Entries by Stephen Monahan

MLB – The Stack – Aug. 19

It’s hard to believe we are almost to September baseball. The season always feels long, yet seems to fly by at the same time.

School is beginning for most, NFL preseason is halfway through, college football starts in just two weeks and baseball will enter its final month of regular season play.

Keep an out for baseball content from us into September, but we also will be kicking off our football content very soon, including some new surprises. You will have to stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, we have a 10-game slate to tackle tonight, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

NEW YORK METS

  1. Devin Mesoraco
  2. Amed Rosario
  3. Wilmer Flores

Analysis: Is Derek Holland pitching? If that answers a yes, then I am stacking against him in some way. He’s been improved this year, but playing in the national league and in PNC Park will inflate a bad pitcher’s numbers. The Mets haven’t exactly been lighting it up against left-handed pitching, but I will use historically good hitters against lefties to justify me stacking against the Dutch Oven. One player who has smashed lefties this season is Devin Mesoraco, and if he draws the start, he’s my No. 1 overall catcher for this slate, especially considering his price ($3,200) and factoring his numbers against lefties – .363 wOBA, .160 ISO and 33% hard contact against. Rosario has been a hot dog atop this Mets lineup, and his $3,900 price tag shows you how well he’s played recently. Flores used to be an automatic against lefties, but his numbers have dipped this year. I will take the majority of his numbers over what has happened this year. No one will play him at $4,000 at first base.

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MLB – The Stack – Friday, Aug. 17

So if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t had a DRAFT article in a couple of weeks. That’s due in part by me having to go back to my day job as a teacher. My normal routine for DRAFT won’t work with me working, so I had to nip it in the bud as they say. […]

MLB – The Stack – Friday, Aug. 10

NFL preseason is fully underway, but we still have few weeks until the start of the season to concentrate on what’s left of the MLB season. Tonight we 14 games in the majors, a game at Coors, some solid pitching options, but I honestly am not crazy about very many stacks today. A few stick […]

MLB – The Stack – Wednesday, Aug. 8 (Evening Only)

How many weeks until Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season? Too many to count, but we do have a 9-game MLB slate to tackle for today’s main slate of action on DraftKings.  This will be a slate where you can pay down at pitching and stack the top offenses available, so let’s reveal those […]

MLB – The Stacks – Monday, Aug. 6

Welp, it’s back to the grind.

No, not DFS baseball (that too, actually), but today marks the end of my summer vacation from teaching. It’s back to being an educator (official title, though how well I edu-ma-cate stands to reason) for me, entering my 7th year.

Seven years.

Never thought I would make it this far because every year I say I am going to get out. Maybe one day I will.

Anyway, enough about that boring crap, it’s time to talk a little baseball.

Today we have a 10-game slate and Coors is back in our lives.

There are a lot of solid pitching options up top, too. I would stand to guess Lance Lynn will be the chalk value pitcher of the slate, too. Nick Tropeano might also fall into that high-owned player conversation.

But you won’t find Coors’ bats here, as always, it’s understood they are in play every night.

So who can we use to pivot from Coors?

Let’s find out…

GAME STACK – SEATTLE MARINERS @ TEXAS RANGERS

Mariners

1. Nelson Cruz
2. Mitch Haniger
3. Jean Segura
4. Kyle Seager
5. Ryon Healy

Rangers

1. Robinson Chirinos
2. Rougned Odor
3. Isiah Kiner-Falefa
4. Jurickson Profar
5. Adrian Beltre

Analysis: This might be the first time I’ve recommended 10 guys in a game stack this season. But here we are. The Rangers are throwing out the remnants of Martin Perez while Wade LeBlanc toes the rubber for the Mariners in the bulging heat of Texas. The heat is nothing new for targeting games in Texas this time of year. But here’s why you should be targeting this game and I will leave it at that. Since the All-Star Break, here’s the run totals for games in Arlington – 17, 19, 5, 18, 23, 11, 13, 25, 14, 4, and 15. That’s 164 total runs and an average of 14.9 runs per game. The Rangers have given up 106 of those runs in 11 games. I don’t know how they have any fresh bodies to throw out there. But anyway, good luck to Martin Perez and Wade LeBlanc.

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MLB – The Stack – Friday, Aug. 3

Holy geeze, have a game Steve Pearce! Yesterday was a crazy-high scoring day in DFS. Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers and Dodgers put lots of runs on the board. Today we start over and have to tackle a 14-game slate. The Red Sox and Yankees are going to put up runs, the Nationals, Rangers and Orioles […]

MLB – DRAFT Strat – Thursday, Aug. 2

I had some internet issues Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, thus why if you were waiting for a Stacks article, it didn’t happen. But it appears our outage is over and we are back at it for today’s 9-game evening slate of baseball. Before we get into things, just know we will be ramping up […]

MLB – DRAFT Strat – Tuesday, July 31

  TOP-15 OUTFIELDER RANKINGS 1. Mookie Betts 2. Mike Trout 3. Rhys Hoskins 4. Shin-Soo Choo 5. Andrew Benintendi 6. Charlie Blackmon 7. Matt Kemp 8. A.J. Pollock 9. Michael Brantley 10. George Springer 11. Bryce Harper 12. Steven Souza, Jr. 13. Brandon Nimmo 14. Justin Upton 15. Avisail Garcia TOP-15 INFIELDER RANKINGS 1. Jose […]

MLB – The Stack – Monday, July 30

After a short hiatus for a much-needed guy’s-only trip, I am happy to return for another full week of MLB action.

With the NFL nipping at our heels, it’s time we hunker down and try to load up on some cash so we have some extra spending money come NFL season.

Today we have 9 games with some stud pitchers on the slate, no Coors, no Yankees and the Red Sox are taking on a stud pitcher. Let’s get after it and good luck tonight!

GAME STACK – SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS @ SAN DIEGO PADRES

Giants

1. Buster Posey
2. Evan Longoria
3. Andrew McCutchen
4. Nick Hundley

Padres

1. Christian Villanueva
2. Hunter Renfroe
3. Wil Myers

Analysis: Derek Holland vs. Eric Lauer. Both are awful against RH bats and both are facing offenses that are very capable against lefty pitchers. All of the above guys are RH bats. And the lefty pitchers give up the following stats to RH bats: Holland – .341 wOBA, 44% hard contact, 1.53 HR/9; Lauer – .364 wOBA, 41% hard contact, 1.26 HR/9, 1.66 WHIP. You can’t stack everyone as you will have to swap out Posey and Hundley and Villanueva and Longo, but maybe go to a site like FantasyDraft and stack all of them. But making a few lineups with all of these combinations is a great way to be contrarian tonight.

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