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FanDuel MLB: Sunday Value Plays

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.

Sunday's 11-game main slate goes off at 1:05 PM ET, and for the first time in a week, we shouldn't have to worry about weather causing delays or cancellations. The large slate offers plenty of options for both cash and tournament contests.

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Noah Syndergaard, NYM vs. ARI ($10,300): Syndergaard's results donít match his price, or his metrics, so you have to ask what you believe before paying this steep tag. One one hand, he's been held to less than 40 points in three straight and in five of eight starts. On the other, "Thor" has a strikeout rate of 27.3 or higher across handedness, and is allowing no worse than a .307 wOBA and 3.07 xFIP. What pushed me over the edge is that the D'Backs rank 29th against righties, posting only a .284 wOBA and 76 wRC+ while fanning 26.0 percent of the time.

GPP Fade: Julio Teheran, ATL vs. MIA ($8,100): I faded Braves' pitcher Sean Newcomb Saturday unsuccessfully, so tread lightly here. Teheran remains a risk at SunTrust park however, owning a 4.29 home ERA after posting a 5.86 ERA last year. His 22.5 percent home strikeout rate is tolerable, and it's never wrong to go against the Marlins, but there's enough risk here that I'll look elsewhere.

Cheap GPP Consideration: Daniel Mengden, OAK at TOR ($6,900): Believe it or not, but Mengden has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his nine starts. His 16.9 percent strikeout rate leaves plenty to be desired, and that the Jays own a .322 wOBA against righties, good for 10th in the league, isn't ideal. But Toronto does fan 24.5 percent of the time, and Mengden seems to have a good shot at solid run support from his offense, facing Joe Biagini.


Jose Abreu, CWS vs. TEX ($3,400): Abreu seems to continue to get lost in the shuffle at first base. He's only homered once since April 23, but still boasts a .373 wOBA, 137 wRC+ and .216 ISO while carrying a nine-game hit streak into Sunday's tilt against Mike Minor, whose .393 wOBA allowed to righties seems ripe for the picking.


Gleyber Torres, NYY at KAN ($3,200): I didnít have to edit the name, or the price, from Saturday's column here. The Yankees launched four homers Saturday against Danny Duffy and company and get a second-straight lefty in Erik Skoglund today, who allows a career .364 wOBA to righties. Torres connected for one of those four, and while his .334 wOBA against lefties isn't superb, it's fifth among Yankee regulars.


Justin Turner, LAD at WAS ($3,200): Turner has hit safely in every game since being activated, enjoyed the second game of Saturday's DH off and saw his price fall $800 as a result. He's going to be overlooked in a matchup with Stephen Strasburg, someone he's 3-for-5 against with two homers. Turner posted a .360 wOBA and 125 wRC+ against righties last year, suggesting a moderately stable floor in all formats.


Dansby Swanson, ATL vs. MIA ($3,100): Any and all Braves are in play Sunday against lefty Wei-Yin Chen, and if you can afford Ozzie Albies ($4,800), by all means do so. Swanson however offers a contrarian option in this lineup. Fresh off the disabled list, he may go overlooked and comes at a position that requires you to gamble, or pay top dollar. He's posted a .396 wOBA, 153 wRC+ and .267 ISO thus far against southpaws, while Chen has a 16.71 road ERA and allows a .478 wOBA to righties.


Joey Gallo, TEX at CWS ($3,300): Pick any Ranger outfielder, and you can feel equally confident. I was on Nomar Mazara ($3,800) Friday, and Shin-soo Choo ($3,200) Saturday, and neither really hit, so why not roll with Gallo here? We know the power potential, and he has a matchup with Reynaldo Lopez, who is allowing a .391 wOBA to lefties to date while fanning them only 12.1 percent of the time. Lopez has also allowed 12 runs over his last three starts, spanning 16.0 frames.

Ian Happ, CHC at CIN ($2,800): The Cubs have too many options in their outfield now that Jason Heyward has returned from a concussion, but Happ seems too hot to be held out Sunday. He has six hits and six walks in his last three-plus games as of Saturday evening, and has an inviting matchup against Reds' starter Tyler Mahle, who has allowed a .404 wOBA to lefties across his brief career.

Dustin Fowler, OAK at OR ($2,200): Fowler's current form makes him a great tournament gamble with nearly no risk. His splits aren't worth mentioning due to his brief stint, but he's managed three hits, three walks, three RBI, two steals and two runs through the first three games of this series, and faces Joe Biagini, who is surrendering a .399 wOBA to lefties.


Mike Moustakas, KAN vs. NYY ($3,900): It seems responsible to buy at least one bat against Sonny Gray, who has surprisingly been more vulnerable against same-handed bats. That aside, Moustakas looks like a bargain at a sub-$4,000 tag, sporting a team-high .422 wOBA, 167 wRC+ and .327 ISO. If he doesn't fit into your budget, fellow lefty Alex Gordon ($2,700) slots in nicely.

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