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Top MLB DFS building blocks for Tuesday's slate

Eduardo Nunez is batting .317 with seven home runs in his first 27 games with the Red Sox. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Our experts are here to provide the best hitters and pitchers for you to build your daily fantasy baseball lineups around on Tuesday.

Today's panel includes ESPN Fantasy's Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Kyle Soppe and Joe Kaiser.


Hitters to build around

Eric Karabell -- Eduardo Nunez, Boston Red Sox

The slump seems over as he homered Monday, and Tuesday brings a matchup with veteran lefty Brett Anderson, who will make his Blue Jays debut. Once upon a time Anderson was on the verge of fantasy stardom. Unfortunately, Ronald Reagan was president then. OK, Anderson is still only 29 and did pitch well in a few minor league starts recently, but against the Red Sox it doesn't feel like a fair fight. Nunez leads off and he's not overly expensive, so go with him.

Tristan H. Cockcroft -- Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins

I'll want as much exposure to the Minnesota Twins' offense as possible on Tuesday. James Shields' 6.18 ERA since the All-Star break is 83rd out of 89 qualifiers, and he's backed by a bullpen that ranks 27th in ERA during that same time span (4.97). Rosario, the team's typical cleanup hitter against right-handers, is reasonably priced -- $4,200 on DraftKings and $3,200 on FanDuel. He's also a .300/.336/.570 hitter in 26 games in August.

Kyle Soppe -- Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins

I understand why you're not rushing out to own a player hitting just .203 since the All Star Break, but Kepler is a nice platoon hitter (.280/.347/.512 vs RHP this season) and, well, James Shields. The White Sox righty has always struggled against lefties and they own a 1.025 OPS against this season, a figure that is on the rise. I love the upside here, as Shields has more starts this season in which he has allowed three homers than starts in which he didn't allow a single homer, and with Kepler still hitting in the middle third of this order for a team with an elite implied total. The price point here on both DraftKings and FanDuel more reflects Kepler's struggles than this matchup and I'll happily take advantage.

Joe Kaiser -- Mark Reynolds, Colorado Rockies

Reynolds is out of his mid-season slump and has three home runs in his last eight games. In a home game tonight at Coors Field, he faces Tigers righty Michael Fulmer, who has given up a long ball in five of his last six starts. That bodes well for the powerful Reynolds, who has hit 22 of his 28 home runs t against right-handers in 2017.

Pitchers to build around

Eric Karabell -- Edwin Jackson, Washington Nationals

Yeah, I feel quite dirty typing the name of a 33-year-old veteran of 12 big league teams and boasting a career 4.61 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, but really, trust me, he's different now! He's on the mighty Nationals and everything has changed! Of course that's ridiculous, but Jackson has made seven starts for Washington and five of them have been pretty good. His ERA in those 43 innings is 2.93, with a 1.16 WHIP. The strikeouts don't impress and all this probably ends soon, but hey, no current Marlin has actually homered off him! OK, I'll see myself out now, but there are worse risks to take. (Just go with Tampa's Alex Cobb. The Royals haven't scored in months.)

Tristan H. Cockcroft -- Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays

There isn't one pitcher I'll slot into every lineup on Tuesday night, since I see as many as six that I'd shuffle around, but Cobb's price is one of the more reasonable on the board. On FanDuel, he's actually closer to the cheapest ($5,500 for Chris Smith and Vance Worley) than the most expensive ($10,900 for Chris Sale) starter, and on DraftKings he's a reasonable $8,600. Seven of his past 10 starts were quality starts, and while the Kansas City Royals aren't much of a strikeout-prone offense, they play in a pitchers' park and have been a below-average offense in August.

Kyle Soppe -- Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals

I'm rolling with Chris Sale on any site that requires just one pitcher, but in order to get him in there on a two pitcher site, you are going to need to pinch pennies at your SP2 slot: enter Weaver. You have to be impressed with his 15.1 innings this month (1.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 11.2 K/9) and I don't think it's a flash in the pan. His three-pitch repertoire is ready for the big leagues and the ceiling is the roof as he learns the mental side of the big league game. The Brewers own the top strikeout rate against righties this season and if Weaver can just replicate his start against them earlier this month (6.1 innings, two earned runs, and eight strikeouts in a victory), he should finish tonight as a top five pitcher at a fringe top 10 price.

Joe Kaiser -- Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

While Santana hasn't been exceptional lately, he does have at least six strikeouts in his last six starts and what makes him stand out in Tuesday's full slate is his terrific showing against the White Sox this season. In four starts, he has combined for 27 innings and dazzled with a 2.33 ERA, 0.81 WHIP while giving up only 16 hits.