4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/10/15
Each day here on numberFire, we'll be providing you with four potential offenses to stack in your daily fantasy lineups. These are the offenses that provide huge run potential on that given day based on matchups and other factors.
After reading through these suggestions, make sure to check out our daily projections. These can either let you know which players to include in each stack, or which guy best complements said stack.
Another great tool is our custom optimal lineups, which are available for premium subscribers. Here, you can plug in the players you want to stack, and numberFire's projections will tell you which players you should stick around them.
Now, let's get to the stacks. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Will they be expensive? Yup. Could it end up being worth it anyway? You bet your bottom.
Left-hander Travis Wood had a bit of a rough go last year. He managed to post a 5.03 ERA, which was the highest in the National League and by a decent chunk. The next-highest was current Rockies' pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, who was at 4.61. This was partially because Wood had the lowest ground-ball rate in the entire N.L. at 34.4 percent. The Rockies' homers will blot out the sun. And Wood will pitch in the shade.
Usually, I hate, hate, hate rostering guys who hit lower in the order. If you want to stack the Rockies, you might not have a choice but to do so. You'll have a reduced number of expected plate appearances but, hey, in this situation, that shouldn't stop you from loading up on these boppers.
Chicago White Sox
A couple of days ago, I gushed over Jose Abreu's numbers against left-handers. That was when he was facing Danny Duffy. Today, he gets Tommy Milone, who is decidedly less Gucci. This could be very fun.
We project Milone to have a 4.84 ERA in his age-28 season. His top comp is the guy who pushed him out of Oakland's rotation last year in Jason Hammel. Unfortunately for Milone, it's the 2013 version of Hammel, who finished with a 4.97 ERA. Giddy up!
When the White Sox faced Duffy, they moved Adam LaRoche down in the order because of his struggles with lefties. This can allow for some minor additional value for guys like Avisail Garcia and Alexei Ramirez hitting higher in the order and closer to Abreu's juiciness.
It might not be a terrible idea to stack anyone that is facing a Philadelphia Phillies' player not named Cole Hamels. That didn't work with Aaron Harang, but my money's on the Nats tonight against Jerome Williams.
The Nats' offense hasn't gotten the season off to a rousing start, but that's to your advantage. Their top-two hitters in the order, Michael Taylor and Yunel Escobar, will be bottom-of-the-barrel costs on DFS sites. The rest of the order is a bit expensive, so you'll have to pick and choose with your stack, but that's not the end of the world.
With the interesting pricing on DraftKings due to the split slates, the relative prices of Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmermann really aren't too bad. Both of those guys cost $100 more than Alex Rios. With the matchup they've got, I know whom I'd rather roster in this situation.
Los Angeles Dodgers
This one is more based on today's DraftKings pricing than the others, but I believe that there is serious run potential in the Dodgers' lineup. Chase Anderson isn't a bad pitcher, he's just in a bad situation.
The adjustment for Coors Field is totally warranted. Teams score like crazy there. But it seems as though Chase Field is not getting similar treatment despite ranking second in ESPN's Park Factor last year.
Although Paul Goldschmidt costs $5,600, Adrian Gonzalez sits at $4,700. Yasiel Puig, as frustrating as he is, costs less than Brett Gardner. Yasmani Grandal is cheaper than Chris Iannetta. All of this for a game that has the highest over/under of the late slate at 8.5 runs.
The big advantage of this stack, outside of run potential, is flexibility. The pricing gives you the ability to pay up in other areas while still pumping out solid upside. I'd totally buy into the Dodgers with the matchup in both cash games and tournaments.