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The Daily Duel: Rocky Road

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. Remember a value here could be a minimum-priced player ($2,200) or a higher-priced option that is still undervalued based on expected production.



Wilin Rosario, $2,700 - The good news here is that Rosario will be back in the friendly confines of Coors Field this weekend. Rosario has a .812 OPS at home this season, which would be the lowest mark of his career. He continues to crush left-handed pitching (over a .900 OPS in each season of his career) and should be completely healthy after landing on the DL earlier this season. Don't hesitate to use him for his home starts in Colorado.

First Base

Mike Morse, $2,500 - I'm a little surprised the price for Morse has dropped so low considering that he's smacked 14 home runs with 47 RBI this season. Morse has a .274 batting average to go along with a .804 OPS this season despite playing all of his home games at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. Morse has historically hit better on the road than at home, and he has a reverse split - hitting right-handed pitching better than southpaws. He's a great GPP play who is usually never owned by more than five percent of teams given the other options at the position.

Second Base

Chase Utley, $3,200 - Utley's price has dropped enough that I think he's a great bargain, especially considering Jose Altuve is currently sporting a $4,300 price tag. He has always hit righties better than lefties and has multi-hit games in three of his last four contests. Utley doesn't run as much as he used to, but his 36 extra-base hits are evidence that he still has some pop in his bat.

Third Base

Chase Headley, $2,900 - I almost put Headley in the "Newbies" section as he was traded from one of the worst offensive teams (and parks) in the league to an average offensive team with a great park. Headley should see more RBI opportunities in New York, and he will love the short porch in right field. He'll likely be a regular in the Yankees' lineup and his production should exceed his cost in the near future.


Jean Segura, $2,300 - Segura finally appears to be picking things up at the plate, posting a .828 OPS over the last week. He's been caught stealing at an alarmingly high rate this season (15-for-23 on the basepaths) and he doesn't walk much (less than four percent the last two seasons). However his .262 BABIP suggests he's been a little unlucky, and there's no reason to think he'll stop running despite his lack of efficiency. There's still some upside here in the power department considering he had 12 home runs last season - a rare find at his position.


Adam Eaton, $3,000 - Eaton has been on a tear of late, hitting safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Out of those 10 games he has 18 hits (four doubles, one triple) to go along with four doubles and two steals. He's a fixture at the top of the Chicago lineup with some potent bats behind him, which has put him on pace to score nearly 90 runs. Look for the price to go up over the next week given his recent play.


Second Base

Enrique Hernandez, $2,500 - I'm a little late profiling Hernandez as he was called up at the beginning of the month. However, his recent play caught my eye as he has multi-hit games in three of his last five starts. He finally started hitting in the minors this season with a .337 batting average at Triple-A, and he has also developed some pop in his bat (nine minor league home runs this season). Don't be surprised if he moves towards the top of the lineup soon given the OBP of the hitters ahead of him.

First Base

Ben Paulsen, $2,700 - Paulsen has looked more than comfortable with the Rockies, going 5-for-11 in his first three games with the big club. He isn't a huge prospect at age 26, but Paulsen had .904 OPS at hitter-friendly Colorado Springs before his call-up. He'll be in play this weekend hitting in Coors and should be a regular in the lineup while Justin Morneau is on the shelf.

Adam Duvall, $3,100 - With Brandon Belt landing on the DL, Duvall should see regular playing time for the next week or so. Duvall put up impressive numbers at Triple-A Fresno with 26 home runs in only 336 plate appearances. He's probably more of a Quad-A player than a big league regular, but he could surprise fantasy owners in the short term with his power. Think of him as a GPP play more than a cash game option.

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.