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MLB DFS: Spotlight Hitters and Stacks for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo!: June 19 (FREE)

Eric MacPherson



Chris Spags talks over the top pitchers on the July 31st MLB DFS Slate, as well as Bryce Harper and other top hitting options.

 Fantasy MLB DFS: Wednesday, June 19 has split slate action so we should have wall-to-wall MLB DFS at our fingertips on Yahoo, DraftKings, FanDuel, and FantasyDraft.

Fortunately there are several pitchers to target against and some excellent hitting environments, but before you lock in your baseball lineups, make sure to check out Awesemo’s MLB rankings and projections. Not a member? Sign up HERE and use Promo Code: MLBSTACKS for 50% off any one month subscription.

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Greetings Gamers! After back-to-back “rainouts” it looks like the Phillies and Nationals may be going with back-to-back doubleheaders, certainly for Wednesday and there is a decent chance unless they defer the other game to later in the season on Thursday again as well. Keep an eye on PHI at WAS (no, this isn’t a joke), TBR at NYY, DET at PIT and CHW at CHC.

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Early Slate

Oakland Athletics vs RHP Jimmy Yacabonis and LHP Josh Rogers – 5.7 implied runs

If you didn’t think rolling with teams against the Orioles could not possibly get any more delightful, think again my friends!  This afternoon we should see RHP Jimmy Yacabonis serve as the opener for a couple innings or however long 35ish pitches takes him and his 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP with only a dozen strikeouts in 20 innings.  Once he is banished to the clubhouse, it will be LHP Josh Rogers who has five appearances in The Show under his belt over the last two seasons going 19.2 innings with a 8.24 ERA, 1.729 WHIP, 2.3 HR/9 and 3.7 K/9.

Over five seasons down on the farm, he has tallied 436.0 innings with the most recent 194.2 coming at AAA combined between the Yankees and Orioles system with a 4.95 ERA, 1.418 WHIP, 1.6 HR/9 and 6.2 K/9… for the cherry on top, this year at AAA-Norfolk he has an 8.51 ERA through 11 starts.

Focus on the Athletics with pop with the order of preference considering price, position eligibility and projected production being Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Mark Canha, Stephen Piscotty, Chad Pinder, Matt Olson, Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley… yes, we can go nuts with the A’s today.

Nationals being the Nationals, this matchup with Fedde may not come to fruition in either game today (though with Max Scherzer breaking his nose yesterday during bunting drills, the evening slate pitcher has not been announced), another early slate option will be added shortly.

Philadelphia Phillies at RHP Erick Fedde – 5.4 implied runs

Sort of funny that the day after the Nationals play games with their rain outs, their best pitcher Max Scherzer breaks his nose during bunting drills…

As of this writing Tuesday night it is RHP Erick Fedde starting Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader between the Phillies and Nats. This is a favorable spot to target against Fedde with batters from either side of the plate as he allows far too many walks with a combined 9.8 BB% over his last 368 batters faced with a .210 ISO to lefties and a .170 ISO to righties and we know that the Phillies have both power and patience with numbers in the top third of the league against right-handed pitching for both walks and isolated power.

Bryce Harper is familiar with the batter’s eye in Nationals Park so he is of course a good place to start along with Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, Sean Kingery and Jay Bruce who is rumored to be near a return.

Main Slate

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at RHP Aaron Sanchez – 5.6 implied runs

Suddenly the Angels have a very formidable lineup with bench strength now that Shohei Ohtani has rounded into form and Justin Upton has returned after a two-month and change absence as the result of a sprained toe. Additionally, we do not have to worry about weather in the Rogers Centre and I do not mind joining The Masses in flocking to the Halos hitters.

If you are looking to be contrarian, well at least a little, then the first place to start would be not using all three of your outfield slots on Angels. RHP Aaron Sanchez has a reputation as a groundball pitcher, but that figure has been trending down and while 49.4 GB% since the beginning of last season is good, it is not in the elite range and with his 12.4 BB% and 5.23 xFIP in that same timeframe across 815 total batters, there is a lot of potential fantasy goodness lurking for Los Angeles.

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are of course the desired top options, followed by Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun (see how hard it is going to be to avoid filling our outfield), Albert Pujols or Justin Bour are both solid additions to a stack depending on which one is in the lineup and we can round things out with Tommy La Stella, Jonathan Lucroy and the middle-infielder du jour.

Evening Slate

Cleveland Indians against LHP Joe Palumbo – 5.4 implied runs

It sounds like LHP Joe Palumbo will be recalled from AA Frisco for another start with the Rangers. His debut on June 8th against the Athletics was mediocre at best as he allowed three doubles and a home run along with four earned runs, four strikeouts and no walks going 66 pitches over 4.0 innings. He made one appearance while back with Frisco, though he only went 48 pitches last Friday allowing two hits, one walk with four strikeouts across 3.0 innings.

Through his ten starts in AA during April and May, he averaged between 86-91 pitches thrown, but it remains to be seen if Texas has any intentions of letting him top 65-70 pitches. Palumbo doesn’t have a lot of seasoning — most of his 330.0 innings came during rookie and Single-A action, prior to last season’s promotion to AA-Frisco.

Look to the switch-hitting trio of Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez for the foundation of a stack with Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers as differentiation plays along with a pricy Oscar Mercado and Jordan Luplow.

As always, you can reach out to me in Premium Slack or on Twitter @EMacDFS if you have any questions.

Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac

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Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing