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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Sunday Picks

Sasha Yodashkin

Sasha Yodashkin writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Sunday's MLB slate features no shortage of action with all 30 teams scheduled to play and a Yankees-Red Sox doubleheader to boot. The wide field is conducive to a wide array of strategies, but the players below provide strong value for their respective prices regardless of contest type.


Jeff Hoffman, COL at NYM ($36):
Hoffman's 4.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP look pedestrian, but pitching his home games at Coors Field has done a disservice to the youngster's stats. He has been a completely different beast in 27 innings on the road, pitching to a minuscule 1.67 ERA while holding hitters to a .165/.210/.223 slash line with 30 strikeouts. Citi Field's 27th-ranked park factor is 0.43 lower than Coors Field's league-leading 1.30 mark, so Hoffman will be in a good environment for success against a Mets team that recently admitted even a Tim Tebow call-up can't save their season.

Jeff Samardzija, SF at SD ($49): Samardzija's combination of ability and matchup makes him the favorite to lead all pitchers in scoring. His average of 21.0 fantasy points per game is just 2.1 behind Carlos Martinez's slate-leading 23.1 even though Samardzija has had to face the sixth-ranked Rockies offense four times already and eighth-ranked Arizona twice. The right-hander's opponent for this one is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as San Diego ranks last at 3.55 runs per game while striking out the fourth-most with 9.56 per contest.

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Brian McCann, HOU vs. MIN ($10):
Twins starter Kyle Gibson has been consistently awful, surrendering at least three earned runs in 11 of 16 starts en route to a 6.31 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. The talented Houston lineup has plenty of hitters primed for a strong outing against the righty, but McCann can be had for a fraction of the cost of most of his teammates. Given the left-handed hitting catcher's .349 career wOBA in this split, he's the perfect choice for owners unwilling to pay up for one of the eight Astros bats priced at $16 or higher.


Anthony Rizzo, CHC at BAL ($20):
As one of the league's premier left-handed sluggers, Rizzo represents a nightmare matchup for Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who has surrendered a .425 wOBA to 170 batters faced from that side this season (for reference NL MVP frontrunner Paul Goldschmidt sports a .419 wOBA). Meanwhile, Rizzo has been far more dangerous than the average left-handed hitter, posting a .375 wOBA. Chicago's three-hole hitter also benefits from extra RBI and run-scoring opportunities due to his spot in a dangerous lineup and has more room to grow if his .242 BABIP starts to climb closer to his career .285 mark.


Ian Happ, CHC at BAL ($18):
The switch-hitting Happ has been effective from both sides in his brief career, but the majority of his power has been displayed while batting left-handed. His .364 wOBA against right-handed pitching is fueled by 20 extra-base hits in 160 plate appearances, including 11 home runs. Considering Jimenez has already allowed 14 homers and 25 extra-base hits from the left side, chances are Happ adds at least one more in this one.


Chase Headley, NYY at BOS ($13):
Headley isn't the first bat that comes to mind when you think of the dangerous Yankees lineup, but the switch-hitting veteran has mustered a solid .344 wOBA from the left side. That effectiveness should be enough to warrant a start in Game 1 of the doubleheader against righty Rick Porcello. Between Porcello's pedestrian .339 wOBA allowed to left-handed hitters and Headley's .400/.444/.680 slash line in 25 career head-to-head at-bats, the third baseman offers well over $13 of value.


Francisco Lindor, CLE at OAK ($13):
The switch-hitting Lindor has been significantly better from the right side this season, posting a .348 wOBA while mustering a mere .307 as a lefty. Hitting from his preferred side should make it easier for the star shortstop to find success against southpaw Sean Manaea, whose wOBA allowed to batters from the right is .104 higher than his mark against left-handed hitters. Additionally, Lindor's BABIP still sits at a mere .260 after never finishing a season below .324.


Andrew Benintendi, BOS vs. NYY ($18):
Yankees right-hander Bryan Mitchell sports a 5.06 ERA out of the bullpen, so expectations are justifiably low as he prepares for his first start of the season in Game 1 of the doubleheader at Fenway Park. Given his platoon advantage and .346 wOBA against righties, Benintendi is primed to take advantage of this matchup at a reasonable price. Make sure to choose the 1:05 p.m. version, though a matchup against the struggling Masahiro Tanaka in the night-cap wouldn't be the worst of mis-clicks.

Scott Schebler, CIN vs. WAS ($16): Washington right-hander Tanner Roark's 5.27 ERA and 1.45 WHIP are due largely to struggles against left-handed hitters, as he has surrendered a .377 wOBA to them while holding righties to .280. With 22 home runs already this season, Schebler has the power to make Roark pay for his struggles in this split, with Great American Ballpark's 1.06 home run park factor also aiding the slugger.

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA vs. LAD ($22): Stanton has been treating anyone the opponent puts on the mound like a Home Run Derby pitcher of late, churning out five homers and three doubles in his last 22 at-bats heading into the weekend. He has already launched seven long balls to go with six doubles in 79 plate appearances en route to a .427 wOBA against lefties, making him about as dangerous in that split as any hitter in baseball. Some will be scared off by Rich Hill's strong two-start stretch heading into the All-Star break, but his 3.96 road ERA suggests the 37-year-old lefty is really nothing special.
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