Stacking is the name of the game if you want to win tournaments, it can also leave you with either a lot of value or not so much value. Today that’s not much of a concern because there’s some decent value in the pitching ranks.
Typically, fantasy players stack 3-5 players from one team. Those players are typically the 1-5 hitters, but usually the 1-4 hitters are the main target.
Now that we have some idea about what lineups managers plan to use in 2015, today should be interesting on the fantasy scene.
Teams to stack
Brewers vs. Jordan Lyles — Milwaukee disappointed us yesterday, but with their hitting studs and this matchup, I’m going back there. These were the top five batters on Monday: Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun. Aramis Ramirez and Adam Lind. Scooter Gennett, a 2B/SS, hit seventh but has an excellent weighted on-base average matchup.
Giants vs. Rubby De La Rosa — Both Arizona and San Francisco are stacking options today. Vegas has this game at 8.5 runs, tied for the most today, but the money line is -110 for each team, so while Arizon is favored by 1.5 runs, it’s not a confident ranking. The Giants have the second-best wOBA matchup of the night, so if you’re only going to stack one team from this game, I’d make it the Giants. Giants top five hitters from Monday: Nori Aoki, Joe Panik, Angel Pagan, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt. Casey McGehee and Brandon Crawford batted sixth and seventh respectively, but they have the highest or second highest wOBA matchups at their respective positions tonight so they have to be in play.
Diamondbacks vs. Ryan Vogelson — Arizona is in play for the same reasons I mentioned above. Top five hitters from Monday: A.J. Pollock, Ender Inciarte, Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Trumbo, Aaron Hill.
Athletics vs. Colby Lewis — The A’s have a high expected run total and the best wOBA matchup against Lewis. Top five hitters from Monday: Craig Gentry, Sam Fuld, Ben Zobrist, Billy Butler, Ike Davis. I’d also recommend Brett Lawrie and Stephen Vogt.
Other hitters I’m considering
OF Nelson Cruz, $4,100, SEA — If I gave you a fifth stack it would be Seattle. Cruz has the best wOBA matchup among outfielders.
OF Corey Dickerson, $5,100, COL — Dickerson had a huge game in the opener, pushing his salary above Mike Trout. Still he’s got one of the best matchups of the day.
OF Mike Trout, $5,000, LAA — With the stacks and the pitching value you’ll have no problem rostering the best baseball player on the planet at only $5,000.
1B Anthony Rizzo, $4,600, CHC — Rizzo is the only 1B I’d consider who’s not one of the stacks above, but it sounds like the weather will bring an extra level of uncertainty to Chicago today.
2B Robinson Cano, $4,200, SEA — Cano is the only 2B I’m starting who isn’t among the stacks list. Cano is the elite play at the position and like I said in the Cruz blurb, Seattle is on the edge of the stacking conversation already.
3B Nolan Arenado, $4,300, COL — Colorado, like the Mariners, was part of the stacking consideration and Arenado had a great opener. Adrian Beltre, $4,600, TEX, is also a consideration but the Rangers got one-hit by Sonny Gray on Monday so I’m going to be cautious.
SS Troy Tulowitzki, $5,100, COL — Again, there is so much pitching value today, it’s easy to fit a bunch of elite plays. Tulowitzki is one of those plays for me.
C Mike Zunino, $3,600, SEA — I prefer the stacking options, especially since we don’t have to save much on our bats, but Zunino has an impressive power profile and a decent wOBA matchup.
Good luck today and every day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: EP has been playing fantasy sports since 1996. He is among the top third of overall 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% of hockey players. He’ll use the same methods in an attempt to crack the MLB nut.