FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.


PITCHER

Zack Wheeler, NYM vs. LAA ($7,500): After missing all of 2015 and 2016, Wheeler has settled in and allowed just three earned runs over 16.2 innings through his past three starts. He sports a respectable 21.9 percent strikeout rate for the year, and the Angels enter with a 25th-ranked .299 wOBA against right-handed hurlers.

CATCHER

Chris Herrmann, ARI vs. SDP ($2,300): At close to minimum price, Herrmann jumps off the page. Luis Perdomo has struggled mightily against left-handed hitters, allowing a .405 wOBA to them this season, and Herrmann has a respectable .216 ISO and .339 wOBA against righties dating back to last year.

FIRST BASE

Matt Carpenter, STL vs. SFG ($3,800): Hitting in the three-hole offers more fantasy upside for Carpenter, and he's handled right-handed hurlers to the tune of a .396 OBP and .392 wOBA dating back to last season. Facing Jeff Samardzija is also a solid matchup, as the veteran righty has surrendered a .397 wOBA to left-handed hitters this season.

SECOND BASE

Jonathan Schoop, BAL vs. TOR ($3,300): While this isn't the traditional handedness advantage for Schoop, he's actually fared better against right-handed pitchers during his career. Schoop owns a .377 wOBA against righties this year, and Michael Bolsinger has surrendered a .395 mark to righty bats dating back to last season.

THIRD BASE

Jake Lamb, ARI vs. SDP ($4,000): As noted, Perdomo hasn't figured out how to limit left-handed hitters this season, so this is a juicy matchup for Lamb. It might be a day late after he hit two homers Friday, but the matchup still checks out nicely and he's been on a tear all season (.391 wOBA). Additionally, dating back to last season, Lamb sports a rock-solid .292 ISO and .389 wOBA against right-handed hurlers.

SHORTSTOP

Corey Seager, LAD vs. MIA ($3,500): Dan Straily left his last start after being hit with a comeback liner on his right forearm. So, with a career .401 OBP and .405 wOBA against right-handed hurlers, Seager is a solid contrarian option at this price, as Straily has been solid against lefty bats in the past (.291 wOBA allowed since 2015).

OUTFIELD

Jay Bruce, NYM vs. LAA ($3,700): Dating back to last season, Bruce has registered a .294 ISO and .373 wOBA against right-handed hurlers with even better marks in 2017 (.330 and .414). In the mid-price range, he checks out as a target-worthy outfielder against Alex Meyer, as the 27-year-old righty has allowed a .385 wOBA to lefties this year.

Mark Trumbo, BAL vs. TOR ($3,200): Things are trending in the right direction for Trumbo, as he's posted a respectable .821 OPS through his past 18 games, which includes seven multi-hit showings. With a .278 wOBA against right-handed arms this season, Trumbo also has additional positive regression ahead considering he posted a .391 mark last year. As noted, this is a cushy matchup, too.

Ben Gamel, SEA vs. CHW ($3,100): Batting second and boasting a .432 OBP and .410 wOBA against right-handed arms this season, Gamel is worth a long look at this price. Veteran Mike Pelfrey has allowed a .393 and .372 wOBA to left-handed hitters over the past three years.

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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