FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Helper: Wednesday 6/29/22

We have some compelling pitchers to choose between tonight, but a certain Japanese star shines the brightest on Wednesday's slate. For stacks, Coors Field is in play again, and we'll have to decide whether to trust the Los Angeles Dodgers after another disappointing night at the plate.

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Let's check out the top options on today's main slate.


Shohei Ohtani ($10,500): Ohtani is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, piling up a ridiculous 73 FanDuel points against the Royals, and he continues to impress as an otherworldly two-way superstar.

For the season, he boasts a fantastic 2.67 SIERA, 33.0% strikeout rate, and 5.9% walk rate over a dozen outings, and among pitchers with at least 60 innings, he ranks second overall in SIERA, xFIP, and K-BB% behind only Shane McClanahan.

We're also beginning to see Ohtani get a little more leash in his starts; he's reached 100 pitches in two of the last three.

The only downside for Ohtani tonight is that the White Sox are a poor matchup for strikeouts, as their active roster owns a 19.0% strikeout rate versus right-handed pitching.

But it's not like Kansas City was a great opponent for punchouts, either, so that shouldn't affect Ohtani's upside if he's at his best. Chicago's also underwhelmed against righties (96 wRC+) and has a slate-worst 3.43 implied total.

Ohtani appears to be taking his pitching to the next level this season, and he should be at the top of our list on Wednesday.

Kyle Wright ($10,400): Wright has cooled off since his torrid start in April, but he's still enjoying the fruits of a breakout campaign, putting together a 3.34 SIERA, 26.6% strikeout rate, and 7.8% walk rate.

He has an appealing matchup against the Phillies, a team that's missing its best player (Bryce Harper) and has an 89 wRC+ and 23.1% strikeout rate versus right-handers. And even though we're seeing hitter-friendly weather in Philadelphia tonight, Wright's 52.8% ground-ball rate should help him avoid the long ball, too.

Wright doesn't bring the same firepower as Ohtani, so he's a distant second at roughly the same salary, but keep him in mind if you want to differentiate in tournaments.

Hunter Greene ($9,100): Rostering Greene isn't for the faint of heart because he's just as likely to get shelled as he is to throw a gem.

He possesses a tantalizing 28.9% strikeout rate but doles out far too many walks (9.8%) and home runs (2.57 per nine innings). Even so, a 3.77 SIERA and elevated 19.8% homer-to-fly-ball rate do suggest that he's deserved better than his horrific 5.66 ERA.

This is probably closer to a neutral matchup for Greene against the Cubs, but they have some high-strikeout hitters, and this is one of the cooler games on the board, which could help him keep the ball in the park.

Despite his high ERA, Greene has cracked 50 FanDuel points twice this year, so don't rule out a GPP-worthy start from the 22-year-old.


Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers weren't a complete flop yesterday, but those who sided them with were surely hoping for more than four runs in such a plum spot.

Yet here we are again with the Dodgers getting another crack at Coors Field with a 6.56 implied total versus German Marquez.

Marquez is having a rough season (5.58 ERA), but his underlying numbers suggest that he's been closer to league average with a 4.22 SIERA, 19.0% strikeout rate, and 8.1% walk rate.

Still, those aren't exactly intimidating marks, and other than a solid 50.0% ground-ball rate, Marquez isn't bringing anything to the table that the Dodgers shouldn't be able to overcome.

The Rockies' right-hander is typically weaker against left-handed batters over his career, so Freddie Freeman ($4,500) is the top choice, and Max Muncy ($3,100), Cody Bellinger ($3,300), and Gavin Lux ($2,900) will also have the platoon advantage.

Trea Turner ($4,600) and Will Smith ($3,900) are once again the best righties if you can fit them in, as well.

Atlanta Braves

Left-hander Ranger Suarez is demonstrating pretty stark splits this season, so it's the Atlanta Braves' right-handed sticks who should draw our attention tonight.

Suarez may not be getting as many strikeouts against lefties this year, but he's clamped them down with an elite 71.7% ground-ball rate, helping him to a 3.18 xFIP in the split.

On the other hand, he's showing a 4.45 xFIP, 17.9% strikeout rate, 11.0% walk rate, and 49.7% ground-ball rate versus righties, which are much more inviting marks for us to attack.

This is particularly notable for a Braves lineup that leans heavily on righty bats. Even without Ronald Acuna Jr., we can look to Dansby Swanson ($3,700), Austin Riley ($3,500), Travis d'Arnaud ($3,500), and Marcell Ozuna ($3,000) in the top half of the order, and the streaky Adam Duvall ($2,600) is always a threat for a home run.

Hopefully, we also see William Contreras ($2,900) in the lineup. In limited playing time, he's actually been one of Atlanta's best hitters and even leads the group in barrels per plate appearance.

Minnesota Twins

We have a better-to-be-lucky-than-good situation going with Cal Quantrill, who has a 3.76 ERA despite a 4.94 SIERA, 15.1% strikeout rate, and 7.9% walk rate. Meh.

For someone with a 37.8% ground-ball rate, it's remarkable that he's only giving up 0.94 dingers per nine innings, and he's benefited from a curiously low 8.5% homer-to-fly-ball rate.

All of it screams regression, and the Minnesota Twins should be able to take advantage.

Byron Buxton ($3,900) leads the way, of course, and he's easier to fit in due to the lower salaries of everyone else. Among hitters with at least 200 plate appearances, only Mike Trout has a higher ISO than Buxton's .349 this season.

Jorge Polanco ($3,200), Luis Arraez ($3,000), and Max Kepler ($2,700) will have the platoon advantage while righties Carlos Correa ($3,100) and Gary Sanchez ($2,400) are the best power bats behind Buxton.