4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/22/18
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 usual, 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.
The Colorado Rockies have a ridiculous -- but deserved -- 6.56 implied team total against scuffling left-hander Wei-Yin Chen at Coors Field, so they will undoubtedly be the most popular stack on Friday's slate. It will be difficult to fade that kind of upside, but that doesn't mean we can't look to some other stacks at lower ownership in large-field tournaments.
The Cleveland Indians are one such non-Coors contender, boasting a 5.51 implied team total against an unimposing Mike Fiers. Fiers has put forth a modest 4.39 SIERA and 17.3% strikeout rate this year, and with the combination of a 39.6% ground-ball rate and 34.3% hard-hit rate, he'll often serve up his share of dingers.
Fiers doesn't have particularly pronounced splits, so we can attack him from both sides of the plate. Francisco Lindor ($5,000), Michael Brantley ($4,300), and Jose Ramirez ($5,200) lead the way as always, with all three showing an expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA) over .395. Edwin Encarnacion ($4,000) and Yonder Alonso ($3,500) don't trail far behind with marks of .374 and .373, respectively. It's a reminder of just how deadly this lineup can be.
Of course, these guys don't come cheap, and while pitching prices are lower tonight, we can still use some value to help round out a four-man stack. Lonnie Chisenhall ($2,600) was a late scratch on Wednesday, but he's the most obvious choice if he's back in there. Chisenhall is putting up a 40.4% hard-hit rate and .351 xwOBA across 66 plate appearances, and was effective against right-handers last year.
Additionally, Yan Gomes ($3,000) has demonstrated improved pop against righties, with a 40.5% hard-hit rate and .197 isolated power (ISO), so he deserves consideration as a secondary option. Jason Kipnis ($3,100) hasn't impressed this year, but he's showing signs of life, slugging two dingers in the last three games, and posting a 39.5% hard-hit rate this month.
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