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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.


Robbie Ray, AZ at PHI ($26,000):
Ray continues to pitch at an elite level, so as long as heís not facing a top-5 lineup, heís in play. He next faces the Phillies, who have the seventh-lowest wOBA against lefties this season. While the Phillies donít strike out that often against lefties, Ray can certainly overcome that, as heís recorded at least nine strikeouts in each of his past four games.

Jimmy Nelson, MIL vs. SD ($15,300): There arenít many attractive options outside of Ray, but Nelson has some potential based on his recent form and opponent. He has recorded quality starts in three of his past four outings and racked up 31 strikeouts in 27.2 innings, while the Padres have the highest strikeout percentage against righties this season and the second-lowest wOBA.


Justin Turner, LAD at CIN ($8,800):
Bronson Arroyo takes the mound for the Reds and that can only mean one thing: time for a Dodgers stack. Turner leads the Dodgers in wOBA against righties this season at .419, which is top-20 in the majors. Heís also been swinging the bat well since his return for the DL, hitting safely in all six games.

Yonder Alonso, OAK vs NYY ($8,400): The Yankees' starters have struggled in this series and that will likely continue with Luis Cessa taking the mound. Cessa has only one appearance this season which resulted in two earned runs in 3.1 innings. Alonso has fared very well against righties this year, coming in with a .437 wOBA against them, which is top-10 in the majors this season.

Nolan Arenado, COL vs SF ($10,800): Ty Blach pitched well early in the season, but the wheels have come off, as he allowed 12 runs in his past two starts. Arenado, along with Charlie Blackmon, have been the best hitters in the Colorado lineup all season, but Arenado has the edge when facing lefties, as his .539 wOBA against them is the fifth-highest in the majors.


Cody Bellinger, LAD at CIN ($10,400):
As mentioned earlier, youíll want to stack plenty of Dodgers into your lineup against Arroyo, who has been bad all season and is also coming off probably his worst start of the year. Meanwhile, Bellinger, who is the hottest bat in the Dodgers' lineup of late, comes in with a .366 wOBA against righties this season.

Dexter Fowler, STL at BAL ($9,000): Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Orioles, and while he fared well in a few relief stints, heís been awful as a starter this season. The Cards are a stack option against Jimenez, but even if you donít want to go that heavy, you should find space for Fowler, who has homered in each of his past three games, all coming from the left side of the plate.

Jose Ramirez, CLE at MN ($9,000): Kyle Gibson takes the hill for the Twins, and though heís posted a couple wins over the past few weeks, he hasnít deserved them as heís giving up runs in bunches. The Indians are another good stack option, as most of the them have solid lifetime numbers against Gibson. Ramirez is a good play for many reasons, not the least of which is his .389 wOBA against righties this season, which leads the club.


Carlos Gomez, TEX vs SEA ($8,000):
It hasnít taken long for Gomez to pick up where he left off before going on the DL, as heís posted two big numbers in his two games since returning. He gets a good matchup against Christian Bergman, who has allowed at least nine runs in two of his past five starts. Additionally, Gomez leads the Rangers in wOBA against righties this season.

Jay Bruce, NYM vs WAS ($9,200): Jay Bruce continues to pound righties, and he gets another one in Joe Ross, who has allowed at least five runs in three of his past four starts. Meanwhile, Bruce leads the Mets in wOBA against righties this season at .416, which is top-20 in the majors.

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