Giants stack against Rea has the potential to provide a high ceiling for DFS players. Right-handed starters with above-average flyball rates like Rea have an ERA of 4.75 against the Giants since last year, making it a favorable matchup for San Francisco.
Core 4 in the Giants Stack:
Thairo Estrada – slugging .543 in his last 130 plate appearances against right-handers with high flyball rates like Rea over the past two seasons.
Joc Pederson – slugging .689 in his last 117 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers with a similar repertoire to Rea over the past two seasons.
LaMonte Wade Jr. – a value play to consider as he has a good matchup and is positioned in the leadoff spot.
J.D. Davis – slugging .714 in his last 38 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers with a similar repertoire to Rea over the past two seasons.
Low-Owned Tournament Plays:
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