4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/24/15
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. Within the tool, we've added the option to stack teams -- you choose the team you want to stack, show how many players you want to use within the stack, and the tool will create a lineup based on this that you can then customize.
Now, let's get to the stacks. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been a super hard team to stack so far this season. They have the second highest ground-ball percentage in all of baseball at 51.8 percent. This has helped lead them to having the fourth-worst slugging percentage in the American League. Even with that, they could have some success against Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles today.
Gonzalez has done well so far with his 2.55 ERA and 10.19 strikeouts per nine innings. That said, he has also benefited from some seriously sweet luck as he has stranded 82.5 percent of all base-runners and opponents have a .262 BABIP against him. This was the same thing that happened to him last year, making his FIP 1.66 runs higher than his ERA. numberFire's projection for this year was for his ERA to jump up to 4.05 from 3.23 last year. It hasn't happened yet, but it should eventually. Unless he is a wizard/has dirt on the BABIP gods.
Outside of the game at Coors, this one has the highest over/under at 8.5. Rick Porcello has been the anti-Gonzalez in that he has had wretched luck. I'd prefer to stack the Red Sox because of Gonzalez, but it wouldn't be a terrible idea to have ownership in the O's, too.
Toronto Blue Jays
This one is not about the matchup, but rather the situation. I think Drew Smyly is awesome. However, he's coming off of a rehab stint and is making his first big-league start this season. It has blow-up potential, no matter how good Smyly is, at no fault of his own.
The other fun thing about this is that the Blue Jays have some lower-priced guys that do well against left-handers. Danny Valencia hit .321/.371/.464 with a .366 wOBA off of lefties last year. His price? It's $2,700 on DraftKings. Y'all. This is not right.
While it's hard to tell whether Devon Travis will hit lefties well, he's kind of crushing everything right now. He has a .385/.448/.712 slash with a .496 wOBA in his first 58 major-league plate appearances. And he'll only run you $3,100. If either of these guys is batting in the top five or six slots, they are some of the most delicious punts of all time. Slobber-inducing.
Los Angeles Angels
Welcome back to the big leagues, Wandy Rodriguez! You get to face the best 23-year-old hitter this decade! Good luck. We're all counting on you.
Rodriguez has only made 18 major-league starts since since 2012, and those haven't exactly gone swimmingly. He had a 7.41 FIP in six starts with Pittsburgh last year and didn't make the team with Atlanta out of spring training. Now, he gets a start with Texas, and you should be licking your chops.
The weather also plays a role in this selection. Of the 15 games on today's slate, 7 of them have projected temperatures in the 50's. A bunch of the warmer games feature sweet starting pitchers. While the 69-degree temperature isn't crazy good, the warmer air is better than what you'll find a lot of other places.
As with some of the other matchups, the pricing on this one is relaxed. Mike Trout is the only player above $4,500 on DraftKings, even with the positives from the opponent. This should be a fairly safe stack when it comes to cash games.
San Francisco Giants
Generally, I won't include games at Coors in this column because the pricing there is super wonky and y'all already know to target these teams. However, in this instance, the pricing for the Giants is totally sane, and they have a plus matchup. Giddy up.
Young pup Eddie Butler has gotten off to a pretty good start this year with a 2.25 ERA through his first 16 innings. That, however, appears a little fluky. That low total comes despite his 10 to 11 strikeout to walk ratio, which has jacked his FIP up to 4.88. Additionally, all three of his starts have come on the road. When he faced the Giants last week, he walked six batters and only struck out one. Woof.
This is a situation where you'll definitely want to wait until the lineup is in to plug in your stack. If they stick guys like Gregor Blanco, Joe Panik or Matt Duffy in the two-hole, you're borderline obligated to roster them as they are all less than $4,000 on DraftKings. The over/under is 10, but the pricing looks more like that in a game at 8.5. This offense really isn't that good, but there are very few bad offenses at Coors.