3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for Friday 8/12/22
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.
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox have a mouthwatering matchup tonight. So, what do you get when the Detroit Tigers call up a pitcher with a 6.90 ERA in 26 relief appearances and one in which he was used as an opener this year? You get tonight's probable pitcher, Daniel Norris.
The White Sox should destroy him. Chicago's right-handed hitters have to be licking their chops in anticipation of facing Norris. Since last year, Norris has allowed a .516 slugging and .383 wOBA to 226 righties.
Luis Robert ($3,700) has been Chicago's most accomplished hitter against lefties since debuting in 2020, recording a .422 OBP, .262 ISO, and 188 wRC+ in the split. Jose Abreu ($3,200), Andrew Vaughn ($3,100), and A.J. Pollock ($2,300) are also left-killers, ripping them for a 158 wRC+, 153 wRC+, and 143 wRC+ since 2019 -- or 2021 for Vaughn, since that's when he reached the majors.
The White Sox are my favorite stack tonight considering their salaries, matchup, and excellence against lefties. They boast a 5.06 implied total.
The Minnesota Twins aren't a stack I love from top to bottom. However, they have a handful of options who make for a compelling under-the-radar stack against lefty Patrick Sandoval. The southpaw has faced 332 righties this year, coughing up a .330 wOBA to them.
Sandoval has also been lucky based on his Expected ERA (xERA). In 18 starts, he's had a 3.41 ERA that's almost precisely a whole run lower than his 4.40 xERA. As a result, the top options from the Twins might get the better of him and halt his good luck.
Byron Buxton ($3,700) is a sweet power source, with a .305 ISO against lefties since 2019. Carlos Correa ($2,900) has done a fantastic job of getting on base, sporting a .390 OBP and 136 wRC+ against lefties since 2019. Finally, rookie Jose Miranda ($3,000) is an excellent selection. He's roughed up lefties for a .289 ISO and 152 wRC+.
The Colorado Rockies will be chalky tonight, even with stellar alternatives. But, of course, that's what will happen when they're at home and raked in the previous three-game series at Coors Field.
Coors is the most hitter-friendly park in the majors, and the Rockies have made the most of their home digs. They're first in wOBA (.353) at home, 10 points higher than the second-highest mark. Even the best pitchers fall prey to the pitfalls of pitching in the hitters' paradise, and Zach Davies is average or worse.
The 29-year-old righty has a 4.03 ERA and 4.48 xFIP in 17 starts (87 innings) this year. Interestingly, his work this season is nearly a carbon copy of his career marks of a 4.13 ERA and 4.53 xFIP. Davies' 18.2 percent strikeout rate is a poor fit for Coors. Allowing hitters to put the ball in play is a recipe for fireworks.
The Rockies are truly stackable from top to bottom and hold a massive 6.37 implied total. The players I'm selecting from the Rockies depend on who fits best around the stacks from the White Sox and Twins while squeaking under the salary cap. Still, Brendan Rodgers ($3,500) and Ryan McMahon ($3,400) are a couple of excellent options who fit the bill.
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.