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Rhys Hoskins and the Top FanDuel MLB DFS Picks – July 31st

After a light nine-game main daily fantasy baseball slate to get things going on Monday, we’re in for a real treat when 14 games hit Tuesday’s MLB schedule. That does complicate things a bit, but your options are endless as you pursue a big MLB DFS win.

If you keep aiming high in tournaments and failing, I highly suggest you either raise your entry fee in tourneys that cost more money to play in, but have you facing fewer actual bodies. That, or just lower your entry fee and try single entry tournaments against anywhere from 4-8k people.

The point is even if you have a great lineup, sometimes facing so many other lineups can keep you from winning big.

Hopefully that helps and if my MLB DFS picks can play a hand in you winning, even better.

With that, let’s look at some of my favorite daily fantasy baseball picks as I try to piece together a GPP-winner for Tuesday night at FanDuel:

SP: Jack Flaherty – St. Louis Cardinals (7.7k)

Trevor Bauer is the top arm on a huge slate that is light on reliable pitching. He’s the guy to use in cash games and I certainly can see why you’d want him in tournaments.

If you want a pivot down from him, both Masahiro Tanaka ($9.4k) and Danny Duffy ($8.5k) have some appeal with favorable showdowns with the Orioles and White Sox, respectively.

Any of those arms could work out great, but I’ll shave an extra $800 off of Duffman’s price tag and nab Flaherty. He has had issues with home runs and he faces a talented Rockies lineup, but he also has an elite K rate and will be at home in a pitcher’s park.

Flaherty doesn’t come without some risk, but he’s in solid form, having put up 30+ fantasy points in each of his last three starts. After watching Carlos Martinez rack up 9 whiffs in this same matchup on Monday, I am digging the value in this spot.

C/1B: J.D. Davis – Houston Astros ($2k)

The Astros are banged up right now and are struggling because of it. I am probably steering clear of their pricey bats due to that, but I am all over the elite value I can get with some of their spares.

Davis is one of them, as he’s likely to start in a tense road game against the division rival Mariners. He’ll face Mike Leake, who is typically stable but certainly not elite. Davis brings nice power to the table, as he has been insanely productive in the minors. It hasn’t translated yet, but he’s getting playing time and it could at any moment.

I don’t mind the cheap exposure to the Astros and any bare minimum power bat is worth a look.

2B: Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves ($4k)

I don’t love the 2B position tonight, so I’m going to just pay up for Albies. He could be pretty contrarian due to the price tag, but I’ll chase his gaudy .230 ISO against right-handed pitching.

He’ll get Dan Straily, who can be good at times but heads into a fairly dangerous park with a 40% hard hit rate allowed to lefty bats.

3B: Manny Machado – Los Angeles Dodgers ($4.2k)

There are a lot of paths to consider on such a bloated slate, but the Dodgers are probably my favorite stack. Wade Miley isn’t exactly a gas can, but he’s been getting away with a 40% hard hit rate against right-handers and I think he’s due to get slapped around.

L.A. plays their best ball at Dodger Stadium and Machado will be suiting up for just his second ever Dodgers home game. I suspect his nasty .265 ISO versus southpaws will come out to play in this one.

SS: Chris Taylor – Los Angeles Dodgers ($3.2k)

I won’t beat the horse here. The Dodgers are a fun late-night stack and they’re in a favorable spot at home. CT3 keeps the fun times going thanks to a solid .191 ISO and .363 wOBA against lefties.

OF: Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees ($4.3k)

Aaron Judge (wrist) is on the shelf, so someone will have to do the heavy lifting for the pinstripes. New York remains quite stacked offensively, so that doesn’t necessarily have to be Stanton. It sure could be, though, as he prepares to face an inexperienced arm in a great park for power.

Stanton has had struggles at home and against righties, but I like his price and overall matchup. Hopefully the poor splits versus righties and his home woes keep his ownership low.

OF: Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies ($4.5k)

Hoskins should be popular, but I still am willing to pay up for him. I dig Phillies in general, as they’re in Fenway Park and face Drew Pomeranz. Pommy is a talented pitcher who can make bats miss, but he also gives up a lot of contact.

I don’t need a full Phils stack here, but Rhys and his killer .429 ISO against left-handed pitching is to die for. He’s also been red hot, so throw in the park impact and I can’t go away from him tonight.

OF: Enrique Hernandez – Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.7k)

You can end your Dodgers interest at two guys or throw in Matt Kemp, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and/or Yasiel Puig. All of those guys are viable options and all of them can wreck left-handed pitching.

The guy I’ll end a three-man L.A. stack with is Enrique, who mashes southpaws to the tune of a .313 ISO. He’s a little less necessary with Manny on the roster now, but I can’t imagine L.A. bypasses his mean splits in this spot.

Util: Tyler White – Houston Astros ($2k)

I’ll wrap this thing up the way I started it – with dirt cheap Astros power. Tyler White is just as interesting as J.D. Davis, but in limited action this year he’s sported a sick .333 ISO versus right-handed pitching. Again, this is the bare minimum for a talented power hitter in a winnable spot.

Overall, I’m seeking value and loads of power on this slate. Anytime you’re dealing with a huge 14 or 15-game daily fantasy baseball schedule, I feel far less inclined to seek out full stacks. I really like the Dodgers to close out the night, though, and they’re probably the only stack I’ll specifically go after on this slate.

I think the options are endless here, but I like this team for GPPs. Feel free to use the entire squad or pick your spots. Either way, I wish you luck in your MB DFS contests tonight at FanDuel!

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