4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 7/2/18
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.
Stacking against James Shields has proven to be disappointing lately, but don't let recency bias scare you away. This is still a guy with some very poor numbers, including a 5.04 SIERA, 16.2% strikeout rate, and 9.1% walk rate. He's also unlikely to hold that tiny 8.7% home-run-to-fly-ball rate all year, after surpassing 17.0% in each of the last three seasons. The Cincinnati Reds have an enticing 5.49 implied team total.
Joey Votto ($4,300) may not be hitting as many dingers in 2018, but we certainly can't complain about his .437 expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA). Of course, there's no shortage of power from Eugenio Suarez ($3,900), who is putting up a 50.5% hard-hit rate and .258 isolated power (ISO).
Scooter Gennett ($3,700) continues to show solid batted-ball marks with a 39.8% hard-hit rate and 36.4% fly-ball rate. Scott Schebler ($3,600) hits too many ground balls (50.0%) but has added value when he bats leadoff, and he is posting a 42.3% hard-hit rate and .372 xwOBA.
Value-wise, Tucker Barnhart ($3,100) isn't as cheap as he used to be, but he remains an affordable number-two bat on most nights. Jesse Winker ($3,000) is starting to show more pop, putting up a 48.4% hard-hit rate and .205 ISO in June. Jose Peraza ($3,200) is also coming off a strong June (39.1% hard-hit rate) and is beginning to get more starts high in the order.
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