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FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays

Juan Carlos Blanco

Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.

PITCHER

Martin Perez, TEX vs. CWS ($6,500): The White Sox own a 26.9 percent strikeout rate and .286 wOBA versus left-handed pitching on the road in the last three weeks, along with an anemic 73 wRC+. Perez scored 28 fantasy points in his last home start, and tallied between 20 and 28 fantasy points in three others at Globe Life Park since mid-June. Hes also hit or eclipsed 40 fantasy points in three starts overall this season, giving him some upside for tournaments at a bargain price.

CATCHER

Kurt Suzuki, ATL vs. CIN ($2,500): Suzuki gets a crack at Reds starter Robert Stephenson, whos allowed a .411 wOBA, .526 xFIP and 34.8 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road. Suzuki has seven of his 12 homers off right-handed pitching, along with a 31.7 percent hard contact rate. Reds relievers also have a 6.49 ERA and have allowed a .351 wOBA to righty bats on the road over the last three weeks.


FIRST BASE

Yonder Alonso, SEA at TAM ($3,000): The left-handed hitting Alonso draws a good matchup against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, whos allowed a .364 wOBA, including seven homers, to lefty bats at Tropicana Field. Alonso boasts a .383 wOBA, .253 ISO and 33.6 percent hard contact rate versus righties, as well as hits in five straight games after a slow start in Seattle.

SECOND BASE

Brandon Phillips, ATL vs. CIN ($2,600): The struggles of Stephenson as well as those of the Cincinnati bullpen against right-handed hitters on the road were detailed earlier, while Phillips checks in with a .340 wOBA and 30.8 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at SunTrust Park. Hes also hit safely in six of his last seven with a pair of homers, and he owns a .348 wOBA overall at home.

THIRD BASE

Anthony Rendon, WAS at SDP ($3,300): Rendon has been lethal against southpaws on the road, as evidenced by a .487 wOBA, .353 ISO and 32.1 percent hard contact rate. He also boasts a 37.8 percent hard contact rate overall in 62 August plate appearances, while Padres starter Travis Wood has surrendered a .369 wOBA and 5.05 xFIP to right-handed hitters at home. San Diego relievers have also allowed a .322 wOBA (including six homers) to right-handed hitters at home in the last three weeks.

SHORTSTOP

Marcus Semien, OAK at HOU ($3,400): Semien has tagged Astros starter Collin McHugh for a .444 average, including a homer and three RBI, over 21 plate appearances. McHugh has a 5.29 ERA and has surrendered a .380 wOBA over his last three starts, and has yielded a 25.0 percent HR/FB rate and 33.3 percent hard contact rate to righty bats at Minute Maid Park. The Astros bullpen has also allowed a .347 wOBA to right-handed hitters at home in the last three weeks.

OUTFIELD

Josh Reddick, HOU vs. OAK ($3,400): Reddicks body of work against righties at home includes a .401 wOBA and .230 ISO, while As starter Kendall Graveman has allowed a .389 wOBA, 5.99 xFIP and 33.3 percent hard contact rate to lefty bats on the road. Hes had a rocky second half overall despite a quality start last time out, allowing a .380 wOBA and generating a 7.53 ERA in his last three starts.

Scott Schebler, CIN at ATL ($2,600): Braves starter Julio Teheran has been touched up by lefty bats at home for a .407 wOBA (including 11 homers), a 2.91 HR/9, 6.03 xFIP and 39.8 percent hard contact rate. Schebler boasts 18 of his 23 homers off right-handed pitching, along with a .357 wOBA and 45.8 percent hard contact rate against the handedness on the road. The Braves bullpen has also allowed a .339 wOBA and 35.3 percent hard contact rate to lefty bats at home in the last 21 days.

Steve Pearce, TOR at CHC ($3,100): Pearce owns a .347 wOBA, .270 ISO, 42.9 percent HR/FB rate and 50.0 percent hard contact rate against southpaws outside of Rogers Centre in a modest sample, as well as a .455 average, including two homers and three RBI, in 11 plate appearances versus Cubs lefty Jose Quintana . Quintana has a 5.63 ERA and has allowed a .377 wOBA in his three Wrigley starts thus far, and Cubs relievers have a 6.55 ERA and have allowed a .367 wOBA, including six homers, to right-handed hitters at home over the last 21 days.

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