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FantasyDraft MLB: Sunday Values

Greg Vara

Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.


Zack Godley, AZ at SD ($15,000):
There are no great options on this slate, but Godley is one a few who could be considered good. A lot of that has to do with the opposition, as the Padres are a bottom-five team in wOBA against righties this season and are second-worst in K%. Meanwhile, Godley has 19 strikeouts in just under 19 innings and heís posted a 1.93 ERA this year.

Adam Wainwright, STL vs. SF ($14,100): Wainwright doesnít strike many out, but the Giants have the worst wOBA against righties this season, but their strikeout rate is among the best, so any points accumulated against them are going to come via a win and scoreless innings. Thatís why Wainwright is a good fit here. Wainwright is coming off his best performance of the season in his last start when he went seven scoreless against the Cubs.


Cesar Hernandez, PHI at PIT ($7,800):
The Phillies look like one of the better stacks, but they come with some risk as they arenít generally reliable. With that said, they are facing Chad Kuhl, who has surrendered 10 runs in his past two starts and his season ERA is up to 6.69. Hernandez has cooled considerably since his hot start, but heís still at the top of the lineup, one that should put up plenty of runs.

Cody Bellinger, LAD vs. MIA ($9,000): David Phelps takes the hill for the Marlins, and though his fantasy points per game average is low, thatís due to the fact that heís spent most of the season as a reliever. Phelps is actually a decent pitcher, so I wouldnít advise a stack, but anytime a righty takes the hill against the Dodgers, you have to look at their lefties. Bellinger has quickly moved to the top of the lefty list, as he holds the highest wOBA against righties on the team.

Jose Abreu, CHW at SEA ($8,700): Dillon Overton takes the mound for the Mariners, and much like the aforementioned David Phelps, heís in a spot start after coming out of the bullpen prior. Unlike Phelps, heís not had much success in the past. Overton has already started once this season and the results were less than desirable. Abreu got off to a slow start this year, but heís been about as good as anyone in the league over the past few weeks. He also has a great wOBA against lefties this season at .485, which is good for 16th in the majors.


Daniel Nava, PHI at PIT ($6,400):
Nava left Fridayís game with a tight hamstring, but if heís healthy enough to give it a go against Chad Kuhl, then heís a good low-priced option. Kuhl has not only pitched poorly this season, heís been absolutely terrible against lefties, who have posted a .486 wOBA against him. Nava should be one of the main benefactors Sunday, as he has a .401 wOBA against righties this year, which is second-best on the team.

Mike Trout, LAA at NYM ($10,800): Trout comes at a hefty price, but on a day like this when there arenít any high-priced pitching options that look enticing, you should have plenty of room for hitters like Trout. This isnít about just using up all your salary though; Trout has a nice matchup against lefty Tommy Milone, who is doing a decent job of eating up innings but itís only a matter of time before he implodes.

Charlie Blackmon, COL at CIN ($10,500): Bronson Arroyo takes the mound for the Reds and, as always, we are left to wonder if it will be bad Bronson Arroyo or terrible Bronson Arroyo. Terrible Arroyo showed up in his most recent start against the Cubs and hopefully heíll show up again against the Rockies. Either way, Blackmon should have a big day, as he has the second-highest wOBA against righties on the team (.423) this season.


Mark Reynolds, COL at CIN ($9,300):
Reynolds leads the Rockies in wOBA against righties this season, which is a bit of a surprise being that Reynolds is a righty. He has a big advantage against Arroyo, not only because heís been good against righties but he also has five hits and four RBI in the first two games of this series.

Jose Bautista, TOR at BAL ($9,600): Bautista has been in the news lately, more for getting plunked than what heís doing with his bat, but heís actually produced a lot with his bat over the past couple weeks. He is averaging 7.53 fantasy points per game on the season, but over his past 11 games heís averaging 12.54. He gets a nice matchup Sunday against lefty Wade Miley, who has struggled with right-handed batters this season.

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