3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for Tuesday 7/26/22
Stacks are an integral part of daily fantasy baseball. They can push a team to the top of a GPP by driving upside. However, they're also viable in cash games, namely smaller (two-person or three-person) stacks that mitigate the volatility of a full four-person stack.
This article is your home throughout the 2022 Major League Baseball season for the day's top stacks. The primary goal is to identify the highest-scoring upside stack. Still, game theory will play a role in contrarian stacks making the cut as GPP options. Nevertheless, chalky stacks will make appearances in this space, too.
Beyond my analysis in this space, I strongly suggest numberFire premium members using our DFS Sharpstack tool and hitting heat map tool. The DFS Sharpstack helps plug stacks into optimized lineups, allowing you to change parameters and lock or exclude players and teams. Meanwhile, the heat map offers a one-stop-shop for the opposing starting pitcher, implied total, park factor, and other notable goodies.
Now, let's look at the top stacks on today's main slate.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays should give their home fans something to cheer about tonight. They oppose righty Andre Pallante, who has been mediocre as a starter after pitching well in relief to open the year. According to FanGraphs, Pallante has had a 4.46 ERA in eight starts with a 15.4 percent strikeout rate.
Pallante's low-strikeout ways could get punished tonight. The Blue Jays are third in wRC+ (116) against righties and second in wOBA (.348) in home games in 2022. Additionally, the right-handed Pallante has struggled against fellow righties, coughing up a .365 wOBA to 185 right-handed bats.
There are many excellent stacking options from the Blue Jays, who show a juicy 4.99 implied total. However, Teoscar Hernandez ($3,600) is my favorite target. The slugging outfielder's bat took off with a multi-hit effort on May 31. In 201 plate appearances starting that date, he's had a .368 OBP, .277 ISO, and 169 wRC+.
The Minnesota Twins have a 105 wRC+ against lefties this year. Sure, that's merely mid-pack. However, it's a number a southpaw with below-average control should fear. Rookie Ethan Small fits the bill of a lefty with lousy control.
In 25 starts in Triple-A, he's had a 13.3 percent walk rate. Small has also had a ho-hum 23.1 percent strikeout rate. So, he hasn't struck out hitters at such an outstanding rate that he can continue to shoot himself in the foot with free passes. As a result, Small's 2.90 ERA in Triple-A has been flukey, and his 4.37 FIP supports my assertion.
Additionally, the Twins are an appealing stack because they have high-end talent and youngsters with cap-friendly salaries. If Byron Buxton ($3,700) returns to the lineup, his power is an excellent addition to FanDuel lineups. Carlos Correa ($2,900) is also a great pick. Since 2019, he's had a .395 OBP and 138 wRC+ against lefties.
Finally, rookie Jose Miranda ($2,300) has been a force against southpaws. He's had a .250 ISO and 135 wRC+ in an admittedly small sample of 62 plate appearances. As a result, he's an outstanding addition to this stack.
The Colorado Rockies are hosting the Chicago White Sox at MLB's dreamiest offensive environment, Coors Field. The Rockies are always an enticing option for stacking at home. However, they're a drool-inducing option today against a struggling righty.
Over the last 30 days, Michael Kopech owns a 5.75 ERA and 5.93 xFIP, and has allowed 2.66 homers per nine innings in four starts (20 and 1/3 innings). Kopech has also walked an eye-popping 14.0 percent of the batters he's faced across his previous four starts. The deck is stacked against him righting the ship in Colorado, and the Rockies won't make his life easy as they hold the highest home wOBA (.354).
Some of my favorite stacking options from the Rockies are Kris Bryant ($3,800), Charlie Blackmon ($4,100), and Ryan McMahon ($3,000). Bryant has been on a tear since returning from the Injured List, although he might be injured again after sitting Monday.
Meanwhile, Blackmon and McMahon have raked at home with the platoon advantage. Since 2019, in 614 plate appearances at home against righties, Blackmon has a .374 OBP, .255 ISO, and .392 wOBA. In 630 plate appearances under the same conditions, McMahon sports a .346 OBP, .241 ISO, and .364 wOBA.
Joshua Shepardson is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Joshua Shepardson also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username bchad50. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his/her personal views, he/she may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his/her personal account. The views expressed in his/her articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.