FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

PITCHER

Carlos Martinez, STL at MIL ($8,900): With just eight runs allowed through 49.1 innings (1.46 ERA) over his past seven outings, Martinez has cruised into high-end form with just a lack of punchouts holding him back from elite status (38 during the span). Milwaukee owns a league-high 25.9 strikeout percentage against right-handed arms though, and Martinez has held opposing batters to a 548 OPS during his dominant seven-game stretch.

CATCHER

Yasmani Grandal, LAD vs. SD ($2,900): After a 5-for-5 showing with three home runs Friday, the streaky backstop could be worth a low-priced flier Saturday. Luis Perdomo has allowed a .370 wOBA to right-handed batters and Grandal owns a solid .210 ISO and respectable .329 wOBA against right-handed hurlers dating back to last season.

FIRST BASE

A.J. Reed, HOU vs. OAK ($2,700): The highly regarded prospect has yet to break out since being promoted, but he posted a .535 slugging percentage against right-handed arms in the minors this season and carries a low cap hit. Kendall Graveman has served up a .343 wOBA to left-handed hitters over the past two seasons too, so this projects to be a nice fit.

SECOND BASE

Rougned Odor, TEX at MIN ($2,900): This is a nice price at which to target Odor. He's posted a .219 ISO against right-handed hurlers dating back to last season that's fuelled by a 30.9 hard-hit percentage. And since losing his way during the 2014 campaign, Ricky Nolasco has surrendered a .486 slugging and .363 wOBA to left-handed hitters.

THIRD BASE

Justin Turner, LAD vs. SD ($2,900): The reverse splits are excellent for Turner, as he has posted a .379 wOBA and 145 wRC+ against righties since the beginning of the 2014 season. He's also heating up with nine bombs, 24 RBI and a .428 wOBA over the past 30 days. It's a plus matchup with Perdomo owning a 6.75 ERA through his six starts this season.

SHORTSTOP

Xander Bogaerts, BOS vs. TB ($3,600): While this isn't a screaming discount, Bogaerts owns a .389 wOBA and 144 wRC+ against left-handed arms since last year and hits in the heart of the highest-scoring offense in the league. Matt Moore stymied the Red Sox in Tampa on June 29, but expect things to go a little differently in Fenway Park on Saturday given Moore's 6.43 road ERA.

OUTFIELD

Randal Grichuk, STL at MIL ($2,900): With a 6-for-12 run that includes a double and a home run since returning from the minors, Grichuk's demotion appears to have kick-started a hot stretch now that he's back in the majors. Even with his early-season struggles, Grichuk owns a .262 ISO, .361 wOBA and 129 wRC+ against righty arms since last season. Chase Anderson has also allowed a .360 wOBA to right-handed hitters during his career.

Jason Heyward, CHC at PIT ($2,700): The struggling outfielder is riding a 14-for-46 run over his past 12 games including going 7-for-18 since moving to the six-hole. He also owns a respectable 28.9 hard-hit percentage and a .335 wOBA against right-handed arms since 2015.

Yasiel Puig, LAD vs. SD ($2,300): Since returning from the disabled list June 21, Puig owns a .327/.406/.491 slash line with a .397 wOBA, a 34.0 hard-hit percentage and 146 wRC+. Simply put, he's found a groove and is underpriced at near-minimum salary. And, as noted, the matchup against Perdomo is ripe.

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. Neil Parker plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: naparker77, DraftKings: naparker77.
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Neil Parker
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