FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Monday 5/21/18
It may feel odd to see 23-year-old phenom Walker Buehler topping the pitching salaries tonight, but a quick look at his numbers affirms that it's well-deserved. And while we may not have a plethora of aces taking the hill, we still have a healthy selection of value options to mix things up in tournaments.
As for the bats, the Yankees lead the pack by a fairly wide margin, outpacing the rest of the field with a robust 5.51 implied team total. The Cardinals, Twins, Orioles, and White Sox round out the other top spots. And wouldn't you know it, we may actually have some good weather in the forecast tonight. Rejoice!
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On that note, let's highlight some of the top options for today's FanDuel main slate.
Pitchers to Target
Walker Buehler ($9,500 on FanDuel): Walker Buehler has all of five MLB starts to his name, and yet here he is as the most expensive pitcher on the board. But a 3.02 SIERA, 30.4% strikeout rate, and 53.7% ground-ball rate have a way of doing that, and he's arguably tonight's top arm against the road-tripping Colorado Rockies. The Rockies may be fun to use at Coors Field, but it's an entirely different story away from the thin air of Denver. Against right-handers, they've produced just a league-low 65 wRC+ and 24.2% strikeout rate this season, and that's reflected in their ho-hum 3.03 implied team total. Buehler's profile isn't perfect -- he's allowed a 39.7% hard-hit rate and could improve upon his 8.0% walk rate -- but that's nitpicking an otherwise compelling package in a great spot.
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