Top 5 DFS Stacks for Wednesday, September 21

Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen

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 21

The Stack: 1B Josh Bell, SS Sean Rodriguez, OF Andrew McCutchen

Expected ownership: Low

Despite a win in his last start, Nelson's last 10 outings haven't been very productive (2-6, 6.84 ERA, 1.860 WHIP). His fastball ranks third-worst among all qualified starters (-22.5 wFB). And one of the things the Pirates do well is hit the fastball (ranked fifth in the majors +58.0 wFB). Even with Starling Marte and Josh Harrison out of the lineup the Pirates have a solid stack with Bell (.385 wOBA vs. RHP), Rodriguez (.344) and McCutchen (.330).

The Stack: SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Curtis Granderson, OF Yoenis Cespedes, 2B T.J. Rivera

Expected ownership: Low

Weber has made 15 appearances this season, but only one as a starter. It didn't go well (3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 HR allowed). Yet he gets the start on Wednesday because of injuries to Mike Foltynewicz and Williams Perez. Cabrera has been the Mets' best hitter over the past month (.344 BA, .455 wOBA) and is a must-start in a Mets stack. Add Granderson (.396 wOBA last 30 days), Cespedes (.380), and the suddenly hot T.J. Rivera (10-for-24, 3 HR last six games).

The Stack: OF J.D. Martinez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, OF Cameron Maybin, OF Justin Upton

Expected ownership: Medium

Berrios was a little better in his last outing, but he still gave up a pair of home runs in four innings of work. He's lost his last six decisions and has a 9.11 ERA and 2.168 WHIP over that seven-game span. He's a three-pitch pitcher with all his options ineffective (-7.0 wCH, -6.7 wFB, -5.3 wCB). In two starts against the Tigers this season he's lasted a total of 5 2/3 innings and yielded nine hits, nine walks and 12 earned runs. Martinez (.401 wOBA vs. RHP) leads the stack with Cabrera (.387), Maybin (.351) and Upton (.312).

The Stack: OF Carlos Gomez, C Jonathan Lucroy, 2B Rougned Odor, 3B Adrian Beltre, OF Carlos Beltran

Expected ownership: Medium

Although Weaver has posted back-to-back quality starts for the first time since the All-Star break, he still leads the majors in home runs allowed (36 with a 13.0% HR/FB rate) and owns the league's most ineffective fastball (-24.1 wFB). The slider (-11.2 wSL) isn't much better. I'm going with Gomez (.374 wOBA vs. RHP), Lucroy (.369), Odor (.352), Beltre (.351) and Beltran (.342).

The Stack: 1B Anthony Rizzo, 3B Kris Bryant, OF, OF Dexter Fowler, 2B Ben Zobrist

Expected ownership: High

Stephenson has given up eight runs over his last eight innings (two starts) and control is a major issue. That shouldn't be a surprise as he had the same problem at Triple-A Louisville this season (4.7 BB/9). Free base runners is a huge red flag facing the powerful Cubs offense. He's also a fly ball pitcher in Wrigley with the wind blowing out to left field – another red flag. The Cubs have yet to clinch the NL overall best record so they are still playing their regulars. Besides the obvious Rizzo (.411 wOBA vs. RHP) and Bryant (.387), roll with Fowler and Zobrist

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