4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/11/18
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. As always, we will not include today's game at Coors Field in these recommendations. You already know that you want bats at Coors when you can afford them, and you don't need us to tell you. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers make for one of the most enticing stacks of the day because they're one of the few that shouldn't be too hard to fit in with one of tonight's pricey aces like Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander.
Matt Harvey is making his first start as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, and it's difficult to see him making a strong first impression. Harvey owns a 4.64 SIERA and 16.3% strikeout rate this year, while allowing a 43.0% hard-hit rate. Really, he hasn't been any good since 2015, and since that time, lefty bats have demolished him for a whopping .399 wOBA. At just 29 years old, maybe Harvey can turn this thing around at some point, but there's nothing to indicate that begins tonight.
Obviously, we should take a look at the left-handed bats first with Joc Pederson ($2,400), Yasmani Grandal ($3,100), and Cody Bellinger ($3,400) comprising an affordable trio. Pederson started out of the two-hole on Thursday, making him an excellent value if he's in there again. The power hasn't shown up yet, but he's otherwise been solid, and owns a career .356 wOBA and .227 isolated power (ISO) against right-handed pitching. Likewise, Bellinger is experiencing a bit of a power outage, but has posted a 38.3% hard-hit rate this season, and has posted a .378 wOBA and .295 ISO versus righties since the start of last season.
Chase Utley ($2,300) isn't the hitter he used to be, but he's another lefty bat to throw in the mix, and is a cheap way to fill out the shallow second base position.
Harvey is a little better against righties -- inducing a high ground-ball rate -- but given his low strikeout rate, we shouldn't be afraid to attack from this side as well. Chris Taylor ($3,700) is priced up, but has high-scoring potential out of the leadoff spot, and Matt Kemp ($3,400) deserves a look as he continues to surprise with a resurgent 2018 campaign.
Yasiel Puig ($2,700) has disappointed, but he is a cheap way to finish out a stack. He produced a .377 wOBA and .266 ISO versus righties last year.
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