4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 9/11/20
In the world of daily baseball, stacks are often the backbone of the most successful -- and profitable -- lineups. Correlation is the key.
When an offense hangs runs in bunches, it means hitters are scoring runs and teammates hitting behind them are driving them in. By rostering stacks, you’re maximizing the fantasy scoring by essentially double dipping on a run-scoring event.
This is your daily home for the top stacks on the daily fantasy baseball slate. Whether you’re looking to identify the projected highest-scoring stacks or contrarian stacks that can help you separate from the pack in GPPs when they explode, they’ll be thrown under the spotlight here.
Gamers who are numberFire premium members can throw these highlighted stacks into an optimized lineup using our DFS Sharpstack tool. The tool allows you to select the team and number of players from that team you’d like to include in your lineup. If you’re looking to identify other potentially high-scoring stacks beyond those featured in this space, check out our hitting heat map, a tool that provides valuable info such as implied total, park factor, and stats to identify the quality of the opposing pitcher.
Without further ado, let’s dive into today’s main slate’s featured stacks.
Any discussion of stacking the Colorado Rockies at home should begin with a reminder of the surreal offensive environment provided to hitters at Coors Field. It's the most hitter-friendly park ranking an easy first in park factor for runs at 1.335 with Nationals Park ranking a distant second at 1.096, per FantasyPros. Additionally, it boosts homers, singles, doubles and triples with park factors for each of 1.249, 1.168, 1.313 and 2.140, respectively.
Toss in a matchup with a mediocre starter like Griffin Canning and his 4.54 ERA and 4.94 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA), and the potential for fireworks is immense. Additionally, Canning's .339 weighted on-base average (wOBA) is actually lower than his .362 expected wOBA, per Baseball Savant, furthering the notion of his ERA and SIERA gap indicating he's been a bit lucky to be even mediocre.
As is often the case in games at Coors Field, all members of the game -- or the Rockies in the case of this specific stack -- are in play for usage. Having said that, I'm honed in on their Big Three of Trevor Story ($4,400), Charlie Blackmon ($4,300) and Nolan Arenado ($4,200).
Facing righties at home since 2017, Story's ripped off a .352 OBP, .272 isolated power (ISO) and 108 weighted runs created plus (wRC+). Under the same conditions, Blackmon's responsible for a .425 OBP, .324 ISO and 156 wRC+. Arenado rounds the trio out with a .384 OBP, .277 ISO, and 122 wRC+ at home against righties since 2017.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are the visitors to Coors Field tonight, and they'll be treated to the same tantalizing hitting conditions as their hosts. They'll be taking cuts against German Marquez. The hard-throwing righty, understandably, has big home/road splits in his career. On the road, he's dazzled with a 3.62 ERA and .297 wOBA allowed to opposing hitters. At home, however, he's coughed up a 5.19 ERA and .344 wOBA.
In fact, his pitching at home has been in a free fall since tallying a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings pitched at home his first year in the Majors. He hasn't pitched to an ERA south of 4.50 at home since, and it's bottomed out at a 7.03 ERA in 24 and 1/3 innings pitched this year.
As is the case with the Rockies, anyone from the Angels' lineup is a justifiable option in a stack, but their own trio of studs are the apples of my eye, starting with Mike Trout ($5,000). Trout smacked his MLB-high 16th homer yesterday and boasts a .392 OBP, .368 ISO and 176 wRC+ this year. He has the highest salary of any hitter on this slate, but he's earned that honor.
Teammate Anthony Rendon ($4,500) has the third-highest salary among hitters on the slate, and he's having his own excellent season at the dish with a .439 OBP, .239 ISO and 169 wRC+. Shohei Ohtani ($3,700) is lagging behind the duo, but his .351 OBP, .275 ISO and 143 wRC+ against righties since making the transition from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to MLB in 2018 are excellent.
Garcia's a middling reliever who shouldn't dissuade gamers from using hitters against him, and Lyles is a pitcher to target stacking against. Lyles has been rocked this year to the tune of a 8.07 ERA and 5.98 SIERA. Further, he's responsible for an ugly .377 xwOBA.
This is yet another team that's stackable from top to bottom. My favorite options, though, are Marcus Semien ($2,800), Ramon Laureano ($3,100), Mark Canha ($2,700), and Matt Olson ($3,300), who's hands down my favorite option of the quartet. Honorable mention nods are warranted for Tommy La Stella ($3,200) and Robbie Grossman ($2,900).
Circling back to Olson, he clubbed his 12th homer of the 2020 season yesterday. Power's his calling card, and it'll play well against Lyles' .510 slugging ceded to left-handed batters since last year. This season, the righty hurler has been crushed by righties, coughing up a .623 slugging and .421 wOBA to the 78 of them he's faced, enhancing the cases for usage for Semien, Laureano and Canha.
The Milwaukee Brewers round out the touted stacks in a plus matchup with Jon Lester in a slightly hitter-friendly Miller Park (1.016 for runs and 1.064 for homers). Lester's been creamed for a 5.80 ERA (5.02 SIERA) and surrendered a career-high 2.01 homers per nine innings. The veteran lefty's also amassed a .377 xwOBA this year.
Avisail Garcia ($3,100) is the first stacking option for the Brewers out of the leadoff spot. In 453 plate appearances against southpaws since 2017, he's rattled off a .382 OBP, .182 ISO and 138 wRC+. Keston Hiura ($3,700) has struggled with lefties in his young big-league career, but he showed no such issues with lefties in the minors and is a strong stacking option, too.
Christian Yelich ($4,100) calls the number-three spot home in the order against lefties, and he's mashed at home in same-handed matchups since joining the Brewers before the 2018 season. In 210 plate appearances against lefties at home since 2018, Yelich has a .433 OBP, .333 ISO and 185 wRC+.
Beyond the top three hitters in the lineup, the Brewers have enticing hitters with salaries under $3,000 such as Jedd Gyorko ($2,700), Ryan Braun ($2,900), Orlando Arcia ($2,500), Luis Urias ($2,400), and Jacob Nottingham ($2,500). One perk of stacking from this group of hitters is the ability to save valuable cap space for rostering Shane Bieber ($11,600) or Lucas Giolito ($10,800).
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