4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/4/15
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.
Despite all of the problems the Athletics have had this year, hitting right-handed pitching has not been one of them. They rank fourth in the league in wOBA against righties, and they get a skiddering Shane Greene today. That'll work.
After his awesome start, the wheels have fallen off for Greene. Over his last eight starts, Greene has an 8.12 ERA with a 5.58 FIP and a 4.23 xFIP. Interestingly enough, that xFIP is only a bit above his xFIP through his first three starts at 4.15. xFIP don't lie, y'all.
Left-handed hitters are the ones that have benefited the most from Greene's struggles. They are slashing at .325/.376/.541 against him on the season. For this reason, I will cry if Stephen Vogt sits today. He's slashing at .314/.404/.619 off of righties and is only $4,100 on DraftKings. Don't do me like that, Bob Melvin.
Let's do this, y'all. One last time. Chris Young has killed so many stacks this year. But not this time. This time, regression will win. And it will be glorious.
In his first 40.2 innings this season, Young has a 4.90 xFIP and a 4.71 SIERA. Don't let that 1.55 ERA play tricks with your minds. He allows a crazy number of fly balls and doesn't rack up the strikeouts. Against a team that ranks in the top 10 in wOBA against righties, I'll take my chances.
The problem with the Indians is that they have a bunch of hitters that cost out the yang. If you see a lower-priced guy at the top of the order, get up on that. If not, then a mini-stack may be the best choice and hope you nail the right guys.
This is less about Carlos Rodon than it is about the Rangers' stick skills against lefties and the White Sox bullpen. I like Rodon, but this is not the greatest situation for the young pup.
Even with my adoration of Rodon, he hasn't quite reached his potential just yet, which is what keeps this stack realistic. Despite cutting down on his walks in his last start, Rodon's SIERA still sits at 4.92 with a 4.73 xFIP. This doesn't mean that he's bad and isn't improving; rather, it means that I'm not going to rule out a stack of a team that ranks third in the league in wOBA against lefties.
One minor caveat here would be not to drool too much over Joey Gallo. I know he's tempting at his $3,700 on the DraftKings late slate, but he did not fare well at Double-A against the platoon. There, he hit .133/.278/.133, and it looks like he was used as part of a platoon with just 18 total plate appearances against southpaws. Honestly, he might not even be in the lineup, but he most definitely should not be in yours.
Tampa Bay Rays
As my colleague Jacob Adler noted in yesterday's stacks column, the Rays have been pretty sweet against left-handed pitching this year. They rank fourth in wOBA and second in slugging percentage against south paws. Ya dig?
Although Roenis Elias has gotten off to a nice start with his 3.07 ERA, his FIP sits at 4.50. He also doesn't record a high number of strikeouts, and that has been one of Tampa's weaknesses against lefties this year (waddup, Steven Souza?).
I would be much more into this stack if it weren't for the Safeco park factor. The pricing on the Rays' hitters helps account for that buzzkill. The aforementioned Souza is the only guy above $4,000. Only two others are above $3,600, neither of whom is Logan Forsythe or Joey Butler, who have been stroking against lefties. Save here, flourish in the upside, and spend big elsewhere.