4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/14/18
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.
Mike Fiers has seen his velocity drop off this year, and not surprisingly, his strikeout rate has gone right down the drain with it (15.2%). Frankly, it wasn't like Fiers was blowing guys away to begin with, as he's allowed a .340 wOBA to lefties and .353 wOBA to righties dating back to the beginning of 2016. The Cleveland Indians have a 5.03 implied team total, and we can happily use bats from both sides of the plate.
The top four batters are all in play, led by Francisco Lindor ($4,700) and Jose Ramirez ($4,200), who are pricey but who occupy shallow positions and own excellent numbers against righties since the start of last season. Michael Brantley ($3,700) has shown improved pop this year with a .233 isolated power (ISO) and appears entrenched as the new number-two hitter. Edwin Encarnacion ($3,600) won't have the platoon advantage but did just fine against righties last season with a .376 wOBA and .262 ISO.
Of course, affording all four will be difficult, so you'll likely need some cheaper options if you're going for a full stack. Yonder Alonso ($2,800) is the best deal of the bunch, showing last year's power spike wasn't a fluke with a .231 ISO off a 39.0% hard-hit rate and 43.0% fly-ball rate. His overall numbers may be down, but a .220 BABIP is largely to blame for that.
Jason Kipnis ($2,700) continues to struggle, resulting in a drop to the six-hole. He's a secondary option at best but still owns a respectable 36.5% hard-hit rate, and has been hindered by an unlucky .221 BABIP. Second base is often tough to fill, so you could do worse than take the discount here and hope he joins in on the fun if Cleveland piles up the runs.
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