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FanDuel MLB Plays: Saturday

by Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Here are your top Saturday plays for the evening slate on FanDuel. Today, we have a solid nine-game late slate and as always there is plenty of cash to be won. As always, make sure your preferred plays are in the starting lineup before locking in your rosters.


Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians, $9,900 – The Tigers looks like they may have thrown in the towel for the season and were dominated by Josh Tomlin last night. The Cleveland offense should tee off on Alfredo Simon, so Salazar should be in line for plenty of run support, and he always brings big strikeout upside to the table.

Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals, $8,600 – He’s not a cash game play, as Gio is always tough to trust, but if you’re loading up on some Coors bats he makes for a solid salary saver. He’s installed as a big -198 favorite according to the Vegas odds, so he should be in line to pick up that all-important four points on FanDuel for the win. The Braves can be a pesky offense, but they’ve been very bad against lefties, and when Gio has his control he can be very good.

Also Consider: Danny Salazar, Alex Wood, Lance McCullers, Felix Hernandez


Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants, $4,300 – There’s a Coors Game on this slate and both teams are expected to top five runs here. Colorado pitcher Chad Bettis has shown reverse splits this season as he’s allowing a .373 wOBA to righties on the year, so don’t overlook those Giant righties.

Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals, $2,400 – If you can’t afford Posey, I don’t mind Perez as a punt. He’ll draw the platoon splits in his favor and he’s hit Jose Quintana very hard in his career as he’s 15/41 with two home runs and four doubles.

Also Consider: Evan Gattis

First Base

Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, $3,600 – Abreu has a solid price point and although it’s a bad park shift, he draws a great matchup with Duffy. Abreu has always crushed lefties and Duffy is allowing a .344 wOBA to righties so far this season.

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, $4,800 – While I like Salazar at pitcher tonight, I think he’ll be popular, which should mean Cabrera’s ownership will be very low, especially with everyone spending on the game in Coors. Miggy is one of the best in the game and I’ll jump on board anytime I can get him at low ownership. That should be the case tonight and for the BVP guys he’s 8/22 with two home runs off of Salazar.

Also Consider: Coors Field, Prince Fielder

Second Base              

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians, $3,400 – The Indians are a great pivot from Coors Field today and check in with the third-highest team total at 4.36 runs. They’re loaded with lefties and Alfredo Simon is allowing a .372 wOBA to lefties on the year. Kipnis has been great all year long and will be hitting atop the Indians’ order.

Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners, $3,300 – It’s a bad park, but this is a nice price on Cano and Chavez has struggled of late. He’s allowed a .339 wOBA and 1.48 home runs per nine to lefties on the year so guys like Cano and Kyle Seager make for solid options.


Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians, $3,300 – I’m looking to target those Cleveland lefties at the top of the order. Lindor and Kipnis both have great matchups and fill the tough middle infield positions. Lindor has been great over his last ten and is in line for another big outing.

Also Consider: Jose Reyes, Brandon Crawford, Carlos Correa

Third Base

Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants, $2,900 – Duffy provides terrific cheap exposure to Coors Field and is a plug and play for cash games for me. As mentioned, Bettis has reverse splits and Duffy himself has reverse splits so this is a great matchup and price.

David Wright, New York Mets, $3,500 – It’s a bad park but Wright is on my radar every time he faces a lefty. He’s facing an average at best lefty in Brad Hand and holds a career .425 wOBA against lefties.

Also Consider: Nolan Arenado, Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager


Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, $5,600 – At this point, I could understand fading him in some tournament spots, but Gonzalez is a guy you’re going to want some exposure too. This game is in Coors Field and he’s homered five times in his past three games. He’s absolutely locked in and Jake Peavy is a shell of his former self. He’s allowing a .343 wOBA on the road to lefties, as well as a 49% overall fly ball rate to lefties. Charlie Blackmon, who will be leading off, is also a prime target.

Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians, $4,300 – As mentioned, I’m liking the Indians’ bats tonight and Brantley is the best of the bunch. With Simon’s struggles against lefties, Brantley is in a great spot to produce a big outing tonight.

Also Consider: Bryce Harper, Lorenzo Cain, Mitch Moreland, Mike Trout, Marlon Byrd

Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Andy has been playing fantasy sports for 15 years started playing Daily Fantasy Sports in 2012 with a $150 bankroll and is now ranked in the top 50 of the RotoGrinders leaderboard, including the top 15 in CFB and top 25 in NBA, under the name A25Smith. You can follow him on Twitter @SouthwesternAg.