A great-looking MLB slate awaits us on Wednesday night. Let’s dive into the top FanDuel picks at each position.
Jose Fernandez, MIA, $10,800 - There are two clear cut aces taking the mound tonight, and the best is Jose Fernandez. The matchup with Kansas City is far from tough anymore, and the bottom line is that Vegas has KC pegged for a team run total of only 2.7 on the MLB odds board tonight. Any time you get a team total under three, the opposing pitcher is a serious option.
Yu Darvish, TEX, $10,500 - If you want to play Yu Darvish, go ahead. I don’t have anything bad to say about it, except for the fact that the price is similar to Fernandez, who I like better. However, Darvish compares well with anyone. He’s a monster strikeout pitcher taking on an offense that is weaker than we have seen in the past five years. He’s a great contrarian pivot from Jose Fernandez in tournaments.
Wilson Ramos, WAS, $3,400 - Typically I will tell you to punt catcher, as that’s the best strategic move in my opinion. However, if you do want to spend, pay that cheddar for the best hitting catcher in the MLB (in my opinion). Wilson Ramos has been spectacular this year and has always been a very solid offensive catcher. He is one of those guys with big splits against the opposite handedness, and tonight he gets that favorable matchup against an average Wade Miley.
Miguel Cabrera, DET, $4,000 - It just doesn’t get much better than Miggy Cabrera as a cash game play at first base. He’s so steady and gets you points practically every night. Tonight he takes on a mediocre pitcher in a park that has surprisingly been a solid source of power for right-handed batters since its opening.
Brian Dozier, MIN, $3,900 - I’m always looking for those good splits for right handers taking on lefties. The lead guy tonight is Brian Dozier taking on a southpaw. Dozier has a massive .271 ISO vs lefties over the past two years, and I always find a way to get him on my roster in these splits.
Maikel Franco, PHI, $3,100 - One pitcher I feel good about picking on tonight is James Shields. He has given up an ISO of .206 to right-handed hitters over the last two seasons and generally has been awful for much of this year. I believe Franco is the best hitter in this lineup for Philly, and the ballpark in Chicago has been a boon to home runs.
Tim Anderson, CHW, $2,900 - I find myself really wanting to get some exposure to that 4.8 implied run total for the White Sox tonight versus Jerad Eickhoff. I think the best way to do that is grabbing the young shortstop for this team. This is a solid price for a top-of-the-order hitter in this matchup with great Vegas odds. This is the position I will look to go cheapest at tonight based on all the matchups I have seen.
Bryce Harper, WAS, $4,000 - I would say that most people will see a high price tag and a lefty-on-lefty matchup for Harper and they will avoid him. I think that would be a mistake. I believe he makes for a great GPP play if you believe people will be off him. He usually hits left handers well, as evident by his .381 wOBA and .217 ISO versus them over the last season+. Plus, he has seen Miley four times and has three hits against him. Those four at-bats alone aren’t something you make a decision based on; it just shows me that this won’t be a new experience when he steps into the box tonight.
Christian Yelich, MIA, $3,400 - Now that Stanton is done for the year, Yelich vaults to being the best offensive player on this ballclub. Actually, he probably already was before Giancarlo got hurt. The numbers for Yelich are great this year, and any time he faces off with a right hander he is in play. Tonight sees him get a crack at one of the few guys you can pick on in this slate (Dillon Gee).
Jayson Werth, WAS, $3,600 - Washington batters have been a focal point in this article so far, and so let’s keep that rolling. I think the best play of them all may very well be Jayson Werth. The Nats come in with a 4.7 implied run total, and that’s good for second highest on the slate. Werth has a .400+ wOBA versus southpaws this season, and he is a guy I always target in this platoon.