4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 6/30/16
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 today, 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.
The last time that Brandon Finnegan faced these Washington Nationals, he stifled them over 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run on five hits en route to his second win of the season. Why, then, should we target the Nats, now in a worse park for home runs than that previous matchup? That one start still seems a bit on the fluky side.
Even though he allowed only that one run, Finnegan still walked more than he struck out in the game, issuing three free passes compared to two punch outs. His strikeouts have been trending up since then, but he hasn't cured the control problems, walking three batters in each of his past three outings. A high walk rate combined with a 36.1% hard-hit rate for the year (which shoots up to 39.3% over his past nine starts) is a good way to get in a whole lot of trouble quickly, especially against a team that obliterates lefties like the Nats.
Potentially because Finnegan uses his changeup a decent amount, he hasn't necessarily been able to shut down left-handed batters this year. He has struck out only 9 of 99 left-handed opponents while walking 12, and lefties have a 32.9% hard-hit rate against him. You should still favor lefty-killers like Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, and Anthony Rendon, but this might not be a bad time, either, to roll out Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy in hopes of snagging them at lower ownership.
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