3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/27/18
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 three 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
David Hess has pitched just 72 innings in his big league career, with all of those innings coming in 2018. It's been rough, as he's allowed a 47.2% fly-ball rate while striking out just 14.9% of the batters he has faced. With a 5.34 SIERA, he is a prime pitcher to stack against.
The Toronto Blue Jays certainly aren't the offense they were in their 2015 heyday. Still, they rank 7th in wRC+ (104) and 11th in fly-ball rate (37.1%) against right-handed pitching this year, so they are plenty good enough to stack.
Kendrys Morales ($4,100) has homered in seven straight games as he continues to crush baseballs. No wonder too, as he strikes out just 19.6% of the time, while boasting a 37.0% fly-ball rate and 42.5% hard-hit rate.
Justin Smoak ($3,200) is one of the most dangerous switch-hitters in baseball. He's got a 42.8% fly-ball rate and 33.0% hard-hit rate on the year. Curtis Granderson ($3,500) is seeing less playing time, but has been excellent against right-handed pitching his entire career. Things haven't changed here in 2018, as he's got a 116 wRC+ in that split, including a 38.3% fly-ball rate and 38.1% hard-hit rate. Billy McKinney ($2,800) drew leadoff duties over the weekend, and has produced an encouraging 52.6% hard-hit rate over his first 33 plate appearances.
Aledmys Diaz ($3,200) has no clear flaw to his game. He strikes out just 13.2% of the time while adding in a 40.0% fly-ball rate and 33.0% hard-hit rate. Teoscar Hernandez ($3,100) has plenty of power, as he's got a 43.9% fly-ball rate and 37.2% hard-hit rate. He also ranks seventh of 293 qualified hitters in barrels per plate appearance. Kevin Pillar ($3,000) isn't all that dissimilar from the aforementioned Diaz. He has just a 17.9% strikeout rate, plenty of power with 49 extra-base hits, and even some speed upside as indicated by his 13 steals.
Randal Grichuk ($2,700) is a nice option if you're looking for some cheap power to sprinkle into your lineups. He's got a 44.8% fly-ball rate and 32.6% hard-hit rate.
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