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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.


Robbie Ray, ARI at SF ($24,400):- The Giants have a 21.8 percent strikeout rate and .270 wOBA against left-handed pitching at home in the last month, while Ray has a 1.34 ERA, .163 BAA and .231 wOBA allowed over 74 road innings this season. He also has a 1.42 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 46.4 percent strikeout rate over the 25.1 innings encompassing his last four starts, and a .163 BAA and 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings across two starts versus the Giants in 2017.

Jose Urena, MIA vs. MIL ($15,200):- The Brewers have a majors-high 27.8 percent strikeout rate and a .289 wOBA against right-handed pitching on the road in the last month, while Urena has a 3.17 ERA in 76.2 home innings. He also boasts a 1.35 ERA, .188 BAA and .242 wOBA allowed in his last two starts and double-digit fantasy points in eight of his last 10 starts overall.


Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. NYM ($10,000):- Freeman owns a .482 wOBA, .287 ISO and 36.4 percent hard contact rate against right-handed pitching at SunTrust Park, while Mets starter Rafael Montero has allowed a .321 wOBA and 4.83 xFIP to lefty bats. Mets relievers also have a 6.31 ERA and .396 wOBA allowed to lefty bats on the road in the last month.

Jake Lamb, ARI at SF ($8,700):- Lamb has punished righties on the road for a .395 wOBA, .262 ISO and 39.7 percent hard contact rate, while Giants starter Jeff Samardzija has given up a .340 wOBA to left-handed hitters at home. He also allows a .356 wOBA when throwing his four-seam fastball, a pitch that Lamb owns a .426 wOBA against.

Jonathan Lucroy, COL vs. SD ($6,800):- Lucroy owns a .420 wOBA against right-handed pitching at Coors Field, while Padres starter Clayton Richard has allowed a .399 wOBA (including 14 homers), 31.1 percent HR/FB rate and 36.1 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road. Richard is also allowing a season-high 42.9 percent hard contact rate over the last two starts, while Padres relievers have allowed a .348 wOBA (including three homers) to right-handed hitters on the road in the last 21 days.


Mike Trout, LAA vs. TEX ($10,200):- Trout has decimated both handedness of pitcher at home and has posted a .460 wOBA, .363 ISO, 28.7 percent HR/FB rate and 40.7 percent hard contact rate against righties there. Meanwhile, Rangers starter Nick Martinez has allowed a .404 wOBA, 35.7 percent HR/FB rate and 31.9 percent hard contact rate to right-handed hitters on the road,

Christian Yelich, MIA vs. MIL ($7,800):- Brewers starter Jeremy Jeffress has struggled against left-handed hitters on the road, allowing a .443 wOBA, 8.71 Xfip and 34.8 percent hard contact rate. Yelich boasts a .362 wOBA and 38.1 percent hard contact rate versus right-handed pitching, and Brewers relievers have a 4.70 ERA versus lefty bats on the road in the last month.

Kole Calhoun, LAA vs. TEX ($6,900):- Nick Martinez has struggled versus lefty bats as well, allowing a .358 wOBA, 5.74 Xfip and 31.5 percent hard contact rate. Calhoun has 13 of his 17 homers on the season off righties, along with a .341 wOBA versus right-handed pitching since the All-Star break. Rangers relievers also have a 7.13 ERA versus lefty bats on the road in the last month.


Jose Abreu, CWS at DET ($9,000):- Abreu sports a .386 wOBA, .247 ISO and 44.9 percent hard contact rate versus right-handed pitching on the road, and he boasts a .478 wOBA and .412 ISO over his first 55 plate appearances of September. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed a .437 Woba (including 15 homers) to right-handed hitters, and heís allowed a .487 wOBA , 4.8 HR/9 and 34.1 percent hard contact rate overall in the 22.2 innings encompassing his last six appearances. Tigers relievers also have a 9.09 ERA and have allowed a majors-high .448 wOBA (including nine homers) to right-handed hitters at home in the last month.

Anthony Rendon, WAS vs. LAD ($8,700):- Despite the tough matchup against Dodgers southpaw Alex Wood, Rendon is worth a GPP flyer, considering his .454 wOBA, .319 ISO and 39.2 percent hard contact rate versus lefties. Wood has allowed 10 of his 13 homers this season to right-handed hitters -- with eight of those coming on the road Ė and a 39.4 percent hard contact rate when facing them outside of Dodger Stadium. Furthermore, Wood has allowed a .331 wOBA this season when throwing his trademark sinker, a pitch that Rendon owns a .399 wOBA against.

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