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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 close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.


Steven Wright, BOS at TEX ($10,600): Wright has generated a minuscule 0.94 ERA in 28.2 June innings, and he’s holding hitters to an absurd .177 batting average on the road. He also has a batted ball-profile that fits very well with hitter-friendly Globe Life Park. Wright has generated a 51.8 percent ground ball rate on the road, while only giving up a pair of homers away from Fenway. The Rangers have been solid against right-handed pitching this season, but Wright’s recent performances—which include six starts over his last 10 where he’s scored between 22.9 and 36.4 fantasy points— put him squarely in consideration.

Kevin Gausman, BAL vs. TB ($6,200): Gausman may not be particularly exciting to roster, but it’s hard not to pick pitchers against the Rays these days. Tampa continues to struggle at the plate, and Gausman, while still looking for his first victory, is worth a look at his price. He’s had forgettable outings in his last pair of trips to the mound, but he has scored more than 20 fantasy points twice in his last 10 starts. He brings some decent strikeout potential as well, and Tampa can certainly help plenty in that regard, as the Rays have whiffed 25.3 percent of the time against right-handed pitchers, second-most in the majors, while their .301 wOBA against that handedness is the sixth-lowest in baseball.


Willson Contreras, CHC at MIA ($3,000): Nab the Cubs’ backstop at this price while you can, as he’s now slashing .412/.474/.941 after a 2-for-4 night on Friday that included a two-run homer. There could definitely be more against Marlins starter Paul Clemens, who’s yielded a ludicrous .708 wOBA, three homers and a 54.1 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters over a small 14-batter sample this season. A glance at Clemens’ career stats reveals more of the same, as he's yielded a .403 wOBA, 14 of 24 career homers and a 35.4 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters over a much more extensive 231-batter sample. Meanwhile, Contreras has a .703 wOBA, all three homers and a 40 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching in this, his rookie campaign.


Jose Abreu, CWS vs. TOR ($4,700) Abreu took the day off due to leg fatigue Friday but is fully expected back in the lineup Saturday. He’ll return just in time to face off against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, against whom he has a .417 average over 12 at-bats, including three homers and five RBI. He’s once again hitting righties well this season, generating a .331 wOBA against them that rises to .353 when facing them at U.S. Cellular Field. Abreu is also enjoying a stellar June, posting a .406 wOBA, .282 ISO, .333 average and five homers over 89 plate appearances.


Robinson Cano, SEA vs. STL ($4,500): Cano has decimated righties all season long and draws one prone to giving up the long ball in Cardinals starter Mike Leake. Cano has amassed an outstanding .438 wOBA, .331 ISO, 39.1 percent hard contact rate and 15 of his 19 homers on the season against right-handed pitching, while, Leake has surrendered 10 of his 14 homers on the season to lefty bats, and has generated a 4.66 ERA and .343 wOBA over 19.1 June innings.


Todd Frazier, CWS vs. TOR ($3,800): Frazier brings massive home run upside and is showing signs of life at the plate again. Following a two-hit night Friday, the veteran slugger now has double-digit fantasy points in three of the last four games, with homers in two of those contests. A favorable BvP against a knuckleballer is never a bad thing either, and Frazier has touched up R.A. Dickey for two homers and three RBI, along with a pair of singles and a pair of walks, over 15 plate appearances. Dickey has also given up a .339 wOBA and four homers over 24.1 June innings.


Brandon Crawford, SF vs. PHI ($3,700): Crawford gets to renew acquaintances with Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson, who he’s managed a .571 average against over seven career at-bats. Hellickson has been victimized by left-handed bats this season for a .409 wOBA, eight homers, a 5.30 xFIP and 35.4 percent hard contact rate, and he has a 6.38 ERA and .403 wOBA overall in 24 June frames. Crawford has generated a .345 wOBA and all six of his homers this season against right-handed pitchers.


Kris Bryant, CHC at MIA ($5,100): Bryant is another high upside play against Marlins starter Paul Clemens. His outfield eligibility allows us to maximize the power of this particular lineup a bit more, and capitalize on Bryant’s .367 wOBA and .217 ISO versus right-handed pitching. He’s tallied a .370 wOBA this month, and he has a .404 wOBA and seven homers when facing right-handed pitching away from Wrigley Field. Clemens’ video-game-like numbers against right-handed hitters only serve to further Bryant’s already considerable appeal.

Yasmany Tomas, ARI at COL ($4,900): It's never a bad idea to have some Coors Field exposure, especially when the Rockies roll out Jorge De La Rosa. Tomas is an excellent candidate with which to capitalize, particularly following a two-homer night Friday that helped net four RBI. He also has a .429 average against De La Rosa over seven career at-bats, with a homer and four RBI. The D-backs’ slugger boasts a .441 wOBA, .333 ISO and 44.2 percent hard contact rate against southpaws as well, while De La Rosa has been touched up by righty bats to the tune of a .415 wOBA and eight homers this season.

Seth Smith, SEA vs. STL ($3,400): Smith is the second Mariner with a very favorable track record against Cardinals starter Mike Leake, as he’s punished him for a .625/.667/1.250 line over eight at-bats, with a pair of doubles and a solo homer. That’s a lot of hard contact over such a small sample size, and Smith also has a healthy .351 wOBA against righties that becomes an even more impressive .400 over his 93 plate appearances against them at home.

Steven Moya, DET vs. CLE ($2,300): I had to include Moya as a bonus selection that opens up salary for you elsewhere, considering the fact that he’s wielded a red-hot bat over his first 59 at-bats in 2016 while managing to contribute across the box score. The rookie’s extra-base hit tally consists of four doubles, two triples and three homers, and his average is at .322 after hitting safely in eight of 10 games. He also has a .389 wOBA and .302 ISO against right-handed pitchers, and has hit all three of his homers against them as well. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco is a quality pitcher, but he has yielded a .328 wOBA to left-handed hitters this season, along with a .371 wOBA overall and five homers over 25 June innings.

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