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Fantasy Baseball Stacks: Top DraftKings MLB Offenses to Target for August 18

Mike Barner gives his top offenses to target for Tuesday’s DraftKings MLB slate, which locks at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Baltimore Orioles v. Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

There will be no shortage of action across baseball on Tuesday, which leads to an 11-game main slate on DraftKings. There are a few very good starting pitchers set to take the mound, but there are also some teams who could be set up to feast on bad pitching. Let’s discuss five stacks to consider as you are creating your entry.

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1. Philadelphia Phillies

Are the Phillies getting ready to make a run? They’ve won three straight games, each of which came against a division rival in the Mets. Not only did their pitching staff step up in the series, but they also scored at least six runs in all three of those contests. Their offense has been clicking for even longer than that recent stretch, scoring at least six runs in five of their last seven contests, overall.

They have an excellent opportunity to keep things rolling against the Red Sox, who will start Zack Godley ($5,600) in his fifth appearance of the season. After struggling mightily the last two seasons, Godley has been awful to start out 2020, allowing 13 runs and posting a 2.02 WHIP across 14.1 innings. He’s also allowed five home runs after giving up 14 long balls across just 92.0 innings in 2019. This could get ugly for the Red Sox in a hurry.

Players to Consider

Bryce Harper ($5,500)
J.T. Realmuto ($5,300)
Didi Gregorius ($4,900)
Alec Bohm ($3,000)

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2. New York Mets

The main reason for the Mets disappointing 10-14 record has been their pitching staff, namely their starting rotation. They’ve allowed 5.2 runs per game and their 124 total runs allowed are tied for the fourth-most in baseball. Their lineup has suffered some injuries, but they’ve remained mostly productive by averaging 4.6 runs per contest. They exploded in the first game of their series against the Marlins on Monday, scoring 11 runs in a lopsided victory.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Mets hang another crooked number here with Humberto Mejia ($5,000) expected to start for the Marlins. Mejia made a start against them earlier this season, but prior to that, he had never pitched above High-A in the Marlins’ system. In his first start against the Mets, he threw 67 pitches while only recording seven outs. Having Mejia provide a strong outing here is a lot to ask given his lack of experience.

Players to Consider

Pete Alonso ($5,200)
Jeff McNeil ($4,800)
Michael Conforto ($4,700)
Robinson Cano ($4,500)
Dominic Smith ($4,300)

3. Cincinnati Reds

Editor’s Note: Tuesday’s game between the Reds and the Royals has been postponed

This spot will require some monitoring as the Reds have been sidelined due to a positive COVID-19 test. The good news is that they haven’t received another positive test since they were shut down on Saturday, so they could retake the field Tuesday. They don’t have another off-day until Sept. 3, so their schedule could really spiral out of control if they are forced to wait any longer.

If they Reds do play, they are worth considering against Brad Keller ($6,700). Keller got the best of them less than a week ago in Cincinnati, holding the Reds scoreless across six innings. However, he’s not an overpowering pitcher based on his career 17.1% strikeout rate and he’s been a bit lucky with hitters posting only a .192 BABIP against him over his first two outings of the season. The Reds could rebound in a big way in this rematch.

Players to Consider

Nick Castellanos ($4,800)
Eugenio Suarez ($4,500)
Joey Votto ($4,400)
Jesse Winker ($3,800)

4. Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays aren’t exactly having a banner offensive season by averaging 4.3 runs a game. They do have some dangerous power hitters in their lineup, but their team .301 OBP has limited their overall scoring upside. That mark is actually tied for the fifth-worst OBP in baseball. Losing Bo Bichette (knee) only further complicates matters.

The good news is that they could have an offensive outburst based on this matchup against the Orioles and Wade LeBlanc ($5,900). After a strong 2018 campaign with the Mariners, LeBlanc regressed in 2019, finishing with a 5.49 FIP and a 1.45 WHIP. He also hasn’t shown any signs of bouncing back across his first four starts this season considering his 5.95 FIP and 1.47 WHIP.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hernandez is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Orioles.

Players to Consider

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ($4,800)
Teoscar Hernandez ($4,700)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. ($4,500)
Randall Grichuk ($3,900)

5. Washington Nationals

The defending champs might be in trouble. Their 8-12 record is the worst mark in the NL East and they are coming off a brutal loss Monday where they blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Braves. On the bright side, they did score six runs in that contest and have scored at least that many runs in five of their last eight contests, overall.

Things are shaping up for them to have another strong performance against the Braves, who have a terrible starting rotation outside of Max Fried. Atlanta will start Josh Tomlin ($7,100) in this contest, but don’t expect him to last very long since he hasn’t logged more than 2.1 innings in any of his appearances this season. That could leave the Nationals to feast against the underbelly of the Braves’ bullpen.

Players to Consider

Juan Soto ($5,900)
Trea Turner ($5,100)
Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,100)
Eric Thames ($3,800)
Victor Robles ($2,500)

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