3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on Friday 6/10/22
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, as well, 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.
Joe Musgrove, SP, San Diego Padres ($10,900)
With all of the pitchers that have been struggling early on in the season, one hurler that has been absolutely brilliant yet again is Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres, and he's got a wonderful opportunity ahead of himself tonight.
Musgrove takes on the Colorado Rockies, who have been really bad away from the friendly confines of Denver. They rank fourth-worst in baseball in road wOBA, clocking at a mediocre mark of only .284. An advanced metric like wRC+ shows the Rockies as the worst road offense in baseball (80).
Musgrove, on his own, provides a whole lotta juice for the squeeze. In 66 innings pitched, he's struck out 24.8% of batters on the year, and he limits potential damage thanks to a 46.3% ground-ball rate on the season.
When we marry all of these metrics together, Musgrove is lapping the field on Friday's DFS slate (41.7 FanDuel points), making him a great play.
Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox ($3,200)
Taking aside quite possibly the most peculiar intentional walk decision I have seen in a long time, the Chicago White Sox have been stumbling quite a bit this season. They sit five games back in the AL Central in third place, and their -58 run differential has really highlighted their challenges.
Surprisingly, Otto has really struggled with same-sided batters this season. They have pummeled him for a whopping .459 slugging percentage, including 1.38 HR/9 and an ugly batted-ball profile (36.7% hard-hit rate).
Luis Robert has been very strong at the plate in this split; he's recorded a 114 wRC+ and a 35.5% fly-ball rate for his career.
He makes a ton of sense to target in this matchup.
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees ($4,500)
While some would argue that handedness splits are a bit noisy (and likely, they probably are a bit), our third-ranked hitter today is Aaron Judge, and boy are his numbers against lefties at home staggering.
Spanning 357 plate appearances in this split, the hulking outfielder has logged a .992 OPS and a .280 ISO mark. A 44.0% fly-ball rate certainly supplements those strong marks.
Wade Miley (3.38 ERA) has performed well thanks to a 58.3% ground-ball rate, but for his career, he's allowed a .434 slugging percentage to right-handed batters. That's only a .347 mark to lefties.
He could be in for a long night tonight against Judge and the right-handed Bronx Bombers.
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