MLB DFS: Breaking down the top daily fantasy baseball hitters and team stacks on FanDuel & DraftKings for October 2, 2021
Digging into today’s MLB DFS slate to highlight your best bats to stack.
This article 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 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. 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.
White Sox (vs. Tigers)
As the White Sox tune-up for the postseason, they get a soft pitching matchup against Matt Manning and the Tigers. Manning carries a 6.16 ERA on the year and a 1.57 WHIP. But here is the kicker for me, both of Manning’s last two starts have come against the White Sox. On 9/20, Manning went five innings, allowing four hits, and three earned runs. On 9/27, Manning lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, five walks, and six earned. So, the White Sox have tagged Manning for nine earned runs, eight hits, and eight walks over his last 8.1 innings pitched. It is rare that a pitcher makes three straight starts in a row against a team, but here we are. I like the White Sox chances to at worst match the previous two outings and I have a firm belief that the offense carries an advantage in seeing a pitcher for the third time in a two-week stretch.
Royals (vs Twins)
The Royals came through big for us on Friday night – at the time of writing this, the Royals have eight runs on 11 hits, so as the night progresses, who knows if this could jump more. Regardless, we got John Gant correct, as he allowed eight hits and six earned through just four innings. While I usually don’t chase performances, I am sticking with the Royals on Saturday as they face Griffin Jax. Jax carries a 6.78 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Jax has allowed three or more earned runs in each of his last seven starts and 16 home runs over his last ten games. That’s right, over Jax’s last 50.1 innings, he has allowed 16 home runs, 56 hits, and 39 earned runs. Both sides of the plate have terrorized Jax in his rookie season, though righties do have a small slugging advantage over lefties. Ultimately, this is a weak pitching option and a weak bullpen going up against an offense that has scored six or more runs in three of their last four games.