Stacking Hitters In Daily Fantasy Baseball

The one sport that WON’T leave you cursing at your players’ teammates

Daily Fantasy Baseball has a unique quality not shared by other Daily Fantasy Sports: a player’s success does not cannibalize his teammates’ production. During a drive in football, any yards or touchdowns RB Le’Veon Bell gets are yards or touchdowns that WR Antonio Brown cannot get. Choosing both of these players is counter productive since one players’ success relies on the other players’ failures. You could stack QB Ben Roethlisberger, but stacking all three will result in a lower ceiling. The same concept is obviously prevalent in basketball.  In baseball the success of one batter does not hurt other batters’ opportunities to score fantasy points, in fact it often helps them.

Let’s use the Colorado Rockies as a hypothetical example of stacking:

  • Lead off hitter Charlie Blackmon hits a single for 3 DraftKings Points, giving all batters after him a chance to score more fantasy points through RBIs.
  • Jose Reyes achieves a base on balls (walk) for 2 DraftKings Points, putting Charlie Blackmon in better position to score a run and once again giving all subsequent batters a better chance for RBIs.
  • Carlos Gonzalez hits a double (5 DK points). Blackmon scores a run (2 DK FP to Gonzalez for RBI and 2 DK FP to Blackmon for a run), and Reyes advances to third putting him in better scoring position for subsequent batters.
  • Nolan Arenado hits a 3 run home run (10 DK FP home run, 4 DK FP for two RBIs, 2 DK FP run), scoring both Reyes and Gonzalez earning 2 DK FP a piece.

After all 4 batters have been to the plate their DraftKings Fantasy Points are:

  • Charlie Blackmon 5 DK FP (single 3, run 2)
  • Jose Reyes 4 DK FP (BB 2, run 2)
  • Carlos Conzalez 7 DK FP (double 5, RBI 2, run 2)
  • Nolan Arenado 16 DK FP (home run 10, two RBIs 4, run 2)

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 26: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates with Carlos Gonzalez #5, DJ LeMahieu #9, and Charlie Blackmon #19 after hitting a first inning grand slam home run off of Brett Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not pictured) during a game at Coors Field on September 26, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

In this example all batters had successful at bats and each at bat helped their teammates behind them. Had you drafted all of these players, the string of success would have scored you 32 DraftKings points.

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How to Implement Stacking

Now that you understand stacking, when should you do it?

Maybe you like the look of an entire team’s hitting, or perhaps Vegas lines list a teams’ run total as far greater than the team’s typical run total. Rather than limit yourself to one or two of these players, you can select up to 5 batters from the same team (on DraftKings), maximizing your upside when the team is sucessful. The success of one player in your stack correlates with the other players in your stack. Stacking is particularly appealing for GPP Tournaments, where our goal is to maximize our lineups upside.


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