FanDuel MLB: Tuesday Targets

FanDuel MLB: Tuesday Targets

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

Fourteen games are on our Tuesday main slate, with a rare Seattle-Oakland matinee the one contest omitted. Only two pitchers are in the 10k-plus range, but there's plenty of depth on the bump thanks to some soft matchups.

Pitching

Jack Flaherty, STL vs. DET ($10,300): While I expect Corbin Burnes ($11,500) to be at his best, I'll side with Flaherty in the top tier for a nice discount. He's turned in quality starts in each of his first two since returning from injury, posting 40 and 43 FDP. He's got a nice matchup against a Tigers team that fans 26.0 percent of the time.

German Marquez, COL at CHC ($9,000): I expect Marquez will be chalky, and statistically, he's surprisingly better in Coors Field than on the road. But the Cubs are a punching bag nightly for pitchers, fanning a whopping 26.9 percent of the time, which should allow Marquez' 9.2 K/9 to play up. Any less than 4x would be disappointing.

Tylor Megill, NYM vs SF ($7,300): MeGill continues to impress, having allowed one run or none in six of his 11 appearances to date, including his last start against these Giants, where he fanned six across six frames en route to 37 FDP. The Giants hit well against righties, ranking fifth with a .329 wOBA, but they do have swing-and-miss tendencies (25.9 percent). That should afford MeGill the opportunity to earn some points even if he gives up a few runs.

Erick Fedde, WAS at MIA ($6,300): If you're a pay down on the mound guy, maybe Fedde is Tuesday's best option. Marlins Park is pitcher friendly, and Miami has only a .289 wOBA, .140 ISO and 25.2 percent K rate. He was worth 34 FDP in an earlier meeting with the Marlins, and the strikeout potential certainly gives him 3.5x potential or better if he can limit damage.

Top Targets

Shohei Ohtani, LAA at BAL ($4,500): O's starter Spenser Watkins has been hit harder by righties, but we can ignore those splits with a talent like Ohtani. Watkins has allowed at least four runs in five consecutive starts, and Ohtani figures to be right in the middle of that streak extending. His .422 wOBA, .367 ISO and 173 wRC+ in Camden Yards has big potential.

Pete Alonso, NYM vs. SF ($3,700): A clear power reach here, but Alonso seems to be in a spot for a long ball, something he's done in three of his last six outings. He has a .331 ISO against lefties, while Giants' starter Sammy Long is far more vulnerable to righties than lefties, allowing a .387 wOBA against a .148, numbers that increase in a small sample on the road.

Wander Franco, TB at PHI ($3,700): Franco is surging, as is his price as I was hoping for some additional value. But he's hit safely in seven straight, collecting 12 knocks total in that span while scoring 11 times. I don't expect Phillies' starter Ranger Suarez to work too deep, but Franco's .419 wOBA, 173 wRC+ and .254 ISO should get two hacks at the lefty at least.

Value Bats

Mike Zunino, TB at PHI ($3,400): Either or here between Zunino and Franco above. Zunino's price remains elevated thanks to a recent power surge (homers in five straight, nothing in his last two), but it's impossible to completely ignore the .519 wOBA, 243 wRC+, .517 ISO and 1.280 OPS he sports against lefties.

Josh Rojas, ARI at PIT ($3,300): Stacking D-Backs is virtually impossible, but we know we need some shares against JT Brubaker, who has allowed 20 runs and 20 hits in his last three starts, spanning 14.0 innings. Rojas leads Arizona with a .361 wOBA against righties, and paired with this price and matchup, that's good enough for me.

Michael Brantley, HOU vs. KC ($3,200): Brantley is in terrible form, which has made his price slide and become attractive. He still leads the Astros with a .405 wOBA and 165 wRC+ against righties despite his month-long slump. Royals' starter Brady Singer remains long on talent and short on results and allows a .374 wOBA to lefties on the road. A potential return of Kyle Tucker ($3,200) could lead to a nice lefty stack with Brantley and Yordan Alvarez ($4,300), who is hot and a viable top target in his own right.

Stacks to Consider

Nationals vs. Jesus Luzardo: Juan Soto ($4,400), Josh Bell ($3,600), Yadiel Hernandez ($2,700)

The secondary pieces give us some power potential, and allow us to afford Soto, whose .370 wOBA gives some stability. Hernandez has a .424 wOBA and .267 ISO in this spot, and Bell's .265 ISO is far better than from the left side. Luzardo has been brutal lately, allowing 19 runs, 16 walks and 21 hits in four August starts, spanning a mere 17.2 innings. There isn't a bad choice from the Nats lineup here, and thanks to their selloff, there's plenty of value from which to choose.

Braves vs. Andrew Heaney: Freddie Freeman ($4,200), Ozzie Albies ($3,900), Jorge Soler ($3,500)

Heaney has been victimized by the long ball as a Yankee, giving up a whopping nine homers in 22.0 innings this month. That's something this Braves offense is known for, so take your pick when mixing and matching anyone 1-6 in this lineup. Freeman is really just here for a 1-2-3 punch. Albies is a known lefty masher (.387 wOBA, .263 ISO) and Soler has been pretty darn solid as a Brave, posting a .397 wOBA, .378 ISO and solid 17.8 percent walk rate.

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