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FanDuel MLB: Tuesday 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

Trevor Williams, PIT vs. BAL ($6,300): Williams draws a positive matchup against an Orioles squad that sports an AL-high 27.7 percent strikeout rate and a .253 wOBA versus righties on the road in September. Williams has a solid 3.59 ERA and a .297 wOBA in 82.2 home innings, as well as a 2.70 ERA over his last three starts. He carries some GPP upside as well, considering he’s eclipsed 40 fantasy points thrice and has reached or exceeded 30 on two other occasions over his last eight starts.

CATCHER

Salvador Perez, KC vs. DET ($3,200): Perez boasts a .346 wOBA over 78 plate appearances in September and a .334 wOBA and 36.9 percent hard-contact rate versus righties. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed a .496 wOBA (including 12 homers), 5.80 xFIP, 33.3 percent HR/FB rate and 40.2 percent hard-contact rate against righty bats on the road. Moreover, Tigers relievers have a 6.23 ERA and have allowed a .421 wOBA to right-handed hitters on the road in September. Perez’s .378 wOBA against the four-seam fastball also dovetails nicely with the .397 wOBA Sanchez allows when throwing the pitch.


FIRST BASE

Yonder Alonso, SEA at OAK ($2,100): Ryon Healy ($2,800) also makes for an appealing target in the same game, but Alonso’s near-minimum price and .372 wOBA versus righties makes him worthy of consideration. A’s starter Daniel Mengden has been impressive overall but has given up a .414 wOBA to lefty bats at home over a small sample. Alonso also boasts a 36.8 percent hard-contact rate on the road against righties, while A’s relievers have allowed a .323 wOBA to lefty bats at home in September.

SECOND BASE

Jason Kipnis, CLE vs. MIN ($3,000): Twins starter Bartolo Colon has allowed a .398 wOBA, 5.68 xFIP and 42.3 percent hard-contact rate to left-handed hitters on the road, while Kipnis has eight of his 11 homers off righties, along with a 32.9 percent hard-contact rate. The .414 wOBA Colon allows on his trademark sinker slants in Kipnis’ favor as well, considering he boasts a .407 wOBA versus the pitch. Twins relievers also have a 6.35 ERA and have allowed a .349 wOBA (including five homers) to lefty bats on the road in the last month.

THIRD BASE

Mike Moustakas, KC vs. DET ($2,600): Sanchez has also struggled against lefties, allowing a .375 wOBA to that handedness on the road. Moustakas boasts a .354 wOBA (including 29 homers), a .274 ISO and 33.0 percent hard-contact rate against righties, along with 10 homers and a .347 wOBA versus the hittable four-seam fastball (aforementioned .397 wOBA allowed) that Sanchez favors.

SHORTSTOP

Corey Seager, LAD vs. SDP ($2,600): Seager’s significant price drop makes him an appealing play versus Padres starter Dinelson Lamet, who’s allowed a .363 wOBA to lefty bats, and a 38.3 percent hard-contact rate when facing them on the road. Seager boasts a .357 wOBA and 46.2 percent hard-contact rate against righties at Dodger Stadium, and a .453 wOBA against the four-seam fastball that Lamet allows a .370 wOBA on when throwing. Padres relievers also have a 6.86 ERA and have allowed a majors-high .424 wOBA (including a majors-high eight homers) to lefty bats on the road in the last month.

OUTFIELD

Howie Kendrick, WAS at PHI ($2,700): Phillies starter Jake Thompson’s struggles versus right-handed hitters include a .412 wOBA, 5.49 xFIP and 32.5 percent hard-contact rate allowed. Kendrick sports a .364 wOBA versus right-handed pitching on the road this season, while Thompson is allowing a .486 wOBA on his four-seam fastball, a pitch Kendrick owns a .388 wOBA against.

Max Kepler, MIN at CLE ($2,700): Kepler should be back in the lineup after a couple of days off and could be poised to profit off Indians starter Josh Tomlin’s troubles versus lefty bats at home, which include a .360 wOBA and 35.9 percent hard-contact rate allowed. Kepler has a .352 wOBA, .215 ISO and 36.0 percent hard-contact rate versus righties, and a .391 wOBA against the sinker that Tomlin allows a .402 wOBA on.

Jay Bruce, CLE vs. MIN ($2,900): The struggles of Colon and Twins relievers versus lefty bats on the road were detailed earlier, while Bruce checks in with a .365 wOBA (including 26 homers) and a 42.5 percent hard-contact rate against righties. He also sports a .451 wOBA versus the sinker that Colon has had considerable issues with when throwing this season (aforementioned .414 wOBA allowed).

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