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FanDuel MLB Plays: Saturday

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

It’s a great Saturday filled with baseball and there is plenty of DFS to take part in over on FanDuel. Let’s take a look at the top plays at each position and see if we can put together a winning lineup. Make sure to double check the weather on the RotoGrinders’ Weather Page before making your lineups!

 

 

 

Pitchers

 

Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers- $12,300 - The are plenty of fine pitching options on the mound today, but anytime Dave Roberts hands the ball to Clayton Kershaw, he's a dangerous cash game fade. Kershaw is fresh off of his worst start of the season (6 earned runs with 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings against the Mets), but the Dodgers have still managed to win each of his last nine starts. Kershaw will take the mound owning a 10-2 record with a 2.61 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 28.8% K%. The Rockies are far less threatening outside of Coors Field and Kershaw racked up ten strikeouts and cruised to a win in their previous meeting this season at Dodger Stadium.

Colorado Rockies vs. LHP in 2017: 0.34 wOBA: 0.19 ISO: 0.237 K%: 92 wRC+

 

 

Jacob Faria - Tampa Bay Rays- $8,500 - If you're looking for some value on the mound today, the give Faria a long look. The 23-year-old just racked up nine strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers in his last outing and is now 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 0.97 WHIP through his first three Big League starts. It's obviously a small sample size. but his 2.89 xFIP is encouraging and he had been dominant at the AAA level prior to his promotion, where he owned a 6-1 record to go along with a 3.07 ERA and an outstanding 12.89 K/9. The Orioles offense can be intimidating, but they do sport an unsightly 23.8% strikeout rate this season and own just a .311 team wOBA away from Camden Yards.

Baltimore Orioles vs. RHP in 2017: 0.318 wOBA: 0.181 ISO: 0.23 K%: 95 wRC+

 

 

Others:


Corey Kluber - $10,800, Jon Lester - $9,900, Johnny Cueto - $9,100, Jacob deGrom - $10,300, Robbie Ray - $10,100

 

 

 

Catchers


Willson Contreras - Chicago Cubs - $2,800 - With Clayton Kershaw on the mound, finding value will be a necessity if you want him to anchor your cash game teams. With that in mind, Willson Contreras figures to be rather popular this evening. The 25-year-old catcher should be well rested after receiving the night off last night and has been swinging a hot bat of late; going 8 for 25 with four doubles, a pair of home runs and nine RBI's in his last seven games. He owns a solid .340 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season and figures to land somewhere in the heart of the Chicago batting order, locking him in as a fine value option behind the plate.

2017 vs. LHP : 0.34 wOBA, 0.185 ISO, 108 wRC+

 

 

Others:

Gary Sanchez - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.402 wOBA, 0.263 ISO, 153 wRC+

Alex Avila - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.451 wOBA, 0.309 ISO, 186 wRC+

Yasmani Grandal - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.351 wOBA, 0.216 ISO, 120 wRC+

Russell Martin - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.351 wOBA, 0.233 ISO, 117 wRC+

 

 

 

First Base


Matt Adams - Atlanta Braves - $3,500 - Matt Adams has finally seen his asking price start creeping up, but considering the recent production there still looks to be some value here today. The left-handed slugger picked up yet another hit in last night's game and now owns a 1.009 OPS though 124 at bats in an Atlanta Braves uniform. Adams has posted a .400 wOBA and .301 ISO against right-handed pitching this season and draws a very nice matchup today opposite the very hittable Matt Garza. Lefties happen to own a .338 wOBA off of Garza this season and Adams has hammered him in their previous meetings; going 8 for 17 with a pair of doubles and a home run.

2017 vs. RHP : 0.4 wOBA, 0.301 ISO, 148 wRC+

 

 

Others:

Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.467 wOBA, 0.33 ISO, 186 wRC+

Joey Votto - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.408 wOBA, 0.262 ISO, 151 wRC+

Wil Myers - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.346 wOBA, 0.237 ISO, 115 wRC+

Yonder Alonso - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.419 wOBA, 0.298 ISO, 168 wRC+

 

 

 

Second Base


Scooter Gennett - Cincinnati Reds - $2,700 - If FanDuel isn't going to give him a drastic price increase, then we just need to keep playing him. After his monstrous four home run, ten RBI game shined the spotlight on Gennett, his ownership rates have seemingly started fading away despite solid production ever since. Gennett has launched three home runs over his last five games and now owns an impressive .370 wOBA and .260 ISO against right-handed pitching this season. Likely swinging the bat out of the #2 spot for Cincinnati this afternoon, he should be excited to step into the batter's box opposite the struggling Joe Ross who has surrendered an ugly .409 wOBA to left-handed batters this season. At just $2.7K, he's a tough fade if you're looking to roster Mr. Kershaw.

2017 vs. RHP : 0.37 wOBA, 0.26 ISO, 126 wRC+

 

 

Others:

Jose Altuve - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.386 wOBA, 0.189 ISO, 144 wRC+

Ian Kinsler - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.329 wOBA, 0.14 ISO, 103 wRC+

Jason Kipnis - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.311 wOBA, 0.185 ISO, 90 wRC+

Jose Pirela - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.445 wOBA, 0.263 ISO, 180 wRC+

 

 

 

Shortstop

Xander Bogaerts - Boston Red Sox - $3,900 - Bogaerts stayed hot last night with a pair of hits in Boston's 9-4 win over the Angels. He'll enter tonight's game owning a .325 average and .856 OPS on the young season and has hammered right-handed pitching to the tune of a .376 wOBA this season. Bogaerts not only holds a prominent role in the Red Sox batting order, but has also thrived at Fenway Park where he owns a .341 average through 126 at bats this season. With JC Ramirez owning an putrid 8.53 ERA and 1.90 WHIP during the month of June, his $3.9K price-tag seems quite fair.

2017 vs. RHP : 0.376 wOBA, 0.166 ISO, 131 wRC+

 

 

Others:

Trea Turner - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.339 wOBA, 0.188 ISO, 106 wRC+

Carlos Correa - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.385 wOBA, 0.238 ISO, 144 wRC+

Corey Seager - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.377 wOBA, 0.198 ISO, 137 wRC+

Francisco Lindor - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.323 wOBA, 0.234 ISO, 99 wRC+

Addison Russell - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.331 wOBA, 0.148 ISO, 102 wRC+

 

 

Third Base


Jake Lamb - Arizona Diamondbacks - $3,800 - Lamb has been quiet the last two nights, but that trend doesn't seem likely to continue tonight. After slugging 29 home runs and racking up 91 RBI's in his breakout campaign last season, Lamb has solidified himself as a top-tier option at the hot corner as he's posted a .927 OPS through 262 at bats thus far in 2017. Lamb owns a rather ridiculous .428 wOBA and .302 ISO this season against right-handed pitching and has a fine matchup on tap against the unproven Ben Lively inside hitter-friendly Chase Field. At this seemingly very reasonable asking price, he's an excellent option in all game formats.

2017 vs. RHP : 0.428 wOBA, 0.302 ISO, 160 wRC+

 

 

Others:

Kris Bryant - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.479 wOBA, 0.358 ISO, 199 wRC+

Josh Donaldson - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.475 wOBA, 0.263 ISO, 202 wRC+

Justin Turner - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.428 wOBA, 0.124 ISO, 170 wRC+

Jose Ramirez - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.419 wOBA, 0.27 ISO, 163 wRC+

 

 

 

Outfield


Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals - $4,800 - Harper picked up yet another hit in last night's game and now has hits in 14 of his last 15 games. The phenom will step into the batter's box this afternoon owning a .438 wOBA and .337 ISO against right-handed pitching this season and will be anxious to ruin Homer Bailey's season debut. Bailey has developed a track-record of struggling with left-handed batters and Harper has posted a very impressive .322 average and 1.043 OPS at Nationals Park thus far this season. He's expensive, but sometimes you simply get what you pay for.

2017 vs. RHP : 0.438 wOBA, 0.337 ISO, 171 wRC+

 

 

Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics - $2,200 - Life in the Big Leagues has yet to be kind to Matt Olson, but the 23-year-old still looks like a fine value option this afternoon. The 23-year-old flashed some upside the other night by reaching base four times against the Houston Astros and has now seen his name slotted into the #2 hole in Bob Melvin's lineup for a second straight game. Olson earned his promotion by launching 17 home runs and posting a .926 OPS in 58 games at the AAA level and will likely draw plenty of attention today as left-handed batters have pounded opposing pitcher James Shields for a .376 wOBA over the last 2+ seasons. If you want one of the top-tier pitching options in your lineup, he deserves your attention.

2017 vs. RHP : 0.325 wOBA, 0.091 ISO, 105 wRC+

 

 

Others:

 

Aaron Judge - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.458 wOBA, 0.368 ISO, 191 wRC+

Mookie Betts - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.348 wOBA, 0.198 ISO, 112 wRC+

George Springer - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.352 wOBA, 0.249 ISO, 122 wRC+

Giancarlo Stanton - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.466 wOBA, 0.451 ISO, 191 wRC+

Jose Bautista - 2017 vs. LHP : 0.23 wOBA, 0.068 ISO, 35 wRC+

Khris Davis - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.357 wOBA, 0.281 ISO, 127 wRC+

Andrew Benintendi - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.331 wOBA, 0.184 ISO, 100 wRC+

Corey Dickerson - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.389 wOBA, 0.273 ISO, 147 wRC+

Matt Joyce - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.321 wOBA, 0.193 ISO, 102 wRC+

Billy Hamilton - 2017 vs. RHP : 0.287 wOBA, 0.073 ISO, 71 wRC+