4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 9/27/18
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 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.
Jason Vargas has allowed a 39.1% fly-ball rate and 34.5% hard-hit rate on the year, which has resulted in a 4.53 xFIP and 6.25 ERA. If that doesn't yell stackable, I don't know what does.
Only the Cleveland Indians have a lower strikeout rate against southpaws than the Atlanta Braves, who do so at a 19.9% clip. They also rank eighth in hard-hit rate against lefties, with a 37.1% rate. As a result, they rank first in the National League in that split with a 110 wRC+.
Freddie Freeman ($3,900) comes into play with a 10.7% walk rate, 18.4% strikeout rate, and 42.2% hard-hit rate this year. He and Ronald Acuna ($3,900) are the two you're building around. Acuna has crushed southpaws for a 159 wRC+ this year, including a 13.1% walk rate and 41.5% hard-hit rate. Meanwhile, Ozzie Albies ($3,400) enters play with a 145 wRC+ against left-handed pitching, including a 14.7% strikeout rate and 37.8% hard-hit rate.
Nick Markakis ($3,300) has been an iron man in recent years, as he hasn't played fewer than 155 games in a season since 2012. Though his upside is somewhat lower than the three mentioned above, the deserving 2018 All-Star enters play with a 10.0% walk rate, 10.8% strikeout rate, and 40.5% hard-hit rate. Johan Camargo ($3,000) has a 9.9% walk rate, 19.8% strikeout rate, 35.3% fly-ball rate, and 35.9% hard-hit rate this year.
Kurt Suzuki ($2,400) or Tyler Flowers ($2,100) will be a nice cheap option to round out your stack at the catcher/first base spot. While Suzuki boasts a 128 wRC+ against southpaws, including a 42.9% fly-ball rate and 44.3% hard-hit rate, Flowers sits on a 212 wRC+ against lefties, including a 24.1% walk rate and 51.2% hard-hit rate.
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