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FantasyDraft MLB: Monday Values

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.

PITCHERS:

Taijuan Walker, ARI at NYM ($15,000):- The Mets check in with a 26.1 percent strikeout rate, .276 wOBA and NL-low .195 average against right-handed pitching at home over the last 21 days. Walker has actually been better on the road, posting a solid 3.30 ERA and 8.40 K/9 over 60 innings outside of Chase Field. While hes admittedly had a couple of sub-par outings his last two times out, Walker had scored between 14.50 and 22.55 fantasy points his four starts prior, making him a viable GPP play at his reasonable price.

Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS at CLE ($14,400):- Rodriguez takes on an Indians squad thats posted a .238 wOBA, 23.6 percent strikeout rate, .185 average and 44 wRC+ against southpaws at home over the last three weeks. Rodriguez boasts a solid .211 BAA and .297 wOBA allowed in 55 innings outside of Fenway Park, and he has a 3.12 ERA, .209 BAA and .263 wOBA allowed in his last three starts.

INFIELD

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI at NYM ($10,800):- Goldschmidt owns a .427 wOBA, .288 ISO, 26.1 percent HR/FB rate and 43.6 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching, as well as a .434 wOBA and 45.1 percent hard contact rate in his 77 August plate appearances. Mets starter Robert Gsellman has been vulnerable to righty bats, especially at home, where theyve posted a .412 wOBA, 20.7 percent HR/FB rate and 35.2 percent hard contact rate against him.

Brian Dozier, MIN at CWS ($8,700):- Dozier owns a .459 wOBA (including eight homers) and .370 ISO in 85 August plate appearances. Hes also punished lefties on the season for a .429 wOBA and .273 ISO, along with a 39.5 percent hard contact rate when facing them on the road. White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon has allowed a .385 wOBA, 5.03 xFIP, 2.55 HR/9, 29.4 percent HR/FB rate and 35.3 percent hard contact rate to righty bats at Guaranteed Rate Field, while White Sox relievers have a 7.64 ERA and have allowed a .473 wOBA, including five homers, to right-handed hitters at home in the last three weeks.

Kurt Suzuki, ATL vs. SEA ($6,400):- Following another homer Saturday, Suzuki now owns a .423 wOBA, .362 ISO, 26.1 percent HR/FB rate and 52.1 percent hard contact rate in 62 second-half plate appearances. Hes also managed a .514 wOBA, .514 ISO, 27.8 percent HR/FB rate and 50.0 percent hard contact rate against southpaws on the season, while Mariners starter Andrew Albers has allowed a .411 wOBA to righty bats over a very modest sample, and a .362 wOBA to that handedness over three-plus major-league seasons.

OUTFIELD

J.D. Martinez, ARI at NYM ($10,000):- Mets starter Robert Gsellmans struggles versus right-handed hitters at Citi Field were detailed earlier, while Martinez has a .359 wOBA, .289 ISO, 25.4 percent HR/FB rate and 42.0 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching.

Avisail Garcia, CWS vs. MIN ($8,000):- Garcia has been productive since his return from the DL on Aug. 8, posting a .417 wOBA over 40 plate appearances. He also boasts a .371 wOBA against right-handed pitching at home, while Twins starter Dillon Gee has allowed a .329 wOBA to righty bats on the road. Meanwhile, Twins relievers have a 4.64 ERA and have allowed a 35.3 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road in the last three weeks.

Yasiel Puig, LAD at PIT ($6,600):- Puig owns a .368 wOBA, .255 ISO, 24.4 percent HR/FB rate and 35.8 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching, and a .556 average against Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in nine plate appearances. Cole has allowed 11 homers to righty bats this season, and a .334 wOBA in his last three starts. Pirates relievers also have a 5.52 ERA and have allowed a .354 wOBA and 41.1 percent hard contact rate to righty bats at home in the last 21 days.

UTILITY

Elvis Andrus, TEX at LAA ($9,900):- Andrus sports a .336 wOBA, .229 ISO and 33.3 percent hard contact rate against left-handed pitching on the road, and a .500 average against Angels starter Tyler Skaggs in 15 plate appearances. Hes also posted a .409 wOBA and 39.4 percent hard contact rate in 83 August plate appearances, while Skaggs has allowed a .361 wOBA and 33.3 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters at home.

Adam Jones, BAL vs. OAK ($8,800):- Jones takes aim at As starter Chris Smith, whos allowed a .405 wOBA, including six homers, and a 41.9 percent hard contact rate against righty bats at home. Jones owns a .325 wOBA and 31.7 percent hard contact rate against righties on the road, as well as a pair of homers off Smith in just six plate appearances.

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