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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 at SEA ($25,500):
Somehow, Kluber is not the highest-priced pitcher on this slate, but that works to our benefit as heís obviously the best play. Itís almost pointless to go over his numbers because they have been ridiculous the entire year. The only reason to fade him is if there are some warning signs of slowing down and after striking out nine over seven scoreless innings in his most recent start, I don't see any. The matchup against the Mariners isn't bad, as Seattle is middle of the pack in wOBA and K% against righties this season.

Max Scherzer, WAS at NYM ($25,200): Itís not often that Iíll refer to Scherzer as a ďdefaultĒ pick, but thatís what he is on this slate. Scherzer has not been his best over his past few starts, and he normally wouldnít be worth this price, but there arenít any lower priced guys I like on this slate, so Iíll hope that Scherzer finds his form. The Mets are a pretty good matchup as well, as they are an average team against righties this season and there just arenít that many hitters left in the lineup who can hurt Scherzer.


Paul Goldschmidt, AZ vs. MIA ($11,200):
You know that feeling you get when you pass on Rockies hitters at home when they are in a groove? Well, thatís the feeling you should be experiencing if you pass on all the Diamondbacks while they are at home. Yes, they are better as a team against lefties, but a few guys, namely Goldschmidt, do just fine against righties. Goldschmidt enters with a .412 wOBA against righties this season, which leads the team and is top-10 in the majors.

Jake Lamb, AZ vs. MIA ($9,200): Lamb is not the force he was earlier in the season, but when facing a righty heís still very dangerous. Lamb has a .381 wOBA against righties this season, which is second on the Diamondbacks and top-30 in the majors. The Diamondbacks face right Dan Straily, who comes in with a 4.17 ERA but is only two starts removed from an outing when he allowed eight runs.

Tyler Flowers, ATL vs. PHI ($7,200): Nick Pivetta takes the mound for the Braves, and even though righty-killer Freddie Freeman will probably be out, weíll still want a piece of the Braves. Flowers looks like the most promising thanks to his .361 wOBA against righties this season. The Braves are a sneaky stacking option because they donít have a lot of big names, but Pivetta has been so bad this season that just about anyone can hit him.


Andrew Benintendi, BOS at CIN ($9,600):
Jackson Stephens takes the mound for the Reds, and while heís been sharp in relief, heís allowed eight runs in 8.2 innings as a starter, and he had a 4.92 ERA at Triple-A. The Red Sox as a team are not great against righties, but Benintendi has a team-high .349 wOBA against them this year.

Carlos Gomez, TEX at OAK ($6,800): When you watch Jharel Cotton, he appears to have the stuff to succeed at the major-league level, but for whatever reason he usually falls apart at some point during a start. His ERA has ballooned to 5.81 after allowing 14 runs in his past 14 innings, and while the Rangers are better as a team against lefties, Gomez has a team-high .363 wOBA against righties this season.

Dexter Fowler, STL at PIT ($10,400): Opposing starter Jameson Taillon enters with a 4.73 ERA, which isnít terrible in the age of the home run, but heís struggled with lefties all season and heís been roughed up lately, allowing eight runs in his past two starts. Meanwhile, Fowler has a .379 wOBA against righties this season, which is second-best on the team.


Logan Morrison, TB at BAL ($8,100):
Entering with a 4.24 ERA, Dylan Bundy has probably been the best Orioles starter this season, which isnít saying much. Heís had terrible stretches throughout the season and it looks like heís in the midst of one right now, allowing 12 runs in his last 14.1 innings. Meanwhile, Morrison is the first Rays player to consider when they face a righty because of his team-high .367 wOBA.

Scooter Gennett, CIN vs. BOS ($8,100): Doug Fister's ERA has risen to 4.86 after allowing 11 runs over six innings in his past two starts, and Iím expecting that trend to continue against a Reds team that thrives against righties. There are plenty of quality options on the Reds, but Gennett comes in with a decent price and a solid .394 wOBA against right-handed pitching this year.

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