4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/15/18
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.
Jose Urena has managed just an 8.5% swinging-strike rate along with a 41.5% hard-hit rate against on the season. This combo of contact and hard-hit balls is makes the Atlanta Braves a fine stacking target against him tonight.
The Braves are the ninth-best team at avoiding strikeouts against right-handed pitching, as they do so at only a 20.5% clip. So, while they're not cheap, they are as safe as it gets in terms of a fantasy floor.
To start things off, the 20-year-old Ronald Acuna ($4,400) has eighth home runs in his past eight games, and he's now up to a 40.2% fly-ball rate and 44.1% hard-hit rate on the season. Ozzie Albies ($4,200) is another "Baby Brave", and he boasts a 16.5% strikeout rate, 40.1% fly-ball rate, and 36.6% hard-hit rate. Somehow, MVP candidate Freddie Freeman ($4,200) is not the most expensive hitter on his own team. Take advantage, as he has just an 18.1% strikeout rate, as well as monstrous power upside in the form of his 31.6% fly-ball rate and 42.6% hard-hit rate.
Nick Markakis ($3,800) earned his first All-Star berth of his career in 2018, and it is well deserved. He never strikes out (11.0%), but hits the ball hard 41.2% of the time. Johan Camargo ($3,200) has a 19.0% strikeout rate and 37.2% hard-hit rate. And one of Tyler Flowers ($2,800) or Kurt Suzuki ($2,700) should start at catcher for Atlanta and either would be in play. Flowers owns a 36.4% fly-ball rate and 48.8% hard-hit rate, while Suzuki has a 10.4% strikeout rate, 43.1% fly-ball rate, and 37.2% hard-hit rate on the year.
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