4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/15/18
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.
The Colorado Rockies may not be at home, but they may have the next best thing in a date with Yohander Mendez at Globe Life Park. Mendez could be ill-prepared for first MLB start, having posted a forgettable 6.17 FIP, 17.5% strikeout rate, and 10.1% walk rate over 10 Triple-A starts this season. Add in some hitter-friendly 90-degree weather, and the Rockies are basking in a 5.25 implied team total.
Nolan Arenado ($4,600) is the prized jewel of the bunch as his road splits versus lefties have netted him an absurd .513 wOBA and .357 isolated power (ISO) dating back to last season. Trevor Story ($4,300) is also always a good bet against a southpaw, and while his road platoon splits don't pop as much, a career 47.9% hard-hit rate, .356 wOBA and .228 ISO is nothing to sneeze at.
Charlie Blackmon ($4,300) isn't as enticing in the lefty-lefty spot, but don't rule him out in these ideal hitting conditions, which will come into play against the bullpen. Nine of Blackmon's 13 dingers have come in the road this season. DJ LeMahieu ($3,700) is a tad pricey, but he's putting up a hard-hit rate over 38% for the second straight season, and the leadoff man is always valuable in a stack.
On the cheaper end, Noel Cuevas ($2,000) is your best salary-slasher, and he should crack the lineup against the lefty. He's posted modest numbers over sporadic playing time, but he doesn't strike out much (14.6%) and showed some speed upside in the minors. Ryan McMahon ($2,100) won't have the platoon advantage, but he did hit a dinger last night, so maybe the top prospect will finally start tapping into the potential he's shown in the minors.
Ian Desmond ($3,400) hits way too many ground balls (63.3%) but carries a 40.7% hard-hit rate versus southpaws this year and a respectable career 107 wRC+ against them.
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