4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 3/30/18
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.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels make for a solid stack on today's slate, and a big part of that is due to their matchup with lefty Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics. In 158 2/3 innings pitched in 2017, Manaea posted a 4.51 SIERA, an 8.0% walk rate, a 33.3% hard-hit rate and 35.3% fly-ball rate. In particular, Manaea struggled with right-handed batters, who posted a .347 wOBA and an inflated 36.9% hard-hit rate against him.
That makes for some bad news for the young southpaw as the Angels have plenty of righty bats they can roll out. As always, Mike Trout ($4,800) makes for a superb play with his .907 OPS and 21.7% walk rate against lefties last season, but that's a pretty expensive option. For a cheaper option, consider Justin Upton ($3,600), who posted fantastic splits with the platoon advantage last year with a .384 ISO, 11.2% walk rate, 43.8% hard-hit rate and 42.7% fly-ball rate in this situation. The bonus is that he's $1,200 cheaper than Trout.
Another great righty option is Zack Cozart ($3,000), who's manning the hot corner for the Angels in 2018. Cozart is fresh off an All-Star campaign in which he rocked a .296 ISO and a 12.2% walk rate against left-handed pitching. Couple that with a 36.1% hard-hit rate, and he's a solid play.
Albert Pujols ($2,500) seems to be entering the twilight stages of his career, and 2017 certainly wasn't one of his better years. He hit just 23 home runs, which is the lowest mark for Pujols over any full season of work. But, as he has shown throughout his career, Pujols bashes left-handed pitching to the tune of a .978 OPS, and he is still plenty capable of moon shots like this:
Despite last year's tough campaign, Pujols recorded a 33.9% hard-hit rate and 37.4% fly-ball rate with the platoon advantage. Save some coin at the catcher/first base spot and take a peek at Pujols.
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