Top 5 DFS Stacks for Saturday, September 24

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When it comes time to draft a fantasy baseball team in DFS, stacking is a common-place, widely accepted strategy in GPPs. There's a reason that's so: it works. If you want to win a big GPP, you will need a monstrous score, and stacking makes it easier to pile up points because the scoring of batters in a given lineup is correlated. Batters reaching base allows the players behind them in the order to drive them and so forth, creating something of a snowball effect.

Here, we'll look at some of the top four-to-five player stacks of the day, using a variety of factors such as ballpark, opposing pitcher, and expected ownership in GPPs on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Top 5 DFS Stacks for September 24

The Stack: 3B Kyle Seager, 2B Robinson Cano. OF Seth Smith, OF Nelson Cruz, OF Franklin Gutierrez

Expected ownership: Medium

Duffey hasn't pitched well over his last 10 starts (3-5, 8.53 ERA, 1.759 WHIP) and while the Twins gave him extra time between starts it likely won't make a change in his effectiveness. His 90.4 mph fastball has been a disaster all season (-18.3 wFB). He can't get right-handers out (.420 wOBA), particularly at home (.437). So on top of the Mariners' three lefties who hammer RHP (Seager, Cano and Smith), I'll add Cruz and the very hot Gutierrez (.382 BA, .480 wOBA last 30 days).

The Stack: OF Giancarlo Stanton, OF Christian Yelich, C J.T. Realmuto, 1B Justin Bour

Expected ownership: Low

One decent outing isn't enough to make me believe in Blair. Over his first 12 starts he amassed an 0-6 record with an 8.23 ERA and 1.774 WHIP, so six innings of four-hit, two run baseball against a weak Mets offense can change my view of Blair and his ineffective fastball (-13.3 wFB). The Marlins are starting to get healthy offensively with the return of Stanton. Add Yelich (.387 wOBA vs. RHP), Realmuto (.354) and Bour (.347) for a solid stack.

The Stack: OF Hunter Pence, 3B Eduardo Nunez, 1B Brandon Belt

Expected ownership: Low

Cosart has lost his last three starts posting an 11.12 ERA and 1.852 WHIP over 11 1/3 IP. Control continues to be an issue with a 5.95 BB/9 this season. The Giants' offense has struggled for most of the season, but over the past two weeks it's perked up behind Pence (.432 wOBA), Nunez (.384) and Belt (.382).

The Stack: 1B Hanley Ramirez, OF Andrew Benintendi, OF Mookie Betts, OF Jackie Bradley, 2B Dustin Pedroia

Expected ownership: High

Honestly it rarely matters who is pitching for the opposition because the Red Sox hit everyone (major-league leading .350 wOBA). They are also No. 1 against RHP (.351 wOBA). Andriese's last seven starts have been unproductive with a 7.82 ERA, 1.626 WHIP and 10 homers, including a loss and a no decision to the Red Sox in which he allowed 17 hits and 10 earned runs over just 10 innings. David Ortiz (.448 wOBA), Benintendi (.427), Betts (.390), Bradley Jr. (.388) and Pedroia (.357) are the team's top hitters against RHP, but you can save $600 on DraftKings if you go with the ridiculously hot Hanley Ramirez (.491 wOBA, 13 HR last 30 days) at 1B instead of Ortiz.

The Stack: 1B Jose Abreu, OF Adam Eaton, OF Melky Cabrera

Expected ownership: Low

The Indians have turned to former-starter-turned-reliever Anderson to take the mound on Saturday. The problem is that Anderson has proven over and over that he's a better reliever than starter (1-3, 7.65 ERA, 1.725 WHIP, .411 wOBA as a starter vs. 1-1, 3.06 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, .311 wOBA from the bullpen). Go with Abreu (.357 wOBA vs RHP), Eaton (.350) and Cabrera (.332).

Steve Schwarz

Steve Schwarz

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