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FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice: Tuesday (7/28)

by FantasyPros Staff | @fantasypros | Featured Writer
Jul 28, 2020

J.D. Martinez is always an excellent play against a lefty

We have a 12-game main slate this Tuesday and unlike last season, the start to the slate is 6:40 ET so make sure not to wait too long to update your lineups for lineup changes. The Yankees/Phillies game was postponed this morning, but it wasn’t a part of the slate to begin with. The primary focus of my Tuesday articles will be focused on winning double-ups and 50/50s. At the end of the article, I’ll list my favorite stacks and double-dong threats, as always, for those of you hoping to take down the big GPP prize. Let’s get into it!

I tell myself the same thing every day when I build a lineup. This is your weekly reminder as well: “Don’t be an idiot”

It is simple but entirely necessary. This is your hard-earned cash, and you don’t have to throw it away. Think out your player selection and make the single smartest lineup you can put together. That includes watching as starting lineups roll in before lock. If a player you loved is batting 7th instead of 2nd like you were anticipating, maybe rethink things. If the opposite is true and there is a player you expected to bat near the end of the order but turns up in the heart of the order, then don’t hesitate to get him plugged in if you are fond of his matchup. Most importantly, don’t get cute. Just play to win, period.

As always, be sure to pay close attention to the lineups when they are released and monitor the weather leading up to game time. For reference throughout the season, be sure to bookmark our overview of MLB Park Factors and how to Use Weather to Your Advantage in MLB DFS. Also, check out our GPP and Cash Games Primers to learn more about different daily fantasy game types specific to MLB.

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Pitcher Analysis

Every weekday that I’m not publishing this DFS article, I post my Daily Pitcher Chart on Twitter or in an article. It shows my projections, my favorite cash game and GPP plays as well as gas cans to target on offense and season-long streamers plus sit/start recommendations. I try to get them published before 11:00 AM ET every day since some leagues have waivers lock at that time. Here is the chart for today:

Typically, we will have two to five aces to choose from in a given night but tonight there is only one. Granted, he is much more expensive and draws one of the best lineups in baseball, but there just isn’t anyone else who comes close to Buehler’s expectations. You can take your chance on Carlos Martinez, Dylan Cease, Tyler Mahle or Kyle Gibson in GPP contests, but the only other name worthy of consideration in cash games is Josh Lindblom who is fresh off a KBO MVP. He goes into a pitcher’s park to take on the awful Pirates lineup, but there are still some question marks there. I wouldn’t take the chance on fading Buehler, especially with the value that can be found in lineups today.

Walker Buehler (LAD): $10,500 @ HOU

  • Virtually every other SP on this slate is a #5
  • Houston is a pitcher’s park
  • Houston is throwing their worst SP so Buehler should get the win
  • There is plenty of value to be found with hitters so you can afford to spend up at SP

My Cash Player Pool

Every article, I’ll give you the list of players I’m considering playing. If they aren’t on this list, I consider the player a subpar play based on his price. Granted, any player could go off and is thus a decent GPP play depending on how many lineups you are using, but these are the best investments listed in order.

Expensive Plays ($3,600+)

  1. Matt Olson (C/1B – OAK): $3,500 vs COL (A Senzatela) – cornerstone #1
  2. J.D. Martinez (OF – BOS): $4,100 vs NYM (D Peterson) – cornerstone #4
  3. Xander Bogaerts (SS – BOS): $3,400 vs NYM (D Peterson)
  4. Joey Gallo (OF – TEX): $3,400 vs ARI (M Kelly)
  5. Anthony Rizzo (C/1B – CHC): $3,700 @ CIN (T Mahle)
  6. Mike Trout (OF – LAA): $4,500 vs SEA (J Sheffield)
  7. Christian Yelich (OF – MIL): $4,400 @ PIT (D Holland)
  8. Jorge Soler (OF – KC): $3,600 @ DET (R Garcia)
  9. Pete Alonso (C/1B – NYM): $3,600 @ BOS (D Peterson)
  10. Javier Baez (SS – CHC): $3,500 @ CIN (T Mahle)
  11. Mookie Betts (OF – LAD): $4,200 @ HOU (F Valdez)

Mid-Range Plays ($2,800-$3,300)

  1. Keston Hiura (2B – MIL): $3,300 @ PIT (D Holland) – cornerstone #3
  2. Brandon Lowe (2B – TBR): $3,100 vs ATL (K Wright)
  3. Ryan Braun (C/1B – MIL): $2,900 @ PIT (D Holland)
  4. Adalberto Mondesi (SS – KCR): $2,800 @ DET (R Garcia)
  5. Justin Turner (3B – LAD): $3,200 @ HOU (F Valdez)
  6. David Peralta (OF – ARI): $2,800 @ TEX (K Gibson)
  7. Paul DeJong (SS – STL): $3,100 @ MIN (H Bailey)
  8. Kyle Schwarber (OF – CHC): $3,100 @ CIN (T Mahle)
  9. Eugenio Suarez (3B – CIN): $3,100 vs CHC (A Mills)
  10. Danny Santana (OF – TEX): $2,800 vs ARI (M Kelly)
  11. Joey Votto (C/1B – CIN): $3,300 vs CHC (A Mills)
  12. Justin Upton (OF – LAA): $2,900 vs SEA (J Sheffield)
  13. Whit Merrifield (OF – KC): $3,000 @ DET (R Garcia)
  14. Mark Canha (OF – OAK): $2,800 vs COL (A Senzatela)

Value Plays ($2,700 or less)

  1. Avisail Garcia (OF – MIL): $2,400 @ PIT (D Holland) – cornerstone #2
  2. J.D. Davis (OF – NYM): $2,200 @ BOS (M Hall)
  3. Lorenzo Cain (OF – MIL): $2,700 @ PIT (D Holland)
  4. Shin-Soo Choo (OF – TEX): $2,500 vs ARI (M Kelly)
  5. Ji-Man Choi (C/1B – TBR): $2,700 vs ATL (K Wright)
  6. Yoenis Cespedes (OF – NYM): $2,600 @ BOS (M Hall)
  7. Kolten Wong (2B – STL): $2,600 @ MIN (H Bailey)
  8. Willie Calhoun (OF – TEX): $2,400 vs ARI (M Kelly)
  9. Jedd Gyorko (3B – MIL): $2,200 @ PIT (D Holland)
  10. Matt Carpenter (3B – STL): $2,500 @ MIN (H Bailey)
  11. Jesse Winker (OF – CIN): $2,300 vs CHC (A Mills)

Current Cash Game Lineup 

*subject to change based on final starting lineups

My Favorite GPP Stacks

When I play GPP, you’ll never find me doing anything besides double stacking. I don’t always use four players from two teams, but always at least three from two teams. Here are my favorite stacks tonight in order:

  • Brewers (L Cain, K Hiura, R Braun, J Gyorko)
  • D-Backs (K Marte, D Peralta, E Escobar, C Walker)
  • Rangers (S Choo, D Santana, J Gallo, R Odor)
  • Cubs (K Bryant, A Rizzo, J Baez, K Schwarber)
  • Mets (J McNeil, P Alonso, Y Cespedes, J. Davis)
  • Red Sox (J Martinez, R Devers, X Bogartz, M Chavis)
  • Reds (J Winker, J Votto, E Suarez, N Castellanos)
  • Dodgers (M Betts, J Turner, C Taylor, A Pollack)
  • A’s (M Semien, M Chapman, M Olson, M Canha)

Under-Owned Double-Dong Threats

Sneaking one or two of these guys in with double stacks can be the difference between a nice $500 payday and a $50,000 life-changing win. Every night, there is some slugger who goes 2% owned with 2 or even 3 homers. Here are the guys I have targeted who could do it tonight. They are listed in order:

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