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FantasyDraft MLB: Wednesday 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.


Ervin Santana, MN vs. SD ($21,200):
The Padres are one of the lightest hitting teams in the majors, and as long as they are facing a focused team with something to play for, they are likely to be shut down. We saw it Tuesday night as Kyle Gibson and the bullpen shut them out, and as long as the Twins play like they are in a wild-card race, thereís no reason to think that Santana will falter in this spot.

Max Scherzer, WAS vs. ATL ($26,100): Iím not a huge fan of paying up for Scherzer in his current form, but there really arenít any safe options lower down the salary scale. Though heís struggled a bit in his past two starts, prior to that he had a streak of eight consecutive outings with at least nine strikeouts (excluding the start he was forced to leave after one inning due to injury). The matchup also works in his favor, as the Braves enter with the eighth-lowest wOBA against righties this season.


Ryan Zimmerman, WAS vs. ATL ($8,400):
Luiz Goharaís first start couldnít have gone much worse, as he allowed six runs in four innings against the Rangers. While itís way too early to tell if heís going to be a bad pitcher or if this was just nerves kicking in, I think itís safe to assume heíll struggle against good lineups. The Nationals certainly bring a good lineup to the table and one of the guys leading the way is Zimmerman thanks to his .420 wOBA against lefties this year.

Kris Bryant, CHC vs. NYM ($9,900): Matt Harvey pitched fairly well in his most recent start, but prior to that one he was hammered for seven runs in two innings. The bottom line is, he canít be trusted, as his 5.82 ERA indicates. With that said, the Cubs have been inconsistent lately, so Iím not going with a stack here, but I do recommend grabbing Bryant, who has a .386 wOBA against righties this season, which is top-25 in the majors.

Travis Shaw, MIL vs. PIT ($8,800): Tyler Glasnow pitched his way to a 7.45 ERA before being sent down to the minors, and while heís pitched well there this season, he still has to prove he can do it at the major league level. Heís in an interesting spot Wednesday, as the Brewers are a boom-or-bust team, so if heís on tonight, he could rack up some huge points. If things go south, Shaw is likely to have a hand in that, as he enters with a team-high .379 wOBA against righties this season.


Jayson Werth, WAS vs. ATL ($6,000):
With Gohara on the mound for the Braves, the Nationals are in play for a stack, but most of their salaries are pretty high, so it will be important to grab the guys at the lower end of the spectrum. Werth fits that bill, as heís about as low as it gets for any Nationals starters, and he has a solid .341 wOBA against lefties this year.

Andrew Benintendi, BOS vs. OAK ($9,200): Jharel Cotton has been either good or terrible this season, and heís rarely been anywhere in between. He enters with a 5.82 ERA after allowing 11 runs in nine innings over his past two starts. Unfortunately, the Red Sox havenít been great against righties this season, but there are still a couple bats that I like. At the top of the list is Benintendi, who has a .349 wOBA against righties, which is second on the team.

Chris Young, BOS vs. OAK ($6,600): Entering this season, Young had a reputation as a guy who could smash lefties but was pretty punchless against righties. Thatís changed, as Young has a .351 wOBA against righties, which leads the Red Sox. Even though the Red Sox as a whole arenít great against righties, Iíd still recommend a stack, just make sure you start with Young and Benintendi.


Eddie Rosario, MN vs. SD ($8,800):
Dinelson Lamet enters with a 4.32 ERA this season, but heís actually out-pitched expectations. With that said, heís in a tough spot against a Twins team that is locked in at the plate. With the righty on the mound, Rosario becomes one of the better options as he leads the team with a .366 wOBA against them this season.

Tommy Pham, STL vs. CIN ($8,400): Tyler Mahle has a 3.60 ERA this season, but heís only pitched well in one of his three starts. Heís also in a tough spot Wednesday, as the Cardinals have been on a roll lately. Pham is just one of many bats that are in play against Mahle, but heís at the top of the list because of his team-high .393 wOBA against righties.

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