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 on FanDuel.
There is no denying Coors Field on Wednesday.
Even with tricky lefty Austin Gomber toeing the slab for the Rockies, Colorado has a supreme matchup with the Nationals' starter, Patrick Corbin. Corbin's 4.31 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA) isn't bad, but the 8.36 actual ERA isn't going anywhere a month into the season. An 11.3% barrel rate provides dwindling hope he'll turn it around.
Colorado is not the place to be for a struggling southpaw. The right-handed dominant Rox lineup leads MLB in weighted runs created plus (wRC+) this season (141).
Salary may be your ally in tournaments when targeting the Blake Street Bombers. With C.J. Cron ($4,000), Connor Joe ($3,900), Randal Grichuk ($3,800), Charlie Blackmon ($3,800), and Elias Diaz ($3,000) all carrying a supreme acquisition salary, they may be less popular than normal as a collective.
You'll probably want to leave Ryan McMahon ($3,800) in the player pool today; he's posted just a .415 on-base plus slugging (OPS) against lefties this season.
It's easy to see why. Gutierrez's 2022 has been all-around unsightly, featuring a 6.43 SIERA and a seemingly-impossible 18.1% walk rate. With the opportunity to send Tyler Mahle to the hill on normal rest instead, wouldn't you?
Unfortunately, the 3-20 Reds will now pay the piper. It's a Wednesday assignment for Gutierrez, and the red-hot Brew Crew just posted five runs last night against Mahle. All in all, they have a 126 wRC+ the past week entering their easiest assignment in this span.
The best part? Milwaukee actually brings decent value in the day's top matchup. Willy Adames ($3,500), Hunter Renfroe ($3,300), and Christian Yelich ($3,300) are up there in salary, but Kolten Wong ($2,600), Andrew McCutchen ($2,800), and the scorchingRowdy Tellez ($2,500) all check-in below $3,000 on FanDuel.
The hoopla of Coors Field should keep the Brewers under the radar, too.
New York Yankees
One of the league's best offenses will draw Yusei Kikuchi on Wednesday. Kikuchi is amongst the frontrunners for "Best Pitcher to Stack Against" in 2022. He's posted a low strikeout rate (18.1%) that's been combined with a hard-hit rate (47.8%) to mix an extra bases cocktail more often than not.
The Yanks have been so hot for so long that their salaries seem somewhat Coors-like at Rogers Centre tonight.Aaron Judge ($4,600) hit another dinger last night off Alek Manoah, and Anthony Rizzo ($4,100) is also extremely high-salaried.