3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on 8/31/18
Luis Severino, P, New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are the biggest favorites on today's slate by a big margin, with a -335 moneyline as they take on the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers' 3.10 implied total is also the second-lowest of the day, currently sitting only 0.01 runs above the lowest.
Severino is an easy pitcher to like tonight, even before we take into account his matchup. His 3.28 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA) ranks second on the slate, while his 28.2% strikeout rate is tied for third. His performance has been up-and-down lately, and he's given up at least four runs twice in his last five games. But he has also notched 8 strikeouts in three of his last four, notching at least 39 FanDuel points in each of those three.
If we just look at active rosters to help factor in trades and injuries, the Tigers are one of the better fantasy matchups you can ask for with a right-handed pitcher. Their 23.3% strikeout rate is tied for the sixth-highest in the majors, lining up well for Severino and his 12.2% swinging-strike rate, and their 80 wRC+ ranks dead-last.
Struggles like that give Severino a strong floor, despite his recent hiccups, and his strikeout upside is also huge in this one.