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4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/11/17

The Baltimore Orioles' top bats are affordable as they enter today's matchup with A.J. Cole, pushing them near the top of our wish lists. Which other offenses should we be looking to stack Thursday?

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 include today's game at Coors Field here. You likely already know you want to get bats at the offensive haven, and you don't need us to tell you that. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.

Baltimore Orioles

You're going to have to keep up with the weather here as it may be a bit slippery out in Washington for tonight's game. If things hold out, the Baltimore Orioles are in a great spot to pour on the runs against A.J. Cole.

When Cole made his eight starts in the majors last year, he was able to get a respectable number of strikeouts with a 23.2% rate. Things -- for whatever reason -- seem a bit different in 2017. Over four starts in Triple-A, his strikeout rate is just 16.3% with a 7.3% swinging-strike rate, and his swinging-strike rate was just 5.5% in the one big-league start he made. This has all happened while his walk rate has shot well above double digits at both levels. It's a bit too early to sound all of the alarms, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Washington Nationals were a wee bit nervous about the early results.

If there's one perk of stacking this Orioles team, it's how cost-effective their top bats are. Here's how things shake out for the top of their projected batting order, showing their batted-ball stats against righties this year along with their positions and pricing on FanDuel.

Versus RHP Hard-Hit Rate Fly-Ball Rate Position Price
Seth Smith 36.0% 34.0% OF $3,100
Adam Jones 31.6% 37.8% OF $3,200
Manny Machado 38.8% 44.8% 3B $3,800
Chris Davis 36.6% 39.0% 1B $3,300
Mark Trumbo 26.8% 39.4% OF $3,500
Jonathan Schoop 37.7% 36.1% 2B $3,500

Even the guy who has struggled most -- Mark Trumbo -- has started to pick things up with a 50.0% hard-hit rate over the past week. Nobody here is a bargain, but none of them will force you to break the bank. Try to fit in Manny Machado if you can, but beyond that, you've got freedom to mold this puppy however you want to accommodate the rest of your rosters.

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