5 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/27/15
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.
They're going to cost you a whole heck of a lot, but, oh sweet darling, do the Detroit Tigers have some run potential today. Tommy Milone possesses a 3.38 ERA, but that's coupled with a 5.39 FIP. He is a fly-ball pitcher in a park that was third on ESPN's Park Factor last year, and there will be bombs.
This is one of those matchups where you'll want to wait until the lineups are out before forming your stack. Five Tigers are priced $4,500 or higher on DraftKings. If they end up slotting some lower-priced guy within the top six in the order, then he's an automatic solid play. Based on the lefty-lefty matchup, the odds of that are low because it will probably keep Anthony Gose either out of the lineup or lower down, but there's always the possibility someone else will claim that slot.
One guy who you should most definitely be checking out is Ian Kinsler. He has hit second in every game in which he has played this year and will most likely do so again today. His price tag is only at $4,300, which is mighty kind considering his two-hole duties and general offensive competency. You might not be able to afford five Tigers, but if you can wiggle in three or four, it could pay huge dividends.
New York Yankees
As my flopped DFS selections of David Price and Jacob deGrom will tell you, the Yankees' offense is starting to heat up. They entered play yesterday tied for second in the league in runs scored, seventh in slugging percentage, and eighth in wOBA. Now, they face Nate Karns, who has largely struggled to start the season. I can dig it.
Two starts ago, Karns did indeed face the Yankees, and he held them to only two hits. Those hits were both home runs, meaning that his BABIP against was .000. I'm going to go ahead and guess that won't be the case again. For the season, even though Karns has a 5.32 ERA, his opponent BABIP is at .183. That, for almost all pitchers, hovers around .300, so there's nowhere to go but up from here.
Mark Teixeira entered play yesterday with 15 total hits to his credit. Only three of those were singles. Homie is 35 years old, but he has mashed eight home runs and four doubles to start the year. Teixeira is getting dangerously close to out-pacing his value with his price at $4,600 on DraftKings, but until that gets a little bit higher, I'm still cool with rolling him out in quality matchups like this.
Boston Red Sox or Toronto Blue Jays
Is this a bit of a cop-out, picking both teams? Duh. Do I care? Not a chance, home slice. I am indecisive, and both of these offenses have juicy run potential. Just combo-stack the living heck out of them.
The over/under for this contest is set at 9.5, which is quite large for an April game outside of Coors Field. Neither Joe Kelly nor Aaron Sanchez is exceptionally awful, but they both have the ability to get knocked around a bit. If it were solely based on the pitching, I'd stack the Red Sox, but because of the Blue Jays' dong proficiency, I'd roll with them, too.
The problem with this one is the game time. With first pitch at 6:10 eastern, you'll have to find an all-day slate to fully take advantage of the dopeness. If you can get in on that action, though, this matchup includes plenty of sweet run potential.
Matzek's a far worse match-up than Kendrick, but he's still definitely stackable. Right-handers slashed .300/.374/.474 against him last year, and the D'Backs have plenty of sweet right-handed options. And it's not as though that's just at Coors Field - overall, hitters had a .273/.353/.454 slash against him on the road last year. When you've got guys like Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo in the lineup, that's a tasty little line.
The downside of Matzek is that he does a decent job of inducing ground balls. He had a 49.7 ground-ball percentage last year in 117.2 innings. That has dipped to 37.2 percent this year, but I'd chalk that more up to small sample size than an actual philosophical change.