4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 5/23/16
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. With the split slates, we'll be focusing exclusively on the main slate beginning at 7 pm Eastern. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Los Angeles Angels
Who would have thought earlier in the season that we would have even considered stacking the Los Angeles Angels? Their offense got off to a wretched start, but they're now up to 13th in wRC+ overall and 3rd over the past month. When you add in a park factor boost and a matchup with Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers, it's time to giddy up.
Strikeouts are something we always want to check out when formulating a stack. If a pitcher gets strikeouts, then we can't benefit from the randomness that is a ball in play. Strikeouts aren't a concern at all with Holland. Over his past four starts, he has four total strikeouts over 81 batters, which works out to 4.9%. Not great, Bob! Unless you're the Angels, that is.
The main attractions here are obviously Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but that doesn't mean you should overlook C.J. Cron. His career 32.5% hard-hit rate against lefties won't blow your doors off, but he does cut his strikeout rate to 17.0% with a 42.6% fly-ball rate. The lower hard-hit rate for Cron is why Pujols is the superior cash-game choice at first base, but Cron could come with similar upside and lower ownership if you're looking to change things up in a tourney.
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