4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/25/15
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.
New York Yankees
A lineup flush with delectable lefties facing Jeremy Guthrie? 'Scuse me while I wipe up this slobber.
Through 103 plate appearances this year, left-handers are clobbering Guthrie at a .315/.388/.511 slash with 4 home runs. If that's a single player, then that guy would rank 16th in the league in wOBA at .394. So, yeah, you might want to roster a few Yankees tonight.
The lineup isn't as much fun without Jacoby Ellsbury, but there's still plenty of sauciness to go around. Mark Teixeira has a .606 slugging percentage off of righties while Brett Gardner is getting on base at a .382 clip. Want? Want.
Don't look now, but the Cleveland Indians are climbing out of their valley of suckiness. After starting the year off in perfectly wretched fashion, they now have the third best wOBA in the league over the past 30 days. Oh, and they got some little fella named Yan Gomes back yesterday. They on the come-up.
Indians catchers as a whole rank 20th in wOBA at .282 this season. Gomes last year posted a mark of .340. If he hits seventh again today as he did in his return, you probably won't want to roster him individually in cash games, but he does increase the value of those batting a few spots in front of him and gives the offense as a whole a considerable boost.
Did I mention that the Indians rank 10th in wOBA against right-handers and are facing Phil Klein? That might also be mildly important for stacking purposes. Klein did a good job in his first start against the Boston Red Sox, but he still has a super low ground-ball percentage and a high 5.23 FIP. Deploy all of those left-handed bats at the top of the Indians' order and smile.
San Francisco Giants
So, if the Indians rank third in the league in wOBA over the past 30 days, that means there are two teams ahead of them. (Good math, Jim!) One is, obviously, the Washington Nationals. The only team ahead of the Nats, though, is the San Francisco Giants. Juuuuuuust like we all thought would happen.
Part of this is because they are plowing right-handed pitching, ranking sixth in wOBA against them for the season. They get Kyle Lohse today. He has given up 10 bombs this year and has a ground ball percentage of just 35.2. Let's ride.
Brandon Belt has been making some sweet, sweet music to help this cause. Entering play yesterday, he was hitting .346/.419/.587 off of righties. This is paired with a .421 BABIP, so you should expect some regression, but he's still mashing. And now that Hunter Pence is back, life is just glorious for the homies in the Bay.
Toronto Blue Jays
I'm not really high on Toronto right now because of the crazy number of injuries that have ripped their roster to shreds. But I'll gladly stack any team facing Hector Noesi without hesitation.
Normally, when you look at a guy with a 5.60 ERA, it'll partially be due to bad luck, as reflected by a FIP lower than that total. Nope. Mr. Noesi's FIP is chilling at 6.30 because he walks 5.60 batters per nine and has given up four home runs in just 17.2 innings. This should be fun!
All of this said, the Jays' run potential takes a monster hit if Jose Bautista sits again, which it's looking like he will. The guys who take the biggest hits are Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion as they lose a lot of the outside-dependent value (RBI and runs) that Bautista adds when he's in the order. At the same time, it adds value to the lower-priced guys who move up in the order, and they are what make this stack viable.