For those who are unfamiliar with my thought process, I aim to add as many home run hitters as possible to my daily fantasy baseball lineups. One way of doing that is to look at a player's isolated power numbers (ISO). The ISO statistic removes singles and provides a larger weight for each extra-base hit.
I also use the weighted on-base average (wOBA) metric. This stat takes every positive outcome into consideration.
Last year, the league average was a .150 ISO and a .313 wOBA. So, when you see me list a player's ISO or wOBA, you know why I do it.
MUST-START, DEAL, AND AVOID
Must-start of the day: Gary Sanchez, Yankees
He has a .381 ISO against lefties in 2016. Sanchez has also crushed five home runs in the past week.
Deal of the day: Trevor Bauer, Indians
He’s been rocked lately, but Bauer’s price tag on DraftKings is too good to avoid ($6,300). He’s struck out 18 White Sox in 14.1 innings of work.
Avoid of the day: Starlin Castro, Yankees
He is 3-for-26 (.115) with eight strikeouts against Francisco Liriano.
STACK OF THE DAY: Cleveland Indians
The Tribe are so close to a playoff berth that they can taste it. Their magic number to clinch the AL Central is four, and they'll look to reduce that digit tonight against the White Sox. In 12 road starts this season, Miguel Gonzalez is winless and carries a 3.39 ERA. His stats are actually decent in his past few starts, but the Cleveland bats are all affordable enough to stack -- providing you with an ample budget to add some big boppers. Carlos Santana will be your most expensive option. Other than him, go with Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez and Frankie Lindor for your DFS stack.
Cole Hamels, Rangers - In a weak slate of starting pitchers (I’m not using Jake Arrieta since he plays in the lone early game), Hamels might be the best option. On the road this season, he is 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA.
Chris Archer, Rays - He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in six consecutive starts and has struck out at least six batters in 11 of his past 12 outings. At home, Archer has a 2.63 ERA in 15 games this season.
Scott Kazmir, Dodgers - In 11 innings against the Rockies in 2016, Kazmir has a 3.27 ERA and has punched out 13 batters.
Trevor Bauer, Indians - "Deal of the day."
Gary Sanchez, Yankees - "Must-start of the day."
Evan Gattis, Astros - He has a .256 ISO against righties this year.
Russell Martin, Blue Jays - He has a .330 wOBA against righties this season.
Carlos Santana, Indians - He has a .285 ISO against righties and is batting .478 with three home runs in the past week.
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks - He is 6-for-10 (.600) with one extra-base hit against Yovani Gallardo.
Chris Davis, Orioles - He has a .278 ISO against righties this season.
Brandon Belt, Giants - He has a .362 wOBA against righties in 2016.
Jose Altuve, Astros - He has a .400 wOBA against righties in 2016.
Jason Kipnis, Indians - He has a .198 ISO against righties this season.
Devon Travis, Blue Jays - He has a .364 wOBA against righties this year.
Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks - He has a .285 ISO against righties this year.
Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays - He has a .269 ISO against righties this season.
Jose Ramirez, Indians - He has a .354 wOBA this season and is batting .429 with four doubles in the past week. Photo: Ken Blaze
Carlos Correa, Astros - He has a .358 wOBA against righties this season.
Francisco Lindor, Indians - He has a .353 wOBA against righties this year. Photo: David Richard
Mark Trumbo, Orioles - He has a .285 ISO against righties this year.
Yoenis Cespedes, Mets - He is 6-for-14 (.429) with three home runs against Jeremy Hellickson.
Hyun Soo Kim, Orioles - He has a .361 wOBA against righties in 2016.
Yasmany Tomas, Diamondbacks - He has a .206 ISO against righties this season.
Adam Duvall, Reds - He is 5-12 (.417) with two extra-base hits against Zach Davies. Photo: Jim McIsaac