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 and Kyle Soppe.
Hitters to build around
I'm big on an Athletics stack on Tuesday -- Khris Davis seems like an automatic, among their more obvious hitters -- as their prices are low, their position flexibility good, they get a ballpark boost by playing at Baltimore's Camden Yards rather than back home at the Oakland Coliseum, and they'll face one of the weakest pitchers in current rotations in Ubaldo Jimenez. What's more, the Baltimore Orioles have used both Brad Brach and Zach Britton in each of the past two days, so their bullpen might be a bit fatigued. Healy and Olson are the more power-oriented hitters of late than Pinder, who got better lift on the ball earlier in the year before his DL stint, but where these three hitters slot into the five-six lineup spots bears watching. They're all cheap, and picking even one of them can help get you some better pitching and an elite bat or three into your lineup.
An average performer at Triple-A Charlotte both this season and last, Delmonico has made the most of his playing time with the big club, clubbing six home runs his first 19 games, and perhaps just as impressive is his sudden control of the strike zone, with 11 walks versus 13 strikeouts. A left-handed hitter and the top fantasy option on the 7-day Player Rater, Delmonico should fare well against ordinary Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who has a 6.05 ERA and allows many hits, homers and walks.
Since the beginning of 2014, there are a trio of players with exactly a .361 wOBA vs. left handed pitching: 2015 MVP Bryce Harper, 2016 unanimous rookie of the year Corey Seager, and Flores. Not bad company to keep and when you consider that Flores' hard contact rate has spiked this season, he becomes even more enticing at his price point. No, I'm not worried about Patrick Corbin's consecutive strong starts, as there is a reason righties still own a .306/.355/.489 batting line against him for the season as a whole. Flores is still too cheap and his positional flexibility on DraftKings is a nice bonus.
Pitchers to build around
I'm doubling up on Lynn, because that's how all-in I am on him on Tuesday night. A $7,400 price tag on DraftKings, and $8,000 on FanDuel? That's an every-lineup pick. Lynn has eight consecutive quality starts, the second-longest streak behind James Paxton (9), averaging 16.9 and 32.4 points on each respective site during that span, which are Jimmy Nelson/Masahiro Tanaka-caliber numbers but at a substantial discount compared to either. Lynn also gets a boost by facing a San Diego Padres team that is the second-most whiff prone against righties, and while many of us instinctually think that Petco Park would be the substantially better venue for Lynn's matchup, the truth is that the two ballparks are fairly comparable since Petco brought the fences in with one exception -- Petco is still slightly better for strikeouts.
Eric Karabell -- Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks
Craving strikeouts? Who isn't? Corbin boasts 25 whiffs in his past three outings covering 21 1/3 innings, and didn't permit a run in his past two outings, and they were against the mighty Astros and Cubs. So basically, Corbin is pitching very well and he faces a Mets team that isn't hitting very well. Corbin's season WHIP is not attractive, mainly because he's allowed so many hits to right-handed batters, but then again, much of that damage came in an ugly April. His numbers since mid-June are far better.
Kyle Soppe -- Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals
I'm making today a Seinfeld-styled airing of grievances: "I gotta lot problems with you people". OK, so maybe that's a bit harsh, but I don't understand the pricing here. As was the case with my hitter (Wilmer Flores), we have enough of a sample size to believe in Lynn until proven otherwise, but the price tag doesn't reflect that. There are just five pitchers (minimum 500 innings pitched) who have a lower ERA than Lynn since the beginning of 2014, and they are all guys you may have heard of: Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, and Madison Bumgarner. It's not as if Lynn is struggling (1.46 ERA over his last eight starts), so I'm not exactly sure why he is priced in the Ubaldo Jimenez/Clayton Richard tier tonight on DraftKings. Lynn doesn't normally come with strikeout upside, but he is facing the most strikeout prone offense vs. RHP in baseball: he's a Top 5 pitcher tonight.