4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/23/16
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 breaking up the stacks with the first two being from the early slate and the second two from the main. Additionally, we will not be including today's game at Coors Field here. You likely already know to load up on Coors bats, and you don't need me to tell you. Here are the other teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Boston Red Sox
Yo, so, uh, we should talk about this. By looking at the over/under for a game and the moneyline, you can determine how many runs Vegas projects each team to score, also called an implied team total. If the implied team total is five, then that team is going to be an obvious stacking candidate. It's pretty rare to see a team top 5.5, unless they're at atmosphere-free Coors Field.
The Boston Red Sox's implied team total today is 6.28. Sploosh.
The reason for this is that they're going up against James Shields, who has been spewing hot garbage over his past four starts. He has only lasted 11 1/3 innings, walking 13 batters while striking out 6 and allowing a 44.3% hard-hit rate. Opposing batters have basically been the (admittedly strange) lovechild of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper with no perceivable weaknesses at the dish. It has been a trainwreck, and that'll go up against baseball's best offense in the second-best park for hitters. Finna be bonkers.
If you're playing cash games for the early slate, you absolutely have to stack the Red Sox, even if you're generally opposed to stacking in cash. But if you're playing in a tournament, you're fully justified in fading them. Even in matchups like this, hitters are much more difficult to predict than pitchers, meaning the bust rate here is still higher than you'd like given the assumption of absurd ownership on all Boston sticks. It could end up biting you, but the upside of fading the game in a tourney if things go awry will be grotesque.
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