4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 7/14/17
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. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Before an injury cramped his style just three starts into the season, James Shields was looking much better back in April. He allowed just one earned run in each outing, and he had at least five strikeouts in each, as well. Since returning from the injury, though, those strides have dried up, and he's back to being an obvious stacking target.
In four starts since rejoining the team on June 18th, Shields has gotten rocked to the tune of 17 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. His SIERA is 5.57 with a 14.9% strikeout rate and 9.6% walk rate. To make it all worse, he has returned to last year's batted-ball ways, allowing a 38.2% hard-hit rate and 47.1% fly-ball rate. When you're facing an offense as good as the Seattle Mariners', hope for Shields to turn things back around is fleeting.
Kyle Seager clubs a solo home run down the right-field line to give the Mariners a 10-0 lead in the top of the 9th inning!!! pic.twitter.com/hqAW3hL1b3
â€” TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) July 1, 2017
This isn't to say that Seager's disappointing slash of .248/.320/.404 is all bad luck. His hard-hit rate on fly balls is 36.7%, which is a hair below league average, partially explaining the struggles. But overall, his hard-hit rate against righties is still 39.0% with a 48.0% fly-ball rate, and his park and matchup are both sweet. We should be plugging him in despite the concerns as part of a Mariners stack.
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