3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on Tuesday 6/28/22
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 who are likely to produce, as well, increasing our chances for runs and RBI. For pitchers, we want strikeout prowess, while the ability to go deep in a game and pick up a win and/or quality start 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.
Carlos Rodon, P, San Francisco Giants ($10,600)
We have a full 14-game slate tonight, so let's jump into some of the top studs.
The San Francisco Giants will have Carlos Rodon on the bump tonight in what is a fantastic matchup against the Detroit Tigers. Rodon is among the elite pitchers in the league and comes in with a 31.3% strikeout rate, an 8.7% walk rate, a 3.11 xFIP, and a 54.9% medium-contact rate. He is also only allowing 0.45 HR/9. Those are strong numbers up and down the list for Rodon, who is projected for 37.5 FanDuel points tonight -- second-highest amongst pitchers tonight.
The Tigers present an easy matchup since they come in with a 22.8% strikeout rate (12th) versus left-handed pitchers, along with a .112 ISO (29th), a 97 wRC+ (21st), and a 25.2% hard-contact rate (29th). Add in the fact this game is in San Francisco, which is a great pitcher's park with some cooler temperatures, and it's an elite spot for Rodon no matter how you slice it.
Trea Turner, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers ($4,600)
Despite scoring zero runs last night, it's time to go right back to the Dodgers tonight. They were the chalk option last night and got shut out, but we're going directly to them tonight, and that starts with Trea Turner.
The long answer is that Turner comes in with a 138 wRC+, a .366 wOBA, a .205 ISO, a low 15.7% strikeout rate, a 41.0% fly-ball rate, and a 39.3% hard-contact rate versus left-handed pitchers. He's going up against Kyle Freeland, who comes in allowing a .410 SLG, a .315 wOBA, a 4.58 xFIP, and a 33.0% hard-contact rate versus right-handed hitters this season.
numberFire's projection have Turner going for 21.6 FanDuel points, which is higher by nearly 5.0 full points compared to the next-highest hitter.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals ($4,300)
If you want consistency along with upside at first base, look to Paul Goldschmidt.
When it comes to Goldschmidt tonight, the one thing I keep telling myself is "Don't overthink it." He has otherworldly numbers against left-handed pitchers this season, including a 278 wRC+, a .572 wOBA, a .392 ISO, and a 48.7% fly-ball rate. You could say he is setting the 'gold standard' in this split, and we should look to play him anytime we have it on the slate.
The St. Louis Cardinals have a 4.84 implied run total, which is the fourth-highest on the slate, going up against Braxton Garrett. He has only 17 innings pitched this season, so if we look at his career numbers, Garrett comes in allowing a .486 SLG, a .378 wOBA, a lower 20.9% strikeout rate, a .474 xFIP, 1.41 HR/9, and a 34.8% fly-ball rate versus right-handed hitters.
Let's just call it what it is: an elite hitter going up against an inexperienced, subpar pitcher.