4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/31/18
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.
St. Louis Cardinals
Homer Bailey has allowed 1.97 home runs per nine innings this year. That is a dreadfully bad mark, and the rest of his profile isn't encouraging. Bailey has an 8.3% swinging-strike rate to go with his 42.6% hard-hit rate surrendered.
The St. Louis Cardinals rank third in the National League with a 38.0% hard-hit rate against right-handed hitting. And the guy who does a lot of that hard-hitting is their main man Matt Carpenter ($4,600). Carpenter has a 155 wRC+ against right-handed pitching, including an absolutely bonkers 50.8% fly-ball rate and 49.0% hard-hit rate.
Jose Martinez ($3,800) boasts a terrific combination of contact and power with his 15.9% strikeout rate and 39.9% hard-hit rate. Paul DeJong ($3,600) has an ideal power profile with a 45.0% fly-ball rate and 38.1% hard-hit rate.
Yadier Molina ($3,300) is a defensive wizard behind the plate, but the future Hall of Famer can hit the ball too. He's got a 13.5% strikeout rate, 37.1% fly-ball rate, and 45.2% hard-hit rate on the year. Matt Adams ($3,100) played in a World Series for St. Louis. Now, he's just trying to get them to the postseason, and if he's in the lineup he brings a 129 wRC+ against right-handed pitching, including a 47.3% fly-ball rate and 36.3% hard-hit rate. Harrison Bader ($2,800) has delivered a phenomenal 38.1% fly-ball rate this year. He's also got 12 steals in just 109 games.
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