3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on Friday 7/8/22
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.
Charlie Morton, SP, Atlanta Braves ($10,000)
Charlie Morton represents a classic case of a guy with mediocre season-long stats being a fire DFS play, and he has been downright absurd on the bump as of late.
Let's take a quick look at Morton's last five starts: he's thrown 32 2/3 innings, notching 47 strikeouts against only six walks in that time. He's also allowed only 19 hits in that span.
Morton's intra-divisional opponent, the Washington Nationals, has been basically a middle-of-the-road offense all year. They rank 17th in team wOBA, and their .125 isolated power (ISO) clocks them in 4th-worst.
All of this makes Morton, who is our top projected arm, a great play.
Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox ($3,500)
After highlighting how good Charlie Morton has been lately, sadly, we gotta talk about how bad Tarik Skubal has been recently.
In his last five starts, Skubal has gotten absolutely torched. Over only 23 innings, he's allowed a run per inning, getting tagged for five long balls and issuing 14 walks. The control and command simply have to improve to avoid these blowups, and he's got a tough matchup tonight.
For Skubal's career, he's allowed a .476 slugging percentage to right-handed batters -- and that's where Luis Robert comes into play. The outfielder has been crushing southpaws (145 wRC+) this season.
With the Chicago White Sox rocking a 4.68 implied team total, Robert can have a huge night. Get him in your lineups.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, New York Yankees ($3,700)
Connor Seabold of the Boston Red Sox is getting called up to start tonight, and looking at some of his Seabold's numbers, the New York Yankees gotta be rostered in full force.
Seabold has really struggled in his time as a major leaguer. It's been just 11 2/3 innings, but he's allowed a whopping .917 slugging percentage and a 41.4% fly-ball rate. He hasn't been good in Triple-A, either, producing a 4.45 xFIP in a larger sample of 51 2/3 frames.
Anthony Rizzo hasn't played the last two nights, but if he's in there today, he's an elite play. Rizzo is on top of his game in this split, slamming righties for a 145 wRC+ mark.
Rizzo can be a core piece to Yankees stacks as long as he's in the lineup.
Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.