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4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 9/13/17

The Boston Red Sox have an intriguing matchup against Jharel Cotton, but does that make them the top stacking option for Wednesday's MLB DFS contests?

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.

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox offense has scuffled a bit as of late -- over the last 14 days, they rank 21st in team wOBA (.319) -- but facing rookie Jharel Cotton of the Oakland Athletics might be the cure for all that ails them.

In 119 innings pitched, Cotton has struggled to the tune of a 5.11 SIERA, 31.4% hard-hit rate, and 46.3% fly-ball rate. That inflated fly-ball rate is a big reason the right-hander has allowed 2.04 homers per nine innings pitched, and his 9.5% walk rate certainly isn't helping that SIERA.

The generous Cotton has allowed plenty of hard contact to both sides of the plate -- with the platoon advantage, lefties have recorded a .487 slugging percentage, 29.9% hard-hit rate, and 50.0% fly-ball rate, and righties have been equally adept with a .519 slugging percentage, 32.6% hard-hit rate, and 43.5% fly-ball rate.

With Eduardo Nunez likely to miss about a week with a sprained knee, Andrew Benintendi ($4,000) is pricey, but makes for a strong option.

In 466 plate appearances, the youngster has posted a 114 wRC+, a 36.5% hard-hit rate, and 41.6% fly-ball rate.

Another bat to consider is Mitch Moreland ($3,000), who sports a strong 38.8% hard-hit rate and 38.2% fly-ball rate with the platoon advantage. A final salary-saving option is Chris Young ($2,200). Normally viewed as a lefty-masher, Young is actually second on the team in wRC+ (115) against righties. If he is in the lineup, pivot down and reap the benefits.

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