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Notable Lineup Absences
|Chicago White Sox||Luis Robert||LF||Jake Lamb will start in Robert's absence.|
|Toronto Blue Jays||George Springer||OF||Springer is close to returning to action, but he won't be active Tuesday.|
|Chicago Cubs||Javier Baez||SS||Nico Hoerner will continue to start at SS with Baez out.|
DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds
|MIN Twins||-115||Over 8.5|
|CLE Indians||-104||Under 8.5|
|KC Royals||-114||Over 8|
|PIT Pirates||-103||Under 8|
|NY Yankees||-186||Over 9.5|
|BAL Orioles||+160||Under 9.5|
|WAS Nationals||-118||Over 8.5|
|TOR Blue Jays||+100||Under 8.5|
|BOS Red Sox||+128||Over 8.5|
|NY Mets||-148||Under 8.5|
|OAK Athletics||-114||Over 8|
|TB Rays||-103||Under 8|
|CHI Cubs||+145||Over 8.5|
|ATL Braves||-165||Under 8.5|
|MIA Marlins||+140||Over 8|
|MIL Brewers||-165||Under 8|
|PHI Phillies||-112||Over 8.5|
|STL Cardinals||-107||Under 8.5|
|LA Angels||-155||Over 9|
|TEX Rangers||+133||Under 9|
|DET Tigers||+215||Over 8|
|CHI White Sox||-250||Under 8|
|SEA Mariners||+165||Over 8.5|
|HOU Astros||-195||Under 8.5|
|SD Padres||-157||Over 9|
|ARI Diamondbacks||+135||Under 9|
|COL Rockies||+145||Over 8|
|SF Giants||-167||Under 8|
|CIN Reds||+205||Over 7.5|
|LA Dodgers||-240||Under 7.5|
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||CHC||$6,200|
|Fernando Tatis Jr.||SS||ARI||$5,400|
Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)
Prioritizing Yankees Stacks Again
The Yankees were predictably extremely highly owned on Monday’s slate, and despite the fact that it didn’t work out it looks like they’re going to be the highest owned team on Tuesday once again. The prices on the Yankees are just simply far too low, with Aaron Hicks ($3,100), Gio Urshela ($3,000), Rougned Odor ($3,000), and Clint Frazier ($2,700) all substantially underpriced. Giancarlo Stanton ($4,700) is a strong value on the high end against a below-average lefty in Bruce Zimmerman ($6,000), and playing four or five Yankees bats in cash games seems like the right move. In GPPs, this once again comes down to ownership, and while the stack sets up better than any other on the slate there’s just going to be too much popularity amongst this group to create and edge in tournaments. The same logic from Monday applies where playing Yankees’ hitters is fine, but stacking five of them is going to make it too hard to create a sufficiently unique lineup.
Expensive Teams Going Overlooked Again
In addition to the Yankees, there are a few teams that offer a good mix of salary savings as well as high end players, with the most notable choices being the Padres and Angels. The Giants and Brewers offer cheap values to help afford some of the expensive pitching, but beyond that there are going to be a lot of good offenses that aren’t priorities. The Red Sox, White Sox, Astros, and Phillies are all extremely expensive and won’t be able to fit very easily with pitchers like Max Scherzer ($10,900), Walker Buehler ($10,200), and Lucas Giolito ($9,500), but all four are in good matchups (with the exception of maybe Boston) and won’t have very much ownership. Playing some of these teams with cheaper pitchers is probably the easiest way to make viable contrarian lineups on Tuesday’s slate.
Jays Hitters in a Good Spot vs. Scherzer?
Max Scherzer is the most expensive and maybe the best pitcher on Tuesday’s slate, but the priorities maybe should actually be on the other side of this game. As mentioned above, it’s going to be hard to differentiate while using expensive pitching, and Scherzer’s salary is extremely restrictive. It’s also true that Scherzer has seen a slight velocity drop in 2021, but he’s managed to go three straight starts without allowing a home run in spite of that. Scherzer did allow four homers in his first start of the year against the Braves though, and he can be homer prone at times since he’s a fairly extreme fly ball pitcher. The Blue Jays offense is among the best in baseball when healthy and they should be getting George Springer ($4,100) back from the IL ahead of tonight’s game. The park in Dunedin is also hitter friendly especially the warmer it gets, and the leverage against a likely-popular Scherzer could be a sneaky move with a lot of upside in GPPs.
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