The Wednesday night MLB DFS slate is one that is loaded with one ace and a really nice second level of pitching options. Gerrit Cole is the clear ace on the slate today, but guys like Mike Clevinger, Domingo German, and Chris Paddack are great second-tier options with elite upside in their matchups tonight.

Pitchers

Gerrit Cole is the best raw pitcher on the slate, but I think that the price tag and matchup leaves me running away from Cole tonight. The Angel’s are a really pesky lineup that provides a lot of challenges to opposing pitchers. With a lot of balls leaving the yard this year, I really look to avoid contact teams when rostering someone with a price tag of Cole.

The main reason that I want to ditch Cole on this slate is the second level that possesses very similar upside with multiple pitchers. It is really hard to just ignore an elite pitcher, but these options with similar upside make it easy to think that I can match Cole’s upside with a cheaper arm because of the matchups.

Mike Clevinger is likely going to be the highest owned option in this tier because of his elite strikeout rate combined with the matchup against Detroit. I understand why, but I think that I will likely play more of the other options due to ownership, but I love Clevinger from a raw projection standpoint.

Domingo German has elite stuff, but has lacked control and command throughout his young career. This year, he has really hit his stride and been impressive for most of the season.

He gets a solid offense in Tampa, but the lower ownership paired with elite stuff makes German a great option on a loaded slate. I expect him to be rather overlooked here.

Chris Paddack has flashed early and often in his major league career and now he is in an elite park and an elite matchup against Miami. Paddack is an elite pitcher and I think he will be another cornerstone of my lineups tonight.

Robbie Ray gets the toughest matchup tonight in Texas, but the Rangers do provide a lot of upside as well. Ray is an interesting option if he is low owned on this slate due to his strikeout upside. If Ray is owned a lot, I usually stay away due to his high walk rate.

There are not a ton of great options down the list of pitchers tonight, but I do like Erick Fedde against Baltimore. The Orioles offense is putrid and Fedde was a good prospect just a few years ago. I think the lack of pop in the Baltimore bats combined with Fedde’s relative talent could be a recipe for success tonight.

Stacks

The chalkiest stack on the slate tonight will probably be the Red Sox with a high 6 total against Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez does have some talent in his game, but he has been so bad that I have no issue in targeting him tonight. I like the Red Sox as a full stack against Sanchez tonight.

If you are looking for a small, high-upside stack tonight, I like the Yankees against the Rays and Yonni Chirinos. Chirinos is a good pitcher, but this Yankee lineup in Yankee Stadium is capable of going yard at any time. I am very interested in using a lot of 3-man Yankee stacks in an attempt to catch 2-3 homeruns from them tonight.

I like the Rangers as a low owned stack simply because of their power combined with Robbie Ray’s walk issues. When Ray doesn’t have it, things can get out of hand in a hurry. This isn’t super likely, but it would pay off a lot if this does happen.