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4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/16/18

The Toronto Blue Jays get an excellent matchup against Glenn Sparkman as he makes his first start in the big leagues. Which other offenses should you be targeting on Thursday's main slate?

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.

Toronto Blue Jays

Glenn Sparkman has managed just a 14.9% strikeout rate and 4.58 ERA in Triple-A this season. While he's pitched 17 innings in the majors as a reliever (to a mediocre 4.50 SIERA), this Thursday start will be his first at the big league level. I can't plug in members of the Toronto Blue Jays into my DFS lineups fast enough.

It also helps that the Blue Jays rank eighth in wOBA against right-handed pitching with a .323 mark.

With Josh Donaldson still on the mend, the centerpiece of the Toronto offense continues to be Justin Smoak ($3,600). Smoak has been bashing baseballs this year, as he sports a 42.7% fly-ball rate and 32.9% hard-hit rate.

Teoscar Hernandez ($3,300) ranks fifth in all of baseball in barrels per plate appearance, a metric that indicates power upside. He provides some nice value in the outfield. Fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson ($3,000) is 37 years old, but he can still turn on one against a right-handed pitcher. He has a 38.2% fly-ball rate and 38.0% hard-hit rate against righties in 2018.

Randal Grichuk ($2,900) has a 43.1% fly-ball rate and 33.5% hard-hit rate, as he's always got the ability to hit one out of the park. Aledmys Diaz ($2,900) brings a bit of everything, with a 12.3% strikeout rate, 40.1% fly-ball rate, and 32.4% hard-hit rate. Kendrys Morales ($2,600) boasts impressive power upside at a cheap price, producing a 35.9% fly-ball rate to go with his 42.4% hard-hit rate.

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