Yahoo DFS Baseball: Tuesday Picks

Mike Barner

Tuesday's packed slate across the majors brings a bevy of options to choose from on Yahoo. With so many players to wade through, let's get right down to business and highlight some of the best ones to target for your entry.

Pitching Overview

The Dodgers will continue to churn their way towards the playoffs with Clayton Kershaw ($53) on the mound versus the Blue Jays. He's been as reliable as it gets, allowing two earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. He has a 3.09 FIP at home for the season, so this is a matchup to exploit. It won't help the Blue Jays any that they won't have the DH available to them with this game being played in Los Angeles.

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After a strong first outing off of the IL, Cole Hamels ($38) has been pounded for 13 runs (12 earned) over five innings in his last two starts. Both outings came on the road, where he has a 4.04 FIP. He has a 3.43 FIP at home and will have an excellent chance to rebound there against the Giants. They have one of the worst lineups and baseball and have recorded a paltry 82 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers.

It's no secret that the Astros tend to get the most out of their pitchers. When they acquired Aaron Sanchez ($33) from the Blue Jays, there was plenty of buzz that he could turn things around with his new squad. His first two starts were great with him allowing one run across 11 innings. However, his momentum was halted in his last outing when he gave up six runs over five innings to the A's. Still, the early results are encouraging and he has a great matchup versus the Tigers, leaving him as a cheaper option worth considering.

Key Values/Chalk

The Astros are once again primed to be one of the more popular stacks. Spencer Turnbull will pitch for the Tigers and he's struggled by allowing 15 runs (14 earned) over 23 innings in his last five outings. That's particularly troublesome considering four of those starts came against the White Sox, Mariners and Royals (twice). Attacking him with left-handed hitters is likely the best route to take considering he's allowed a .346 wOBA to them compared to a .271 wOBA versus righties.

The Nationals continue their push for a playoff spot against Chris Archer and the Pirates. Archer has been a tremendous disappointment, recording a 5.07 FIP and a 1.41 WHIP. Not only is this a favorable spot to deploy Anthony Rendon ($22) and Juan Soto ($24), but Adam Eaton ($22) is also worth considering. He is 18-for-44 (.409) with four home runs and three doubles over his last 11 games.

Kyle Freeland's time in the minors didn't help much. Since being recalled from Triple-A, he has a 7.01 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP across seven starts. He's continued to be plagued by the long ball, allowing 2.1 HR/9 during that stretch. The Diamondbacks have been a thorn in his side all season, scoring 18 runs and hitting seven home runs off of him in 15 innings. Ketel Marte ($25) stands out as someone to build a Diamondbacks stack around given his 154 wRC+ against southpaws.


Braves vs. Elieser Hernandez (Marlins)

Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF - $27), Freddie Freeman (1B - $23), Josh Donaldson (3B - $23)

It's been a rough go of it for Hernandez, who has allowed at least four runs in three of his last five outings. One of his better performances during that stretch did come against the Braves when he pitched six shutout innings. However, that game was at Marlins Park. Having to face them at SunTrust Park will be more difficult since the Braves have a 109 wRC+ at home. Not only has Acuna been destroying the league, but Donaldson is 17-for-47 (.362) with four home runs and three doubles over his last 15 games.

Brewers vs. Michael Wacha (Cardinals)

Christian Yelich (OF - $26), Mike Moustakas (3B - $12), Keston Hiura (2B - $21)

Wacha has been a disaster for the Cardinals with his 5.44 ERA and even worse 5.99 FIP. He's also given up 21 home runs in just 94.1 innings, leaving Yelich and Moustakas as mouth-watering options. Right-handed hitters have a .397 wOBA against Wacha, making Hiura another great option despite his lack of a platoon advantage. He's swinging a hot bat right now having gone 15-for-43 (.349) with three home runs and five doubles over his last 10 games.

Dodgers vs. Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays)

Cody Bellinger (OF - $23), Max Muncy (2B - $22), Corey Seager (SS - $17)

While Reid-Foley's 3.00 ERA looks nice, his 4.89 FIP and 1.57 WHIP indicate he hasn't pitched nearly that well. He'll be tested against the Dodgers, especially considering he's allowed a .366 wOBA versus left-handed hitters. It's not hard to make a case to deploy Bellinger regardless of who is on the mound and Muncy could also do plenty of damage based on his .270 ISO. Seager has shown plenty of power of his own, accumulating three home runs and four doubles over his last seven contests.

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