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FanDuel MLB Plays: Friday

by Mike Petta
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Tonight we have a full 15-game slate to take a look at for DFS purposes. The slate features a few standout pitching options along with quite a few offenses and players to target on FanDuel. Let’s hop into the analysis and see what we can find.

Pitcher

Matt Harvey, New York Mets, $10,600Matt Harvey is the top pitching on this slate for a few reasons. 1) He is coming into tonight’s contest against the Phillies with a nice ERA of 2.41 and an elite K/9 of 9.09. 2) He will have the benefit of facing one of the worst all-around offenses in all of baseball (Phillies) and 3) The over/under is very low in this game at just 6.5 on the MLB odds board.

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Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics, $9,400Sonny Gray has been impressive this season and appears to be flying under the radar. He is averaging an elite 14.3 fantasy points per game and is sporting a low ERA of 1.67. This game will be played in the pitcher friendly Safeco Field as well, so Gray is a fine secondary option to Matt Harvey.

Catcher

Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,200 – Grandal is coming off a two-HR performance on Thursday afternoon, which we obviously will not be expecting tonight. However, he draws an elite matchup tonight in Coors Field against Colorado’s Eddie Butler. This game has the highest over/under on the slate at 10.5, so some exposure here makes a lot of sense. Grandal is an elite catcher option at $3,200.

Miguel Montero, Chicago Cubs, $3,100 – I’m not a huge fan of many other catcher options on this slate. Montero is a guy that will be experiencing a positive park shift when the Cubs travel to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers. He is carrying a fair price of $3,100 and would be a solid option with a good lineup spot.

First Base

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles, $3,700 – Chris “Crush” Davis will have the benefit of playing in Yankee Stadium, which has that short porch in right field. His individual matchup is solid too against a below average RHP in Adam Warren. Davis is an excellent first base option at his fair price of $3,700.

David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, $3,000 – This recommendation is simple. Ortiz is way too cheap on FanDuel at just $3,000. Throughout his career, Ortiz has been an elite hitter with power against RHP.  Tonight he will be facing a below average RHP in Aaron Sanchez, and he will also have the benefit of playing in the hitter friendly Rogers Centre.

Second Base

Devon Travis, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,400 – The BOS/TOR game is currently sitting with the second-highest over/under on the board at 9.5. The Blue Jays have a lineup built to smash LHP and they get a weak one tonight in Wade Miley and his ERA that’s above seven. Travis is currently locked into the leadoff spot with Jose Reyes injured and makes a fabulous play in this matchup.

Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates, $2,600 – The Pirates are facing a solid pitcher tonight when they square off with Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. That being said, Walker is tough to overlook at his $2,600 price tag. He draws a top four lineup spot and has displayed great power and speed this season, so he is a fine price point/value play at second base.

Third Base

Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays, $3,600 – Donaldson has been a little bit disappointing lately, but a $3,600 price tag against a bad lefty is too good to overlook. Donaldson has destroyed LHP throughout his career (top ten wOBA against LHP in 2014). As previously mentioned, this game has a high over/under of 9.5, making Donaldson a great third base option.

Danny Valencia, Toronto Blue Jays, $2,200 – Whenever the Blue Jays face a LHP pitcher, we are forced to make a tough decision…pay up for Donaldson or go cheap with Valencia. The decision is difficult since Valencia has also smashed LHP throughout his career and typically hits fifth. Ultimately the decision is made in the roster construction process, but both guys are excellent third base options.

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies, $5,100 – Tulowitzki at home against a below average LHP is tough to ignore. Due to the opportunity cost at the shortstop position, he becomes even more appealing. If you can afford the price tag, Tulo is one of the first guys you should slot into your lineups tonight.

Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers, $2,700 – Shortstop gets very sketchy after Tulo, therefore looking for value/punt options is likely your best bet. Segura has been leading off for the Brewers and is a fine secondary value option to Tulo.

Outfield

Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers, $4,800 – FanDuel has done an amazing job this week raising the prices of players involved in the Coors Field games. Pederson saw his price rise $1,000, but I’m still very interested in him tonight. The guy has seven home runs in his last 10 games and does not appear to be slowing down one bit. Although his price has risen, Pederson is in contention for the top outfield play tonight.

David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks, $3,300 – The matchup against James Shields is not ideal, but not scary enough to avoid either. Shields is a guy that is definitely susceptible to left-handed power and this is exactly what David Peralta brings to the plate. As long as he draws a decent lineup spot, Peralta is a solid OF option tonight.

Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox, $2,500 – The CIN/CHW game might possess the two worst starting pitchers on the entire slate, Jason Marquis and Hector Noesi. The over/under of nine is appealing for DFS purposes, and with Eaton batting leadoff, he is a phenomenal play at just $2,500.

Mike Petta
Mike Petta, who lives in the Metro Detroit area, started playing DFS in August 2012 and has been grinding ever since. His main focus is currently MLB, NBA, and the NFL. He took his DFS career to the next level in July 2014 when he decided to leave his career as an accountant to pursue DFS full-time. He is a top 10 MLB grinder and a top 30 overall grinder. You can find him on Twitter @Hoop2410.