Skip to main content

FanDuel MLB Lineup Advice: Tuesday (8/4)

by FantasyPros Staff | @fantasypros | Featured Writer
Aug 4, 2020

Kyle Hendricks is a heavy favorite tonight for a nice savings

We have a 12-game main slate this Tuesday starting at 7:05 PM ET. There is not much rain in the forecast for any game so no need to proceed cautiously. 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.

Win cash playing in FanDuel’s MLB Rally >>>

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:

Tonight’s pitching slate is odd as we have aces from Max Scherzer, Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn to potentially even Brandon Woodruff and Max Fried but none are especially heavy favorites nor do any have easy matchups. More importantly, perhaps, we need to find a way to save some money so we can get Rockies bats into our lineups. I settled on Hendricks despite last week’s rough outing in Cincy. He’ll have a great matchup this evening against the Royals.

Kyle Hendricks (CHC): $8,300 vs KCR

  • Tons of savings compared to Scherzer
  • 2.98 implied runs for KC is a season-low
  • -221 favorite for the Cubs tonight
  • Hendricks tends to pitch deep into games

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. Charlie Blackmon (OF – COL): $4,200 vs SFG (K Gausman)
  2. David Dahl (OF – COL): $3,800 vs SFG (K Gausman)
  3. Trevor Story (SS – COL): $4,200 vs SFG (K Gausman)
  4. Mike Trout (OF – LAA): $4,400 @ SEA (J Dunn)
  5. Nolan Arenado (3B – COL): $3,800 vs SFG (K Gausman)
  6. Alex Bregman (3B – HOU): $3,900 @ ARI (M Bumgarner)
  7. Ronald Acuna (OF – ATL): $3,700 vs TOR (M Shoemaker)
  8. Christian Yelich (OF – MIL): $4,000 vs CHW (L Giolito)
  9. Freddie Freeman (C/1B – ATL): $3,700 vs TOR (M Shoemaker)
  10. Jose Altuve (2B – HOU): $3,600 @ ARI (M Bumgarner)

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

  1. Brandon Belt (C/1B – BAL): $3,500 @ COL (G Marquez)
  2. George Springer (OF – HOU): $3,500 @ ARI (M Bumgarner)
  3. Ozzie Albies (2B – ATL): $3,100 vs TOR (M Shoemaker)
  4. Daniel Murphy (C/1B – COL): $3,400 vs BAL (K Gausman)
  5. Alex Dickerson (OF – BAL): $3,100 @ COL (G Marquez)
  6. Brian Goodwin (OF – LAA): $2,900 @ SEA (J Dunn)
  7. Pete Alonso (C/1B – NYM): $3,300 @ WAS (P Corbin)
  8. Trea Turner (SS – WAS): $3,500 vs NYM (S Matz)
  9. Matt Kemp (OF – COL): $3,000 vs BAL (K Gausman)
  10. Ryan McMahon (2B – COL): $3,500 vs BAL (K Gausman)
  11. Donovan Solano (SS – BAL): $3,200 @ COL (G Marquez)
  12. Vladimir Guerrero (3B – TOR): $2,800 @ ATL (M Fried)
  13. J.D. Davis (OF – NYM): $2,800 @ WAS (P Corbin)

Value Plays ($2,700 or less)

  1. Howie Kendrick (2B – WAS): $2,400 vs NYM (S Matz)
  2. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (OF – TOR): $2,500 @ ATL (M Fried)
  3. Carter Kieboom (3B – WAS): $2,200 vs NYM (S Matz)
  4. Steven Duggar (OF – SFG): $2,500 @ COL (G Marquez)
  5. Starlin Castro (2B – WAS): $2,400 vs NYM (S Matz)
  6. Tony Wolters (C/1B – COL): $2,500 vs SFG (K Gausman)
  7. Justin Upton (OF – LAA): $2,700 @ SEA (J Dunn)
  8. Austin Hays (OF – BAL): $2,500 vs MIA (P Lopez)

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:

  • Rockies (Dahl, Story, Blackmon, Arenado)
  • Braves (Acuna, Albies, Freeman, Ozuna)
  • Giants (Yastremski, Dickerson, Belt, Longoria)
  • Angels (Trout, Rendon, Upton, Goodwin)
  • Astros (Springer, Altuve, Bregman, Correa)
  • Nationals (Turner, Castro, Kendrick, Cabrera)
  • Cubs (Bryant, Rizzo, Schwarber, Contreras)
  • Orioles (Hays, Santander, Ruiz, Nunez)

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:

Create FanDuel lineups using our DFS Lineup Optimizer Tool >>

What's your take? Leave a comment

Build winning DFS lineups

Use the FantasyPros Lineup Optimizer to build winning lineups based on expert projections.