3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on 9/19/19
Just like in other sports, the focal point of your daily fantasy baseball lineups will be your high-priced studs. These guys take up by far the biggest chunk of your cap space, but they also offer the highest ceiling, and in the case of pitcher, by far the highest floors for production.
For hitters, we're looking for guys with big numbers, strong matchups, and with players around them that are likely to produce well too, increasing our chances for runs and RBI. For pitchers, we want big strikeout numbers, while the ability to go deep in a game and pick up a win is also valuable.
Taking up so much salary, and playing such a big role in your lineup's ceiling, you're not going to want to whiff on these guys, so let's take a look at a few top-end options that you can count on to anchor your lineup today.
Mike Clevinger, SP, Cleveland Indians ($11,800)
On a shortened main slate with only four contests, it can be a challenge to parse through exactly who to roster, especially at the pitching position. Luckily, we have a stud tonight in Mike Clevinger, making our choice a little bit easier.
The Cleveland Indians never seem to run out a slew of aces, and Clevinger has been no different on the 2019 season. Over 107 1/3 innings pitched, the right-hander has whiffed 149 batters for a 2.68 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, and he will look to add to that total this evening against the league's strikeout-happiest offense, the Detroit Tigers (26.3%).
In addition to swinging and missing a ton, the Tigers have also been poor at the dish with a .291 wOBA, .149 isolated power (ISO), and 6.6% walk rate. We can expect big things out of the pricey Clevinger.
Cavan Biggio, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays ($3,900)
Stud second baseman Cavan Biggio has the Toronto Blue Jays humming on offense as the season winds downs, and he will look to bolster an impressive shortened rookie campaign tonight against Gabriel Ynoa of the Baltimore Orioles.
While Ynoa has been strong against same-sided bats this season, he has been absolutely obliterated by the lefties -- namely to the tune of 26 extra-base hits, including 14 home runs, over 213 plate appearances.
And while Biggio has only a .340 slugging percentage against lefties, that mark jumps up to .461 against right-handers, and he's clocked two homers with three steals over his last seven contests.
Peep Biggio for a middle infield option with some punch.
Jonathan Villar, SS, Baltimore Orioles ($3,600)
Similar to Biggio's hot play, Jonathan Villar has been on fire, and we need to give the shortstop a long look, as well.
While he has always had major speed on the basepaths, ripping off 36 steals this season, Villar has seen his power return with 23 home runs in 2019.
He's also ratcheted things up a notch as the season comes to a close. The switch-hitter has logged double-digit FanDuel points in five of his last six games, including two home runs and three steals in that span.
Look for Villar to keep his hot streak up tonight against lefty Anthony Kay.
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