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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.


Corey Kluber, CLE vs. KC ($26,100):
Kluber is at a level where you just take him no matter the price. He is coming off a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts, and it wasn't even a top-5 effort of his this season. The Royals put up a lot of fight in ending the Indians' 22-game winning streak, but thereís virtually nothing left to play for, as they are too far behind the Twins for a realistic playoff push.

Jon Gray, COL vs. SD ($16,500): Taking a pitcher at Coors Field is generally not a good idea, but Gray knows how to pitch at home and heís been very dependable for most of the season. He has not allowed more than three runs in any start since the end of July, a streak includes three home starts. Gray is also coming off a great outing at Arizona where he went seven scoreless while striking out 10. The Padres are still the Padres, so thereís little to worry about there.


Jose Abreu, CHW at DET ($8,800):
The White Sox have been out of the playoff race for quite a while now, but itís only recently like theyíve been playing like a team cares. Or maybe itís the opposite; maybe they are playing care-free with nothing to lose and thatís why they are hitting so well. Whatever the case, they are crushing the ball and Abreu has been a big part of the turn around. They get another good matchup against lefty Matt Boyd, and Abreu has been great against lefties this season, posting a .450 wOBA.

John Hicks, DET vs. CHW ($6,400): Dylan Covey takes the mound for the White Sox, which means there will be plenty of cheap options to choose from in the Tigers' lineup. Hicks replaced Miguel Cabrera on Saturday after Cabrera left with back tightness, so I am going to assume Hicks finds a spot somewhere in the lineup since he enters with a .374 wOBA against righties this year.

Freddie Freeman, ATL vs. NYM ($9,600): After going hitless in the last two games of a series against the Nationals, Freeman got back on track Saturday, hitting his 27th home run. 28 and maybe 29 could be on tap for Freeman as he faces Robert Gsellman, who is heading in the wrong direction once again. Gsellman had a nice run at the end of August, but heís coming off a bad start against the Cubs and he has a track record this season of going into a tailspin after a poor start. Meanwhile, Freeman enters with a .435 wOBA against righties this season, which is top-5 in the majors.


Avisail Garcia, CHW vs. DET ($9,300):
When previewing slates earlier this week, I often found myself in the spot where I was going to take Abreu or Garcia, but in this case I think both is the way to go. With Boyd on the mound for the Tigers, the White Sox are certainly in play for a stack. Garcia enters with a .447 wOBA against lefties this season, which is second on the team and top-20 in the majors.

Eddie Rosario, MN vs. TOR ($9,000): Opposing starter Joe Biagini has been all over the map this season, but even a recent uptick in performance isnít going to scare me away from a Twins team that is trying to avoid a sweep in the middle of a playoff race. Rosario enters with a .372 wOBA against righties this season, which leads the Twins.

Odubel Herrera, PHI vs. OAK ($7,200): A lot was expected of Herrera coming into the season, but after a slow start and the emergence of Rhys Hoskins, he pretty much fell off the map. With that said, heís been pretty good over the past month and his salary is still very reasonable. The Phillies face Sean Manaea, who has been good and terrible in spots, and heís coming off a terrible start against the Red Sox, so Iím hoping to see terrible Manaea. Herrera comes in a .374 wOBA against lefties this season, which is tops among Phillies who have played all season.


Luis Valbuena, LAA vs. TEX ($7,200):
Thereís really no reason for Valbuena to be in the lineup against a lefty, but against a righty itís a different story. Valbuena has 21 home runs this season and 20 of them have come against righties. He now gets to face righty Miguel Gonzalez, who has allowed 11 runs in two starts since being traded to the Rangers. The Angels make for an interesting stack because they also have Mike Trout, who happens to the lead the majors in wOBA against righties this season.

Jose Martinez, STL at CHC ($7,500): Martinez has been one of the biggest surprises of the second half and the main reason heís come on so strongly is his ability to hit lefties. Heís facing Jose Quintana, who is no slouch but has been erratic this season, so heís definitely hittable. Martinez enters with a .556 wOBA against lefties this season, which has him tied for the league lead with J.D. Martinez.

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