4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 7/18/17
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. As always, today's game at Coors Field will not be in these recommendations. You likely already know that Coors is a hitter's paradise, so we don't need to spend the time telling you to plug them in. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
New York Yankees
Your thoughts on the New York Yankees hinge on just two factors today: the weather and your process as it pertains to ownership in tournaments. The weather's a big one with rain projected through the early evening in Minnesota, potentially throwing the game's ability to play into doubt. If they play, the Yankees are going to be swimming in ownership, but it's for good reason with Bartolo Colon making his Minnesota Twins debut.
Let's first take a look at why the Yankees will be popular today before discussing how we should handle them at projected high ownership levels. Colon was trashy in his time with the Atlanta Braves, stumbling to a 5.03 SIERA and 8.14 ERA before his release. That was while largely facing teams that didn't have a designated hitter. Not only does that edge vanish in the American League, but he'll be tossed into the fire against the league's second-ranked team in wRC+ against righties. Sub-optimal. These forces align so well that -- even on a 15-game slate -- the Yankees are going to have crippling ownership if the weather permits.
So, what do we do with them? The answer there is dependent on the game type and your personal process. In cash games, you should be locking these bad boys in without a second thought (again, as long as the forecast allows). In tournaments, though, you have to make a choice. Do you want to just load them in and swallow the chalk, or would you rather pivot and look elsewhere? Due to the high-variance nature of MLB DFS where there's no such thing as a "can't-miss" stack, it's likely best to look elsewhere. But if you decide it's a burden you can accept, then there's no other reason to dislike this offense.
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