From a hitting perspective, we have plenty of subpar pitchers to target against. It all comes down to salary levels and opportunity cost when configuring your ideal FanDuel lineup. Here are the splits that deserve your attention most (and the corresponding hitters that benefit), listed in order of priority:
Webster – ARI: .376 wOBA vs LHB (36 IP) = Blackmon, Gonzalez (if in the lineup), Paulsen
Norris – BAL: .371 wOBA vs LHB = Ortiz, Holt, Sandoval
Nelson – MIL: .363 wOBA vs LHB = Duda, Granderson
Hale – COL: .350 wOBA vs LHB = Peralta, Lamb
Needless to say, there’s a reason this COL-ARI matchup is listed with an inflated 11 run over/under.
Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole appears to be head and shoulders above any other pitching option, but unfortunately the salary corresponds with that notion. You’ll definitely need a mix of bargain hitters in order to reach for Pittsburgh’s ace, and here they are:
DIAMONS IN THE ROUGH
David Ortiz – 1B – BOS (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
First base has some solid options throughout tonight, but Ortiz checks in with the most comfortable price point of that bunch. As you can see above, Baltimore pitcher Bud Norris has a .371 wOBA mark over the past three seasons, and the hitter-friendly confines of Fenway Park only strengthens Ortiz’s fantasy cause. Feel free to target him in all formats.
Nelson Cruz – OF – SEA (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Cruz hasn’t done much as of late, but his salary level is extremely affordable, stepping in against a mediocre lefty in Kansas City’s Danny Duffy. Duffy has some fly-ball tendencies (44%) that could correspond well with Cruz’s homerun upside. Over the past three seasons, Cruz owns an elite .426 wOBA .276 ISO against left-handed tossers.
Wellington Castillo – C – ARI (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Catcher is somewhat thin tonight, as we are looking at some good, but no really great options. For that reason, it makes sense to roll with an option from this offense-heavy COL-ARI game. The Diamondbacks could start Castillo or Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and either would make for a reasonable upside play at an otherwise scarce position.
Also Consider: Lorenzo Cain – OF – KC
Rougned Odor – 2B – TEX (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Second base is a nice place to catch some savings tonight, and Odor creates a comfortable landing spot for minimum salary. There’s a chance he’ll bat leadoff once again, which would further his fantasy prospects, making him extremely difficult to fade. Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman has been up and down this season, and this Rangers lineup may get to him in their hitter-friendly ballpark.
Chris Parmelee – OF – BAL (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Parmelee has caught straight-fire over the past few weeks, knocking 5 homers over his past 10 games. He’ll enjoy a nice lineup spot, batting either 2nd or 3rd for this quality Baltimore offense. The hitter-friendly proposition of Fenway Park doesn’t hurt his cause either.
Pablo Sandoval – 3B – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Here we go, picking on Bud Norris’ .371 wOBA split against lefties once again. Sandoval is a switch-hitter that profiles much better from the left-side of the plate. He has tallied multi-hit outings in 8 of the last 10 games, and has a great chance at achieving another in this generous matchup.
Also Consider: Salvador Perez – C – KC
Lucas Duda – 1B – NYM (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Speaking to the point made in the introduction, Jimmy Nelson has one of the worst splits vs lefties of any hurler in action tonight. The Mets don’t have many viable left-handed hitters to take advantage, with the exception of Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda. I’m viewing Duda as more of a tournament option due to a plethora of quality plays at first base. However, the shift to Miller Park really helps his cause.
Mitch Moreland – OF – TEX (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Moreland hasn’t done much of anything lately, so maybe most FanDuelers have forgotten about him and his power upside. However, returning home against a mediocre pitcher is a great “buy low opportunity” for Texas’ cleanup hitter.
Josh Phegley – C – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Even though he usually hits down in the lineup (7th or 8th), Phegley makes for an interesting tournament proposition tonight. First off, the less-than-ideal lineup spot will likely turn people away, leaving a lower ownership percentage desired in large tournaments. Second, he’s swinging a hot bat with 3 homers in the last 6 games, totaling six extra-base hits over that span. Finally, the righty/lefty matchup against a mediocre Wandy Rodriguez helps, as does the shift to Globe Life Park.
Also Consider: Brandon Crawford – SS - SF