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4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/1/17

The Houston Astros get a great matchup against Andrew Cashner Monday. Is there enough value in their lineup to invest on a slate where we want to pay for pitching?

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. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.

Houston Astros

If you've ever needed evidence that ERA is a fluky stat in small samples, look no further than Andrew Cashner. His ERA in his first three starts is great at 2.93. Champagne and party hats all around!

His SIERA is 6.97, almost a full run higher than anyone else on Monday's slate. Slurp that drool back into your mouth before reading on.

There's not just one reason for Cashner's struggles. His walk rate is abysmal at 19.4%, but his strikeout rate is also a lowly 11.9%. He's allowing a 34.8% hard-hit rate to the batters he doesn't walk, and that means his ERA finna burst soon. With the Houston Astros now sitting third in wRC+ against righties at 123, they're equipped to bring that regression with just a few swings of the bat.

It's not a surprise that George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa are all at $3,300 or higher, making them a bit tougher to afford on a slate featuring Clayton Kershaw. But there are at least two value-esque sticks available in Josh Reddick and Yulieski Gurriel who are striking the ball well this year against righties.

Against RHP in 2017 Hard-Hit Rate Fly-Ball Rate Position FanDuel Price
Josh Reddick 30.8% 36.5% OF $3,000
Yulieski Gurriel 40.8% 31.3% 3B $2,600

Gurriel has been hitting sixth of late, which is totally acceptable for DFS, and Reddick seems to have locked down his spot in the two hole. Ideally, they'll allow you to afford a guy like Correa, as well, but if not, they'll at least be key sticks in helping you pay up for Kershaw.

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