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4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 9/19/18

The Cleveland Indians get a home date with Dylan Covey. Which other offenses should you be targeting?

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.

Cleveland Indians

Dylan Covey has a 4.72 SIERA this year. A 6.7% swinging-strike rate just won't cut it in the big leagues, and his 9.8% walk rate won't help matters either. Add in the mediocre 33.4% hard-hit rate allowed, Covey is a fine target for stacking purposes.

The Cleveland Indians have the lowest strikeout rate in baseball against right-handed pitching, as they punch out at just an 18.9% clip. In that split, they also rank 7th in fly-ball rate (37.4%) and 1st in hard-hit rate (39.7%). Some have said that having the lowest strikeout rate, best hard-hit rate, and ranking top-10 in fly-ball rate is good. While I am still working to confirm, my theory right now is that it is in fact good to hit the ball hard and often.

Jose Ramirez ($4,900) has the best plate discipline, as measured by walk to strikeout ratio, in baseball. Oh, and he can hit the ball too, as he's got a 4.3% fly-ball rate and 37.3% hard-hit rate this year. Francisco Lindor ($4,700) comes into play with a 39.0% fly-ball rate, 41.4% hard-hit rate, and 23 steals. Michael Brantley ($4,200) has just a 9.0% strikeout rate to go with a 37.8% hard-hit rate.

Edwin Encarnacion ($4,100) is expected to return for this tilt against Chicago. He's got a 44.3% fly-ball rate and 43.1% hard-hit rate this year. Yonder Alonso ($3,800) has just a 19.8% strikeout rate, 40.1% fly-ball rate, and 38.3% hard-hit rate against right-handed pitching this year. Josh Donaldson ($3,500) had a 38.8% hard-hit rate in an injury plagued season, and if you've played MLB DFS you probably know the kind of upside he provides now that he's healthy.

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