4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/16/17
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 time. As always, today's game at Coors Field will not be included in these recommendations. You likely already know bats there are in a great spot and don't need us to tell you. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
San Diego Padres starter Miguel Diaz, a Rule 5 pick this past offseason, has struggled a bit primarily as a reliever this year. He's fired 26 innings and notched a 5.39 SIERA, but will make his second start of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers. That ghastly SIERA is built primarily on a 31.7% hard-hit rate and a 39.0% fly-ball rate, making him a juicy option to stack against.
In his first turn as a starter, Diaz only pitched two innings and turned it over to a bullpen that ranks fifth worst in ERA (4.90) and ninth worst in FIP (4.44). There's a lot of reasons to like the Brewers tonight in their home park, which ranks fourth best in ESPN's park factor this season.
When focusing on which hitters to target against Diaz, left-handers have been a particular issue for him -- he's surrendered a .442 wOBA against them, while it's just a .285 mark against righties. Eric Thames, who's rocked two homers over his last five games and is still relatively affordable at $3,300, is a must play.
Eric Sogard, who's flipped positional eligibility from shortstop to second base as of today on FanDuel, has posted a .443 wOBA and is also only $3,300. And despite Diaz's strength against right-handed bats, there's two cheap options that need to garner a look, as well.
Keon Broxton has the ability to post some big scores in a hurry, and like Thames, he's been hot with the long ball lately. The young outfielder has popped three over the last five games.
And at catcher, Manny Pina seems to have gained the edge against right-handed pitchers over Jett Bandy. Over 91 plate appearances against righties, Pina's posted a 99 wRC+ and a healthy .157 ISO while costing only $2,300, both of which are superior to Bandy's marks (57 and .140, respectively).
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