4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/5/15
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. This does not include the Rockies and the Marlins at Coors Field as all of you know to work hitters at Coors into your lineup. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are playing today. The Blue Jays are facing a pitcher that throws either with his right or his left arm. Therefore, you should stack the Blue Jays today.
Okay, the fact that they're facing Roberto Hernandez doesn't hurt. He does induce a high number of ground balls, but that's about all he's got going for him. Hernandez couples a 4.92 ERA with a 4.58 FIP and 4.40 xFIP. If that seems super stackable and luscious to you, that's because it is.
One thing to note with Hernandez is that he has allowed a higher slugging percentage to right-handed batters each of the past two seasons. Additionally, batters have stolen off of him eight times this year in just 60.1 innings. That's splendid news for the Jays' juicy right-handed bats and good ol' Jose Reyes, leading to plenty of sweet options from which to choose here.
You really could do a stack of either team in this match-up, but the Indians have fared better against right-handed pitching this year, and the O's could end up striking out a lot against Shaun Marcum. Roll Tribe.
Chris Tillman has been, quite simply, bad this season. He possesses a 5.94 ERA with a 4.99 FIP and a 4.94 xFIP. He has a below-average ground-ball rate and he walks a bunch of dudes while not striking out many. That is the formula for a stack all in one delicious package.
The reason this stack is feasible is the pricing on the Indians' hitters has come back to Earth. They had out-priced themselves earlier in the week, but with Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley both back below $5,000 on DraftKings, this becomes realistic. Tillman, like Hernandez, has had reverse splits this season, though he was pretty even against both last year. This is a match-up that has big-time blow-up potential, so I'd at least snag a few Cleveland bats even if you're not going with the full stack.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants mash against righties. Most people mash against Jerome Williams. This one's pretty easy if you ask me.
Williams's ERA sits at 5.49 through 11 starts with a 5.06 FIP and a 4.47 xFIP. His ground-ball percentage is at 43.1, which is good, but it hasn't stopped him from allowing 10 home runs in 59 innings. He has flashed reverse splits this year with righties slugging .555 and lefties at .387, but that goes counter to the numbers he had posted each of the previous three years.
Outside of Brandon Belt, the Giants don't really have anyone that absolutely destroys right-handed pitching. That's kind of a good thing as it allows you plenty of choices from which to choose and find low ownership rates in tourneys. Gregor Blanco provides a bit of pop while Joe Panik and Nori Aoki live on the basepaths. Any of these guys, in addition to Hunter Pence and Buster Posey, are deserving of a spot on your roster.
If you'd prefer to get weird in a tourney, I could see a Mets stack here, too. Just know that they're (outside of Lucas Duda) mind-bogglingly bad against right-handed pitching and will probably make you want to vomit by the fourth inning. Don't say I didn't warn you, though it is at least interesting with the positive park factor and Jeremy Hellickson on the bump. I prefer to keep my partially-digested food where it belongs, so I'll roll with the D'Backs.
Jon Niese isn't a guy I'd normally pick on in a stack due to his high ground-ball rate and competency last year. His strikeouts are down, though, and his walks are up, which is kind of the opposite of what you're going for. His 4.70 FIP is certainly exploitable for a team that ranks 13th in wOBA against left-handed pitching when they have a park like Chase Field.
In this match-up, A.J. Pollock is almost a must-start. He crushes lefties. His slash is up to .378/.440/.578, which is fairly gross. They did up his price to $4,600 on DraftKings, but I think he's worth it here. This stack does take a hit with Mark Trumbo in Seattle, but there are enough quality right-handed bats to make it viable.