4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 9/12/18
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.
Boston Red Sox
Aaron Sanchez once looked like a young promising pitcher, and while there is obviously still the chance he can meet that potential down the road, 2018 has been a rough season for him. He has a 5.04 SIERA thanks to poor command of the strike zone. He has issued a free pass to 12.1% of the batters he has faced this year, and his 9.7% swinging-strike rate does nothing to alleviate those concerns.
It helps of course, that we are talking about the best offense in baseball against right-handed pitching. The Boston Red Sox rank 1st in terms of both avoiding strikeouts (18.8%) and wRC+ (114).
Mookie Betts ($4,800) ranks 5th in barrels per plate appearance. J.D. Martinez ($4,700) ranks 2nd. Betts ranks 2nd in wRC+ (181). Martinez ranks 3rd (171). Betts leads the majors in WAR with 9.1, while Martinez ranks 2nd in baseball with 40 home runs. Betts ranks 2nd in the majors in runs with 116, while Martinez leads baseball with 121 RBIs. Either one of these guys can be cornerstones of your DFS lineups.
Xander Bogaerts ($3,800) has just a 17.4% strikeout rate to go with his 38.% hard-hit rate. Andrew Benintendi ($3,700) owns a 141 wRC+ against right-handed pitching thanks to a 14.3% strikeout rate and 36.7% fly-ball rate. Steve Pearce ($3,300) has been a complete hitter in every aspect this season. He's got just a 17.6% strikeout rate to go with his 35.6% fly-ball rate and 40.4% hard-hit rate.
Mitch Moreland ($3,000) comes into play with a 39.5% fly-ball rate and 36.7% hard-hit rate against right-handed pitching. Rafael Devers ($2,800) has a 40.9% fly-ball rate and 36.4% hard-hit rate this year against right-handed pitching. Ian Kinsler ($2,700) was traded to Boston to fill in at second base with Dustin Pedroia done for the year. He's better than some ordinary fill in, however. He's got an 11.7% strikeout rate to go with 41.7% fly-ball rate and 12 steals on the year
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