Welcome to our MLB Daily Fantasy Breakdown! Today, we have a nice slate of Tuesday baseball.
Tonight, we will see all fifteen teams take the field in what should be a very exciting night of action. Pitching has me relatively queasy, but I’m sure we will be able to find our way through it. We’ve got some games in good hitting atmospheres as well, so this should make for a well balanced night of daily fantasy action. Let’s make tonight a good one, as there are a number of great contests that are being offered on FanDuel. If you don’t have an account, sign up for one here.
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With that out of the way, let’s move on to the picks:
DANNY SALAZAR – It’s always exciting when you look at the pitching options and don’t really feel comfortable with anyone. Salazar is the guy for me I think, if I’m spending up, due his ability to rack up strikeouts, but also because the Royals haven’t exactly been setting the world on fire. In all honesty, I don’t know if I will land on him as my “guy” in cash games tonight, as the guy who comes in at number two tonight has me looking past
VINCENT VELASQUEZ – The Marlins are a potent offense, but they go through bouts where they just don’t quite look like they know what they are doing. That’s where they were at with Aaron Nola last night. I can imagine the same thing happening tonight against Velasquez, who saw everything fall back into place the final three starts before the All-Star break. Currently, the Marlins are starting ?? tomorrow, but whoever goes out that will not be a better pitcher than Velasquez, meaning his potential for a win is high.
JAMESON TAILON – Pickings are thing at the bottom tier of pitchers, but I think I could stomach rolling out Tailon at his price. We know Milwaukee is one of those teams that doesn’t perform well against right-handed pitching, and while Tailon still has a great deal of development to go through, that doesn’t mean he can’t have a nice outing here. I expect him to finish in the mid-30’s tonight, though he does face a tough pitching challenge from Junior Guerra.
ROBINSON CHIRINOS – Chirinos is in an excellent spot tonight, taking on the shell of his former self, Tim Lincecum. Lincecum has been awful on the year, and has been torn apart by right-handed hitting. Chirinos is a boom or bust option at catcher, but in actuality, most are. I think everything lines up for him to have a big game tonight, and he is very affordable.
WILSON RAMOS – A few days ago, Ramos was one of the most expensive at the position. Today, he is just $2.5k. I’ll gladly take the discount against Scott Kazmir. He will be playing in his home park, and while Kazmir can put together solid outings, he could just as easily end up with a dud. While I’m not banking on a dud, I definitely think there is potential for Ramos to have a big outing.
EDWIN ENCARNACION – Edwin could actually be my favorite play on the day, despite having to spend an arm and a leg to put him in your lineup. Zack Godley isn’t going to last very long in this game, but while he is in there, I suspect that the Blue Jays will beat him up pretty badly. I think you could make Edwin work in your lineups tonight, and he could have huge outing.
CHRIS DAVIS – Chris Davis is currently sick, but he very well could end up in the lineup tonight. Nathan Eovaldi struggled very much with lefties the first half of the season, and there is nothing to indicate that those woes have changed at all. I like Davis’price, so if he ends up playing, he will make it into quite a few of my lineups.
IAN KINSLER – Kinsler is always on my radar when he steps up against a left-handed pitcher, and tonight he gets a good one to pick on in Tommy Milone. I expect the Tigers will be popular targets, and truthfully, I’m not really big on their offense other than Kinsler. Cabrera should be completely off your radar for now, as he is completely broken. He has been ice cold for about the last month, and outside of getting some beneficial questionable calls from umpires, isn’t going to contribute much.
JOSE ALTUVE – Altuve is the most expensive option at the position, and he gets a terrific matchup against Sean Manaea. While he is going to become a good pitcher in the MLB, he isn’t right now. I love picking on him, and I am really not concerned about Altuve’s price considering I’m not likely to pay all the way up for pitching.
ADRIAN BELTRE – I don’t know if I have written up Beltre all year, but he gets an excellent matchup tonight against Tim Lincecum. I know his production has not been great this year, or especially in the last ten, but he’s still capable of putting together a big game here and there. Everything is lining up for tonight to be the night.
ADONIS GARCIA – Garcia is starting to hit the ball a little bit better, and I expect him to be able to take advantage of this series against the Reds. He went deep last night and had a nice game, and I think the possibility certainly exists that he can do the same thing again tonight. If you are looking to save at the position, this is the guy I would go with.
ALEDMYS DIAZ– Diaz is one of my favorite plays against righties, and he will be going up against Colin Rae tonight. I expect Diaz to be able to take advantage of this matchup and put together a stellar outing, after seeing his price drop a few hundred dollars. He makes a safe play for cash games.
XANDER BOGAERTS – We definitely want to use Bogaerts more when he is going up against left-handed pitching, but we will definitely pick on a guy like Jake Peavy with him regardless. The price is right for one of the best hitters in the game, and I expect him to have a nice outing tonight.
IAN DESMOND – If we think that Tim Lincecum is going to get beat up, and we do, then Desmond has to come close to the top of your list of plays on the night. He’s been in the midst of an outstanding season, and looks like it will continue into the second half of the year. He’s going to cost you, as he is the most expensive plauyer in the outfield, but he is certainly worth it tonight. He is a guy I want to build around.
TOMMY PHAM – Pham is priced very nicely, at $2.7k this evening, and gets a very good matchup against right-hander Colin Rae. This Cardinals team plays much better against righties than lefties, so I think the lineup is likely to see better production tonight than it did last night. He’s a cheap route to a possible homerun in this game, so you could do a lot worse.
JAYSON WERTH – Werth is another guy with very good splits, and should be in a good position tonight against Scott Kazmir. The Nationals can be a hit and miss offense, but I like them in this matchup. I think Werth could definitely put together a nice outing tonight.
MIKE TROUT – Trout comes in as the second highest price player on the slate, but with good reason, against Kyle Lohse who has been a poor pitcher in recent years. Trout is one of the best in baseball, unquestionably, and this is a highly favorable situation for him tonight.
JAY BRUCE – The Reds could very well be the team to target again tonight, with Tyrell Jenkins on the mound. Bruce has all kinds of power, but also deceptive speed that lets him snags bags and leg out triples. I like the spot for him tonight, and he should be worth every penny in this matchup.