FantasyDraft MLB: Monday Values

FantasyDraft MLB: Monday Values

This article is part of our FantasyDraft MLB series.

PITCHERS:

Ervin Santana, MIN vs. MIL ($18,300):- Santana racked up 37.75 fantasy points in a complete-game gem versus the Padres his last time out, his fourth start over 30 fantasy points this season. Meanwhile, the Brewers have struck out at a majors-high 28.7 percent clip since the All-Star break against right-handed pitching on the road while also compiling a mediocre .302 wOBA and 81 wRC+.

JC Ramirez, LAA vs. BAL ($15,000):- The Orioles have a .292 wOBA and 80 wRC+ against right-handed pitching on the road since the All-Star break, while Ramirez has three straight quality starts, including an eight-inning gem against the Phillies in his most recent outing. The right-hander has also eclipsed 20 fantasy points in eight starts this season, giving him plenty of upside for GPPs.

INFIELD

Joey Votto, CIN vs. SD ($10,200):- Votto owns a .441 wOBA, .282 ISO and 37.4 percent hard contact rate versus right-handed pitching at home, while Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin has allowed a .443 wOBA, 2.78 HR/9 and 39.5 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road. Meanwhile, Padres relievers have a 7.80 ERA and have allowed a. 380 wOBA to left-handed hitters on the road since the All-Star break.

Anthony Rendon, WAS vs. MIA ($8,700):- Rendon boasts a .514 wOBA, .379 ISO, 220 wRC+ and 40.7 percent hard contact rate versus southpaws at Nationals Park, while Marlins starter Chris O'Grady has yielded a .425 wOBA, 5.69 xFIP and 42.0 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters. Marlins relievers have been vulnerable as well, allowing a .398 wOBA to right-handed hitters on the road in the last month.

Eric Hosmer, KC vs. STL ($6,900):- Hosmer is underpriced and makes for a viable GPP play despite the matchup against Carlos Martinez, who's surrendered a .439 wOBA, 5.07 xFIP, 27.8 percent HR/FB rate and 43.6 percent hard contact rate to lefty hitters on the road. Meanwhile, Hosmer counters with a .428 wOBA, .272 ISO, 31.0 percent HR/FB rate and 31.6 percent hard contact rate against righties at Kauffman Stadium.

OUTFIELD

Tommy Pham, STL at KC ($9,300):- Pham has a .463 wOBA, .285 ISO, 34.6 percent HR/FB rate and 42.4 percent hard contact rate versus righties on the road and boasts a .413 wOBA over his 95 second-half plate appearances. Royals starter Ian Kennedy has been most vulnerable when facing right-handed hitters at home, allowing a .329 wOBA, 2.19 HR/9 and 43.7 percent hard contact rate.

Josh Bell, PIT vs. DET ($7,800):- Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann has yielded a .434 wOBA (including eight homers) and a 38.1 percent hard contact rate to left-handed hitters on the road, and has a 5.95 ERA over 65 innings outside of Comerica Park. The switch-hitting Bell has been better against right-handed pitching, posting a .344 wOBA (including 13 homers), . 219 ISO and 33.9 percent hard contact rate. Meanwhile, Tigers relievers have a 6.23 ERA versus lefty bats on the road since the All-Star break, and have allowed a .363 wOBA, including five homers, to right-handed hitters on the road during that stretch.

Denard Span, SF vs. CHC ($5,600):- Despite the matchup against Jake Arrieta, Span makes for an appealing GPP value play Monday, considering he owns a .346 wOBA against right-handed pitching. Arrieta has allowed a .343 wOBA and 25.8 percent HR/FB rate to lefty bats on the road, and 13 of his 17 homers he's surrendered this season have come outside of Wrigley.

UTILITY

Anthony Rizzo, CHC at SF ($10,400):- Rizzo has had no trouble with same-handed matchups, posting a .415 wOBA, .318 ISO, 28.6 percent HR/FB rate and 34.1 percent hard contact rate against southpaws. Those numbers dovetail favorably with those of Giants lefty Matt Moore, who's allowed a .454 wOBA, 5.74 xFIP and 38.2 percent hard contact rate to same-handed bats.

David Freese, PIT vs. DET ($7,800):- Freese owns a .500 average, including a homer and two RBI, over nine plate appearances against Jordan Zimmermann, who's allowed a .352 wOBA, 5.36 xFIP and 36.0 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters. Freese has posted a .343 wOBA against right-handed pitching at PNC Park, while the struggles of Tigers relievers versus righty bats were detailed earlier.

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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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