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4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 7/26/17

The Chicago Cubs figure to be a popular option Wednesday for MLB DFS, but it's for good reason as they square off with James Shields. Which other offenses should we target?

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. 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.

Chicago Cubs

Normally, we preach here about avoiding the chalkiest of chalk teams in daily fantasy baseball tournaments because the high-variance nature of the sport makes it wise to do so. We're going to be tested in that creed today. The Chicago Cubs are facing James Shields, and the dong potential is astronomical. These decisions are not going to be fun.

Shields' struggles since coming off the disabled list will make your head spin. In six starts, he has tossed 30 total innings, in which he has tallied 18 strikeouts and 15 walks while allowing 27 earned runs. That ratio is the hottest of smelly garbage that you can imagine. His SIERA is 5.90, and batters are clanging him for a 36.9% hard-hit rate and 42.3% fly-ball rate. The Cubs may not be the same offense they were last year, but pretty much any band of dudes with a pulse could be respectable in this situation. It means they're a must-stack team in cash games, but if you want them in tournaments, the masses will be flooding their rosters with these batters.

The biggest benefactor of everything working in the Cubs' favor tonight is Kyle Schwarber. But it has nothing to do with Shields. Instead, Schwarber gets a bump with the game being in an American League park, meaning he can act as the designated hitter and not worry about leaving for a defensive replacement. That gives him more time to launch these spicy taters.

Schwarber's just $2,700 on FanDuel, meaning he's going to be one of the more popular options on the slate. It's for a good reason, but it'll be true regardless. If you want to pivot, Ian Happ could be your outlet for just $100 more as he'll likely be a bit lower owned than where Schwarber figures to be.

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