3 FanDuel MLB DFS Stacks for Tuesday 5/28/24

Aidan McGrath
Aidan McGrath@ffaidanmcgrath
3 FanDuel MLB DFS Stacks for Tuesday 5/28/24

Stacking is an integral part of daily fantasy baseball. Correlation drives upside, giving your lineups a slate-winning ceiling when your stacks explode.

This piece will do the digging and the dirty work each day to determine which stacks are worth rostering on FanDuel's main slate. While we want upside, we also need to factor in game theory, especially in a sport as random as baseball.

The MLB DFS heat map at numberFire is a quick way to get a feel for the overall slate and which offenses are in a good spot. You can also check out our daily fantasy baseball projections -- which are powered by numberFire -- to identify the slate's best bats.

Let's look at the top stacks for today's main slate.

MLB DFS Stacks

Cleveland Guardians

Implied Total: 5.64 | Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Feltner

When the Colorado Rockies are playing at home, there's a very good chance you'll want to stack their opponents in your DFS lineups. That holds true today as the Cleveland Guardians prepare for a matchup with right-hander Ryan Feltner at Coors Field.

Feltner has pitched to a 5.07 ERA this season, earning a 1.44 WHIP for his efforts. He has actually been better in his three home games than he has during his seven away starts to date -- his .295 SLG rate allowed at home is substantially better than the .484 rate he's given up on the road -- but it seems like that could change in today's matchup with the white-hot Guardians, who just met the end of a nine-game winning streak last night.

Jose Ramirez's $4,700 salary is the highest of any hitter on today's slate, but he's also projected for a strong 14.6-point outing against the Rockies. He's caught fire lately, with 6 home runs, 10 runs 17 RBI, and a .327 batting average over the last two weeks. The Guardians' lineup has been clicking lately, and he's been reaping fantasy points as a result.

Josh Naylor's 14.2-FanDuel-Point projection isn't too far off of Ramirez's. The veteran first baseman was on fire to open the year but has been oddly quiet during their recent win streak. This seems like a great bounce-back spot for him, yet his $4,000 salary makes him slightly less exciting to roster than some of the Guardians' other hitters.

Breakout hitter David Fry ($3,700) has a team-high 1.079 OPS this season and has become difficult for the Guardians to keep out of their lineup. The Guardians have been trying the catcher out at various other positions to keep his bat in play. He's projected for a solid 11.9 FanDuel points today against Feltner and his Rockies.

If you're looking to stack the Guardians' top power bats, you'll want to consider Tyler Freeman ($3,400) and Andres Gimenez ($3,700), who have been batting first and second for the team for most of the year. The pair trail only Ramirez (37) in runs scored this year with 31 apiece and have a combined 20 runs over the last 14 days.

New York Yankees

Implied Total: 5.06 | Opposing Pitcher: Griffin Canning

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Griffin Canning has played some solid ball lately, recording an impressive 1.99 ERA over his last 4 starts. But I don't think he can keep getting away with it. He has notched a 5.29 FIP in that stretch and is still only striking out 16.1% of opposing batters while walking 9.4% of the hitters he's faced. With a 5.62 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA) over the last couple of weeks, it is clear his underlying metrics aren't backing up his actual production.

A date with the New York Yankees could bring those two data sets closer together. The Yankees have been the best offense in baseball in the month of May. Their 132 wRC+ comes in miles ahead of the second-place team's 115 wRC+ mark and their team-wide 42 homers are 9 more than the Oakland Athletics' second-ranked 33 homers in that span of time.

That's in large part due to the power combo of Juan Soto ($4,400) and Aaron Judge ($4,600), who are on another level right now. Soto (.979) and Judge (1.039) rank fifth and first in OPS among qualified batters on the year. They're fifth and first, respectively, in walks drawn as well, and even rank fifth and eighth in RBI on the year. Stacking both is tricky due to their high salaries, but the Yankees' star duo has been too productive not to squeeze into lineups together where possible. Judge (+215) and Soto (+255) have the shortest and second-shortest odds to hit a home run in the league today according to FanDuel Sportsbook's batter props.

They're not the only Yankees worth stacking in DFS lineups together, though. Leadoff hitter Anthony Volpe ($3,300) is having a nice breakout season and is projected for 13.3 FanDuel points in this one. And behind all of them, Alex Verdugo ($3,200), Giancarlo Stanton ($3,300), Anthony Rizzo ($3,000) and Gleyber Torres ($3,000) usually bat fourth-through-seventh and have plenty of fantasy upside in their own right. This could be a good spot for Torres in particular; the infielder has notched a career .400 batting average against Canning in their previous two meetings.

Seattle Mariners

Implied Total: 3.91 | Opposing Pitcher: Hunter Brown

The Houston Astros are getting roughed up on the mound this year and have the fifth-worst ERA (4.44) as a team this season. Second-year righty Hunter Brown has been a factor in their struggles, opening the year up with a 7.06 ERA through 10 games and 43.1 innings.

When things go bad for Brown, they've tended to go really bad -- evidenced by his 11-hit first inning against the Kansas City Royals earlier this year. He's walking batters at an unsustainable 11.9% rate and giving up homers to 4.5% of the batters he's faced, making him an ideal target for stacks.

In other words, this seems like a good get-right spot for the Seattle Mariners, who have played a little better recently after a painfully slow start to the year. They fared decently well against Brown when they faced him earlier this month, too, with 5 hits, 4 walks, and 2 earned runs across 4.1 innings of action.

Julio Rodriguez is one of just two Mariners batters whose salaries exceed $3,000 today, making them a very easy team to stack. He's projected for 11.4 FanDuel points (second-most on the team) and seems to finally be waking up, with 2 homers over the last week.

Surprisingly, Luke Raley ($2,500) has the highest projected FanDuel points on the Mariners today with 12.4. He's been batting third for Seattle against righties recently and gets to hit behind J.P. Crawford ($2,600) and Dylan Moore ($3,200), who rank third and first, respectively, on the team in wRC+ over the last two weeks.

On the year, Josh Rojas ($2,600) and Dominic Canzone ($2,400) have been the second- and third-most productive players for Seattle at the plate in terms of wRC+. The former Arizona Diamondbacks prospects have been much more productive versus right-handed pitchers like Brown, as well, and should be good values for today's slate.

The Mariners' power-hitters have been pretty disappointing to start the year, but might be turning a corner. Cal Raleigh ($3,000) and Ty France ($2,700) have combined for nine homers in May. Their slow starts to the year seem to be driving down their salaries, but they could also have solid nights against Brown.

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