FanDuel MLB: Friday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Friday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

PITCHER

Gerrit Cole, PIT vs PHI ($8,500):Brandon McCarthy at $8,100 looks very tempting but the Cardinals have excellent numbers against right-handed pitching and will be at home. Cole should have an easier time than in his last start, which happened to be his first start since coming off the DL. His opponent - the Phillies - are in the lower half of the league for strikeouts vs. right-handed pitching (21.5 percent) but have the third-worst wOBA at .297. Cole's 3.11 ERA is still an elite number, and he's proven to have a solid floor in the low 20s as far as fantasy points this season.

CATCHER

Stephen Vogt, OAK vs TB ($2,800): It seems every time Vogt is facing a weak-to-mediocre righty it's a good time to use him given his price has been below $3,000 most of the season. That's the case Friday when he takes on Jake Odorizzi (4.39 ERA), who has allowed a .342 wOBA away from the pitcher-friendly confines of Tropicana Field while Vogt has a .344 wOBA against right-handed pitching this year. Additionally, Vogt has scored at least 9.2 fantasy points in six of his last seven games, including games with 34.4 and 34.9.

FIRST BASE

Kennys Vargas, MIN at BOS ($2,800): The Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound Friday, a pitcher who has struggled since being called up. His main problem has been the long ball, as he's allowed 10 home runs in fewer than 37 innings. Vargas, in his short career, has hit left-handed pitching better than righties and typically hits in a good RBI spot in the lineup. While the Red Sox are favored, this game opened with a 10.5-run over/under, so both teams should put up some runs.

SECOND BASE

Logan Forsythe, TB at OAK ($3,600): This price isn't cheap by any means but there are 11 other second basemen with a higher salary. Forsythe has become a fixture in DFS lineups when he faces a left-handed pitcher, and Friday he'll square off against Sean Manaea and his 5.13 ERA. Forsythe has a lofty .413 wOBA against lefties this season while Manaea has given up a .350 wOBA to right-handed hitters.

THIRD BASE

Wilmer Flores, NYM at MIA ($3,200): Flores has almost become an auto-start anytime the Mets face a lefty given what he's done this season. He has a ridiculous .454 wOBA against southpaws this year and has moved up in the lineup with all of the injuries the Mets have had. Adam Conley (3.61 ERA) has been solid this season but isn't a tough enough matchup to fade the opposing hitters. Flores has also seen the ball extremely well of late, scoring at least 21 fantasy points in four of his last eight games.

SHORTSTOP

Trea Turner, WAS vs SD ($2,700): No team has a better matchup than the Nationals, who welcome Luis Perdomo and his 7.36 ERA to Washington. Turner is an extremely cheap way to get a piece of the Nationals' lineup and he's beginning to become a fixture in the leadoff spot. His talent was on display Thursday in the first inning when he ran out a pretty routine ground ball for an infield single, stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly. He has a stolen base in three of his last four games and has two triples in that span as well.

OUTFIELD

Brock Holt, BOS vs MIN ($2,800): With all of the talented bats in the Boston lineup (Jackie Bradley has a .924 OPS and bats sixth), Holt is often overlooked. However, he's been hot over his last 10 games, posting a 1.045 OPS while reaching base safely in every game since returning from the DL. That OPS includes two home runs and five doubles, and he has a good matchup against Kyle Gibson (5.12 ERA), who has hit worse splits on the road against left-handed hitters, giving up a whopping .436 wOBA, albeit in a small sample.

Ryan Rua, TEX at KC ($3,200): Rua has worked his way into the everyday left fielder job with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined, and he hit cleanup Thursday night when the Rangers faced a lefty. He's developed into a lefty-killer this season with a .390 wOBA and will now face off against Danny Duffy (3.27 ERA), who has been stellar this season but his Achilles' has been facing right-handed hitters at home (his worst split), giving up a .330 wOBA.

Justin Upton, DET at CHW ($3,300): Upton's bat has come alive, posting an .852 OPS over the last two weeks, including two home runs. The Tigers should be able to get after Jacob Turner, who has struggled both in the minors (4.84 ERA) and gave up eight earned runs in four innings in his first big league start. Upton also has some history with Turner, going 3-for-9 against him with two walks and two home runs.

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. Kevin Payne plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: Fanduel: kevinccp, Draft Kings: kevinccp, Yahoo: kevinccp.
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