4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/29/16
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.
Let's check in on how James Shields' first few starts with the Chicago White Sox have gone.
James Shields ERA has discovered America pic.twitter.com/k3Im4hWo7R
— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) June 23, 2016
Ah. This is fine. Totally fine.
The absurd thing about that 14.92 ERA is that it came after four shutout innings against the Boston Red Sox. He ended up allowing three runs before exiting the game with no outs in the sixth, pushing his South Side ERA to 15.80. Not even Pete Campbell can adequately portray that level of treachery.
Now, the obvious first thought might be that Shields showed improvement in that game at Fenway Park. That's not entirely true. Sure, he held the Red Sox off the board for four innings, but he also walked four batters while striking out three, giving him 13 walks to 8 strikeouts since joining the White Sox. If we look back over the last month and include his final start with the San Diego Padres, Shields' SIERA is 7.13 with an 8.7% strikeout rate and 16.5% walk rate. The Minnesota Twins' offense may not be great yet, and they may still be without Miguel Sano, but even they can feast against such futility.
Most of the talk today will justifiably center around Brian Dozier following yesterday's double dong, but we need to take a moment to gush about Max Kepler. The rookie rejoined the big club on June 1st, and in 96 plate appearances since, he has a 35.4% hard-hit rate, 15.4% soft-hit rate, and 35.9% fly-ball rate. Those are some tasty peripherals for a 23-year-old, and he gets a decent home run factor boost in moving to U.S. Cellular Field. His spot in the order should allow him to fly a bit under the radar, making him a tremendous asset in a Twins tourney stack.
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