FanDuel MLB: Saturday Playoff Value Plays
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Playoff Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel MLB series.

A two-game, all-AL slate awaits Saturday players.

PITCHER

Gerrit Cole, HOU vs. CLE ($10,800): Cole looks to have the safest floor of the four arms available, and that is worth paying for. He had a sound 2.99 home ERA, where he fanned 37.4 percent of batters faced at Minute Maid Park. The game comes with a low total of seven, and Cole has allowed three runs or fewer in five straight and six of his last seven.

GPP Fade: Carlos Carrasco, CLE at HOU ($10,000): The Astros look dialed in, winning eight of 10 down the stretch and they wasted little time Friday getting to Tribe starter Corey Kluber. Carrasco himself was very good over his final five starts, but the 'Stros fan only 19.2 percent of the time against righties, capping his potential upside.

Cheap GPP Consideration: David Price, BOS vs. NYY ($8,000): Personally, I wouldn't put Price anywhere near my lineup, as he's been torched by the Yankees. But with such a limited slate, finding a way to differentiate while saving for bats can make a difference. The Yankees are free swingers, striking out 23.4 percent of the time against lefties. Maybe Price can fan enough to provide a return, as he'll see ample run support from a potent offense that faces a pitcher they've teed off on in Masahiro Tanaka.

CATCHER/FIRST BASE

Mitch Moreland, BOS vs. NYY ($3,100): Moreland's value may be tied to where he slots in the lineup, but assuming he hits third between Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez, he'll see ample chances to produce. Masahiro Tanaka allowed 29 hits and 16 runs across 19 innings (7.58 ERA) against the Red Sox, and Moreland's late-season swoon brings his power potential at a discount.

SECOND BASE

Gleyber Torres, NYY at BOS ($3,100): Second base offers two options to pay up, Torres, and then multiple punt and save options. Torres didn't swing well down the stretch, hitting only .200 from September 16 on, but his .378 wOBA against lefties seems to offer potential at a fair price.

THIRD BASE

Rafael Devers BOS vs. NYY ($2,800): Devers figures to return to the lineup with a righty on the mound, and comes with $1,100 savings over Houston's Alex Bregman, the ideal play if you're not faced with salary cap issues. Devers is feast or famine, but a .324 wOBA and .220 ISO against righties paired with the surrounding talent in the BoSox lineup give him a chance to outperform his price.

SHORTSTOP

Didi Gregorius, NYY at BOS ($3,600): More slim pickings, and if you're not paying up, and not believing in Carlos Correa given his current form, you're left with Gregorius or hoping there's a surprise lineup change. Gregorius hit righties better, but fared okay against southpaws as well, posting a .330 wOBA and 107 wRC+. He's also hit well against David Price, posting a .371 batting average (13-of-35) with a .948 OPS.

OUTFIELD

J.D. Martinez, BOS vs. NYY ($4,400): If paying up for an outfielder, or any bat, Martinez may be the preferred choice. He got off to a hot start to the postseason Friday, and posted a robust .434 wOBA, 174 wRC+ and .315 ISO against righties during the regular season. He also went 8-for-18 with three homers against Tanaka during the regular season.

Jason Kipnis, CLE at HOU ($2,900): I'm not fully on board with Tribe secondary bats given the affinity for Cole on the bump, but for diversification purposes, Kipnis may be worth a look. He had a surprising .283 BA in September across 53 at bats against righties, providing three homers, 13 RBI and a .400 wOBA, 152 RC+ and .283 ISO.

Josh Reddick, HOU vs. CLE ($2,600): This may be a lazy pick, but the power potential paired with the meager price make Reddick a great buy, because at worst you can pay up elsewhere. His postseason got off to a great start Friday with two hits and two RBI, coming on the heels of a solid September. Reddick posted a .381 wOBA over the season's final month against righties, launching four homers in route to a .273 ISO and 147 wRC+.

UTILITY

Yuli Gurriel, HOU vs. CLE ($2,800): It's hard to pass on a likely cleanup hitter at this low of a price. Gurriel surged to the finish, hitting .356 in September with five homers and 21 RBI in 23 games. That stretch included a .355 wOBA and 129 wRC+ against righties. He's likely going to be a chalky pick, but with good reason.

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Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
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