4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/6/18
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 Dodgers
It's early in the 2018 season, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have really struggled out of the gate. So far, they rank second-worst in baseball in wRC+ (55), and it's a big reason they are only 2-5 this year. But an evening date with Derek Holland could be just what the Dodgers need to get their offense back on track, assuming weather allows the game to play. (NOTE: Tonight's Dodgers-Giants game has since been postponed.)
A year ago, Holland pitched 135 innings and recorded a 5.57 SIERA, showcasing poor marks across the board with a 12.0% walk rate, 38.4% hard-hit rate and 40.5% fly-ball rate. Both sides of the plate hit Holland hard, but righties popped him especially good; he allowed a .574 slugging percentage and 2.26 home runs per nine innings (HR/9).
Kike Hernandez ($2,600) bashed left-handed pitching in 2017 and should have a great chance to make his way into the lineup. Hernandez rocked a .309 isolated slugging percentage (ISO), 43.3% hard-hit rate, 36.7% fly-ball rate, and 13.6% walk rate.
Chris Taylor ($3,300) is off to a rough start to 2018 but was pretty adept with the platoon advantage last season, too. Taylor posted a 29.6% hard-hit rate and 37.8% fly-ball rate against southpaws.
If Austin Barnes ($2,300) is behind the dish, he's a great play to pivot down and save some cash. Barnes recorded a 40.5% hard-hit against lefties in 2017, including six of his eight long balls.
Finally, while he won't enjoy the platoon advantage, Corey Seager ($3,100) is a stud against same-sided arms. The younger Seager has struggled early on with 5 base hits in his first 26 at-bats in 2018, but he shined in this situation last year, recording a .201 ISO, 46.9% hard-hit rate, and 37.5% fly-ball rate.
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