4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/4/17
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. With the split slates, we'll be focusing exclusively on the main slate beginning at 7 pm Eastern. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Considering the Baltimore Orioles hadn't even announced their starter for the game until mid-morning Thursday, you can bet your bottom that the Boston Red Sox are going to come with high ownership tonight. They're still a great play, so let's not get this twisted. We'll touch on them in a second. However, the Orioles' offense is also in a good spot against Kyle Kendrick, and game theory may wind up making them the superior option in daily fantasy baseball.
Kendrick had some pretty interesting outings this spring for the Red Sox, but his time in Triple-A was far less inspiring. He finished his four starts with a 4.10 xFIP, according to FanGraphs, striking out just 18.4% of his opponents with a 35.0% ground-ball rate. That wasn't enough to get it done when he was facing Triple-A competition. Now, he enters one of the better hitter's parks in the league to face guys like Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis. That could get messy in a hurry.
In playing the main slate, you get a bit of luxury. You can't pay up for pitching even if you want to with the most expensive arm being $8,400 on FanDuel. That allows us to bask in the glow of Machado, who is about to go on a nasty run of destruction.
Manny Machado hits his 6th homer of the season and pulls the @Orioles one run closer in the top of the 7th. #MLBNShowcase pic.twitter.com/b7fBgHoyh6
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) May 3, 2017
Even though Machado's slash is modest at .214/.322/.449, he's striking out at a lower-than-average clip while holding a 47.9% hard-hit rate and 43.8% fly-ball rate against righties. Yowza. Lady luck can't malign him the entire year, and once things start to break in his favor, worlds can be torn apart. Stack him along with guys like Davis, Jones, and Seth Smith, and you'll be sitting pretty once the action starts.
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