4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/10/18
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.
Kansas City Royals
After forcing Dylan Bundy to leave the game without even recording an out, the Kansas City Royals' offense has everyone on high alert. Facing Chris Tillman on Thursday, the Royals have a top-five implied total on the day at 5.05.
We should be aggressively targeting Tillman because, frankly, he's pitching so poorly he may not be long for the majors. After recording a 5.76 SIERA last year, Tillman has taken it up a notch by walking more batters than he has struck out en route to a 6.03 SIERA. He gives up a fair number of fly balls at 34.4% (career fly-ball rate of 38.9%) and has been atrocious in managing contact in recent years. Last year, his hard-hit rate was 37.7%, and it is 42.3% this year.
The Royals also have the lowest strikeout rate (16.5%) and a top-five hard-hit rate (37.5%), so their outburst on Tuesday could be a sign of things to come. And since Tillman is pretty much equally bad against both right-handed and left-handed hitters, we have the flexibility to plug in almost any Royal into our DFS lineups.
Mike Moustakas ($4,100), Jorge Soler ($3,700), Whit Merrifield ($3,600), and Salvador Perez ($3,300) are all guys worth considering. Their hard-hit rates are 46.4%, 41.5%, 42.6%, and 47.1%, respectively, and only Soler has a strikeout rate of more than 20.0%. If you want cheap exposure to this lineup, go with Lucas Duda ($2,500), he has cut his strikeout rate from last year and has traditionally mashed right-handed pitching.
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