Another massive Tuesday on tap in Major League baseball. Let’s dig in deep and find some plays that stand out at each position for your FanDuel lineups. Baseball is a sport filled with variance, but these are some of the guys standing out to me today as top plays. Make sure to double check the weather on the RotoGrinders’ Weather Page before making your lineups!
Clayton Kershaw: $12,700 (vs. Chicago White Sox)
Yes, I know this isn’t a difficult pick and clearly will be a popular one. I don’t need to spout off these massive strikeout numbers for Kershaw and the fact that the Chicago White Sox have, far and away, the lowest team total on the board tonight. The only thing I want to point out is that when looking at the general landscape of starting pitcher tonight, there’s nobody in Kershaw’s neighborhood on this slate. And with 15 games, most of which have very marginal pitching, there’s too much offense that you can pull from not to put Kershaw on your cash game team. If you wanted to get a little bit frisky in tournaments that’s fine, but if you have any money on the line that you would consider significant for a single day’s action, this is the guy you must roster.
Mike Clevinger: $8,500 (vs. San Francisco Giants)
After Kershaw there are few options I would consider. Clevinger stands out as one that will be extremely low-owned and has a fair price tag. He’s racked up a very respectable 27% strikeout rate this season. In fact, his swinging strike rate is 13.7% which is comparable to Kershaw’s 13.8%. The Giants offense has been putrid this year - against right-handers they have a .293 wOBA, .137 ISO and 81 wRC+. All of those numbers are at the bottom of the league for offenses. If you’re not playing Clayton Kershaw on FanDuel then this is one pitcher I can get behind in tournaments.
Salvador Perez: $2,900 (vs. Detroit Tigers)
Perez has quietly put together a very good fantasy season, and is averaging slightly over 12 Fanduel points per game in his last 20 games. He’s always been a solid contributor against left-handed pitching and tonight gets one at home. So far this season against left-handers he’s put up a modest .329 wOBA but a very high .204 ISO. His opposing pitcher tonight is only striking out 15.1% of the right handed batters he’s facing this season and I would put Perez near the top of my list at this position tonight regardless of salary. It just happens to be a bonus for us that the price tag is only sitting at $2900.
Wil Myers: $4,000 (vs. Colorado Rockies)
It’s never a bad idea to get some pieces from a Colorado home game into your FanDuel lineup. Today is a tad bit tricky though as San Diego is pitching a very strong young right-hander who could give this Colorado offense a bit of trouble. On the flipside, the San Diego offense just isn’t that good but I’ll take my chances by picking the best hitter in the San Diego lineup, Wil Myers. He hasn’t been his normal outstanding self this year but in 289 plate appearances against right-handed pitching he still has a .196 ISO. That extra-base power will go a long ways towards fantasy production in Coors Field tonight.
Jonathan Schoop: $3,100 (vs. Texas Rangers)
So many options to choose from tonight but I’m going to go with a name that isn’t as popular as some of the other second baseman out there in Schoop. He has put together a very solid first half of the season and over his last 20 games he’s averaged 10.1 Fanduel points per game. Against right-handers this year he has a surprisingly high .201 ISO and .368 wOBA. Throw in the fact that Baltimore has a very high 5.5 team total tonight and I can get on board with saving some money at second base and only paying $3100 for this guy’s production.
Josh Donaldson: $3,600 (vs. Boston Red Sox)
It’s always been a golden rule of daily fantasy baseball that when Josh Donaldson faces off against a left-hander he probably needs to be in your lineup. This year he’s been injured and not as productive as his normal self. However, he has picked up his production a little bit over the last 10 games averaging 11 FanDuel points per game. He’s only had 44 plate appearances against left-handers this year but has still come through with a solid .376 wOBA. The general numbers against left-handers are way down from what he’s done over the course of his career but I’m willing to take a chance on him tonight in a matchup against a left-handed pitcher for Boston that is allowing a .260 ISO to right-handers in limited time this season.
Didi Gregorius: $2,800 (vs. Minnesota Twins)
This may be the easiest position and player that I came across when doing my initial research today. The New York Yankees hitters will be extremely popular options against Bartolo Colón, and I think you have to get some of them in your lineup. For only $2800 you can get Gregorius. With some of the injuries in this lineup, he usually finds his way to the top half of the batting order and generates a lot of power at a position that typically doesn’t flaunt as much as other spots. He has a .205 ISO this season against right-handed pitching and Colón has been an absolute travesty of a pitcher this year. He could surprise the world and go out there and pitch a great game tonight against a strong lineup, and Conor McGregor could also shock the world and beat Floyd Mayweather. However, I’m not betting on either one of those events happening.
Others to Consider: Corey Seager
Justin Upton: $3,600 (vs. Kansas City Royals)
Justin Upton has been a solid player for Detroit this year and throughout the course of his career has done well when facing left-handers. So far this season against left-handers he has a .393 wOBA. The pitcher he is facing tonight, veteran Travis Wood, is allowing a .377 wOBA to right-handers. Upton has a tendency to strike out a lot but Wood only has a 5.7% swinging strike rate against right-handers this season. I don’t typically like to play Upton in cash games because of that boom or bust side of him, but I think this is an opportunity to use him in all formats tonight.
David Peralta: $3,000 (vs. Cincinnati Reds)
Arizona is not nearly as good of an offensive team on the road but tonight they get another small ballpark in Cincinnati. They also get a solid matchup against a young right-hander, Sal Romano. You disregard the numbers with Romano since he’s only made 2 major league starts in his career but because he hasn’t shown that he’s going to be an elite pitcher by any means at this level, finding some Arizona bats to put in your lineup is a good idea. David Peralta is fairly priced at only $3000 on FanDuel and is a guy that is playable in all formats when taking on right-handed pitchers. He has only struck out 15.1% of the time against right handers this season. I love other guys in this lineup like Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock, but Peralta might be the best value on Arizona tonight.
Others to Consider: AJ Pollock, Mallex Smith