3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on Monday 8/29/22
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.
Corbin Burnes, SP, Milwaukee Brewers ($11,100)
Using one of the league's best pitchers against one of the worst offenses is a dream scenario.
Corbin Burnes has been up to his usual tricks this season -- 152 1/3 innings pitched, a 3.13 FIP, and 24.5% K-BB% rate. Those marks all rank among the best in the game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, meanwhile, rank among the league's worst in many offensive categories. They sport a .286 wOBA, 25.5% strikeout rate, and .145 isolated power (ISO) mark that are all among the league's worst.
Burnes clocks in as the leader in our projections, forecasted for a whopping 43.9 FanDuel points, and he is the night's top pitching play.
J.T. Realmuto, C, Philadelphia Phillies ($3,600)
The veteran southpaw has really been struggling on the mound as of late. His 1.59 HR/9 allowed in August is one of his worst marks, and he's also conceded a 42.9% fly-ball rate this month. He's been burned by right-handed batters this season to the tune of a .498 slugging percentage and a 39.8% hard-hit rate.
All of this leads to J.T. Realmuto being a money play. The Phils' backstop has a .348 wOBA for the year and a 38.5% fly-ball rate versus left-handers.
George Springer, OF, Toronto Blue Jays ($4,000)
Assad danced in and out of danger during his debut outing. While he didn't allow a home run, he surrendered four base hits and four walks.
Assad has never posted whopping strikeout rates -- his highest mark was 25.0% across any level as a professional -- and he's given up more than a hit per inning as a minor leaguer.
Owning a 147 wRC+ and .225 ISO this season against righties, Springer has performed well in this split. I'll take him all day in this matchup.
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