FanDuel MLB: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Monday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

PITCHER

Ervin Santana, MIN at OAK ($6,300): Santana has a 2.08 ERA against Oakland over 21.2 innings during the last three seasons, and he has been even better when facing them at O.co Coliseum, managing a 1.23 ERA and holding them to a .173 batting average. Additionally, the A's have the fifth-lowest wOBA in the majors against right-handed pitching (.299) this season.

CATCHER

Chris Herrmann, ARI vs. HOU ($3,200): Herrmann is turning in an outstanding offensive season and has demonstrated his ceiling with a pair of outings north of 28 fantasy points in the last 10 games. He's also decimated right-handed pitching, tallying a .431 wOBA. .338 ISO and 51 percent hard contact rate. That puts the already-struggling Colin McHugh in a precarious situation, as he comes in having surrendered a .383 wOBA and five of his six homers this season to lefty hitters.

FIRST BASE

Joe Mauer, MIN at OAK ($3,300): Mauer's bat is on fire, and he draws a pitcher quite capable of throwing more gasoline on that inferno. Oakland starter Kendall Graveman has given up a .367 wOBA, four homers and 30.2 percent hard contact rate to left-handed bats, while Mauer has a .361 wOBA and 36.3 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching. He's also hit homers in three consecutive games, has four multi-hit outings over his last six and has scored over 30 fantasy points twice in the last three.

SECOND BASE

Jurickson Profar, TEX at CLE ($2,200): Profar is available for near minimum, is hitting out of the leadoff spot and draws a matchup against a pitcher that's had some trouble keeping the ball in the park in Josh Tomlin. The Indians starter has given up a home run in all but one start this season, allowing nine in 51 innings. Profar has some power, with a pair of minor league campaigns with double-digit homers, and while Tomlin has pitched well overall, he's given up a 39.3 percent hard contact rate and 22.2 HR/FB rate to left-handed bats this season.

THIRD BASE

Hernan Perez, MIL vs. STL ($2,400): Perez is now hitting .313 and has double-digit fantasy points in four games over the last 10. The Brewers' infielder has also thrived against right-handed pitching, amassing a .420 wOBA and 43.5 percent hard contact rate over 30 plate appearances this season. While Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez has certainly been very tough on right-handed hitters, this is another case of low-risk, potentially high reward.

SHORTSTOP

Eduardo Nunez, MIN at OAK ($3,300): We'll pick on Kendall Graveman again with another hot Twins bat in Nunez, who is hitting a scorching .338 after his fourth consecutive multi-hit game Sunday, a stretch that's netted double-digit fantasy points three times. As bad as Graveman has been against lefties, right-handed bats have touched him up even worse, as he's surrendered a .402 wOBA, six homers, a 6.78 FIP and 32.4 percent hard contact rate to them this year. Those numbers suit Nunez just fine, as he's managed a .383 wOBA and four homers against righties.

Brandon Crawford, SFG at ATL ($3,100): Crawford is difficult to pass up against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, who has surrendered a .459 wOBA, 6.11 FIP and 39.4 percent hard contact rate to left-handed hitters over a 43-batter sample this year. Meanwhile, Crawford has tallied a .338 wOBA and .219 ISO against right-handed pitchers in 2016.

OUTFIELD

Hyun Soo Kim, BAL vs. BOS ($2,400): Kim has a pair of multi-hit outings (and double-digit fantasy points) in his last five starts, and while opposing starter Steven Wright has been tough on both handedness of hitters this season, it's notable that he's yielded a 4.25 FIP and 5.26 xFIP to lefty bats.

Robbie Grossman, MIN at OAK ($2,700): Grossman is now hitting .357 following his 22.2 fantasy points on Sunday. The switch-hitting outfielder has a .409 wOBA and 41.7 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching this season, while Kendall Graveman gives up a .367 wOBA to left-handed hitters.

Denard Span, SFG at ATL ($3,200): The Giants' leadoff man jumped right back into the starting lineup Sunday after a one-game absence due to a hip bruise, and he promptly knocked three hits, including a solo homer, against the Rockies. He'll be matched up against the aforementioned Mike Foltynewicz, whose trouble against lefty hitters are well-documented. Span also has a .330 wOBA against right-handed pitching this year.

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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for over 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL and Arena Football for Rotowire.com, including serving as the beat writer for teams in multiple sports. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports as well.
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