We have 12 games in MLB on Thursday, which means there are endless opportunities for your prospective lineup in DFS. The main slate features fives games starting around 7:05 p.m. ET. There are not a ton of great pitching matchups, which means we could see a few high-scoring games.
Sometimes with a plus-matchup on the MLB game slate, we get an opportunity to slot multiple players from the same team into our DFS lineups. You can learn more about MLB DFS strategy, including team stacks, here.
Here, we’ll break down three of the best team stacks for the MLB slate on Thursday, April 15th.
Tigers vs. Athletics, 9:40 p.m. ET
Wilson Ramos ($4100)
Jeimer Candelario ($4000)
Akil Baddoo ($3900)
Jonathan Schoop ($3400)
Robbie Grossman ($3300)
The Detroit Tigers are one of the hottest teams in baseball and one of the early surprise stories to start the season. Detroit is coming off a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros, outscoring Houston 20-8. But the Tigers are also facing a hot Oakland Athletics team that has won four consecutive games by an average of 3.5 runs game.
This DFS stack leaves you with $31,300 to fill out the rest of your lineup, which is not bad, considering you are paying up for Ramos. The veteran catcher leads the Tigers in home runs with six, while batting .278/.350/.806 and averaging 11.2 fantasy points per game. The Tigers will be facing Oakland starter Sean Manaea, who has a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 5.06. In three games against Detroit, Manaea has an ERA of 2.84, 2-1 record, and 7.6 K/9. DraftKings Sportsbook has the total runs set at O/U 8.5 for this game.
Diamondbacks vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET
Juan Soto ($6000)
Trea Turner ($5800)
Kyle Schwarber ($4600)
Starlin Castro ($4400)
Josh Bell ($3600)
The Washington Nationals will begin a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. DraftKings Sportsbook has the O/U for total runs scored currently set at eight, with the Nationals having Patrick Corbin on the mound and D-Backs starting Merrill Kelly.
Both pitchers have not had a great start to their respective seasons, however Washington’s offense may be able to get back on track against Kelly. This season, Kelly has a record of 0-2 and an ERA of 8.10. He has allowed 14 hits, nine earned runs, three walks, two home runs, and only struck out five in 10 IP. The Nets have a couple of players led by Soto and Turner; both can either get on base or change the game with one swing. Turner had his third double-digit fantasy performance Wednesday against the Cardinals (16 DKFP). As for Soto, he has recorded a hit in three straight games and had his fifth double-digit fantasy outing.
Rangers vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET
Randy Arozarena ($5200)
Joey Wendle ($4700)
Brandon Lowe ($4500)
Manuel Margot ($3400)
Yandy Diaz ($3300)
For our final stack, we are going to head down to Florida, where the Texas Rangers are taking on the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers will have start Jordan Lyles, who will be opposed by Rich Hill for the Rays. Tampa has lost the first two games of this series and will look to salvage the final game.
Lyles has the better ERA than Hill at 4.50, but has given up 11 hits, five earned runs, three home runs, and struck out nine in 10 IP. Through two starts this season, left-handed batters have had success against Lyles, slashing .353/.421/.529, which is good news for Wendle and Lowe, who is only batting .200 this season. He has recorded a hit in two straight games and produced 14 fantasy points on Wednesday against Texas.