3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on 4/14/21

Ronald Acuna has been white hot at the dish. Can we count on him for another big game?

Just like in other sports, the focal point of your daily fantasy baseball lineups will be your high-salary studs. These guys take up by far the biggest chunk of your cap space, but they also offer the highest ceiling. And in the case of pitchers, the high-salary options typically come with the highest floors, too.

For hitters, we're looking for guys with big numbers, strong matchups, and with players around them that are likely to produce well, too, increasing our chances for runs and RBI. For pitchers, we want big strikeout numbers, while the ability to go deep in a game and pick up a win is also valuable.

With your high-salary picks playing such a big role in your lineup, you need to be right on these guys, so let's take a look at a few top-end options you can count on to anchor your lineup today.

Dustin May, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers ($9,000)

A day after teammate Trevor Bauer absolutely destroyed the Colorado Rockies, who have been crushed by opposing righties, Dustin May and his carrot-topped mop take the diamond, and he should be similarly primed for a big day.

The Rockies have been quite putrid at the dish so far. They own a .287 wOBA mark (third-worst), which pairs poorly with a .173 isolated power (ISO) and 23.9% strikeout rate. Yeesh.

And May? Yea, his 52-point outburst has been okay so far. We've got him pegged for a solid evening, so if you can afford May, spend up.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves ($4,600)

When Ronald Acuna is cooking like this, it's best to run and hide. Unfortunately, if you are opposing hurler Nick Neidert, you are required by your job to take the bump.

Scoring double-digit FanDuel points in five straight, Acuna has been absolutely obliterating opposing pitching. He was somewhat quiet on yesterday's slate, only scoring 12.4 points, but the power-speed combo he's popped lately has shown why he's liable to rack up 25-plus points consistently, a mark he's hit five times in the last eight games.

In his first start, the rookie Neidert was okay, but it was nothing to write home to mom about. Expect Acuna to smash again.

Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies ($4,000)

After offseason surgery, Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies slid down draft-day boards in season-long leagues. But he's been absolutely bananas so far to start the season, averaging 10.5 points per game in 11 contests, and with the platoon advantage, Hoskins could be a fire play at the dish again.

Hoskins terrorized New York Mets pitching in a series a week ago, sporting double-digit FanDuel points in each contest, including a 33-point outburst to cap the series. He's got two long balls to his name, and David Peterson was torched in his first start.

A locked-in Hoskins could spell trouble for Peterson and lead your fantasy squads to a big day.

Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.