4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/2/15
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 did not include the Dodgers or Rockies at Coors in here because you already know to try to squeeze some of their hitters into your lineup. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals rank fourth in the league in wOBA against right-handed pitchers. They are facing Tyler Cravy, a righty, in his Major League debut. This one should be pretty self explanatory.
In his nine starts at Triple-A prior to his promotion, Cravy had a 4.04 ERA with a 4.52 FIP. Based on his Baseball Reference game log page, it appears as though he allows a decent number of fly balls, though he does pick up his fair share of swinging strikes. Because the Cardinals don't whiff an extravagant amount, that doesn't scare me too much.
Based on the pricing on DraftKings, it appears as though they thought Mike Fiers was going to start for Milwaukee. Considering the clusterpoo that is the Brewers' rotation, I don't blame them. It just means the Cards are stupidly cheap to the point of salivation. Matt Carpenter at $4,200? Gimme somma dat. He's the only St. Louis hitter who costs more than $4,000. This could be a very popular stack because of that pricing, so don't be afraid to get a little weird with your stack combos to be contrarian in tourneys.
Outside of his high groundball rate, everything else about Kendall Graveman is stackalicious. He doesn't post a lot of strikeouts, he walks a bunch of dudes, and he doesn't look like a regression candidate in any way. Against a team that ranks third in the league in wOBA against right-handed pitchers, that's a recipe for delight.
Left-handers have had a field day against Graveman through his first six starts of the season. Those 78 lefties have slapped it around at a .313/.410/.485 clip with three home runs. This should be sweet, sweet music for Anthony Gose, who has slashed .336/.372/.467 off of them this year. He's one of the league's bigger regression candidates, but at $3,900 on the DraftKings late slate, that's more than palatable.
The Tigers as a whole are fairly reasonably priced for this one. Miguel Cabrera is the only guy who costs more than $4,600. There aren't a ton of lefties from which to choose, but the pricing on the righties makes them realistic options despite not having the platoon advantage.
Jeremy Guthrie is right there alongside John Danks in possessing auto-stack status. This, apparently, means Guthrie will now throw one of the most statistically confuddling complete game shutouts ever. I'm psyched for that.
Guthrie's ERA sits at 6.70 through nine starts with a 5.97 FIP and a 5.44 xFIP. Lefties are blasting him out of the water with a .359/.436/.660 slash, which is truly Bryce Harper-esque. Considering the quality lefty bats in Cleveland's order, this is a no-brainer. He also has crazy sweet flow in his B-R picture. That seems important.
If you were to try to stack the Indians' lefties, you would probably blow your entire salary cap on just a few slots. You'll have to try to find a lower-priced option to toss in there to make this stack viable. David Murphy would be -- far and away -- the best case scenario. Considering it's a righty, he should be in the lineup. If he is, jump all over that with his $3,200 pricetag. Otherwise you're rolling with dudes like Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Bourn, who are far less appealing.
In yesterday's piece (RIP, Nationals stack), I said I'm not a fan of the Braves' offense. Now, here we are: my telling you to stack them two days in a row. I am nothing if not a man of my word.
Truth is, Josh Collmenter has had a pretty tough go of it this year. He has a 5.05 ERA with a 4.60 FIP and 4.45 xFIP while averaging just 4.58 strikeouts per nine innings. This, paired with a positive park factor and the Braves' general competency against righties, has me chilling with Stacklanta again tonight.
Based on yesterday's lineup in a similar situation, there is plenty of value to be had here. Jace Peterson really isn't that great as a hitter. That said, he costs $3,500 on the DraftKings late slate, he's hitting leadoff for a team in a plus match-up, and he has the platoon advantage. Sometimes, you have to roster bad hitters in good situations. That might be the case for Peterson in this one.