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FantasyDraft MLB: Saturday Values

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.


Corey Kluber, CLE vs. MIN ($24,400): The Twins come in with a .310 wOBA and 22.2 percent strikeout rate versus right-handed pitching on the road over the last month, while Kluber scored a whopping 49.45 fantasy points against the Orioles in his last start. He also scored between 22.10 and 35.70 fantasy points in his three prior starts and boasts a .289 wOBA allowed and 46:10 K:BB ratio over 32.1 home innings this season.

Jacob Faria, TAM vs. BAL ($17,400): Faria has scored between 23.25 and 31.55 fantasy points over his last three starts, including his last two on the road. He returns to Tropicana Field for Saturdayís game against an Orioles squad that has a 25.5 percent road strikeout rate against righties over the last month, as well as a .283 wOBA thatís the second-lowest in the American League. Faria has already racked up 22 strikeouts in 19.2 innings and could be in for another impressive haul Saturday considering the favorable matchup.


Kris Bryant, CHI at MIA ($9,600): Marlins starter Justin Nicolino has allowed a .360 wOBA, 5.76 xFIP and 2.25 HR/9 to right-handed hitters this year, while Bryant has a .629 wOBA, .545 ISO and 43.8 percent hard contact rate on the road against lefties (34 plate appearances). Bryant's also been hot this month, posting a .375 wOBA, five homers and .266 ISO.

Jason Kipnis, CLE vs. MIN ($8,400): The Indians are a strong stack candidate against Twins starter Kyle Gibson, with Kipnis one of the most appealing options. He has nine hits, including two doubles and a solo homer, and seven walks in 25 career plate appearances against Gibson, who has allowed a .403 wOBA, 5.93 xFIP and 38.9 percent hard contact rate to left-handed hitters this year. Kipnis got off to a slow start this season but has a .329 wOBA this month. For those needing to save some more salary, Matt Adams ($8,000) has a favorable matchup against Brewers starter Matt Garza.

Tim Beckham, TAM vs. BAL ($6,800): Beckham comes in with a .344 wOBA, including nine home runs, and a 49.3 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitchers at Tropicana Field. Additionally, he's already hit two home runs in three plate appearances against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, who has allowed a .322 wOBA on the road this season, including .374 over his last four starts. The Orioles' bullpen has struggled over the last month as well, allowing a .376 wOBA and majors-high 42.6 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road.


Bryce Harper, WAS vs. CIN ($10,800): Reds starter Homer Bailey, who will make his season debut Saturday, allowed a .420 wOBA and 51.5 percent hard contact rate left-handed hitters last year. Meanwhile, Harper has hit 18 of his 20 home runs this year against right-handed pitching, and he boasts a .472 wOBA and 194 wRC+ against them at Nationals Park. Additionally, the Reds' bullpen has a 9.70 ERA while allowing a .441 wOBA, 44.0 percent hard contact rate and seven home runs to left-handed hitters on the road over the last month.

Khris Davis, OAK at CWS ($8,100): Davis comes in with a .367 wOBA (including 18 of his 19 home runs), .292 ISO and 42.0 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching this season, and he has a solid .357 wOBA overall this month after struggling in May. Meanwhile, White Sox starter James Shields has been solid this year against right-handed hitters, but he allowed a .384 wOBA and 24 home runs to them last year.

Brian Goodwin, WAS vs. CIN ($6,800): The struggles of Reds starter Homer Bailey and the Reds' bullpen against left-handed hitters were detailed earlier, while Goodwin comes in a .537 wOBA, .577 ISO, 236 wRC+ and 45.0 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitchers at home (32 plate appearances) this year. He's also been hot this month, posting a .411 wOBA .390 ISO and six home runs.


Joey Votto, CIN at WAS ($9,200): Nationals starter Joe Ross has allowed a .409 wOBA, including seven homers, 26.9 percent HR/FB rate and 36.4 percent hard contact rate to left-handed hitters this year, while Votto has a .409 wOBA, .259 ISO and 36.6 percent hard contact rate against righties. He's been seeing the ball well this month as well, posting a .446 wOBA over 89 plate appearances.

Marcell Ozuna, MIA vs. CHC ($7,800): Opposing starter Jon Lester has allowed a .442 wOBA, including five home runs, 4.70 xFIP and 35.5 percent hard contract rate to right-handed hitters on the road, as well as an uncharacteristically high 4.83 BB/9. Ozuna has a decent-yet-very-small history against Lester, with two extra base hits (one homer) in six career plate appearances, but he has a more solid .478 wOBA at home this season, including a .577 wOBA, 264 wRC+ and 33.3 percent hard contact rate against left-handed pitchers there.

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