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FanDuel MLB: Sunday Value Plays

Chris Bennett

Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.

Pitcher

Felix Hernandez, SEA vs. OAK ($9,100): Although the Mariners were elimiated from wild card contention last night, with their ace on the hill Sunday against a team going through the motions Hernandez could be a bargain as the day's eighth-highest priced arm. He hasn't been perfect of late, having allowed four runs or more in four of his last six starts, but one of those other two outings was a shutout of Oakland. Hernandez has a 2.12 ERA and 13 strikeouts in three starts against the A's this season.

Arizona's Matt Koch ($3,000) is almost too cheap to warrant a bargain play, but you could pick your bats freely if you feel like gambling.

Catcher

Manny Pina, MIL at COL ($2,400): Pina has equated himself well in limited action and, with Martin Maldonado getting the start Saturday, he has a good shot at starting in the season finale. Pina has a .373 wOBP and .227 ISO against righties and faces German Marquez, who is fresh off allowing six runs and two homers in 4.1 innings in his last start.

First Base

Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. DET ($3,900): It's not an ideal matchup, as Tigers' starter Justin Verlander has allowed only seven runs in 32.2 September innings and has been tough on left-handed bats all season, allowing just a .188 batting average against. Freeman has been too hot to pass on though, having just had a 29-game hitting streak snapped, and he went deep again Saturday night, his third homer since Sept. 24.

Second Base

Robinson Cano, SEA vs. OAK ($3,300): Cano has posted at least 9.2 points seven times in his last 10 games, four times topping 25 points and twice topping 40 points, thanks in part to five home runs in his last five games. Cano's power has been reduced against left-handed bats, but he still has a respectable .331 wOBP and 30.5 percent hard-hit ball rate against southpaws.

Third Base

Nick Castellanos, DET at ATL ($2,400): The price here simply hasn't adjusted to Castellanos' return to the lineup. Though some of that lack of price adjustment is from minimal production, Castellanos has three hits, including two doubles, in 11 at-bats over four games. There's a limited ceiling here, but a matchup with Julio Teheran shouldn't scare anyone, as Teheran has allowed 12 runs in his last three starts.

Shortstop

Tim Anderson, CWS vs. MIN ($2,900): Anderson has a .360 wOBP at home against right-handers heading into a matchup with Jose Berrios, and is closing the season with a bang. Anderson has gone 11-of-32 in his last seven games with two homers, two doubles, two triples and five RBI.

Outfield

Adam Eaton, CWS vs. MIN ($3,400): Eaton has four hits in his last three games and has a team-leading .350 wOBP against righties. Hitting atop the lineup against a struggling Berrios, who has an 8.61 ERA on the year and has allowed at least three runs in nine of his last 10 starts while lasting five innings or more only four times.

Mark Trumbo, BAL vs. ARI ($3,300): Trumbo has broken out of his September slump, having gone deep four times in his last eight games. He boasts a .387 wOBP and .302 ISO against righties in a matchup with Luis Cessa, who has allowed 10 long balls in his last seven starts.

Manuel Margot, SDP at ARI ($2,900): Margot has nine hits in nine games since making his major league debut, five of which have gone for extra bases. As such, his two games with at least 20 fantasy points give him a nice ceiling at a low price.

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