FanDuel MLB: Thursday Value Plays

FanDuel MLB: Thursday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

PITCHER:

Tyler Anderson, COL at NYM ($6,300): There's no shortage of high-end pitching, with six pitchers priced at least $10,000. And while I wouldn't fault you for rolling with one of the aces, especially in cash games, Anderson presents a terrific alternative at a fraction of the price. The 26-year-old has pitched well (3.56 ERA, 20.3 percent K rate, 5.0 percent walk rate) and has been notably successful away from Coors Field, yielding a paltry .195 batting average (.254 wOBA) in his two road starts. Luckily, Anderson is playing on the road - in a pitchers' park no less - against a weak Mets lineup (.311 wOBA and 23.0 percent K rate vs. left-handed pitching).

CATCHER:

Wilson Ramos, WAS at SFG ($2,700): This is simply a case of Ramos being way to cheap, especially considering the lighter slate of games. The matchup isn't ideal, but Johnny Cueto has faltered some lately - .409 ERA over last five starts - and Ramos has murdered right-handed pitching (.404 wOBA). With so few options available, Ramos stands out as a tremendous upside play for a modest investment.

FIRST BASE:

Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. PHI ($3,300): Freeman has a .305 ISO and five home runs in his last 15 games but is still priced quite reasonably. The 26-year-old has crushed right-handed pitching over the course of his career (.376 wOBA, .207) and faces Aaron Nola, who sports a 10.61 ERA over his last seven starts.

SECOND BASE:

Jurickson Profar, TEX vs. KAN ($2,300): This is another case of a player being priced lower than his recent performances. Profar is batting at the top of a stacked Rangers lineup and has shown that he can hit major league pitching (.287 batting average); not to mention he was once the top prospect in all of baseball. In addition, Profar has done most of his damage against right-handed pitching (.365 wOBA) and faces Yordano Ventura (4.99 ERA, 1.41 WHIP), who's struggled against left-handed sticks (1.54 WHIP).

THIRD BASE:

Hernan Perez, MIL vs. ARI ($2,700): There isn't a lot of value at the hot corner, making Perez a perfect high-ceiling play for a minimal cost. He has pounded left-handed pitching (.229 ISO) and faces Robbie Ray, who's allowed a .348 wOBA and 12 home runs to right-handed hitters. Add in Perez's stolen base potential (14 in 62 games) and he is an absolute bargain.

SHORTSTOP:

Javier Baez, CHC vs. CWS ($3,100): Baez continues to rake - .402 wOBA over last 15 games - as he's found a way to force regular playing time in a crowded Cubs lineup. He has been especially dangerous against left-handers (.443 wOBA, .233 ISO) and faces the most talked about lefty in the game in Chris Sale. Forgetting the insanity of Sale cutting up his team's uniforms and subsequently missing a start, the left-hander hasn't been his dominant self of late (5.40 ERA in July) and may scare enough people away to keep Baez's ownership low.

OUTFIELD:

Max Kepler, MIN vs. BAL ($3,200): Kepler has a .347 wOBA and .295 ISO against right-handed pitching, showing the propensity for immense power in hitting a home run once every 15 times he steps to the plate. Most importantly, he faces atrocious righty in Ubaldo Jimenez (7.38 ERA, 1.97 WHIP), who's been particularly abhorrent against left-handed hitters (.425 wOBA allowed).

Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS at LAA ($3,200): Bradley hasn't slowed down after his torrid start, yet his price is often quite reasonable. Furthermore, he's destroyed right-handed pitching (.410 wOBA, .286 ISO) and faces Jered Weaver, who has a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP while allowing 23 home runs this year.

Joey Gallo, TEX vs. KAN ($2,000): I'm not sure why Gallo is available at the minimum price, but take advantage of it. Despite his propensity to strike out, Gallo is a threat to go deep every time he steps to the plate and has actually been good against right-handed pitching over his short time in the majors (.358 wOBA, .267 ISO). Considering the matchup with the aforementioned Ventura, Gallo's power upside alone makes him a no brainer play at that dirt cheap price.

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. James Seltzer plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Schweppy23.
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James Seltzer
James Seltzer is a Producer at 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia. James is a co-host of the BleedingGreenNation.com Eagles podcast as well as the This Week in Fantasy podcast. James also works for PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
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