4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/28/15
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 didn't include either of the White Sox/Orioles games as those are funky to navigate for DFS because of the first-pitch times. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
New York Yankees
Kendall Graveman's first little foray into the Oakland Athletics' rotation went just swimmingly. Round two got off to a good start with six shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, but these boppers ain't the Rays, home slice. Tampa sits 22nd in wOBA off of righties while the Yankees are in 9th and rising after lighting up Kansas City's staff earlier in the week.
For the season, Graveman is averaging 5.24 strikeouts and 4.43 walks per nine innings. He has posted a 6.04 ERA, a 5.73 FIP and a 5.29 xFIP through now 22.1 innings. This is reflective of his preseason ZiPS projection for a 4.47 ERA and a 4.55 FIP. If that seems sub-Gucci, that's because it is.
The worst news for Graveman is that left-handers have murked his pitches this year, and the Yankees are flush with those. Through 58 batters, lefties have hit .313/.431/.489 off of him with a pair of bombs and six walks to just seven strikeouts. Not a single active Yankees hitter costs more than $4,400 on DraftKings. You da real, MVP, DK. Stack away, fam.
I learned my lesson yesterday with Colby Lewis against the Indians. Just because a pitcher is off to a surprisingly good start doesn't mean you should not stack against him in a plus matchup. The Indians blasted the living poo out of that nice start and popped Lewis for nine runs in 2.2 innings. Awesome. Now, it's C.J. Wilson against the Tigers. Consider them stacked.
Like Lewis, Wilson is off to a very nice start. His 3.36 ERA is joined by a 3.51 FIP, so it appears as though this should be sustainable success with his reduced walk rate. Unfortunately, he has also seen a major decrease in his strikeouts, which are down to 6.41 per nine. Unless that goes up or his walk rate shrinks even more, I can't see Wilson holding down a sub-4.00 ERA for the rest of the season.
Overall, James McCann has done a nice job filling in behind the plate, but dude has been bonkers against left-handed pitching. He's slashing .304/.360/.652, all of which are at least 67 points beyond his marks against righties. It's harder to squeeze him in because of his spot in the batting order, but McCann helps keep a team that already swashbuckles lefties on top of their games as they rank second in the league in wOBA against left handers.
As a person who owns Eduardo Rodriguez in a dynasty league, I'm going to go ahead and hope this is wrong. But at the end of the day, he's a 22-year-old debuting against a team that ranks third in the league in wOBA against lefties. Not the easiest of match-ups for this young pup, even if he does have quite the promising future.
As you all might be aware, Prince Fielder is straight-up murking baseballs right now. And it isn't just righties as he is doing his fair share of bopping against lefties, too. His slash sits at .319/.365/.565 against south paws, and he has hit four of his 10 home runs off of them. His price now reflects it on DraftKings at $5,400, but he has justified that price thus far.
If you need to find a cost-efficient player within this stack, might I suggest Robinson Chirinos? He's at $3,600 on DraftKings, and homie ain't never seen a lefty he doesn't like. He's slashing .333/.419/.704 against them on the season with two of his five home runs. In his career, eight of his 18 dongs have been off of lefties. I wouldn't use him in a cash game if he is batting, as usual, in the lower-third of the order, but if he gets a little bump up, then I'm all in, baby.
Boston Red Sox
I feel like that dumb little kid that gets burned by the stove and then a week later tries to play with the orange ball of flame on top of the oven again. Nick Martinez has singed a decent hole in my bankroll, but if I keep beating my head against this wall, it has to work eventually. Right? Maybe? No? Sweet.
I am not the only one that has been playing with fire as Martinez has been flirting with the fiery depths of regression hell the entire season. He has stranded 81.4 percent of all base-runners this season, a number usually reserved for dudes that strikeout about 50 batters per nine innings. He's at 4.91 strikeouts per nine now, so we may have a problem, Sparky. Opponents only have a .266 BABIP against him, and he has a 4.8 home run to fly-ball ratio. This has combined to give him an xFIP of 4.88, well above his 1.96 ERA. The Red Sox could be the team to blaze this brudduh.
Even though injuries have hurt Pablo Sandoval's overall numbers, those struggles have been non-existent against righty pitching. All 10 of his extra-base hits have come as a left-handed batter, and he entered yesterday with a scorching .337/.410/.529 slash in these situations. The overall struggles have helped extinguish his DraftKings salary, though, taking it all the way down to $4,100. I'll take that and hope the Red Sox can exploit the scalding heat in Arlington tonight.