3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/17/17
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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates get a shot at fading veteran Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, and that makes them a pretty sneaky stacking option on today's slate.
Over 118 1/3 innings pitched, Waino's recorded an 18.4% strikeout rate (on pace to be his worst season-long mark since 2008), an elevated walk rate of 8.3% (on pace to be a career worst), and a 4.56 SIERA.
Particularly disturbing in Wainwright's last start was a dip in fastball velocity -- his heater sat at 82-84 mph, and it could have been thanks to arm discomfort. He will take the hill tonight, but we can't ignore his results so far in August, where he has whiffed only 2.8% of hitters and walked 22.2% through 8 innings of work.
Lefties have been giving the Cardinals hurler more trouble this year (.344 wOBA allowed) than righties (.323 wOBA allowed), but given these recent developments, all batters are in play. Andrew McCutchen is the starting point for this stack at $3,500, and has been on a mission since June 1st, rocking a 1.045 OPS, 36.9% hard-hit rate, and 36.4% fly-ball rate.
For some lefty exposure, check out Adam Frazier. With Gregory Polanco recently hitting the disabled list, Frazier is sure to be in the lineup. He's only $2,800 and has posted a respectable 30.7% hard-hit rate against right-handed pitching.
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