3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/28/18
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.
Los Angeles Angels
With Lance McCullers ($10,400) and Aaron Nola ($9,700) checking in as -- by far -- our best pitching options on a limited four-game slate, finding value will be at a premium in order to fit in McCullers or Nola along with tonight's stacks. Therefore, the Los Angeles Angels rank as one of our best options, bringing a nice blend of affordable pricing and upside against left-hander Brian Johnson.
We don't have a huge sample size for Johnson, who's making just his second 2018 start and has mostly pitched out of the bullpen this year. But the 27-year-old has a mundane career 4.34 SIERA and 19.3% strikeout rate over 67 1/3 innings, so it's hardly a shocker to see the Angels getting a 5.04 implied team total.
Mike Trout ($5,200) is a must despite the hefty price tag, boasting a .451 expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA) and .323 isolated power (ISO). Justin Upton ($3,900) comes in next if you can make it work, putting up a 43.9% hard-hit rate and 40.8% fly-ball rate against southpaws dating back to last season.
After that, things gets a lot cheaper, with leadoff man Ian Kinsler ($3,100) and cleanup hitter Albert Pujols ($3,000) filling out the top four in the lineup. Neither grizzled veteran has put up notable marks against lefties this year, but we shouldn't overlook them as affordable pieces with a park factor boost at Fenway Park.
David Fletcher ($2,200) and Martin Maldonado ($2,100) can also give us some salary relief lower in the order. Fletcher posted a .414 wOBA and .209 ISO in Triple-A prior to his call-up and qualifies at shortstop, while Maldonado has an encouraging 41.7% hard-hit rate versus lefties. Chris Young ($2,800) isn't quite the lefty-masher he used to be, but he is still showing some pop against them (.250 ISO).
Andrelton Simmons ($3,400) is more of a secondary piece at this price, but he's producing a solid .350 wOBA and 36.9% hard-hit rate.
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