MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 9/24/13

Yu Darvish is a must play tonight against the Astros.

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PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Michael WachaSP20.44$21,1000.97
David OrtizDH18.35$7,1002.58
Michael CuddyerRF17.02$6,5002.62
Robinson Cano2B15.75$6,2002.54
Mike CarpLF13$3,5003.71
A.J. PierzynskiC12.47$4,0003.12
Tyson RossSP20.61$26,1000.79
Troy TulowitzkiSS15.85$7,0002.26
Shane VictorinoRF14.89$6,1002.44
Chris Carter1B14.35$6,3002.28
Adrian Beltre3B12.91$5,7002.26

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The Top Three Pitchers

Yu Darvish – Yu's absurdly good 11.78 ranks best in the big leauges, almost two strikeouts better than second-ranked Max Scherzer. The Rangers ace gets the Astros tonight, who only got one hit and struck out 15 times the last time they faced Darvish. He's a must start.

Michael Wacha – The Nats are officially out after last night's loss, and now face Michael Wacha in St. Louis tonight. At home, Wacha's got an ERA almost two points lower than his road one, giving up 11 earned runs in over 37 innings of work. We like him tonight against the Nationals.

Henderson Alvarez – The young pitcher hasn't had the strongest September, but still boasts a 2-2 record in the month. Tonight he'll face the Phillies at home, who have lost five straight contests. If you need a cheap pitcher, Alvarez could be your man.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Michael Cuddyer – The 34-year-old Cuddyer is looking to finish the season strong. He has six hits in his last three games, and don't be surprised that continues tonight at Coors.

David Ortiz – Big Papi's made this list often this year, and for good reason. He now has a .307 average, and although he's slowed down over the last couple of months, Ortiz still has more doubles and runs scored in September than any other month in the year.

Cost-Effective, Mid-Range Hitter

Mike Carp – Carp is actually hitting better on the road than at home this year, and he's going to benefit from playing at Coors Field tonight. Carp has three at bats in his career against Rockies probable, Tyler Chatwood, and he's got a hit and an RBI.