This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Baseball series.
We have a busy schedule in baseball Tuesday, which includes the Marlins making their return after an outbreak of COVID-19 among their organization. Weather could play a role in the slate, with the game between the Yankees and Phillies having already been postponed. As things currently stand, here are some players to consider for your Yahoo entry.
After a masterful performance against the Brewers in his season debut, Kyle Hendricks ($42) was rocked in his last outing against the Reds, allowing six runs across 4.1 innings. Generally not a great source for strikeouts, Hendricks' ability to limit base runners and home runs is what has helped him be so successful throughout his career. This is a great opportunity for him to get back on track against the Royals, who are only averaging 3.6 runs a game this season.
The Marlins will be retaking the field, but their roster could look very different with so many players out with the virus. They also haven't played in over a week, so even the players who are healthy could be rusty. That could set up John Means ($28) to provide value at a cheap price. He was hit hard in his first start of the year, but it came against the Yankees, so take that with a grain of salt. He's not a great source for strikeouts, either, but that doesn't mean he can't thrive based on this matchup.
A series at Coors Field usually means offense won't be hard to come by. The Giants and Rockies scored a combined 13 runs Monday with Mike Yastrzemski ($24) leading the way for the Giants. He launched his third home run of the season, drove in two runs and drew a walk. Trying to slow him down will be German Marquez ($38), who has done a good job of limiting right-handed hitters to a .304 wOBA for his career. However, lefties have been more successful with a .335 wOBA. Even if you want to fade a Giants' stack in a GPP, at least adding Yastrzemski to your entry could be a wise move.
Look out, here comes Ronald Acuna Jr. ($20). After scuffling out of the gate, he's 6-for-17 with a home run and three doubles across his last four games. He's one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball, so it was only a matter of time before he started to heat up. The Braves will take on Matt Shoemaker ($37), who doesn't miss many bats given his career 21.7 percent strikeout rate. That could lead to another big night for Acuna.
It's going to be difficult to resist Alex Dickerson ($15) at his reasonable price. He also went deep in Monday's contest and is batting .308 out of the gate. Left-handed pitchers gave him plenty of problems last year, but he was much better against righties, recording a .354 wOBA against them.
If you want to save even more money while gaining some exposure to the Giants, Brandon Crawford ($7) could be worth a look at shortstop. After a brutal start, he's 5-for-16 with two walks and four runs scored over his last five games. He also generally goes a good job of avoiding strikeouts based on his career 19.9 percent strikeout rate. Putting the ball in play at Coors Field is usually a good thing.
Stacks to Consider
Gausman certainly hasn't had an easy start to his season. His first two outings were rough matchups against the Dodgers and Padres, which resulted in him allowing six runs (five earned) across 8.1 innings, combined. Now he has to travel to Coors Field. Yikes. Blackmon stands out for a Rockies stack given his career .420 wOBA at home and the fact that he is 14-for-30 with a home run and two doubles during his current seven-game hitting streak.
The key here is that Matz and the Mets are on the road. Matz was excellent at home last season, recording a 3.46 FIP and a 1.15 WHIP. However, he had a 6.04 FIP and a 1.58 WHIP on the road. Castro could provide excellent value in this matchup given that he has posted at least a 124 wRC+ versus left-handed pitchers in two of the last three seasons.
Dunn's first start came against these same Angels and it didn't go well with him allowing three runs (two earned) across only three innings. He was wild with three walks, which didn't do him any favors. Trout is expected to return for this game after the birth of his child, so just be sure to check back closer to first pitch to make sure that he is indeed in the lineup. Fletcher doesn't have nearly the name cache or the power that Trout and Rendon do, but he's an excellent contact hitter given his career 10.3 percent strikeout rate. He's off to a great start, hitting 14-for-38 with two steals and six runs scored.