4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/17/16
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 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. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Any day is a great day when we get the Houston Astros against a lefty. They may only rank 18th in wRC+, but they've got some individuals who can mash, and that's enough for a stack against Cincinnati Reds starter John Lamb.
Lamb is now up to eight starts with the Reds this year, and strikeouts have not been his forte. He has an 11.8% strikeout rate and 6.8% swinging-strike rate, and he has only reached five strikeouts in one individual game. The Astros absolutely yoke against low-strikeout pitchers with a .285/.359/.474 slash as a team, and Lamb most certainly meets that qualification.
The Astros have put Danny Worth in the two hole the past two games, and at $2,200 on FanDuel, you'd use him in this situation even if he were largely incompetent. That doesn't really seem to be the case, though. In 148 career plate appearances against lefties (dating back to 2010 as he is in his age-30 season), he has a below-average strikeout rate against lefties and a 39.4% fly-ball rate. He was hitting .340/.449/.550 in 235 Triple-A plate appearances prior to his promotion, so we can feel a bit better about dropping down to his salary in this situation.
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