3 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for Tuesday 5/3/22

Stacks are an essential part of everyday fantasy baseball. You can push a team to the top of a GPP by driving them up. However, they can also be used in cash games, namely smaller stacks (for two or three people) that reduce the volatility of a full stack for four people.

This article is your home for the top stacks of the day during the 2022 Major League Baseball season. The primary goal is to identify the upside stack with the highest score. Still, game theory will play a role in contrarian stacks making the cut as GPP options. Still, chalky stacks will appear in this room as well.

Aside from my analysis in this area, I highly recommend NumberFire premium members to use our DFS sharpstack tool and hitting heatmap tool. The DFS Sharpstack helps put stacks into optimized lineups, allowing you to change parameters and ban or ban players and teams. Meanwhile, the Heatmap offers a one-stop shop for opposing starting pitcher, implied total, park factor, and other notable goodies.

Now let’s look at the top stacks of today’s main list, which starts at 2:20pm ET on FanDuel.

Chicago White Sox

All nine starting spots for the Chicago White Sox can be filled by a right-hander or switch-hitter tonight. This is bad news for Drew Smyly. The 32-year-old left-hander has no major problems against right-handers.

According to FanGraphs, he has conceded a .334 Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) to 2,667 right-handed hitters during his career. He’s also earned a .338 wOBA to right-handers since 2021. I’m also drawn to Smyly’s problem with keeping the ball in the court. As of last year, he’s allowed 1.91 homers per nine innings.

Luckily Chicago has a lot of batsmen with stunning batting numbers against southpaws. As of 2019, six players on their active roster have at least a .238 Isolated Power (ISO) against lefties, including Tim Anderson ($3,600), Luis Roberts ($3,200), Jose Abreu ($3,100), Andrew Vaughn ($2,800), AJ Pollock ($2,600) and Yasmani Grandal ($2,400). As you can see, there are sources of power in this stack at all pay levels, making them perfect for stacking around another offense, a value pitcher, or the top hurlers on today’s board of the day. The result is a high upside stack with maximum flexibility.

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros have a pitch-to-contact starter on tap tonight. Since returning from the Korean Baseball Organization for the 2021 season, Chris Flexen has batted just 16.7 percent of hitters. Luckily, he got the approach working and recorded an ERA of 3.58.

However, Flexen’s 4.52 Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) and 4.67 Skill-Interactive ERA (SIERA) aren’t as glowing as his 3.58 ERA. Therefore, I assume that his ERA estimators will prevail in the long term. Additionally, the Astros are built to shred low-strikeout sliders in Flexens form.

Houston’s lineup tonight should include four hitters with over 130 Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) against righties since 2019. Specifically, Alex Bregman ($3,900) had a 133 wRC+, Kyle Tucker ($3,500) had a 147 wRC+, Michael Brantley ($2,800) had a 150 wRC+ and Jordan Alvarez ($4,200) led the quartet with a 158 wRC+. Jose Altuve ($3,000) wasn’t a wimp either when he racked up a 121 wRC+. The Astros stack top-to-bottom, but I prefer to pick from the five hitters I’ve highlighted.

Minnesota twins

The Minnesota Twins probably burned me more this year than they made me money. Also a matchup with Bruce Zimmermann could be challenging tonight. The 27-year-old left-hander’s 0.93 ERA in four starts overstated his excellence, but his 3.61 expected ERA (xERA) and 3.18 SIERA were sharp. Regardless, I’m not forgetting 64 and 1/3 innings of poor pitching in 2021 after only 19 and 1/3 innings of outstanding work this year.

Combining last year’s struggles with this season’s excellence results in a 4.09 ERA and a 4.28 SIERA in 83 and 2/3 innings. Zimmermann also spat out an eye-catching 1.61 home runs per nine innings. Eventually, right-handers touched him up for a .336 wOBA during this stretch.

As a result, I’m intrigued by Byron Buxton ($3,900), Carlos Correa ($3,200), Jorge Polanco ($2,900), Gary Sanchez ($2,600) and Jose Miranda ($2,000). Miranda may be an unfamiliar name to many of you. However, after raking in the upper minors, the young infielder made his big league debut last night.

In 686 plate appearances in Double-A and Triple-A combined since 2021, he has hit 32 home runs with a .386 OBP, .222 ISO and 149 wRC+. Also, Miranda destroyed lefties last year. The young righties had a .713 batting and 1.164 OPS in 151 plate appearances against lefties according to the baseball reference in 2021. Buxton and Miranda are my two favorite clubs in this stack.

Joshua Shepardson is not a FanDuel employee. Joshua Shepardson not only offers DFS gameplay advice but also competes in DFS competitions on FanDuel with his personal account, username bchad50. While the strategies and player choices recommended in his/her articles are his/her personal views, he/she may employ other strategies and player choices when competing with his/her personal account. The views expressed in his/her articles are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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