Stacking hitters from the same team or a high-scoring game is a winning strategy for tournaments (large-field guaranteed prize pool).
Targeting players at the tops of lineups, particularly ones with good matchups is an excellent strategy for cash games (50/50s and head-to-heads).
Let’s talk about some opening day hitter options.
Teams to stack
Teams with a favorable weighted on-base average matchup against the opposing pitcher:
Milwaukee vs. Kyle Kendrick, particularly Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett
New York Yankees vs. Drew Hutchison, particularly Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann
Philadelphia vs. Clay Buchholz, particularly Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Grady Sizemore
Washingon vs. Bartolo Colon, particularly Ryan Zimmerman and whoever starts in place of Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth.
Other batters I’m targeting:
C John Jaso will likely start and bat high in the order.
C Caleb Joseph is the likely starter while Matt Weiters is on the shelf, at a $2,800 price.
1B Adam Lind was mentioned above, but he’s got a great matchup and he should have a monster season.
1B Miguel Cabrera is expensive but, like Mike Trout is an elite hitter worth paying for.
2B Dustin Pedroia is way too cheap for his skill set.
2B Jace Peterson costs just $3,100 and has been tearing it up this spring.
3B Josh Donaldson could give the Blue Jays three 30-homer hitters this season.
3B Manny Machado‘s knee seems good. I’m getting in now while the price is under $4,000.
SS Troy Tulowitzki, because I’m going to play him now while he’s healthy. He’s played in less than 100 games in two of the last three seasons.
SS Danny Santana should bat leadoff for the Twins.
OF Charlie Blackmon should bat leadoff for the Rockies in what’s expected to be a high-scoring game.
OF Yoenis Cespedes should benefit from playing for the Tigers this season.
OF Carlos Gonzalez like Tulo, I’m starting CarGo while he’s healthy.
OF Carlos Gomez star hitter, great matchup
OF Whatever low-priced OF ends up starting and batting leadoff — like Sam Fuld or Juan Lagares.
EP has been playing fantasy sports since 1996. He is among the top third of overall tournament players at RotoGrinders.com. He won two NBA GPPs this season, his first dedicating significant time to NBA lineups, and is among the top 32% among hockey players. He’ll use the same methods during MLB season.