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FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays

Sasha Yodashkin

Sasha Yodashkin writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA vs. OAK ($8,000): Iwakuma has beaten Oakland in all four previous meetings this season, allowing the league's second-worst offense to score only nine runs in 26 innings. Expect more of the same here with Seattle needing a win to keep its playoff hopes alive. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Evan Gattis, HOU at LAA ($3,000): Gattis has heated up over his current four-game hitting streak, smacking a pair of homers among his six base knocks. He'll be fresh after getting Friday off, while Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will be taking the mound despite battling a forearm injury. With 10 homers and a .370 wOBA in 168 plate appearances against southpaws, the streaking Gattis makes for an appealing option here.

First Base

John Jaso, PIT at STL ($2,800): Jaso's decent production against righties (.341 wOBA) and strong recent form (five hits and five RBI in the last two games) make him a legitimate discount alternative to more expensive, high-profile first basemen. He's 4-for-8 with a home run against Cardinals righty Michael Wacha, who hasn't started since Aug. 8 and gave up seven runs in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen in his last appearance. At just $2,800, Jaso is the perfect candidate to take advantage of Wacha's struggles without breaking the bank.

Second Base

Jason Kipnis, CLE at KAN ($3,900): Kipnis has favorable history against erratic right-hander Edinson Volquez (8-for-25 with four extra-base hits), which should continue given Volquez's recent struggles. The Royals starter has given up 25 runs in 27.2 innings over his last six starts, making him a prime opponent to exploit. Given that Kipnis has a solid .350 wOBA against righties this season and occupies the fruitful No. 2 spot in the Indians lineup, he's in a great position to take advantage.

Third Base

Pedro Alvarez, BAL at NYY ($3,500): Alvarez's power-hitting upside makes him a strong choice against young Yankees right-hander Luis Severino, who has a 5.75 ERA and is giving up 1.34 HR/9. The slugging DH has 19 homers in his last 251 plate appearances following a slow start, and has hit all but one of his long balls this season against righties. He'll be motivated to deliver with Baltimore firmly in the wild card hunt, and only needs one good swing to outperform his valuation at the most homer-friendly stadium in baseball (1.38 home run park factor).


Brad Miller, TAM at TEX ($3,400): Miller is remarkably affordable for a cleanup-hitting shortstop that has already launched 30 homers. Twenty seven of those have come against righties, and Rangers starter Colby Lewis is a prime candidate to give up another one in baseball's sixth-most hitter-friendly venue. Lewis allows a shaky 1.47 HR/9, and has been rocked for 19 runs in just 17 innings in his last four trips to the mound. Expect Miller to add to that damage as he looks for a strong finish to his breakout season.


Jon Jay, SDP at ARI ($3,100): While you need to make sure Jay is in the Padres lineup before putting him in yours, the alliteratively-named outfielder should be productive if he's in there against Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley. Jay has three multi-hit games and five runs in his last four starts, and should be able to deliver at the hitter-friendly Chase Field (1.23 park factor) facing a pitcher that has allowed a massive .398 wOBA to lefties and given up 14 runs in 17.2 innings over his last four starts. The matchup couldn't get much better for the surging two-hole hitter.

Adam Jones, BAL at NYY ($3,200): Jones smacked his 29th homer Friday, and has an excellent chance to repeat that performance at Yankee Stadium. Severino's struggles have already been documented in the Pedro Alvarez section, and the pitcher has been much worse against right-handed hitters with a .367 wOBA allowed. Jones has an .091 higher wOBA against righties despite being one himself, making him likely to play a key role on offense in a game that shouldn't lack for runs.

Jay Bruce, NYM at PHI ($3,400): Bruce should be able to stay hot against Phillies right-hander Phil Klein. Klein has an ugly 8.22 ERA in 15.1 innings this season, while New York's five-hole hitter has homered in three straight. The slugger's combination of recent form and matchup make him a no-brainer at $3,400.

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