4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/8/18
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.
We may not have Globe Life Park and Coors Field on tonight's main slate, but that doesn't mean we have any shortage of potential stacking options. The Chicago Cubs get an enticing matchup against Heath Fillmyer, who may have a reasonable 3.86 ERA, but has little to back it up. Over 30 1/3 innings, he's posted a respectable 53.7% ground-ball rate, but otherwise has a cringeworthy 5.14 SIERA, 14.0% strikeout rate, and 11.6% walk rate. Furthermore, he's only put up a 5.75 ERA over 13 Triple-A starts and has never shown a particularly high ground-ball rate in the minors.
Anthony Rizzo ($4,200), Javier Baez ($4,600), and Kyle Schwarber ($3,800) are top options as always, although their salaries will likely restrict you from using all three in the same lineup. Following a sluggish start to the year, Rizzo has a robust .395 wOBA, .251 isolated power (ISO), and 9.1% strikeout rate against righties since the start of May. Baez is sporting a fantastic .288 ISO this season, while Schwarber is maintaining a 42.9% hard-hit rate and 40.0% fly-all rate when he has the platoon advantage.
Jason Heyward ($3,300), Ian Happ ($2,900), and Willson Contreras ($3,200) grant you some more affordable options, with Happ standing out for his 43.6% hard-hit rate and 38.5% fly-ball rate against right-handers.
Ben Zobrist ($3,800) is dealing with a minor hip issue and is way overpriced, but still deserves consideration at likely lower ownership. Zobrist is producing a 37.0% hard-hit rate and .373 wOBA versus righties this season.
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