MLB Stacks: April 16th 2018
If you’re ever played MLB DFS, then you know that scoring and fantasy production among any one team are highly correlated, so in order to maximize the upside of your lineups, it’s beneficial to stack batters of teams that are in good spots or that you believe will pop off. Since the majority of your lineup’s scoring usually comes from the batters, the key to those big scores and taking down a GPP is hitting on your stack or stacks of choice.
In this article, I’ll list the teams who are in the best spot overall and which batters to target in those lineups, as well as some underpriced stacks and/or “HULO” (High Upside, Low Ownership) stacks that could fly under the radar but have the potential to put up some big numbers.
Toronto Blue Jays (vs Kansas City) – Opposing Pitcher –Eric Skoglund (LHP) Vegas: 5.3
Although it may be snowing and freezing cold up in the Great White North, the Royals won’t be able to use that card again to get out of this shellacking they should be in line for, as the Rogers Centre roof will be closed in Toronto for tonight’s matchup. The Blue Jays have the highest implied run total and will certainly be the highest-owned team on the slate tonight as they square off against KC lefty Eric Skoglund. Skoglund is not a good pitcher, owning a 5.97 SIERA, and he was knocked around for 5 earned runs in just 4.2 IP vs Seattle in his first start this year. He struggles mightily against righties, allowing a .459 wOBA vs them. This bodes well for the Jays, as they’ll likely line up 9 guys who hit from that side of the plate vs Skoglund tonight. Literally any 4 or 5 bats from their lineup are in play to stack tonight, so stack them up whichever way you like that fits the pitching you put up on the bump tonight. In the interests of not being lazy, my preferred targets from Toronto are 1-2-3-9 stack of Steve Pearce, Teoscar Hernandez, Justin Smoak and Devon Travis. Pearce, Hernandez and Travis are all on the positive side of their splits, and Smoak mashes no matter who he faces.