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FanDuel MLB Plays: Sunday

by Tony "TheTonyM Mauriello
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:06 pm ET

Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy baseball lineups. The goal is to help you build the optimal cash game (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) lineup.



After a usually busy Saturday, MLB provides us with 15 games today with a big name pitcher in play and Coors on the board. FanDuel has split up the main slate to fade the 4pm Eastern and later games so this piece focuses on FanDuel’s Main Slate.






Chris Sale —Boston Red Sox — $11,900 — With David Price still on the DL until the end of May, Chris Sale has been absolutely sensational with the Boston Red Sox this season and has notched six straight quality starts. Sale has also hit double digit strikeouts in five of six contests and has recorded at least 46 FanDuel points in every appearance with 60 points in three of those starts. Sale’s opponent, the Minnesota Twins, struggle against LHP with the fourth-worst average and the eighth-worst team wOBA versus LHP, so lock in the Red Sox lefty as your top cash game play.



Top-Tier: None

Mid-Tier: Jose Quintana (CWS)

Low-Tier: Alex Cobb (TB), Matt Shoemaker (LAA)





Jacob Realmuto — Miami Marlins — $2,700 — With a starting pitcher on the board that is $11K that you will want to roster in cash, you will need more than one hitter below the $3K price tag on FanDuel today. The first position where we can find value is in Queens where the New York Mets are playing hosting to the Miami Marlins this afternoon. The Marlins starting catcher is only $2.7K and is swinging a hot bat right now with a hit in four straight games and gets to face Matt Harvey who has struggled mightily with just five Ks and 15 earned runs against in his last three starts.  At such a low price tag, Realmuto should be a fixture in cash.



Top-Tier: Evan Gattis (HOU)

Mid-Tier: Chris Herrmann (ARI), Dustin Garneau (COL)

Low-Tier: Francisco Cervelli (PIT)




First Base


Ryan Zimmerman — Washington Nationals — $4,400 — With at least one hit in 13 straight games and an average of 24.16 FanDuel points during those contests, Ryan Zimmerman is seeing the ball so well that he is a plug-and-play at first base given his .420 ISO, .435 AVG and 13 HRs which puts him in a tie for first in MLB in the category. One time Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Hellickson has a middle of the road SIERA and K%, but his opponents do have a .356 team wOBA against him, which opens up the door for Zimmerman to keep up his hot streak in a hitters’ park.



Top-Tier: Paul Goldschmidt (ARI), Eric Thames (MIL), Matt Carpenter (STL)

Mid-Tier: Jose Abreu (CWS)

Low-Tier: Luis Valbuena (LAA)




Second Base


Brandon Drury — Arizona Diamondbacks — $3,800 — Whenever Coors is in play on the days that I write for RotoWorld, I do my best to avoid covering those plays as they typically are obvious and I will at least mention them in the plays below. However, I wanted to quickly mention RHB Brandon Drury of the Arizona Diamondbacks who gets to face Tyler Chatwood and his bad SIERA (4.59), high BB% (10.4) and juicy opposing hitter wOBA of .343. While Drury’s power numbers have produced just one HR this season, Coors should boost that ISO number. Plus, he should have an attractive batting order slot around Paul Goldschmidt.


Top-Tier: Daniel Murphy (WAS)

Mid-Tier: DJ LeMahieu (COL), Jonathan Villar (MIL)

Low-Tier: Whit Merrifield (KC)





Aledmys Diaz — St. Louis Cardinals — $3,100 — R.A. Dickey and his atrocious 4.93 SIERA will play host to the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon and will face a visiting squad that is hitting .335 against RHP and owns a .329 wOBA and .172 ISO against the same pitching handedness. Aledmys Diaz is also swinging a hot bat with 10 hits in his last 18 at bats and he also crushes righties with a wOBA (.367) and solid power numbers (.232 ISO).



Top-Tier: Trea Turner (WAS)

Mid-Tier: Trevor Story (COL), Xander Bogaerts (BOS)

Low-Tier: Freddy Galvis (PHI)




Third Base

Mike Moustakas — Kansas City Royals — $3,400 — Moose was held hitless yesterday which snapped a six game hitting streak, but he should start a fresh streak tonight against Mike Clevinger, who owns the sixth worst SIERA over the past two seasons of any SP in play today, should get hit hard by the Royals who have a sneaky 4.31 run total, and are hitting .412 against RHP. With a cool .387 wOBA and .289 ISO against RHP, I want Mike Moustakas as part of my cash game lineup



Top-Tier: Nolan Arenado (COL), Jake Lamb (ARI)

Mid-Tier: Travis Shaw (MIL), Josh Harrison (PIT)

Low-Tier: Evan Longoria (TB)






Jay Bruce — New York Mets — $4,000 — The New York Mets and their big lefty bats get to hit against RHP Jose Urena who has a 4.44 SIERA, 13.1 K%, and a terrible 8.9 K% against lefties. This lack of ability to get the ball past the Mets lefty bats will hurt Urena so lock in Jay Bruce who crushes LHP with a career .382 wOBA and incredible .302 ISO with just over a 41% hard contact rate.



Curtis Granderson — New York Mets — $2,400 — Yes, I know that I am writing up two OFs from the New York Mets, but for the reasons I mentioned above, you are going to pick on Jose Urena with LHBs. In addition to Curtis Granderson being so cheap on FanDuel (for purposes of this game only against Urena), I have no problem using both Jay Bruce and Granderson and his .221 ISO and 35.6 HC% against lefties. With an expensive SP that you will want to use in cash games, you need to find cheap bats somewhere.



Top-Tier: Charlie Blackmon (COL), Giancarlo Stanton (MIA), Ian Desmond (COL), Nelson Cruz (SEA)

Mid-Tier: David Peralta (ARI), Andrew Benintendi (BOS)

Low-Tier: Tommy Pham (STL), Jayson Werth (WAS), Randal Grichuk (STL), Ezequiel Carrera (TOR)

Tony "TheTonyM Mauriello
A 25-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate transactional attorney by day, Tony has been a part of the daily fantasy sports world for four years and joined the RotoGrinders team prior to the 2013-14 NHL season. A Duke law graduate and Boston sports (and Eagles) fan, he is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and contributes to RotoWorld, FantasyPros, and ProjectRoto. Please feel free to contact him at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions.