4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 8/25/15
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 Mets
Last night was fun. Shall we do it again, Mets?
Now, if this game would have occurred last week, I may have foregone it completely. At that point, Jerome Williams was cruising along, having posted an xFIP of 3.29 over his five starts since coming off of the disabled list. Then the Miami Marlins went out and burnt him for eight runs over 1 2/3 innings. Definitely not a concern when facing a team that has averaged 12.25 runs per game over its past four contests.
I will admit that, prior to the Coors series, I wasn't giving Curtis Granderson enough credit in my mind for how good he has been this season. Dude is destroying worlds with a .288/.369/.554 slash against righties with a 37.3 percent hard-hit rate and a 12.6 percent soft-hit rate. He's still -- relative to his production -- cheap on FanDuel at $3,300. He's a guy I could see building my lineups around for tonight's slate.
Toronto Blue Jays
A road team is favored in a non-Coors game with an over/under of 9.5? It's time to load up on Blue Jays bats and let Josh Donaldson take the wheel.
I do have to admit, though, that my enthusiasm around the Jays facing a lefty is not quite as high as usual. This is because Derek Holland looked solid in his first start since April, limiting the Mariners to only two runs over 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks. That's a tasty little line there. I'll be interested to see how Holland fares, though, against a team with as many quality right-handed bats as the Jays supply.
So, I went ahead and took a peek at the pricing for the Jays in this one. I should not have done that. It is predictably ign'ant. I'm really hoping that Russell Martin is back from his tweaked hamstring as his pricing is realistic and comes with a low 12.0 percent strikeout rate against lefties. I also like Troy Tulowitzki a bunch as he comes with just a $3,800 price tag on FanDuel.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays' offense has cooled off a bit over the past 14 days after coming out of the gate slangin' sweetness after the All-Star break. Even with a mild down-tick, I'm more than okay rolling with the Rays against Ervin Santana.
It has now been over a month since the last time that Santana allowed fewer than three runs in a start. Through his first 55 1/3 innings since returning from suspension, Santana has a 4.95 SIERA and is striking out only 13.8 percent of the batters he faces. Considering the Rays' Achilles' heel this year has been the strikeout, that's encouraging for the stack.
I always prefer to view a team's pricing as icing on the cake, and that's what this one is. On FanDuel, the Rays' bats are ridiculously cheap. They don't have the best park factor, and their offense isn't the greatest in the world, but they really do present some nice upside for tonight.
I had originally penciled the Kansas City Royals into this slot, and I still view them as being the safer stacking option from this game. At the end of the day, though, the Orioles present a higher ceiling with Danny Duffy on the mound.
Duffy's 37.3 percent ground-ball rate is conducive to a good number of extra-base hits. The O's have had those this year, but their offense has struggled against pitchers who rack up strikeouts with their strikeout rate currently sitting at 21.7 percent. That isn't a big part of Duffy's repertoire, though, as his he has struck out just 13.7 percent of the batters he has faced this season.
Especially against a non-strikeout pitcher, I'm in favor of trotting out Chris Davis against a lefty. He is apparently unfazed by the platoon disadvantage, posting a hard-hit rate of 41.9 percent against them this year after being still above average at 32.3 percent last year. He lofts the ball 41.9 percent of the time, increasing the likelihood of a tank against a fly-ball pitcher like Duffy. It's in no way a perfect stack, but it could bring a whole lot of points if things break the right way.