4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/5/15
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. I'm not going to include the game at Coors in here because y'all know to hop on that if you can afford it. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Can't stop, won't stop stackin' those Astros, y'all. Last night's performance hasn't scared me off. As long as this game doesn't get rained out, I'm fully engaged with Astro adoration.
Wandy Rodriguez's stats through his first two starts have not been great. He has a 4.82 ERA and 5.70 FIP along with 7.71 walks and 7.71 strikeouts per nine. Since the start of the 2014 season, his ERA is at 6.25 with a 6.96 FIP. His left-handedness against some sweet righty bats is a tasty matchup.
The DraftKings pricing on these pups is a teency bit more relaxed today, which helps. Now, only Jose Altuve and George Springer will cost you more than $4,600, which can give you more flexibility with guys like Evan Gattis and Chris Carter. If they have another low-scoring night tonight, I will feel dumb, sad and, in all likelihood, very poor.
San Diego Padres
It's time for the weekly tradition of stacking against Ryan Vogelsong! When your FIP can barely be counted on two hands, you got issues. Vogelsong's is at 8.61 to go with his 9.31 ERA, so this is endlessly stackable.
Because Vogelsong has lasted five innings in only one of his five starts, we also have to take a look at the Giants' bullpen. They have the lowest number of strikeouts per nine in the National League, but have maintained a 2.97 ERA. This is over half a run below their 3.55 FIP. Essentially, here, we're making sure they're not the second coming of the 2014 Royals. They're not, so this is a stack with which I am comfortable.
With the declined park factor, you can get some pretty sweet bats out of the Padres at a low price. Wil Myers, who leads the league in runs scored, mind you, is less than $4,000 on DraftKings. In fact, only Matt Kemp and Justin Upton will cost you more than that on the Padres. Me. Gusta. Mucho.
New York Yankees
Just like with the Astros, this one worked really well yesterday, so I figured I'd return to the well of sadness. Mentally prep yourself for a shutout tonight, Yankees fans.
Marco Estrada is back in the Blue Jays' rotation, and that was not his happy land last year. In 107 innings as a starter, Estrada had a 4.96 ERA and a 5.73 FIP while opponents slugged .498 off of him. Neat.
One thing to keep in mind with Estrada is that he has had reverse splits each of the past two seasons. This doesn't mean you can't roster lefties on the Yankees, but you shouldn't over-value them simply because they have the platoon advantage. Even with that said, Brian McCann does have a .473 slugging percentage against righties this year. Use that information as you wish.
It was a gosh darn hard-hit frenzy when Michael Lorenzen made his big-league debut last week. Of the 18 batters that ended their plate appearance with a batted ball, seven hit fly balls and six hit line drives. Three of those left the park, accounting for all three runs the Brewers scored. That game helped the Brew Crew snap out of a slump, and the Buccos are hoping this will do the same for them.
Despite their relative blurgh-iness, the Pirates still have pieces that have performed well this year. Andrew McCutchen just hasn't been one yet. His last home run came on April 12th, and he only has three other extra-base hits since. You'd have to assume this is health related because McCutchen doesn't go on slumps like this. It has pushed his price down to $4,900, which I'd be inclined to take a risk on in this matchup.
Outside of McCutchen and Starling Marte, the rest of the Pirates' squad is fairly low-priced on DraftKings. You can get Gregory Polanco's steals or the bounce-back bomb potential of Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez all for $4,000 or less. They might not be a great cash game stack, but plopping some Pirates ownership in a tourney could pay dividends.