Welcome back, Major League Baseball. The All-Star Break is in the past and since the sport’s second-half reopening between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees was postponed due to COVID-19, the first day back will be held on Friday, July 16th. Daily fantasy will be open everyday till the regular season ends on October 3rd.
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 Friday, July 16th.
Orioles vs. Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET
Salvador Perez ($5,400)
Whit Merrifield ($5,300)
Andrew Benintendi ($3,800)
With the first game back from the break, many teams are going with their top starter thanks to the time off, but the Baltimore Orioles will start with Keegan Akin on the mound with an 0-4 record and 7.54 ERA this season in 20 appearances including 13 starts. He has allowed four or more earned runs in each of his last five appearances and made it past 4.1 innings just once in that span. We’re jumping on this Kansas City Royals lineup.
Indians vs. Athletics, 9:40 p.m. ET
Matt Olson ($5,300)
Matt Chapman ($5,000
Ramon Laureano ($4,600)
The Oakland Athletics have a solid matchup against Cleveland Indians starter Eli Morgan. Through five starts in his first season in the majors, Morgan has a 1-3 record and 8.44 ERA. It’s a limited sample size, but Oakland’s top hitters are very affordable against a pitcher who has given up at least three earned runs in every start and hasn’t gone longer than five innings.
Brewers vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET
Christian Yelich ($5,300)
Willy Adames ($4,500)
Omar Narvaez ($4,500)
The Milwaukee Brewers are very familiar with Cincinnati Reds starter Tyler Mahle, and this will be the third meeting between the two this season. Mahle’s last start was on July 8th, a 5-3 loss to the Brewers. He had some control issues with four walks and four hits, allowing three runs in six innings of work. Milwaukee went into the break losing three straight games against Cincinnati, and they should be motivated to get off on the right foot against a team that figures to be the Brewers’ biggest challenger in the National League Central.