3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 9/24/20
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.
Boston Red Sox
There was an offensive eruption at Fenway Park last night from the host Boston Red Sox, and I'm bullish on their offensive outlook tonight against Alex Cobb. Cobb's totaled 45 and 1/3 innings in which he's been knocked around for a 4.76 ERA and 4.66 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA), according to FanGraphs. He's respectable but not death on righties, holding them to a .299 weighted on-base average (wOBA), but he's been torched by lefties for a .352 wOBA. Overall, he's responsible for an eye-popping .396 expected wOBA (xwOBA), per Baseball Savant.
Given Cobb's struggles with lefties, I'm most intrigued with the left-handed hitters in Boston's lineup. Alex Verdugo ($3,000) sits atop the order, and he's tallied a .348 OBP, .201 isolated power (ISO), and 121 weighted runs created plus (wRC+) against righties since last year. Number-two hitter Rafael Devers ($3,900) has been a monster against righties since last year with a .375 OBP, .285 ISO, and 151 wRC+. Also, don't forget about Jackie Bradley ($2,600) and his rock-solid pop as represented by his .206 ISO against righties since last season.
Kansas City Royals
I swear, I'm not fantasy point chasing, but the Kansas City Royals are also coming off of an offensive outburst and have a fantasy-friendly matchup with Michael Fulmer. Fulmer's been used as an opener in all nine of his starts this year, and he's coming off of a scoreless outing, holding the Cleveland Indians to just one hit and one walk in three innings. It's his second scoreless outing in his last four, but those sandwich a pair of disastrous outings, and even his scoreless outing couldn't bring his ERA under eight, as it sits at 8.17 presently.
Fulmer's 5.47 SIERA and .417 xwOBA are also both numbers that are great to stack against. The Royals recently got Jorge Soler ($3,000) back from the injured list. He hasn't gotten into a groove yet, but that could be beneficial in keeping the percentage of rosters he's on down tonight. He's hammered righties for a .299 ISO and 134 wRC+ since last year.
Salvador Perez's ($3,600) rostership is likely to head in the other direction with point-chasers bumping it up on the heels of a two-tater night, but his .316 ISO and 181 wRC+ in his return to action in 2020 after a lost 2019 warrant stacking consideration despite the possibility of chalky rostership. Whit Merrifield ($3,600) and Hunter Dozier ($3,000) are the only two other Royals who've been above-average hitters against righties since last year with a 111 wRC+ and 116 wRC+, respectively.
Adalberto Mondesi ($2,900) is a well below-average hitter, but he's stolen 20 bases this year, making him a viable boom-or-bust stacking option. Maikel Franco ($2,900) is a defensible stacking option, and, if he's in the lineup, Franchy Cordero ($2,000) is a min-salary contrarian option.
Los Angeles Dodgers
As has often been the case when a below-average righty takes the hill against the Los Angeles Dodgers, I'm touting them as one of the top stacks. To that point, Mike Fiers has a 4.67 ERA, 5.37 SIERA, and .344 xwOBA in 10 starts spanning 54 innings this year. He's also missing bats at a career-low rate with a 6.2 swinging-strike percentage and new low 14.5 percent strikeout percentage.
The veteran righty has been thoroughly mediocre against lefties, allowing a .317 wOBA to them. He's been even more giving to righties, surrendering a .348 wOBA to them. Even though he's been tougher on lefties than righties, the left-handed hitters on the Dodgers will have their standard platoon advantage facing a righty, making them strong stacking options. Fiers' struggles with righties merely enhances the appeal of stacking the Dodgers from top to bottom and including the likes of righties Mookie Betts ($4,400), Justin Turner ($3,100), Will Smith ($3,100). A.J. Pollock ($3,300), and even Chris Taylor ($3,000). Taylor's inclusion as a touted stacking option might come as a bit of a surprise to those who are sleeping on his work in same-handed matchups since last year, but he's amassed a .354 OBP, .189 ISO and 121 wRC+ in 395 plate appearances against righties since 2019.
If reserves Gavin Lux ($2,900) or Edwin Rios ($2,600) spell starters tonight, both are viable stacking options. And, predictably, I love Corey Seager ($4,000) and Cody Bellinger ($4,100) and like Max Muncy ($3,400) as well.
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