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FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Value Plays

Kevin Payne

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Todayís DFS action starts at 12:10 PM EST with an early-only and all-day slate, with the former featuring three games. Tonightís main slate (7:05 PM EST) has a healthy 11 games to choose from, including two stud pitchers and a game in Coors Field.

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Kenta Maeda, LAD at SD ($9,500): While itís hard to pass on Chris Sale ($12,600) or Jacob deGrom ($12,100), you may need a little room to fit in bats from the Coors Field game. Maeda is a strong pivot considering heís below $10,000 and has scored 41, 46 and 58 fantasy points in his last three starts. The Padres continue to be a team to target with starting pitchers, as they have a .287 wOBA (worst in baseball) and a 25.9 percent strikeout rate (second worst in baseball) against right-handed pitching. If you do decide to pay up for either deGrom or Sale, give the slightest edge to deGrom considering the Phillies strike out the most against right-handed pitching.

GPP Fade: Lance McCullers, HOU vs OAK ($11,400): The tendency here will be to try and ride the hot hand after McCullers' last phenomenal outing, in which he rode 12 strikeouts and seven one-run innings to a 64-point performance. His opponent Wednesday, the A's, have the sixth-best wOBA (.326) against righties and strike out 22.6 percent of the time against them (15th in the league), which is basically league average. Donít chase his last start, although itís notable that McCullers has been much better at home than on the road this season.

Cheap GPP Consideration: Freddy Peralta, MIL at MIA ($8,700): There isnít much of a difference between Peralta and on Maeda Wednesday night, other than Peralta doesnít have quite as good of a matchup but is $800 cheaper. The Marlins have been hot lately but still have a .303 wOBA (sixth worst) and a 22.9 percent strikeout rate (13th worst) against right-handed pitching. While itís a small sample, Peraltaís 36.2 percent strikeout rate in 33 innings is tough to ignore.


Mitch Moreland, BOS vs TEX ($3,100): Moreland offers an affordable piece of the Boston offense, which has been unstoppable as of late. He should be hitting in his typical cleanup spot and has crushed right-handed pitching this season, owning a .381 wOBA against that handedness, and it goes up to .435 when heís played in Fenway Park. Bartolo Colonís stats suggest heís been a little lucky this season, and last season he allowed a .381 wOBA to left-handed hitters.


Jedd Gyorko, STL at CHW ($2,900): Gyorko in 60 plate appearances against southpaws has been incredible this season with a .450 wOBA. While that isnít a big sample, Gyorko has always hit lefties well as evidenced by his .402 wOBA last season (.355 career). Carlos Rodon has always struggled against right-handed hitters, allowing a .342 wOBA to them during his career.


Kyle Seager, SEA at LAA ($3,000): Seager is always in play when facing a right-handed pitcher given his history. His career wOBA sits at .345 against them. Jaime Barria has allowed six home runs over his last five starts (24.2 innings) leading to a 4.74 ERA over that span.


Andrelton Simmons, LAA vs SEA ($3,200): This salary is too low considering how thin the shortstop position is and how good Simmons has been at the plate. Heís been much better against lefties this season with a .374 wOBA and will square off against Marco Gonzales tonight. Gonzales has allowed a .321 wOBA this season on the road to right-handed hitters.


Enrique Hernandez, LAD at SD ($2,800): While Petco Park in San Diego isnít exactly a hitterís paradise, Hernandezís prowess against left-handed pitching trumps the environment. Kike has a .335 wOBA this season against lefties and his .390 wOBA last season suggests some positive regression could even be coming his way. Joey Lucchesiís worst split this season has been at home against right-handed hitters.

Carlos Gonzalez, COL vs ARI ($3,600): With two right-handed pitchers on the mound all of Colorado and Arizona's lefty bats are going to be on the table. Charlie Blackmon ($4,400) is one of the top bats of the night, while for the Diamondbacks Jake Lamb ($4,100) and David Peralta ($3,900) are in play as well. Gonzalez is the cheapest of the four and he should be occupying his usual cleanup spot for the Rockies. He has a .445 wOBA at home this season, which puts him right in line with his career number (.436). Shelby Miller is a flyball pitcher who has given up a .336 wOBA to left-handed hitters over his career.


Chris Davis, BAL vs NYY ($2,400): Davis appears to be turning it around at the plate, hitting safely over his last five games (two home runs) with a .837 OPS over his last seven contests. Sonny Gray has been a mess for the Yankees lately with a 9.00 ERA over his last five starts, giving up home runs in three straight games. Look for Davis to hit fifth once again, and the Orioles are actually a sneaky GPP stack with a game in Coors Field and the Red Sox/Indians matchup getting most of the attention.

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