3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 3/29/19
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.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays looked like a promising stack on Opening Day, but instead they were naturally one of a handful of teams to get blanked on a day that saw teams combine for 48 home runs.
But at least that means they remain cheap across the board, and while their 4.72 implied total against left-hander Matt Boyd wouldn't normally move the needle, it happens to be the highest of Friday's slate.
Boyd isn't quite the level of pitcher we normally want to attack with a stack, as last year's 4.31 SIERA and 22.4% strikeout rate weren't that awful, and he flashed enough potential that some believe he could improve in 2019. But he also allowed a 37.5% hard-hit rate and 49.9% fly-ball rate, leading to him giving up 1.43 home runs per 9 innings, something he's struggled with in his career. Now, that's something we can get on board with.
As for the Jays, the right-handed bats of Brandon Drury ($2,300), Randal Grichuk ($3,000), and Teoscar Hernandez ($3,000) should bat one through three, giving you a quick and easy stacking core, albeit ones who could be rather popular given their prices. Grichuk in particular seems like a must considering his power potential -- he was top 10 in barrels per plate appearance last year -- while Hernandez owns a .237 career ISO, also making him an ideal tourney play. However, you might consider fading Drury in large-field GPPs, as his near-minimum salary could lead to immense ownership.
Justin Smoak ($3,300) and Lourdes Gurriel ($2,900) should round out the top half of the order, although Smoak is more of a secondary choice, as he's typically shown better numbers from the left side against right-handed pitching.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are in Oakland -- not exactly the best venue for home runs -- but in 2018, Estrada owned an ugly 5.45 SIERA and 16.4% strikeout rate, and his 55.6% fly-ball rate lended itself to the home run ball. He gave up 1.82 home runs per 9 innings last year, which was the third-worst mark among pitchers with at least 140 innings.
Trout needs no explanation, and the left-handed bats of Kole Calhoun ($2,800) and Justin Bour ($2,900) that surround him in the lineup conveniently offer both salary relief and pop. Calhoun's 44.5% hard-hit rate ranked top 20 among batters with at least 500 plate appearances last season, while Bour owns a career .359 wOBA and .228 ISO against right-handed pitching.
The rest of the Angles might not be as exciting, but they're all under $3,000, allowing you some flexibility with the rest of your lineup. Injuries derailed Zack Cozart ($2,500) in 2018, but for what it's worth, he did slug 24 home runs with a .251 ISO in 2017.
Over in the other dugout, the Oakland Athletics take on Matt Harvey, who put up a half-decent 4.18 SIERA last year, but his 19.8% strikeout rate was nothing to write home about, while he also allowed a career-worst 38.9% hard-hit rate. He's best attacked by left-handed bats, as 17 of the 27 home runs he allowed came off a 43.1% hard-hit rate and 42.9% fly-ball rate from that side.
Of course, Khris Davis ($4,300) is no ordinary right-handed batter, and any Oakland stack should include him by default. He can be joined on the left side from switch-hitters like Robbie Grossman ($2,300), Kendrys Morales ($2,600), and Jurickson Profar ($3,300). Morales may seem boring, but he posted a 40.6% hard-hit rate last year and ranked top 30 in barrels per plate appearance.
Meanwhile, Matt Chapman ($4,000) and Stephen Piscotty ($3,200) are righty bats, but neither one had any trouble teeing off against same-side pitchers last season, each posting ISOs above .230 and hard-hit rates above 43% in the platoon split.
Kenyatta Storin is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Kenyatta Storin also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username yatters. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.
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