4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/8/18
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 Yankees
As was expected after the offseason acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees' offense has been amongst the league's best, and this is without much contribution from Stanton himself. Unlike most Yankee teams that are stacked with left-handed hitters to take advantage of short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium, the 2018 version of the Yankees actually leans right-handed. With Greg Bird still recovering from injury, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius are the only Yankee regulars who bat from only the left-hand side of the plate.
This is key against Boston Red Sox southpaw Drew Pomeranz, who has been dazzling versus left-handed hitters throughout his career, holding them to a .273 wOBA thanks to a 26.8% strikeout rate. Right-handed hitters have found more success against Pomeranz, however, recording a .318 wOBA against him.
Moreover, Pomeranz has struggled mightily so far this season after starting on the disabled list. Overall, he is allowing a 37.2% fly-ball rate and 42.2% hard-hit rate, compared to just a 8.9% soft-hit rate. His swinging-strike rate is a mere 7.4%, a very low mark that belies his 21.5% strikeout rate. Expect Pomeranz's strikeout rate to regress, and the high fly-ball rate and hard-hit rate aren't ideal to bring to the table in one of the most conductive ballparks for offense.
The big three bats of Aaron Judge ($4,900), Giancarlo Stanton ($4,700) and Gary Sanchez ($4,100) are all in play here, although it will obviously be tough to fit in all of them. Of the three, Stanton has the most significant platoon splits in favor of left-handed pitching (173 career wRC+ against southpaws), and he may come at reduced ownership considering the elevated price tag and early season struggles.
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