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FanDuel MLB: Monday Value Plays

Greg Vara

Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.

Pitcher

Jon Lester, CHC vs SD ($9,900)
Clayton Kershaw is certainly in play, but I like Lester’s matchup much better and the salary saved will come in handy with my lineup. Lester has been anything but consistent this season, but he’s put up some gems from time to time. His most recent start was one of those gems, as he recorded 10 strikeouts while allowing just one run in seven innings. He has a chance to match those numbers against a punchless Padres lineup, which has the lowest wOBA against lefties this season.

Catcher

Francisco Cervelli, PIT at MIL ($2,600)
– Cervelli is averaging a very respectable 7.9 points per game this season and he gets a nice matchup against a struggling Matt Garza. Garza has allowed four or more runs in three of his past four starts. Cervelli has also been better against righties than lefties this season, so there’s plenty of upside here.

First Base

Marwin Gonzalez, HOU at OAK ($3,400)
Daniel Gossett takes the mound for the A’s, and if his second start is anything like his first, you’ll want to get in on as many Astros as possible. Gossett surrendered seven runs in 3.1 innings in his most recent start, and a repeat performance could be in store against a potent Astros lineup. Gonzalez owns a .423 wOBA, which is top-20 in the majors.

Second Base

Jose Altuve, HOU at OAK ($4,300)
– Altuve and Carlos Correa are hitting as well as anybody in the Astros lineup over the past couple weeks, but Altuve has better numbers against righties this season. Altuve enters with a .394 wOBA against them, which is the second highest mark on the team.

Shortstop

Trea Turner, WAS vs MIA ($4,300)
– Volquez’s no-hitter came as a big surprise, as he wasn’t exactly lighting it up prior to that start, and now it looks like he’s back to his old ways coming off a game where he allowed four runs in just four innings. Turner is coming off a great weekend where he posted scores of 30 and 24.9 points, both against righties. His season wOBA against righties is pretty good as well, coming in at .344.

Third Base

Kris Bryant, CHC vs SD ($3,800)
Clayton Richard isn’t a terrible pitcher, but with the Cubs back at home, you can bet they'll be a popular stack. While I’m not overly fond of stacking the Cubs, I like Bryant’s matchup, as he leads the Cubs in wOBA against lefties this year at .495, which is seventh in the majors. Richard has also struggled with righties, as they have posted a .355 wOBA against him this year.

Outfield

Ben Gamel, SEA vs DET ($3,200)
Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Tigers as they travel to Seattle, which means we’ll want a piece of the Mariners lineup. The problem is, there aren’t many hitters in Seattle with strong numbers against righties this season. Gamel is one of the few exceptions, though, as he enters with a .387 wOBA against righties this season.

Lorenzo Cain, KC vs BOS ($3,700) – Cain has posted double-digit points in eight of his past eleven games and leads the Royals in wOBA against righties this season. Opposing pitcher Hector Velazquez enters with a 6.48 ERA.

Steven Souza Jr., TB vs CIN ($3,600) – The Rays face Scott Feldman, who has allowed four or more runs in three of his past four starts. Both Souza and Corey Dickerson have hit righties well this season and own wOBA's that are in the top 30 in the majors.

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