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Top MLB DFS building blocks for Tuesday's slate

Minnesota's Brian Dozier is a prime candidate for a big game against the struggling Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Bob DeChiara/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, Joe Kaiser and Kyle Soppe.


Hitters to build around

Kyle Soppe -- Welington Castillo, C, Baltimore Orioles

Spending up for hitting and down for pitching is generally how I will attack tournaments in an effort be a little different than the field. Castillo isn't cheap, but given how he is swinging the bat, his price tag is more than reasonable. You want the list of players with a higher slugging percentage (minimum 120 plate appearances) than Castillo in the second half? Giancarlo Stanton, Charlie Blackmon, and, after last night, J.D. Martinez. That's it. Sabathia remains vulnerable against righties (all 15 of his home runs and 33 of his 35 extra base hits allowed) and I plan on taking full advantage.

Eric Karabell -- Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins

Something's been wrong with Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi for months, as he's among the league leaders in home runs allowed despite having made only 23 starts. He's also walking hitters at a mighty high rate. Don't expect Odorizzi to go six innings in this game against the Twins. Dozier leads off and possesses power, and while he'll cost a bit, this could also be a multi-homer performance. Load up on Twins.

Joe Kaiser -- Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies

Never mind the fact that Arenado is 5-for-8 with a double and a triple against Ty Blach. That can be chalked up to small sample size. What stands out more is Arenado's .407 batting average, 13 home runs and 1.284 OPS vs. LHP this season. Get him in your lineups in this home game at Coors Field.

Tristan Cockcroft -- Max Kepler, OF, Minnesota Twins

I'm still all-in on the Minnesota Twins hitters, especially facing a struggling right-hander like Jake Odorizzi, who has just two quality starts and a 6.38 ERA in his past 10 outings. Kepler might bat a little lower in the order than preferred - he's their traditional No. 6 hitter against righties - but there's always going to be a value pick from this offense and he's the one priced that way on Tuesday. See also: Rosario, Eddie.


Pitchers to build around

Kyle Soppe -- Tyler Chatwood, SP, Colorado Rockies

Maybe, just maybe, I'm crazy, but I like Chatwood as part of a Rockies stack in GPP's tonight. Yes, I realize that this is a home start and yes, I'm fully aware that the last time we saw Chatwood pitch well as a starter was early July. But his near-minimum pricing on DraftKings (and minimum on FanDuel) makes him a viable contrarian play and allows you to load up on his teammates against Ty Blach (RHB own an .825 OPS against him).

Chatwood is a ground ball pitcher who limits hard contact and is facing a Giants team that ranks among the worst in the league in fly ball percentage and hard contact rate against RHP. Vegas is labeling the Rockies as the fifth biggest favorite tonight, thus making Chatwood a low-risk, high-reward option at this price point.

Eric Karabell -- Justin Verlander, SP, Houston Astros

Seems odd to type the word "Astros" after his name. This will be the right-hander's debut after more than a decade in Detroit, and I think it's going to be a strong one. Verlander's second-half ERA is 2.41, with more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings. He gets to compete in the postseason again and has to love that. The prices aren't at a discount, but Verlander has handled Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and other Mariners nicely and should pitch well again.

Joe Kaiser -- Danny Salazar, SP, Cleveland Indians

Salazar was lit up by the Royals in his last start back on Aug. 20 then went on the DL with an elbow issue. Prior to that, he allowed more than one run only once in his previous five starts. And in that start, which came July 28 against the White Sox, he gave up only two runs. With the Indians playing the best ball in the game right now, expect Salazar to find his groove and return to form against the 54-82 White Sox.

Tristan Cockcroft -- Michael Wacha, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

I see plenty to like from a bargain-shopping angle from among the Tuesday starting pitchers -- Kyle Hendricks, Danny Salazar and Zach Davies stand out -- but Wacha is cheaper than all of them. While we think of Petco Park as the more pitching-friendly ballpark between the St. Louis Cardinals' and San Diego Padres' home venues, Busch Stadium is actually quite competitive with Petco in terms of park factors and Wacha gets the "home-game" bump. He's also facing a Padres lineup that has .237/.303/.403 rates and a 25.1 percent strikeout rate, second-worst in the majors, against right-handers this season.