Yahoo DFS Baseball: Tuesday Picks

Yahoo DFS Baseball: Tuesday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.

Tuesday's evening slate features all 30 teams and begins at 7:05 PM Eastern time. With a couple of near-automatic aces available at the top of the pitcher price list, it's important to find affordable yet productive complements in order to get at least one of those $60-plus studs in your lineup. The value plays below allow owners to do just that or splurge at other positions by saving money while taking advantage of factors such as platoon splits.

PITCHER

Jeremy Hellickson, BAL at LAA ($31): Hellickson was clearly motivated by his move to a quasi-contender, tossing seven scoreless innings in his Orioles debut after posting a 4.73 ERA in 20 starts with the Phillies. He's a reliable innings eater at worst, but should have no trouble significantly outperforming his $31 price against an Angels lineup that struggles to punish opponents as long as they pitch around Mike Trout. Los Angeles' .720 OPS against righties ranks 26th, giving Hellickson a high floor here despite his subpar strikeout numbers while helping owners save up for Chris Sale ($66) or Corey Kluber ($64).

Sal Romano, CIN vs. SD ($33): Romano offers significantly greater variance than Hellickson, making him the smarter choice for owners looking to maximize their lineup's ceiling. The 23-year-old rookie has posted a solid 20.3 percent strikeout rate and 8.46 K/9, meaning he should wind up with a lofty strikeout total if he's able to work deep into this contest. While that's far from certain given his control issues, you couldn't hand pick a better opportunity to do so than against a league-worst Padres offense. San Diego is the only team scoring below four runs per game at a meager 3.82 and strikes out the third-most with 9.35 per contest.

CATCHER

Yadier Molina, STL at KC ($15): The 35-year-old Molina has had a resurgent season against left-handed pitching, as his .361 wOBA in that split is the catcher's highest since he finished at .382 in 2013. Royals lefty Jason Vargas seems like a tough opponent on paper, but he has predictably fallen off since the All-Star break after greatly outpitching his underlying metrics in the first half. In four starts since participating in the midsummer classic, Vargas has surrendered a 5.79 ERA while posting a 14:9 K:BB and allowing four home runs over 18.2 innings.

FIRST BASE

Tyler White, HOU at CWS ($11): Houston's right-handed bats should have a field day against southpaw Derek Holland, who has allowed a .397 wOBA to hitters from that side over a sizable 405 at-bat sample. The hitting conditions at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field are also favorable compared to Houston's Minute Maid Park, coming in with a 0.22 higher park factor. White is the most affordable hitter in this lineup, but he's far from the least effective judging by his three home runs in the past two games and .660 wOBA in limited action against lefties.

SECOND BASE

Rougned Odor, TEX at NYM ($16): Mets starter Chris Flexen is this slate's best option to stack against, as he comes in with a 12.00 ERA through two starts and will be pitching despite battling a blister. The righty has only faced 10 left-handed hitters, but they're batting .500/.700/1.333 against him. Odor has done almost all his damage against right-handers, smashing all but two of his 24 home runs in that split. He's also been on a power binge of late, with seven long balls since July 23.

THIRD BASE

Joey Gallo, TEX at NYM ($21): Gallo's another Rangers slugger with massive power potential against Flexen, who has allowed nine extra-base hits in six major league innings. The flexible fielder's ability to slot in at first base, third base or left field guarantees his bat will stay in the lineup despite the lack of a designated hitter at Citi Field. Considering Gallo already has five homers through six August contests, it's hard to find a player anywhere across the league with a greater likelihood of hitting one out.

SHORTSTOP

Tim Anderson, CWS vs. HOU ($7): Minimum-priced shortstops don't usually make strong plays against opposing aces, but Anderson's an exception to that rule against southpaw Dallas Keuchel. The 2013 first rounder often bats at the top of the order when facing lefties, as his .314 average in that split allows him to get on base and wreak havoc with the speed that helped him steal 49 bases at the Double-A level in 2015. That strategy has been even more effective at his hitter-friendly home park, where Anderson has a .348 wOBA against left-handers. Keuchel hasn't been himself in two starts since coming back from nerve damage in his neck, lasting a combined eight innings while allowing six earned runs and posting a putrid 5:5 K:BB. He's has also been much worse away from Minute Maid throughout his career, with a 2.93 home ERA and 4.40 mark on the road.

OUTFIELD

Jesse Winker, CIN vs. SD ($10): Padres starter Luis Perdomo carries an exploitable 4.92 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into this contest, and those struggles have been primarily due to a .381 wOBA allowed against left-handed hitters. While Winker isn't the most famous left-handed batter in Cincinnati's lineup, the affordable outfielder's .379 wOBA against righties suggests he's as likely as anybody to take advantage of this favorable home matchup. Great American Ballpark's 1.06 hitter-friendly park factor also plays in Winker's favor.

Andrew McCutchen, PIT vs. DET ($22): McCutchen's a strong choice any time the opposition puts a lefty on the mound, and this matchup with Detroit's Matthew Boyd is no exception. Boyd has allowed a .362 wOBA to right-handed batters while McCutchen has absolutely crushed southpaws to the tune of a .488 wOBA in 106 plate appearances.

Aaron Judge, NYY at TOR ($17): Judge's slump since the All-Star break has significantly lowered his price, but the AL MVP candidate continues to churn out home runs despite his lower average and ranks second in baseball with 35. He's been a dangerous hitter against lefties all year, as evidenced by his .429 wOBA in that split. J.A. Happ's career-worst 1.59 HR/9 this season shows that he's had problems with the long ball, and few sluggers are better equipped to capitalize on that weakness than Judge.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Sasha Yodashkin plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Youngsash, DraftKings: Yashdogg,Yahoo: Sasha, Fanball: Yashdogg.
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Sasha Yodashkin
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