4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/22/19
Gerrit Cole is easily the best pitcher on the board, and his ceiling could be through the roof against the Detroit Tigers tonight. Unfortunately, his $12,200 price tag will be tough to navigate in tournaments, so you'll have to lean on cheap stacks to go this route.
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 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.
Tampa Bay Rays
You'll want to keep an eye on the weather in Baltimore to make sure this game is safe, but otherwise, the Tampa Bay Rays make for the perfect stack pairing with Gerrit Cole tonight. Only two players are priced above $3,200 in the Rays' lineup, and we love attacking the Orioles on a near-daily basis.
Tonight is no different against right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, who's allowing 2.20 home runs per nine innings off a massive 58.0% fly-ball rate. Not surprisingly, Wojciechowki is also showing an ugly ninth-percentile xSLG in his Statcast numbers, and none of this bodes well at a venue like Camden Yards. Sure enough, 8 of the 12 dingers Wojciechowki has allowed have come at home this season.
While he's allowing bombs from both sides of the plate, he has stark platoon splits when it comes to strikeouts, showing a scary 31.6% strikeout rate versus righties compared to just 20.8% versus lefties. That props up Austin Meadows ($3,700) on a pedestal, but if you can't afford him, Eric Sogard ($3,200), Ji-Man Choi ($3,000), and Kevin Kiermaier ($2,800) all come in at affordable salaries.
And despite those punchouts, a 4.73 xFIP in same-sided matchups leaves plenty of room for success from our righty sticks in Tommy Pham ($3,900), Travis d'Arnaud ($2,800), Jesus Aguilar ($2,700), and Willy Adames ($2,600), too.
While it probably goes without saying at this point, it's always worth remembering that the Orioles also own one of the worst bullpens in the league.
With the four through nine batters all costing $3k or lower tonight, a lower order stack will be a quick and easy way to pair the Rays with Cole tonight.
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