I’m not going to sell you on Max Scherzer or Coors Field (weather permitting), I suspect you can get there on your own. Let’s look for some names under the surface. As always, consider the lineups and the forecasts before you make your final DFS decisions.
Brett Anderson, SP, vs. PHI (Billingsley), $7900 on Fan Duel: Although Anderson is the highest Tuesday favorite by a mile, he’s merely the No. 11 pitcher by price. The Phillies do better against lefties than they do against righties, but it still washes out as the No. 28 offense in scoring. If you like the pitcher, you run to this matchup. Anderson is in fine form, with a 1.61 ERA over his last four starts (three of them victories).
Taijuan Walker, SP, vs. DET (Ryan), $8100: The Detroit offense has finally shown some teeth, but Walker’s been untouchable over his last nine starts (1.68 ERA, 3 BB, 51 K). Advantage, pitcher. He also draws a weak link in the Tigers rotation. Walker looks like the next American League pitching star, and most of Detroit's strong bats are right-handed.
The Usual Dodgers, vs PHI (Billingsley): While Los Angeles is a modest tenth in overall scoring, this lineup really loves to crush against right-handed pitching (No. 1 in weighted on-base average), especially when a journeyman like Chad Billingsley returns to town. Justin Turner is a reverse-split delight to consider, and also look for your usual lefties to plug and play: Pederson, Gonzalez, Ethier, Grandal, Hollandsworth, Snider. Heck, Jimmy Rollins showed signs of life Monday, perhaps inspired by the presence of his former club.
Nelson Cruz, OF, vs. DET (Ryan), $3300: His slash line hasn’t been much since the onset of June, but at least Cruz already has a couple of homers in the fresh month. More appealing: he’s facing an ordinary lefty in Detroit’s Kyle Ryan, and he rocks a .364/.462/.836 line against the southpaws this year. Most of Cruz’s pop has also come on the road, but with this good a draw and price, I’m willing to overlook that.
Stephen Vogt, C, at NYY (Eovaldi), $3100: While the radar gun is nifty, there isn’t much else to like about Nathan Eovaldi (4.52 ERA). Any Oakland lefty you normally consider is in a good spot in front of the Yankee Stadium short porch, with All-Star Vogt (off a price reduction) the first name I prefer. If you want to keep stacking along, Billy Burns (leadoff), Ben Zobrist (third) and Josh Reddick (fourth) could be fun, too.
Jung Ho Kang, SS, vs. SD (Ross), $2400: You have to dodge the raindrops in the Pittsburgh forecast, and Tyson Ross is no easy mark. That said, Kang is set in the cleanup spot and shortstop is a common area to look for a punt option. I realize Kang’s offense has collapsed in recent weeks, but irregular playing time often causes that. Now that Josh Harrison (thumb) is out of the lineup, Kang has to play.
Gregory Polanco, OF, vs. SD (Ross), $2200: Please, weather gods, let this one play out. If Polanco can get to first base, Tyson Ross - the ultimate bag giveaway - will wave him to second. Polanco also has some positive history in the matchup, with a homer and double over a 3-for-6 stretch. Maybe that latter fact doesn’t matter to you, but Polanco’s legs, minimum salary and steal-friendly matchup are lovely things. Polanco hasn’t been in fine form of late (though he had three hits in front of me at Comerica), but that’s why the price sits where it is. There’s plausible upside here.
David Ortiz, 1B, vs. MIA (Haren), $3200: He’s still in a reasonable price area, despite the modest comeback, and he has some nice history against Danny Haren (.760 slugging, three homers over 25 at-bats). Although Haren’s ERA has a pretty glow to it, he’s still prone to homer problems, especially in road assignments (4.03 ERA). Lefties also have a .792 OPS against Haren.
Danny Valencia, 3B, at CHW (Quintana), $2900: I won’t blame anyone who prefers Josh Donaldson at $4100 in this spot, but if you’re in a cash-save mode, Valencia offers an .842 OPS against lefties. You’ll need to confirm the lineup, of course, but Valencia figures to get some run Tuesday. Also pay note to Chris Colabello’s .378/.429/.689 slash in the platoon advantage.
Juan Uribe, 3B, at MIL (Cravy), $2700: He’s in a good run at the moment (three homers last week), and you want him all week for standard formats, with four Coors Field games on the way. Tuesday also looks reasonable, up against an inexperienced Tyler Cravy and in a favorable scoring environment. Ah, the friendly Midwest.