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FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Value Plays

Kevin Payne

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PITCHER

Trevor Bauer, CLE at CHW ($10,200): Itís tough to pass on Gerrit Cole tonight given how dominant heís been, but Oakland is ninth in the league in wOBA (.320) against right handed pitching and is around league average for strikeout rate (22.9 percent). Bauer has a much better matchup on paper, with the White Sox having the 13th-worst wOBA (.311) and the eighth-highest strikeout rate (24.5 percent) against righties. Bauer has also been very consistent as of late, with at least 40 fantasy points in eight of his last nine starts.

GPP Fade: Jose Berrios, MIN at DET ($9,500): Berrios was spectacular in his last outing, racking up 10 strikeouts over nine innings leading to 61 fantasy points. However, thereís now enough evidence to suggest Berrios is much better pitcher in Minnesota than on the road. Since the start of the 2017 season, he has a 2.72 ERA and has given up only a .235 wOBA in Minnesota. On the road itís a different story, as he has 4.99 ERA and a .340 wOBA against during the same time span.

Cheap GPP Consideration: Caleb Smith, MIA vs SF ($7,700): Smith is the perfect GPP play tonight, as his game logs are all over the place. He's shown his upside, hitting 37 or more fantasy points in seven of his last nine outings, but he's also being capable of putting up only nine or 12 fantasy points as he did in the other two outings. The Giants are a good matchup, having the ninth-highest strikeout rate (24.1 percent) and the 10th-lowest wOBA (.296) on the road against left-handed pitching. Plus, even a weak offense like the Marlins should be able to put up runs at home against Andrew Suarez (5.06 ERA).

CATCHER/FIRST BASE

Matt Adams, WAS at NYY ($3,500): Given the short right field fences in Yankee Stadium, the lefty bats for the Nationals should play nicely tonight against right-handed Sonny Gray. Bryce Harper ($4,600) is always an option assuming last night's foot injury doesn't keep him out of the lineup, but for an $1,100 discount Adams can also be rostered. He has a lofty .405 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season and should occupy the cleanup spot tonight.

SECOND BASE

Logan Forsythe, LAD vs TEX ($2,500): Forsythe should be in the lineup with Cole Hamels on the mound, and heís one of several Dodgers who have good numbers against lefty pitchers. Over the last three seasons, Forsythe has wOBAs of .381, .330 and .405 against southpaws, while Hamels has allowed a .334 wOBA this season to right-handed hitters.

THIRD BASE

Brian Anderson, MIA vs SF ($3,500): Anderson is one of the few bright spots in the Marlins lineup hitting .311 with 32 RBI. Heíll likely be in the cleanup spot tonight against Suarez and heís thrived against southpaws this season. Anderson has a .393 wOBA against left-handed pitching, and heís on a tear with a 1.146 OPS over his last 14 games.

SHORTSTOP

Scott Kingery, PHI vs COL ($2,400): Kingery is starting to show signs of life at the plate with a .750 OPS over his last seven games, including a home run last night. His best splits this season are at home against left-handed pitching, and he faces off against Tyler Anderson (4.81 ERA) tonight. Kingery has been hitting in the top half of the lineup and Andersonís 4.58 road ERA shows Coors isnít totally to blame for his inflated ERA.

OUTFIELD

Josh Reddick, HOU at OAK ($2,700): All of the Astros are in play against Paul Blackburn in Oakland, but itís Reddick who comes in at one of the more affordable prices. Reddick has had at least a .356 wOBA against right-handed pitching in each of his last four seasons, while Blackburn has never been a strong strikeout pitcher. Reddickís teammate Marwin Gonzalez ($2,600) is another economical Astro to consider.

Marcell Ozuna, STL vs SD ($3,900): Ozuna supposedly made some adjustments at the plate that have resulted in a 1.087 OPS over his last 14 games. For his career he has been a nightmare for lefties, posting a .352 wOBA with a .342 mark this season. Eric Lauer has struggled mightily this season agianst right-handed bats, giving up a .409 wOBA. That not only making Ozuna a good option tonight, but puts a Cardinals stack in play as well.

UTILITY

Miguel Sano, MIN at DET ($3,400): Itís a tough call between Anderson and Sano tonight at third but luckily the Fan Duel format allows for the opportunity to play both. Like teammate Brian Dozier, Sano has been good against left-handed pitching for his career with a .362 wOBA. Matt Boydís career wOBA against right-handed hitters sits at .344, putting both Sano and Dozier in a good spot.

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