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The Daily Duel: Value Plays for the Week

Kevin Payne

Kevin has worked for Rotowire just under a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. He hosts the RotoWire SiriusXM show every Wednesday and Friday and you can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.

This column will focus on players that are good values in FanDuel's salary cap contests. Typically, I'll try to cover a player or two at each position every week throughout the season. A value here could be a minimum-priced player ($2,200), or a higher-priced option that is still undervalued based on expected production.



Evan Gattis, $3,000 Gattis has seen his price drop, largely due to him batting .167 over the last two weeks. His slash line from last season (.243/.291/.480) closely resembles this season (.246/.290/.492), but his isolated power (ISO) is 13 points higher (.246). Gattis already has eight home runs and hits lefties better than righties. He's on track to hit about 24 home runs and is a nice deal considering players like Victor Martinez are $1,100 more.

First Base

Chris Davis, $3,600 Since the start of the 2013 season, I can't remember Davis' price being this low. Most of last season, his price tag was well over $4,000, and it's likely depressed due to his stint on the DL. He appears completely healthy now and hit a home run against the Royals on Friday. Davis' walk rate is up four percent this year while his strikeout rate has dropped four percent.

Second Base

Anthony Rendon, $3,100 Upon first glance, I thought this was about the right price for Rendon. After taking a look at what he's done all season, I think there's some good value here. First, Rendon is a good candidate to use whenever he's facing a southpaw, against which he has a .966 OPS this season. His five home runs and two stolen bases don't exactly jump off the page, but his 24 RBI and 26 runs added to those stats are impressive.

Third Base

Lonnie Chisenhall, $2,900 Very quietly, Chisenhall has had an excellent season and is starting to realize the potential that once made him an elite prospect. Chisenhall has hit .364 with a .434 OBP. Much of his early success has been due to luck; he currently sports an unsustainable .471 BABIP. However, while the batting average will inevitably drop, I think he'll show more power going forward. His high on-base percentage provides a nice floor since outs count against you in the FanDuel format.


Jean Segura, $3,000 Segura is off to a slow start but appears to be turning the corner at the plate. He's hit .333 over the last week and has two stolen bases as well. Speed is the key here as Segura had 12 home runs last season and 10 triples. Since triples are just slightly less in value than home runs, they're important to note. Throw in the 40-plus stolen base potential, and you've got a nice shortstop for your lineup.


Coco Crisp, $3,100 Crisp has been dealing with a neck injury but returned to the lineup Friday for the Athletics. He's been extremely patient since he's returned, recording five walks over the weekend and scoring four runs. Last season, Crisp went 22/21 with a spike in his home run and a decrease in stolen bases. Basically, his home runs allowed for fewer stolen base attempts. Therefore, if there is some expected regression with the long ball, the steals should go up.


Second Base

Kolten Wong, $3,000 Wong is back up with the big club and has been raking since his demotion to Triple-A. At Memphis he hit .344 with two home runs and five steals in only 68 plate appearances. Since returning to St. Louis, he's gone 5-for-11 with three RBI and two stolen bases. In a season that has seen disappointing play from the second base position, Wong is immediately worthy of consideration for your daily squad.

Third Base

Brock Holt, $2,300 The only really attractive aspect to Holt right now is his price. He's hit for a good average in the minors this season (.315) with seven stolen bases. Holt offers little upside in the power categories and should only be used if you're desperate for a punt play and the matchup looks good.


Anthony Gose $2,900 Gose was at one time considered a decent prospect after stealing a ton of bases in the minors. He should get regular playing time with Colby Rasmus on the DL and has had some success in a limited amount of time with the Jays. Gose has a .500 OBP over 22 plate appearances, fueled by six walks, and he has swiped two bags.
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. Kevin Payne plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: Fanduel: kevinccp, Draft Kings: kevinccp, Fantasy Aces: kevinccp, Yahoo: kevinccp.