FanDuel MLB: Thursday Value Plays
FanDuel MLB: Thursday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

PITCHER:

Jimmy Nelson, MIL vs. NYM ($7,800): The slate of available pitchers is about as bad as you'll see all season. There isn't a single starter who you can truly rely on. As a result, gambling on the right guy is paramount, and that guy is Nelson. While Nelson hasn't been great this season, he's pitched well at home (2.54 ERA) and been especially dominant his last four outings at Miller Park - only allowing six earned runs over 29.2 innings. Furthermore, he faces a Mets offense that has been anemic lately (.280 wOBA over last 30 days) and offers a tasty 24.3 percent K rate against right-handers this season.

CATCHER:

Nick Hundley, COL vs. PIT ($2,900): Hundley has yet to find his groove since returning from the disabled list June 3, but a matchup against Jeff Locke (.347 wOBA allowed to right-handed hitters) can get anyone back on track in a hurry, especially if they're facing him in Coors Field. Considering the lighter slate of games, Hundley is a steal at $2,900 based on the Coors factor alone - but adding in Locke makes it a complete a home run.

FIRST BASE:

Joey Votto, CIN vs. STL ($3,400): Votto has been a colossal disappointment this season both for the Reds and his many fantasy owners. However, the 32-year-old appears to be heating up with a .465 wOBA and five long balls over his last 12 games. He faces the formerly-good-at-pitching Adam Wainwright (5.40 ERA, 1.41 WHIP), who's been particularly putrid on the road (.394 wOBA allowed) and faces Votto in the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ballpark.

SECOND BASE:

Rougned Odor, TEX vs. HOU ($2,900): Odor hasn't missed a beat since returning from his suspension (for the punch of the year), sporting a .411 wOBA while hitting at the top of an imposing lineup. Odor has been better against right-handed pitching this season (.322 wOBA, .227 ISO) and faces the eminently hittable Colin McHugh, who's been victimized by left-handed hitters all season (.368 wOBA allowed). Considering his potential and the matchup, Odor is an insane value at his price, particularly with a lighter slate.

THIRD BASE:

Jhonny Peralta, STL at CIN ($2,200): Peralta is the best value on the board, period. His price is dirt cheap and he's looked strong in the two games he's played this season - going 4-for-9 with a homer and a pair of doubles. Granted, this is the smallest of sample sizes, but the point is that Peralta looks healthy and provides a very high ceiling for a minimal investment. Plus, Peralta (career .343 wOBA vs. left-handers) faces Brandon Finnegan - .332 wOBA allowed to right-handed hitters - at Great American Ballpark, and he is hitting in the middle of a stacked Cardinals lineup.

SHORTSTOP:

Jimmy Rollins, CWS vs. WAS ($2,800): Outside of the high-end options, there isn't much to like at shortstop, and while Rollins has been horrendous against right-handed pitching (.224 wOBA), he's been tremendous against lefties (.544 wOBA, .318 ISO). Luckily, he faces a lefty in Gio Gonzalez, who's been a train wreck lately after a strong first month of the season (6.61 ERA, 1.56 WHIP over last six starts), making Rollins a nice low-risk, high-reward option at a thin position.

OUTFIELD:

George Springer, HOU at TEX ($4,000): Springer has been hotter than the sun lately with an impressive .427 wOBA and .254 ISO over his last 15 games, while thriving in the leadoff spot atop a hot Astros lineup. He's been notably dominant against lefties this season (.437 wOBA) and now faces Martin Perez, who's allowed a .333 wOBA and all six of his home runs to right-handed hitters. Though the price may seem high, Springer is actually a terrific value as only the 10th-most expensive outfielder.

Nomar Mazara, TEX vs. HOU ($3,100): Mazara continues to perform well beyond his years, rocking a .321 batting average (.368 wOBA) and being firmly implanted in the three-hole of a potent Rangers lineup. Mazara has done most of his damage against right-handers (.407 wOBA, .231 ISO) and should be able to tee of against McHugh - yet the 21-year-old continues to be priced quite affordably, making him a no-brainer play.

Hyun Soo Kim, BAL at TOR ($2,700): Despite being relegated to a platoon player, Kim's made the most of his opportunities by torturing right-handed pitching to tune of a .389 batting average and .415 wOBA, and he faces struggling righty Marcus Stroman and his .332 wOBA allowed to left-handed hitters. Add in that Kim bats second in a strong Orioles lineup in a nice hitter's environment in Toronto and he's of the better values available.

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. James Seltzer plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Schweppy23.
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James Seltzer
James Seltzer is a Producer at 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia. James is a co-host of the BleedingGreenNation.com Eagles podcast as well as the This Week in Fantasy podcast. James also works for PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
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