4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/5/16
Stacking can be a controversial topic in many daily fantasy sports, but you can count baseball as a glaring exception. Here, it's universal.
Using multiple players on the same team on a given day presents you with the opportunity to double dip. If one of your players hits an RBI double, there's a good chance he drove in another one of your guys. When you get the points for both the run and the RBI, you'll be climbing the leaderboards fast.
Each day here on numberFire, we'll go through four offenses ripe for the stacking. They could have a great matchup, be in a great park, or just have a lot of quality sticks in the lineup, but these are the offenses primed for big days that you may want a piece of.
Premium members can use our new stacking feature to customize their stacks within their optimal lineups for the day, choosing the team you want to stack and how many players you want to include. You can also check out our hitting heat map, which provides an illustration of which offenses have the best combination of matchup and potency.
Now, let's get to the stacks. We'll be focusing exclusively on the late slate of games starting at 7 pm Eastern. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Boston Red Sox
There are probably going to be a lot of runs this game with an over/under of nine, and both teams are viable options. The Boston Red Sox, though, are slapping it with the best of them right now, leading the league in wRC+ against righties. Welcome back to the big leagues, Erik Johnson.
Johnson earned himself six starts with the Chicago White Sox in the majors last year, and while he was able to get some strikeouts, a lofty walk rate and a low ground-ball rate sunk his peripheral stats. This put his SIERA at 4.97, and his FIP in four starts at Triple-A this year was 4.48 with a decreased strikeout rate. It'll be hard to hold down the Red Sox with how they're swinging the sticks right now.
#BigPapi: Making history swing after swing after swing. #RedSoxhttps://t.co/QVuyXiej8y
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 5, 2016
It may not look like a great time to utilize the Red Sox as they move from Fenway Park -- which ranks second in three-year average park factor -- to U.S. Cellular Field, which is 19th. However, the home-run park factors are reversed with the Cell sitting ninth and Fenway in 24th. This should be advantageous for sluggers like David Ortiz and guys with high fly-ball rates like Travis Shaw and Mookie Betts. Your strategy should change at a park like this to incentivize picking fly-ball hitters, but it doesn't make the Red Sox any less fun.
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