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FanDuel MLB: Sunday 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

Brad Peacock, HOU vs. OAK ($8,400): Peacock has scored between 21 and 35 fantasy points in his last four starts and has eclipsed 40 in six other outings this season. He also had 44 and 39 fantasy points in back-to-back starts against the As in June and boasts a 12.50 K/9 and .193 BAA over 40.1 home innings.

CATCHER

Martin Maldonado, LAA at BAL ($2,200): Maldonado draws an enticing matchup against Orioles starter Chris Tillman, whos allowed a .416 wOBA (including 13 homers) and a 38.2 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters. Maldonado has smacked nine of his 11 homers this season off righties and brings plenty of pop for a player just $200 more than minimum.

FIRST BASE

Chase Headley, NYY at BOS ($3,200): The switch-hitting Headley has been much better from the left side of the plate, posting a .352 wOBA and 31.0 percent hard contact rate versus right-handed pitching. He also has a .429 batting average, including a homer, and four RBI over 32 plate appearances versus Red Sox starter Rick Porcello, whos allowed a .371 wOBA, 1.52 WHIP and 39.4 percent hard contact rate to lefty bats at Fenway Park. Headley also boasts an impressive .380 wOBA over his 130 plate appearances in the second half of the season.

SECOND BASE

Rougned Odor, TEX vs. CWS ($3,200): Odor has a .359 wOBA, .286 ISO, 23.3 percent HR/FB rate and 46.7 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at home, while White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez has been touched up by lefty bats for a .408 wOBA, 6.20 xFIP and 39.5 percent hard contact rate on the road. Additionally, White Sox relievers have an 8.56 ERA and while allowing a .432 wOBA to the 69 left-handed hitters theyve faced on the road in the last three weeks.

THIRD BASE

David Freese, PIT vs. STL ($3,000): Freese, who has pounded Cardinals starter Mike Leake for a .444 batting average in 38 career plate appearances, comes in with a .337 wOBA versus right-handed pitching at PNC Park. Leake has mostly fallen apart after a stellar start, allowing a .374 wOBA and posting a 6.29 ERA in 34.1 second-half innings, while also yielding a 36.3 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road.

SHORTSTOP

Marwin Gonzalez, HOU vs. OAK ($3,000): The switch-hitting Gonzalez has a .404 wOBA, .295 ISO, 27.0 percent HR/FB rate and 38.1 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at Minute Maid Park, while 16 of his 20 homers on the season have come versus that handedness. As starter Jharel Cotton has allowed a .347 wOBA and 6.16 xFIP to left-handed hitters, and he has an 8.27 ERA and has allowed a .402 wOBA in the 20.2 innings encompassing his four second-half starts.

OUTFIELD

Shin-Soo Choo, TEX vs. CWS ($3,100): The struggles of both White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez and Chicago relievers versus left-handed bats on the road were discussed earlier, while Choo has blasted 14 of his 15 homers on the season off right-handed pitching. He also has a .391 wOBA, 25.0 percent HR/FB rate and 42.1 percent hard contact rate versus that handedness at home.

Steven Souza, Jr., TAM vs. SEA ($3,300): Souza takes aim at Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo, whos allowed a .375 wOBA to right-handed hitters on the road, including 12 homers to that handedness overall. Gallardo also has a 9.45 ERA and has allowed a .419 wOBA over his last three starts, while Souza has 25 of his 26 homers on the season off righties, along with a .389 wOBA, .260 ISO, 30.6 percent HR/FB rate and 39.2 percent hard contact rate when facing them at home.

Nicky Delmonico, CWS at TEX ($2,900): Delmonico has been outstanding in his brief majors stint and boasts a .478 wOBA, including .541 on the road, and 47.1 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching. Meanwhile, A.J. Griffin has been touched up by lefty bats at Globe Life Park over a modest sample, allowing a .434 wOBA, 7.33 xFIP and 33.3 percent hard contact rate.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Juan Carlos Blanco plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: jcblanco22, FanDuel: jc_blanco22, DraftPot: jc_blanco22, FantasyDraft: jc_blanco22, OwnThePlay: jcblanco22.