4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/21/17
Stacking can be a controversial topic in many daily fantasy sports, but you can count baseball as a glaring exception. Here, it's universal.
Using multiple players on the same team on a given day presents you with the opportunity to double dip. If one of your players hits an RBI double, there's a good chance he drove in another one of your guys. When you get the points for both the run and the RBI, you'll be climbing the leaderboards fast.
Each day here on numberFire, we'll go through four offenses ripe for the stacking. They could have a great matchup, be in a great park, or just have a lot of quality sticks in the lineup, but these are the offenses primed for big days that you may want a piece of.
Premium members can use our new stacking feature to customize their stacks within their optimal lineups for the day, choosing the team you want to stack and how many players you want to include. You can also check out our hitting heat map, which provides an illustration of which offenses have the best combination of matchup and potency.
Now, let's get to the stacks. As always, we will not be discussing today's game at Coors Field here because you usually don't need to be told to stack Coors. However, today may be a bit different with two quality starting pitchers and temperatures better suited for low-scoring games. It's possible you may want to fade Coors as a whole. If so, here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Because it's Friday, let's start things off with a little blind resume, shall we? Here are some batted-ball and plate-discipline stats for two separate players. Can you guess who they are?
|Blind Resume||Hard-Hit Rate||Fly-Ball Rate||Strikeout Rate||Walk Rate|
Player B is awesome, drawing plenty of walks while making solid contact. But the batted-ball profile on Player A seems a bit more desirable, and it comes with a slightly lower strikeout rate
Sure, it's just 111 plate appearances for the Tigers, but this is also the team that led the league in both hard-hit rate and fly-ball rate last year. This team blasts lefties into the sun, and they're facing one today in Hector Santiago.
Santiago has gotten great results this year, posting a 1.47 ERA over his first three starts. His 10.5% swinging-strike rate also says that his 15.3% strikeout rate should be on the up-swing going forward. However, when you allow a 41.8% hard-hit rate and 44.4% fly-ball rate, you're flirting with disaster against a team like this. We should be willing to stack the Tigers even against mid-range lefties, and Santiago qualifies as such.
It should be obvious that a Tigers stack would include Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos -- the league leader in hard-hit rate -- and Ian Kinsler. But at catcher, you've got a choice on your hands between Victor Martinez and James McCann. While Martinez is rocking a 48.7% hard-hit rate for the season, McCann can do things like this against southpaws.
.@JamesMcCann34's second homer in as many games was [insert synonym for #Crushed here]. pic.twitter.com/FrKVuN1IBP
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 8, 2017
You can hurt 'em, but you ain't gotta kill 'em, man. McCann has the sixth-best hard-hit rate in the league against lefties over the last calendar year. At $2,300, he needs to be on your radar for tournaments no matter where he's hitting.
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