FanDuel MLB: Sunday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Sunday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

PITCHER

Taijuan Walker, ARI at STL ($7,400): It's a challenging slate on the bump, with no pitcher costing more than $8,800, seemingly making every one a bit of a gamble. As such, I'm inclined to take a seemingly safe option in Walker, who's been much better away from home, posting a 2.70 ERA versus 4.14 at home. His strikeout rate on the road hasn't been huge at just 19.7 percent, but he's yet to yield more than three earned runs in any road start, and the Cardinals have a 98 wRC+ and .167 ISO against righties, suggesting that's a trend that continue Sunday.

CATCHER

Russell Martin, TOR vs. LAA ($2,600): Martin's .343 wOBA and 113 wRC+ are surprisingly decent given his .221 batting average and 21 RBI. He sat out Saturday, making him a near lock to face Angels' starter Jesse Chavez, who has a 7.00 road ERA and allows a .416 wOBA and .997 OPS to righties away from home.

FIRST BASE

Mark Reynolds, COL at WAS ($3,600): The Rockies haven't been great on the road, which is unlikely a surprise. But Reynolds hasn't been bad away from Coors Field, owning a stable .344 wOBA and .189 ISO, though only a 92 wRC+. Some of the Rockies' top bats have higher prices, with pitchers being so affordable, making Reynolds worth a roll of the dice against rookie Erick Fedde, who is making his Major League debut. Fedde was solid at Double-A to start the year, but he didn't look ready for the task at hand, posting a 5.57 ERA at Triple-A while sporting only a 16.7 percent strikeout rate.

SECOND BASE

Brandon Phillips, ATL at PHI ($2,800): Phils starter Vince Velasquez has been dreadful at home, posting a 6.82 ERA while allowing a .384 wOBA and .927 OPS to right-handed hitters. Meanwhile, Phillips has surged since the All-Star break, going for a .394 wOBA, 142 wRC+ and .259 ISO against same-handed pitchers.

THIRD BASE

Anthony Rendon, WAS vs. COL ($4,000): Rendon has simply destroyed left-handed pitching, possessing a .526 wOBA, 227 wRC+, 1.300 OPS and .396 ISO. If you need any further reason to pay up, Rockies starter Kyle Freeland has been surprisingly worse on the road, registering a 4.12 ERA versus 3.21 at home while allowing a .340 wOBA and 17.3 percent homer to fly-ball rate to righties.

SHORTSTOP

Andrelton Simmons, LAA at TOR (3,400): Simmons comes in with an eight-game hitting streak that has seen him go 14-for-31 with seven runs scored. He's been sound against right-handed arms, especially on the road, owning a .372 wOBA and 140 wRC+.

OUTFIELD

Aaron Altherr, PHI vs. ATL ($3,800): Altherr is swinging a scalding bat at the moment, going 9-for-17 over his last five games with three home runs and eight runs scored. Traditionally, same-handed batters have hit knuckle ballers with more success, and that's played out according during R.A. Dickey's current two-game slump, as he allowed a .543 wOBA and 1.313 OPS to them.

Marcell Ozuna, MIA vs. CIN ($3,800): With expected savings at pitcher, there's plenty of reason to fit Giancarlo Stanton ($4,600). However, Ozuna offers some savings and still checks in with better numbers than Stanton: .392 wOBA and 142 wRC+ against .388/139 for Stanton. Reds starter Luis Castillo is allowing a .349 wOBA to righties as well as a 25 percent HR:FB rate.

Austin Jackson, CLE vs. CWS ($3,100): I'll admit to being a little taken aback by Jackson's price, as it seems somewhat inflated given a limited ceiling. That being said, he leads the team with a .424 wOBA and 169 wRC+ against lefties while striking out only 15.3 percent of the time, which at least makes him a nice contrarian play when an Indians stack could be popular. Sox starter Carlos Rodon has a 6.29 ERA despite a 30.5 percent strikeout rate against righties, in part due to a 17.1 percent walk rate. Jackson entered Saturday having reached base 10 times in his last four games.

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Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
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