FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Sunday 6/26/22

Even at his highest salary point this season, Tampa Bay's Shane McClanahan currently rates as numberFire's second overall pitcher against the Pirates. Which other players are ideal targets for Sunday's 9-game slate?

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Shane McClanahan ($11,400)

At his highest salary point this season, Tampa Bay's stud left-hander will face a Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup with a mouth-watering 28.6% projected K-rate and 0.261 weighted on-base average against this particular split.

While some may hesitate at McClanahan's hefty salary, the 25-year old has performed at an elite level in both fantasy and real-life, recording 40 or more FanDuel points in 71% of his starts and an overall stellar 2.07 expected Fielding Independent Fielding rating (xFIP) in 84.1 innings.

With an outstanding matchup versus seven projected hitters with K-rates over 25.0%, the Rays' ace currently ranks second among today's 18 pitchers with 7.1 strikeouts and a 39.0 fantasy expectation.

Dylan Cease ($10,500)

Despite a 9.3% salary increase, Cease currently ranks second in value with a 3.73 rating and first overall with a 39.2 FanDuel point projection and 7.7 expected strikeouts.

In his fourth opportunity starting for Chicago, the 26-year old has displayed visible progression, accounting for a career-best 2.91 xFIP, a 15.3% swinging strike rate, and a 34.3% strikeout percentage.

Considering Cease's recent hot form in June (2.54 xFIP) and his overall impressive strikeout production, the 26-year old should be in another great spot to continue his momentum versus a Baltimore Orioles' team with an exploitable .274 wOBA and a 25.8% K-rate in their last 342 plate appearances.

Brady Singer ($8,500)

After the top-tier of pitching options, Singer is a mid-range value option with a favorable opportunity against an Oakland Athletics lineup with a 25.0% strikeout percentage and a vulnerable .245 wOBA.

While hard contact (12.0%) remains an issue through 45.2 innings this season, Kansas City's right-hander has displayed better advanced metrics in his third big league stint, producing a 3.30 xFIP, a career-low 4.8% walk percentage (career 8.2%), and a 23.3% K-rate.

Even at his highest salary point this season, Singer currently ranks sixth among his position with a 3.29 value rating and fourth overall with a 28.0 FanDuel point projection.


New York Yankees

Despite yesterday's no-hit performance, the Bronx Bombers are in a potential rebound opportunity with a 5.2 expected run total versus Houston right-hander Jose Urquidy.

In 245.0 career innings, Urquidy has overall profiled as an average starter during his Major League tenure, producing a 4.50 expected FIP and a mediocre 19.8% strikeout percentage.

With a slight lean towards reverse splits (4.68 xFIP in 127.0 innings), the heart of New York's batting order presents several core options including Aaron Judge (25.1% barrel rate, .460 expected wOBA), Giancarlo Stanton (23.6% barrel percentage, .419 expected wOBA), Gleyber Torres (11% barrel rate, .550 expected slugging), Josh Donaldson (10.7% barrel percentage) and DJ LeMahieu (.364 expected wOBA).

Toronto Blue Jays

In a matchup versus Chi Chi Gonzalez, Toronto's explosive lineup offers several enticing options against a veteran journeyman with a career 5.23 xFIP and a 13.3% K-rate.

To best counter Gonzalez's ability to keep the ball on the ground while still presenting the ability to hit with power, fly-ball hitters are top candidates for Toronto stacking including Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (36.1% fly-ball rate, 12.2% barrel rate), Alejandro Kirk (36.0% fly-ball percentage, 10.3% barrel rate), George Springer (41.4% fly-ball rate), and Matt Chapman (40.3% fly-ball rate, 11.3% barrel percentage) while Teoscar Hernandez (14% barrel percentage) and Bo Bichette (8.7% barrel) should also be mixed into potential combinations.

Texas Rangers

Jackson Tetreault will make his third career start in a tough spot a Rangers' team with an underrated 5.2 expected run total.

While Tetreault's MLB resume is hard to evaluate considering his short sample size (5.75 xFIP in 11.0 innings) , the 26-year old's profile is nothing to be afraid of when further examining his 4.64 xFIP in 58.0 Triple-A innings this season and 5.00 expected mark in Double-A in 2021.

With overall neutral splits, potential Texas correlation can include power hitters from side of the plate including Corey Seager (.387 expected wOBA, 11.1% barrel rate), Adolis Garcia (11.4% barrel rate, .357 expected wOBA), Kole Calhoun (11.9% barrel percentage, .506 expected slugging), and Nathaniel Lowe (.461 expected slugging, 8.4% barrel percentage).