How much stacking is too much stacking? I mean, the reward is obviously there, but so is the risk. It’s an approach I took with my season-long league this year, as my starting lineup had Ben Revere, Troy Tulowitzki, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista in each day for a categories league. It worked well enough to earn me a first-round bye, but it’s risky because if the Blue Jays had an off-series, I was screwed.
It’s the same approach with DFS. You want to stack hoping it hits, but if it doesn’t, you just wasted your money. Ballpark comes into play, and so does the pitcher. Today, I’m risking it, even if Turner Field isn’t great. Line me up some Blue Jays, good sir.
Straight to the cash, homie.
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Marco Estrada, SP: $7,900 — If I’m stacking Blue Jays, I’m obviously expecting them to put up big runs. Estrada will be the benefactor of them, as it’s a great matchup for him against the Braves in the pitcher-friendly Turner Field.
Yordano Ventura, SP: $9,500 — I still feel icky trusting Ventura, but he’s shown enough since he was demoted to the minor leagues for a day. He’s facing Corey Kluber, who was tempting to start, but it’s his first start back from an injury in a lost season for the Indians. The Blue Jays are on the heels of the Royals for the best record in the American League, so expect Ventura to come out firing.
J.T. Realmuto, C: $3,200 — He’s quietly been one of the hottest catchers in September, as he’s shown terrific power and has hit for a .368 average in the month. Ride the hot hand against Tanner Roark.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B: $4,600 — It was nice to see him back in the lineup and producing again after his finger injury popped back up. E5 is the first of my Blue Jays stack against Matt Wisler in Atlanta.
Cliff Pennington, 2B/SS: $2,000 — Nothing but a punt play here. He is getting the playing time with Tulo out. I’ll take the chance that he can get on base and at least get driven in.
Josh Donaldson, 3B: $6,000 — Your 2015 American League MVP isn’t going to be slowed down by Turner Field, where it’s notoriously hard to hit home runs for a right-handed hitter.
Ben Revere, OF: $4,100 — All of the hype around the Blue Jays at the trade deadline surrounded Tulo and David Price. Not that they aren’t deserving, but don’t forget about what Ben Revere has brought to the table. He’s been on fire since switching to the lead-off spot, and he’s actually stealing bases.
Jayson Werth, OF: $3,900 — Ryan Zimmerman was the Nationals best hitter besides Bryce Harper before he got hurt. No worries, as Jayson Werth has stepped up to the plate in a big way. It’s been mostly a lost season for Werth, but he’s been white hot over the past two weeks. Ride it today against Jarred Cosart.
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Doing Lines In Vegas
Houston and Texas leads the way at a projected nine-run over/under. With the way Prince Fielder has been swinging the bat, I wouldn’t argue against it.