4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/12/15
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.
Toronto Blue Jays
Dope offense? Check. Facing a fly ball pitcher? Check. Generally ineffective? Check. Twitchingly excited about this matchup? You betcha.
I realize this means I'm not picking "Rando Team with Adam Jones Against a Lefty," but the O's rank 18th as a team in wOBA against left-handers. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have Jones individually on your squad ($4,300 on DraftKings bruh pleeeeeeease roster him), but the whole team? I'll pass this once and instead roll with their opponent.
The big downside of the Jays stack is the pricing. They've got three players that'll cost you $4,900 or more. Even with that, though, you've still got an affordable option in Devon Travis at the top of the order. Both because of opportunity and the lineup he precedes, Travis should provide plenty of production and salary relief with his $3,300 hit.
I'm recycling a note from yesterday, but I feel like it bears repeating after an 11-run outburst. In 17 games with Denard Span in the order this year, the Nats are averaging 5.71 runs per game. Small sample size or not, little homie is getting me all hot and bothered with his tastiness and how much better he makes this lineup.
I also said to stack against Rubby de la Rosa his last start, when he proceeded to hold the San Diego Padres to no runs on three hits over seven innings. Great call, idiot. Over his past two starts at home, de la Rosa has allowed one run in 14 innings on seven hits. Cy Young or nah?
It's possible that de la Rosa has legit just improved from the pitcher that posted a 4.43 ERA last year. But even with those two earned-run sapping outings, he still has a 4.38 ERA this year coupled with a 4.02 FIP. Against a (presently) plus offense in a brutal park factor, I wouldn't think this would be a performance he could duplicate. So he's definitely tossing the no-no tonight. You're welcome, D'Backs fans.
Los Angeles Angels
In most situations, I'm not going to tell you to stack a team that has a brutal offense. I say most situations because some times said brutal offenses face Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick has made five starts since opening day, and he has allowed at least four earned runs each time and six runs every time except once. I can stomach a team wOBA of .282 for this.
How bad have the Angels been this year? Out of nine players with at least 75 plate appearances, only three have on-base percentages above .300. This has the potential to change really fast in a match-up like this. And if it doesn't, then things could get pretty ugly fast.
Although most batters have pounded Kendrick this year, left-handers have done so at an especially juicy clip. They have slashed .333/.463/.667 off of him through 67 batters. Granted, right-handers are up there as well at .321/.337/.663, but his 11 to 0 strikeout to walk ratio is much less tasty than his 9 to 11 mark against lefties. Kole Calhoun has actually fared better against south-paws this year, but I'd expect his splits versus righties may creep up once tonight's contest concludes.
With Mike Bolsinger getting the call, the Marlins could be in store for a nice little offensive uptick tonight. They could use a pick-me-up after how last night's game ended.
Bolsinger posted a 5.50 ERA last year in his 52.1 innings, though that was influenced by a regression-worthy home run to fly-ball ratio and BABIP gods biting their thumb in his general direction. His numberFire preseason projection had him down for a 5.00 ERA this year, which is an improvement, but I'ma roll with this anyway.
The good part about the Marlins' disappointing start is that their pricing is a bit relaxed. Only Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton cost more than $4,300 on DraftKings, meaning you can snag last night's dongers Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich at reasonable rates. If the team reaches its offensive potential, those two could bring some sweetness into your life.