FantasyScore MLB: Wednesday Picks

FantasyScore MLB: Wednesday Picks

This article is part of our FantasyScore MLB series.

There are 15 games on the schedule Wednesday, with every team in the league taking the field. However, the Mastersball 50/50 GPP and BaseballHQ GPP contests only include the 14 night games. Both contests lock at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

If you're after a few more details and FantasyScore specifics, they can be found here.

Lineup Configuration Notes

There aren't any aces taking the hill Wednesday, which has a couple implications for lineup assembly.

Don't fret if your preferred lineup slides substantially under the cap, because spending up isn't always spending wiser. There are enough bargains to hone in on your go-to batters and not sacrifice your arms. Plus, there are a few extra options in the batter player pool because the pitching landscape is so favorable.

It is typically advised to begin with your two pitchers and fill out your roster from there, and this remains the case. There are a number of low-priced options boasting significant upside, so there isn't a need to fly off the radar with your pitcher selections for variance. Instead, target two arms you're confident in and go contrarian with your bats, if needed.

Arms to Target

Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB, $6,800 salary, 13.6 percent of cap: The Braves' offense has hit the skids with just 29 runs over their last 10 games and a .639 OPS over their last five. Odorizzi has only been touched up for more than three earned runs in a start once, and his 2.49 FIP supports his solid start.

Tyson Ross, SP, SD, $6,800 salary, 13.6 percent of cap: The Cubs have struck out 43 more times than any other team in the league against right-handed pitchers. Ross has allowed more than three earned runs in just one start this year with just two earned allowed in each of his last three starts. Pitcher-friendly PETCO Park is a plus, too.

Drew Hutchison, SP, TOR, $4,500 salary, 9.0 percent of cap: It has been nothing but peeks and valleys this season with Hutchison, but he has turned in consecutive solid outings (15 strikeouts and 2.45 ERA over 11 innings), and the Angels are worth targeting. Los Angeles boasts the league-worst OPS against right-handed hurlers.

Carlos Martinez, SP, STL, $4,300 salary, 8.6 percent of cap: Take away the 14-run outlier Saturday, and the Mets have scored just 19 runs over their last eight games (six loses). Martinez has 15 punch outs over his last 10.1 innings and looks back on track after surrendering seven earned runs in consecutive starts.

Carlos Rodon, SP, CHW, $4,200 salary, 8.4 percent of cap: It is far from a slam-dunk matchup, and Rodon's slip up in his last outing could drive his ownership down. However, he looked dominant in his second start, and has contest-winning upside, especially relative to his cap hit.

Bats to Target

Spending Up

Bryce Harper, OF, WAS, $6,300 salary, 12.6 percent of cap: There is a case to be made for fading Haper in tournaments, but his price is just 2.6 percent over the average cap hit. So it isn't even difficult to fit him under the cap. Plus, he has a 1.987 OPS over the past 12 games.

Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW, $5,800 salary, 11.6 percent of cap: Although Abreu is riding a 14-game hitting streak, he has just one home run and seven RBI with a .426 slugging percentage. Look for him to tee off on soft-tossing Shaun Marcum on Wednesday.

Value

Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL, $4,000 salary, 8.0% of cap: Peralta has failed to register a hit in just one of his last 15 games, and he has a .305/.406/.576 slash line during the stretch with 11 runs, four home runs and eight RBI. He is locked into the four hole behind on-base-machine Matt Holliday, too.

Jimmy Paredes, OF, BAL, $3,900 salary, 7.8% of cap: Over the past month, Paredes has emerged as one of the most reliable daily players this season with at least one hit in 23 of 25 games. 18 runs, six home runs and 22 RBI with a 1.001 OPS is nice production for a moon cycle. He has the handedness split going for him Wednesday, too.

Cap Relief

Wilin Rosario, C, COL, $2,500 salary, 5.0 percent of cap: Opposing starter Severino Gonzalez has two career starts, and in his debut he allowed 10 earned runs in 2.2 innings. Coors Field could treat him similarly. Rosario has averaged 5.5 FantasyScore points over the past two games.

Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI, $3,100 salary, 6.2 percent of cap: Franco wore out minor league pitching (.355/.384/.539 slash line through 151 plate appearances) and it is continuing at the highest level. He has five runs, a home run and five RBI over his past four games. Coors Field is another plus.

Yunel Escobar, 2B, WAS, $2,100 salary, 4.2 percent of cap: Like most Nats, Escobar is in a groove, and he has batted third the past three games. He is grossly underpriced and sports a .476 on-base percentage with 15 runs and nine RBI over the past 14 games.

Gerardo Parra, OF, MIL, $2,200 salary, 4.4 percent of cap: While he doesn't start every day, expect Parra to be in the lineup Wednesday with the handedness advantage. Over his past 20 games (12 starts), Parra has 13 runs, 11 extra-base hits, 12 RBI and a stolen base with a 1.224 OPS.

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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