3 FanDuel MLB DFS Stacks for Tuesday 6/25/24

Aidan McGrath
Aidan McGrath@ffaidanmcgrath
3 FanDuel MLB DFS Stacks for Tuesday 6/25/24

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

Implied Total: 5.62 | Opposing Pitcher: Chris Flexen

When one of the best teams in baseball takes on one of the worst, odds are you'll find plenty of exciting options for DFS across that roster. That makes the Los Angeles Dodgers a high-upside team to stack today as they take on the Chicago White Sox and right-hander Chris Flexen.

Flexen has pitched to a 5.03 ERA on the year, striking out just 18.2% of the batters he's seeing while walking 9.2%. He's forcing ground balls at just a 17th-percentile 35.5% rate, too. With the fifth-worst bullpen in skill-interactive ERA (SIERA) backing him up, the Dodgers could rack up runs in tonight's tilt.

Dodgers batters comprise three of the four players with the highest projected FanDuel points on tonight's slate. Shohei Ohtani ($5,000) is projected for a slate-high 20.8 FanDuel points in this one, making him worth considering despite his lofty salary. Behind him, Will Smith ($3,600) and Freddie Freeman ($3,900) are projected for the second-most (16.5 points) and fourth-most (15.2 points).

Teoscar Hernandez missed Monday's game while attending to a personal matter but could return tonight. He has a $3,800 salary and is projected for a solid 13.2 FanDuel points, as well. The veteran has 18 home runs already this season and is pacing to break his personal-best record of 32 in a single season this year.

If Hernandez isn't back in time, Miguel Vargas ($2,800) could be worth considering as a lower-salaried option. Vargas was recently called up from Triple-A, where he held a 1.005 OPS across 191 plate appearances with 8 homers and more walks (38) than strikeouts (33). He's off to the races so far in the Majors this year, too, with a .949 OPS through 34 plate appearances.

Vargas and Andy Pages ($3,000) could be the backbone of the Dodgers' outfield for a long time to come if they keep playing this well. Pages is projected for a strong 12.9 FanDuel points here and has a .843 OPS over the last month. He slumped through May but seems to be back on track lately. Only Ohtani has shorter odds to hit a home run (+196) than Pages does (+285) for this one.

Boston Red Sox

Implied Total: 4.59 | Opposing Pitcher: Kevin Gausman

Kevin Gausman has logged a lot of years as one of baseball's top pitchers, but 2024 has not been one of them so far. The veteran Toronto Blue Jays righty has thrown to a 4.24 ERA but has a 12th-percentile 5.15 expected ERA. He's striking batters out at a 23.1% rate -- his lowest mark since 2018 -- while getting barreled up at an 11% clip (7th percentile). It hasn't been his year, and the Blue Jays' banged-up bullpen hasn't been doing their starters any favors.

On the flip side, the Boston Red Sox have been heating up at the plate lately. Over the last month, they've notched a 120 wRC+ as a team, MLB's seventh-best mark. They've been especially effective against right-handed pitchers in that stretch, ranking fifth-best in wRC+ in that split.

Tyler O'Neill ($3,300) is projected for a team-high 14.3 FanDuel points in this one and has +350 odds to hit a home run, trailing only Rafael Devers ($3,700) and his +300 odds for the shortest in the game. The two sluggers are tied for the team lead with 15 dingers apiece, though Devers' .617 SLG against right-handers ranks fifth-best in baseball and gives him an edge over O'Neill to hit another homer tonight.

Jarren Duran ($3,900) has been having a strong year altogether but is on fire right now. He's leading the American League in doubles (23) and all of baseball in triples (10), and he's slugging .750 over the last week. His .925 OPS across the last 30 days ranks 25th in the Majors, and his 9 stolen bases in that stretch trails only teammate David Hamilton's 16. Hamilton has a low $2,800 salary on today's slate and could be a value, as well, considering his 134 wRC+ against right-handers on the year ranks fifth-best on the team.

Speaking of hot hitters, Enmanuel Valdez ($2,900) has been crushing it since coming up in late May. He could be crunched for playing time as the team gets healthier, so you'll want to make sure he gets the nod today before adding him to your lineups, but he's batting .302 with 4 home runs and a 180 wRC+ over the last month.

Last but certainly not least, Wilyer Abreu ($3,100) is back from the injured list and is projected for 10.8 FanDuel points. Only Yankees pitcher Luis Gil (-120) has shorter odds to win AL Rookie of the Year than Abreu does (+420), and after Gil's recent meltdown against the Baltimore Orioles, Abreu could start gaining ground on him in that race.

Kansas City Royals

Implied Total: 5.72 | Opposing Pitcher: Yonny Chirinos

The Kansas City Royals have been in a rut recently. Despite a strong start to the year, their offense has seemed to peter out lately. According to wRC+, they've been the 25th-most effective offense in baseball over the last month. In other words, their matchup with a Miami Marlins team allowing the third-most runs per game couldn't have come at a better time.

The Royals should have a nice chance to course-correct against righty Yonny Chirinos tonight. Chirinos had an okay first start of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals, posting a 3.60 ERA but allowing 8 hits across 5 innings of work. The 30-year-old's overall MLB resume leaves a bit to be desired, including a below-average 19.2% strikeout rate and a 3.5% home run rate allowed.

Any Royals stack needs to start with Bobby Witt Jr. ($4,300), who is projected for 16.2 FanDuel points -- the third-most on the slate and the most among on the slate if we exclude the Dodgers. He's already up to 100 hits on the year while batting .312 and has the fourth-shortest odds to win the AL MVP at +700.

Vinnie Pasquantino ($2,900) has been slumping recently but is projected for 13.2 FanDuel points in tonight's fantasy-friendly environment. He walks (29) almost as often as he strikes out (33) against right-handed pitchers and has clubbed 7 of his 8 home runs versus righties this year.

If we're looking for home runs in this Royals lineup, Salvador Perez ($3,000) is the most likely candidate to do so tonight with +330 odds to hit one on FanDuel Sportsbook. He's tied with Witt Jr. at 12 apiece to lead the team on the year despite making 40 fewer plate appearances.

Before suffering a back injury, Michael Massey ($3,000) looked like he was on the cusp of a breakout. His .822 OPS trails only Witt Jr.'s .894 mark on the year for the Royals, as does his .519 SLG. He's back in the lineup now after missing around a month with his injury and could pick up where he left off. The Royals had him batting fifth in his return, putting him in a great position to pick up RBI behind the team's top hitters.

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