4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/15/17
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.
As always, the Coors Field game will be ignored for stacking purposes.
Now, let's get to the stacks.
Los Angeles Dodgers
In his last start, Miguel Gonzalez of the Chicago White Sox went out and threw the heck out of the baseball against the Houston Astros, allowing just a single run over eight innings. Chances that happens again today? Slim to none.
This is a bad matchup for Gonzalez, who allows a ton of fly balls (41.2% fly-ball rate this year). If he had enough innings to qualify, that mark would place him in the top-20 of starters (17th, to be exact). While he was excellent in his last turn, that seemed to be more of an aberration to his season-long 5.53 SIERA.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, meanwhile, love getting some lift on the baseball -- they check in eighth as a team in fly-ball rate (36.7%).
With numbers that poor, one would assume Gonzalez struggles against both sides of the plate, and they'd be right. Lefties have fared slightly better with the platoon advantage, posting a 34.8% hard-hit rate and 42.0% fly-ball rate, but righties shouldn't be ignored, either. They've ripped Gonzalez to the tune of a 31.1% hard-hit rate and 40.5% fly-ball rate.
Nearly every combination of Dodgers makes sense, but it'll cost you a pretty penny -- Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger are all $3,800 or more. To save a bit, check out Joc Pederson and build from there. Against right-handed pitching in 2017, Pederson's ripped them for a .227 ISO and 112 wRC+, which is quite nice for just $2,600.
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