3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on Tuesday 8/3/21
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.
Sean Manaea, SP, Oakland Athletics ($10,000)
(Editor Note: Manaea has not been confirmed as the starter yet. Keep an eye on numberFire's News page for updates.)
There's a mega-loaded slate of aces on Tuesday's main -- Walker Buehler faces Lance McCullers, and both of these arms are ones that I am avoiding given their track record and challenging teams they are facing.
Pivoting slightly down is Sean Manaea -- and he's been on an absolute tear recently. For the season, he owns a 27.2% strikeout rate, and since the All-Star break, Manaea has posted a sparkling 1.96 ERA with a .233 wOBA allowed.
Per our model, Manaea does not clock in at the highest on the slate (30.7 FanDuel points), but he could pop in a big way against the Fernando Tatis Jr.-less San Diego Padres.
Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox ($3,400)
Make no mistake about it -- the Chicago White Sox have indeed been struggling at the plate. Eloy Jimenez will be back in the lineup, and this team could really cook.
Tonight, Kris Bubic takes the hill for Royals, and he has really struggled with a poor 18.7% whiff rate and a whopping 1.69 HR/9.
Jose Abreu has hammered lefties this season -- he has crushed them to the tune of a whopping .316 isolated power (ISO) and 130 wRC+. Dial up Abreu tonight.
Starling Marte, OF, Oakland Athletics ($3,900)
It's very clear that something is wrong with Blake Snell this season -- call it poor performance, an injury, or whatever it is, it's not good whatsoever.
This year, he has been absolutely bombed by right-handed batters, allowing a .482 slugging percentage and in the second half alone, he has allowed a .502 slugging percentage to all batters.
Enter Starling Marte -- he may not exactly be known as a major power source, but given these splits, he could be ready to roar.
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