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FanDuel MLB Plays: Monday

by Eric “EMac” MacPherson
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:05 pm ET

Happy Birthday America! I hope everyone has a safe and sane game plan for their holiday festivities. Here are my top FanDuel plays at each position.




Early Only – 1:35 PM ET – nine games -- $300K in guaranteed prize pools


Kyle Hendricks – CHC vs CIN - $9,200 - Hendricks has averaged just under 45 FanDuel points over his last three starts and the Reds have an 85 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus is an advanced metric that neutralizes park factors and creates a league-wide scoring efficiency baseline of 100), which is the third lowest in the league. While Hendricks is a spendy play, the Cubs are two-and-a-half to one favorites on the MLB odds board to garner the win, and with Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and Jake Arrieta combining for just 10 2/3 innings over the last game, the Chicago bullpen has had to shoulder quite a workload, which hopefully will keep skipper Joe Maddon from pulling Hendricks early for a pinch hitter like he often does.



Additional Plays: Lance McCullers, Jerad Eickhoff, Matt Harvey





Brian McCann – NYY at CWS - $3,700 - While RHP James Shields was solid in his last start, in the previous five outings he allowed seven home runs and a whopping 34 earned runs. McCann is an extreme fly ball hitter, so while he does not have the safest “floor”, the chance for a big game is here in this matchup.



Additional Plays: Buster Posey, Evan Gattis, Willson Contreras




First Base

David Ortiz – BOS vs TEX - $4,800 - Big Papi gets a lefty/righty matchup today against RHP Nick Martinez and in his swan song season, he is going out in style with a .485 wOBA and an astounding .388 ISO against right-handed pitching.



Additional Plays: Anthony Rizzo, Freddie Freeman, Adam Lind




Second Base

Jose Altuve – HOU vs SEA - $3,800 - Altuve is phenomenal against southpaws and over his last 407 at bats against lefties, he has tallied a .425 wOBA and a .990 OPS; additionally he is racking up the fantasy points with his speed with 21 stolen bases, which is second in the league.



Additional Plays: Matt Carpenter, Ben Zobrist, Robinson Cano





Javier Baez – CHC vs CIN - $2,500 - Baez is a fine discount dandy in a righty/lefty matchup with LHP Cody Reed, who struggled in his last start against the Cubs allowing seven earned runs in just four innings.



Additional Plays: Tim Anderson, Xander Bogaerts




Third Base

Kyle Seager – SEA at HOU - $3,000 - On the season, Seager has been crushing right-handed pitching with a .414 wOBA and a .286 ISO with 33 extra-base hits in just 199 at bats. RHP Lance McCullers is a solid pitcher, however, at this price point I am more than willing to roll with the Seattle third baseman.



Additional Plays: Travis Shaw, Maikel Franco, Nolan Arenado





Carlos Gonzalez – COL at SFG - $3,200 - RHP Jake Peavy has been out pitching his peripherals over his last 35 starts and has been particularly lucky against batters swinging the stick from the left-side of the plate with a 3.86 ERA but a 5.27 xFIP. Cargo and teammate Charlie Blackmon - $3,700 are most definitely in play by the Bay this afternoon.



Miguel Sano – MIN vs OAK - $2,800 - Sano has been particularly effective against right-handed pitching in his young career and over his last 429 plate appearances, he has accrued a .387 wOBA and a .245 ISO. Enjoy!



Additional Plays: Mookie Betts, Yoenis Cespedes, George Springer




Late Games – 7:07 PM ET – four games -- $250K in guaranteed prize pools


Archie Bradley – ARI vs SDP - $6,600 - Ultimately, each of the desirable pitching options on this four-game slate come with question marks with their price and matchups. I have landed on RHP Archie Bradley because he has a great matchup against the San Diego Padres, who have struggled all season against right-handed pitching and they currently have an 82 wRC+ which is the second lowest in the league and indicates that they are scoring 18% less efficiently than the league average this season. Yes it is a favorable park shift, however, at this low price point we have a margin for error that we can ideally cover for with our extra salary cap allocated to batters.



Additional Plays: Aaron Sanchez, Danny Salazar





Welington Castillo – ARI vs SDP - $3,100 - We should see Castillo behind the dish on Monday night after his off-day Sunday. He is a solid hitter who should be in the middle-of-the-order and with the Diamondbacks having a 5.2 implied run total, this is a good spot to utilize him.



Additional Plays: Russell Martin, Matt Wieters




First Base

Mike Napoli – CLE vs DET - $3,100 - Napoli does not get enough credit against left-handed pitchers and he is continually overlooked by daily fantasy gamers. Over his last 409 plate appearances against southpaws he has compiled a .387 wOBA and a .230 ISO.



Additional Plays: Paul Goldschmidt, Wil Myers, Edwin Encarnacion




Second Base

Devon Travis – TOR vs KCR - $2,800 - Travis is finally healthy and he has been producing, particularly in matchups against same-handed pitchers. RHP Edinson Volquez has a 4.80 ERA through 99 innings pitched this season with just 77 strikeouts. That means hitters put the ball in play and I like the chances for Travis to cobble together some decent production Monday.



Additional Plays: Chase Utley, Jean Segura





Francisco Lindor – CLE s DET - $3,300 - The switch-hitting shortstop has been outstanding against lefties with a .369 wOBA and a .860 OPS. He is fairly price and should be in a favorable spot near the top of the Cleveland batting order against young LHP Daniel Norris.



Additional Plays: Tim Anderson, Javier Baez




Third Base

Jake Lamb – ARI vs SDP - $3,400 - At this price point in the matchup with Rule 5 draftee RHP Luis Perdomo, Lamb is borderline must play. He will be very popular tonight, but sometimes it truly is okay to follow The Masses.



Additional Plays: Josh Donaldson, Justin Turner





Rajai Davis – CLE vs DET - $3,200 - Davis should be leading off against LHP Daniel Norris and he is coming off a fantastic performance on Saturday where he hit for the cycle and managed to even add a stolen base for a career high fantasy performance.



Trayce Thompson – LAD vs BAL - $3,200 - This is a nice matchup with RHP Yovani Gallardo who has been outperforming his advanced metrics for a while and he will likely be paying the piper very soon. While it is really not feasible to predict the exact games where he will implode, this is still a great matchup for Klay Thompson’s little brother.



Additional Plays: Mark Trumbo, Michael Bourn, Travis Jankowski

Eric “EMac” MacPherson
Eric MacPherson aka EMac has covered daily fantasy NFL, CFB, NBA and MLB for RotoGrinders as an analyst ranked in the Top 50 Overall; additionally, he also hosts GrindersLive webcasts and podcasts for all sports. In 2008 Eric won ESPN's overall fantasy baseball title in the rotisserie format. In 2009 he won the overall title again, this time in the H2H format. Follow him on Twitter @EmacDFS.