MLB DFS: Breaking down the top daily fantasy baseball hitters and team stacks on FanDuel & DraftKings for August 1, 2021
Digging into today’s MLB DFS slate to highlight your best bats to stack.
In this article, we will cover two to three teams that we think are the most stackable for MLB contests. If you are newer to DFS or MLB, or just want a general refresher on the impact of stacking in MLB, check out our research done this off-season where we analyzed over 2,000,000 lineups to determine how many times a team of four or five hitters stacked from the same team won contests. In brief, 80.3% of winning lineups across 71 Main Slate tournaments (from 2020) had a stack of at least four players. 71.9% of that 80.3% had a stack of five players. It is pretty clear that stacking is the main strategy to focus on when it comes to MLB, therefore we will be approaching our hitter’s content from a stacking perspective.
Seattle Mariners (@ Rangers)
We have 10 games on the slate this Sunday afternoon on both Draftkings and Fanduel with plenty of options to choose from. We’ll start this article off right by picking on Mike Foltynewicz. For July ( last 4 starts ), Foltynewicz has allowed 22 hits, 22 earned runs and 12 home runs across 19 innings pitched with a 10.42 ERA. Foltynewicz’s advanced stats tell a very similar story as he ranks bottom 8% in the league in K%, bottom 2% in whiff%, bottom 13% in hardhit%, and bottom 12% in exit velocity. There’s really no need to overthink this one and the Mariners shouldn’t have any problems taking advantage of Foltynewicz’s 2.63 HR/9, 44.7% FB rate, and 20% HR/FB rate. Seattle should draw a decent amount of ownership on this slate so we need to keep that in mind for our lineup construction. I will be looking to pair my Seattle stacks with lower-owned stacks and one-off players.
Mariners vs Mike Foltynewicz
$ Tier P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF High Kyle Seager (4.6k / 11.34) (3.1k / 14.79) Mitch Haniger (5.6k / 13.26) (3.4k / 17.29) Medium Michael Foltynewicz (6.7k / 6.30) (6.3k / 11.23) Ty France (4.4k / 10.61) (2.8k / 13.83) Dylan Moore (3.7k / 3.99) (2.6k / 5.20) J.P. Crawford (4.6k / 10.46) (2.5k / 13.64) Luis Torrens (3.7k / 0.73) (2.6k / 0.96) Low Cal Raleigh (2.6k / 4.67) (2.2k / 6.09) Jarred Kelenic (2.6k / 5.47) (2.1k / 7.13) Jake Bauers (2.4k / 3.82) (2k / 4.99)
New York Mets (vs Reds)
The Mets take on Vladimir Gutierrez and the Reds at home. Over his last 4 starts Gutierrez has allowed 24 hits, 11 earned runs, and 4 HR’s over 22 innings pitched with a 4.43 ERA. Gutierrez ranks in the bottom 6% of the league in K%, bottom 27% in BB%, the bottom 17% in barrel%, the bottom 30% in whiff%, and bottom 36% in exit velocity. The Mets have plenty of power bats to exploit this matchup vs Gutierrez and they should have no problem taking advantage of his 44.1% FB rate, 14.5% HR/FB, and 1.78 HR/9. The Mets should also draw a decent amount of ownership on this slate and just like we mentioned above it will be important to keep lineup construction in mind when building tournament lineups.
Mets vs Vladimir Gutierrez
|High||Peter Alonso (5.6k / 13.11) (3.8k / 17.10)||Jeff McNeil (4.9k / 10.60) (2.7k / 13.83)||Javier Baez (5.8k / 12.84) (3.4k / 16.74)|
|Medium||Vladimir Gutierrez (7.7k / 9.24) (6.6k / 16.47)||James McCann (3.7k / 0.74) (2.2k / 0.97)||J.D. Davis (4.1k / 0.96) (2.8k / 1.26)||Brandon Nimmo (4k / 0.93) (2.7k / 1.22)|
|Dominic Smith (3.6k / 8.93) (2.8k / 11.64)|
|Michael Conforto (3.4k / 7.66) (2.7k / 9.99)|