4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/7/18
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.
New York Mets
Homer Bailey is the gift that keeps on giving to the DFS community, sputtering to a 5.19 SIERA and 13.1% strikeout rate this season, while allowing a 42.1% hard-hit rate. He wasn't any better over 18 starts in 2017, when he was punished for a .375 wOBA by opposing batters. Toss in tonight's hitter-friendly venue at Great American Ball Park, and we have the recipe for stacking success in the New York Mets.
Another positive is many of the Mets' left-handed bats are cheap, making it that much easier to stack four-deep. This includes Michael Conforto ($3,100), Jay Bruce ($3,100), Brandon Nimmo ($2,700), and Adrian Gonzalez ($2,500).
Conforto might be the most intriguing option given his precipitous price drop. There's no question that Conforto is scuffling at the dish, but it wasn't too long ago that he was priced above $4,000, so we're getting a massive discount on a guy who smashed righties with a .420 wOBA and .292 isolated power (ISO) last season. His power outage could stem from last September's shoulder surgery, but the potential upside is worth the risk at this salary.
As for the other three, Bruce's bat has also been quiet, but he also represents a strong value for a guy who's posted a .365 wOBA and .278 ISO against right-handed pitching the past two seasons. Nimmo hit leadoff on Friday and Saturday, so he will be a popular punt if finds himself up there again tonight. Although Gonzalez isn't the most exciting piece, he does have a 43.8% hard-hit rate and .368 expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA), which we can work with to round out a stack on the cheap.
On the pricier side, Asdrubal Cabrera ($4,000) has been fantastic with a .407 wOBA, along with a boost in average exit velocity. He's a particularly strong play filling the typically shallow second base slot. We know Todd Frazier ($3,600) is always a threat for a dinger, as is Yoenis Cespedes ($4,000) if he cracks the lineup after dealing with a sore quad on Sunday.
The Mets will likely be a popular choice on a limited hitting slate, but the wide range of price points should help you find ways to get creative in your lineup building.
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