4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/25/18
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.
At $11,400, Clayton Kershaw is the preferred pitching option, so you may want to spend down on hitters that can pop for a big night. Several Texas Rangers certainly fit the bill against right-hander Kendall Graveman.
It hasn't been a great campaign for Graveman, and that comes on the back of a rough 2017. Last season, Graveman threw 105 1/3 innings for a 4.74 SIERA, 15.8% strikeout rate, and 6.8% strikeout rate. Things have continued to go poorly over a smaller sample this year, as the righty has pitched 22 1/3 innings with a 15.1% strikeout rate and 6.9% swinging-strike rate, leading to an 0-4 record and a 10.07 ERA. Yuck.
Last season, Graveman particularly struggled with righty, who blasted him for a .486 slugging percentage and 39.2% hard-hit rate. With a hefty 5.00 implied team total -- the second-highest on the main slate -- it's time to fire up some Rangers.
Delino DeShields Jr. ($2,700) has returned from the disabled list, and is manning the top of the lineup from the left side. Last season, DeShields posted a solid 9.4% walk rate, which is helpful given his lack of pop over his career (.104 ISO). To make up for his lack of home run potential, Adrian Beltre ($3,700) is an absolute monster at home against right-handed pitching and hits high in the order. Plus, last season in this split, the vet popped to the tune of a 1.025 OPS, .224 ISO, and 41.4% hard-hit rate.
Going back to the left side, we have to think about Joey Gallo ($3,900), who could let go off against Graveman. Last year with the platoon advantage, Gallo rocked righties for a 46.7% hard-hit rate and 56.3% fly-ball rate.
Finally, peep Shin-Soo Choo, who should be at the top of the lineup for only $3,500. Choo pounded righties for a 40.4% hard-hit rate in 2017.
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