Tuesday night brings us a full fifteen game slate and without any dominating pitchers, so this is an excellent tournament environment. With just two pitchers cracking the five figure price barrier, we should see a wide array of hurlers drafted in the large-field tournaments as there are nearly a dozen players that warrant potential consideration at first glance.
Danny Salazar – CLE vs WAS – $9,500 – Salazar will likely be quite popular tonight and the accolades are well deserved with his 11-3 record, 2.75 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 1.12 strikeouts per inning this season. The Nationals are projected to plate just 3.7 runs, even with the designated hitter slot, so if you are looking for the safest option with upside Salazar is your guy.
Marcus Stroman – TOR vs SDP – $8,300 – The Padres have been better recently against right-handed pitching, however we can still target them with above average hurlers. In four of his last seven starts, Stroman has posted 21.4+ DraftKings points. In the other three, he has just 3.4 DraftKings points combined.
Tom Koehler – MIA vs PHI – $6,400 – This will be the fourth time this season that Koehler has faced the Phillies. In his last start in the City of Brotherly Love, he went eight strong innings allowing three runs (only one was actually earned because of errors) on his way to the victory and 28.2 DraftKings points. He now has 22 innings against the Phillies and he has allowed just 19 baserunners, four earned runs and has struck out 17. There is major downside risk however as evidenced by the 14 DraftKings points Koehler totaled in the five starts leading up to Thursday.
Bud Norris – LAD vs TBR – $6,300 – When RHP Bud Norris makes the recommendations list, it is just validation that tournaments are the way to go. He has been horrible against lefties over the last season and a half, but he does a pretty good job against same-handed hitters during and the Rays have been a middle-of-the-road team against righties this season, striking out 24.2% of the time. At this price point if we can get 15 DraftKings points from Norris it will be worth it.
Khris Davis (OF) – OAK at TEX – $4,900 – Don’t let the price point and the righty/righty matchup make you nervous. Over his last 929 at bats against same-handed pitchers, Davis has posted a very respectable .240 ISO. On tap is a meeting with RHP Kyle Lohse who made his first Major League appearance back in 2001. Advantage Davis!
Joey Votto (1B) – CIN at SFG – $5,100 – The matchup against RHP Matt Cain more than offsets the unfavorable ballpark shift for Votto on Tuesday night. He is a steady play with his .399 wOBA and .930 OPS accumulated over the last two plus seasons and we can feel free to use him in any format for his safety.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) COL at BAL – $4,300 – While Camden Yards is not the homer haven that Coors Field is, when it is hot and muggy the ball really jumps off the bat and it would not be a surprise to see Cargo land one out on Eutaw Street of RHP Chris Tillman.
Manny Machado (SS/3B) – BAL vs COL – $3,900 – Machado continues to be underpriced by the and we will want to take advantage of this matchup against RHP Chad Bettis who is allowing a .352 wOBA, a 1.33 HR/9 rate and a 35.7% hard hit rate against right-handed hitters. Teammate Mark Trumbo (OF) – $4,100 is also worthy of our consideration for tournaments with his multi-home run upside.
Nelson Cruz (OF) – SEA at PIT – $4,900 – Cruz should be in the lineup, but we will want to keep tabs as there is always a chance he sits one out as his glove is not that great and this game is in a National League park. Over his last 483 plate appearances Cruz has tallied a .437 wOBA and a wicked .310 ISO against southpaws and LHP Francisco Liriano has been known to self-destruct from time-to-time.
Jose Altuve (2B) – HOU vs NYY – $5,400 – Altuve knocked in his 16th and 17th home runs on Sunday and he has a nice matchup against LHP C.C. Sabathia who has a 6.62 ERA over his last three starts.
Mike Trout (OF) – LAA at KCR – $4,900 – Since the beginning of the 2014 season, Trout has compiled a .410 wOBA and a .280 ISO against right-handed pitchers. This matchup against RHP Dillon Gee is going to be one that we can exploit and Trout is a top play.
Chris Carter (1B) – MIL vs ARZ – $4,000 – Carter is a fine tournament option as he is capable of knocking two home runs out of the park in any game he plays with his light tower power. Over his last 442 plate appearances against southpaws, Carter has managed a prodigious .260 ISO and 25 home runs.
Buster Posey © – SFG vs CIN – $3,900 – This is a terrific price point for Posey who thrives against left-handed pitching. Youngster LHP Cody Reed is going to be in for a long (or is that short) night against the San Francisco Giants.
Franklin Gutierrez (OF) – SEA at PIT – $3,300 – Gutierrez was a late scratch on Sunday with a sore neck, but all indications are that he should be fine on Tuesday. He has excellent numbers against left-handed pitching with a .270 ISO over the last two plus seasons. Game log watchers are not going to like what they see, but this matchup against the highly flammable LHP Francisco Liriano is just too good to pass up. Teammate Chris Iannetta © – $2,600* is a fine punt option as he is a cheap source of power when facing lefties.
Ryan Schimpf (2B) – SDP at TOR – $3,500 – With the addition of the designated hitter slot for the Padres in Toronto, we should see the red-hot Schimpf in the lineup. Heading into Monday’s action he had four home runs in his last six games and he has been a tremendous value over the last week. His price is creeping up, but do not let that dissuade you from employing his services tonight.
Rajai Davis (OF) – CLE vs WAS – $3,800 – This is a fine spot for Rajai Davis, particularly if he is moved to the leadoff spot with Cleveland facing LHP Gio Gonzalez.
Jurickson Profar (2B/3B) – TEX vs OAK – $3,800 – With Prince Fielder out with a neck injury, we should see Profar at the top of the order against RHP Sonny Gray in Arlington. With his switch-hitting abilities, he will always have the platoon advantage in his favor and this is a great spot to use him in all formats.
Corey Dickerson (OF) – TBR at LAD – $3,600 – Since 2015, RHP Bud Norris has had major issues with batters swinging the stick from the left-side of the plate allowing a 40.7% hard hit rate and a .391 wOBA. Spacious Dodgers Stadium should help suppress his 1.76 HR/9 rate, however despite Norris’ recent success with his new pitching strategy, the Tampa lefties are in play on Tuesday on any lineup where you are not featuring Norris.
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