FanDuel MLB: Friday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Friday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

Pitcher

Robbie Ray, AZ at SF ($10,900) – Since returning from the DL a couple weeks ago, Ray has recorded 45 strikeouts in four starts, while allowing just four runs. The matchup here is great as well, as the Giants are one of the worst teams in the league against lefties this season.

Catcher

Martin Maldonado, LAA vs TEX ($2,200) – Maldonado has been pretty good against lefties this season and he's facing a guy who has struggled quite a bit. Martin Perez takes the hill for the Rangers, bringing a 5.40 ERA with him.

First Base

Edwin Encarnacion, CLE vs KC ($3,900) – With lefty Jason Vargas on the mound, Encarnacion brings plenty of upside to the plate as he's mashed against lefties all season. Vargas somehow pitched well in his most recent outing, but prior to that, he'd allowed four or more runs in four straight starts. The Indians are in play for a stack, but it will be difficult to do so because of their high salaries.

Second Base

Cesar Hernandez, PHI vs OAK ($3,400) – With a struggling Daniel Mengden on the mound for the A's, the Phillies make for an interesting, under-the-radar stack. While Rhys Hoskins should obviously be included in any Phillies stack, against a righty, Hernandez should be included as well. Mengden has only pitched in three games this season, and while his best effort came in his most recent start, he still carries a 7.07 ERA. Hernandez enters with a .341 wOBA against righties.

Shortstop

Pat Valaika, COL vs SD ($3,000)Clayton Richard is coming off a nice outing against the Cardinals, but with a 4.78 ERA, odds are he won't be as sharp at Coors Field. The Rockies are in play for a stack, but that will be hard to pull off with their prices so high. With that said, Valaika could provide some value as he might get the nod with Trevor Story leaving Thursday's game early. Valaika enters with a .365 wOBA against lefties this season.

Third Base

Matt Chapman, OAK at PHI ($2,900) – It's easy to get overlooked when you play for the A's, but Chapman has actually put up some solid numbers this season. Chapman is averaging 9.6 fantasy points per game, which puts him just below the elite third basemen in the majors. Chapman has a nice matchup against a struggling Mark Leiter Jr., who has surrendered 12 runs in his past two starts. Chapman enters with a .341 wOBA against righties, as well.

Outfield

Aaron Judge, NYY vs BAL ($4,200) – The Yankees look like a solid stack with Gabriel Ynoa (4.19 ERA) on the mound for the Orioles. Judge looks to be past his prolonged slump, as he's hit multiple homers in two of his past four games. He's also hit righties well all season.

Avisail Garcia, CHW at DET ($4,100) – Garcia has been on a tear lately, posting games of 16-plus points in four of his past six. Anibal Sanchez has been terrible this season with a whopping 7.43 ERA, and Garcia enters with a .353 wOBA against righties.

Teoscar Hernandez, TOR at MN ($2,400) – Hernandez has played just 12 games this season for the Blue Jays, and while a lot of his production came from one huge game, he's been fairly consistent. Hernandez and the Jays will get a crack at Bartolo Colon, who — in his most recent start — finally looked like the guy who pitched for the Braves earlier this season. If this is the beginning of the end for Colon, you'll want to get a big piece of the Jays, but even if it's not, you should be able to afford Hernandez's salary. Hernandez enters with a .459 wOBA against righties.

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. Greg Vara plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: lennykarl1, DraftKings: lennykarl1.
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