4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/28/18
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.
New York Yankees
"Big Game" James Shields has allowed a 43.1% fly-ball rate and 33.2% hard-hit rate this year, and with a 4.85 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA), it's been at least three years since Shields has been an effective pitcher.
In 2018, the New York Yankees rank ninth in walk-to-strikeout ratio, third in wOBA (.333), and sixth in fly-ball rate (37.5%) against right-handed pitching. And with Aaron Judge still on the shelf, their lineup's centerpiece remains Giancarlo Stanton ($4,800). It hasn't been exactly what Stanton imagined in his debut season in New York, but he's hit better as the temperature has gotten warmer. He's now up to 32 home runs thanks to 43.1% hard-hit rate.
Gleyber Torres ($4,000) is a baller. He's got 20 home runs in less than 100 games thanks to a 42.8% fly-ball rate and 38.4% hard-hit rate in his rookie campaign.
Torres' main competition for the AL Rookie of the Year award is teammate Miguel Andujar ($4,000), who's been red-hot. Andujar has just a 17.1% strikeout rate to go with his 35.9% hard-hit rate. Meanwhile, veteran Aaron Hicks ($3,900) has come to be one of the most underrated players in baseball. Among position players, he's top-20 in wins above replacement (WAR), and that comes as a result of a 19.4% strikeout rate, 37.8% fly-ball rate, and 41.3% hard-hit rate.
Brett Gardner ($3,400) sets the table for this high-flying offense as he is their regular lead-off hitter against right-handed pitching. He's got a 110 wRC+ against right-handed pitching since the start of the 2016 season. Neil Walker ($2,800) has also struck the ball well against right-handers. He's delivered a 36.2% fly-ball rate and 39.8% hard-hit rate in that split this year. And Austin Romine ($2,500) delivers a 36.8% hard-hit rate against right-handed pitching out of the thin and overlooked catcher spot.
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