4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/6/15
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 games at Coors in here because y'all know to hop on that if you can afford it. Also, I've said to stack the Astros the past two days. They have a great match-up against fly-ball pitcher Colby Lewis, but I didn't want to nauseate you by suggesting them again. I still think they're a great play, but I won't devote a whole section to them. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Toronto Blue Jays
In the game between the Blue Jays and the Yankees, I was going to see which team had hit left-handers better so far this year and roll with them. Interestingly enough, the Jays lead the league in wOBA off of lefties, and the Yankees rank third. So we'll just stack the living poo out of this game.
The downside of stacking against CC Sabathia is that he does a decent job of inducing ground balls. The upside is that most other things have been rough for Sabathia over the past two years. In his 13 starts since the beginning of last year, Sabathia has a 5.33 ERA and a 4.57 FIP. Both of these totals have been aided by the 15 home runs he has allowed, and we know the Jays love those.
I must admit that I'm less excited about this stack now than I was Monday night. You know, when Danny Valencia sprained his ankle tripping on the dugout steps. BRUH. WHY. Valencia mashes lefties and only costs $3,400 on DraftKings. My happiness tumbled down those steps with him.
Even still, there is plenty of other juiciness on this team. Jose Bautista is starting to kick out of his slump, as he has slugged .607 since April 28th. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .345/.367/.448 over that same span. The bats are starting to come alive, and a date with a lefty could help speed that process.
New York Yankees
The Yankees have a significant sample size against left-handers this year with their 335 plate appearances entering last night. That ranked fifth in the league, yet they have still accumulated a .268/.363/.461 slash off of south paws. I can dig it.
One of the big reasons for their success has been Chris Young. Individually it's a small sample size, but he has slashed .440/.548/1.000 through his first 32 plate appearances against lefties this year. For his career, he has a .472 slugging percentage in this split, and he'll only run you $3,600 on DraftKings.
Even the guys on the wrong side of this platoon at the top of the order, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, have done well against lefties. This is probably sustainable, too, as both have had fairly similar splits against pitchers from either side over the past few years. So don't disregard the top of the Yanks' order in this match-up just because they don't have they platoon advantage.
The Jays are first off of lefties in wOBA while the Yankees are third. Who's second? The Miami Marlins! But, they're sadly facing some right-hander named Max Scherzer today, so we'll avoid them. The Nationals' opponent, Tom Koehler, though, is a step or two below Scherzer. So here we go.
If you're playing the early slate and want a low-priced stack to accompany your Rockies and Diamondbacks, the Nationals provide the best potential. Koehler isn't a heavy ground-ball pitcher, and he doesn't strike a lot of guys out. He has maintained a 4.67 ERA despite having only a .275 BABIP against, which should go up a bit. The Nats' offense isn't great, but it's good enough to exploit that.
Not that this should be a surprise, but Bryce Harper has just been spanking righties all year. He's slashing .275/.414/.522 with five bombs off of them through 87 plate appearances. That gives a bump in value to whomever the Nats slot in the two-hole as they can benefit from his Gucci-ness, and they will most likely come at a low price if the team keeps the lineup construction they have had lately.
I wanted to stack the Braves last night with a plus match-up against Chad Billingsley, but decided against it because of a lack of faith in Atlanta's offense. Then they go out and post a nine-spot. Sweet. Let's see if they can do it again.
Jerome Williams' ERA is actually 0.72 runs lower than his numberFire pre-season projection was. Congrats, dude! Unfortunately, his projection was at 4.80, so that's not saying a ton. He's got a 4.49 FIP and a low ground-ball percentage. I'm cool with stacking here.
The Braves could make a stack worth it even if they don't post a crazy number of runs because their pricing is so stupidly low. Freddie Freeman is the only player priced above $4,000 on DraftKings. You could roster him for $4,900, have your pick of the rest of the roster, and still have cash to burn on pitching or other hitters. If they just post an above-average game, you've got yourself a smile that'll last a while.