There’s plenty of starting pitching to choose from on tonight’s FanDuel slate, but one option stands above the rest. Rays starter Charlie Morton is having a phenomenal year, with a 2.43 ERA, a 2.91 FIP, a 2.62 Deserved Run Average, and he projects to be the top starting pitcher on Tuesday. Morton’s got a dominant 29.9% K-rate and has a great matchup against the Orioles, whose poor .300 wOBA ranks them as a bottom-five offense against right-handed pitching. Baltimore is even worse when they’re away from their hitter-friendly park, with a .285 wOBA and a 25.1% strikeout-rate on the road. In a pitcher’s environment at home, Morton should easily put together a dominant start and is well worth the investment in cash games.
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Reynaldo Lopez, SP: $6,600 – If you’re looking to spend lots of your payroll on bats *gazes at Coors Field hitters* then Reynaldo may be the guy for you. Even with a horrible 6.12 ERA, Lopez has managed eight quality starts this year, which goes to show how inconsistent he’s been. There’s a good chance we get the useful version of Lopez as he faces the Tigers, who are the worst lineup in the league against righties with their .282 wOBA, as well as a 26.3% K-rate.
C.J. Cron, 1B: $3,000 – Cron has been an outstanding source of power in the Twins bomb squad lineup, with 17 homers and 52 RBI in half of a season’s work. Minnesota’s hitters should have another big night against A’s starter Daniel Mengden, who has a 4.03 ERA and a 5.48 SIERA, so Cron will have the chance to rack up plenty of counting stats.
Brandon Lowe, 2B: $3,300 – Lowe has crushed right-handed pitching this year to the tune of a 136 wRC+ and still bats in the top third of the lineup for the Rays, which is an ideal spot for daily contests. With the start of NBA free agency, there have been lots of Woj bombs on Twitter, but Orioles starter Asher Wojciechowski doesn’t seem to have the same potential, with a 5.80 FIP in triple-A this year.
Eugenio Suarez, 3B: $3,100 – Suarez is starting to catch fire, with three homers in his last two games, so now is the time to buy in while his price is still low. He’s got lots of power upside in an extreme hitter’s park at home against Chase Anderson, who has a 1.42 HR/9 and a 4.42 ERA.
Kevin Newman, SS: $3,200 – Newman might just be the hottest hitter in the bigs right now, as he’s batting .360 with a 1.036 OPS over the last 15 days. He’s quite cheap for a guy batting leadoff, which combined with his low 13.0% strikeout-rate gives him a high floor worth targeting in cash games.
David Dahl, OF: $3,700 – Dahl has a ridiculous .373/.428/.627 line at home this season and is modestly priced compared to other Coors bats. As usual, any Rockies and Astros hitters are worth looking at in this run scoring environment.
Joc Pederson, OF: $3,300 – The Dodgers lineup should pop off against DBacks starter Taylor Clarke, who has a 6.10 ERA and a 2.11 HR/9. Pederson has a stellar 142 wRC+ with 20 homers against righties and is a valuable play out of the leadoff spot.
Kyle Schwarber, OF: $3,500 – Schwarber is one last leadoff hitter to target, as you can never go wrong with them. He’s got an .894 OPS with eight homers in the last month.
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It doesn’t appear that there will be any weather issues on Tuesday.
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