3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on Tuesday 7/26/22

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.

Carlos Rodon, P, San Francisco Giants ($10,800)

There are three high-salaried aces on tonight's DFS slate -- Carlos Rodon, Shane McClanahan ($11,600), and Aaron Nola ($10,500).

It's painful to not recommend rookie southpaw McClanahan, who has been unbelievable. But when I am parsing through a choice between Rodon and McClanahan -- as Nola has a tough matchup inside of the division with the Atlanta Braves -- I am leaning toward Rodon.

Rodon faces one of the worst offenses in the league in the Arizona Diamondbacks -- a team that rank in the bottom third of MLB in strikeout rate, isolated power (ISO) and wOBA.

Rodon isn't always on, but when he is, he can be lethal -- as shown by his 30.8% strikeout rate and 14.2% swinging-strike rate, numbers that give him big-time upside in DFS.

Projected for 38.6 FanDuel points, second-most on the main slate, Rodon is the hurler I'll have a lot of on this slate.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays ($3,900)

When you break down a pitcher how has a 1.46 WHIP, it generally leads you to believe that the guy must struggle with walks -- it just seems to go hand in hand.

That's not exactly the case with Andre Pallante of the St. Louis Cardinals -- who only has an 8.6% walk rate this season. He's just given up that many hits, allowing more than one per inning before we even start to factor in walks.

And while he is a ground-ball heavy pitcher (63.7% ground-ball rate), he's been smoked by same-sided righties for a .436 slugging percentage and a 4.69 FIP.

All of this puts Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in a money spot. The Toronto Blue Jays 5.31 implied total is the night's second-highest, and Vladdy can be a key cog to Toronto stacks.

Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox ($3,900)

I want all of the Tim Anderson smoke in tonight's contest.

Anderson doesn't need much of an introduction, nor does playing a baseball game in Coors Field. The spacious outfield and thin air lead to Coors consistently being one of the league's best hitting environments.

But let's fold this in -- German Marquez has gotten torched by righties in Coors this season. In 112 total batters faced, he's permitted a .658 slugging percentage, 2.73 HR/9, and a 38.7% hard-hit rate. Yikes.

Roster Anderson, who will likely hit leadoff for an offense with a 5.30 implied total, with the utmost confidence.

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.