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Top MLB DFS building blocks for Tuesday

Gerrit Cole is pitching much better since the All-Star break and has a favorable matchup against Milwaukee. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

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


Hitters to build around

Eric Karabell -- Eduardo Escobar, Minnesota Twins

He's hit cleanup this month against left-handed starting pitchers, and the Twins face a struggling lefty in San Diego's Travis Wood, who is allowing an .898 OPS to right-handed batters. Escobar hits from each side and hasn't shown any special proclivity to pound lefties this season or in the past but if he's batting cleanup again, he's an inexpensive option worthy of some attention.

Tristan H. Cockcroft -- Austin Jackson, Cleveland Indians

I love this guy against lefties. How could anyone not? Jackson is a .339/.419/.578 hitter against lefties this season, and he has five consecutive starts and 10 of 11 as the Indians' No. 2 hitter against a left-handed starter. He's also facing Matthew Boyd, who has surrendered .310/.374/.515 rates and all 15 of his home runs to right-handed hitters this season.

Kyle Soppe -- Tommy La Stella, Chicago Cubs

I'm paying up for pitching on all sites tonight, so I am going to need some values on the hitting side of things. La Stella is no lock to play, but if you see that he is listed as a starter, I'm giving you the green light to save some coin here. He responded with an OPS over .900 when given a shot in August and I'll take my chances in this talented lineup against a pitcher in Matt Harvey who has seen his ERA rise every month since April. The ceiling here isn't great, but with a plus batting eye, the floor is higher than most in his price tier.


Pitchers to build around

Eric Karabell -- Robert Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds

He's won four consecutive starts and registered seven or more strikeouts in the most recent three of them, including one game with 11. Stephenson is a work in progress, as he issues way too many walks and doesn't go so deep into games, but he's been able to overcome this of late and the Cardinals are hitting .231 with a .307 OBP in September. Pair Stephenson up with the expensive Corey Kluber -- 20 in a row! -- and take a chance!

Tristan H. Cockcroft -- Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates

Quietly, he appears to have recaptured his future-ace form, with a 3.10 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 11 starts since the All-Star break. Much more importantly, he's getting many more swings and misses during that time span, with his 24.8 percent K rate noticeably higher than his 22.3 percent career rate. Cole shouldn't be as cheap as he is in DFS contests, especially not when facing the Milwaukee Brewers, the National League's least-productive offense since the All-Star break and most strikeout-prone against right-handers in all of baseball in the second half.

Kyle Soppe -- Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins

In addition to an elite first name, Gibson has four straight quality starts with nearly seven strikeouts per walk in those outing. I'm buying his increase in efficiency (14.1 pitches per inning) over that stretch against an offense that ranks in the bottom five in both wOBA and wRC+ against righties this season. Gibson is my favorite tier three pitcher on DraftKings tonight and is just cheap enough that you can roster both he and Corey Kluber if you're willing to pinch pennies with your hitters.