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3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/4/19

Yu Darvish wasn't exactly in midseason form in his 2019 debut, so don't be afraid to stack the Atlanta Braves on Thursday's short slate.

With only three games to sift through on Thursday's main slate, that leaves us with few stacking options by default, and no team total exceeds 5.00 runs. Normally, it might feel like pulling teeth to find a decent stack under these circumstances, but lucky for us there are still some appealing spots we can go to tonight.

Each day here on numberFire, we'll go through the top 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 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.

Atlanta Braves

Although I mentioned Yu Darvish as a potential play in today's Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper, the truth is we could just as easily see him get wrecked by the Atlanta Braves.

While Darvish has far and away the best career track record of tonight's starters, injuries held him to a mere eight starts last year, and his 2019 debut couldn't have gone much worse. Darvish not only gave up three earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings, but he walked seven batters, and despite a respectable four strikeouts in such a short outing, it came with a horrendous 5.3% swinging-strike rate and low velocity.

The myriad of red flags have led the Braves' implied total to rise throughout the day, and as of this writing it's up to a slate-high 4.64 runs.

Freddie Freeman ($4,400) and Ronald Acuna ($4,500) highlight your Atlanta wishlist, and fitting them in won't be a problem with every single pitcher priced below $9,000 tonight, and under $8,000 if we exclude Darvish in this case. Freeman boasts a healthy career 146 wRC+ with the platoon advantage (132 wRC+ in 2018), while Acuna produced a 45.3% hard-hit rate and 41.1% fly-ball rate against righties last year, good for a .246 ISO.

Josh Donaldson ($3,400) wasn't quite as effective against same-side pitchers in 2018, but he's had plenty of success as a whole, posting wOBA marks of .389, .405, and .390 the three years prior.

Meanwhile, lefty bat Nick Markakis isn't known for his power, but he tallied an effective 40.6% hard-hit rate versus righties last year and has been an above average hitter against them in his career (115 wRC+). Ender Inciarte ($3,200) also deserves a look out as a left-handed bat out of the leadoff spot.

Dansby Swanson ($2,300) bats low in the order, but you could do worse than use him as a punt to fill your shortstop slot on a small slate. He's actually shown some promising Statcast numbers in the early going.

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