4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/2/18
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.
The Cleveland Indians could take top stacking honors today thanks to a fantastic matchup with Los Angeles Angels starter J.C. Ramirez. In 2017, the Angels' hurler fired 147 1/3 innings with a mediocre 8.8% swinging-strike rate, and when hitters weren't whiffing, they hit Ramirez hard. He allowed a 36.1% hard-hit rate.
In particular, lefties gave the Angels' starter a pile of trouble. Over 302 batters faced, opposite-handed bats rocked him for a .536 slugging percentage, and 16 of the 21 home runs he allowed were against to lefties.
An Indians stack has plenty of intriguing options, but the first one to focus on is the most expensive bat not named Francisco Lindor, and that belongs to the switch-hitting Jose Ramirez. Off to an 0-for-12 start in 2018, Ramirez may have a slightly depressed price point at $3,600 that we will want to take advantage of. Against righties last year, the All-Star crushed to the tune of a .272 ISO, 32.8% hard-hit rate and 41.7% fly-ball rate.
Alonso ripped right-handed pitching last season, recording a .235 ISO, 35.9% hard-hit rate and 42.3% fly-ball rate.
To pair with Alonso, another slugging lefty is Lonnie Chisenhall, who is priced down at only $2,300. While Chisenhall has been hitting towards the bottom of the order to start 2018, his .249 ISO against righties in 2017 ranked fourth on the team.
Finally, Jason Kipnis ($2,900) makes for an affordable option in the stack. Even though he had a rough campaign last year, Kipnis showed some positives against righties, recording a 32.6% hard-hit rate and 46.6% fly-ball rate.
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