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FanDuel MLB Plays: Saturday

by John Britt
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Pitchers


Lance McCullers Jr. - Houston Astros- $9,100 - McCullers has been nagged by injuries and been a bit inconsistent thus far at the MLB level, but there's no denying his electric skillset. He just racked up ten strikeouts in seven innings against the Royals last game and that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as his 11.78 K/9 in 2016 was the fourth best mark in all of MLB among pitchers who tossed at least 80 innings. His spotty command got him into some trouble at times last season, but it looks improved this season as he's only handed out two free passes in his two starts in 2017. Only Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez, and Noah Syndergaard posted a better xFIP than McCullers last season (3.06) and he has a fine matchup awaiting him in the spacious Oakland Coliseum against an Oakland team that owned just a .302 wOBA against right-handed pitching last season.

 

 

Tanner Roark - Washington Nationals- $8,600 - Roark might not be the most exciting pitching option on the board today, but he just doesn't seem to ever get the credit he deserves. He quietly posted a 16-10 record to go along with a sparkling 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in his 33 starts last season. His 20.1% strikeout rate in 2016 was the highest of his major league career and he absolutely dominated this Philadelphia team in their five outings, owning a 3-0 record, 0.79 ERA, 0.89 WHIP with 30 strikeouts in 34.0 innings of work. Throw in the fact that Roark owned a 2.72 ERA at Nationals Park last season and that Philadelphia owned an ugly .298 team wOBA and 23.1% strikeout rate against right-handed pitching last season, and Roark is a rock-solid cash game option.

 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. RHP in 2016: 0.298 wOBA: 0.152 ISO: 0.231 K%: 83 wRC+

 

 

 

Others:

 

Jake Arrieta - $10,600, Chris Sale - $11,500, Carlos Martinez - $9,000, Matt Moore - $8,100, Jacob deGrom - $9,800

 

 

 

Catchers


I'm simply not thrilled with any of the options behind the plate today, so this is a spot I'm definitely looking to use for some salary relief. The RotoGrinders lineups page can help pinpoint some of the top values, and if you're wise enough to have RotoGrinders premium, our Bargain Bin Baller page is super helpful in spots like this.

 

 

Others:

 

Jonathan Lucroy - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.333 wOBA, 0.25 ISO, 104 wRC+

Salvador Perez - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.303 wOBA, 0.176 ISO, 85 wRC+

Yasmani Grandal - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.347 wOBA, 0.171 ISO, 120 wRC+

Evan Gattis - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.366 wOBA, 0.256 ISO, 133 wRC+

 

 

 

First Base


Chris Davis - Baltimore Orioles - $3,400 - Davis has clearly established himself as one of the game’s most dangerous power-hitters, and it was on full display last night as he slammed his third home run of the season in Toronto's 6-4 victory. He's off to a tremendous start as he's picked up at least one hit in eight of his nine games this season and now owns a 1.159 OPS on the young season. He posted a .264 ISO against right-handed pitching last season and has the matchup power-hitting first basemen dream about as Marco Estrada is one of the more extreme fly-ball pitchers in the majors (48.2% FB% last season) and has a long history of being burned by the long ball.

 

2016 vs. RHP : 0.352 wOBA, 0.264 ISO, 119 wRC

 

 

Others:

 

Anthony Rizzo - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.404 wOBA, 0.273 ISO, 154 wRC+

Brandon Belt - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.37 wOBA, 0.193 ISO, 136 wRC+

Miguel Cabrera - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.403 wOBA, 0.258 ISO, 156 wRC+

Mike Napoli - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.352 wOBA, 0.189 ISO, 120 wRC+

 

 

 

Second Base


Daniel Murphy - Washington Nationals - $3,800 - Simply put, Daniel Murphy is swinging one of the hottest bats in the entire league right now. The veteran second baseman has now picked up at least one hit in all ten games thus far this season and will step into the batter's box owning a .444 average and 1.168 OPS on the season. Murphy posted a tremendous .419 wOBA and .261 ISO against right-handed pitching last season and has the luxury of swinging the bat directly behind Bryce Harper as the Nationals’ cleanup hitter. Jeremy Hellickson surrendered a .325 wOBA to left-handed batters in 2016 and Murphy has had plenty of success off of the right-hander in their previous battles.

 

2016 vs. RHP : 0.419 wOBA, 0.261 ISO, 163 wRC+

 

 

Others:

 

Jose Altuve - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.378 wOBA, 0.188 ISO, 141 wRC+

Brian Dozier - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.397 wOBA, 0.331 ISO, 150 wRC+

Robinson Cano - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.396 wOBA, 0.272 ISO, 155 wRC+

Ryan Schimpf - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.377 wOBA, 0.324 ISO, 139 wRC+

 

 

 

Shortstop


Xander Bogaerts - Boston Red Sox - $3,500 - Bogaerts picked up three hits in last night's game (and also reached on a walk) and is now eight for 14 over his last three games. The Red Sox shortstop was far more productive at Fenway Park last season where he owned a .323 average and .889 OPS in 319 at bats last season. He should find plenty of opportunities for damage hitting behind the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in this dangerous Boston lineup, and right-handed batters owned a .343 wOBA off of Jake Odorizzi last season. Sealing the deal is the fact that Bogaerts is also 9 for 23 with five doubles and a triple off of Odorizzi in their previous meetings.

 

2016 vs. RHP : 0.34 wOBA, 0.146 ISO, 108 wRC+

 

 

Others:

 

Jonathan Villar - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.393 wOBA, 0.236 ISO, 143 wRC+

Carlos Correa - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.319 wOBA, 0.149 ISO, 101 wRC+

Aledmys Diaz - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.312 wOBA, 0.145 ISO, 93 wRC+

Elvis Andrus - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.377 wOBA, 0.147 ISO, 134 wRC+

 

 

 

Third Base


Wilmer Flores - New York Mets - $2,800 - With plenty of expensive bats looking well worth the investment today, finding some value will be a common theme. Flores is your prototypical DFS special as he has smashed left-handed pitching his entire career and yet remains dirt cheap due to his platoon role. Flores owned a .455 wOBA and a ridiculous .370 ISO against southpaws last season and will step into the batters box tonight against Adam Conley. Flores figures to grab a spot as the Mets’ cleanup batter in this matchup and is far too cheap given his proven destruction of left-handed pitching.

 

2016 vs. LHP : 0.455 wOBA, 0.37 ISO, 192 wRC+

 

 

 

Others:

 

Nolan Arenado - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.36 wOBA, 0.236 ISO, 107 wRC+

Kris Bryant - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.382 wOBA, 0.239 ISO, 139 wRC+

Kyle Seager - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.39 wOBA, 0.231 ISO, 152 wRC+

Justin Turner - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.385 wOBA, 0.258 ISO, 146 wRC+

Jake Lamb - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.374 wOBA, 0.281 ISO, 128 wRC+

 

 

 

Outfield

 

Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels - $5,100 - Trout is quite expensive, but sometimes you just get what you pay for. The 2016 AL MVP has picked up hits in each of the last four games and now owns a .325 average and 1.091 OPS through the first 11 games of the 2017 season. He posted a .419 wOBA and 172 wRC+ against right-handed pitching last season and things line up for him nicely tonight as Nathan Karns was hammered for a .375 wOBA against right-handed batters last season.

 

2016 vs. RHP : 0.419 wOBA, 0.238 ISO, 172 wRC+

 

 

Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers - $4,300 - Brandon Finnegan has opened the season very well, but I'm not convinced. The southpaw throws a disproportionate amount of fastballs (65.6% of his pitches in 2016) and it resulted in an alarming 35.9% hard-hit rate and 1.52 HR/9 last season. Meanwhile, Ryan Braun has a reputation for making pitchers pay for their mistakes and the Brewers slugger posted a .417 wOBA and .254 ISO against left-handed pitching last season. Throw in the fact that Braun is three for six with a triple and a home run off of Finnegan in their brief history, and he's one of the top targets in the outfield today.

 

2016 vs. LHP : 0.417 wOBA, 0.254 ISO, 159 wRC

 

 

 

Others:

 

Bryce Harper - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.352 wOBA, 0.192 ISO, 118 wRC+

Kyle Schwarber - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.138 wOBA, 0 ISO, -24 wRC+

George Springer - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.4 wOBA, 0.286 ISO, 156 wRC+

Giancarlo Stanton - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.331 wOBA, 0.237 ISO, 106 wRC+

Dexter Fowler - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.38 wOBA, 0.187 ISO, 137 wRC+

Stephen Piscotty - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.406 wOBA, 0.255 ISO, 156 wRC+

Keon Broxton - 2016 vs. LHP : 0.395 wOBA, 0.217 ISO, 145 wRC+

Adam Eaton - 2016 vs. RHP : 0.35 wOBA, 0.166 ISO, 119 wRC+